Hello and welcome to Atheist Apartment. This is my first attempt in several years at blogging so please bear with me as I get warmed up. As opposed to my previous blogs, which were more like awkward online diaries about things I thought were funny, this blog is about something that I feel strongly about. That is to say reality. I have recently (about a year ago) given up any belief in anything supernatural, and since then I have been gobbling up books, articles, online university lectures, debates, and probably some other media outlets I am forgetting about on the subjects of a) secular ideas and b) science. Now then, I would like to take this moment to be perfectly clear that I am not a scientist. So in the future (if anyone reads this) if you see something wrong with something that I have said, please alert me via the comment thread. I want to be as accurate and honest with myself and with you as I possibly can. That said, I majored in history when I was in college and as a historian (ha!) I do have a skeptical vein running through me. Therefore, if you correct a mistake of mine, please, please do not say something like "I read somewhere that...". This will not do. Now that I have finished sounding like a professor (which I am not) on the first day of a lecture (which it is not), lets get down to the meat.
I was going to kick things off by boring you with some details about myself and a heartfelt journey through my becoming an atheist and maybe even conclude with a short anecdote about how I chose the title "Atheist Apartment". However, something else has caught my eye and I have decided to spare you the personal details and journey, except to say that, I am from Indiana and I am indeed an atheist. Both of these details have bearing on what I would like to talk about: Politics. Ah! What a dirty word it is. It is often mentioned with religion when discussing things about which one should not talk on a date. And, seemingly, it is almost always peppered with religion when it is in the United States. A few weeks ago I read an article on NPR's webpage about Indiana passing a bill to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. I was horrified at the time and am even more horrified now that the thing (and I do mean thing) has been passed and signed into law. Being a big fan of science, I am also a big fan of things like reason. Now, here we have a group of legislators who, for religious reasons, are cutting funding to an institution which primarily provides reproductive health care to low income women who have no other options. Real tough guys. But let's not beat around the bush, there is no question about what this is about: abortion. Nevermind the fact that the vast majority of what planned parenthood does is NOT abortion. Now, let's look at what really casts this bill in the crazy bin: the fact that the money that is getting cut cannot be used for abortions anyway. So basically, in the midst of high unemployment many poor folks are going to be left with no where to get things like birth control, cancer screenings, and STD tests. Congrats, assholes.
Anyhow I saw this cartoon over at NPR as well. There are actually two cartoons on the page, I like the one on top, not so much the one on the bottom. I don't mean to trivialize the seriousness of this issue, but doesn't it seem like the baby looks sad to be in heaven.