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The Science / Religion Dichotomy – Another View

Christianity insists on dependence on its god and its savior.  Indeed, it demands submission to that supreme being, saying “thy will be done.”  Islam is not only no different, the very word means “submission.”  Both expect the believer to trust in Yahweh or Allah to provide for them and nurture them and bring meaning to their lives.  The price for that nurturance, though, is utter obedience without question.  One of the immediate consequences of such an attitude is vulnerability to…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 18, 2014 at 11:11am — 2 Comments

atheist billboard

I'm not sure if everyone has heard about the atheist billboard "all I want for Christmas is to skip church I'm too old for fairytales" and a church bought a billboard "marry Christmas" underlining christ but I sincerely hope another one goes up on our behalf 

Added by nikki summers on December 16, 2014 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Wendy Wright (Creationist) arguably the Dumbest Person I've Ever Seen on Youtube!

I still use this video of Richard Dawkin's debate with Wendy Wright to remind me of how Extremely, Extremely, Mind Numbingly Dumb, Creationists Are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72mAWTGr4EM

I'm also in awe of how Richard Dawkins managed to keep his cool, when confronted with somebody so Ridiculously and Obviously Dumb.

I could not be so calm when confronted with such…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on December 15, 2014 at 2:54am — 7 Comments

China’s crop of outrageous new hotel designs

I was in Chin in the 1980s. I saw spotlessly clean streets with women out early each morning sweeping. I saw butchers slaughtering animals in open-air markets, blood streaming into the streets. There were no flies. I saw small rooms open to the street where people constructed electric irons for the world trade, even U.S. trademarks. I talked to people taking care of babies while their parents worked in factories. Mothers were allowed to take time to nurse their babies and it was not time…

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Added by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 6:01pm — 1 Comment

Green Roofs: Saving the Planet One Building at a Time

Advantages of green roof gardens: 

Aesthetic Improvement

Waste Diversion

Landfill Diversion

Stormwater Management

Moderation of Urban Heat Island Effect

New Amenity Spaces…

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Added by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 3:59pm — 5 Comments

Is god good?

Is god good?



If we’re going to ask that question, the first thing that has to be established is: whose “good” are we using as a standard?  If human good is to be the benchmark, then the task is relatively easy.  Whatever good god recognizes, however, will introduce a degree of vagary which may be insuperable.



Regardless of which deity is supervising this reality, he/she/it cannot be said to be good by human standards in the slightest measure, and one need look no…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 14, 2014 at 11:27am — 16 Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 14--Last Installment)



Part 14

Warning Signs Everywhere

Christianity's reputation is declining especially among young Americans, concludes a study by evangelical Christian researcher, George Barna. Recent research by The Barna Group…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 12, 2014 at 6:07am — 5 Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 12-13 in 14 Part Series)

Part 12

And Then, There's the Bible

Homosexuality has been condemned by religious leaders for centuries. For many, homophobia is a prejudice largely created and sustained by the scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Citing the Bible as the ultimate proof-source, many may find that it is not as clear as one might think on the subject.

Essentially, there are seven biblical passages cited by Christians to…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 11, 2014 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Serving Virtue, Part Two

In part one I briefly introduced the idea that from Aristotelian logic and a few axioms we can derive a basic ethical framework, and the non-aggression principle.  Now I'd like to continue on these ideas a bit.

Because the current set of well defined virtues is so short one can use derivation to outline the ideals of a virtuous society. Like The Republic this is a thought experiment.…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on December 10, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Serving Virtue

Theist apologists argue constantly that all morality comes from God. They say that an atheist cannot be moral or say that something is good because it is 'borrowing from their worldview'. I don't know who said it first but the one who seems to say it the most is Matt Slick.

I won't bother refuting his arguments, as they have already been destroyed most efficaciously by more competent thinkers.

Rather, what I would like to write a bit about is the idea that serving virtue is…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on December 10, 2014 at 10:23am — No Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 11in14 Part Series)

Part 11

Same Sex Marriage

There is probably no other issue that highlights the Black Church's view of homosexuality than same-sex marriages. A recent Pew study indicated that the Black Church community was more opposed to these marriages…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 10, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really KNow? (Part 9 & 10)

Part 9

Let the Church be Recognized

Talking about homosexuals without mentioning religion is impossible. As with many other subjects, the church unfailingly injects itself into a social…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 8, 2014 at 3:41pm — 4 Comments

Satirical Santa Only Visits Talking Heads Who Remember to Bring the Irony

What so many in the right wing echo chamber do not seem to get is that Satire does not begin the moment you are called out for making an ass of yourself. You cannot simply toss bigoted statements about the airwaves and play the irony card whenever someone says no to your bigotry.

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Added by Dan Wall on December 8, 2014 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

Mondo Diablo 383: Origins 101: Remedial Christmas

This time, I'm presenting the podcast myself, as Krampus is recovering from a joyous Krampusnacht. We're going back to basics with Christmas Origins, and you'll be hearing a lot of cocktail lounge-style carols.

Playlist

Origins 1

Howrohavebestchristmas

Alleee 1:

Yoshie * Deck the Hall

Jingle Bells

Origins 2

Bela Fleck * Dance of the Sugar Plum…

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Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on December 8, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Bible Patriarchy

Joshua 24:15 "But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”"

Growing up very religious I heard this passage a lot. There was a hymn that quoted it. There were talks about it. But the subject of the songs and the talks wasn't…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on December 8, 2014 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 8)

(The following articles contain graphic information concerning disease and sexual activity. Proceed at your own risk.)



Part 8



The Looming Specter of AIDS



Bigotry against homosexuals in the black community contributes greatly to the AIDS epidemic. Today, AIDS drifts in and out of the top position as the number one killer of African…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Voluntary Euthanasia: A Quantum Theory of Moral Action (part 1)

 This is part 1 of a multi-part series.

I contemplate writing a book on this subject intended for the educated reader, tentatively titled “My Death, My Choice: A Secular View of Voluntary Euthanasia” in which this quantum theory will play an integral role.  The book assumes that readers hold a secular humanist worldview.  That is, secular in the sense that no deities, afterlives, or other supernatural notions are involved, and humanistic in the sense that the wellbeing of human…

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Added by DAN DANA on December 7, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Pay No Attention to the Abe in the Corner!

One of the most beautiful gifts of the internet is the ability to learn at a glance the wisdom of America’s founding fathers. In fact, one can often find these pearls of wisdom beautifully packaged in nice visuals. They are perfect for a tweet or a quick illustration, and so very informative. Most of all, they are ever so conveniently one quick google away...

Read more about it here.…

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Added by Dan Wall on December 7, 2014 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

Psychology Of Junk Food is the same as Psychology Of Religion?

Some may think I'm stating that religion is junk food for the mind.

Well, not quite right.

I'm drawing from comments made by psychologists and neurologists whose work I've been studying.

Essentially it is the confirmation of a quote from Arthur C. Clarke:

"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion."

Which, when the junk food phenomenon of…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on December 7, 2014 at 6:23am — 4 Comments

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