- From @nytimes, Bomber Strikes Near Hotel in Kabul.
- Also from @nytimes, 3 Sites Hit by Bombs in Baghdad.
- OMFSM. From @laraaine, 20Q: Keith Olberman. An article from 1998 in Playboy UK. XD
- Interesting! From @8C, Zombible: Mark, Luke, and Zombies: Introducing the Zombible project.
- From @MODwife, Evening of Poetry Gives Deployed an Outlet for Self Expression. Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. (from waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- Also from @MODwife, In Afghanistan, our boys are reading from the front. About British troops recording themselves reading storybooks to their children while serving in Afghanistan. (from women.timesonline.co.uk)
- From @MadNews101, 6 Terrible Names People Are Trying to Give This Decade. I dunno, I like "the zeroes." (from cracked.com)
- These art pieces are neato. From @DiscoverMag, How Autistic Artists See the World. (from discovermagazine.com)
- Also from the above link, Say 'Merry Christmas' --or else! 'MC-only' zealots insist. *headdesk*
- Well this makes me feel better: 'No God? No problem!' say humanist group's new holiday ads:
"We're hoping this campaign will build awareness about the humanist movement and our ethical life philosophy -- particularly among the 'nones': the rapidly growing percentage of people who claim no religion," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, in the news release.
"Humanists have always understood that striving to make the world a better place is one of humanity's most important responsibilities," Speckhardt said. "Religion does not have a monopoly on morality -- millions of people are good without believing in God."
Speckhardt adds that many people "feel uncomfortable talking openly about their personal beliefs because of prejudice against them -- they fear they'll be rejected by their family, their friends and their community, and in some cases, they even fear retaliation for their beliefs. But the American Humanist Association provides an accepting community for non-theists to turn to for support and ways to get involved."
Negative reactions to past ads have included Cincinnati billboard that had to be relocated after the owner of the billboard property said he received threats, and another in Moscow, Idaho, that was vandalized twice in a three-week period, the group says.
It's sad, but anti-nonreligious persecution and even violence (and at the very least unwanted proseltyzing) are awfully common in many parts of the world. I can personally attest to anti-nonreligious sentiment (yet growing support, so that's something) in the US.
Also, clicky: the animal rescue site, the child health site, the literacy site, the rainforest site, the breast cancer site, and the hunger site.