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Study Says Thinking About God Causes People to Take Bigger Risks (in Certain Situations)

A new paper published in the journal Psychological Science takes a look at the impact that thoughts of God can have on a person's risk-taking behavior, and the results are interesting. The Stanford University researchers were particularly interested in the impact religion might have on behaviors when the moral component was removed.While previous research has linked religiosity or spirituality with a decrease in behaviors like alcoholism, head researcher Daniella Kupor and her team wanted to know if the decrease was linked to religion's moral imperatives against such behavior, or if spirituality and religiosity lowered risk-taking in general.To answer that question, the team examined participants' responses to both morally neutral and morally negative risky behaviors, along with non-risky behaviors. The responses were gauged both with and without religious references. The results reaffirmed the link between religion and risky behaviors typically deemed immoral... but where moral judgment was neutral, thoughts of God seemed to actually increase risk-taking:

A Reporter Searches for Evil Atheists Listed on the American Family Association’s “Bigotry Map” but Comes Up Empty

Josh Kruger of Philadelphia Weekly wanted to know just how awful the atheist/Humanist groups listed on the American Family Association's Bigotry Map were, so he called up the groups' leaders to figure out why there's so much hate in their hearts.He was in for a surprise.

Unaware of Praying Pig’s Sudden Celebrity, Chinese Farmer Slaughters It

A Chinese pig that caused a viral sensation after it was seen "praying" close to a Buddhist temple in China apparently didn't pray hard enough to avoid being killed.
A pig has become a viral star in China after escaping from its farm and bowing its head in front of a Buddhist temple in what appears to be a prayer pose.The pig was photographed and videotaped Feb. 22 outside the temple in Wenzhou when the animal struck a bowed pose that witnesses said made it appear the pig was praying -- although others hypothesized the animal may have been kneeling as a result of a Vitamin E deficiency.
Or a joint inflammation, or congenitally weak shoulder tendons, or an environmental toxin, or food poisoning.Seriously, praying?
Witnesses said the pig was in the prayer position for a long period of time before a monk arrived and chanted sutras for it.
I would have been more impressed if it was the hog that did the chanting (even if it squealed only Pig Latin).

Ohio Requires Abortion Doctors to Conduct Non-Existent Fetal Viability Tests on Women

Conservatives are often lambasted for their ignorance of science and medicine, particularly when taken in combination with their desire to pass laws about these same topics. Pro-life "gynoticians" are particularly infamous for this... like Vito Barbieri, who graced his fellow Idaho state representatives with his musings about whether women could swallow a camera for remote gynecological exams.Ohio's anti-abortion warriors might have topped him, though, when it comes to sheer ignorance. Among a slew of abortion restrictions passed in the past few years is one that mandates that women seeking an abortion after 20 weeks must undergo a fetal viability test before having the procedure done. The problem?The test doesn't exist.

Bryan Fischer Claims Job, Far from Being a Biblical Hero, Should Have Done More to Defend God’s Wrath

What's the moral of the biblical story of Job?My understanding of it has always been that it's about a man who -- despite all the horrible things that happen to him during his life -- remains completely loyal to God. For that loyalty, he is later rewarded.Apparently, I have no idea what I'm talking about.On Bryan Fischer's show recently, he explained that the story is really all about how Job didn't do enough to defend God's wrath (around the 6:00 mark):

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Comment by Steph S. on September 16, 2011 at 9:47pm

Thanks for the link William.

I've been reading your coffeelovingskeptic site Tony -- good stuff.

Hope you all have a nice weekend.

Comment by William on September 16, 2011 at 9:31pm
Sunday Sunday Sunday! Firebreathing monster trucks and Atheist's doing atheist stuff!!!http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=244379688926612
Comment by Tony Ryan on August 28, 2011 at 4:31pm
Further to the friendly atheist's post that just went live, Ironically, (or was it a premonition!?) I did a blog post on psychics today: http://coffeelovingskeptic.com/?p=731 it's good to see more pressure being put on the fraudulent industry.
Comment by Lary9 on July 23, 2011 at 2:43am
I remember, years ago when I was a Unitarian-Universalist, we had a joke; "Question: How do you terrorize a Unitarian? Answer: Burn a question mark into their lawns.
I've often wondered if that might not also work for a questing atheist. After all we are essentially "non-creedal" even in our rationality.
A friendly salutation that I always liked is:
"Great day for the race! Isn't it?"
And then when they ask (inevitably) "What race?"
I respond with: "The Human Race!"
That's always a good ice breaker unless you're dealing with a Pentacostal with a headache or a Jehovah's Witness in a normal state of mind, which is humorless.
I like to remind myself from time to time that ...
"No Christian is exempted from being human by believing in God. Conversely, no non-believer is ever banished from the human family for not believing either."
Comment by Annie Thomas on July 22, 2011 at 5:14pm
Although I too think it is important to be friendly, I have found that sometimes just wanting to discuss an issue can make people act like I am being unfriendly.  I recently had a discussion about a neighboring county where they had a display of the ten commandments in front of the courthouse.  The ACLU stepped in and they now have 30 days to take them down.  I was chatting with a friend (on FB) about this, and I was being extremely respectful and tactful, or so I thought.  I left religion out of it, and instead talked about how it has been decided, time and time again in courts, that this was unconstitutional.  Long story short (I really am trying!), I wanted to know why she felt so strongly that the commandments should remain.  She got very angry with me, said she was being attacked, etc.  I wrote several times that I was interested in trying to understand her viewpoint on this, since we had such a difference in opinion.  So, although, I completely agree.  I want to be "friendly" too, but I am finding that to be friendly may mean never to discuss sensitive topics with most religious people.
Comment by Lary9 on July 22, 2011 at 4:44pm
It sounds like a sort of "Atheist Scout Pledge"...I like it.
Comment by Steph S. on July 22, 2011 at 4:40pm
I agree with everything you just wrote Natalie.  It does drive a wedge between people when you are insulting and rude to them.  I'm so glad to hear from others who want to treat others with respect regardless of their beliefs.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 22, 2011 at 4:31pm
Being kind, respectful and friendly is the ONLY way to go. Just because you don't share their beliefs does NOT mean they aren't human, and deserving of basic human decency. I am SO offended by those presumably young atheists who are rude and insulting to theists -- they certainly don't give anyone a good impression of atheists, and only drive a wedge between people. We need to be a world community of humans, and we need to live together in peace and respect in spite of belief and culture and language differences.
Comment by Steph S. on July 22, 2011 at 8:26am
Yes, I am friendly to theists.  They are all around me.  I used to be one -- so I would want Atheists to be friendly to me when I used to be a theist.  When you aren't friendly to theists and they know you are an Atheist you aren't being a good "ambassador" for Atheism.  I believe that being friendly to theists will enable those that are questioning to find their way to Atheism.
Comment by Kelvin Hilerio on January 26, 2011 at 5:43pm
lol, i'm really loving this friendly group!
 

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