More Woeful Pageants

April 7, 2016


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Another atheist activist hacked to death in Bangladesh, 28-year-old law student Najimuddin Samad. The day before he was killed, he had posted to Facebook criticizing the government’s ability to maintain law and order, and has previously posted about atheism and his criticisms of radical Islam. We have responded, which is noted in reports on the killing by the APNPRBuzzFeed, and elsewhere. This is the first attack of this kind in 2016, following several of them in 2015.  

We do have good news, though! Women in Secularism 4 has been officially announced, and you can register right now!  

CFI is a member of the Know Your Neighbor multi-faith coalition, which brought us to the White House late last year, and we have an entry about our organization at the campaign’s Tumblr site. 

William Corwin at The Brooklyn Rail reviews the art exhibit inspired by Skeptical Inquirer at Baruch College:

In the end this built-in confrontation between fact and fiction was the basis of the Skeptical Inquirer itself and its playful willingness to consider the most unlikely phenomena. 

Shaking her head at Tennessee’s proposal to name the Bible as its official state book, Gail Collins advises:

The next time your state legislators try to stick religious preference into the designations, tell them everybody would be much happier with another rock, legume or fossil.  

Members of the Satanic Temple are protesting the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation for what they see as the pseudoscientific promulgation of things like dissociative identity disorder, repressed memories, and hypnosis to falsely convince people they had been abused by Satanic cults.

Germany is investigating a comedian who hurt the feelings of Turkey’s president Erdogan with a “deliberately offensive” poem. What is happening. 

“Christian ethics” professor David Gushee warns of the times that religion leads people to evil, saying, “A faith that stands with the crucified is very different from a faith that does the crucifying. … Worst of all has been my discovery in recent years of versions of Christianity that actually make people worse human beings than they might otherwise have been.” 

Gwyneth Paltrow says to get stung by bees. If you listen to Gwyneth Paltrow, you may have it coming. 

Glenn Beck says the Bible is woven into the Constitution. Not literally, because the Bible is not a fabric (usually). This all just makes me ask, if the Bible was the basis for the Constitution, why have a Constitution at all? Why wasn’t the Bible enough? YOU DO THINK THE BIBLE IS PERFECT DON’T YOU

Quote of the Day:

I’m directing a production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It for the University of New England, and this line from Duke Senior seems appropriate:

Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy.
This wide and universal theater
Presents more woeful pageants than the scene
Wherein we play in.

And of course, that line of verse is completed by Jaques, who says, “All the world’s a stage…” 
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