how one Pastor dealt with an included tip of 18%, adding
Wtf? You give “God” 10% of your TOTAL YEARLY WAGES. This is 18% of your bill…..asshole.
Because even with 10% of your income your god still could not conjure you up some dinner. Fuck you, pay me.
Too bad she got fired for it.
macho-faggot asked: I like your trouncing of the "problems with being a man" almost as much as I like my own. Your perspective is also important, and one that I really couldn't write about well. It's almost like you know more about being a woman than I do.
I’ve been a woman for a while, so I have a little experience with it! I do love the way you took apart the post, as well. :) It’s almost like OP didn’t think his arguments through and just posted in a tizzy because someone didn’t agree with everything he said for once in his life. Tragic!
Anonymous asked: How about strict and rigid gender roles hurt BOTH men and women and BOTH genders have problems?
Yes, yes! I know my post was a little late to get to that point, but yes!
Having emotions is seen as weakness
Admitting weakness is seen as an even greater weakness
Being called a sexual deviant or a pervert because you were expressing your sexuality
A girl beating you in any physical competition makes you inferior
Being superficial makes you a pig but a woman being superficial is fine
Makeup isn’t even an option
Not living up to the insanely unrealistic ideal of manhood automatically makes you gay
Being gay is seen as weak
You can’t control the size of your “manhood”
You can’t report sexual assaults because being a male victim is worse than being the rapist
No male specific support groups or movements
Unequal parental rights
Extreme feminists treating you less than human
Women can blame all men or say they are all the same but if a man blames women they’re sexist pigs
People dismissing your problems automatically because the universe is obviously rigged in your favour in every scenario imaginable
Problems with being female:
All your arguments are automatically invalidated because it must be that time of the month, stop being so angry.
Your emotions will get out of control no matter what; you can’t be trusted with anything important.
Your sexuality is stigmatized, period. Don’t express it? What a prude! Express it? What a slut!
A man expects to best you in any physical activity and there must be some mistake if you are better.
You’d better wear makeup to cover up your imperfections, but not enough that it’s noticable. I love the natural look on girls! Are you really going to go out looking like that? Put some makeup on! Why are you letting yourself go?
Not using makeup isn’t even an option.
Not living up to the insanely unrealistic ideal of womanhood automatically makes you subject to very colorful slurs from people who are personally offended that you do not cater to them. Not to mention that people who do fit within the nebulous “ideal” of womanhood are expected to fit into rigorous gender stereotyping of the “make me a sandwich” variety. (PS: Gay is not an insult.)
Being gay is seen as “she just needs a good dicking to turn her around.” A gay woman’s sexuality is seen as either attention-seeking or temporary.
You can’t report sexual assaults because you will be blamed for what you were wearing, if you flirted with them beforehand, if you have previously dated them, if you had anything to drink, or if you were in the wrong part of town.
People get angry at the rights groups and support systems you have set in place because they don’t realize that all of society is their rights group and support system. They may react violently.
Expected to take custody of the kids, but if he actually puts his heart into getting custody, you don’t even have that.
People in general treat you less than human, and get away with it.
People dismissing your problems because you’re being hysterical, stop being so emotional, it’s not even a big deal, they didn’t even mean it like that, why are you taking it like that?
Also known as, The Great Pissing Contest of Modern Times. Tune in next week for The Oppression Olympics!
xxpizza4lyfexx asked: For NaNoWriMo, I say "Nanno Reemo" in my head.
I say it like that in my head, and out loud!
How to actually pronounce GIF
I KNEW IT
THE GROUND I WALK ON IS AVAILABLE FOR KISSING ON MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS
EAT SHIT, FUCKERS
ah yes, i was right (as usual)
do you know who cares, Rose?
(it’s absolutely no one)
I care. It confirms what I’ve always known.
Looks like our petty tumblr argument is over, finally! Now onto the next pronunciation battle: NaNoWriMo!
You say you hold grudges, right? Well, the following technique has been observed to relieve year-long held grudges more effectively than years of therapy.
That’s right, I’m offering you an easier, quicker, more believable and more effective treatment than any of what is stated in the above post. Read right on to find out what it is.
Follow these quick and easy steps to get your very own peace of mind:
- Think of a person that has wronged you.
- Write them a letter, preferably handwritten, in which you detail exactly what you wish you could say to them and sign it, leaving absolutely nothing filtered or censored. Remember, this is your fantasy.
- Write back a letter to yourself, in their name, in which they tell you precisely what you want to hear. Be it an apology, an explanation, appreciation — everything you feel you’d need in reality to stop feeling resentment towards them. After you’ve finished this letter, sign it as well, again in their name.
- Read back this second letter every night before you go to bed over the course of a week. By the end of the week, you’ll notice that, even upon meeting them in person, your level of resentment is reduced to next to nothing. You will be able to treat them as if they’ve righted their wrong, because even though perhaps you don’t cognitively believe it, you do feel that emotional satisfaction and relief.
In my case, while I was a teenager, it was “You have the right to your opinion but right now shut the fuck up. Tomorrow you’re going to church.”
Mine was “So you’re just going to go shoot up an elementary school now?”
i’m too afraid to tell my parents. my mom told me once that if i ever said i was atheist she’d kick me out.
If that is the case keep it low until you can support yourself. I know it’s a shitty situation - but for the time being the only that can give you food and roof over your head. Some parent’s don’t really mean it, but SOME DO. I don’t think you want to check which ones are yours and end up in a deep shit. Endure, it’ll end and finally you’ll be free.
Also - all the more reasons to claim religion is a fucking toxic crap.
It’s not religion that’s a toxic crap…it’s the dumbasses that give religion a bad name.
Not that shit again. Really? I encourage you to browse through the archive of Christinsanity where I rip this argument to shreds. It IS religion, don’t make petty excuses like that.
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. (Matthew 13:40-43)
This is this damned religion that establishes an INFINITE punishment for FINITE crime. I don’t even want to go into condemnation of women, homosexuals, atheists and whatnot. This is NOT the “people”, it’s in the very CORE of that toxic mountain of crap.
And if you had any more doubts - following your argument you should say “It was not Nazism that was bad, it was people”.
reblogging for the responses, especially the last one.
I know I’m late to the party, but when I told my father I was atheist, he responded with, “No, you’re not.” And that was that [until almost 10 years later when he kind of seems to believe me now.]
As we head into a new year, the guardians of traditional religion are ramping up efforts to keep their flocks—or in crass economic terms, to retain market share. Some Christians have turned to soul searching while others have turned to marketing. Last fall, the LDS church spent millions on billboards, bus banners and Facebook ads touting “I’m a Mormon.” In Canada, the Catholic Church has launched a “Come Home” marketing campaign. The Southern Baptists Convention voted to rebrand itself. A hipster mega-church in Seattle combines smart advertising with sales force training for members and a strategy the Catholics have emphasized for centuries: competitive breeding.
In October 2012 the Pew Research Center announced that for the first time ever Protestant Christians had fallen below 50 percent of the American population. Atheists cheered while evangelicals beat their breasts and lamented the end of the world as we know it. Historian of religion Molly Worthen has since offered big-picture insights that may dampen the most extreme hopes and allay the fears. Anthropologist Jennifer James, on the other hand, has called fundamentalism the “death rattle” of the Abrahamic traditions.
In all of the frenzy, few seem to give any recognition to the player that I see as the primary hero, or if you prefer, culprit—and I’m not talking about science populizer and atheist superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson. Then again, maybe I am talking about Tyson in a sense, because in his various viral guises—as atalk show host and tweeter and as the face of scores of smartass Facebook memes—Tyson is an incarnation of the biggest threat organized religion has ever faced: the Internet.
A traditional religion, one built on “right belief,” requires a closed information system. That is why the Catholic Church put an official seal of approval on some ancient texts and banned or burned others. It is why some Bible-believing Christians are forbidden to marry nonbelievers. It is why Quiverfull moms home-school their kids with carefully screened textbooks. It is why, when you get sucked into conversations with your fundamentalist Uncle George from Florida, you sometimes wonder if he has some superpower that allows him to magically close down all avenues into his mind. (He does!)
Religions have spent eons honing defenses that keep outside information away from insiders. The innermost ring wall is a set of certainties and associated emotions like anxiety and disgust and righteous indignation that block curiosity. The outer wall is a set of behaviors aimed at insulating believers from contradictory evidence and from heretics who are potential transmitters of dangerous ideas. These behaviors range from memorizing sacred texts to wearing distinctive undergarments to killing infidels. Such defenses worked beautifully during humanity’s infancy. But they weren’t really designed for the current information age.
Tech-savvy mega-churches may have Twitter missionaries, and Calvinist cuties may make viral videos about how Jesus worship isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship, but that doesn’t change the facts: the free flow of information is really, really bad for the product they are selling.
Here are six kinds of web content that are like, well, like electrolysis on religion’s hairy toes.
1. Radically cool science videos and articles.
Religion evokes some of our most deeply satisfying emotions: joy, for example, and transcendence, and wonder. This is what Einstein was talking about when he said that “science without religion is lame.” If scientific inquiry doesn’t fill us at times with delight and even speechless awe at new discoveries or the mysteries that remain, then we are missing out on the richest part of the experience. Fortunately, science can provide all of the above, and certain masters of the trade and sectors of the Internet are remarkably effective at evoking the wonder—the spirituality if you will—of the natural world unveiled. Some of my own favorites include Symphony of science, NOVA, TED, RSA Animate, and Birdnote.
It should be no surprise that so many fundamentalists are determined to take down the whole scientific endeavor. They see in science not only a critique of their outdated theories but a competitor for their very best product, a sense of transcendent exuberance. For millennia, each religion has made an exclusive claim, that it alone had the power to draw people into a grand vision worth a lifetime of devotion. Each offered the assurance that our brief lives matter and that, in some small way, we might live on. Now we are getting glimpses of a reality so beautiful and intricate that it offers some of the same promise.
2. Curated collections of ridiculous beliefs.
Religious beliefs that aren’t yours often sound silly, and the later in life you encounter them the more laughable they are likely to sound. Web writers are after eyeballs, which means that if there’s something ridiculous to showcase, one is guaranteed to write about it. It may be a nuanced exposé or a snarky list or a flaming meme, but the point, invariably, is to call attention to the stuff that makes you roll your eyes, shake your head in disbelief, laugh, and then hit Share.
3. The kinky, exploitative, oppressive, opportunistic and violent sides of religion.
Of course, the case against religion doesn’t stop at weird and wacky. It gets nasty, sometimes in ways that are titillating and sometimes in ways that are simply dark. The Bible is full of sex slavery, polygamy and incest, and these are catalogued at places like Evilbible.com. Alternately, a student writing about holidays can find a proclamation in which Puritans give thanks to God for the burning of Indian villages or an interview on the mythic origins of the Christmas story. And if the Catholic come-home plea sounds a little desperate, it may well be because the sins of the bishops are getting hard to cover up. On the net, whatever the story may be, someone will be more than willing to expose it.
4. Supportive communities for people coming out of religion.
With or without the net (but especially with it) believers sometimes find their worldview in pieces. Before the Internet existed most people who lost their faith kept their doubts to themselves. There was no way to figure out who else might be thinking forbidden thoughts. In some sects, a doubting member may be shunned, excommunicated, or “disfellowshipped” to ensure that doubts don’t spread. So, doubters used to keep silent and then disappear into the surrounding culture. Now they can create Web sites, and today there are as many communities of former believers as there are kinds of belief. These communities range from therapeutic to political, and they cover the range of sects: Evangelical, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, and Muslim. There’s even a web home for recovering clergy. Heaven help the unsuspecting believer who wanders into one of these sites and tries to tell members in recovery that they’re all bound for hell.
5. Lifestyles of the fine and faithless.
When they emerge from the recovery process former Christians and Muslims and whatnot find that there’s a whole secular world waiting for them on the web. This can be a lifesaver, literally, for folks who are trapped in closed religious communities on the outside. On the web, they can explore lifestyles in which people stay surprisingly decent and kind without a sacred text or authority figures telling them what to do. In actuality, since so much of religion is about social support (and social control) lots of people skip the intellectual arguments and exposes, and go straight to building a new identity based in a new social network. Some web resources are specifically aimed at creating alternatives to theism, like Good without God, Parenting Beyond Belief or the Foundation Beyond Belief.
6. Interspiritual okayness. This might sound odd, but one of the threats to traditional religion are interfaith communities that focus on shared spiritual values. Many religions make exclusive truth claims and see other religions as competitors. Without such claims, there is no need for evangelism, missionaries or a set of doctrines that I call donkey motivators (ie. carrots and sticks) like heaven and hell. The web showcases the fact that humanity’s bad and good qualities are universal, spread across cultures and regions, across both secular and religious wisdom traditions. It offers reassurance that we won’t lose the moral or spiritual dimension of life if we outgrow religion, while at the same time providing the means to glean what is truly timeless and wise from old traditions. In doing so, it inevitably reveals that the limitations of any single tradition alone.
The Dalai Lama, who has led interspiritual dialogue for many years made waves recently by saying as much: “All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.”
The power of interspiritual dialogue is analogous to the broader power of the web in that, at the very heart it is about people finding common ground, exchanging information, and breaking through walls to find a bigger community waiting outside. Last year, Jim Gilliam, founder of Nationbuilder, gave a talk titled, “The Internet is My Religion.” Gilliam is a former fundamentalist who has survived two bouts of cancer thanks to the power of science and the Internet. His existence today has required a bone marrow transplant and a double lung transplant organized in part through social media. Looking back on the experience, he speaks with the same passion that drove him when he was on fire for Jesus:
I owed every moment of my life to countless people I would never meet. Tomorrow, that interconnectedness would be represented in my own physical body. Three different DNAs. Individually they were useless, but together they would equal one functioning human. What an incredible debt to repay. I didn’t even know where to start. And that’s when I truly found God. God is just what happens when humanity is connected. Humanity connected is God.
The Vatican, and the Mormon Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the Southern Baptist Convention should be very worried.
However atheists can be agnostic, and when you search the tag atheism you also get religion tags too. Goes both ways. Of course there definitely a lot of noise from the more atheistic side of the agnostic spectrum. :)
Yes. Agnostic deals with knowledge. Atheist deals with belief. Also, why not check out the agnostics tag?
Apparently she has been, with limited success. I decided to check that tag out too. It’s got some nice stuff. :)
Why… I get the feeling this is one of those “agnosticism is like atheism’s more caring and attractive little sister” posts. We need to spread the word that the two terms are not mutually exclusive and agnostic has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not someone believes there is a higher power or not.
Single parent, two children: $260,000 income.
i’m a single parent and i have two grown children
i might have seen that much in my entire working career
If you make 250,000 + annually and you live within your means then you are not hurting.
and living within your means includes not living in a mc mansion or driving a brand new Maserati.
I’m more curious about how taxes are going to change for households that make anywhere from $15,000 to $100,000, thank you very much. You know, the majority of the country.
Also, wth is investment income? (Rhetorical question, please do not answer this.)
I don’t believe in God. Therefor I don’t blame Gods for my illness. However if there Were a God, it Would be his doing. Bear in mind when you defend your belief in God that If you are right, your God created the world as it is. He created the pestilence and plagues, the genetic problems and so forth. He defends the free will of rapists over the free will of their victims not to be raped, punishes the children for the sins of the father. Created a world with tectonic plates, yeast and the potential to create alcohol, a world where natural selection drives evolution and causes creatures to need to eat one another to survive. God did not have to create a world like this one. No god is necessary for the world to be as it is, however, if there is a God, the design of the world speaks to the nature of said being, and if there is such a being it is at best impotent and capricious. And before you attempt to bring free will into things consider this. You lack the free will to jump off a building nude and fly to the moon. You lack the free will to go swimming to the bottom of the Mariana trench in nothing but a wet suit even With Scuba gear. You personally probably lack the free will to go assassinate the prime minister of some country on the other side of the ocean with a spork. Does that make you an automaton? mindless drone zombie incapable of making choices? No? then exactly why do we Have to live on a world with parasites, pests, meat eating predators and the like? Diseases? Why do we need to live in a reality where acquisitiveness was positively selected for in natural selection? Where life didn’t even understand the concept of consent for a few billion years? Why couldn’t humans have been created as beings who were less greedy, less violent, more concerned with the well being of others? Where the concept of rape didn’t even exist. Where the concept of propping oneself up at the expense of others to the degree where those others starve to death wallowing in despair while the beneficiary of their suffering has all the luxuries including a gold plated yacht. Would it truly diminish our free will if in our free will we could not so utterly victimize one another? And what about Hell? Eternal suffering for finite crimes. What kind of justice is that? No. I don’t believe in God. If there was one, it would be unequivocally his responsibility though. With great power comes great responsibility. And there is no greater power than Omnipotence and Omniscience.
* Oh, PS. Exactly what do you expect to accomplish with this praying? My illness is genetic, the only possibility of a cure costs over 178 thousand dollars. You’re not going to be able to pray it away. I’ve accomplished far more regarding it by experimentation in regards to preventing attacks than you could with prayer if you prayed from now till you died. My entire family doubtless prays every morning meal and night for me to return to a relationship with their God, hasn’t done any good thus far.
(By request, a reblogable version of the ask from earlier :)
Kanye gave his approval for a marriage
Kanye reviews his own Album.
Kanye trashes a hotel room
Kanye takes the ACT
Kanye throws a party in his own honor
Kanye visits the Czech Republic
Kanye starts a campaign for oral hygiene awareness
Kanye spends the night with tissues
Agnostic atheist here.