It’s been another somewhat stressful week. I’ve had difficult conversations with friends and family members, and I came away somewhat disappointed in their opinions on the state of the world.
Racism runs heavy in my family, and it’s embarrassing. I’m not sure how they were never able to shake the indoctrination of that line of thinking. Maybe they don’t want to, but I sure as hell want to get rid of any ounce of prejudice that flows through my veins. I don’t think there is any, but I’m always willing to take a hard look in the mirror; I don’t know how others aren’t willing to do the same.
I was able to get out and play some golf this week, so that helped my mental state. I played like shit, but still…
I made a post earlier this week on Instagram, asking to hear from black nonbelievers. I wanted to hear some stories about experiences and struggles. I got some great responses and have made a couple of friends. I may end up sharing some of those stories or interviewing people on the podcast.
On the podcast episode this week, I read a piece from Mandisa Thomas, founder of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Here’s the episode:
Or you can read the article here: https://www.cnn.com/2015/03/28/living/black-atheist-confession/index.html
Home, Sweet Home
Well, I’m officially back in Tennessee now. Maybe one of these days I’ll escape the red states, but I digress…
Tennessee is one of the states that is not allowing voters to mail absentee ballots without a “good reason,” and one of those reasons happens to be if your religion has a holiday that prevents you from voting on election days.
A local badass took it upon himself to start a “church” that just so happens to have holidays on all election days. I love it. Hemant Mehta wrote a blog post and did a YouTube video about it:
Another article from Friendly Atheist shows that the Bible Belt has the most new cases of COVID. Pray a little harder, folks.
No True Scotsman
I spent a fair share of my time having discussions with theists on social media, and, by far, the most common rebuttal I get when making a point is “You were never really a Christian.” It’s so frustrating and, frankly, insulting to be told this multiple times per week.
This is invoking the “No True Scotsman” fallacy, and Protestant Christians are notorious for it. It involves dismissing an interlocutor’s points by moving the goalposts or redefining the group. https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/No_True_Scotsman
Matt Dillahunty has a great video on “moving the goalposts” here: https://youtu.be/gvUCnda5Ygc
@_mathewalex on Instagram made a video called “Colourism in India, and our Hypocrisy Towards BLM,” which was pretty informative:
Happy Pride Month!
Last, but far from least, Happy Pride Month to all of my LGBTQ+ friends! This has probably been a hard one to celebrate with the state of the world, but just know that you are loved and have an ally here. We will not stop until there is true equality.
Let’s all have a great and sinful Sunday!
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