July 2009 Blog Posts (220)

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 — 6 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

Religion and god

With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion.



The Bible is not a moral guide, it is a collection of misogynistic folklore which is designed to control the behavior of the citizens of post Roman governments. It is a slave religion, made for slaves by their masters.



The biggest advantage to believing in god is you don't have to understand anything, no physics, no biology. Everything is… Continue

Added by Jeff on July 2, 2009 at 2:01pm — 3 Comments

My kid is (finally) talking and it's amazing what he's thinking about...

My 3 year-old son is awesome. He was having a rough time the other day and was walking off to the bedroom, looking dejected. I asked him, "Are you happy or sad?" He turned around and came back into the living room. "Sad" he said, in the lowest, clearest voice. Then his face lit up, he smiled at me and yelled, "Oh well!" Then he babbled something I couldn't discern for a minute and resolved with asking me "Sad or Appy?" and when I asked him this question (He often feeds me my "lines".) he… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on July 2, 2009 at 10:04am — 4 Comments

Floridians gather to protest new atheist billboard - Video

A new atheist billboard went up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week. The American Atheists (AA) affiliate, FLorida Atheists and Secular Humanists (FLASH), who put it up, wanted to let fellow area atheists know that they are not alone.

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Added by Trina Hoaks on July 2, 2009 at 9:11am — 2 Comments

Why I Became a Militant Non-Believer

There’s been much debate about trying to deprogram religious people, as opposed to ignoring them and letting them adore and worship any divinity they please. Live and let live, it’s a free country and what harm are they doing. In fact, religion can be a good thing because, like music, it soothes the wild beast.



Religion was fine with me most of my life. Religious people felt sorry for me, I’m losing my soul; I felt sorry for them, they’re losing much of the joy of life in… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on July 2, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Think Tank concludes that Sharia courts should not be recognized in Britian...and I agree...

Think tank concludes that Sharia courts should not be recognised in Britain



Sharia courts should not be recognised under Britain’s 1996 Arbitration Act, according to a new report from independent think-tank Civitas.



According to Denis MacEoin, author of Sharia Law or ‘One Law For All’?, sharia courts operating in Britain may be handing down rulings that are inappropriate to this country because they are linked to elements in Islamic law that are seriously out of… Continue

Added by Rick on July 2, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Things Atheists Didn't Do

Dave Hitt has compiled a list of Things Atheists Didn't Do. Go take a look.

Added by Paul on July 1, 2009 at 12:06pm — 2 Comments

What I want to believe based on emotions and what I should believe based on evidenc.

A descriptive explanation on how a person can view the supernatural and unexplainable things in a septic vantage point. Please refer to the following article A skeptic's journey for truth in science

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-skepticism-reveals&print=true

Added by Isuru Ayodhya Chamarasinghe on July 1, 2009 at 12:18am — No Comments

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