July 2009 Blog Posts (227)

Miracle House

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.



Or

"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 — 1 Comment

Transformers 2: Braindamage!

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 — 8 Comments

Giving It The College Try

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 — 5 Comments

Happiness...

Is just too darned easy

Added by Jeff on July 5, 2009 at 11:33am — 4 Comments

Islam and inverted intolerance: Sarkozy and anti-burqa campaign

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…

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Added by Atheist Exile on July 5, 2009 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The Problem of Matthew 19:28

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 — 17 Comments

Coming out of two closets

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…
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Added by Andy Armitage on July 5, 2009 at 3:40am — 1 Comment

Harry Potter and the Atheist Celebrity

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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 — 2 Comments

Critiques vs Hate (and I spose we can talk about trolling too)

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 — 7 Comments

Want to make a concrete contribution to Freethinking?

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 — 1 Comment

Atheist Bible Study

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 — 7 Comments

Forested Landscapes of the Soul.

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 — 1 Comment

Polyanna

Pollyanna



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 — No Comments

I am a Circus

I am a Circus.



It would seem that I am a circus.



I’m a big top,

rising proudly,

high and ostentatious with flags of victory.

Covering all the people

protecting,

enjoying,

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 — No Comments

Afterlife

Afterlife.



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

then… Continue

Added by Ella E on July 4, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Thoughts on some Material Atheist Freedoms

(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 — No Comments

About a christian life - positive and negative. A reply in the discussion about the mental health of aetheists.

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 — No Comments

Play your gods right

My pun muscles are letting me down if that's the best I can come up with. The New Humanist's "Zeal or no Zeal?" is perfect, and there must be other religion/game-show wordplay possibilities out there. I'll keep trying.



The point is, people in Turkey are going to be trying to convert some atheists on a TV panel show, by the clever application of flawless logic and the careful presentation of substantial evidence… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on July 3, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Did John Lennon give American Atheists rights to 'Imagine?'

Back in the early days of atheism, as we know it in America, Madalyn Murray O'Hair had become quite famous. Not only did she go to court to fight for separation of church and state and found American Atheists (AA), she did the talk show circuit.

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Added by Trina Hoaks on July 2, 2009 at 9:04pm — No Comments

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