I was standing in the check-out line at the local Walmart (in Central City,Ky) when the line was stopped. The cashier refused to check the lady ahead of me because she was buying beer. Me, being me, asked what the problem was? The clerk said she couldn't scan the beer because "It"s against my religious convictions". So the lady with the beer, and I, had to wait until a manager was called up to scan the beer onto the ticket.
I laughed about it. It's so outlandish! So, the…Continue
With today (December 10) being "Nelson Mandela Day", so to speak, I am reflecting on my family progression in racial tolerance. Much has changed in past 100 years.
My grandfather Smith, while raised in Northern Indiana (b 1890), was quite the bigot. I well remember his language regarding blacks--and he didn't call them "blacks". It was all he could do to tolerate a black person playing major league baseball.
And while the apple falls not far from the tree, his son, my father (b…Continue
Steve Wells' "Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible," is a book-by-book tally of God's killings in the Bible. Reading Wells' book is a gruesome reminder of the Bible's flood of genocide, slaughter, massacres and murder. Wells strings yellow tape around all the crime scenes in the Bible where God's…Continue
Added by BIPLAB DAS on December 9, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments
I've been around Buddhist teachings for years; the truths about the transient and selfless nature of reality and how the mind creates suffering due to ignorance of reality and cravings based on that ignorance... it spoke to me. I took up meditation (sometimes) and continued to study, and eventually become a moderator on a Buddhist forum that was open to people of all traditions (and none), which gave me plenty of variance in individual perspectives on what the Buddha taught. I didn't believe…Continue
Added by Steve Earley on December 9, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Christmas isn’t a big deal here in Taiwan, so it’s hard to get “in the season” or riled up by this “War on Christmas” controversy. But I want to celebrate the meaning of Christmas by giving away two things I really want, rather than buying them for myself.
First up is this amazing Christmas “ugly-sweater” with Baphomet on it.…Continue
Added by Derek Murphy on December 9, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
"The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is the the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history."
"God is omnipotent, omniscient, and…Continue
Added by Čenek Sekavec on December 8, 2013 at 5:35pm — No Comments
Atheists are a diverse bunch of people. There's no single set of beliefs or ideas that unite all atheists under a single banner. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that they don't believe in any deities.
This can make understanding the atheist community rather difficult for an outsider. Doesn't it make more sense to unite with people based on shared beliefs or identifying by what you are rather than what you are not? After all, it makes sense to start a…
this is a real conversation i had with a believer over facebook messages. the names were deleted to prtect his anonymity and the times were erased to make the reading easier.
As a secular society, we must strive to never be lax in our language, and have a firm understanding of what we mean when we utter the dreaded phrase "Happy Holidays," Bill O'Reiily thought he had a Checkmate, Atheists moment when he gleefully pointed out that there are no holidays until Christmas. We poor, poor atheists would therefore be fools to use this greeting. To say the word Christmas should sting…Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on December 6, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
KNOWLEDGE AND REFERENCE
Let us examine knowledge and its functions as well as its capacities and dimensions. Knowledge requires a platform to operate, which is called language. As a beginning, will it not be easy to explore the following aspects?
What we speak and write
How do we acquire linguistic skills?
Is not the word an abstract entity all by itself?
Finally, are we using the word or used by…
The development of complex languages, around 200,000 years ago, that can describe and pass on abstract thinking (like religious thought) has been likely the biggest force behind our cultural evolution, which has taken off exponentially since the first sentences were formed.
This use of language to describe complex and abstract notions sparked our cultural or cognitive evolution which recording in writing and now vocal/video/software has pushed along this exponential growth curve,…Continue
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I believe in living and let live. Since I really realized that I am an atheist I have felt happier, more friendly and empathic toward people. I can be around any religion and be fine, The problem is can religion be around me, the atheist in the same way. We atheists get a bad rap. the rest of my family celebrates Christmas, I still can go through the motions. I have nothing to prove. I think prayer, heaven,hell,and all the preaching is silly and can't understand why so called smart people…Continue
Faith can move… nothing. Dynamite, bulldozers, big trucks, and people of action have proven an effective means for messing mountains up, but faith has yet to move even a grain of sand. On a side note, “faith” is generally regarded as a positive attribute. The term refers to belief…
At the Canadian universities I attended there was a noticeable scarcity of Atheist, Enlightenment writers on reading lists. There were plenty of writers from the romantic conservative reaction, such as Rousseau. After exposure to teachers from France and the United States I was introduced the the writings of French Encyclopedists such as Condorcet and Diderot and their American counterparts Thomas Paine and Jefferson. They still weren't on the reading lists but I had been pointed in the…Continue
Peter Boghossian's book A Manual for Creating Atheists is a crucial and original book, not just for atheists who want to propagate atheism, but also for nonbelievers in general. It gives nonbelievers a way to interact with religious people that is respectful and not antagonistic – yet confronts believers with something they often wish to avoid: the weirdness of believing without good…Continue
Boom-shakalockalocka--boom shakalockalocka—ramalama ding dong—fee fee-fy fy-fo fo fum—na na nana, na na nana hey hey hey—doowahdidhe—sha la la--day o umba day o mambu ji ay o-- Iko iko, iko iko unday Jockomo feeno ah na nay Jockomo feena…Continue