This blog is about my journey from theism to atheism. This was part of my "coming out" endeavors. Keep this in mind and it will make more sense to you as you read. When I originally posted this many people did not know where I actually stood on these things...… Continue
Added by Bradley Freeman on March 31, 2010 at 6:10pm —
Added by Secular Sue on March 31, 2010 at 5:32pm —
What with all of the news lately of pedophile priests in the catholic church I can't help but wonder... Was I an ugly child? I attended catholic school when I was young and none of the priests or nuns ever so much as made a pass at me.
Sorry, I know it's no laughing matter, and quite frankly I feel like a really dodged a bullet in that respect.
I guess sometimes you just gotta laugh to keep from crying... or something like that anyway.
Added by Pirate Bard on March 31, 2010 at 4:48pm —
Over the last few weeks, more and more of the mainstream media have been talking about the “crisis in the Vatican” or “Pope-gate.” More and more of the general public including Catholics are becoming outraged. The systematic cover-up and protection of child rapists and sexual assault on children is not easy to defend against. But they are trying.Read the Rest of this Article
Added by Staks Rosch on March 31, 2010 at 10:36am —
Added by Secular Sue on March 30, 2010 at 5:34pm —
If the Catholic Church ended the practice of priest celibacy, would that put an end to the recent scandal? No, in fact even if the priests put an end to the practice of child rape and the systematic cover-up of such crimes that would still not end this scandal. This week, the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section addresses the issue of Pope Benedict's response to sex abuse by clergy.… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on March 30, 2010 at 12:29pm —
Ending war and famine forever. Curing all childhood diseases with a single shot. Supplying all human energy needs with renewable, sustainable resources like wind, wave, geothermal and solar power. Discovering amazing things about the nature of nature - such as why particles have mass. Learning to fuse hydrogen so we can produce energy anywhere from the most abundant material in the universe. Traveling to the moons of Jupiter. Building hydroponic farm skyscrapers in urban centers. The list goes… Continue
Added by Howard S. Dunn on March 30, 2010 at 10:22am —
There have been hundreds of thousands of reported cases of child sexual assault and child rape committed by leaders in the Catholic Church. In America, most towns and cities have ordinances which forbid “adult” themed stories and businesses from being within a certain distance from schools. Maybe there ought to be an ordinance restricting churches from being within a certain distance from schools.
Read the rest of this… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on March 30, 2010 at 10:08am —
This morning the following image of a creationist came to mind: He/she stands atop a massive pile of sand, shovel in hand. At their feet, at the head of the shovel, is a divot just removed. The creationist claims, See, it’s not a pile, it’s a hole!
More sand has just been dumped atop the ever-growing pile of evidence for evolution.
In Evolution More Rapid Than Darwin Thought I encountered this… Continue
Added by Andrew Bernardin on March 30, 2010 at 6:42am —
Well now it looks like the Gun Toating Bible Pounders got busted by the FBI because they were planning a “revolt” to “save” America.
But fortunately, we were saved from them. For the time being that is.
Might I go out on a limb here and wonder if Sarah Palin is their poster girl?
And just why do they think (I’m using that term loosely) they have the right to “save” us?
I sure didn’t.
And I’m a vet.… Continue
Added by Rick on March 30, 2010 at 4:44am —
I recently discovered NOFX and their anti-religious songs. I thought they were quite awesome but the stunt that "Fat Mike" did at SXSW has me totally grossed out. Atheists can be bad too. Hey, but I still like their recent music!… Continue
Added by Lorien on March 29, 2010 at 5:00pm —
Carl Sagan: Pale Blue Dot
Carl Sagan: The Demon Haunted World
Sam Harris: Letter to a Christian Nation
Added by Steve Branch on March 29, 2010 at 7:24am —
I do believe in a higher power, but it is not an invisible entity, rather it is the sum total of the experiences of all people, which are entities that can be easily and obviously shown to exist.
It is worthless to submit to ideologies and systems of thought that do not increase the net benefit (in quantifiable and concrete ways)to yourself, and those around you. A theist believes in god, and reward for obedience as motivation. I believe in the maximization of life and happiness for… Continue
Added by Matt A on March 29, 2010 at 12:55am —
One of my close friends, who happens to be a Christian, once suggested to me that, "He who believes in NOTHING should have exactly that... Nothing."
At first, I took this statement as a terrible insult and attack on my views regarding Atheism, religion, God, etc. However, after more thought on the issue, I have a different opinion on how one should respond to… Continue
Added by David Curry on March 28, 2010 at 10:20pm —
I wrote a book called "Belief in Science and the Science of Belief." Here's a blurb about it:
"Our selective abandonment of reason to belief compromises our fundamental decision-making capacity, both in small personal matters and in critical public policy. This book will give you the insights and techniques you need to apply scientific rigor to your everyday decision-making. It will help you to understand how to verify facts, avoid logical pitfalls and belief-driven biases,… Continue
Added by Tyson Gill on March 28, 2010 at 8:33pm —
Added by Blu222 on March 28, 2010 at 11:06am —
Atheists' rights in eyes of Christians?… Continue
Added by tom arcaro on March 28, 2010 at 10:49am —
Added by Secular Forces 2013 on March 28, 2010 at 10:26am —
In case you don't recognize the reference in my title, it is from The Birdcage. A character is distressed before a stage performance and another actor gives them some drugs marked 'Pirin.' It turns out that they were Aspirin with some letters scraped off; simply a placebo for the intended use. Which is my view on 'miracles' or the efficacy of prayer - a placebo effect might occur but there is absolutely no evidence for some invisible God of Pain killers providing a physiological… Continue
Added by Ian on March 28, 2010 at 10:06am —
Have you noticed how believers insist on the fact that God has changed since the Old Testament? Supposedly the God from the New Testament is kinder, better, more loving than the one from the Old Testament. They really insist on this. I understand their embarrassment, but there is absolutely no message from God, no sacred text, no nothing that has been found engraved on some stone in some cave or delivered on some hill by an angel that tells us that God has softened his touch since the Old… Continue
Added by Philippe on March 28, 2010 at 7:04am —