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I finally got some free time this afternoon. Most of it was spent playing Borderlands, but I got a little bit of practice in… and not not just drawing: I managed to play with my bass for the first time in around 4 years.
It’s been that busy.

I finally got some free time this afternoon. Most of it was spent playing Borderlands, but I got a little bit of practice in… and not not just drawing: I managed to play with my bass for the first time in around 4 years.

It’s been that busy.

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Anonymous said: I don't think you have much to worry about with your art. It's actually some of the best art I've seen (and I've seen a lot) I just think you're being overcritical about your art because you've had such a long break away from it. The same thing happened when I lost my voice for about a month, when I could sing again I thought I sounded like crap but everyone kept saying that I sounded amazing. Anyway take it from me your art skills haven't suffered from your break.

Well gosh! Thank you ever so much. I was also well chuffed to find that picture on EQD earlier. It’s been a fair while since that happened.

I do intend to keep it up, squeezed in around two jobs and another move… and Borderlands 2 of course.

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I know… it’s been a while. In the last couple of months I’ve moved back to England, picked up two jobs, and found a new place to live and haven’t been drawing at all… and when I started again I’d lost what little confidence I’d ever had. This one I started last Thursday but didn’t manage to finish it until today. 

I know… it’s been a while. In the last couple of months I’ve moved back to England, picked up two jobs, and found a new place to live and haven’t been drawing at all… and when I started again I’d lost what little confidence I’d ever had. This one I started last Thursday but didn’t manage to finish it until today. 

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vforvodka submitted

Thanks loads for this. It’s cheered me up lots. That man is a legend, and so are you.

vforvodka submitted

Thanks loads for this. It’s cheered me up lots. That man is a legend, and so are you.

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It really isn’t.
The immortal soul of a single cell, on the other hand, is a difficult concept.

It really isn’t.

The immortal soul of a single cell, on the other hand, is a difficult concept.

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mutedgrey:

redesine:

You don’t believe in fairies? D:

I just killed one, didn’t I? :/

Pft that kind of thinking is a myth. But I’ll have you know, I’m a fairy in REAL LIFE.

You know what they say about extraordinary claims? They say: pics or it didn’t happen! Or something to that effect.

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Religious Freedom vs. Parental Responsibility

I was reading an article today about an Amish community in New York refusing to accept a court order on smoke alarms, and taking the case up to a federal religious freedom court. When a journalist asked one of the Amish men what he would think if he did not wake up during a fire and his children were burned to death, he replied: "If God does not wake us, well, that must be part of his plan."

It’s a relatively tame case as these things go, and all too often children actually die because of their parents’ religious “freedoms” - such as the right to not accept medical care, or the right to beat children with plumbing equipment. Regardless of actual or hypothetical harm, the attitude that many religious parents have towards their children’s safety, health and mental well being is shocking.

As I see it, this same issue extends to education, with many parent’s declaring the “right” to decide what their children are taught in schools. Out of the situations I know a little bit about, I’m thinking mainly about creationism the US, but this is also a problem with curriculum-free religion classes in UK faith schools and the religious biasing in the Polish school system. (Though I personally feel this way about any indoctrination of children.)

So here’s a simple solution for those parents who feel that they have these kinds of rights:

You are free to believe whatever ridiculous fairy tale you want, but like all liberties we enjoy, those freedoms stop when the well being of other people is put at risk, including (and this should really go without saying) children under the age of consent.

You do not own your child, your god does not own your child. When it comes to the health, safety and education of your child, you do not have rights, you have responsibilities. Please act like it.

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For one, atheism in a sense is just a religion of its own. And two, as many as there are people there are varietys of followers, not just a cut of angry / calm.

I feel like I should really correct the misconception here. Atheism is not a religion. Not even “in a sense”. It is not even a belief system or a world view. It’s simply a null-hypothesis, meaning “without god”. The word says nothing about a person except that they don’t accept theism.

If it were not for the popularity of theism, there wouldn’t be a name for it, just as there isn’t a word for not believing in an undetectable teapot orbiting the sun between Earth and Mars. The list of things I don’t believe in is huge, but in the same way that my nonbelief in fairies is not a religion, neither is atheism a religion.

So leading on from that, you are of course right that atheists are not defined by any trait (though they are not “followers” of atheism) and are extremely diverse in their opinions. But that doesn’t change the fact that many people who are identifying as atheists are unhappy with the status quo and would like to see things change. There are a lot of things to be angry about, and justifiably so.

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Because there hasn’t been a pony on here for a while.

Because there hasn’t been a pony on here for a while.

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I’m angry.

Lots of things irk me, but religion is right up there on my list of things to get properly fuming angry about. And there’s usually something to read on the subject that gets me angry at least once a day.

But I rarely talk about it openly, because I don’t want to seem intolerant or confrontational. It’s not that I believe that religion should be immune to criticism. On the contrary. It’s just that (if I’m honest with myself) I would rather someone else do the public criticising. And I’m very aware that I’m in a lucky minority whose exposure to indoctrination and injustice was relatively minor. So sometimes it feels like it’s not my battle to fight.

So this is why I found this talk about angry atheists by Greta Christina very inspiring. To crop a criminally short soundbite from a wonderful speech:

"Atheists are not angry because there’s something wrong with us. Atheists are angry because there’s something right with us."

Thanks Greta, from an angry atheist.

… Now I just wish I knew what I could do about it.