July 2009 Blog Posts (227)

Letting Off a Little Steam

There has been too much drama in my life recently. I just need to write about stuff to get it off my chest--writing has always been therapeutic for me.



First of all, my sister's family is going through hell. My brother-in-law is in the Army, and last year he was sent to Heidelberg, Germany for duty. He, my (then-pregnant) sister, and their 10-month-old daughter made the long journey to Germany and got settled in and enjoyed being able to explore the sites around the region. A few… Continue

Added by Kristi Leitholt on July 18, 2009 at 12:54am — 4 Comments

Why Final Fantasy XII is great

Spoiler goodness for 1984, FFX, and FF12.



The battle system pwns. In all the ways that "pwn" means. The battle system defeats and embarrasses (in such a way that the defeat and embarrassment feed off one another reaching an unusually high level of reaction) all other battle systems in comparable games (that I've played (which, I admit, is limited to FF12, FFX, and FFT&A)). The battle system in Twelve kills the battle systems used in comparable games, as it kicks total ass; being… Continue

Added by Jared Lardo on July 18, 2009 at 12:48am — No Comments

Should we all go out and buy Pepsi in the new can?!? No, wait, it's Dr. Pepper, but in an old can!!!

I received this via email today:



> Subject: DON'T BUY PEPSI IN THE NEW

> CAN!

>

> Don't buy Pepsi in

> the new can. Pepsi

> has a new 'patriotic' can

> coming out with pictures

> of the Empire

> State Building , and the

> Pledge of Allegiance on

> them.

>

> However, Pepsi left out

> two little words

> on the pledge,

> 'Under God.'

>

> Pepsi said… Continue

Added by Mike Gonsalves on July 17, 2009 at 7:15pm — 1 Comment

REAL Public Option Day of Action > Springfield, Illinois

When you click on the link below, it doesn't really mean you already signed up. It just has details about the event. The more the merrier.

http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/attendees/index.html?event_id=94590&id=-7463838-iXEAr9x

Added by Atheist Insurgency on July 17, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Accept it: Talk about evolution needs to evolve by Eugenie Scott

So you urge scientists not to say that they “believe” in evolution?!



Right. What your audience hears is more important than what you say.… What [people] hear is that evolution is a belief, it’s an opinion, it’s not well-substantiated science. And that is something that scientists need to avoid communicating.



You believe in God. You believe your sports team is going to win. But you don’t believe in cell division. You don’t believe in thermodynamics. Instead, you… Continue

Added by Rooker on July 17, 2009 at 6:40am — 5 Comments

The Bible Ladies

Back when I was still basically a Christian but starting to question things, we moved from AZ to AR. My daughter started kindergarten in a tiny school, and all was going well until she started having dreams about Satan. I had never told them about Satan, so to hear of her nightmares, in addition to her recent propensity for pointing out who was going to hell in certain TV shows, was alarming to me. Upon questioning her, I found out who was filling her head with such fears: The Bible Ladies.… Continue

Added by Celtix1234 on July 16, 2009 at 10:48pm — 4 Comments

First Blog Entry

Hey, sorry I haven't done much with this site yet. I am very glad to be a part of the Atheist Nexus community. It's so comforting, like coming home.

I have been working on YouTube videos detailing my experience with the Worldwide Church of God. If you're interested, I invite you to check them out. Here's a link to my latest video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InaPGWgAlEc

I hope to be posting more on this blog and creating more videos soon! Feel free to ask questions. I would love to… Continue

Added by Jeanine on July 16, 2009 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Evolution vs. Creation

Come check out my new post ripping on creationist literature from the Worldwide Church of God. I'll give you cookies if you leave a comment!

Added by Angie Jackson on July 16, 2009 at 10:05pm — 2 Comments

NO RUSH FOR PEWS

I found this in the June 20th issue of The Economist magazine. I get it time to time. I first came across it back in the late 1970’s to early 80’s. It’s one of those publications that has been around for decades. This article is about church attendance in recessions. It’s titled, “No Rush For Pews” and can be found on page 32. It doesn’t’ give credit to who the author is.

No Rush for pews

A counter-intuitive finding from the…
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Added by Rick on July 16, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

anniversary and vacation

I got married four years ago today. Of course, I'm just realizing that at 8:12 pm so I suppose that's a sign of how long four years really is, and how little this date matters to me anymore. We got separated a few months later, so it wasn't by any stretch a long-term marriage. But still, it's weird to think I haven't had a single vacation day since then. I'm leaving town (and my kid, with family) to go on a vacation the 20th through 27th. I hope I have a freaking blast. I'll be sure to update… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on July 16, 2009 at 7:14pm — 2 Comments

Worthy cause: Reconstructing the clitoris.

I was just reading that there's a charity (http://Clitoraid.org) which is building a clinic in Burkina Faso expressly for the purpose of restoring clitoral pleasure to Muslim women who have been mutilated by clitoridectomies.



Clitoraid raised more than $50,000 (U.S.) to build the facility and construction began in late April. They are planning on building more clinics.



I Googled medical procedures to reconstruct the… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on July 16, 2009 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

It's time to mess with Texas

I've also posted this at the ever-growing Good Reason News, please visit, if you feel like it.

Thanks.

-b.




A Wall Street Journal article says there's a big push to bring Christianity into the public classroom.



The Texas Board of Education, which recently approved new science standards that made room for…
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Added by Billy Deaton on July 16, 2009 at 5:23pm — 3 Comments

Losing my Confrontation Virginity

I posted this on the Forum, as well, under the "Coming Out" section. :)



So, I'm a pretty new atheist. I've been a doubter for a very, very long time, but, until recently, just didn't deal with that aspect of my life. I just pushed it aside and ignored it. It's just been in the past couple of months that I've confronted the question of what I believe and come to realize that I am, indeed, an atheist. I've come out to a few people - my husband, my sister, a friend from work. But no one… Continue

Added by Jennifer E. on July 16, 2009 at 3:16pm — 19 Comments

Primate archaeology sheds light on human origins





Source: EurekaAlert



A University of Calgary archaeologist who is one of the few researchers in the world studying the material culture of human beings' closest living relatives – the great apes – is joining his colleagues in creating a new discipline devoted to the history of tool use in all primate species in order to better understand human evolution.



Julio Mercader, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Tropical Archaeology in the U of C's… Continue

Added by Dawn Meggison on July 16, 2009 at 11:16am — 2 Comments

another great site

log onto jesusneverexisted.com for a great look at Humphrie's analysis of the greatest tragedy of mankind...religion, specifically the abrahamic ones. He also does radio interviews and is on youtube. It is good to have this information on hand to educate the religious people in your life..and if you don't educate them, you at least shut them up.

Added by Stephanie Norris on July 16, 2009 at 10:29am — 2 Comments

All Christians together? Hmm!

More evidence, as if it were needed, of the way religion likes to think itself inclusive but is anything but comes to us in a report on the Ekklesia website.



A girl wanted to get into a Christian “faith” school in Wrexham, UK. But she was the wrong kind of Christian, so couldn’t.



It’s called the St Joseph's Catholic and Anglican School, but Aston Padley (11) is not from an Anglican or Catholic family.



“Under… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 16, 2009 at 3:30am — No Comments

What the hell is an atheist church?

Is there something to worship? Will we have cake stalls and car boot sales? Raise money for charity? Congratulate ourselves on our faithlessness? Or just have regular piss-ups?



I know conventional churches do more than just worship invisible beings but that is meant to be their main purpose.



I definitely wouldn't want to call it a church ffs. This sounds like the sort of thing accomodationists would set up in order to try to camouflage their atheism. "Oh yes I go to church… Continue

Added by Janet Holmes on July 16, 2009 at 12:22am — 7 Comments

A REVIEW OF THE DEBATE “IS ABORTION MORALLY JUSTIFIABLE IN A FREE SOCIETY?”

Participants:

Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

David Boonin, Associate Professor of Philosophy, UC-Boulder

Yale University



Download available at: http://www.isi.org/lectures/lectures.aspx?SBy=lecture&Sfor=28e773af-4bd2-44da-8b3e-be5570fad64d

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Professor David Boonin began this debate with an analogy which illustrated the difference between… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on July 15, 2009 at 11:00pm — 60 Comments

Mondo DIablo Episode 205: Alcohol is Dynamite





The clips this week are from the film of the same name; the rant is from work.



You'll definitely want to check out a site belonging to the singer of "Rub-a-Dub:" Chris Wind. There's a lot of stuff on there that I'll be playing in the next several weeks, and even a great Christmas album!



Playlist



Alcohol is Dynamite 1

Alleee… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on July 15, 2009 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Toddler Starved Deliberately For Not Saying 'Amen'

Two women members of a fanatical religious cult are accused of starving a toddler to death after the boy refused to say "Amen" after meals.



Queen Antoinette and Trevia Williams are two of four members of the now-defunct religious group who are accused of denying food and water to 1-year-old Javon Thompson.



More...



It doesn't say from… Continue

Added by Rooker on July 15, 2009 at 10:04pm — 1 Comment

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