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Mark Oppenheimer profiles Rabbi Robert Barr, candidate for the U.S. House in Ohio’s first District. What’s most notable about Barr’s affiliation is not that he is a rabbi, but that he subscribes to humanistic Judaism. BUT DON’T GET THE WRONG IDEA:
I’m not an atheist. … My relationship to God has always been private. Everyone should have that right. I have never made the congregation about my personal beliefs.
Rabbi Barr, I’d like you to meet Kyrsten Sinema, Bernie Sanders, oh, and look, Barney Frank is also here to say hi…
Another would-be House Member, Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera of Florida, can do way better than that. She says she was abducted by aliens to meet Jesus. The Miami Herald reports:
Three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was 7 years old and have communicated telepathically with her several times in her life, she says. … She also said that the aliens had mentioned Isis, though she didn’t clarify if they meant the terrorist organization or the ancient Egyptian goddess.
We need to do everything in our power to make sure this woman is elected to Congress. I mean, Dennis Kucinich only saw a UFO. He didn’t ride on one.
A federal judge, Derrick Watson in Hawaii, blocks Trump’s travel ban. Again. Ey oh ey, whatsa guy gotta do ta ban a religion around here, eh?
Big Think rounds up some atheists’ ideas about finding meaning and hope, including ways of dealing with the question, “how can you live a worthwhile life even if you think it ends at death?” THIS IS WHAT I BEEN SAYING.
Sara Coughlin at Refinery29, who apparently covers astrology unironically, says, “The Moon Wants You To Spend This Week Under A Blanket.” You know, that is SO INTERESTING because that’s ALSO how I want me to spend this weekend!
Jim Bakker, who still exists, is very mad that people listen to what he says and then check his prophetic claims. In a tantrum about this, he says, “One day, you’re going to shake your fist in God’s face and you’re going to say, ‘God, why didn’t you warn me?” And I’m thinking, if I ever find myself eye to eye with the Megagrandpa Creator of the Universe, the last thing I’m going to think about doing is “shaking my fist” in his face.
Kimberly Winston covers the new Pew data showing that a majority of Americans say that one does not need a belief in God to be a good person, noting that the release coincides with Friday’s Openly Secular Day. Also reporting on the news, The Christian Post highlights CFI’s 2012 Living Without Religion campaign, and quotes our former boss Ron Lindsay:
CFI President Ronald A. Lindsay, who has since stepped down from the role, said that it is a “myth” that nonreligious people lead “meaningless, selfish, self-centered lives.”
“This is not only false, it’s ridiculous,” Lindsay said back then. “Unfortunately, all too many people accept this myth because that’s what they hear about nonbelievers.”
Cassini posthumously shows that Saturn’s rings are raining down water, and, much to the surprise of scientists, methane as well. How did the methane get there? They don’t know, but I’m guessing there are farting cows orbiting Saturn. We just can’t see them.
Lego released “Women of NASA” sets, and my kids are getting these for Christmas. Don’t tell them.
Joe Nickell reviews the movie Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman with high praise: “Humanists will leave the theater inspired.”
These blurry, splotchy photographs that sort of show a sort of featureless, humanoid-shaped blob or something is obviously proof that Bigfoot exists.
Thanks to the wisdom of Mike Goodpaster of Washougal, Washington, we now know the true motive of the Las Vegas shooter. He writes to The Columbian that it was “the literal butcher’s thumb application of the world view of anti-Christian atheism.” SOLVED.
Here’s a better letter to the editor, from George Street to the Post and Courier, reminding everyone that as inclusive as the Boy Scouts organization seems to be getting, they still don’t allow atheist scouts:
The military, too, allows atheists to serve openly and honestly. This brings to mind atheist Pat Tillman, who left an outstanding professional football career after the 9/11 attacks to volunteer as an Army Ranger, and was killed by friendly fire. Had Pat Tillman survived, even he would have been deemed not “the best kind of citizen” and unfit for Boy Scout leadership.
Goodbye, productivity! Google now provides maps for other planets and moons. I’m gonna check out some turn-by-turn directions between geysers on Europa.
Gord Downie of Tragically Hip has died at the age of 53, just over a year after the band’s huge final concert.
Quote of the Day:
This has nothing at all to do with the usual topics covered here, bu
t whatever. I’m reading Hillary Clinton’s new book What Happened, and in it, she makes an incredible confession:
I have a weakness for Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers and was delighted to find out that 55 goldfish were only 150 calories—not bad! One time, Liz brought something I hadn’t tried before: Flavor Blasted Goldfish. We passed around the bag and discussed whether it was better than the original. Some of my staff thought yes, which was incorrect.
This is why she lost. Flavor Blasted Goldfish are objectively superior, and the voters of Wisconsin and Michigan know this. It’s a science fact. I know because I am a skeptic.
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