There are a few stories about the amazing teachers who died protecting the lives of their students. I just wanted to take a moment to honor her.
This is Victoria Soto born 11/04/85. She was killed protecting her students in Newtown. She made her children hide in closets and in the bathroom and in doing so put herself in harms way. I will remember her and I honor her courage and dedication to the well being of her students. And unlike the person who I found out about this story from, I refuse to use her story to make a political point. I believe she deserves to be honored simply for what she has done. Her bravery goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Here is a snippet from the news:
Miss Soto, who had taught at the school for five years was described by one of her deeply distraught 10-year-old pupils as ‘really nice and funny’, was trying to shield her students and usher them into a closet when she came face-to-face with the gunman.
Miss Soto’s cousin, Jim Wiltsie, said: “She put herself between the gunman and the children and that’s when she was tragically shot and killed.
“I’m just proud that Vicki had the instincts to protect her kids from harm. It brings peace to know that Vicki was doing what she loved, protecting the children and in our eyes she’s a hero,” he added.
Jacob Riley added that Miss Soto liked to chew gum in class – something not usually allowed for teachers. He said he often teased her about her habit – and she playfully teased him back.
As you may know I have dedicated a small portion of my activism to helping inform you on some great American products. I have a list and slideshows of made in America products at Rational Responders. Due to Barack Obama’s recent visit to the K’Nex toy factory in Pennsylvania, I now have learned about K’Nex manufacturing their awesome toys right here at home.
There are some people from the red states that are currently having a public temper tantrum to secede from America. Why not let them? The red states are a drain. They have higher rates of homicide, infant mortality, suicide, and unemployment. They tend to take higher amounts of federal funds, they are less educated, less diverse, less tolerant, have a lower IQ, and are more religious.
I’m all for embracing America, I believe we should try to work together rather than divide. I would never propose a secession for my state when I am frustrated. When George Bush won as a result of fraud and the Supreme Court selected him in another election you didn’t see me proposing we secede. I knew the damage he would cause, I was disgusted, I lived every day of those 8 years upset at who was in the White House. I lived every day of those 8 years fearful of what he would do next and sad about the extreme damage he was causing to this country. I did not propose a secession. Instead I fought to inform the public. And in doing so I’d like to believe that I played a very small role in ensuring that we have a better leader now. Now it’s their turn.
If you’re upset about the nomination of Obama I understand that feeling, I lived with that feeling. During that time I spoke out, it’s a right that we get as Americans. A right that you would probably have restricted by an [almost] theocratic style government that you would slowly move towards in your new red state country. A petition to secede sent to the White House, does nothing but paint you as unpatriotic immature and butthurt. Man up.
Many of the people signing these petitions on the White House website to allow X state to secede from the Union are not from the states that are asking for a way out. I am one of them. That’s right, I signed every single petition asking for a red state to secede. If they want to play 2 year old I’ll let them. Let them taste what it would be like to be without the strength of the collective America. They claim patriotism? I think not!
Other analyses paint the same picture: the United States is unique among wealthy democracies in its level of religious adherence; it is also uniquely beleaguered by high rates of homicide, abortion, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and infant mortality. The same comparison holds true within the United States itself: Southern and Midwestern states, characterized by the highest levels of religious literalism, are especially plagued by the above indicators of societal dysfunction, while the comparatively secular states of the Northeast conform to European norms. While political party affiliation in the United States is not a perfect indicator of religiosity, it is no secret that the “red states” are primarily red because of the overwhelming political influence of conservative Christians.
If there were a strong correlation between Christian conservatism and societal health, we might expect to see some sign of it in red-state America. We don’t. Of the twenty-five cities with the lowest rates of violent crime, 62 percent are in “blue” states and 38 percent are in “red” states. Of the twenty-five most dangerous cities, 76 percent are in red states, 24 percent in blue states. In fact, three of the five most dangerous cities in the United States are in the pious state of Texas. The twelve states with the highest rates of burglary are red. Twenty four of the twenty nine states with the highest rates of theft are red. Of the twenty two states with the highest rates of murder, seventeen are red.
By the way, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1869 that states cannot unilaterally secede from the union. The position the court took was “once in (the union), always in”
I recently had an exchange with a Christian friend who was “disgusted” at the states that approved gay marriage. He believes the people that voted for it are “disgraceful.” Christian disapproval of gay marriage was the impetus behind this open letter that will hopefully open the eyes of a few of my Christian readers.
Marriage was initially created by men many years ago to control women, at a time much more archaic than the time we live in now. It was created at a time that we would stone someone for being gay as well as for cursing at their parents. Many things have changed in society since marriage was first created. We now are able to traverse the planet to find a mate and no longer need to claim one within walking distance as our property. Today marriage is viewed much differently… so is stoning. Let’s not forget how different society is for all of you folks who insist on a biblical interpretation of marriage.
Marriage today is considered a formal legal agreement. An agreement that governments have decided warrants some special privileges. Sure, I get that your religion defines marriage as between a man and a woman but governments are starting to strip that portion and simply define it as an agreement or contract between two people to live as a married couple. The contract allows two people that are in love to unite in a lifelong bond that affords them certain rights they would not otherwise be afforded. Governments throughout history have slowly moved away from biblical interpretation of the law as it is outdated and irrelevant. We no longer allow slavery, we recognize it as inhumane… the men who created your silly bible story apparently didn’t. We choose to live in a world governed by sanity and fairness, not a 2000 year old book that condones slavery and violence.
When you complain about gay marriage, even consider it “disgraceful” you are taking a stance against a couple that wants to proclaim their love for life and wants the same benefits that married couples receive. They receive certain health care benefits, tax benefits, and the ability to visit their partner’s deathbed.
Your stance is uniquely anti-human if you aren’t willing to afford gay couples the same rights that you receive as a heterosexual couple. Your discrimination and hate is defended by using a book written by ignorant drugged up lunatics in an attempt to monopolize power and profit over the even more illiterate masses.
Your god is supposed to be all knowing and all powerful. He knew this day would come. He knew a time would come where decent people would be forced to take a stance that allows this “sin” or be forced to face the fact that they have an indecent opinion. Your anti-gay stance is indecent, it is shameful and sad that it is based on a book full of contradictions and mistakes; a book that any reasonable intelligent person who is honest with themselves must admit is nonsense. You might as well base your opinions on Peter Cottontail.
As a straight man that loves women and couldn’t possibly ever envision myself with another man I have a hard time relating to someone who would. Frankly it’s not my thing. But a homosexual person may feel the same way about my heterosexual preferences. I understand that as a decent citizen of this planet I am no more entitled to the legal advantages of love as someone who falls in love with someone of the same sex. And you might say you think being gay is a choice, but we do have scientific reasons for believing people are born gay. The science leads us to believe that homosexuals don’t make a choice to be gay. There are countless examples of gay acts in the animal kingdom, did they have peer pressure or learn it on TV? One further scientific reason to believe that people are born gay: ask gay people all over the globe if they chose it! I should not be granted rights that I would discriminate away from someone else. You don’t deserve the special rights you are afforded through marriage if you are unwilling to accept others who want the same.
Let’s pretend for a moment that the inconceivably ridiculous god concept you believe in is true, then we must admit that God created people knowing full well that they would be biologically predisposed to attraction to people of the same sex. He knew full well before he created a single atom that he would bring people into existence that was biologically born gay and therefore born with the purpose of “letting him down.” He knew he had the power to stop it and was supposedly all loving. He didn’t change his plan nor did he stop this injustice before it happened. He created people in such a way that he knew they couldn’t possibly fulfill his plan and would serve an eternity in the hell that he allowed to exist. And don’t say that stopping this “disgraceful” gay person from being born this way would have taken away free will. It wouldn’t have removed free will any less than him not granting you certain other biological traits have. Do you have the ability to shoot laser beams out of your eyes or jump 50 feet high? No. Apparently god has limited your ability biologically. Why didn’t he limit us (and all the other animals) biologically to be heterosexual? Why did he let gays exist even though he considers it “sin?” Why? I know why, BECAUSE YOUR GOD DOESN’T EXIST. It’s time for you to leave the bronze ages and accept gay marriage. And if my arguments didn’t persuade you, keep in mind that if you don’t accept gay marriage gay men will marry your girlfriends.
Luke 17:34-35 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
In an attempt to raise money to help cover costs associated with our network of atheist sites (ie Celebatheists and RationalResponders), I have decided to sell some of my personal collection of autographed books and items. Everything is priced very fairly compared to other similar items on Ebay. Thanks for looking, and thanks for any purchases you make. Most of the items were signed in my presence. If they were not, they were sent to me directly by the person who signed. This is a great way for you to donate to RRS and the upcoming Atheism United and get something back for your donation. Other atheist books are available at our Amazon store.
All items are currently at Amazon warehouse and will be fulfilled and handled by Amazon’s excellent customer service.
Christians don’t want their money going to contraception yet they wont fight to remove “In God We Trust” from the money that atheists must use. They wont ensure that atheists don’t have to give their tax dollars to faith based spending groups. It doesn’t even dawn on them that atheists might be offended at the notion that our tax dollars go to a faith based group.
They are out for self. They don’t truly embrace their fellow man. They tend to be pro war, and pro death penalty. They are against YOU having an abortion even if you know you will not be able to provide a good life for your baby. They want you to have that baby even if it is the product of a rape. The money that you put into the pool to save their life is willingly accepted by them, the money that you might need to save your life is fought tooth and nail by them. About 20% of people are on contraception for health reasons not related to purposes of avoiding a pregnancy. They don’t care.
Engaging in the Rush Limbaugh debate over the last few days shows me that many people support what he said. In fact they’re more mad that he apologized than they are that he made dishonest arguments in a vile fashion. How many of the Rush Limbaugh supporters are disgusted at Rush and his perverted idea that he should be allowed to watch video of women having sex because they need contraception?
We as a society would be better and stronger without their views yet you don’t hear about the army of atheists who want to refuse them the right to the funding that might save their life. That despicable quality is reserved for the religious person, and in this country predominantly the Christian.
Their ignorance and hypocrisy are disgusting. Even though they are a waste of air, I’d rather fight to educate them than to take away the funds that could save their life. Even though I know that educating someone that is as brainwashed as many of them are is nearly an impossible battle, I choose education over denial of funds, denial of life, denial of pursuit of liberty and happiness. They would deny you of all of those if they could, and they do try! They choose denial of funds. They choose the selfish route. They are out for self, they are a disgrace to the human race. Religion is a vile and evil concept that has corrupted the mind of man for far too long.
Poor critical thinking is the root of all evil. Religion is a byproduct of poor critical thinking, deceit, and a wee bit of evil. Today religious people have been hoodwinked by an archaic concept that contributes to many of the worlds problems. They don’t apply critical thought to their politics and their religion. They allow Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and other scumbags to represent them and worse… convince them of nonsense without cross referencing any of it. They are sheep. They are dangerous to humanity, and I STILL WOULD SAVE THEIR LIFE! But they wont save yours.
Worst of all, they harm society in this way, all while claiming oppression.
And yes, I know these are generalizations. I know not everyone falls into this box, but many do. And the ones that do are the target of these statements.
This hypocrisy and lack of critical thought must stop. You must stand up and educate. Many of you do, you are my heroes, and my partners.
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