"A group of atheist college students at the University of Texas San Antonio are causing a stir with their “Smut For Smut” campaign, an initiative to offer pornographic magazines in exchange for bibles.
The atheist agenda program is using the campaign to show that porn is “no worse” than what’s written in religious texts.
The campus is allowing the campaign to continue due to freedom of speech." -…
I'm doing a lot of policy writing on youth and I keep coming across statements about the benefits of belief in God for teens. These statements claim that belief helps keep them out of trouble, makes them more resilient, etc.
I suspect this is not true - that belief in the supernatural makes people less resilient because they depend on a source of power outside of themselves. Attachment theory tells us that youth are more resilient when they have strong relationships involving…Continue
"The intellectual - and thereby the rational - foundation of Islam results in the average Muslim having a curious tendency to believe that non-Muslims either know that Islam is the truth and reject it out of pure obstinacy, or else are simply ignorant of it and can be converted by elementary explanations; that…Continue
Thrown out of church today. I volunteered for a scripture reading and might have misinterpreted a line or two in Exodus: Then the LORD said to Moses, "I have buried dinosaur bones. Do not touch them, for I will use them to troll scientists for centuries to come."
On Wednesday night, the state of Georgia committed murder in front of millions of witnesses. As if that weren’t terrible enough in and of itself, it was made all the more shocking by the fact that there’s every possibility that the victim was entirely innocent. In its usual, myopic pursuit to dispense “justice”, the United States executed Troy Davis for the killing of police officer Mark McPhail, despite the failure to recover a murder weapon, the recanted testimonies of witnesses (some of…Continue
A couple of years ago I captured a seven legged female Wolf Spider at a local feed store. I took her home, set her up in a nice habitat, and studied her for several months. I named her Seven. She produced several egg sacs, but none of the eggs were viable. With the help of a professional biology professor in Green Bay Wisconsin, I identified her, and when she finally died, I sent her to him for positive identification, and after providing him with the specifics of her origins, he added her…Continue
Again it is Pakistan, again it is ridiculous and i would laugh if it weren't for such a nasty thing called "reality".
Faryal Bhatti, a student at the Sir Syed Girls High School in Pakistan Ordnance…Continue
was discusted today when hearing a woman tell her child that christmas was Jesus's Birthday and we were goign to donate a few gifts to needy children and there was no santa....OMFG...its every childs right to believe in Santa Clause..and i be fracked if i am going to take that away from my kids to celebrate Jesus's Birthday...How bloody rude..i felt so damn sorry for her children...how bloody SAAAAAAD.
I very much appreciate Ronn Johnson’s willingness to debate on this topic, and…Continue
Being atheist, I still celebrate Christmas, easter, halloween, ect but I don't celebrate the birth or death of jesus, i want to start a new tradition in our family but not sure how to go about doing so. I want to donate money or christmas gifts or even open my house on christmas day thanksgiving and easter to those who don't get enough money to make a nice home made dinner for their family.
does anyone have any ideas how I would be able to do such a thing without having to…Continue
Today's new blogpost, and seriously exciting news!
Added by Tony Ryan on September 23, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments
(Sorry if this topic has been beat to death in a million other posts & blogs on AN, but here it is again anyway...)
I'm a bit hung up on definitions of atheism at the moment. Such a basic word shouldn't be this fuzzy.
After pissing a bunch of people off by telling them that atheism technically means "lack of belief in existence of thesitic gods", but does not necessarily mean "belief that theistic gods definitely don't exist", I find that it's pretty hard to…
The incident I’m referring to is reported by the BBC here. Let’s get things straight. I am against being forced to wear any form of clothing because a religious culture tells you to. These religious cultures are historically male dominated, male enforced and male created, hence why the arbitrary rules on covering up tend to …
Added by Tony Ryan on September 22, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments
Added by SecularCortex13.x on September 22, 2011 at 6:57am — No Comments
So, I'm very strange; when I have something I need to think about, I process my thoughts by writing about them. Rather than writing a whole new post here, I'm just going to post the essay that came out of my trying to decide to openly call myself an atheist. This was not written for any particular audience, and I haven't edited it, but I think I'll just post it as-is:
Recently, I had an interesting experience. I was chatting with some acquaintances while out at a…Continue
By Sikivu Hutchinson
This is a day of outrage for all who believe in justice and morality. The pending execution of Georgia Death Row inmate Troy Davis is an egregious reminder of the vicious cycle of immoral lynch mob justice that masquerades as due process in the United States, the exceptionalist "Christian Nation." With 25% of the world’s prison population, the U.S. has devolved into the largest penitentiary on the planet. For poor people of color, the revolving door of…