Humanist Thought of the Week: 2 2 2010
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What I was hoping for is that Obama would get up there and say – the state of our union is absolute crap. And here’s why. (He then starts pointing to individual senators) You’re a jerk. You’re a jerk. You’re a jerk. (He searches in the audience until he finds who he is looking for) You’re a jerk. Oh, and you’re a total douchebag (pointing at Lieberman). Obviously that didn’t happen. But it would have been awesome if it had. The one positive note, aside from Florida getting some of the high-speed rail funds, was that he did not say, “The state of our union is strong.” It clearly isn’t and it would have been really annoying if he had lied to us about that. I think his ending struck the right tone when he said we have it within ourselves to be strong again. Now we just need to figure out a way to bypass the Senate.
First – if you listened to my podcast 2 weeks ago – you know that I advocate for Humanism to be considered a philosophy and not as a sectarian alternative to religion. Well, here is why. This is what Humanism looks like when it is treated like a philosophy. And in case you didn’t follow that link – here is what happens: politicians, business leaders and religious leaders start talking about how “developing Humanism is a fundamental duty of every citizen.” I agree.
So after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the two individuals in America who are prone to say stupid and hateful things after such disasters said stupid and hateful things. I am talking of course about Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh. THIS ISN’T NEWS! Look – at this point I think we can all agree that Pat Robertson lives in a demon-haunted world. That means that he really believes that demons exist and that you really can make deals with them and so when something bad happens he blames the victims for consorting with said demons. It is sad that he views the world in such bizarre and terrifying terms, but at this point it isn’t news. If his congregation suddenly realized what an insane person he is, that would be news. The same goes for Rush. I don’t know what his problem is but the fact that he says stupid and hateful things isn’t news. It would only be news if his ditto heads decided that they have had enough of his ranting and stopped listening and started protesting. That isn’t happening in either case so there is nothing to see here – just move along.
As for Haiti – the Humanist Charities are doing an excellent job – find out more and donate to help their efforts here. Now this is news worth talking about.
Ok, so we all know that a Nigerian man attempted to blow up a plane in America on Christmas Day. We also know this means more security rules at the airports as if that will do any good (see Christopher Hitchens article in Slate). I am also now convinced that if 9/11 had occurred on a Democrat’s watch, Republicans would not have rallied around the president and would have instead been gone all out in a fundraising spree to raise money off the tragedy for their own political gain. But what I want to know is how this guy got on the plane in Amsterdam.
Ok – so lots of stuff in the news that is religion related. And since my time is limited I thought I would do a round up with quick thoughts about each. But the thing that ties all these stories together is that religion is incapable of policing people’s morality.