April 2010 Blog Posts (195)

Scare Tactics in Islam

If you search on Google for "Sheikh Ahmed Ali" you find two videos on the first page, of which the following is one. This kind of sermon -- in a Mosque in Britain -- is clearly designed to scare young Muslims into being religious (to avoid God's punishment). In Islam there are many forms of punishment awaiting sinners and disbelievers. These include difficulties/calamities in this world, punishment of the grave and finally,…
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Added by Murtad Fitri on April 30, 2010 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

A night out with fellow atheists

I live in one of the most progressive states in the union. Despite the fact that we now have the most intellectually backward Governor in any blue state - nevertheless, no other state in the union can claim more patents and, while property taxes are outrageous; many public schools in my state rival private schools elsewhere (if they can be spared the stupid policies of our new Governor.). That's right - I live in the Great State of New Jersey. Joke all you want; if you're looking for… Continue

Added by Howard S. Dunn on April 30, 2010 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Heroes

No, this is not a reference to the TV show. Nor to people in tights with "special powers" and an obsession to do good.



Instead, I wondered about some personal heroes--aka role models, guides, inspirational exemplars, etc.--from history that some folks around here might have. Please feel free to share.



Here are my top 5:





1. Gandhi: committed to non-violence and justice without oppression; focused on personal experimentation with one's "truth" and approaching… Continue

Added by Justin Van Kleeck on April 30, 2010 at 12:32pm — 3 Comments

The Problem with the Coexist Bumper Sticker

You may have seen them on cars or t-shirts, the coexist message has become fairly popular with liberal Christians and other liberal religious people. On the surface, it sounds like a pretty cool movement, but I do have a few issues with it.



Have you seen this Bumper Sticker:



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Added by Staks Rosch on April 30, 2010 at 11:39am — 2 Comments

Don't ask, don't tell - Land of the free, home of the straight...

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-44168-Philadelphia-Freethought-Examiner~y2010m4d30-Dont-ask-dont-tell--Land-of-the-free-home-of-the-straight





Sometimes we give the strangest directions to our citizens. Our military is expected to be upstanding, possessing unequivocal honesty, integrity and… Continue

Added by Carol Everhart Roper on April 30, 2010 at 10:28am — No Comments

Return of the Scarlet Letter

Seventy-seven percent of anti-abortion leaders are men. 100% of them will never be pregnant.—Planned Parenthood advertisement…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 30, 2010 at 7:42am — 5 Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 252: Aw, Hell. Part 1





Estus Pirkle presents the REAL reason to believe: because God is some kind of horrible monster who created a system where people who go to the wrong Christian church end up burning and have constant diarrhea due to intestinal parasites--which is interesting because there are already people in the "wrong church" who are already dying of constant diarrhea. So maybe those hippies who said "hell is here on… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 30, 2010 at 7:03am — No Comments

Tolerance and respect to all

I am a Secular Humanist and I am usually very tolerant of people and their faith. I Don't argue my belief, unless someone forces me by there inability to not preach, or belittle my opinion. I guess what i am trying to say is I hate intolerance I don't generalize people because of there faith. Here is a story I read today and have been researching a bit.



A Mississippi lesbian who was denied the chance to go to her school's prom is now being targeted by a Kansas-based hate group - and it… Continue

Added by SecularBob on April 29, 2010 at 4:33pm — 10 Comments

nature shots and garden growth 2010


started album in photos

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on April 29, 2010 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Religion: End It or Enlighten It?

I have wrestled for years with an interest in religions, from an outsider's perspective, that vies with an equally strong dislike and distrust of it. I waver between these two poles, often depending on what I read (say, Richard Dawkins vs. the Dalai Lama), and I can never settle that final question: Should religion be tolerated or terminated?



It is a troubling question. The hardest part is that being skeptical by nature, I have no problem seeing the fantastical and placating aspects… Continue

Added by Justin Van Kleeck on April 29, 2010 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

Ideas for the contest?

From Not My God


Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on April 29, 2010 at 11:59am — 6 Comments

Mojave Cross - why it doesn't belong on public land

http://www.examiner.com/x-44168-Philadelphia-Freethought-Examiner~y2010m4d29-Mojave-Cross--why-it-doesnt-belong-on-federal-land



Mojave Cross - why it doesn't belong on public land



The conservative Robert’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled to allow the controversial Mojave Cross… Continue

Added by Carol Everhart Roper on April 29, 2010 at 10:28am — 3 Comments

On Aliens and Teabaggers

Professor Stephen Hawking recently stated that aliens almost certainly exist and that it is probably unwise for humans to attempt to contact them at this time. Sure, in the context of his Discovery Channel television series such a statement seems innocent enough, but what the smartest man on the planet didn’t foresee was that every news station in the country would rebroadcast his comments to teabaggers.



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Added by Staks Rosch on April 28, 2010 at 10:47am — 4 Comments

Discrimination

It is a great pity that, whereas all religious communities enjoy the pleasure of receiving insult, muslims are still bereft of this privilege.

I say that this constitutes an act of discrimination and ergo an infringement of their human rights, for all religions should be spat upon equally. As atheists, let us therefore extend our generosity to those poor deprived scions of the Great Bear.



Allah has just the same right to be considered a pig as Jehovah or,…

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Added by Tom Pandelaere on April 28, 2010 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

The Stigma

The stigma that because I do good things must mean I am religious makes me angry. I was raised by a mother who was a nun. She wanted to have kids so she asked the Pope to absolve her of her dedication, which he did. She then adopted us as she was unable to have kids herself due to a disease I won't name. Anyway, just because I was raised by her everyone seems to think that my good deeds are religiously intended. All my friends know I am atheist, but my family does not, except for my father. It… Continue

Added by Rucareanu Valentin on April 28, 2010 at 9:55am — No Comments

Father's words

My faher passed on the Christmas Day in the year of 2008, and one year later, a Christmas Day without my daddy came again samely. last Christmas in 2009, I did not know how to spend it, lighting an incense stick in a stove,I seemed find a way to communicate with my daddy, but he did not come to meet me that day.

Many times I was free in memorying, the strong impression he stuck me is his talk with my mom when I was 5 years old.very simply accidentt happened that day, my…

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Added by Selen on April 28, 2010 at 7:47am — No Comments

Informed is Forewarned: Read the Quran.

I’m almost half-way through my second reading of the Quran and find myself wondering what it would take to make Westerners understand Islamic ideology. I could explain how Islam is a religious, legal and political framework for life . . . but others have already written books about that. So I decided I’ll just frame the problem of Islam as briefly as I can and let the reader consult the Quran if they doubt me. If this leads to just one person reading the Quran, then I’ve accomplished… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on April 28, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

Anti-Discrimination Dilemma

As a the owner of a knowledge business with over 50 employees, I recently had to enact a company anti-harassment policy to ensure that none of my employees discriminated against any "protected groups". I also had to publish a policy that identified the "protected groups". I find it interesting and funny that "religion" is listed right there alongside physical handicaps and mental retardation! I have to confess though that although I employ physically and mentally handicapped people, people of… Continue

Added by Tony Page on April 27, 2010 at 10:06pm — 2 Comments

On Faith: National day of prayer and controversy

The National Day of Prayer has apparently causing more controversy. The Reverend Franklin Graham, son of legendary televangelist, Billy Graham was apparently invited and then uninvited to the Pentagon to celebrate this unconstitutional event. This week, the Washington Post’s “On Faith” topic is: National day of prayer and controversy.



"Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event next week? Should government officials… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on April 27, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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