Are Atheists Unreasonable Bigots?

Found a video made by a pastor who says that atheists are just unreasonable bigots in the title. He doesn’t do much to back his claim on the ‘bigot’ portion but he did try to provide evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.

Here is my response. I hope you enjoy it.

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My Final Thoughts on the Knightstown Christmas Tree Cross Lawsuit

So I wrote a post the other day about the Knightstown Christmas tree cross, which was taken down after the ACLU filed a lawsuit against it on behalf of a resident.

Anyhow, the video I first watched was by Anthony Brian Logan, and I decided to make a response video about the tree as well as Anthony’s comments in that video. So I hope you’ll give it a watch and let me know what you think.

It’s unlikely that someone like Anthony with his approximately 80,000 subscribers will see my video, but I thought it would be fun and help me get a handle on creating these types of videos.

Oh, and I got a little carried away with the editing. I was messing about, trying to figure out some things and decided it would be fun to make a Christmas themed video.

Thanks in advance and I hope you enjoy the video.

This Blog is Not an Echo-Chamber

It seems like we live in a cyber-universe where you can’t be friends if you disagree over one issue. It’s like you must agree on everything or the other person is a useless human being.

I watch a lot of YouTube, and I always get a kick out of seeing comments where people unsubscribe because their favorite YouTuber said something they didn’t agree with. It’s like people just want to live in an echo-chamber where no other thoughts, ideas or opinions can get through.

I was having a back and forth with a blogger over the election. We agreed on some things and disagreed on others. For me it was actually fun to exchange ideas, although I’m aware that sometimes I don’t come off as the friendliest of people when I’m disagreeing with someone. I’m generally polite (I think?) but I do tend to get very analytical about the whole thing.

Something for me to work on. *wink*

Anyhow, they said this after I told them that their blog was one of my favorites and our discussion wasn’t a personal thing:

You got me! Same here. And if you can ‘bring it’ in debate like this and we still remain online chums, (plus the added bonus of Duke and Dexter!), it would not be possible to love what you do and admire you more.

I’m not going to reveal who the comment came from this time around out of respect, but the comment made me feel bad but good at the same time.

Bad because of the atmosphere that seems to permeate the Internet and doesn’t allow for two people to disagree, debate and exchange ideas without the assumption that it’s personal.

And good because I admire them a lot as well, I was flattered by their praise, and I was glad that our discussion didn’t mean we couldn’t be online friends in the future.

You see, this blog is about exploring tough topics. I throw my ideas out there and allow people to join the conversation and express their point of view. I don’t want this to be an echo-chamber. I don’t want to use PC language and self-censor myself to the point where I’m saying nothing at all.

Sure, this blog is also about me sharing my life and sometimes things that make me laugh, but if you follow this blog for awhile, you’ll quickly notice that a thread runs throughout – it’s about exploring ideas, sharing ideas and listening to others even when their opinions don’t match mine.

Sometimes those ideas or topics are tough, inflammatory or hard to express, and that’s okay.

I believe our world needs less tribalism, less rigid ideologies and more conversation.

That’s what this blog stands for.

Preach it, Jaclyn!

Will Artificial Intelligence Kill Us All?

I really enjoyed this video where Sam Harris discusses the dangers in continuing to develop artificial intelligence.

Sam argues that artificially intelligent beings might decide to treat us in much the same way we treat ants.

I hope you’ll give it a watch and leave your thoughts below. I thought it would be nice to escape the topic of the election for just a little while.

 

Why Islamophobia Is Inaccurate

I really enjoyed this. I recently had a back and forth with another blogger about why I thought Islamophobia wasn’t a helpful term because it’s not only inaccurate but damaging to conversations about Islam.

The word doesn’t make sense, and neither does the definition. This video makes the exact same point I tried to make during that conversation.

So I hope you’ll give it a watch and leave your comments below. Cheers!