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Missouri House Resolution No. 2

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Aultman Aug 9, 2012. 1 Reply

Looks like this blatant political enshrinement of religion has gone under the radar in Missouri. So as of November, any student in Missouri can opt out of any assignment in the public school system…Continue

A secular victory in Egypt

Started this discussion. Last reply by Starscream Feb 12, 2011. 1 Reply

The excellent outcome of the (virtually) bloodless revolution in Egypt should encourage all Arabic atheists. Egypt is 97 % Islamic but this was clearly not an Islamic revolution. It was entirely…Continue

Pakistan blocks Facebook over 'Draw Mohammad' contest

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Obama Cancels National Day of Prayer Service

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J.P.M. replied to DarkBlack's discussion The compatibility of religion and science.
"As a number of people have pointed out, it is the primary monotheistic religions that are fundamentally incompatible with science.  I posted some of this a while ago, but it is pertinent here.  And I happen to be actually be a scientist…"
Sep 29, 2012
John Aultman replied to J.P.M.'s discussion Missouri House Resolution No. 2
"We can only hope that this backfires for the "evolution-denying, religiously-retarded Missouri red-necks". By denying their their children the benefit of science classes such as biology it could make him or her more curious as to what…"
Aug 9, 2012
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Missouri House Resolution No. 2

Looks like this blatant political enshrinement of religion has gone under the radar in Missouri. So as of November, any student in Missouri can opt out of any assignment in the public school system if it offends their religious convictions?Note that students may not be compelled to participate in any educational assignments that contravene their religious beliefs.I guess that rules out biology for any poor kids who happen to be born to evolution-denying, religiously-retarded Missouri…See More
Aug 8, 2012
Steph S. commented on J.P.M.'s blog post Four Reasons Why Religion Can Never be Reconciled with Science
"Thanks! Great!"
Feb 27, 2012
Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on J.P.M.'s blog post Four Reasons Why Religion Can Never be Reconciled with Science
"Concise and impressive, thanks!"
Feb 26, 2012
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thewoodenwand commented on J.P.M.'s blog post Four Reasons Why Religion Can Never be Reconciled with Science
"Have you seen my video Science proves there is a God? I put limitless restrictions of God and there is only one way he could exist, in a dimension that would be well beyond ours and he would in no way disturb ours, if he created us he would have no…"
Feb 26, 2012
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Four Reasons Why Religion Can Never be Reconciled with Science

I listened to Weekend Edition on NPR radio one day in January, 2012 and thought for a moment I was tuned to the wrong station.  Rachel Martin’s interview with Alvin Plantinga was such a pile of softball pandering to Christian mythology I found myself smacking my forehead in disbelief.Plantinga, a self-proclaimed Christian, begins by professing his discomfort with science being at odds with his religion – essentially admitting his goal is to find some way to defend his faith by contriving an…See More
Feb 26, 2012
J.P.M. replied to Mr. Carter's discussion Just venting... in the group Atheist Humor
"Venting is why we come here! I hear you, man. I am an evolutionary biologist working in Kansas. I don't even socialize Hardly at all because I can't stomach religiously-retarded rednecks And their holier-than-thou attitude. Oh yeah, you…"
Jun 4, 2011
J.P.M. replied to Kelly M's discussion SB 0893 back door to creationism in TN public schools!! Time to do something!! in the group Tennessee Atheists
"You see, the problem is that your effort, however eloquently worded and correct, is destined to fall on deaf ears because of the very nature of dogmatic religious belief.  Religious 'faith' actually prevents people from learning…"
Apr 11, 2011
J.P.M. replied to Kelly M's discussion SB 0893 back door to creationism in TN public schools!! Time to do something!! in the group Tennessee Atheists
"I understand completely.  I have 2 school age daughters myself. The indoctrination of youth is one of the principle ways religious claptrap is propagated and we have to call them on every infraction in the public school system.  At least…"
Apr 11, 2011
J.P.M. replied to Kelly M's discussion SB 0893 back door to creationism in TN public schools!! Time to do something!! in the group Tennessee Atheists
"Hi Kelly, I agree this is worth speaking out against because the covert intent is clear. All you can ever say to these people is that ID creationism a not scientific theories of anything because they aren't testable in any way. But as you know,…"
Apr 10, 2011
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A secular victory in Egypt

The excellent outcome of the (virtually) bloodless revolution in Egypt should encourage all Arabic atheists. Egypt is 97 % Islamic but this was clearly not an Islamic revolution. It was entirely secular. As a friend of many secular Arabs, I find this inspiring - a very hopeful development for democracy in the Middle east. A lesson perhaps even for America, where our politics seem to be more religiously polarized.It would be interesting to hear the views of our resident Arabic atheists.See More
Feb 11, 2011
Kelly M replied to J.P.M.'s discussion Does atheism reduce your online dating chances? in the group Atheist Singles
"I also put it right out there that I am atheist, and I haven't found that I get less responses either. I'm in a difficult age bracket anyway because I'm 41 so the dating pool is limited from the start. I seems to me that some of the…"
Oct 14, 2010
Michael replied to J.P.M.'s discussion Does atheism reduce your online dating chances? in the group Atheist Singles
"Please don't confuse "conservative" with "religious". I know a lot of non-religious conservatives. And a lot of very religious liberals. The two things are independent of each other, common misconceptions notwithstanding."
Oct 14, 2010
Michael replied to J.P.M.'s discussion Does atheism reduce your online dating chances? in the group Atheist Singles
"Just as a note - Most women don't bother to read profiles, either; better than 90% just look at a guy's picture when deciding whether or not to respond. Humans are just visually-oriented creatures."
Oct 14, 2010

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Four Reasons Why Religion Can Never be Reconciled with Science

Posted on February 26, 2012 at 6:48am 3 Comments

I listened to Weekend Edition on NPR radio one day in January, 2012 and thought for a moment I was tuned to the wrong station.  Rachel Martin’s interview with Alvin Plantinga was such a pile of softball pandering to Christian mythology I found myself smacking my forehead in disbelief.

Plantinga, a self-proclaimed Christian, begins by professing his discomfort with science being at odds with his religion – essentially admitting his goal is to find some way to defend his faith by…

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At 8:40pm on May 26, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Greetings, J.P.M.! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D

At 2:03pm on September 17, 2010, J.P.M. said…
All the 'Islamophobia' in the news these days is quite amusing to me - especially since it is all being pushed by right-wing Christian nut-jobs. After all, is their any meaningful difference between Islam and Christianity? They're both ridiculous mythologies multiply translated from the oral traditions of a bunch of illiterate, stone-age peasants that lived somewhere in the Middle East 2000 years ago. Principles shared: monotheism, homophobia, evolution denial, mistrust of science, afterlife myths (including preposterous reward scenarios for the faithful), blood sacrifice, countless ridiculous ceremonies and rituals. I could go on, but you get the idea...
At 11:03am on May 19, 2010, Ian said…
Entomologist have had to do a lot more explaining of job titles since the Lord of the Rings movie came out. It could be worse--a friend of mine married a micro-biologist, and now people keep asking him exactly how small his wife is...
Thanks for the NYT link on Pakistan's Facebook ban. I'm collecting them for an article elsewhere on the web.
At 9:15am on April 30, 2010, Loren Miller said…
Thanks, but I prefer single-malt scotch to barbiturates!
At 8:55am on April 30, 2010, Loren Miller said…
"Religious education is an oxymoron"

There's an "oxycodone" joke in there SOMEWHERE....
At 8:33am on April 23, 2010, Atheist Exile said…
Hey J.P.M.,

Thanks for the comment but . . . my avatar is not Photoshopped -- that guy really has a snake going in and out of his face!
At 10:08am on March 21, 2010, B-Girl said…
Sure! I'll take a AN friend in Kansas.
At 7:39am on March 12, 2010, Mrina said…
Thanks :) That was pretty hilarious! Unintelligent design indeed.
At 7:00pm on March 11, 2010, Mrina said…
Oh that is so cool! I never thought of that. I bet this would be very difficult to do, but you could track backwards in clonal populations and determine when/how far back the somatic mutations occurred and perhaps what correlating environmental changes triggered them. Of course, that is just being theoretical :P That would require some serious sequencing of the genomes. You could just as easily go forward with it though and determine if certain environmental stresses cause a subset of mutations. Not sure what use that would have, but it would be interesting!
At 6:40pm on March 11, 2010, Mrina said…
Lol, I think just reading about that was rather traumatic actually.

But that's what I am saying. It couldn't possibly be intelligent design because it's imperfect and thus unintelligent. Not to mention, we don't need to look to bed bugs to see the flaws, what about human bodies? Having a waste disposal system in the middle of a pleasure center, what a terrible idea :P
 
 
 

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