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Announcement: Erosophia Podcast Special Guest

by Jason Stotts

I am very pleased and excited to announce that tomorrow The Erosophia Podcast will be interviewing Dr. Darrel Ray on sex and religion!  Last year Dr. Ray released the very good book Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality, which I recommend for anyone who wants to understand the true, and terrible, effects that religion has on sexuality.

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Book description:

Why are all the major religions consumed with sex? What makes sex so important, whether Buddhism or Islam, Christianity or Mormonism? What is the impact of religion on human sexuality? This book explores this and more. It ventures into territory that has never been examined. You will be surprised at how much religion has influenced your sexuality, who you marry, the pleasure you get or don’t get from sex, and what you can do about it.

If you have any questions for Dr. Ray, please email them to me at Jason(at)JasonStotts.com

Dr. Ray also heads the very useful and much need organization Recovering from Religion, where they help people to re-establish their lives away from religion and to find meaning in the real world.

I’m very excited about this interview and I hope that you will enjoy it as much when it’s released!

RIP: Exodus International

by Jason Stotts

I never thought I’d see the day when a christian group as ignorant and bigoted as Exodus International would close its doors.  But, happily, today is that day:

The leader of a large Christian ministry that claims to offer a “cure” for homosexuality apologized to the LGBT community and announced on Wednesday that the organization is shutting down.

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, announced the decision on the group’s website and issued a formal apology, saying he was “profoundly sorry” for the pain some within the organization caused.

The group was founded in 1976 and now has more than 200 branches, churches and counselors, according to NBC News. Those within the group claimed people could overcome homosexuality through prayer and therapy.

But psychiatric and medical groups have said that the movement, also known as reparative therapy, is unfounded in science and can be harmful, NBC reported. The American Psychiatric Association said 15 years ago that the therapy could cause depression, anxiety and self-depressive behavior in patients. (US News)

Ideas have consequences and bad ideas like christianity ruin lives, while good ideas make the world better.  It’s this kind of thing that should be motivation for us to continue the good fight and to realize that real change is possible in our lifetimes if we work hard enough.

Event: Darrel Ray “I Am Not A Christian So Why Do I Act Like One?”

by Jason Stotts

I’ll be attending this event on Thursday and you should come check it out if you’re in the Temecula area.

I Am Not A Christian So Why Do I Act Like One?

by Darrel Ray author of Sex & God

Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:00 PM

Why do non-believers continue to behave like Christians when it comes to their sexual beliefs?

Darrel Ray, author of Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality, will tell us how and why non-believers continue to think and behave like Christians when it comes to sexuality.

I saw Darrel speak a couple of years ago when his book The God Virus had just come out.  It’s a pretty good book and definitely a good metaphor, even if I think the metaphor is a little stretched in places.  Either way, Darrel is a good speaker and it should be a really interesting talk!

Erosophia Podcast #5: Same-Sex Marriage

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In this episode of the newly relaunched Erosophia Podcast, Jason, William, Devin, and Joia talk about same-sex marriage.

News

1. Herpes Strikes Two More Infants After Ritual Circumcision

2. Judge orders morning-after pill available without prescription

3. Bet You Can’t Tell The Difference Between These Actual Anti-Interracial And Anti-Gay Marriage Quotes

4. Introducing the Condom of the Future

5. Kansas and Anti-Abortion Legislation

Questions

No questions this episode.

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A question for you: do you want a “sex tips” feature in the podcast?

Tonight’s Topic: Same-Sex Marriage

For a thorough debunking of the sadly terrible arguments against gay marriage, check out episode #205 of Diana Hsieh’s Philosophy in Action podcast.

Our take away from this podcast: gays are real people with real rights who should be able to marry just like anyone else.

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Study Finds Male Genital Mutilation Still a Terrible Idea

by Jason Stotts

A new study from Belgium has, again, found that male genital mutilation (circumcision) is still a terrible idea:

Male circumcision decreases penile sensitivity as measured in a large cohort.

Conclusions: This study confirms the importance of the foreskin for penile sensitivity, overall sexual satisfaction, and penile functioning. Furthermore, this study shows that a higher percentage of circumcised men experience discomfort or pain and unusual sensations as compared with the uncircumcised population. Before circumcision without medical indication, adult men, and parents considering circumcision of their sons, should be informed of the importance of the foreskin in male sexuality.

This study follows one from 2011 that found that:

Conclusions: Circumcision was associated with frequent orgasm difficulties in Danish men and with a range of frequent sexual difficulties in women, notably orgasm difficulties, dyspareunia and a sense of incomplete sexual needs fulfilment. Thorough examination of these matters in areas where male circumcision is more common is warranted. (link)

Of course, male genital mutilation was in the news last fall after it was found that Rabbis were fellating freshly mutiliated babies and some of these were getting herpes and dying. The rabbis protested that it was their “freedom of religion” to fellate these young boys they’ve just mutilated.  I think that freedom of religion stops at the point where it involves mutilation of the human body, including both male and female genital mutilation, and sexual abuse of children, including the fellating of freshly mutilated boys by rabbis.

I fully and emphatically support bans on all genital mutilation (with the exception of only medically necessary mutilation and only to the extent to restore proper function) for anyone who is a legal minor, like in Germany. Circumcision without medical necessity is immoral and it should be illegal to mutilate your child, especially when the only end is to placate an imaginary friend in the sky.

Atheism on the Move

by Jason Stotts

Apparently during the Super Bowl (I say apparently because I don’t care about sports and didn’t watch it) there was a commercial for Atheism:

[UPDATE – apparently this was a video for scientology (another nonsense religon) that someone edited to be for atheism.]

I think it’s great that religion is losing it’s grip on people and fading away.  I sincerely think that faith is the single most evil thing ever thought by humans.

Another example of the fading away of religion is “Atheist Churches” that attempt to salvage the good parts of organized religion with the irrationality of religion.  There is a great value in gathering together in friendly groups to enjoy each other’s company, to learn and think with each other, and to experience a sense of community and belonging.  After all, we are, as Aristotle says, political animals (he means “social”).

Although I applaud these efforts, one major problem still remains: atheism is the lack of a belief.  As I argue in “The Irrationality of Atheism,” being an “atheist” just means you don’t believe in a god.  It is not itself a belief.  The problem with this, as I argue in “Shattered Illusions,” is that atheism is a cognitive void.  People can’t just lack beliefs, they need to believe in something. This is one reason why when we, as Objectivists, argue against religion, we must do so in a positive way that replaces that anti-life ideas of religion with pro-life ideas and values that will help people live good and happy lives.  This point can’t be stressed too much and is the same point I made in “Inspirational Philosophy“:

If we don’t take a positive tack, if we don’t take the moral high-ground and argue on moral terms, if we merely attack and never build, then we lose.  In order to win, to truly win, an argument or a culture, you must present positive reasons why your course of action is the better one, how it is the moral one, and give people something to believe in and to fight for.

In order to win the world, you must give people a morality worth living for: you must help them find meaning.

Ultimately, I’m glad “atheism” is growing, but we need to exploit this while it’s happening and show people that they can still have moral and meaningful lives without religion and its antiquated morality.

Merry Christmas!

by Jason Stotts

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Also, who doesn’t love cute little gay boys singing my favorite xmas song:

 

Dan Savage Versus the Christians

by Jason Stotts

One of the things I hate most about christianity, and there is oh so much I hate about it, is the christian propensity to find offense in everything they don’t like and to feel indignation when they are rebuffed: their feeling that they are always right and everyone else is always wrong. This is exemplified by the case of Dan Savage a week or so ago who rightly criticized christians for attacking gays and gay rights, because of the supposed biblical basis for this, while ignoring the rest of the craziness in the bible.  In short, for the complete lack of any integrity that christians demonstrate when they pick and choose from among their god’s completely true and without error book of revelations.

Savage’s speech, at a 3,000-student gathering of young journalists in Seattle, linked bullying of gay kids with biblical denunciations of homosexuality. Savage, noting the Bible also banned masturbation and the eating of shellfish, said, “We ignore the bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things.”

In the speech, Savage, citing Sam Harris’ “Letter to a Christian Nation,” said the Bible gave instructions about how to treat slaves. If the Bible erred “on the easiest moral question that humanity has ever faced … What are the odds that the Bible got something as complicated as human sexuality wrong? 100 percent,” said Savage. (LINK)

If there really was a god and I actually believed it, you can be damned sure I wouldn’t violate a single sentence of a book of his revelation.  Of course, it’s just a fantasy, so I don’t have to worry about it.  But you think that people who did believe in it would be more serious about reading such an important book and living by it every moment of every day.