July 2012 Blog Posts (108)

Cognitive Dissonace Collateral Damage.

If a skeptic or scientific point of view states that these beliefs are not warranted (or that they must be verified) then the believer may push away from skepticism and science to maintain belief.

This is an unnessecary and dangerous tension between this person and the vital tools of science and skepticism.  Placing importance on these beliefs held without reason has done its damage.

This is a…

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Added by bpansky25 on July 26, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Being taught to accept the supernatural without it being verified.

 

This is an assault on reason and skepticism.  Faiths flourish because of this, a massive underplay of the importance of skepticism.  This underplay has an impact on the reasoning ability of the general population.  (This is like being against vaccines, there would be more sickness.  With this “believe what we tell you about the supernatural” stuff, the kids skeptical immunity system is left confused and weak)

As a consequence of this assault, people do not…

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Added by bpansky25 on July 26, 2012 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Accelerated Christian Education

Private unaccredited religious education is really messed up. Two of the main reasons for sending ones children to such a school are 1. to isolate and indoctrinate, 2. to reform children who have been kicked out of public school. These go together well. When teaching their children how evil the outside world is they only have to point to the very troubled second group and say, "See them? That is how the world without God will make you". That is just from my experience and I do not have any…

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Added by Timothy Allman on July 26, 2012 at 8:13am — No Comments

It's Just a Word

One of my kids asked me if I'm nonbeliever and of course, I asked, "A nonbeliever of what?" I wasn't trying to be flippant, but there are so many things not to believe in that it is difficult deciding where to start. Then I said, "I suppose you mean am I a nonbeliever in god?" That prompted a long discussion, but I think he understood when we finished talking.



He was trying to find a way of categorizing me to a few of his friends that read my books. I hadn't given it much thought,… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on July 25, 2012 at 9:08pm — 18 Comments

Dealing with religious backlash to criticism.

There is someone on my tumblr who is an atheist scientist student.  She posted something along the lines of "religion is not the problem, people are" and went on and on, in what looked like a defense of religion.



I thought this needed to be sorted out.  I don't want criticism of religion to be so easily dismissed.  So I decided that people who criticise religion…

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Added by bpansky25 on July 25, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Tisha B'Av and the Jewish History of Tragedy

“CLERGYMAN.,  n. A man who undertakes the management of our spiritual affairs  as a method of bettering his temporal ones.”

Ambrose Bierce



We're just on the verge of a little known but very sad Jewish holiday, Tisha B'Av [the ninth day of the month of Av; July 27-8 this year], which commemorates the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, including, but not limited to, the destruction of the First and Second…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Any way to post from a WordPress blog?

Is there a way to post content to this site from a blog running WordPress?

Added by Everyday Freethought on July 25, 2012 at 8:01am — 2 Comments

Farming anyone?

     I know everyone is different and have skills that could be compared and associated as equal importance but I have a question, "Should there be more atheist farmers?"  My question has a lot to do with how we all are connected to the earth and should have a frequent experience to how we nutrient our bodies for life.  Im not saying we should quit our day jobs for becoming full time farmers.  Somehow I believe there is some relevance to our social and personal psychological health to create…

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Added by Earther on July 24, 2012 at 1:16pm — 2 Comments

Defensiveness, your greatest enemy

Defensiveness is the enemy of learning and change. How many times have you tried to give someone important information about their performance, presentation, appearance, behavior only to have them respond defensively and even get angry and attack you? How did their response make you feel? Did you find yourself avoiding them or hesitant to tell them other things?



Turn that around. How many times has someone tried to tell you…
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Added by Darrel Ray on July 24, 2012 at 11:05am — 8 Comments

Two Reasons Why Martin Luther Fails Any Test of Integrity

Number One:

Number Two:

Luther had no use…

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Added by Loren Miller on July 23, 2012 at 11:14am — 17 Comments

Report: Police Confiscating Condoms from Sex Workers? More Bush era influence fall out? Or... jeez wtf?

from http://www.democracynow.org/2012/7/20/headlines



eport: Police Confiscating Condoms from Sex Workers

A new report has found police in major U.S. cities are confiscating condoms from sex workers, putting them at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. Human Rights Watch says police are harassing and threatening transgender…

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Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on July 23, 2012 at 7:45am — 4 Comments

Speech by former Christian Scientist against the religious exemption

Help me out here...  One of the most moving speeches I've heard was by a lady who was raised by Christian Scientist parents telling the story of how she hurt her leg as a young girl, but, because it went untreated (except, supposedly, by prayer) has now lost use of that leg.  I believe the speech was at an AAI or Secular Coalition conference, but can't find it now.  I believe the speech was a plea to drop a religious exemption from properly treating children.  Sorry I don't have more clues,…

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Added by Daniel B on July 22, 2012 at 10:21pm — 3 Comments

The Need for Dialogue

Hi all---my new post is up.  Please leave some comments at my site, as well as here, so that we can promote a larger discussion.  You can read my post at: The Need for Dialogue

Thanks,

    RB

Added by Reason Being on July 22, 2012 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

EXTREMISM

Any time a zealot commits an extreme act we hear how anomalous and senseless it is. Oh it is a departure from our religion which is one of peace, they'll say.

There is a greater awareness among atheists that the party line is a lie. Western religions are anything but peaceful. Their scripture is vicious. And by the very nature of the contract the religious adherent forfeits her right to reason contrary to the "word". Faith and obedience are in the recipe for religious…

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Added by Glen Rosenberg on July 21, 2012 at 10:13pm — 14 Comments

American Heathen on ShockNet Radio tonight - with YOUR input!!

A lot of folks get on the radio and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk...but don't say nothin'! (Thank you Rowdy Roddy Piper!) They'll mouth the latest talking points put out by their corporate and political handlers to a bunch of eager listeners; ask those same folks to have an original thought, and you'll have to wait for a good while for that to happen. The crew of ShockNet Radio's American Heathen (airing at 8 ET/5 PT TONIGHT), however, don't have to…

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Added by Brent Feeney on July 21, 2012 at 12:11pm — No Comments

The Meat Thinks: On the Ineradicability of Religion; a Modest Proposal

“I used to think my brain was the most wonderful organ in the universe. Then I realized who was telling me this.”

Emo Phillips

 

(From a fictional exchange between two extraterrestrial intelligent machines, regarding the dominant life-form on Earth:)

“So…what does the thinking?”

“You’re not understanding, are you? The brain does the thinking. The meat.”

“Thinking meat! You’re asking me to believe in…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 19, 2012 at 8:00pm — 26 Comments

Death of an Atheist Friend: Let the Faith Pimping Begin

By Sikivu Hutchinson
 
The American death industry pimps heaven hard, squeals like a stuck pig about redemption, then tasks the faithful with collecting the bloody dividends.  For the believer the death of an atheist or agnostic loved one is a theological crap shoot.  It invariably inspires fantasy, creative license, and outright bullshit betrayal of the dearly departed’s principles.  Such was the case with my friend “Miguel”, who tragically collapsed during a…
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Added by Shutch on July 19, 2012 at 5:59pm — 9 Comments

Eye Bites

"I am getting old. I am irritated by Facebook picture posts of slogans, pithy sayings, homilies, truisms and inspirational bullshit that show up in ever inceasing volume. Does anyone have a frickin' thought of their own? Does anyone have a sense of humor or wit? I pulled a gun on myself and forced myself to write this."

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 19, 2012 at 7:24am — 5 Comments

Have you guys heard about Christian Atheists?

Evidently there's a small fringe of Christianity that believes that god literally died to clear the sin slate for humanity. That is, as they say, why there are no longer miracles or an involved deity.  These Christians believe that they should live their lives by the moral teachings of Jesus anyway.  Just when I thought I had heard of it all.....

Added by James Yount on July 18, 2012 at 8:53pm — 12 Comments

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