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Secular intolerence

Secular intolerance

In a recent debate in the house of lords much was said by the religious fraternity regarding the danger of secular intolerance. As amusing as this might seem at a first show a little thought would validate the accusation.

 Religious wars are so commonplace these days that it’s difficult to imagine a newscast that didn’t feature one. All the protagonists are so psychologically hell…


Added by Gerald Payne on May 5, 2015 at 3:17am — 5 Comments

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You

Added by Hiram on May 4, 2015 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Miracles and madness

Religion is probably the single most excuse for violence in the World today.  Everywhere internecine strife is found religious differences are normally the root of the problem. Fundamentalism, denominational differences, and basic religious hatred, is apologised for with statements blaming fanatics and extremists, words of condolence for the peaceful majority who never the less sanctify the very scriptures demanding bloody retribution. The self-…


Added by Gerald Payne on May 3, 2015 at 5:50am — No Comments

Trial and Error Isn't All That Complicated

"You're an atheist. How can you know right from wrong then if you don't have God to show you?"

I was asked this by a representative of a local Catholic church at a community small business event last night. You know the type of event, where the businesses stay open extra late and let…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on May 2, 2015 at 6:00am — 16 Comments

Sartre Was Right, But Hell Sometimes Has an Endearing Quality

So, awhile back I’m sitting at a booth for the place I work at a largish regional conference. I’m the last guy on the planet that you want to be selling anything (trust me!), but the others are busy with an event of their own. Anyway, I’m sitting at the booth answering questions, handing out stuff, and just…


Added by Dan Wall on April 30, 2015 at 2:44pm — 4 Comments

A Personal Article on Dealing with Major Depression

4 Steps to Navigating the Rough Waters of Depression


After suffering a lifetime of Major Depression, I have found 4 strategies that minimize the damages and maximize…


Added by Edward Teach on April 27, 2015 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

The Padded Cell Of Apologetics

Friend of mine (M. Penn) brought up his increasing frustration with how easily the religious swallow ridiculous doctrine and unhesitatingly apply it to everyday life. He cannot stand how easy it is to live with a mind so warped that even the word "the" might mean that the End of Days will happen by noon time after…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 27, 2015 at 1:10am — 7 Comments

Fascinating article about animal behavioural origins of morality,

One way a theist can guarantee to have me grinding my teeth is by telling me that atheists, by definition, can have no 'moral compass'. This statement, apart from being mind-numbingly offensive, it just so obviously wrong I don't know where to start.

 This article looks at how (especially social) animals enforce a series of rules during play, to avoid injury while practicing necessary life-skills, and then how breaking those rules leads to social consequences. Although it concentrates…


Added by Anwyn Davies on April 26, 2015 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Meditations #5 - Evolution, The Counterintuitive Reality

To be honest I'm having a moment where I feel a little down. I feel a little down and I feel a little tired. Tired of the same old misconceptions, misunderstandings and misconstruing of views that occurs over and over again.

I'm aware of the fact that as long as I choose to interfere with the never ending debates between religion and science I am going to get exhausted once in a while, and tonight this is that once and it's been a while.

I cannot help but think about…


Added by Mark Arellius on April 26, 2015 at 5:00pm — 18 Comments

My answer to a friend who felt offended by a comment I made

Hi, XXXXXXX, I am glad, you did not seek to support your claim   (mutual friends contacted him and not me.)  That is a perfect way to maintain helplessness)   Those who contacted you and not me divulge a character that many people have, however, unless and until they confront me, they reveal a victim mentality. You are entirely correct; I did bully you. I have heard that before as well as being arrogant. I confess to both. 

Frankly I don't remember what I wrote to you. If I offended…


Added by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2015 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Meditations #4 - On Intellectuals

Most renowned apologists are highly intellectual and educated; they have a firm grip on their beliefs and have an understanding of their philosophy, whatever they believe to be true.


Does that mean that people with a little to no chance of a proper education have a lesser strength of faith and understanding of the same set of beliefs? People who have been poorly educated have (most likely) a poorer understanding than the intellectual apologists.

Just like any apologist…


Added by Mark Arellius on April 24, 2015 at 4:35am — 8 Comments

Hello, World. I'm Openly Secular.

Hi, from Covington, Kentucky! The neighbor of Cincinnati, Ohio.

My name is Amanda Ashcraft. I work for the postal service, write numerous articles about ex religious life and childhood abuse, parent four beautiful children, and live openly secular as a humanism practicing atheist.

I grew up in a…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 23, 2015 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Ground Zero Cross case

The symbolic Ground Zero cross WILL STAY at the 9/11 Memorial Museum as atheists' lose their case! In the ruling the judge said, “The stated purpose of displaying The Cross at Ground Zero to tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy is genuine and an objective observer would understand the purpose of the display to be secular.” 

Ummm... Let's look at this ridiculous statement piece by piece...

"The stated…


Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on April 23, 2015 at 1:24pm — 30 Comments

Humanist ethical concepts applied (and mis-applied) to public policy

I recently wrote Whose Pleasure? Whose Pain? Applying the Hedonic Calculus to Public Policy for the latest issue of The Humanist, where I discuss whether it makes sense to apply the Epicurean ethical method of hedonic calculus at the collective level. After some considerations, in the piece I argue



Added by Hiram on April 23, 2015 at 12:02pm — 3 Comments

Self-Management & Recovery Training: A SMART Humanistic Approach to Addiction Recovery

The May-June issue of The Humanist includes a few pieces on a secular alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous, which has recently been exposed as an inefficient system of recovery that's only supported with public funds because it's filled with religious propaganda.

In the editor's note for the issue, Jennifer Bardi…


Added by Hiram on April 23, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments

Jesus appears to Tim Tebow, Says Philly Wasn't His Idea


Added by Richard Cahill on April 23, 2015 at 9:34am — 5 Comments

Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high

I have often said that Judaism is a religion for the obsessive-compulsive, with rule after rule, hundreds of them, interpreted and extrapolated to the finest nuance by generations of rabbis.  It could easily keep you busy most or all of your waking hours.

Nowhere is Jewish OCD on more florid display than in the 24 hours called Shabbat, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. (NOTE: The following is about truly observant Jews; practitioners of Judaism Lite, like my family,…


Added by Alan Perlman on April 22, 2015 at 3:55pm — 34 Comments

No Tattoo For You!

For the last few months, I’ve been scrimping away money to restart my tattoo collecting. I currently have three altogether, all from different shops in my area, and out of the three who did the work, I decided to return to one in particular. I liked the artists that worked there, and trusted their professionalism so…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on April 20, 2015 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Compartmentalization & Religiosity

Sreenivasan (Sreeni): Prof. K, I am reading all your articles which you have been e-mailing me on Religion, Gods & Humanism. As you already know, I am an atheist and so your articles only reinforce my earlier stance but when I try to read it to my wife, she is rather critical about it. She has been brought up in an orthodox Iyengar family and she worships Lord Krishna as her father and mother did in their lifetime.

Me: There are 2 types of…


Added by V.N.K.Kumar on April 20, 2015 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

Meditations #3 - Ad Populum

If many believe so, it is so.

Well, I don't think so. 

It's an argument that I hear allot and quite frankly I'm getting tired of hearing it. By writing and sharing this I hope to provide others with some intellectual tools for when you hear; ''But why does an X number of people believe what I do, too?'' or make it an assertion ''Millions of people believe it, so it must be true.'' 

Large Numbers



Added by Mark Arellius on April 19, 2015 at 4:45pm — 13 Comments

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