Update!

I am now writing for SecularVoices.org !

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Please, check out all the articles, there is some amazing secular authors. I will try and share each new article that I write on this blog as well, but I have mostly moved all of my attention to this wonderful new site.

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Pro-choice, to keep or not.

I get very frustrated when people call a fetus, a parasite. I am very pro-choice so that means I support a woman’s right to choose, I am not against people choosing to have children. Stop saying we are becoming over-populated. So what’s the difference between a parasite and a fetus?

is a non-mutual symbiotic relationship between species, where one species, the parasite, benefits at the expense of the other, the host.

That sounds a bit like a fetus but let’s look into a symbiotic relationship:

Symbiotic relationships include those associations in which one organism lives on another (ectosymbiosis, such as mistletoe), or where one partner lives inside the other (endosymbiosis, such as lactobacilli and other bacteria in humans or Symbiodinium incorals).

So which is it? Is a fetus a parasite or part of a symbiotic relationship?

A parasite can not survive without a host and does not benefit the host. A symbiote can often live on it’s own and does benefit the host. While those who have never had a child find it difficult to understand the benefits of being pregnant, there are quite a few and not to mention it is how our species reproduces. A fetus can not always survive without a host but after a certain amount of gestation it can especially with the furthering of our medical knowledge. So the lines are not well drawn, there is no way to say for certain which one it is and therefore is illogical to just throw around classifications without due research.

So what about over population?

The world population is now estimated at 7.2 billion. But with current industrial technologies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has estimated that the more than nine billion people expected by 2050 as the population nears its peak could be supported as long as necessary investments in infrastructure and conducive trade, anti-poverty and food security policies are in place. Who knows what will be possible with the technologies of the future? The important message from these rough numbers should be clear. There really is no such thing as a human carrying capacity. We are nothing at all like bacteria in a petri dish.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/14/opinion/overpopulation-is-not-the-problem.html

So over population is really just something to get people all worked up over nothing.

What harm are we doing then by suggesting to fellow atheists that they should not reproduce? Well being from a Mormon family I know first hand how much theists regard breeding. They already out number us so very much and will continue to do so until we become:

1. More active in de-conversion

2. Feel compelled to raise our own offspring as atheists

3. Be supportive of those atheists who do not want to breed

4. Be more supportive of those atheist who do want to breed

We should not be trying to make others feel bad for their reproductive choices, that is after all what being pro-choice is all about.

P.S. I am still a supporter of all our atheist media hosts, they provide an important face to our efforts but they need to be more aware of that fact. It may not have been their intentions at first but they have a responsibility now to be real sources of reason and good.

That 14 year old asked for it!

So I’m just scrolling down my timeline and I come upon a rather largely accepted fallacy. What a person wears versus their likelihood of being raped. It had a comparison photo of how 14 year olds dressed in the 90’s, to today’s youth.

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So let’s go through this post one step at a time shall we?

1. Kids were still raped in the 90’s, no matter who they were.

2. There is 100% no way to tell the ages of those photoed.

3. Most parents in the US are christian and don’t allow their kids to dress anywhere near how these women are, they most likely posted it online and didn’t actually wear the outfits in public.

4. There has been multiple studies on the subject of rape victims and what they were wearing and the studies all seem to concur that clothes have 100% nothing to do with their chances of being raped.

This is one study, done by The University of Minnesota:

“Rapists act without considering their victim’s physical appearance, dress, age, race, gender, or social status. Assailants seek out victims who they perceive to be vulnerable. The Orange County Rape Crisis Center has worked with victims from infancy to ninety-two years of age and from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.”

http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/jhamlin/3925/myths.html

So next time you see one of these pictures and think ‘hey that seems like a valid argument’ do your research first. Be a skeptic, don’t fuel the hate flames.

Also, please stop the slut shaming, there is nothing wrong with what they do unless they hurt somebody else in the process, then they did something wrong.

A new source of reason

There are a few atheist media sources out there, most have been around for a while and their points have gotten repetitive and dare I say? Lazy. Not that I don’t still enjoy them, I have just gotten bored honestly.

This was quite the breathe of fresh air I was looking for, something new with people who really care if you listen or not. They care about their listeners because they are not over populated with people who agree with them, if you disagree with them, they won’t just say ‘who cares what you think?’ or make a 5 minute video on how stupid they think you are. Those are the atheists I’m tired of, the ones who are so very negative and angry that they just push those questioning away from atheism.

Their voices are much softer and light hearted and they sound as if they are enjoying what they do and not just doing it for attention. They also bring scientific evidence in their casts, news stories and very thoughtful incite. They are not just another group of atheists angrily cursing people who believe, it is a very nice and more logical change.

The way they handle topics, reminds me of The Friendly Atheist or even a more relaxed and down-to-earth Richard Dawkins. Calm, collected and logical. I honestly, could see myself listening to them back when I was just a Christian starting to question my beliefs, we need people like them. We need Forrest and Jerry, we need Reality Thumper.

P.S. Props for one of the most catchy theme songs! And props for the wonderful evolution segment in each episode!


Sincerely, your new biggest fan!

http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/7/a/e/7ae35f2263d3ea37/Reality_Thumper_Episode_16_Speaking_Up_On_Child_Abuse_Is_Arrogant.mp3?c_id=8531287&expiration=1432705936&hwt=79bf2bce69accf3d6d89f45f78b5190f