January 2010 Blog Posts (189)

Earthquake politics: Where is the Christian/Republican outrage?

Posting this to my Facebook Page, where I actually do have a Conservative Christian friend or three:





"If moderate Muslims are so against what the extremists are doing, feel the extremists don't represent 'real Islam,' then where is their outrage? Why don't we hear from them? Why aren't they marching in the streets to protest the extremists and proclaim, 'They do not speak for us?'"



To which I ask: Where is the moderate… Continue

Added by Jo Jerome on January 15, 2010 at 10:22pm — 4 Comments

A moral dilemma

Back in September of 2009 I posted a story on my frethink.com blog regarding the pending deportation of an individual to his home country, a country that still lives by social codes common to the 1st century. Had he been deported he faced execution for apostasy. Laws against apostasy (renouncing the state religion) and heresy (speaking out against the state religion) are still common in middle-Eastern countries. I wanted to highlight this story because the injustice embodied in his story needed… Continue

Added by Jack Carlson on January 15, 2010 at 10:02pm — 1 Comment

Beware the Atheist tunnel vision

hey guys. I wanted to bring a discussion to your attention. Basically this is a portion of a thread on facebook where atheists and theists alike try to smash a bigot who agrees with Robertson. Here's the excerpt:





//You wrote50 minutes ago

bigot Delete Post



//Erik wrote47 minutes ago

Johnny = godless



//Kathy wrote42 minutes ago

Erik is a sad hateful self righteous little man. Believe whatever you want. I worship a God of Love, Compassion, and… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 15, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Why I Believe There Is No God

Reposted from my blog, Strident and Shrill: http://stridentandshrill.blogspot.com/



Mankind has had a wildly varying conception of god since the beginning of recorded history. The ancient Romans viewed their Caesar as a god, as did the Egyptians their Pharaohs. Some believed certain animals were gods. Others believed them to be invisible. Some say that there is only one. The idea that there is no god, however, is a fairly recent… Continue

Added by Brian on January 15, 2010 at 8:06pm — 4 Comments

Sent an in-house email to the cereal "Cheerios" company

I recently bought the largest box of Cheerios with the childs book "Sleepy...". Before handing it over to a child I read it to make sure it is good reading material. The content seemed nice except the push for prayer. This portion really disturbed me for there are many of us non-believers of the so-called God or Gods... I would like to put out to your company that if you are somehow pushing your beliefs onto consumers than there ought to be a warning label on the front of the box indicating… Continue

Added by Sheila on January 15, 2010 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Ireland

I need some help. I will be traveling to Ireland this summer and would like to contact freethinker or atheist groups to talk about The God Virus. So far I have reached out to a couple of groups with no response. They don't know me or the book, so may be reluctant to respond. If anyone knows someone or has contact with groups in Ireland, I would appreciate a good word or a contact name.
Thanks for any help.

Added by Darrel Ray on January 15, 2010 at 3:39pm — 5 Comments

Been a While...

I know its been a while and I might be rusty so I'm going to make this blog a short one.



Recently I realized a couple of things. First of all, One of the commandments is against adultery but in the "conception" of Jesus god, who is not married to Mary, produced Jesus out of wedlock. FAIL!



Secondly the 'rock' of christianity is that god sacrificed his only son in order to forgive us of our sins that he created. Let me ask you this; if I told you that if you were tortured… Continue

Added by Adam Johnson on January 15, 2010 at 3:34pm — No Comments

God Works in Stupid Ways

Sometimes the Bible goes from recycled myth to completely stupid.

Added by Jim DePaulo on January 15, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

The Lovely Bones - Toothpaste and Orange Juice

In The Lovely Bones, a young girl struggles to reach out to her grieving, self-destructive father as he tries to solve her death. Segmented bits of semi-connected subplots sever the audience’s connection to the story.



Jack Salmon’s (Mark Wahlberg) world comes crumbling down around him when his daughter Susie (Saoirse Ronan) disappears on her way home from school. Even as time passes, he cannot let her go and obsesses about where she is, if she is alive and who killed her if she was… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on January 15, 2010 at 12:52pm — 1 Comment

Mondo Diablo Episode 235: Predictions for the Amazing Year 2010





Praise "Bob!" Here are my predictions for the AMAZING year 2010, as well as some vague guesses about WWIII and Armageddon from some YouTube Yahoo.



Playlist



predictions1

Futurewar2

Alleee: 1

Bob Chance * Bob the Van Man

Cast of "Real Chance at Love" * Animals are Awesome

Predictions 2

2019after2

Ronald K Wells & the Youth Choir * I Wonder I… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on January 15, 2010 at 12:48pm — No Comments

The Role of Poetry in the Advance of Wisdom and Knowledge

I am writing (under my real name - which I will not reveal quite yet) pieces of fiction, and what I call - exploratory speculative essays that attempt to put forth persuasive hypotheses using a poetic rather than purely scientific or mathematical approach that examine our role in larger systems.



I contend there are five things that often get denied, elided, or underestimated by many empiricists:



1. Without some degree of poetic/artistic speculation, the first step of the… Continue

Added by Howard S. Dunn on January 15, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Pope John Paul II's Failed Assassin Claims He Is Now Agca the Messiah

Mehmet Ali Agca is the Turkish gunman who shot but failed to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. On January 18 2010 he is due to be released from his prison in Ankara.



"For around 30 years I have been staying in cells on my own. I experienced hell on earth. But in spite of everything I am well. I feel good in myself both physically and psychologically," he said. Many have questioned this self-diagnosis as Agca seems to be on a quest to anoint himself as the new… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on January 14, 2010 at 8:06pm — 2 Comments

'Atheist' is a harsh word ...

I got a bit of a shock today around, not my atheism, but my open use of the word to describe my position re: faith.



My boss is many things - not all palatable or likeable. But he is very rich and, once a month, pays us our normal salary to participate in a 'roll up your sleeves' charitable event. This month, we went to a non-denominational, Christian based organization that brings in two to four semi-truckloads of donated clothing a day, sorts it, stocks two thrift shop (proceeds… Continue

Added by Howard S. Dunn on January 14, 2010 at 7:26pm — 4 Comments

God's press conference fails to clarify Haiti quake questions

At a press conference held this morning, self-styled "creator of the universe" God provided disappointingly little new information as to his reasons for causing a devastating earthquake in the Caribbean country of Haiti.



Although the word of God is held by many to be a sacred and unambiguous message given to us directly by the almighty lord of all things, many commentators are expressing a growing frustration with the creator's vagueness on numerous policy issues, and unwillingness… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on January 14, 2010 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

This is the world at its best...

This is what happens when the walls of indifference, politics, prejudice religion and ignorance come down.



To quote from "Starman" as this seems to put it most succinctly:



"Would you like to know what I find beautiful about your species? You are at your best when things are at their worst."…


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Added by John Guerra on January 14, 2010 at 3:32pm — No Comments

In Praise of Pacts with the Devil

I was surprised to hear that TV evangelist Pat Robertson believes the devil is more powerful than the god of islamo-judeo-christian myth. As I had previously understood his position, his god (or gods, he never is clear on this three-in-one story) is supposed to have super powers:



It (1) knows everything, can do anything, and is completely benevolent.



However, Uncle Pat made this statement about Haiti, after the earthquake:



"... something happened a long time ago… Continue

Added by Ian on January 14, 2010 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

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