August 2011 Blog Posts (152)

A Christian is a Christian is a Christian

When it comes to things Christian, religious bias runs through nearly every major poll conducted in the United States, whether it comes from Gallup, PEW or the Barna Research Group, the numbers are often misleading, confusing or just plain wrong!

 

Surveys regarding religious issues are not broken out by faith groups such as Catholics, Methodists or Mormons, instead it is done by subdivisions such as born-again, non-born-again, evangelical, fundamentalist and other…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 18, 2011 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

Was Jesus a Socialist?

Someone shared this link with me today. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/is-jesus-christ-a-socialist/

 

It's a good read but the best part was the poll at the bottom of the article:
"Do you think Jesus was a socialist?"

 

If you have a minute, cast your vote today!

Added by Brady on August 18, 2011 at 10:23am — 8 Comments

God, No!!

My "review" of Penn Jillette's new book.
http://hitandmiss1.blogspot.com/2011/08/god-no.html

Added by Joe Swam on August 17, 2011 at 4:36pm — 4 Comments

If Congress truly represents us...

I received the following in an email, with a request that include it in a blog post. I thought it was worth sharing for its well thought out ideas that would be good for our country. However, when I expressed my doubts, to the sender, about the lack of members of congress lining up to jump on the bandwagon he had this to say.

It's a pipe dream. Still, there's no harm in spreading it around. The more people that see it, the better the chances that some of them will say something…
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Added by Honjii Li on August 17, 2011 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Dominionism... not a joke.

Some serious food for thought from the daily beast (Sam Harris linked me to the original blog)... http://coffeelovingskeptic.com /?p=665

 

Added by Tony Ryan on August 17, 2011 at 6:49am — No Comments

Doctor Says to Pray Away My Ailments

Sigh ... I just got back from the Doctor.  Apparently the best way to get rid of my anxiety disorder and panic attacks is to pray them away!  Ridiculous.

Added by Taryn Pen on August 16, 2011 at 8:32pm — 10 Comments

Blasphemy?

Thankfully, the UN has removed some of the legal barriers stifling open criticism of religious dogma.

Ideally religion itself would be listed under criminal fraud activity ;)

 

http://coffeelovingskeptic.com/?p=659

Added by Tony Ryan on August 16, 2011 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

Please Help... Discussion with Theist

http://forums.carm.org/vbb/showthread.php?64842-Why-I-dont-believe-in-leprechauns&p=1962522&viewfull=1#post1962522

 

Hopefully you can read that.

 

I'm not sure how to respond. If anyone can help, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Added by Nathan Hevenstone on August 16, 2011 at 3:28pm — 51 Comments

Trends in Religious Affiliation in the US - It's Good News!

These charts from USA Today show changes over a recent five-year period, by affiliation. Christianity is losing, secularism is gaining, and the knuckle-draggers are rapidly displacing the "mainline" and Catholic churches. 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-03-09-ARIS-faith-survey_N.htm

Added by Phil on August 16, 2011 at 11:36am — 5 Comments

Rioting Robots!

 

Imagine that you build a robot and programme it with all the same inputs that people have nowadays then weight the inputs for selfish gene vehicles; greatest benefit at lowest cost.

 

2.1 million, thefts, robberies and crimes against vehicles were reported in 10/11.  221,000 were charged.  The home office reported that about 77% are convicted.  The maximum sentence is 7 years for theft, so we’ll assume 3.5 years as the likely sentence.

So if you’re a thief and…

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Added by Darren Taggart on August 16, 2011 at 10:51am — 3 Comments

How to know if something is wrong with your (interpretation of your) religion?

It's not really hard to see when something is wrong....

 

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“I do feel bad people had to die,” said Asep Setiadi, 40, as he headed out to his rice field. “But I’m grateful that they’re finally gone.”

Twenty-eight-year-old Siti…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on August 16, 2011 at 4:39am — 1 Comment

Blasphemy is a right (says the UN)

What a lucky day. By chance i found something that obviously escaped my notice before and which i haven't found much reported in the media either.

Already last month the UN issued a statement concerning the freedom of speech in relation with the human rights convention.

 

Here is the good part (emphasis mine):

 

 

48.  Prohibitions of displays of lack of respect for a…

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Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on August 16, 2011 at 4:04am — No Comments

Atheistic Liberalism vs. Non-theistic Community

This post is prompted by some discussions among members of a local atheist group about building an atheist community.  

My ideas orignate from several months of thought on the subject of community.  A recent discussion thread in the groups online forum included descriptions of an Oregon-based community youth church, comments about the Flatirons Community Church (currently the second largest church in Colorado, based on weekly attendance), and another member's advocacy for recreating…

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Added by Jim Mo. on August 15, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The c-word

I refuse to capitalize christian/christianity (unless it begins a sentence). It’s not that I don’t respect your right to believe as you please, in fact if you are truly a christian I respect your beliefs and would like the same in return. What I don’t respect, and in fact resent, is the level at which christianity is ever increasingly being shoved down the throats of those of us who don’t happen to subscribe.  Christianity is used as a vehicle to dictate cessation of behavior that you… Continue

Added by Honjii Li on August 15, 2011 at 5:27pm — 7 Comments

Adventures in Dentistry and the Slapdown of a Dentist by a Student

So, I'm in the process of transferring some of my blog posts from my other blog to here because they're of sufficient merit--in my estimation anyway--to warrant reproduction here. Also, they happen to tease out some of my personality and thoughts on matters people skimming my newly minted presence here might find useful in the way of understanding my disposition on certain matters.  Here is a post I wrote about a month ago on an interview between Abbie Smith (ERV from…

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Added by The Justicar on August 15, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Radical Spiderism: an Allegorical, and Cautionary Tale

As my regular readers are well-aware, my impetus to start blogging came on the heels of the nontroversy known as ElevatorGate, begun by the emotionally crippled and mentally deficient Rebecca Watson (elsewhere christened by me as Twatson - a name that's caught on big time I dare say!).  One of my first acts as a newly minted blogger was to write an allegory of why elevatorgate is nontroversial.  Namely, in that discomfort in certain situations (and even apprehension at or outright fear of)…

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Added by The Justicar on August 15, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Sexual Offers at Atheist Meetings

Again, from my other blog:  www.integralmath.blogspot.com

 

I'd like to thank anonymous (not sure if it's "the" anonymous) for bringing to my attention a blog post I've somehow managed to either miss completely, or forget that I read. (Hey, drugs aren't great for the memory -mmkay?)  At any rate, the events in question here happened during a TAM event. Now, I know that the Nanny Ophelia & crowd are going to read this and…

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Added by The Justicar on August 15, 2011 at 3:20pm — 3 Comments

With Breeders Like These, I'm Surprised We're Not Extinct

This is from my personal blog on blogspot - www.integralmath.blogspot.com

 

I have a breaking news bulletin:  if there exists some method--irrespective how obscure, or nearly impossible to be found--to take what is at most a cheesy/almost possibly creepy hello and transmogrify that plum nearly gauche faux pas into some abject, intellectually deficient reason to lecture someone*, somewhere on…

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Added by The Justicar on August 15, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Thaumaturgy

 

What Dread Sorcery is this?

 

 

 

"Ungodly"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Fiend"

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Added by Richard Healy on August 15, 2011 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Thrown out of church today

I was explaining to the Sunday school classroom that the ancient Sumerians must have been incredibly confused when they saw God create the universe 6,000 years ago. They probably all needed a stiff drink to calm themselves, so they drank a ton of beer (a beverage that predated the creation of the universe by a few thousand years.)

Added by Odin Zeus McGaffer on August 14, 2011 at 2:34pm — 5 Comments

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