May 2009 Blog Posts (268)

Atheist Anniversary

I became an atheist one year ago. Wow, so much has happened in that time. I've reevaluated my stance on practically everything. I've re-mourned my lost ones who have died. I've purged my home of garbage. I've changed the language I use. I've begun to have pride in myself and in my brain. I've started to think critically and rationally. I've been exploring the world of science, without tons of "you're persecuting me" resentment getting in the way. I've laughed my head off at blasphemy. And I've… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 29, 2009 at 9:57am — 5 Comments

Secluar wedding

I am getting married soon, and have no idea where to start. I am not one of those girls that has been planing her wedding since she was 9.

My family (moms side) actually told me when I was 15 or 16 that I couldn't get married unless I was part of an organized religion (what BS!). They want me to get married by the catholic church. Not going to happen.

I don't want the ceremony to be long and boring. I have no idea where to start planning. My fiance was brought up in an atheist… Continue

Added by Hekate Moon on May 29, 2009 at 1:19am — 12 Comments

Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/29/wikipedia_bans_scientology/

"Showing a new-found resolve to crack down on self-serving edits, Wikipedia has banned contributions from all IPs addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology. According to Wikipedia administrators, this marks the first time such a high-profile organization has been banished for allegedly pushing its own agenda on the 'free encyclopedia anyone can edit.'"

Added by Subrata Banik on May 28, 2009 at 9:15pm — 3 Comments

Up Review: The length of reach and depth of heart is astonishing.



Every so often, a movie comes along that inspires the audience to live a better way, to take risks, and stop making excuses. I was stunned that this inspirational, physics defying film comes in the form of Pixar’s Up, a animated wonderment about an old man wracked with grief, a yellow dog, a chubby little boy and a huge flightless bird, in a floating house.



Inspired by the great adventurer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer), retired… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 28, 2009 at 8:34pm — 4 Comments

Forgive me friend.

It was to good a thin to leave only in your hands.

Added by Matt Petree on May 28, 2009 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Greekology and the regular America god

by Dale McGowan

Author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers



lips4432 [DELANEY, 7, takes Bulfinch's Mythology down from my office shelf and starts leafing through.]



DELANEY: Dad?



DAD:… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on May 28, 2009 at 7:12pm — 1 Comment

Hellbound Alleee Show 135: Your Life is Absolutely Meaningless





Alleee and Franc discuss what gives life meaning, and what meaning actually means, because, well, everyone's talking about a different thing, aren't they?



Does heaven, or everlasting life give one meaning? Does reproduction? Does heroic or memorable acts give life meaning? Or does life already have meaning?



Download… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on May 28, 2009 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

Episode 199: The Road to Xenu Part 1





This is from Margery Wakefield's online book, "The Road to Xenu," which is a lightly fictionalized account of her years in Scientology and the Sea Org.



Playlist



Road to Xenu 1

Alleee 1

Syd Dale * Stanley Steamer

Jimmie Revard * Cake-Eating Man

Road to Xenu 2

Keith Mansfield * Soul for… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on May 28, 2009 at 9:50am — No Comments

Religion: The Ultimate Con

Why?



This simple question I have heard asked by many people about Catholic's and Christian's drive to to see their views of how people should live imposed on all Americans -- one can even say, as made clear by ex-President Bush's war in Iraq and war-like rhetoric of "evil countries," imposed on the world.



Why?



Ex-Vice President Dan Quayle put it this way to a teen interviewing him and asked the quite adult question about allowing abortion in the case of incest:… Continue

Added by Ga on May 28, 2009 at 8:45am — No Comments

Base8. Know your anti-gay contributors to Proposition 8.

It’s only the lawyers — but fitting, we think, considering it was the legal beagles who dragged us into this mess in the first place, and who make way too much money off our misery.



845 records, from Arizona to the United Kingdom — and only a fraction of what’s in store:







Base8







Next up: Education. Primary to university, public and private.



Or: Do you want your children… Continue

Added by Buffy on May 28, 2009 at 2:02am — No Comments

Atheist Film Festival in San Fransico, CA

Anybody who has a short atheist-friendly film or video and would like to submit it for the Atheist Film Festival can submit there work at the main site or go through their Facebook page.



Check out their… Continue

Added by Gnome Magic on May 27, 2009 at 11:40pm — 2 Comments

"Not a True Atheist"

When I wander around blogs on the Net (and I'm begining to think I see some of you there under different names!) I see lots of apologetics reacting to ... well, pretty much anything with "But he's not a TRUE Christian!"



Beats children in the Lords name: "Not a TRUE Christian!"

Fraud: "Not a TRUE Christian!"

Lies, cheats, steals: "Not a TRUE Christian!"

Says batshit insane things about the end of the world: "Not a TRUE Christian!"



It is VERY disappointing to… Continue

Added by Mel on May 27, 2009 at 11:00pm — 17 Comments

Genesis Revisited, absolutely hillarious. :3

If Genesis was scientific literature, and not a creation myth, it would read something like… Continue

Added by Heather Crosby on May 27, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

No good at all.

I have friends in the military. Who the fuck doesn't? A lot of us on the left side of things tend to bash the military, but these verbal lashings aren't directed at the individual soldier, marine, sailor or what-have-you, they're directed at those who command the military to do shitty things. My best friend is in the Marine Corps and serving his second tour in Iraq. I may disagree with him being there or the task he's been handed, but I don't take the attitude of "Fuck you, Matt. YOU joined the… Continue

Added by Sixfeetunderthegun on May 27, 2009 at 5:19pm — 1 Comment

Atheist wins election and other random news

Just got elected at work to the occupational health and safety committee. Ok so it's not a government position but in a company with 60 odd workers I think it's good to know that my atheism didn't inhibit my chances when I went for the position.

On a somewhat more bizarre note I also brought up the issue of mandatory vaccination at work and how I was in favor of it. One response I got was that it was atheists who typically oppose such things. Go figure.

Added by Justin Pearson Smith on May 27, 2009 at 3:50pm — No Comments

My story repeated

A guy I know from class approached me today on break. "Can I have your number to give my girlfriend? She needs someone to talk to." This guy had heard my story, which I've just started being open about in the past year. (This is a counseling/therapy group class.)



She called today and we talked for about an hour. I can see why he asked me in particular. So many things in her story were in mine. Molestation, physical violence from parents, biblical/spiritual abuse, abusive men, drug… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 27, 2009 at 2:33pm — 8 Comments

Podcasts!

Podcasts I am currently listening to:



The Non-Prophets

Atheist Experience

Point of Inquiry

Geologic



All of these podcasts are available on iTunes. I enjoy the Atheist Experience podcast the most as it includes live callers. The Non-Prophets has most of the same people from… Continue

Added by Gnome Magic on May 27, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

The Origin of Consciousness and (Human) Intelligence

Considering that the universe is 13.7 billion years old, consciousness and intelligence are relatively new phenomena in the universe. The seeds of these phenomena were planted when life first arose, some 3.7 billion years ago. Life introduced animate beings into a universe that had previously had only inanimate objects.



Life also introduced motility to the universe. Motility is the ability to move in a self-directed way. Motility is probably the root cause of… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on May 27, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

Today, I am ashamed to be a Californian. Tomorrow, I get even.



Today, I am ashamed to be a Californian.

Today, our courts did not have the bravery to ensure equality for all citizens.

Today, the court made me complacent in a crime to which we will be held accountable by the next generation.

Today, the California Supreme Court returned the institution of marriage back to its stone-aged meaning, turning straight women into heifers.

Today, the court tore apart all Californian’s First… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 27, 2009 at 2:01am — 10 Comments

I have not been around much

I graduated from graduate school a little over a week ago, on May 17th from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies). Now I am left with plight of finding a job in this economy and no idea what I'm qualified to do in the first place...

So what now?

Added by deepthought42 on May 27, 2009 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

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