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The Brights

Think about your own worldview to decide if it is free of supernatural or mystical deities, forces, and entities. If you decide that you fit the description above, then you are, by definition, a bright!

Website: http://www.the-brights.net/
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What is a Bright?

* A bright is a person who has a naturalistic worldview
* A bright's worldview is free of supernatural and mystical elements
* The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview

* We promote the civic understanding and acknowledgment of the naturalistic worldview, which is free of supernatural and mystical elements.
* We gain public recognition that persons who hold such a worldview can bring principled actions to bear on matters of civic importance.
* We educate society toward accepting the full and equitable civic participation of all such individuals.

Daniel Dennett talks about the Brights movement.

"Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have." -Penn Jillette, active Bright of "Penn and Teller" fame

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Demon Possession, the Apostle Paul, and Epilepsy

Started by Mark D. Zima. Last reply by Bill_Hicks_Worshipper Aug 21. 4 Replies

On my YouTube channel, I am beginning a series of videos exploring the hypothesis that the visions, hyper-religiosity, dramatic religious conversion, and perhaps even hypo-sexuality, of the Apostle…Continue

Tags: hyper-religiosity, epilepsy, hypo-sexuality, religiosity, visions

The Name "Brights"...

Started by MarkFL. Last reply by Reason Being Feb 14, 2012. 92 Replies

By definition I am a bright. However, I hate the name. Why are Brights not naturalists, which is more descriptive, accurate, and less cocky sounding. Where does the term come from and why do people…Continue

The Brights logo is interesting...

Started by Limber Lightfoot. Last reply by House Oct 27, 2011. 21 Replies

Hi All, Am I the only person who recognises the logo for this group as being very similar to the Egyptian Amarna period artistic representations of the sun god, the aten, around 1350BC. …Continue

Is anyone else going to the rally?

Started by Apeman Jim. Last reply by Charles Alexander Zorn Oct 28, 2010. 4 Replies

John Stewart is hosting a rally at the Capital Mall. I think it will be a lot of fun!   Continue

Brights Movement reported in Sacramento local paper.

Started by Davis Jacobson. Last reply by Davis Jacobson Aug 5, 2010. 1 Reply

The Brights Movement was featured in a Sacramento local paper.  There is a ton of good stuff in the article!<b>Feature Story</b> (link)The Bright sideIs atheism going mainstream? One…Continue

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Comment by Fernando Santagata on October 24, 2010 at 3:39am
When the subject of the "moral compass" is raised, in my experience the best answer is that all social animals have a strong sense of ethic, or they would not be "social".
Depending on the answers to my objection I can go on declaring that, obviously that was just a statistical observation and, yes, there are individuals with no strong ethic. Religion is the surrogate of ethic that humanity distilled through ages to keep those individuals from behaving too selfishly.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2010 at 6:23pm
Thanks for the clarification Gary. I was intrigued by the phrase as well.
I don't usually bring up the subject of my spiritual life, but it seems the subject is the elephant on the table when I am present.

The most common comment I hear from family, friends and acquaintances is variations on the theme "Where is your moral compass?" My usual sarcastic response is variations on the theme "where is your moral compass when discussing Joan of Arc, Galileo Galilei, Giordano Bruno, Nicolaus Copernicus, Salem witch trials, or whoever comes to mind?
Comment by Ian on October 23, 2010 at 5:12pm
Thanks for the clarification. The added context helps. The idea that you can limit your social circle to unbelievers is heartening. To say atheists are few and far between in Dixie would be an understatement.
I enjoyed Pepe's article and agreed with much of it. Thank you for sharing it.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on October 23, 2010 at 4:25pm
Regarding my term "extremist anti-religious atheist fanatics", looking back, I regret using the word extremist. But there is a breed of dogmatic atheists who trounce on any manifestation of religion or any thing they regard as irrationalism, including symbolic behavior or mere sentimentality or expressions of charity. Of course, I agree that, historically, the worst forms of dogmatism and oppression, have come from organized religion. But I am also turned off by a type of ideological atheist purity that feels a need to confront any form of religious expression or sentiment, no matter how benign.

I have a problem with atheists who make sweeping broad generalizations about religious groups that create straw-man arguments and stereotypes. I guess the phrase "fundamentalist atheist" might apply. I have met people who have turned atheism into some type of anti-religious cult. One evening I was at dinner and two atheist made the remark, among other atheists who were also Humanists, "You know, I think we should get rid of Humanists." Substitute any number of names for other social or ethnic groups and the statement might have been considered unacceptable or bigoted. Those types I find to easily attracted to groups that want to purge society of anything they disagree with, using tactics that are slanderous, deceitful, undemocratic and violate personal liberty. PS. I live in the Los Angeles area. Such types as I've described can more easily congregate in large metropolitan areas. I guess I am fortunate I don't have to live in a small town in the deep south. Now, nearly all my social contacts (by choice) are among unbelievers. Of those, I've met all types.

To repeat my closing remark which was intended as my personal introduction to Pepe Escobar's piece, "No large social group should be demonized on the basis of their cultural or ethnic identity."

-- Gary
Comment by Ian on October 23, 2010 at 11:09am
Geraldo's post mentions, "extremist anti-religious atheist fanatics." This group is not mentioned nor defined anywhere in the attached article or the rest of the post. Who, or what are these people? I ask because this sounds like a rather childish game of name-calling.

I don't think I have ever met an atheist who is as fervent as the majority of southern Baptists. Can you point to anyone who is such an "extremist atheist fanatic" that they want to make atheism a national law in any country, or want to stone religious believers, or want state funding for atheist meeting houses? We are surrounded, in the US southern states, by nutters of god who would reintroduce burning at the stake given half a chance.

I respectfully invite you to define your term, "extremist anti-religious atheist fanatics." I am wondering if I am one, since I have heretofore thought I was simply a moderate who didn't like religious loonies trying to take over the government.
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on October 23, 2010 at 10:34am
ISLAMAPHOBIA

Pepe Escobar is, I think one of the better of the lesser known writers and progressive journalists. Here he makes the argument that a xenophobic faction of the right is fueling the anti-Islam movement. Common sense, rational atheists should avoid an alliance with extremist anti-religious atheist fanatics and right wing white Christian anti-immigrant zealots. Escobar offers the, I think humanist interpretation, that "fascism is a creation of racial hatred" and narrowly defined nationalism. In my opinion, alienating and isolating immigrants will only help to foster separatist anti-humanist tendencies in immigrant populations that will help to breed disillusionment with the hope of progress that was the promise modern western civilization held up as a beacon of freedom. We, as freethinkers, should be encouraging open mindedness, assimilation and healthy interaction between majority and minority communities. No large social group should be demonized on the basis of their cultural or ethnic identity. – Gary


ISLAMAPHOBIA RAPIDLY SPREADS THROUGH EUROPE

The European extreme right is more turbocharged than ever, peddling Islamic hatred from France to Denmark, from Italy to Sweden.
By Pepe Escobar / Asia Times

READ MORE
http://www.alternet.org/story/148589/

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posted by Gary
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on October 20, 2010 at 10:07pm
Christian Right Insiders Reveal Racism, Virulent Anti-Immigrant Attitudes and Homophobia in Prominent Religious Right Group

"I'd much rather be working in the secular world than for a ministry," said the founder's former secretary, still a conservative and devout Christian. "The secular world is nicer."

READ MORE
http://www.alternet.org/belief/148488/
Comment by Davis Jacobson on September 25, 2010 at 4:36pm
Better safe than sorry! The rules do seem "subject to interpretation".
Comment by Sarah Walton on September 25, 2010 at 11:45am
My visa doesn't allow me to work or volunteer--I'm technically in the US on a visitor's visa. After the hassle we went through to get my visa, I very reluctant to do anything that might possibly be seen as violating the terms of my visa.

That said, this should all be changing within the next few months. I'm just thinking of it as a vacation! ;)
Comment by Davis Jacobson on September 25, 2010 at 10:29am
Sarah, why can't you legally volunteer in the US? Anyone who agrees with the material at the-brights.net is encouraged to register as a Bright, and the pins and t-shirts are available at the CafePress store. I don't know that a person who showed up and volunteered to take a shift at the local homeless shelter would be turned away just because she was a recent immigrant....
 

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