This awesome sign was spotted in the DC Metro.  (source)

This pretty much speaks for itself.

Straylight Run - “With God on Our Side”

The reason for fighting
I never got straight
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don’t count the dead
When God’s on your side

I just discovered this song the other day, although it’s 5 years old (and, what’s more, it’s a cover of a Bob Dylan song from 1963), but it’s a good tune about the dangers of using religion to justify warfare.  The full lyrics are in the video’s description on youtube if you click through.

Circumstances predict religiousness. Difficult circumstances lead more strongly to people being religious. And in religious societies and in difficult circumstances, religious people are happier than nonreligious people. But in nonreligious societies or more benign societies where many people’s needs are met, religious people aren’t happier — everyone’s happier.

psychologist Ed Diener, on findings from a recent Gallup World Poll


A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death—the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders, we are not going to be judged.

Czeslaw Milosz


Why we’re skipping church, according to The Onion.  

The biggest reason for most of us non-believers (i.e., it’s all a load of bunk) isn’t represented, but it’s The Onion, so I’ll let it slide.