September 2011 Blog Posts (155)

Pledges

Since my upcoming backwards pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago is as symbolic as it is going to be painful on the feet, I've began to wonder if I should see if anyone would be interested in pledging money per kilometer walked which could then be donated to the Ayaan Hirshi Ali Foundation or some other brilliant organization. Any thoughts? I've never done a pledge type thing and don't know if it'd be more work than it's worth, but then again I've never walked a thousand miles between two… Continue

Added by mistercliff on September 14, 2011 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Suffering, Prayer and God's Will - Part 2

Having been a widow at 30 with two small children, I have experienced the christian response to suffering and death.  This is supposed to be the one point where all of this christian belief is vindicated -  where it all is worth it.  It was cold comfort to say the least.

There were so many people who wanted to help and they did so by praying.  I appreciated their desire to help.  Just not so much their way of doing it. I was still very much alone with our semi-private horror.  While…

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Added by Lana on September 13, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Suffering, Prayer and God's will

I ceased to believe in god when I finally let go of the idea that somehow suffering can be part of god's long term plan.  After quite a lot of other sh1t happening, my 30 year old husband of 10 years suffered permanent nerve damage to his lower spine due to cancer.  While he appeared to everyone else to be reasonably healthy, he was in fact unable to urinate.  He also lost sexual function and partially lost bowel function.  He had to self catheterize for the rest of his…

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Added by Lana on September 13, 2011 at 10:30pm — 5 Comments

Introducing Myself

Hi Everbody,



I am a former fundamentalist evangelical protestant. I was used to carrying around quite a load of cognitive dissonance, being that I worked in a science field. I suspended my disbelief for about 15 years.



The events which finally made the difference was when cancer came to my family. My husband contracted brain and spinal cancer. Through the horrifying couple of years that ensued, I started to see through the assurances. I gradually started stripping away my… Continue

Added by Lana on September 13, 2011 at 6:00pm — 11 Comments

People this Atheist Nexus is a Christian Scam - seriously?

I was browsing the NET just now, and I found this article.  What is WRONG with people?

 

http://www.atheistrev.com/2008/07/atheist-nexus-is-not-scam.html

Added by United Under One on September 13, 2011 at 2:26pm — 3 Comments

What is an atheist?

Although I'm an atheist for some time now, I recently started 'outing' myself by wearing the Scarlet A, this brought up a lot of talk on my work. People there don't quite understand exactly what an atheist is. Some of them don't believe in a God either, and thus are atheists, but don't want to be put 'inside a box'. I wasn't in the mood to explain to him that this was the same as being straight, gay or bisexual.



Someone even said that atheists are opposed to governments as well.… Continue

Added by Remko Wagemakers on September 13, 2011 at 12:26pm — 7 Comments

Who do you think won the Republican debate last night??

Perry seemed to have been a strong contender, but I am disgusted by his approach and manipulation towards the American people.

Added by United Under One on September 13, 2011 at 10:35am — 5 Comments

About me

Hello everyone,

I just want introduce myself to you...…

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Added by Hope on September 13, 2011 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

"Oxycontin Express" rolls into Boston.

At a ratio of 78 KIA's in warzone from Boston...

compared to upwards of 3000?! OD's in Boston/or state of Mass.

insane. this docu is heavy hitting, just lettin' ya know:

http://current.com/shows/vanguard/blog/93274023_oxycontin-express-rolls-into-boston.htm



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This is a situation that is hurting so many. Kids are losing parents, parents are losing… Continue

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on September 13, 2011 at 6:53am — 2 Comments

Tidbits

This week the tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Paris are only $297 USD at the time of my pilgrimage so it's about time to make the jump and buy a ticket...(!) And, oh damn, it means spending a couple days in KL!

If this pilgrimage goes as planned, I'm looking at a couple days in Malaysia, a couple weeks in Italy, a quick peek at Vatican City to see what all the fuss is about, France, a half-way break in Andorra, Spain, and exit via the Netherlands. I'm going to be studying up up the…

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Added by mistercliff on September 12, 2011 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Funny yet sad story

Tonight I logged into Facebook and read today's status update question from the group "Cape Breton" - where I grew up.  This page is normally just about re-connecting old friends from there, mentions events, what's new, etc.  So this question was "do you believe in God?"  Of the 50ish answers so far, I'd say 48 were an astounding yes.  When I said no and politely questioned why that topic was brought up on an unrelated group, my comment got deleted a few minutes later.  :)    Pardon the pun,…

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Added by Rachelle on September 12, 2011 at 8:56pm — 4 Comments

New youtube atheist guide in the works.

I am Thesouleater37 on youtube and I am writing a youtube atheist guide to religion, faith, and belief. I am looking for stories from former christians who wish to share their stories of leaving the madness of religion. Good, bad, or otherwise it does not matter since they will be profiled in the book. If you have an interesting story telling of difficult times you had to go through then please contact me here or on youtube.

Added by doug carter on September 12, 2011 at 6:37pm — 2 Comments

Atheism: How I Got Here

Growing up catholic in a safe little midwestern bubble, christianity felt "right." However, even as a child, I was skeptical about some of it. Jonah and the whale, really? Eve was formed out of a rib? Huh? And a several hundred year old man corralled two of every creature onto a boat? What? Doubts about the main christianity "plot" dogged me as I grew older, but I thought the problem was me. All these good people around me seemed to sincerely believe it, so surely I could too. I tamped those…

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Added by Minerva Matlock on September 12, 2011 at 6:25pm — 2 Comments

Will Rick Perry talk religion to tea partiers tonight?

I find this article interesting - what do you think?

http://blog.chron.com/rickperry/2011/09/will-rick-perry-talk-religion-to-tea-partiers-tonight/

Added by United Under One on September 12, 2011 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Unlikely newpaper heading: God refuses to save abducted child

In Canada, this morning's leading national newspaper had an article on the return of a child that had been abducted (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/bc-boy-safe-in-miracle-return-suspected-abductor-at-large/article2161442/).

 

The return is dubbed miraculous. "For four days, Kienan Hebert’s parents…

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Added by Rachel on September 12, 2011 at 9:50am — 2 Comments

Centrist Perspective: Ideals and Merit

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone. Leftist liberals everywhere all seemed determined to make the worst possible interpretations of the U.S. response since that historic day. It was a pathetic display. It's rhetoric like that which has led to my becoming an Independent. I no longer identify with Democrats. I feel pushed to the center and now see myself as a moderate centrist. I'm simply appalled at the extremes of the left, just as I am at the extremes of the right.



When…

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Added by Atheist Exile on September 12, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Freethinking News, September 11, 2011

This week's Freethinking News podcast:

Transcript:

Good evening and welcome to Freethinking News, September 11, 2011

I realize I’m getting this podcast out a little late and it might not actually still be September 11th in your time zone, but it’s Korean Thanksgiving and I am a friend of the grape.

I know you’re probably sick of all the news…

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Added by mistercliff on September 12, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Tax Religion in the UK! Sign the Petition!

Tax religion in the UK! Sign the petition!

 

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/6603

 

Added by Stuart M Rees on September 12, 2011 at 5:06am — 1 Comment

Imagine

John Lennon wrote the lyrics to, “Imagine”, which was released in 1971:

Imagine there's no heaven, 
It's easy if you try, 
No hell below us, 
Above us only sky, 
Imagine all the people
living for today...

I love the words and melody of “Imagine”.  It never ceases to amaze me how many people of faith love the song.

 

Added by Garaidh Mac an tSaoir on September 11, 2011 at 4:55pm — 2 Comments

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