Atheist Alliance International (AAI) in conjunction with The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDF) is hosting what is shaping up to be one of the best conventions this year.
Added by Trina Hoaks on July 6, 2009 at 8:59am —
I always thought I hated comic books. As a kid I avoided shows like X-men and Batman and TNMT, and I have no idea why. Point being, until my favorite kick ass Vampire slayer (Anita Blake) was turned into a comic book, I never read any comics at all. After Anita, I picked up X-Men: The End, and I was stricken with Emma Frost, after that I went on to explore more interesting characters, and actually bought comics for the first time in my life (as a 19 year old no less) I fell in love with… Continue
Added by Antonio Villalpando on July 5, 2009 at 7:22pm —
This is a repost from my regular blog here. It documents one particular difficulty I did not anticipate when looking for an apartment in New Jersey. I thought it would be a good introduction for this profile.
"Cody does not find a suitable apartment"
"I'm a very religious person. I probably should've told you that on the phone."
.: So began a three hour… Continue
Added by Caulimovirus on July 5, 2009 at 6:49pm —
I can't believe I just watched this movie! My brain is bleeding! It has had to be the corniest movie I ever seen in quite sometime. The only reason why I didn't leave the movie was because I was with friends. People were actually clapping at the end of the movie, I said "wow, really?" This movie was made for stupid people.
Added by Jennifer W on July 5, 2009 at 6:00pm —
But according to Yoda, I should do...there is no try. OK, so what's on my mind? Well, I stumbled across this site while looking for support groups for overcoming compulsive overeating. The problem with support groups for that kind of thing is that 12 step is huge. There's OA and FAA that my therapist pointed me toward. There's no way I can possibly join a support group where at least 4 of 12 steps involve surrendering to and putting faith in a higher power that I don't believe in. They say they… Continue
Added by Sakura Yoseido on July 5, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Is just too darned easy
Added by Jeff on July 5, 2009 at 11:33am —
The following, clipped from the DNAIndia.com news site, is a revealing glimpse of the abject incompatibility between Islamic and Western values.
Sarkozy's remarks on burqa only to provoke Muslims
New Delhi: Muslim leaders today slammed French president Nicolas Sarkozy for describing the burqa as a sign of "subservience", saying it was a "direct attack" on Islamic identity and meant to "provoke" the…
Added by Atheist Exile on July 5, 2009 at 7:00am —
It is a glaring “error” that should make even the most rabid religious right Christian fundamentalist wince with discomfort. Moreover, it illustrates yet another example of a New Testament writer failing to give full thought to what he is writing. In other words, failing to see things through to their logical conclusion. Due to the uncritical, unquestioning mind-set of Christian fundamentalists, however, this glaring incongruity continually fails to be held up to rigid scrutiny it so rightly… Continue
Added by Greywolf on July 5, 2009 at 6:35am —
Which is the worse: coming out as gay or coming out as an atheist?
There was an interesting piece
in the US paper the Examiner
a few days ago on this very subject – and the writer reckons it’s often harder to come out as atheist.
She relates an old joke:
If you’re afraid to tell your parents that you’re an… Continue
Added by Andy Armitage on July 5, 2009 at 3:40am —
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Homosexuals have faced a much more violent and oppressive opposition in this country than atheists have, so don't think I'm conflating the struggles of the LGBT community with that of atheists. But there is one specific similarity that the LGBT community is in fact more advanced in dealing with:… Continue
Added by Billy Deaton on July 5, 2009 at 12:10am —
I recently had the misfortune of watching "Transformers 2: The Rape and Pillage of my Childhood Continues" (alternative title: Transformers: AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!)
I loathed it. I'm an unrepentant 80's child who has watched, over the last few years, her memories slowly have a resurgence of popularity. This is, of course, quickly followed by some numbskull trying to make a quick buck with a bad film and I'm sick of it! But that's not why I didn't like the film. I didn't like it because… Continue
Added by Mel on July 4, 2009 at 8:26pm —
Want to make a concrete contribution to the Freethinking Community? Join Recovering from Religion (RR) and help us start meetings in your area. Contact Darrel Ray here on A/N or at darrelray at thegodvirus.net
Added by Darrel Ray on July 4, 2009 at 2:52pm —
Added by Paul on July 4, 2009 at 2:47pm —
I'm supposed to be organizing an Atheist Bible Study for my school's atheist club. I don't really know the best way to do this. Does anyone have any tips? Thanks
Added by Shireen on July 4, 2009 at 1:11pm —
Forested Landscapes of the Soul.
When I look at a forested landscape I see perfection. I think of all landscapes as perfect, much of what makes up that landscape however is imperfect.
A fallen tree, A dead tree, A blackened tree hit by lightening, Rotting wood and leaves, Piles of fallen leaves, Broken branches, Fallen birds nests, A rotting carcass from a dead animal, A stagnant pool waiting for the coming rains, An ancient rock cracked in pieces, Leaves ravaged by… Continue
Added by Ella E on July 4, 2009 at 1:08pm —
Do you murder the good in your life? I tend to go through my world expecting things to turn out right. I expect the sun to shine on party days. I expect the service people in the shop to want to help me. I expect the flowers to be blooming enthusiastically. I expect you to find something to take away and think about each time I write. I have in short become an optimist.
I haven't always been. Recently in a late night chat I realised how easy it is to destroy the… Continue
Added by Ella E on July 4, 2009 at 1:07pm —
I am a Circus.
It would seem that I am a circus.
I’m a big top,
high and ostentatious with flags of victory.
Covering all the people
watching unnoticed from above,
and extending my borders,
always room for one more.
Now quiet, waiting, resting....
Now full, excited, action packed.
I’m the clown.
You are laughing,
but do you know if I’m happy or… Continue
Added by Ella E on July 4, 2009 at 1:06pm —
I want to be cremated when I die.
I want to be sprinkled at the source of a river.
I know a place high in the 'Berg.
The earth water breaks out on to a rock shelf.
It is immense.
The waters trickle and flow towards a ledge.
It looks like the end of the world, the view is awe inspiring.
Over the ledge the water goes falling endlessly, flying through the air.
One of the first thing I will do after I die is see that view
Added by Ella E on July 4, 2009 at 1:05pm —
(Originally published in the February 2009 issue of American Atheist.)
Most days as I leave my house I take quick note of things such as the weather and the time. I might hum a song which is playing on a loop in my head or think about a loved one or some plans for the future. I never consider the possibility that I may have done something unlucky such as walking out the wrong door or under a ladder. I am in the habit of not worrying if a curse has been said against me or whether… Continue
Added by Greg Lammers on July 4, 2009 at 10:50am —
I am doing a psych degree and have a great interest in the construction of world views. We all construct our own, religious or not. Love the post on personalsing everything. All gods are created in our own image and there are 6 billion of those. Likewise we all 'hear' the words of the gods through our own noise so there are also 6 billion versions of the religious text. How's that for debunking the idea of absolute truth!
I think your study would have to include the early development… Continue
Added by Ella E on July 4, 2009 at 8:30am —