Had a great night talking to the Heartland Humanists annual banquet. As with many secular humanist groups, they know how to have fun. Several people expressed an interest in facilitating Recovering from Religion groups. As of this weekend, we have prospective facilitators for six groups in six cities. The goal is to get Recovering from Religion groups going across the nation. If you want to participate, contact me and we can discuss how to get you started helping people leave their religion.… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on April 26, 2009 at 5:16pm —
I was raised pretty damn fundamentalist. In fact, we looked at churches like Saddleback and thought "Pff! They aren't TRUE believers." Frankly, we didn't have much respect for people who didn't take their faith seriously enough to entertain the notion of drinking a little poison now and again or handling venomous snakes. I mean, come ON - the Bible says if you really have faith you can do it and not be harmed!
Actually Christians and atheists all seem to agree on one thing: My… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on April 26, 2009 at 5:00pm —
I suppose I've never really written about this before, because it seems like too obvious a point to need addressing. But people do keep making these same tired old arguments
, displaying a very tedious lack of imagination or intellectual curiosity.
Read the full article here
, on my blog
Added by Cubik's Rube on April 26, 2009 at 2:56pm —
A Texas death row inmate, Khristian Oliver claimed his constitutional rights were violated by jurors bringing bibles and discussing the bible during deliberations of his punishment. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was not error, that the decision of death penalty was not harmful error by the jurors having bibles and discussing that whomever kills by an iron rod shall die. The United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case, on April 20, 2009.
My friend Winston Cochran… Continue
Added by Jeffrey Gelb on April 26, 2009 at 2:31pm —
Just a warning, this is kind of a long one... I copied a facebook conversation I've been having because it's been pretty interesting. This all started when an old friend of mine started posting updates on my news feed about how people are so ignorant to think that Plato is a better source for morality than the "ancient wisdom" of the Bible. I replied and asked her to fill me in and we moved our conversation to a more private form of communication because others started to jump in and we… Continue
Added by Roxanne on April 26, 2009 at 2:08pm —
I've got a secret
And you're dying to know
I'm not as pretty as you think
Would you love me if you knew me,
All my ugly, dirty parts?
Thirty by twenty-three
Figures you won't understand
And poetry you won't know how to read
Two hundred to eight hundred
One hundred twenty-nine
All the pointless numbers
All my desperate lies
Trying to love myself
Trying to destroy myself
I've got a secret
And you're just dying to… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on April 25, 2009 at 7:04pm —
Why is it so hard for people to understand that civil marriages exists? Why do they think that because they believe a certain thing. That that is how it should be? We are not a theocracy!
Added by Susan Stanko on April 25, 2009 at 11:00am —
I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The short description of this condition is having obsessive thoughts that get looped in my brain and won't go away, unless I perform a compulsive act, called a ritual. One well-known form of OCD is germophobia. The affected person has obsessive thoughts about germs, about being sick, about contaminating others, etc. and has to wash hands in a ritualistic way. For me this means using lotion soap, followed by foaming soap (gets under the nails better) and if… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on April 25, 2009 at 9:41am —
Very, very short notice (I only found out about it this morning via this link a mate posted on Facebook
From the organiser's press release:
"The protest is taking place outside the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW on 25 April 2009 between 13:00 - 15:00
Rates of Mental Health problems in the LGBT community (particularly in young gay males) are much higher than in the wider… Continue
Added by Dave P on April 25, 2009 at 3:30am —
I hate where I live, hate it, hate it, hate it!!!
I've tried talking my husband into moving, I want to go far away and then we'll have to leave family and friends behind..blah..blah..blah.
There's not even a decent preschool I can send our kids to where they aren't judged. I don't want to go to jail for smacking another mom, but I don't know how much more I can take and I still have 14 years of this!
OK, let me start from the beginning now that I cooled… Continue
Added by vivian on April 25, 2009 at 12:49am —
is best known for his audiocollage mashups, which can be heard on Hour of Slack and Puzzling Evidence Subgenius shows. Here (the first mp3 on the list)
you can hear Ray and me done the Norel Pref… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 24, 2009 at 10:45pm —
Thanks to an old thread in A/N. I have a new addiction to Adam Carolla's podcast! I listen to it on my iPod every morning! I have a general attraction to people who act like their general truthful selves and Carolla is just fantastic at it! He has a general annoyance to society as I do at times, and then he can get on the silly times. He always tries with his guests as well! I have to admit I get a bit uncomfortable when he talks about male masturbation, but sometimes it still gives me a… Continue
Added by Jennifer W on April 24, 2009 at 8:41pm —
I just watched this video, and I must say it was well done.
Added by MJ on April 24, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Rethinking Our Positions Can Help Our Cause
I think as atheists, we need to be careful about the language we use (me included) in attacking religion. Too often we tend to argue against a particular religion, usually Christianity here in the U.S., or in my case, Islam. More
Added by Randy Keating on April 24, 2009 at 1:44pm —
I'm assuming most of you have read the Brick Testamen
t. But if you haven't, it's really a legitimate way of reading the bible from start to finish. Of course, it's a work in progress.
From the website:
The Brick Testament is the largest, most comprehensive illustrated Bible in the world with over 3,600 illustrations that retell more than 300 stories from The Bible.… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 24, 2009 at 11:30am —
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 24, 2009 at 11:27am —
From my 3-year-old nephew: "What is a prayer?" and "Did ghosts live at the same time as people?" !?
My sister told me that my nephew (her son) asked her the question about ghosts. Apparently he had already been taught (correctly) that dinosaurs never lived at the same time as people. While reading a Halloween themed children's book with the usual Halloween entities in it he asked "Did ghosts live at the same time as people?" My sister said that this one nearly stumped her. "First of… Continue
Added by MP Lockwood on April 24, 2009 at 11:07am —
A few minutes ago there was a knock at the door. I usually don't answer the door - it's always bible beaters. Well, it was. :-D
They said I was the first atheist they had come across. We talked for a few minutes and they were interested in setting up a time to meet and talk further. I'm meeting them when my shift ends today at starbucks... this is going to be FUN!!!
Added by Lisa Hamilton on April 24, 2009 at 10:06am —
Satan & God! Continue
So ... about this Satan bloke ...
I've been on and around the internet and involved in religion one way or another for well over a decade and for many more with religion and a few things have occurred to me.
One of the things we're constantly being told by our Christian brethren is that Satan is the arbiter of all evil in the world but I think what is really interesting about the whole Satan thing is the whole one-sidedness of it all and I…
Added by Kyuuketsuki on April 24, 2009 at 8:30am —
Hi, welcome. For years,I have dragged my feet about starting a blog of my own. This has been because I wasn't able to make up my mind what the theme of my blog should be.
My interests are varied and my mind wanders all the time like a butterfly. I haven't found it easy to decide on what exactly I should be blogging about. But suddenly today I have had a brain wave.
Surely, I do not have to blog about anything in particular.I can blog about me,my biography and my wandering… Continue
Added by Micheal on April 24, 2009 at 7:11am —