March 2012 Blog Posts (154)

North Central book Tour

Tour Dates are all finalized for North Central book tour to include Detroit 4-24, Columbus, OH 4-25, Dayton 4-26, Madison, WI 4-27 & 28, Chicago 4-29, Lansing, MI 4-30, Toledo, 5-1.

Added by Darrel Ray on March 31, 2012 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Limericks

I have never seen any atheist/agnostic limericks,  I thought I would give it a try, any one else got one?

Note: Magog IS a town in Canada

A dyslexic agnostic from Magog
Was attacked by a beast in a bog
He prayed for salvation
And was saved by a dalmation,
Does this prove the existence of Dog?

Added by Michael Brice on March 31, 2012 at 1:22pm — 9 Comments

Wine tasting, and a few other thoughts

Yesterday, I went to a wine tasting at the grocery store.  It was from a couple of wineries just outside of the St. Louis, Mo, area.  I love tasting wines, and all of them were interesting.  I remembered more of the wine facts from culinary school than I expected to. 

Anyway, it has been a busy week around my house, even though I didn't get to work at the deli this week.  I worked in the yard, and I went for a ride on the back of a bike earlier in the week.  My back was killing me,…

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Added by Mrs.RB on March 30, 2012 at 11:38pm — No Comments

Support the Right To Not Pray! Sign the petition!

Sign the petition below and show your support for John Kieffer, Florida Atheist.  He's been arrested and is facing more than 1 year in prison for not participating in a prayer said at the beginning of a public school board meeting.  He, instead, took pictures.  His trial will be at the end of April this year.  Show your support and sign the petition!

Added by Nontheist Central on March 30, 2012 at 8:00pm — 9 Comments

COWARDICE NEEDN'T PRECLUDE ATHEISM

Fear of hell being the cause of persistent faith is not a new concept, but what most people, especially theists don’t understand that just like the admittance of any other kind of fear, admitting fear of hell and/ or the wrath of god is an essential element in the faith of anyone who had ever developed any doubt about his faith. I hold the view that since doubt is the one of the most basic element of human thinking, there never existed a believer, no matter how unshakable he may sound, to…

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Added by Satani Sharifiaroz on March 30, 2012 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Real American (atheist) Heros and Real American (theist) Villains

 

By now all should be familiar with Jessica Ahlquist, the 16 y/o student in R.I. who took her school to court to defend the U.S. Constitution. She received (and deservedly…

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Added by Richard ∑wald on March 30, 2012 at 4:00pm — 21 Comments

Are You a Secular Sexual?

Hre is my 25 min. talk at the convention on The Shame of Believing or Why Do We Act Like Christians? I suggest that we should rethink our sexuality as secular sexuals. Take a look and let me know how this idea feels to you.

Added by Darrel Ray on March 30, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Religion, Education, and Poverty: How Christianity is Actively Hurting America

My new post is up: Religion, Education, and Poverty: How Christianity is Actively Hurting America

Please leave any comments on my site to encourage non Atheist Nexus members to participate in the discussion.

  Thanks for all your support!

          RB

Added by Reason Being on March 30, 2012 at 10:37am — No Comments

Morality of the Machine: Sentience, Substance, and Society

As computers begin to reach a human level of intelligence, some consideration must be given as to their concept of ethics. Appropriately aligning moral values will mean the difference between a contributing member of society and a sociopath. This artificial morality can be informed by the evolution of sociality in humans. Since evolution selects for the fittest individuals, morality can be viewed as having evolved from the superior benefits it provides. This is demonstrated by mathematical… Continue

Added by Michael Stuart Campbell on March 29, 2012 at 4:21pm — 9 Comments

A little verse

I haven't ever blogged on here, so this is my first attempt at it.

I wrote a few verses about some things that were on my mind, after watching all the things I could find from the Reason Rally, and also after I saw a "cute" religious joke my brother posted on FB, and it made me write this:

They say we hate, but I don’t know.

They call us evil.  Where did love your neighbor go?

They think we believe in nothing.  I believe in much.

I just don’t…

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Added by Mrs.RB on March 29, 2012 at 2:50pm — 2 Comments

My bible reading experience - brainfart #1

I started a "discussion" in the forum section of this site describing my initial impressions of the old testament, as I have decided to familiarise myself with as many "sacred" texts as possible - I believe in knowing both sides of an argument, and so far my reading has served to strengthen my atheism. I am left wondering "how can anyone actually believe any of this bullshit, let alone WANT to believe in it?!?".

This and subsequent "brainfart" blog posts will serve as my diary…

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Added by ChrisC on March 29, 2012 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 343: Once Upon a Time...L'Homme

Yeah, sorry about the wait. Again, my excuse is sickness. Anyway, you might like this. It's from a French series from the seventies or eighties. I like it because it makes no excuses or tries to sooth Creationists' feelings, and gets right to evolution. I also like the Commedia troupe qualities of the characters. Pierre et Pierrette. It's nice to know they still use those types, even though we American…

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Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on March 29, 2012 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Homophobia and Masturbation

In my convention talk, this statement got by far the strongest response.

"Homophobia, for many people, is rooted in guilt and anxiety about their own MASTURBATORY behavior and in the shame they feel about their own bodies." It is among the strongest challenges to religionists. Try using it on someone and see how they respond. Even if they vehemently disagree, there is no doubt that they will think about it the next time they masturbate. It is the most intimate thing you can do with…

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Added by Darrel Ray on March 29, 2012 at 11:08am — 12 Comments

First Cause

I consider the Cosmological Argument the best argument for a creator God. Given the theme of this blog, I don’t consider it a particularly good argument, but it is the best none the less. What follows is the most fair, if not conclusive, rebuttal I have to give.



The argument from the origin of the universe, or the Cosmological Argument dates back to the beginning of apologetics. If you are interested in the history, Google it. I plan on…

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Added by Steven Murphy on March 29, 2012 at 10:13am — 2 Comments

How I Got Into Opera (To be published 10/12 in Transformation Magazine)

 

My story shows how one day can change your life—one minute, one quick decision in a few seconds.

 

My girlfriend, Suzanne, and I were strolling up Broadway in the early ‘60s when JFK was president.  A kid growing up in a tough neighborhood in NYC in those days had to be pretty macho and street smart to avoid being picked on and pushed around.  It was something you learned pretty quickly on the streets, without ever realizing how or why it was happening.  But my “one of…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on March 29, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

渐行渐远,到哪儿为止?far far awy,where to stop?

渐行渐远,到哪儿为止?

话说江南第一大富豪沈万三家的厨子烹制出来的猪蹄美味无比,连朱元璋都要隔三差五地去沈家品尝,一来二去,朱元璋心生不满,有意为难沈万三,一次,皇上指着猪蹄明知故问“这是什么?”,沈万三那是等闲之辈,他见机回答圣上,说是万三蹄,从而回避了猪朱的谐音,一时免去了不幸之灾,…

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Added by Selen on March 29, 2012 at 8:43am — 4 Comments

MULTI-DRUG RESISTANT RELIGION

In this blog, I have tried comparing religion to a communicable disease, focussing on how a particular sect of religion can be seen as an multi-drug resistant strain of a harmful microbe.

To eradicate any communicable disease from a nation, let us say, there is first a nation-wide attack of measures. This is usually followed by surveys telling you the info on the more difficult zones in the nation that deserve special attention. Towards hitting the target of eradication, mopping up…

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Added by Satani Sharifiaroz on March 28, 2012 at 7:11pm — 2 Comments

Ardent Atheist Tonight at 7pm PST on Newdissidentradio.com

Hey Everybunny!



Listen to the previous week's episode of AA at 6pm PST. 



THEN



Join us again for another LIVE Ardent Atheist at 7pm PST!

(http://newdissidentradio.com/now_playing_.html)



The following folks will be in the studio;



Marc Maron - …

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Added by Heather Henderson on March 28, 2012 at 4:38pm — No Comments

NAP Pres. Troy Boyle Vs Frank Lovell

Do you live in the Louisville KY area? Looking for an great atheist meet up? Join the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers for their April meet up. This month they are hosting a debate between National Atheist Party Troy Boyle and Frank Lovell. 

National Atheists Party Troy Boyle will present reasons why we should have an NAP, and Frank Lovell will present reasons why we should not put Atheists in a political party name.

6:00 - Meet and Talk

7:30 - Speakers…

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Added by Catey Condon on March 28, 2012 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Evangelical “Truths” and Mark Driscoll---Leading the Credulous to more Stupidity

New blog is up.  Evangelical “Truths” and Mark Driscoll---Leading the Credulous to more Stupidity  Thanks for all your support.  As usual, please leave any comments at my site.  This promotes a larger discussion as non-atheist nexus members can participate as well.

   Thanks all,

       RB

Added by Reason Being on March 28, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments

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