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Oregon faith-healing couple found guilty of manslaughter

Published September 30th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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From kwtx:

Dale and Shannon Hickman of Oregon City, Ore., who prayed for their ailing prematurely born son rather than seeking medical care, have been found guilty of felony manslaughter.

Prosecutors claimed Shannon Hickman never sought prenatal care and the couple never considered taking the premature infant to the hospital.

The child was born with a bacterial infection and underdeveloped lungs and died within nine hours after he had trouble breathing.

The Hickmans’ attorney claimed religious persecution and said there was no evidence that medical care would have saved the baby.

Faith healing is one of those areas where I can ignore it as a so long as it’s affecting themselves.  But it’s very sad when parents are making reckless choices for their kids.  I am happy to see this case worked out and hopefully it will cause some religious groups to do some critical thinking.

Some believe this case illustrates how evil religion is. I wavered on posting the article because that is not the point I wanted to make. More to the point, I believe the Church of FSM is not just another anti-religion club. A lot of us have the view that religion is harmful and antiquated, but a lot of us also accept that a huge number of people feel they get something positive out of their faith and their religious communities.

So I am cautious about posting things that promote the idea that the world would be better off without religion. Because, more than anything, I don’t believe it’s in the scope of the Church of FSM to make that statement.

The point I want to make is this: instead of drawing the line between the religious and non-religious, let’s draw the line between the reasonable and unreasonable. Let’s criticize a culture that values faith over reason, rather than religion itself.

Why? We know plenty of religious people and we realize that the majority of Christians do not reject modern medicine for their children. We personally know people who get something positive from their religious communities and yet still act with reason.

These are the people who might believe in some scripture, but they also realize that their faith does a poor job of explaining the natural world. They are not blinded by faith, they are reasonable. We need these people to promote the value of reason within their communities.

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David Attenborough Vs. Creationism

Published September 25th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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The Telegraph has an article about my all-time favorite Naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, and the campaign he’s joined to combat religion in science.

The naturalist joined three Nobel laureates, the atheist Richard Dawkins and other leading scientists in calling on the government to tackle the "threat" of creationism.

Andrew Copson, chief executive of the BHA, said: "Evolution is probably the most important idea underlying biological science and we support the view of many experts that it should be introduced right from primary level in all state-maintained schools.

"At the same time, the threat of creationism and ‘intelligent design’ being taught as science is real and ongoing, particularly as more and more schools are opened up to be run by religious fundamentalists.

"It has never been more urgent for concrete steps to be taken to ensure that all state schools teach evolution, and not creationism, and we urge the Government to implement the simple and sensible measures suggested in this new statement."

I love that Sir David Attenborough has gotten involved.  I worry when the ones who make a stand come off as petty and one-dimensional.   David Attenborough is such a likeable guy, and his work so accessible … I think a whole lot of people are all the sudden going to want to listen.  

Here is my favorite video from Mr. Attenborough’s Planet Earth:

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Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day

Published September 19th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Greetings from Rev. Benito (Spain) on the International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

FSM bless you!

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Best DragonCon photo

Published September 12th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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A number of people sent in photos but this is my favorite. Click the photo for the enlarged version.  Credit goes to machshots.com

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Design or Divine?

Published September 8th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Here is Intelligent Design or Pasta Divine by Kristina Stork for her upcoming graduate art show.  Amazing work.  More at her site: kristinastork.com.

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FSM Guitar

Published September 7th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Please see the attached picture of the FSM guitar I built. It debuted at the Center For Inquiry Indiana annual picnic. I have wanted to build this for three years and finally got it done. The guitar is a very playable instrument (but only while standing up). My friend, retired medical illustrator Craig Gosling (photo left) did the sketch for the body shape. I constructed the guitar and Eric Ward did the paint.

Steve Duerr

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FSM Spotted in Parade

Published September 3rd, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Jeffrey sent in this photo from this morning’s DragonCON parade in Atlanta.

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Here’s a close-up:

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I like that He’s riding majestically in a car while others are walking. 

The “Him->” sign is a helpful touch to those not yet enlightened.

And that looks like the  I Want To Believe drawing on the car, am I right? This one:

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One more photo.  Notice the mountain/midgit.  Awesome.

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Fancy cake

Published September 1st, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Here is a cake that I did in my class at Le Cordon Bleu.

-Roscoe

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Certificate of Ordination update

Published August 30th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

If you ordered a certificate in the last week it’s in one of these mailers that were sent out yesterday:

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The response has been great.

Jut a note, for the people who are planning to perform weddings as an FSM Minister: It’s our view that weddings are social ceremonies and a couple should be free to choose whoever they like to perform their ceremony.

But to “be married” is also a legal distinction, and for that reason, I want to make sure that our FSM Ministers are following the rules and regulations of their areas. Please be aware that a Certificate of Ordination is not the same thing as a license to officiate weddings. In many areas if you want the weddings to be registered by the government, you need to get a license to perform weddings, issued by your clerk’s office. We have learned that most clerks will accept our ordinations, but if you encounter one who will not, please let me know, and I will see what I can do. But for the most part, please consider these certificates in the spirit of social ceremony.

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Note — the certificates have been updated to use lithographed certificate paper. We also now have ID cards.

You can order the certificates and cards here.

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Seaweed sighting

Published August 29th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Corona Bottles and Seaweed or the FSM in Cape Hatteras, NC?

-Melissa

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