July 2009 Blog Posts (227)

Check out this game! Bible Fight!

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Watch out for Mary! She will kick your ass while holding Jesus in one arm!

Added by MarkFL on July 31, 2009 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

Who Are the (True) Atheists???

Browsing the net you will find many people leaving comments that would suggest that they are atheist. For instance on YouTube, in almost every comments section of a pro-atheist video you will find (almost) all comments made take a pro-atheist stance toward the atheistic content of the video.... I guess the guise of a user name is sorta the same as putting on a mask before going into a porn store.



It's hard to believe that all of these people are atheists. It's easier to believe that… Continue

Added by Ron Edwards on July 31, 2009 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Thirst (Bakjwi) Review - Seat Squirming Sensational

When the Catholic Church in Korea tries to cure a disease, the treatment has unexpected consequences: vampires – of a sort. Unconventional, uncomfortable, shocking, hysterical, and fantastically entertaining, Thirst (Bakjwi) made me squirm with stomach-turning delight.



Unsatisfied with his life, Father Sang-hyeon (Kang-ho Song) agrees to volunteer for a life-threatening medical experiment. The experiment goes as planned but the treatments have a serious side effect for Father… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on July 31, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

On the Blasphemy Challenge

Ok, I know I don't like getting into vocabulary wars, but I love language. I love language too much to let this keep going on.



Stop calling the Blasphemy Challenge the Blasphemy Challenge. Yes, I know what they mean, but please stop calling it the Blasphemy Challenge.



What the Blasphemy Challenge is is not blasphemy.



Blasphemy is the objectionable use of a religious name or practice.



On a side not: Heresy is teaching as religious doctrine something… Continue

Added by Louis on July 31, 2009 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Gatesgate To End In Beer Pong Tourney

Lately it's hard to turn on the news and not see something about someone named Gates.

Maybe it's just me, or maybe it's the gazillions of years he's spent in the limelight, but if I just hear a casual reference to a member of the Gates clan I naturally assume...

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To read the full posting, please visit my blog!

Added by Kelley Clark on July 31, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Senseless Tragedy

This excerpt begins with me watching 30 children for 3 days while their parents attend my grandmother's faith healing lecture, held in the clubhouse of a south Florida trailer park. This all happened in the fall of my Freshman year of high school.



Alexander was two years old, blond, quiet and sweet. He was one of the kids still in diapers, but he was the only one in cloth ones. I thought they were gross, messy, and more work; I was worried about sticking him with one of the… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on July 31, 2009 at 12:01am — 6 Comments

God and Science Don't Mix - My Thoughts

My practice as a scientist is atheistic. That is to say, when I set up an experiment I assume that no god, angel or devil is going to interfere with its course; and this assumption has been justified by such success as I have achieved in my professional career. I should therefore be intellectually dishonest if I were not also atheistic in the affairs of the world.

— J.B.S. Haldane, “Fact and Faith” (1934)



"Last week, I [Lawrence M. Krauss] had the opportunity to participate in… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on July 30, 2009 at 11:37pm — 6 Comments

Pope has concept for measuring pain

AN: Please feel free to visit me at Good Reason News where you can find more pics and stuff that I don't post here.



(AP) – LES COMBES, Italy — Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday that his guardian angel was clearly acting "on superior orders" when he let the pontiff fall and break his wrist this month.

The 82-year-old pope said in a lighthearted tone that: "Perhaps…
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Added by Billy Deaton on July 30, 2009 at 9:15pm — 1 Comment

Palin's Farewell Speech: My Father Smelled of Eldeberries

Sarah Palin's leaving Alaska for a "higher calling". Here for your snarking pleasure, I give you her farewell speech - with commentary.



What an absolutely beautiful day it is, and it is my honor to speak to all Alaskans, to our Alaskan family this last time as your governor.
The honor part was cool, but actually being your Governor? That part sucked.
And it is always great to be in Fairbanks.
Check. Fairbanks = always… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on July 30, 2009 at 2:41pm — 29 Comments

Should Atheists Hold to the Age Old Belief that Certain Words are Dirty

Basicly, each so called dirty word gains it's dirty word status because at some point in time religious believers claimed that they were dirty mostly because they blasphemed their god or they thought the words definition was offensive or repulsive. Well, we in the atheist community don't believe in god or religion so is it rational for us atheists to totally avoid these words like religious people do??? Should we use them but not in mixed company in fear of offending anyone??? Or should we go… Continue

Added by Ron Edwards on July 30, 2009 at 9:03am — 12 Comments

On People who Pray

In case you haven't picked up on it in some of the threads or in chat; I've been going through a bit of rough patch since graduating from University. Finding work with a BA is damned hard. I've been working on applying for dental school and talking with recruiters should everything fall through the cracks.



Two days ago I took a standardized test for applying to dental school. I spent the better part of six months teaching myself two years worth of science that I wish I had taken more… Continue

Added by Louis on July 29, 2009 at 5:49pm — 5 Comments

BOY TAKES CAR TO SKIP CHURCH

BOY TAKES CAR TO SKIP CHURCH



A seven year-old boy led officers on a car chase in an effort to avoid going to church.



Witnesses reported a child driving recklessly Sunday morning. Two officers caught up with the boy and tried unsuccessfully to stop the Dodge Trepid. The car reach 40mph before stopping in a driveway, with child fleeing inside the home.



When confronted, the boy said he didn't want to go to church reports the Associated Press.…

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Added by Rick on July 29, 2009 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

This is a time for actions! Let's spread the message and obstruct religious fundamentalist positions.

The White House - President Barack Obama

The White House emblem

The White House - President Barack Obama

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Health Insurance Bill of Rights

THE SECURITY YOU GET from health insurance reform:



* No Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions

* Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history.

* No Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays

* Insurance companies will… Continue

Added by Magnolia Izquierdo on July 29, 2009 at 1:59pm — 4 Comments

Early Morning Musings, and Free Will

I got up early this morning (around 7.30 or so -- that's early for me) to watch my little sister until my mum got home from work. What with the recent weather (storms and rain for three days, yay!) I've actually managed to get some decent sleep. With that came very vivid dreams, including one lucid one that I remembered for at least two days. Anyway, my mind is insanely full early in the morning like this, and for my tired state I think I'm fairly coherent right now, so I'm going to explain my… Continue

Added by ThorsDecree on July 29, 2009 at 8:35am — No Comments

On miracles, magic and supernatural physics

I set aside an hour and a half and watched the Thunderf00t/Ray Comfort discussion, and it got me thinking about the relationship between magic and miracles. I've never, as an adult, believed in either magic or miracles, but for some reason, I'd never really thought about comparing and contrasting them until I saw it.



Here's my consideration of the relations between magic, miracles, gods and physics:…



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Added by Paul Tourville on July 29, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

JESUS IN MY SCHOOL...THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN SCAM

Came across this upon the Exposed web page.

http://www.expelledexposed.com/

You have to watch these people. They will stop at nothing, and I mean NOTHING to get their way.





Enjoy the video.



Of course, I refer to Intelligent Design (ID) as, "I… Continue

Added by Rick on July 29, 2009 at 6:29am — No Comments

Brilliant Ramblings

Upon seeing the light and finally walking away from the idiocy of a faith based upbringing, I've subscribed to an Atheist journal and linked with a handful of Atheists from Myspace to Facebook. I've since found this Nexus site and have no need to look further, I'm getting plenty of input and don't feel like I must join 50 unknown groups. One troubling factor, between the Atheist journal and the few people I've linked with on these other two sites, is that I find these brainiac truth-seekers… Continue

Added by K. Walker on July 28, 2009 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Some Questions....

I have a question for all A/N members and Atheists everywhere. Are you disgusted and offended at how we atheists, not only us atheists in the U.S. but as a world wide community are treated???

We are now the new minority group targeted by bigots and haters, sure we always have been but until the past decade or so we were kept on the back burner while bigoted assholes were busy shitting on people of different color and thoughs who practice alternitive sexual lifestyles. It's a wonderful… Continue

Added by Ron Edwards on July 28, 2009 at 8:06pm — 8 Comments

Just a couple thoughts on the responses to my op-ed in the Greensboro News and Record

Here is the backstory on the op-ed I had published in the Greensboro News and Record on Sunday (!) June 28th (see my earlier blog post).



I pitched the op-ed to many more prominent, national papers before it landed in Greensboro. In my mind I rationalized pitching it to "major" outlets because that would get more and more diverse readership. The NY Times passed. USA Today passed. the LA Times passed. The Chicago Tribute passed. The Washington Post passed. The Charlotte Observer… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on July 28, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

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