We pride ourselves, here on Atheist Nexus (and in other atheist forums), on being intelligent, rational, educated human beings. We also, in the main, abhor those religious views which lead to racism, sexism, homophobia and other irrational prejudices.
But, as we move forward from being a 'philosophical stance' into a 'movement', should we, can we, and, if so, how can we, distinguish ourselves from atheists who have abandoned belief in God, but not irrationality and… Continue
So.. Usually my outlet is my Youtube page (Jeanstake).. But lately it has just not been doing the job for me... I really just wanna meet someone like me.. I love my friends dearly, I really do.. But there's like this big barrier it seems.. I feel like I'm discriminating against people who believe but the fact is I'm so sick of these beliefs that I don't care about being called discriminatory anymore! Is it wrong for me to want a friend?? I don't think so. So um yeah. Maybe I'll try this… Continue
This post is inspired by Emekan. I often find myself using religious phrases to places emphasis on a situation. For example, I don't always correct people when they say "bless you" when I sneeze. Although I say gesundheit because it means good health... Or I sometimes say: "the devil is busy," "Oh god/Jeez," "Or when the religious right is caught in controversy I will say: "Thank god." Any one else guilty of "Freudian slips" with religious phrases?
I had a love of science and math when I was a child but the southern baptist church I grew up in discouraged it. It was not our place to search for the answers to things, god had all the answers and who were we to question god? I remember loving learning about dinosaurs in school and one day the preacher said that dinosaurs never existed. I remember it just breaking my heart hearing that, because if the preacher who is so close to god says there are no dinosaurs then it must be true. I remember… Continue
23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. "Go on up, you baldhead!" they said. "Go on up, you baldhead!" 24 He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.
So I'm at a wedding yesterday (a christian wedding at a church) and one of the members of the church says to me, "Only if people would put half the effort into serving the Lord as they put into preparing a wedding". To which I commented back, "If they'd just put half the effort into serving each other the world would be alot better". To which he replied, "Well, that's part of serving the Lord, serving each other". I then politely excused… Continue
When Simone DeBeauvoir wrote her opus "The Second Sex" she coined the term 'the other' or 'l'autre.' She used this term to signify a woman's place in the world. Basically stating that women were considered the second sex. Meaning, they were secondary to the men. Although from a biological/ statistical standpoint women outnumber and outlive men. When I wrote my graduate thesis I took the ideology of 'the other' further. I wrote my thesis on… Continue
I posted another article as one of my many freelance writing incarnations at: http://tinyurl.com/ya4gkpk. This one is an interview with atheistnexus.org musician and artist, philosopher and poet, TJ Morgan. Accompanying the interview dealing with his background, his journey to atheism, his art and music is a embedded video, also… Continue
Added by John F. Felix on September 26, 2009 at 9:28am —
I've posted the following challenge to Ray Comfort's blog. I'm re-posting it here in hopes of showing my fellow atheists why we have nothing to fear.
TO THE CREATIONISTS
You all seem to have a lot of faith in this new edition of On the Origin of Species. I’m surprised at you putting so much faith into a book which most of you have never read in its complete form and which is, with the exception of Ray’s introduction, a strong argument against… Continue
I will be attending the September meeting of The Fayetteville Freethinkers. I always have a great time at every meeting.
Freethinkers, it's time for our September meeting. We'll have another action-packed meeting devoted to promoting critical thinking, science, and freethought in general. First off, you have a homework reading assignment. You are to read this article by our freethinker friend Art Hobson which was published in the NW Arkansas Times, August 29, 2009. Here is the…
Next Week! Show 500! Fighting Against "The Gay Agenda". Atheist Rapper Charlie Check'm reappears but in a different capacity this time. Chuck can now add Anti-Gay and anti-fat women to his repertoire. Check'm says he doesn't hate gays but believes that "homos" have brain damage and that they shouldn't be allowed to marry.
He makes an appearance to defend his stance and also explains why he thinks any rational person, especially atheists and agnostics, should also be against the "gay… Continue
Big international news is being made about the Qaddafi speech. Qaddafi, of course refers to the controversial head of state of Libya, Muammar al-Gaddafi, whose last name is also spelled Qaddafi, Gaddafi, and Kaddafi. He recently delivered a speech at the United Nations General Assembly. It was his first at the UN. He was cleared for 15 minutes – he took 90. First, he condemned the UN Security Council's role, and criticized the UN for its roles in several wars over the last 70 years, including… Continue
Added by Davida on September 25, 2009 at 4:59am —
You know that current thing with Glenn Beck boiling rubber frogs, to evoke the classic story of boiled frogs? In addition to any rhetorical idiocies, or inappropriate connections he draws, I just want to say, to someone, somewhere, who might hear it: It's not even true. Frogs get out. Seriously. They're not as stupid as Mr Beck's audience wants to think they are.
i have come to look forward to thursdays here in e-town. thursday is surgery day, which means the local mobile vet comes to spay and neuter the intake animals here at the shelter. it's a good day- i truly feel useful, because i was trained primarily as a surgical assistant. we 'fix' around six animals every thursday- the vet that does the surgeries is, like i said, a mobile vet- that means she does not own a clinic, rather, she exclusively does house calls. she's a pretty groovy lady. she's… Continue
Last Monday I went to the funeral for the wife of a coworker. Unbeknown to me, it ended up being a full blown 1.5 hour Catholic mass. In the last 30 years, you can count on one hand how many masses I’ve been to. Twice my mother guilt-tripped me into going about 25 years ago (she gave up trying long ago). The other times were funerals like this week. This was my first mass since joining A/N and becoming basically an anti-theist.
I went with two coworkers who are both religious. I did… Continue