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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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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

Demon Possession, the Apostle Paul, and Epilepsy

Started by Mark D. Zima. Last reply by Richard C Brown Jan 25, 2012. 2 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 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 Dale on July 11, 2010 at 11:56pm
I will admit that when I first heard of the idea of being called "a Bright" I was a bit tentative, but after reading a few articles and contemplating the reasoning behind the initiative I am happy to say I have fully joined up and am even going to order a shirt or jacket or something to proudly wear.
Comment by Rick on July 11, 2010 at 4:18am
I came across this and thought I would share it with everyone.
I have had family and friends who have had personal problems.
It is hard for them, their family and their friends.
Thought this might help those who don't want a "religious" answer.

http://www.sossobriety.org/
Comment by Rick on May 17, 2010 at 11:48pm
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Comment by Justin Bonaparte on March 29, 2010 at 3:27pm
Deepak was actually not terrible on that one, I found myself smiling at some of his insights. I think he's got a long way to go, though to proving that anything he's talking about is real and accessible. He seems to be getting at a kind of Thomas Aquinas type of theology currently.
Comment by Brittany Evanovich on March 29, 2010 at 2:37pm
Hey Rick, I'm gonna share that Discovery busted video on my facebook. Thanks for that.
Comment by Steve Branch on March 28, 2010 at 7:37am
From Freethought of the Day, Freedom from Religion Foundation. A New York Times quote from Dr. Daniel Dennett that rings so true. Enjoy !

“ . . . I've come to realize it's time to sound the alarm.

Whether we brights are a minority or, as I am inclined to believe, a silent majority, our deepest convictions are increasingly dismissed, belittled and condemned by those in power -- by politicians who go out of their way to invoke God and to stand, self-righteously preening, on what they call 'the side of the angels.'

. . . Politicians don't think they even have to pay us lip service, and leaders who wouldn't be caught dead making religious or ethnic slurs don't hesitate to disparage the 'godless' among us.

From the White House down, bright-bashing is seen as a low-risk vote-getter. And, of course, the assault isn't only rhetorical: the Bush administration has advocated changes in government rules and policies to increase the role of religious organizations in daily life, a serious subversion of the Constitution. It is time to halt this erosion and to take a stand: the United States is not a religious state, it is a secular state that tolerates all religions and--yes--all manner of nonreligious ethical beliefs as well.”
— Daniel C. Dennett, "The Bright Stuff," The New York Times, July 12, 2003
Comment by Aiden on March 24, 2010 at 1:15pm
Does God Have a Future?

A 30-minute edited version of this debate will air late this evening on ABC Nightline’s Faceoff. Or, if you prefer to see the full 90-minute debate, you can watch it online now. The debate featured Michael Shermer and Sam Harris on one side with Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston on the other side.
Comment by Bradley Thomas Horton on January 22, 2010 at 10:03am
I am a very proud ANTI-THEIST. I want to join your group to connect with other bright-people
Comment by Rick on January 4, 2010 at 4:00pm
This was sent to me from another site, but you really have to see this. These people honestly believe that can do now wrong as long as they have "God" behind them..... gezzzzz

Comment by Rick on January 4, 2010 at 7:52am
I’ve had a couple of friend who worked as prison guards.

Mostly they work at the “State” level but also one who works on the Federal level. Reading this news article just made me laugh.

A convicted rapist is an atheist. He's also open about it. At least the guy is straight forward about being an atheist.

You get a lot of prisoners who “find God” as a way to buy favor and make themselves look good to various groups and the parole boards.

If only my friends could sit down with the “Happy Band of Do Gooders” and let them explain EXACTLY what goes on inside, they might find more “productive” things to do with their “doing good” works.


Like look at internet porn…

But the best was when he filed a complaint about his “Cellie.” If you only knew how many times I wanted to do that with just some stranger on the street or those clowns who come knocking on your door early Saturday morning to “bring you to God.”

Well here’s the story and the link to the page.
Enjoy.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2791077/Rapists-whine-at-...


RAPIST’S whine at cell with Christian
AN atheist rapist has complained that his human rights were breached by having to share a prison cell with a Christian lag.


Barman Steven Relf, 40, was jailed indefinitely after admitting raping two women he targeted when he served them drinks in a pub.
Police branded him a "sexual predator" and said he could have had as many as 40 victims.
In a letter to an inmates' magazine, Relf wrote: "I recently had the displeasure of sharing a cell with a Bible-thumping believer."
A source said Relf was "furious" at having to share at Manchester Prison with the Christian convict and wanted him to be "evicted".
He said: "He moaned about how the guy wouldn't shut up about God. He said he wanted to speak to a lawyer about his rights so he could be moved cells."
The other inmate was later transferred.
 

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