Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mars rex

Thursday, September 20, 2012

My Hat

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What's it all about?

Sad to hear that Hal David has died.
Here's one of my favorite versions of one of his greats (in this case with a slightly altered title)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Atheism Less – Registration page

The atheism community is currently buzzing with the idea of “Atheism Plus”, which is kind of like secular humanism but differs in one crucial way – secular humanism doesn’t have a plus on the end.

The idea was originally conceived by Richard Carrier who, unfortunately, forgot to tell anyone.
Luckily enough Jen McCreight recently had the same idea and did tell everyone.

Jen defined the principles of Atheism Plus as follows:

We are…
Atheists plus we care about social justice,
Atheists plus we support women’s rights,
Atheists plus we protest racism,
Atheists plus we fight homophobia and transphobia,
Atheists plus we use critical thinking and skepticism.

Since “social justice” covers points 2,3 and 4, and should therefore “endorse the values of reasonableness, compassion, and integrity”, the entire values statement can be summarized:

 “Atheists who care about social justice and who use critical thinking and skepticism.”

Now one might think that this is simply a description of any average member of the atheism community, a group generally regarded as politically towards the left and thus more likely than the general public to be supportive of policies advocating social justice.

Unfortunately not.

According to Richard Carrier, there exists a significant group of atheists that completely reject the aforementioned values. 
And something needs to be done.

However Richard’s solution is as brilliant as it is simple.

“I call upon you to pick sides within our movement (not in comments here, but publicly, via Facebook or other social media): are you with us, or with them; are you with the Atheism+ movement, or do you at least cheer and approve it’s values and aims (since you don’t have to label yourself), or are you going to stick with Atheism Less and its sexism and cruelty and irrationality?
Then at least we’ll know who to work with. And who to avoid.”

Which, when you think of it, is all very commendable.

If someone really does approve of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or other forms of discriminatory behavior, then it may be worth knowing who they are, if only to avoid them.

Unfortunately Richard wasn’t clear as to how to make it apparent you fall into this “Atheism  Less” camp.  If it’s time to pick sides and register an allegiance then the "Atheism Less" adherents require a central registration point.

And that is where we, at the ‘Sneer Review’, can help.

Although none of our staff are “Atheism Less” according to Richards definition (in fact there is pretty much 100% agreement with the ideas of social justice and skepticism as defined above), we feel it is our moral duty to provide an opportunity for “Atheism less” advocates to answer Richards call and openly pick that side.

Therefore, if you are an atheist who is in favor of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination and who rejects the notions of reasonableness, compassion, and integrity, please register as an official member of ‘Atheism Less’ by leaving your name in the comments below.

If an individual atheist does not register as an official member of “Atheism Less” it may be best to assume they don’t advocate or support discrimination and douchebaggery and are not, in fact an unteratheist.  Luckily enough there already exists a specific term for this type of individual. 


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Evolution of Atheism

I'm not sure I like where this is heading.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A divided

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Mitt Romney Problem - as seen by conservative Republicans

The Evolution of Ham

OK, OK! I realize this isn't how evolution works, but the pictures are too similar to avoid the obvious gag!
One has to wonder, however, if the artists involved aren't trying to send a subtle message to the creationists.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Teach the controversy - about Jesus

We, the staff of the Sneer Review, fully supporting the mission of those defenders against the rising tide of militant secularism, have decided to promote the goals of religious diversity. As a first measure we seek to support the diverse views about the founder of Christianity, a Mr Jesus H. Christ. While the orthodox story of Jesus involved him living all his life in ancient Israel before his untimely death on the cross, there is an alternative narrative, equally supported by the evidence, involving, not one, but two visits to Japan.
According to CNN:

"The historically lost middle years of Christ were spent west of Tokyo before he returned to the Middle East and to religious and political turmoil -- and the rest of the story.

The traditional narrative includes his crucifixion, of course, which in the Shingo version he avoided when his brother selflessly substituted himself for Jesus.

Carrying some of his brother’s remains, Christ travelled from Jerusalem via Siberia and Alaska before ending up in the northern Japanese port of Hachinohe and finally inland to what is now Shingo.

After such a voyage he deserved to settle down, marry a local woman and father children, which is exactly what he did, inadvertently creating a possible bloodline. He finally died a natural death aged an average-busting 106 years"

Jesus' obvious love for Japanese culture finally resolves the hitherto unexplained miracle of the loaves and fishes which is now revealed to be the first historical incidence of a sushi party.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

In the event of an emergency contact a Catholic priest

Catholic Church in England and Wales announces the introduction of a "Faith Card" for Catholics, a credit card sized item that can be carried on the person.
In addition to reminding them of six things they need to do as Catholics, it is also particularly useful to bring out in debates with atheists when all other arguments have failed.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Why do Marxists defend religion?

According to the LSE Socialist Workers Students Society:
"Religious discrimination is irrefutably on the rise at LSE. Both the Atheist Society’s efforts to publish inflammatory “satirical” cartoons in a deliberate attempt to offend Muslims, and the ‘Nazi themed’ drinking games serve to highlight a festering undercurrent of racism.
What does really lie behind the claim that religious communities cannot be the target of racists?
Is atheism the road to social progress?
Why do Marxists defend religion?"

Because Marxism is a religion?

Monday, January 30, 2012