February 2011 Blog Posts (139)

"Moderate Muslims"

Being Arab and from a Muslim family I always find it amusing when seemingly learned people defend my own people against me. In America it has become common for non-Muslims to cry bigot when Islam is criticized for the fear of appearing intolerant or "Islamophobic". It seem when we atheist criticize Christianity, or the Catholic church we may get a few disapproving glares but we are never called racist, intolerant, or bigoted. However, all of that changes when Islam is brought up. Suddenly…

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Added by Yusuf Said on February 8, 2011 at 12:11pm — 5 Comments

Why so Serious....

So I am supposed to be doing a paper for my Human Sexuality class, and yet....



I'm goofing off on here and Facebook talking about Black History Month and the like. To be honest, I don't really pay attention to it when it comes around. I mean, I acknowledge it, but I don't literally set time aside to purposefully learn about everything Black History. Doesn't mean I don't know stuff, it just means that I literally think that when it comes to history, every person(no matter what color)… Continue

Added by Monica S. on February 7, 2011 at 7:25pm — 2 Comments

The Good Samaritan

There is no hatred so intense as odium theologicum - hatred for those nearby who are religiously similar to oneself but nonetheless different. Through the ages, Christians, for instance, have been far more hateful to Jews, to Muslims and to one another than they have ever been to Buddhists or Hindus. In Christ's time, the Jews despised the sectarian Samaritans who possessed the Torah but not the prophets and who worshiped not in the Jerusalem Temple but on Mount Gerizim to the north. The… Continue

Added by Gary Renegar on February 7, 2011 at 2:47pm — 2 Comments

"Twilight Zone" and Atheism, Part 2

Follow me, fellow heathens, back into a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. Join me, here, in the Twilight Zone.

 

In my second installment of "Twilight Zone and Atheism", I'm going to take a look at one of the most famous episodes of the series: "It's A Good Life".

 

This particular episode focuses on a town crippled by fear, as many TZ episodes do. What sets this particular one apart, however, is what the townsfolk are afraid of: a child with…

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Added by Gordon W Maples on February 7, 2011 at 12:21am — 6 Comments

Superbowl Sunday

From my blog:

Well, it’s Sunday, the day of American Exceptionalism where we show the world that we have the best America Rules football team in the world (even…

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Added by TheOperative on February 6, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Freedom & Democracy For The People Of Egypt,The Middle East, and North Africa!

I have nothing but respect for the people of Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Algeria, Syria, and Sudan. For the citizens of any country who have for decades suffered under oppressive regimes to come together and peacefully demand their right to rule themselves - without the prompting of any leader or political party - is truly unprecedented and reassuring. My thoughts are with these people, and I hope that the 21st century ushers in an era in which truly democratic societies…

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Added by Cody Gaisser on February 6, 2011 at 2:20pm — 2 Comments

Having trouble sharing the gospel? use trickery and sleight of hand!

Hilariously apt approach to "spreading the gospel".  The entire practice of "evangelizing" is no more than using manipulative techniques to convince a person of something that is clearly and obviously false.

IE "a guy rose from the dead 2000 years ago and that matters to you" is very hard to swallow for any thinking person, so you need to rephrase, use trickery, and manipulative techniques to sell the concept as "truth".

 

Fully aware of this, Campus Crusade for Christ,…

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Added by ryan cameron on February 6, 2011 at 11:07am — No Comments

Poo!

The most ridiculous and pendantic missinterpretation of facts claiming proof that the gospels were all written well before 60 - 70 CE. Unbelievable nonsense.

Added by T Andrew Klatt on February 6, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

Interesting website and my open letter to the guy

I found this website created by a scientist who is clearly in the "human caused global warming is a hoax" camp and found his reasoning fairly good, but other parts of his site seemed to wander into the polemic, which was a bit disappointing so I wrote him the following letter:

 

Hello,
I read with interest your thoughts on the notion of global warming and felt you made some interesting points that are…
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Added by ryan cameron on February 6, 2011 at 10:22am — 3 Comments

Thrown out of church today...

The topic of the sermon this morning was "Divine Inspiration." The preacher was rambling on about how God "inspires" human thought and that human creativity is an expression of God. I asked him what God was thinking when he inspired the creation of the 24" double-ended neon purple dildo. As I was being dragged out, it hit me: The father and son are one.

Added by Odin Zeus McGaffer on February 6, 2011 at 9:13am — 7 Comments

Rand's "Epistemological Argument"

Preface: The following essay was written in 1998, for the IOS discussion list. More recently I have had an exchange of views on an Objectivist site called "Noodlefood" where they (1) claimed that I had totally misunderstood Rand's argument (2) refused to present her argument, saying only that the choice of whether to live or die was **FUNDAMENTAL**, and that I should go back and do my homework. I have added a postscript at the bottom, in reply to these…

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Added by John B Hodges on February 6, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Making Atheism Stand for something more than just a lack of belief?

Yes, the classical definition simply means that you don't believe in a god.

 

Here's what I would like to see for the future, though:

-activism. A striving for equality and understanding.

I grew up surrounded by racism, class-ism, ableism, sexism, sizism, homophobia and a whole lot of other -ism's that are negative, and detrimental to society, by splitting it up into "us" and "them", and a lot of these are in religion, some are outside of it, but much of it, is…

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Added by Jonel Burge on February 6, 2011 at 12:36am — 8 Comments

Junk DNA: Of Mice and Men

We know that genes are the recipe for life on earth. We know that not only do mice and humans have the same number of genes, they have exactly the same genes. The difference between a mouse and a human is when the genes are turned on and in what order. Genetic focus now seems to be on the bits of substance between the genes, the 'non-coding junk' sequences that may tell us the order and pattern of how gene expression is controlled (and hence explain the difference between mice and men). Can we… Continue

Added by Gary Renegar on February 5, 2011 at 9:43pm — No Comments

The properties omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent

If the properties "omnipotence, omniscience, and omni-benevolence", are only attributed to god and we mortals can not experience them, then how can we know that they are actual properties of god?



(Supposedly we were created in the image of god and supposedly we are a product of his existence, meaning god is everything, we are a part of everything therefore we are a part of god, then if we are essentially equal in all properties, why then do we not experience omnipotence,… Continue

Added by Bubba Tarandfeathered on February 5, 2011 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

Whoa, not good for the USA.

Here's how Mrs. Smith described these Capitol religious services:



"I have called these Sunday assemblies in the capitol, a congregation, but the almost exclusive appropriation of that word to religious assemblies, prevents its being a descriptive term as applied in the present case, since the gay company who thronged the H. R. looked very little like a religious assembly. The occasion presented for display was not only a novel, but a favourable one for the youth, beauty and fashion of… Continue

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on February 5, 2011 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Doctor Who and the God of the Gaps

 

To start off, I'm on a Sci-fi kick as of late. I've already posted a little bit about TZ and Atheism, but now I want to move on to my greatest sci-fi love: Doctor Who.

 

For those of you out of the loop, Doctor Who is one of the longest running television shows in history, and is personally my favourite import from the British Isles. The first season aired all the way back in 1963, and nearly 50 years later (save for a hiccup in the 90s) the show is still running to a…

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Added by Gordon W Maples on February 5, 2011 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Abuse Bowl Hoax

The Super Bowl is barely 24 hours away, and people across the country, even other parts of the world, are all gearing up for a marathon of beer, Velveeta topped Fritos, endless commercials (and, oh yeah,  probably a little head banging good ‘ole ‘Merican football, too). And many are also bracing for that annual orgy of misogynistic violence that accompanies it.
Or are they?

 

 

Domestic violence is a serious problem.…

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Added by pantagruel1 on February 5, 2011 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Not preaching to the choir

So, here we are in our nexus, discussing things that interest us and I wanted to post something about the need to not preach to the choir.  We all know that we don't believe, but how do we reach the folks who also don't believe but don't care enough about the fact they don't believe to get involved?  Does it even matter?



Of course, we all think it matters, otherwise we wouldn't be actively involved in groups that express and promote our non-belief.  We are almost all passionate…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on February 5, 2011 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

Fundies Say The Darndest Things

Below I've compiled a list of things said by fundies / creationist. It should be noted that these people or the ones they represent compose roughly 44% of America, and if that doesn't scare you I don't know what will.

 

1. [A fundie explanation of speciation]

 

Unicorns get off the Ark, gallop (or fly) to the southern regions of Pangaea, get pregnant, have tree sloths; gallop or fly to another part, get pregnant, have aardvarks.



Later, God…

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Added by Yusuf Said on February 5, 2011 at 8:02am — 4 Comments

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