Why Everything Deepak Chopra Says Can Be Ignored

July 19, 2013

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"I'm an atheist and I'm embarrassed." So opens a piece at Jezebel by Lindy West, asking atheist not to be "dicks":

Religion is awful in a lot of ways, yes. But that doesn't mean you have to be awful too. . . . [T]his article isn't about forgiving or ignoring all of the atrocities—overt and covert—that religion sows. It's about being kind to individual human beings.  

Matt Dillahunty picks West's article apart, concludes she must have no experience with the movement or in engaging with theists:

Beliefs matter because they inform actions and actions have consequences. Caring only about actions is akin to only treating the symptoms. 

Liz Cheney is running for the Senate from Wyoming, and Ryan Koronowski rounds up some of her best/worst science-denying gems

And while we're at it, let's see who of the folks already in Congress are part of the "Anti-Science Caucus." 

Today in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton opened the Seneca Falls Convention. Here are the Declarations presented that morning. Travel Alert: Seneca Falls is one of 60 stops on the Freethought Trail, a collection of sites that made West-Central New York state a hotbed of political, social, and religious innovation in the 19th century. Come and visit us!

Asian Human Rights Commission: Pakistani woman is stoned to death by her family, on order of a tribal court, for using a cell phone.   

Accusations of anti-Semitism fly as Poland refuses to reinstate ritual slaughter of animals, decrying it as cruelty.

Jehovah’s Witness church discovered to have kept secret an official's abuse of a young girl

Despite church-state concerns, Ohio Statehouse approves the Holocaust Memorial

Sarah Posner, at The American Prospect, examines the implications of Hobby Lobby's battle against the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. 

Anthony Paul Smith wonders whether Pope Francis's public expressions of humility are sincere

Young Indian man kills himself after a crow lands on his head twice in one day, which is an allegedly bad omen. 

Vanessa Wolbrink at Americans United on the horrid pieces of legislation cropping up in the states:

The foundation of these various provisions is the same: the imposition of religious beliefs on others. Whether it enforces one’s belief of the “definition of life” on women, disparages those of a minority faith, or forces taxpayers to fund religious schools and education, each of these policies is constitutionally suspect and threatens religious liberty. 

According to a new PRRI study, Americans have very different ideas about what the word "religious" means. Here's RNS:

Nearly six out of 10 Americans (59 percent) say that being a religious person “is primarily about living a good life and doing the right thing,” as opposed to the more than one-third (36 percent) who hold that being religious “is primarily about having faith and the right beliefs.” 

Rachel Cleetus at the Union of Concerned Scientists parses the data to try and clarify exactly what carbon pollution and global warming will cost us as a society. 

Dr. Karl at Australia's ABC gets nostalgic for the pseudoscientific fad of "biorhythms."

In September, the Ethnic Health Initiative in London will hold a conference on spiritual possession

Here's video of a humanist invocation at a Wilmington City Council Meeting by Han Hill. 

Ryan at Mad Art Lab makes a fairy fossil

Tom Porteus of Human Rights Watch takes to the LA Times to diagnose the sectarian violence plaguing so many parts of the world:

Suppressing the right to mock or insult another's religion is not the answer. When governments suppress hate speech, it is often to placate influential bigots claiming to represent the majority rather than to protect vulnerable minorities. Blasphemy prosecutions of members of minority faiths in Pakistan and Egypt are examples. The victims of laws punishing hate speech are often the very people who are the targets of the most dangerous hate speech. It would be better to abolish all laws criminalizing defamation of religion. 

Nike on Mars

Oh! And don't forget to wave at Saturn today

Quote of the Day

xkcd lets you off the hook:

Protip: You can safely ignore any sentence that includes the phrase "according to quantum mechanics."

Adds Hemant on Twitter, "And this is why everything Deepak Chopra says can be ignored."
(This post's image text courtesy of the Random Deepak Chopra Quote Generator.) 
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