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 —
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 —
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?…
Added by Hessenroots on July 23, 2008 at 4:30pm —
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 —
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 —
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:
Added by Brad Feaker on July 23, 2008 at 1:44pm —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by warreno on July 23, 2008 at 10:00am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Added by Felicia on July 22, 2008 at 8:45pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
... but please check it out!
Outside the Asylum
It's a humble gathering of stories and bits of information that support Wonko's decision to build the asylum. If you don't know who I'm talking about, there's more information there. :) Enjoy!
Added by Wonko's Apprentice on July 21, 2008 at 9:22pm —
Earlier this year Pope Benedict XVI said, "hell is a place where sinners really do burn in an everlasting fire, and not just a religious symbol designed to galvanise the faithful". By contrast, in 1999 Pope John Paul II said hell was, "the ultimate consequence of sin itself. Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy".
According to the catholic dogma of papal infallibility, which… Continue
Added by Rosa on July 21, 2008 at 9:11pm —