I attended a funeral recently for a relative of a friend, and I saw a familiar type of service.
The deceased had lived 84 years, and the only things the minister mentioned about him in this memorial (though they were mentioned repeatedly and with due emphasis on their considerable value) were the facts that he was a serviceman (U.S. Navy, in both WWII and Korea), husband, and father (and grandfather and great-grandfather). That's about it.
Wait, not quite: There was also a… Continue
Added by Wordplayer on July 25, 2008 at 4:58pm —
There may or may not be a shred of truth in this, take it as you will. I'm not against Obama, just thought this was somewhat relevant to the Nexus.
Obama visted the western wall of Jerusalem earlier this week. Per tradition he left a small prayer tucked in a note inside a crack in the wall. Apparently it's not 'kosher' to… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on July 25, 2008 at 4:10pm —
I work in an office on the 15th floor of a glass-walled skyscraper. (Actually, I personally work in a cubicle in that office, but you get the idea.) There are few buildings in this area anywhere near this tall, and the region is mostly very flat, so the view from the windows is wide open -- and, at this time of year, quite pleasant, with lots of trees and other greenery dominating the surrounding neighborhoods, especially on our side of the highway.
Recently, we had a moderately… Continue
Added by Wordplayer on July 25, 2008 at 2:30pm —
I'm new to Atheist Nexus and looking forward to talking to like minded people. :)
I won't be posting in this blog much because I have my own blog that I keep... go visit me there if you like:
Added by Neece on July 25, 2008 at 12:39pm —
I find it very interesting when christians come to me with a computer problem, and I tell them to try prayer to fix it, that they won't even consider that as a plausible option.
Added by TravCav on July 25, 2008 at 9:54am —
I you have not seen this
I issue 1 warning - if you are drinking anything it will wind up on your monitor :-)
Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 8:53pm —
Pharyngula (aka PZ Myers) threw a cracker in the garbage
, along with some torn out pages of the Koran and The God Delusion. It is unclear as of yet whether he should be burned as Jew or burned as a witch
PZ's whole post is worth reading. As usual, I agree and disagree with various parts of it. The only thing I'll bring up is his caricature of… Continue
Added by essentialsaltes on July 24, 2008 at 4:23pm —
The catholic asshats are out in force at Pharyngula - they are posting massive comments 40K+ words of pope drivel in an attempt to crash the Science Blogs servers. It's time for a little activism folks - these are deliberate attacks on the SB servers. Support Professor Myers and the First Amendment. Please contact President Robert Bruininks at email@example.com
Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 3:44pm —
Last week the US congress finally managed to reverse a law prohibiting anyone with the AIDS/HIV virus from visiting or immigrating to the US. The Law was established in 1987 and codified into law in 1993, when conservative ideology labeled AIDS the "gay" plague despite scientific and medical information suggesting the illness was much more widely spread
The illness was used in conservative pulpits in America to preach hate against gay men, but the Catholic Church responded to the… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 24, 2008 at 3:22pm —
Here is a link
to a great article by Austin Cline on his about.com atheism blog. Go read it - now!!!
Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 2:53pm —
One of my personal heroes of rationality, Professor PZ Myers, has finally put the infamous cracker out of it's misery...
Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 1:52pm —
Only Together Do We Exist. Only Together Do We Form A.
Added by Daniel de Culla on July 24, 2008 at 1:19pm —
I have been following the comment thread over at http://de-conversion.com/2008/07/22/i-never-wanted-to-be-an-atheist/ - and ran across the following exchange (names have been deleted to protect the guilty):
commenter 1 (a Christian)
Wow, the tone here is so interesting. Such great anger and pompousness, against God himself, even. Hmmm. He is not going to accept any of your excuses on Judgment Day. He is going to show you all of the ways he revealed himself to you quite… Continue
Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 12:30pm —
As a child I was obsessed with two things: outer space and dinosaurs. Two very normal points of interest for growing brains and for not too dissimilar reasons.
I've carried that appreciation and wonder into adulthood, into a more adult fashion of wonder (IE more reading and less drawing with crayons). I'm not formally trained in science but that doesn't stop me from taking my time to read science journals on archeology or new data on dark matter research. It takes me a little longer… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on July 24, 2008 at 12:08pm —
Yeah, that's what I said: Allah meat.
I was going to post about something more serious to day, but you know, sometimes it must be all fun and games. Since the most recent accusation that atheists have no sense of humor, we are obligated to prove otherwise. Unfortunately, this does mean poking fun at silly superstitious people (sorry, if one wants to make the no-humor claim, one should be prepared to open oneself up to ridicule on a variety of levels).
So, today, I give you… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on July 24, 2008 at 8:01am —
One thing which strikes me since I work in a telephone all day is how rude some people are. My work is to be a telemarketing seller, I think I am quite adept at my work and I can't say I perform worse than anyone else here. Telemarketing is a little about luck, sometimes people never respond, sometimes you never reach the wanted recipient. In any case, one thing which is quite noted in this work is how rude people are when responding to you in the telephone. It's as if they can be a little… Continue
Added by LeaT on July 24, 2008 at 7:00am —
I'm so infuriated with the country I live in. Yes, I live in the land of the "free". It seems that the Bush administration has decided that tapping the phone lines wasn't enough of a crazy idea to infringe on our personal rights. The administration has now decided that "some" forms of birth control will be considered "abortions" and that health care providers may now choose to refuse birth control!!! I'm curious, how long before condoms are denied to the public because they are also a form of… Continue
Added by Jennie on July 24, 2008 at 12:00am —
Anyone else getting really sick of being called a 'militant atheist' just because you spoke your mind and defended it when outnumbered?
Date: 15th century
engaged in warfare or combat : fighting
Added by Hessenroots on July 23, 2008 at 11:30pm —
So, I guess this is to be my first blog post. I suppose I should tell a little bit more about myself than I put in the 'About Me' section of my profile.
The short version: I was born, I went to school, and now I go to work.
I'll skip the details of my childhood, except to say that I was raised Roman catholic. I tried to believe, but it didn't take. Then I had lots of arguments about going to church with my parents.
I've always been interested in math and… Continue
Added by Rick on July 23, 2008 at 11:00pm —
"Faith is a euphemism for prejudice and religion is a euphemism for superstition." — Paul Keller, American rationalist.
"Faith is believing what you know ain't so." — Mark Twain.
"It seems odd that those who scoff at sun worshippers are apt to worship a vacuum."
"The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool." — Voltaire.
"As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities." —… Continue
Added by Dawn Meggison on July 23, 2008 at 7:11pm —