July 2008 Blog Posts (207)

First Post

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 — No Comments

Humerous Quotes About Religion

"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 — 1 Comment

Faith Based Funding Violates US Constitution

I read that Senator Obama wants to establish Faith Based funding initiatives. It makes me nervous when I start hearing elected officials in the government start talking about issues of faith for a number of reasons. As an atheist I feel uneasy contemplating the fact that a recent Pew poll (7/18/08) indicates 92% of my fellow Americans believe in an invisible being who watches over them, providing them with personal attention and guidance. If that isn’t enough to worry about now I have to worry… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 23, 2008 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Atheism in Popular Culture

Popular culture tends to stereotype and pigeon-hole unpopular or minority groups in society, and atheists are no exception. In film, TV and even news shows, Atheists are commonly portrayed as being pitifully confused or temporarily deluded. This is commonly established by presenting atheists as either previously faithful people who (temporarily) lost their faith after some personal tragedy, or as misguided non-believers who are simply in need of one God affirming moment to see the proverbial… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 23, 2008 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Old timey Jesus clipart!

I dug these out of the internets basement and felt the need to share them here. It's some nice, 1950's-ish Jesus and Xian clipart pages, check em' out!



I see no end to the possible usefulness of such things! Those kids hovering over the word incest on the 2nd picture look pretty happy about keeping it in the family...what the hell?…



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Added by Hessenroots on July 23, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

mmm...bacon!

I've got something to confess. I attended sunday mass service this past weekend. I know, I shouldn't... but I was promised brunch afterwards so I couldn't resist...stupid fundie date...damn. Mass wasn't that bad, and the bacon was really good. I just wish the service included dazzling buccaneer garb and pirate lingo like FSM church.



At some point I'm going to have to come clear with Jesús about my pastafarian beliefs, just not when bacon is involved.



I think this is what I… Continue

Added by Rosa on July 23, 2008 at 4:18pm — 9 Comments

Lewis Black - Me of Little Faith

Normally I don't enjoy audio books. Even with an American public education I managed to come out literate and I like to use it on occasion.



That said, when someone like Lewis Black comes out with a new book it only seemed right to listen to him read it to me.



I got my fingers on a copy of 'Me of Little Faith' which is nothing short of gold. His personal views on religion, mixed with… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on July 23, 2008 at 2:09pm — No Comments

A survey of belief

Recently Sam Harris conducted an online survey about belief. He asked that responders to the surveys (4) be either atheists or Christian. The results are fairly predictable - but a few surprises. You can see the results here:

http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/survey-what-do-atheists-and-christians-believe-and-how-strongly-do-they-bel/

Added by Brad Feaker on July 23, 2008 at 1:44pm — 1 Comment

Funeral - aftermath

So the previously mentioned funeral went just fine. My pirated mix of gospel and xian 'inspirational' tracks was a big hit apparently (see prev. blog). I'm told she would have really liked it.



The day did leave me thinking quite a bit though. Not about mortality, the meaning of life or any of that typical stuff. I started to wonder what kind of funeral, if any, will be had for me...and will my 99% theist family feel obliged to follow my desire to not have one?



The service… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on July 23, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Must've Been Bad Karma

In yet another example of the perverse sense of humor of the universe, an Indiana Wiccan stabbed herself in the foot with a sword while conducting a good-luck ritual.

MSNBC shares with us the story of Katherine Gunther, of Lebanon, IN. While performing the ceremony under the light of a full moon1 in a cemetery — which includes, apparently, repeatedly thrusting the point of a sword into the ground — she…

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Added by warreno on July 23, 2008 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Ministry

So far my atheist ministry is going well. I've educated a handful of people on the science of evolution. Taught a few people on how atheist can and do have morals and why. I even tried debunking a couple superstitions.

Added by TravCav on July 23, 2008 at 9:47am — No Comments

Freedom of and from Religion

Out of shear curiosity, I just ordered my own free "Olympic Prayer Band" from an ad I clicked on the Drudge Report. I initially assumed that by "free" they meant I would have to donate money which I wouldn't have, but I was able to bypass that part and they are sending me my new wrist band! I will probably be spammed to death, but good ol' gmail will put an end to that rather quickly. Though I would hate for whoever has my old phone number because they might get a pleasant call… Continue

Added by DB on July 23, 2008 at 6:31am — No Comments

When gods make bears attack! 2Kings:23-25

I just discovered a wonderful short story from that bible book. It's about a bald man who gets made fun of by some teenagers, then curses them by praying to god to have them tore limb from limb by BEARS!



23 Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!” 24 When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two… Continue

Added by Jessicah on July 22, 2008 at 10:28pm — 2 Comments

Mark Lives In Ikea



You have absolutely no idea how badly I wish I could do…

Added by Felicia on July 22, 2008 at 8:45pm — No Comments

don't take your work or worth too seriously

For a while now I have been totally freaking out about work. As is typical of my family I tend to obsess about certain items and my obsession is work.



Today however I found this quote from Bertrand Russell "One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."



And you know I am going to print that out and put it over my desk. I need as many reminders as possible that I need to chill out, this is NOT the end of the… Continue

Added by Seven Crows on July 22, 2008 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

I HEART FIREFOX!

While stalking The Chive (on Gather.com) today, as is my wont, I came across a sickening diatribe against gay people that included the word "Bible". As I skimmed, I saw a shadowy little word appear under the B. word that said "block". As I pointed my cursor at it, it amplified into the message "click here to block this object".



Firefox is as atheist! They know an ad when they see one! They have for some time been protecting me from all the banner garbage that clutters this and other… Continue

Added by Ruth Dickson on July 22, 2008 at 4:17pm — 3 Comments

Misquoting Jesus.

http://atheistnexus.org/forum/topic/show?id=2182797%3ATopic%3A19713



Yeah, it's an hour and a half long lecture on the origins of the Bible, but it doesn't even seem to matter since it's so very interesting. I'm hoping to go down to my favorite (read that as 'only decent') book store in this podunk town and pick it up.



Hopefully because it has the word 'Jesus' in the title, the bookstore will carry it. This town is full of fundies. There are 4 or 5 churches within walking… Continue

Added by Parallax on July 22, 2008 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Angus Buchan – We are talking about the root vegetable right?

Every country has its vegetables; in the South African religious culture, July seems to mark the month of the potato – 70 000 potatoes to be exact. All of these vegetables gathered in all their disparity at the well-known Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria on the 7’Th of this month to heed the mash that is the message of one of their insidious leaders in vegetable kind; Angus Buchan.



Buchan, who thought it apt to write a book entitled ‘Faith Like Potatoes’ – let’s just appreciate… Continue

Added by Johnathan Botha on July 22, 2008 at 11:21am — 2 Comments

Philo topic #1

Many people believe both that (i) there is an all knowing God, and that (ii) we humans can rightly be held responsible (praised, blamed, rewarded, punished) for at least some of the things that we do. But some contend that i and ii are incompatible — that if i is true then ii must be false (and vice versa).



Consider these six propositions (a-f) . . .

(a) There is an all knowing God.

(b) Someone knows and always has known everything there is to know.

(c) Long before I… Continue

Added by DaVinci on July 22, 2008 at 10:34am — 4 Comments

Effective Atheist Activism

From Wrong in Their Mind Tanks (note: links to Atheist Revolution on blog):



This morning, vjack over at Atheist Revolution posted an interesting question regarding the possibility, or consideration, of picketing. I responded in my usual long-winded manner, but then upon posting, I realized I had more to say. So, rather than double post, I'll blather on here (that's what blogs are… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on July 22, 2008 at 8:09am — No Comments

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