What is Hyperskepticism? It is something in my experience that is unique to the atheist, secular and skeptic communities. Fundamentally it is finding only peer reviewed scientific evidence sufficient – or some close proximity. Basically, the highest standard is required all the time. Or there might be some other standard, but it goes undefined and unstated; therefore, I assume the highest standard.
What is critical thinking? Critical thinking, in its broadest sense has been described as “purposeful reflective judgment concerning what to believe or what to do.” In my words, it considering information, data, etc and determining how useful and relevant it is to the topic, decision, etc at hand.
Yesterday I tweeted: Atheist women of PA . . . the SCA apparently has no interesting in representing you. None.
I tweeted this in relation to an article I posted on this website yesterday.
Since then those conversations have turned bitter and ugly. They have exposed the foul truth about some in our community and the beauty of others. We have seen harassment, bullying, and a lack of inclusion on the part of some. Is this truly what we want? I hope not.
The Pledge of Allegiance (in its current incarnation) is a source of religious apartheid. It is prevalent throughout the United States, public schools, and at all levels of government. The Pledge is used to indoctrinate children into Christianity via our PUBLIC school system.
The original Pledge did not include “under God” and was adopted by Congress in 1942. Over the years, there have been several changes to the Pledge. The first was a result of Louis A. Bowman (receiving an award from the Daughters of the American Revolution) and others; culminating in 1954 with the addition of “under God”.
Recently, I have been an observer of several online conversations about the atheist/secular movement and the LGTBQH movement. Most point out the similarities and ask, reasonably, what can we learn?
Let’s start with the premise that there is LOTS to learn from the LGBTQH movement. One thing to learn is about acceptance and inclusion. Honestly, the movement started primarily with gay males. Since the Stonewall Riots of 1969, it has come to include Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transsexuals, those that are Questioning their sexuality, and most recently the HIV-afffected. They have opened the doors and let many into the movement.