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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Recently a friend asked me the following question:Continue
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,…Continue
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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:
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Domestic violence is a serious problem.…Continue
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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…
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.