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"Flying Spaghetti Monster" Religious Group Turning Heads at MSU
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The national "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" has a local chapter at MSU, and it's sending a strong message to students on campus.

It’s the second-largest religious group on Missouri State's campus, with more than 200 members, including MSU staff.

It's a student organization Jeffrey Markus wanted to be a part of as an MSU student.

“For the people that are not heavily into a religion it feels like a real welcome movement because here on campus there's a lot of people who are very confused on what they believe and on what they want to do."
(tip to David)

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Dawkins Responds To Fundamentalist Charge

Excellent response to the many who make the bogus "you're just as much a fundamentalist as the religious", well done Richard

How dare you call me a fundamentalist

The right to criticise 'faith-heads'

The hardback God Delusion was hailed as the surprise bestseller of 2006. While it was warmly received by most of the 1,000-plus individuals who volunteered personal reviews to Amazon, paid print reviewers gave less uniform approval. Cynics might invoke unimaginative literary editors: it has “God” in the title, so send it to a known faith-head. That would be too cynical, however. Several critics began with the ominous phrase, “I’m an atheist, BUT . . .” So here is my brief rebuttal to criticisms originating from this “belief in belief” school.

I’m an atheist, but I wish to dissociate myself from your shrill, strident, intemperate, intolerant, ranting language.

Objectively judged, the language of The God Delusion is less shrill than we regularly hear from political commentators or from theatre, art, book or restaurant critics. The illusion of intemperance flows from the unspoken convention that faith is uniquely privileged: off limits to attack. In a criticism of religion, even clarity ceases to be a virtue and begins to sound like aggressive hostility.

A politician may attack an opponent scathingly across the floor of the House and earn plaudits for his robust pugnacity. But let a soberly reasoning critic of religion employ what would, in other contexts, sound merely direct or forthright, and it will be described as a shrill rant. My nearest approach to stridency was my account of God as “the most unpleasant character in all fiction”. I don’t know how well I succeeded, but my intention was closer to humorous broadside than shrill polemic. Restaurant critics are notoriously scathing, but are seldom dismissed as shrill or intolerant. A restaurant might seem a trivial target compared to God. But restaurateurs and chefs have feelings to hurt and livelihoods to lose, whereas “blasphemy is a victimless crime”.

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Richard Dawkins Salon Interview

The flying spaghetti monster

Get yourself a day pass. I know another Dawkins Interview, but it's worthwhile.

Why are we here on earth? To Richard Dawkins, that's a remarkably stupid question. In a heated interview, the famous biologist insists that religion is evil and God might as well be a children's fantasy.
Paulson: But don't you need to distinguish between religious extremists who kill people and moderate, peaceful religious believers?
Dawkins: You certainly need to distinguish them. They are very different. However, the moderate, sensible religious people you've cited make the world safe for the extremists by bringing up children -- sometimes even indoctrinating children -- to believe that faith trumps everything and by influencing society to respect faith. Now, the faith of these moderate people is in itself harmless. But the idea that faith needs to be respected is instilled into children sitting in rows in their madrasahs in the Muslim world. And they are told these things not by extremists but by decent, moderate teachers and mullahs. But when they grow up, a small minority of them remember what they were told. They remember reading their holy book, and they take it literally. They really do believe it. Now, the moderate ones don't really believe it, but they have taught children that faith is a virtue. And it only takes a minority to believe what it says in the holy book -- the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Quran, whatever it is. If you believe it's literally true, then there's scarcely any limit to the evil things you might do.
Paulson: And yet most moderate religious people are appalled by the apocalyptic thinking of religious extremists.
Dawkins: Of course they're appalled. They're very decent, nice people. But they have no right to be appalled because, in a sense, they brought it on the world by teaching people, especially children, the virtues of unquestioned faith.

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Endgame Great Video

Touched by His Noodly Appendage

An interview with the Prophet Bobby Henderson, the voice of Flying Spaghetti Monsterism.

Faith Based Disaster

French psychiatrists don�t take Freud criticism lying down

A WAR of words has erupted among French psychiatrists after the publication of a �black book� that lambasts the teaching of Sigmund Freud and blames his followers for setting back mental health care in France by decades.
In a country that is one of the last redoubts of pure Freudian psychoanalysis, the book has been like shock treatment for many in the white-coat establishment who accuse the authors of grovelling to the �Anglo-Saxon� trend towards behaviour-based mental therapy.

Brits free their own from Basra Jail. It just keeps getting better. That's sarcasm for our right-wing friends.

I�m leavin� on a jet plane/Don�t know when I�ll be back again/Oh New Orleans, I hate to go