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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Keep Religion out of New Zealand Schools

Recently Peter Harrison created a new Facebook group called Keep Religion out of School (NZ). This push is long overdue.

Far better than allowing christian religious indoctrination as is the case now, it would be preferable to have an primary ethics course, as is run in New South Wales. Take a look at their curriculum – it’s very well designed to engage students. Topics include Fairness; Lying and Telling the Truth; Children’s Rights; and Thinking about Animals. In Australia, this course has proven to be very popular.

The time has come for some push-back, to get change happening to New Zealand school RI. To support the effort I created a list of 10 Easy Things You Can Do To Keep Religion Out Of NZ Schools. As usual, when printing, print double-sided and if your printer can do it for you set it to flip on the short edge. Then fold in the traditional way.

It is relatively easy to get up to speed on this topic. For more information see the following:

 

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PZ Myers – teacher and poet

I have to admit it. PZ Myers is my favourite web atheist.

His direct spade-is-a-spade style of writing is balanced by a profound sense of humour – a barely suppressed belly-laugh at the preposterousness of the opposition’s point of view.

He is a excellent teacher not only because of his respect for truth, but also because, unlike the accommodationists, he respects people enough to speak it to them.

Although he once assumed the mantle of a poet and then denied that he was one it was all done in good April humour. But in truth PZ is a prose poet of the highest order.

Here are three of the best:

Pamphlet 04 – Planet of the Hats
Pamphlet 05 – The Wall – A Sunday Morning Story
Pamphlet 06 – Dear Emma

My third pamphlet – Scientific Method and the Burden of Proof

In the long lost heyday of the forums on Richard Dawkins’ website, there were often intense debates about science and its impact on various religious ideas. Apologists would turn up and argue that atheists first had to prove that god did not exist before atheism could be taken seriously.

Where exactly the “burden of proof” lay was at the heart of multiple threads. This was such a repetitive topic and area of misunderstanding that I saw a need to create the following pamphlet to address it.

It was translated into French by our humanist friends in Québec.

Pamphlet 03 – Scientific Method and the Burden of Proof
Pamphlet 03 – Méthode scientifique et fardeau

Standard Note: All my pamphlets are A4 format, not US Letter. Leave me a message or comment if you want another format.

When printing, print double-sided, and if your printer can do it for you, set it to flip on the short edge. Then fold in the traditional way.

My second pamphlet – Evolution in a Nutshell

My second pamphlet attempts to make evolution understandable in plain language.

I personally consider that evolution is a very simple and elegant concept. I cannot see how people could find it anything other than self-evident, as long as it is explained clearly.

I suspect that part of the problem, at least in the U.S., is that evolution is often explained by people who either don’t understand it properly, or are actively hostile to it and put forward a caricature.

This pamphlet is intended to show how easy evolution is to grasp. The Association humaniste du Québec thought so too, and created a French version which is included below.

Pamphlet 02 – Evolution in a Nutshell
Pamphlet 02 – L’Évolution en bref

Note: All my pamphlets are A4 format, not US Letter. Leave me a message or comment if you want another format.

When printing, print double-sided, and if your printer can do it for you, set it to flip on the short edge. Then fold in the traditional way.

My first atheist pamphlet – “What is Atheism?”

My first atheist pamphlet that I created a few years ago now was called “What is Atheism?”

It was well received and got translated into French and German (and now Spanish) by people who found it useful.

I re-publish them here simply because this is a better website than my earlier one, and I want to move my stuff over.

Pamphlet 01 – What is atheism?
Pamphlet 01 – Qu’est ce que l’Atheisme?
Pamphlet 01 – Was ist Atheismus.pdf?
Triptico 01 – Qué es el ateísmo – NEW! Thanks to Miguel for the translation.

Please note, it is not intended to be handed out on street corners, but is an information resource meant to support a face-to-face conversation when you perhaps don’t have the time to do the subject justice, or the other person is becoming entrenched, illogical, aggressive, etc. Then you can move the discussion to the brochure, to let it do some of the arguing for you. Or you might want to put a few in the local library (or school library!)

Basically it is an atheist resource to copy and use however you wish, but is not really intended to be handed out ‘cold’.

When printing, print double-sided, and if your printer can do it for you, set it to flip on the short edge. Then fold in the traditional way.

Tim Minchin’s Pope Song – with chords

This song is my interpretation of Tim Minchin’s wonderful piece of biting social commentary. It is, appropriately, in the key of F. (See it on YouTube)

A link to my ukulele version can be found at the bottom of this post.

# Disclaimer:                                                                   #
# This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
# song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #

=========================
Pope Song. By Tim Minchin
=========================

Chords:       EADGBe 
F ........... xx3211
C............ 332010
CaddG#....... 332110
Bb........... 113331
G7........... 320001

F
Fuck the motherfucker. 
F
Fuck the motherfucker.
F                             C 
Fuck the motherfucker, he's a fucking motherfucker.


C
Fuck the motherfucker. 
C
Fuck the fucking fucker.
C                             F
Fuck the motherfucker, he's a total fucking fucker.


F
Fuck the motherfucker. 
F
Fuck the motherfucker.
F                              C
Fuck the motherfucker, fucking fuck the motherfucker.
C                                             F
Fuck the motherfucker. Fuck the motherfucking Pope.


F
Fuck the motherfucker, and fuck you motherfucker 
F                                 C
If you think that motherfucker is sacred. 
C
If you cover for another motherfucker who's a kiddie fucker, 
C                                   F
Fuck you! You're no better than the motherfucking rapist. 


Bb
And if you don't like the swearing that this motherfucker forced from me
F
And reckon it shows moral or intellectual paucity 
G7
Then fuck you motherfucker, this is language one employs
C                               
When one is fucking cross about fuckers fucking boys. 


F
I don't give a fuck if calling the Pope a motherfucker
F                                    C
Means you unthinkingly brand me an unthinking apostate. 
C
This has nowt to do with other fucking godly motherfuckers, 
C                                       F
I'm not interested right now in fucking scriptural debate.


Bb
There are other fucking songs and there are other fucking ways, 
F
I'll be a religious apologist on other fucking days 
G7
And the fact remains if you protect a single kiddie fucker 
C
Then pope or prince or plumber you're a fucking motherfucker. 


F
You see, I don't give a fuck what any other motherfucker
F                            C
Believes about Jesus and his motherfucking mother. 
C
I've no problem with the spiritual beliefs of all these fuckers, 
C                                        F
whilst those beliefs don't impact on the happiness of others. 


Bb
But if you build your church on claims of fucking moral authority 
F
And with threats of hell impose it on others in society 
G7
Then you, you motherfuckers, can expect some fucking wrath 
C                                               CaddG#
when it turns out you've been fucking us in our motherfucking asses. 


F
So fuck the motherfucker, and fuck you motherfucker 
F                               C
If you're still a motherfucking papist. 
C
If he covered for a single motherfucker who's a kiddie fucker, 
C                              F
Fuck the motherfucker! He's as evil as the rapist. 


Bb
And if you look into you motherfucking heart and tell me true 
F
That this motherfucking stupid fucking song offended you,
G7                                       C
With its filthy fucking language and its fucking disrespect, 
C                             CaddG#
If it made you feel angry go ahead and write a letter. 


F                                          C
But if you find me more offensive then the fucking possibility
F                                           C
- the pope protected priests when they were getting fucking fiddly -
F
Then listen to me motherfucker, this here is a fact: 
F
You are just as morally misguided as that 
               Bb                             C                           F
motherfucking, power hungry, self-aggrandised bigot in the stupid fucking hat.


(Repeat and Fade)
F
Fuck the motherfucker. Fuck the motherfucker. 
F
Fuck the motherfucker. Fuck the motherfucker. 

Edit:
I have created a version of this song with chords for the ukulele. Now you can teach it to your children, so they can play it in the school talent show. 😉

Tim Minchin’s Pope Song – with chords for ukulele

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