I care about my uterus and the uteruses (uteri?) of others. I also care about our rights to have a family (or not) when we so choose. This country is fucked in a lot of different ways. Why add to it by making safe, legal abortion no longer safe and no longer legal?
how to cut down on an enormous chunk of illegal downloading, and this is so absurdly simple that it boggles the mind:
make your show / movie / whatever accessible online.
put ads on it so you can make money off of it, or sell a subscription to a competitive streaming service like netflix.
make it available
everywhere, meaning the country of origin and everywhere else
as soon as it airs (tv shows) / becomes legally available to purchase (films &cet). not a week and a half later, not three days later, not the next morning. as soon as. people who are savvy about internet downloading and things are generally going to be the sort of people who hang out online and want to talk about their favorite shows as soon as they happen with their friends who are in that timezone/country. you’ll cut down on a shitton of downloading if you just make things available legally faster.
square yourselves with the idea that in this age of high definition and internet streaming that seeing a film in a cinema is a premiumservice and should not be relied upon as a primary method of distribution.
Rhode Island: Teen atheist Jessica Ahlquist has faced a blizzard of taunts, abuse, and threats of physical violence after a federal court ruled a controversial Christian prayer banner hanging in her high school auditorium must come down.
I did ALOT of commenting on facebook after all this Tim Tebow worship. And while I do have a pretty private facebook page, I know a couple of people have asked me questions since facebook decided to post my public friends in a common stream.
Its not as bad as I thought it would be.
Ive also publicly followed and posted some blatent atheist comments on twitter.
Not only that, but I did a review on one of the first atheist blogs I followed, and let him post my real name (but the blog I had him post was to this blog)
Today - one of my friends posted that she was questioning her faith. Shes been reading science stuff and its led her down a similar path that I went down. I openly posted a comment (instead of sending her a private message).
Its sort of ‘funny’. I know some people wouldnt understand where I am, but there are some people who completely understand.
If you have been following my tumblr, you will know that I came out to my family Christmas night of 2010. At the time, I really didnt know I was an atheist. I had stopped going to church the spring prior to then after beginning a weird journey that actually started in a Catholic Bible Study.
This has been a very strange year.
Its been incredibly difficult to bite my tongue hearing my friends tell me they are praying for me.
Its been sort of weird ‘faking’ Easter and Christmas.
Little by little Ive come out to some of my friends. But, the majority of those I know have no clue as to how I feel.
I actually thought someone would ‘find out’ when I published a post on religion at my ‘real’ blog. But so far, no one has said a word.
Ive shared links from skeptics on social media. Ive ‘liked’ secular groups on facebook. But again, no one has said a word.
Ive had conversations with atheists on facebook and twitter and still, no one has said a word.
Maybe I should come out publicly. Im still debating the cons on that one tho.
Tomorrow night marks the anniversary of me coming out to my family as an atheist. Albeit, I wasnt completely aware of that fact until I opened my mouth last Christmas…..
Its been rough - and Im not completely ‘out of the closet’ about my lack of faith. Most of my friends do not know.
And while I am no phony…..after seeing what people post on facebook and twitter, I completely know that if they were to know, they would NOT be friends with me or they would be preaching to me almost constantly. I also know that I WOULD lose my job, which I cannot afford to do at this time.
Im very torn about coming out.
I know that some people will never understand. And I realize that the ones who wouldnt be my friends anymore probably were never my friends to begin with, but when you are surrounded by people who are ‘in your face’ about religion, and vocalize how they ‘hate’ those who dont share their faith (sorta like the vile they spew about Romney being a mormom) you know what youre gonna be in for.
Ive mourned the loss of my faith in a way. I miss the ‘friends’ I had when I went to church. A part of me misses the Christmas traditions I had. I cant even hang most of my ornaments on the tree, that I didnt put up this year, as they were religiously based.
But I am very happy to have made friends with so many people whove gone thru the same journey Im going thru. Im happy to have made contact with local skeptical groups in my area. And Im happy that I do understand science.