Fuck Sam Fucking Harris. I’m just too angry to even make a coherent argument. Bascially, Sam Harris thinks that:
We should profile Muslims, or anyone who looks like he or she could conceivably be Muslim, and we should be honest about it.
PZ Myers said what I was thinking (and did it better than I could right now). This showing of islamophobia is just too much for me. After reading Lying (which I could barely make it through) I was already starting to dislike Harris’s writing, but reading this blog post just makes me realize that I’m done with Sam Harris entirely. I now regret even buying that Kindle Single for $2.99 and I won’t be buy any of his books in the future (I’m not trying to boycott him or anything; I just don’t like giving the little bit of money I have to bigots of any kind or even to writers whose writing I don’t enjoy).
This is the reason I’m active in the atheist/skeptic movement: I don’t want people like this to be the public face of atheism.
Tomorrow people around the country will be out protesting, rallying, and marching to end the War on Women. I’m sure you all understand the need for something like this (if you don’t, just click on the “Feminism” section of this blog). If you’re free tomorrow, why don’t you participate in a rally/march near you? Most of them will take place sometime between 10 am and 2 pm. I’ll be marching around my city from noon to 2 pm. Hopefully I won’t get a sunburn!
A bunch of us went out to lunch during the conference to Voodoo Dog, an awesome hotdog place.
Last weekend, Shelley Segal was in town for a Humanists of Florida Association conference. She performed a few songs during the conference, but the really awesome part was when she performed after the conference. During this impromptu show, she performed my new favorite song: The Salamander Song. The sad thing is, though, that she hasn’t recorded it yet. However, Mark Palmer (HFA executive director and a friend of mine) was able to convince Shelley to perform the song for his podcast. So, here it is! The song starts at about 14:30 (but the explanation of the song starts a few minutes before that, at about 11:00). The audio quality is not the best, but the song is still very funny and totally awesome.
Also, if you haven’t bought her album, “An Atheist Album,” you can find it on iTunes and Amazon. *cough*gobuyit*cough*