March 2010 Blog Posts (260)

The Temptation of Heaven

Heaven, the greatest carrot and stick routine



I was reading a muslim’s blog the other day. This particular blog was talking about how non-muslims seem to be fascinated by the 70 virgins in heaven thing. I must say that when the writer said that this is the first thing most non-muslims think of islam, I agreed. This seems to be true for me. The point of this particular blog was that the point of the virgins isn’t the virgins themselves, but that heaven is a reward for those who chose… Continue

Added by Andrew Garber on March 5, 2010 at 10:26pm — No Comments

United States of America, land of the free; unless you're a nonbeliever of god, THEIR god!

Texas Constitution: Atheists Need Not Apply...in other words, "it's Yahweh or the highway" -Lee

Updated: Tuesday, 09 Feb 2010, 9:57 PM CST

Published : Tuesday, 09 Feb 2010, 9:43 PM CST

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Added by richard lee on March 5, 2010 at 12:13pm — 2 Comments

Criticizing Ridiculous Ideas

Atheism is on the rise in America and the world and as such we have become a bigger target for religionists. Many religious people attempt to make it seem like being a vocal atheist is something new and militant but the fact is that there is nothing new, mean, or hateful about criticizing ridiculous ideas. (Read More)

Added by Staks Rosch on March 5, 2010 at 9:08am — No Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 244: Decalogue (NSFW)





Another rant by Frances E Dec, courtesy of Bento and Starchky's Francis E Dec Fanclub.

http://www.bentoandstarchky.com/dec/intro.htm



Playlist



Decalogue 1

Welcome to Mondo Diablo

Alleee1

Poupee Brisee (broken doll)

Dieter Reith * Uschi

Decalogue 2

Dick Hyman and Marry Mayo *… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on March 5, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

A brief moment of your time, please

The White Mountain from charles on…

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Added by Howard S. Dunn on March 4, 2010 at 10:42pm — No Comments

A Question For Pro-Lifers



We know fertilization takes place in the Fallopian tube. The zygote, when cleaved becomes a morula, which migrates along the tube to the uterus for implantation. But the majority of fertilized ova don't make it to implantation. According to religious orthodoxy human life has been conceived and a soul is present.



According to…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on March 4, 2010 at 3:57pm — 14 Comments

63 Die, Dozens Injured in Indian Temple Stampede

Exerpt from news article:

"How could this happen in such a holy place?" cried Phool Chand Saroj, a 48-year-old farmer whose wife, daughter and grandmother were killed in the stampede.

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Could it be because there is no such thing as 'a holy place'? I mean, what's it tell you when the Catholic 'poobahs' release a statement such as; According to…

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Added by richard lee on March 4, 2010 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Would it be easier just to lie to myself and say: “I believe”

For the longest time, I considered myself Atheist/Agnostic. I couldn’t believe in a god without proof, couldn’t accept blind faith as reasonable. And I was convinced that even if I had proof, I couldn’t worship. The things carried out in the name of god or religion, are some of the most atrocious acts in history. Burning woman on stakes or wars based around religion, I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea. Why is killing wrong, but it’s ok to do it in the name of god?



I never… Continue

Added by Tara Price on March 4, 2010 at 12:05pm — 9 Comments

Atheists Met w/POTUS: What's the Plan Stan (Short for Satan)?

(Originally posted on Left Agenda)

Someone sent me this link on FB and I'm grateful for it. Finally, we have an administration that takes into consideration the growing minority of non-theists in our great nation. There was a meeting on Friday, Jan. 26 that was meant to address some of the concerns that secularists had. President Obama didn't attend, he's mighty busy, but his staffers did and… Continue

Added by Caleb Owens on March 4, 2010 at 10:24am — 3 Comments

Free Will Argument PWND

Christians are always jibber jabbering about how God gave us free will. It seems that free will in the Christian excuse for everything. Why is there suffering in the world? Free will! Why does God send non-believers to Hell? Free will! Original sin? Free will! You get the idea.



Sure there is no evidence for free will and yes, science has figured out that our decision making is based on a combination of nature and nurture behaviorism, but that is all beside the point. Even if we gave… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 4, 2010 at 8:46am — 2 Comments

Episode 5 of the Everyday Freethought podcast is out

You can get the 5th episode of the Everyday Freethought podcast here.


Everyday Freethought is a podcast where ordinary, everyday atheists, agnostics, skeptics and freethinkers can share their stories and talk
about what is going in their hometowns.

Added by Everyday Freethought on March 4, 2010 at 8:31am — No Comments

That "Atheism Is A Religion" Crap

I heard it again today, that atheism is just another religion. What are they thinking? How does non-belief constitute a religion? I'd love for one of Them to explain that to me. How do you respond to that?

Added by Secular Sue on March 4, 2010 at 4:35am — 15 Comments

The RNC: Are You Buying What They're Selling

(This article originally posted on Left Agenda)



The RNC wants more officials in federal office, there's no doubt about that. But, to what lengths are they willing to go? Well, they need money to run a campaign. Elections cost money, too much as far as I'm concerned. What was released today, though, shows how scandalous the RNC is concerning how they will convince people to contribute to them.…
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Added by Caleb Owens on March 3, 2010 at 9:29pm — 4 Comments

Who are your friends?

Social rejection regarding your announced nontheism…

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Added by John on March 3, 2010 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Free Will Explained

Free Will Explained

This post takes may latest arguments for free will and tries to address all the feedback I've received recently.


Determinism is the principle that causality is responsible for all events in the universe: that everything is determined by causality.



Free will is a more slippery concept than is determinism and has different meanings to different people. This essay… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on March 3, 2010 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Free Will and the Bible

Free Will and the Bible



Some assert that man has free will. Some assert that all is determined. Some say (as I do) that free will is compatible with determinism. The debate has raged, unabated, for millennia.



Clearly, an interceding God presents problems for free will. However, a cosmic God - a Creator who does not intervene in human affairs - might be compatible with free will if he keeps his omniscience and omnipotence to himself. I,…

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Added by Atheist Exile on March 3, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Pedophile rights?

I was bored watching South Park, an epi where Cartman fake's Tourette's Syndrome so he can say any bad word he wants. The host of "To Catch a Predator" (Chris Hansen) is interviewing him. Kyle knows he is faking, so he lures pedophiles to the studio, where they see Chris Hansen and kill themselves. I heard this actually happened, so I went on youtube to see if it did.…
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Added by Hekate Moon on March 3, 2010 at 6:30pm — 21 Comments

Letter-to-a-Senator, Feedback Appreciated

So I'm writing a letter-to-a-senator for an essay contest for Periclean Scholars (I am not one) and this is what I've got so far. Feedback would be much appreciated.

Thanks muchly, Rikka…

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Added by Rikka on March 3, 2010 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

Blog and Interview

I had a pleasant conversation with Jeff Orchard this week for his blog, Intelligent Falling. You can listen at this link.

http://intelligent-falling.blogspot.com/2010/03/god-virus-book-review.html

http://intelligent-falling.blogspot.com/2010/03/god-virus-book-review.html

Added by Darrel Ray on March 3, 2010 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Catholic Church lying again.

Does hypocrisy know no bounds? The English branch is now saying that society is selfish, irresponsible and is suffering form 'a lack of trust'.


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Added by Richard Francis on March 3, 2010 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

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