November 2008 Blog Posts (198)

Education and Why Good Shows Get Cancelled

At the site www.hulu.com I've been watching episodes of Family Guy and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when I discovered a forum and review section. The question is always asked, "Why do all good shows get cancelled?"



Because they are too good, I thought. Then it occurred to me that it actually makes sense. The commercial value of a television show is not how good it is, but it's ability to either barely keep an audience from changing the channel, or barely be good enough so the… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on November 30, 2008 at 9:45pm — 2 Comments

Anyone Watching The Pacquiao/De La Hoya Boxing Fight?

Those who haven't figured it out, I am of Filipino heritage and we love this shit! These two icons will be so exciting to watch. I already made plans to watch the fight live in pay per view on Dec. 6, just before my finals. Sweet.



Who will you be rooting for?



Of course, I'll be rooting to my homeboy Manny here, this is why:



More about Oscar and… Continue

Added by Lindzee on November 30, 2008 at 3:26pm — 3 Comments

“Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist, Patriarchs and Penises”

"Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist, Patriarchs

and Penises"

A one-man "comedy in two acts"

in the form of Brother Sam first

preaching a sermon, then leading

the Bible Class. It runs for about

90 minutes plus one 15 minute intermission.



Location: Turnhalle in the Tivoli

900 Auraria Parkway

Denver, CO, 80204

Date & Time: December 16, 2008, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Price: $15 for non-students, and $10 for

students with valid… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on November 30, 2008 at 2:36pm — No Comments

This freaking cracks me up!!

we all know how hypocritical christians are, but this site was a real find!
at first i thought it was a joke. but then i realized it was serious.

hahahahahahahaha....

http://www.liberalsmustdie.com/2007/02/12/Hacking+RichardDawkinsnet+POWNED.aspx

my favorite line is the tag "atheists burn in hell!"

lol. i'll be happy to burn in the hell that doesn't exist, buddy. clowns, pure and simple.

Added by markystar on November 30, 2008 at 9:45am — 11 Comments

Should I Come Out?

I saw the post about coming out to one’s parents as an atheist, and I started thinking yet again about this subject.



My parents never ask me about religion anymore. I don’t discuss it or live in pretense that I am a Christian. However, I feel that allowing them to believe I am still of that mindset is almost as bad as pretending to be a believer. I know that telling them would hurt them immensely, and that coming out as an agnostic/atheist would not improve our relationship. The only… Continue

Added by deletedsoul on November 30, 2008 at 12:30am — 17 Comments

Proposition 8, Just Another Example



The passing of proposition 8 (amendment to the California Constitution stating marriage as the union of an…
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Added by Paul Allen on November 29, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

What is bothering me.

This is not an easy question to answer. It is not a short answer, either.



I think the best way to describe it is that I'm in the middle of an existential crisis. It happens to me periodically.... I think the first time I recall it happening was in 5th grade. I couldn't put a name to it then, but I can now recognize it for what it was. I know, I was an unusually thoughtful and introspective child, and read at the 12th grade level in 3rd grade, if that tells you anything (ha! that your… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on November 29, 2008 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Homeland Security. Thanks God!

State Rep. Wants Providence Acknowledged "by law"



LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A lawmaker says the state's Homeland Security office should be crediting God with keeping the state safe.



State Rep. Tom Riner, a Southern Baptist minister who was instrumental in establishing that requirement in 2006, disapproves of the fact that Homeland Security doesn't currently mention God in its mission statement or on its Web site.



The law passed under former Gov. Ernie Fletcher,…
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Added by Roxanne on November 29, 2008 at 5:26pm — 1 Comment

Wringing Out The Dread

An acquaintance of mine recently brought her 12-year old daughter to see me and talk about the passing of the little girl's grandfather. The mother was unsure of what to say about death and the afterlife and wanted me to give her my perspective, which I thought odd due to my atheism. Nevertheless, I told her how I view death and my thoughts on what comes next. Hopefully, it gave her some comfort. Pre-teens are hard to read sometimes and don't always respond to people they don't know… Continue

Added by Rev. Mathew G. Thompson on November 29, 2008 at 12:36pm — 4 Comments

Ill Gotten goods.

Well, a new low point in the "consumer economy" was experienced yesterday at the Valley Stream, Long Island N.Y. Green Acres Walmart. Some patrons who had waited through the night for sales at the store on Black Friday (named for it's ability to boost retail earnings into the black) trampled 34 year old store employee Jdimytai Damour (who later died) during the rush to save a few dollars on jeans, vacuum cleaners and flat screen TVs.



When the store opened consumers "tore the doors… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 29, 2008 at 9:32am — 4 Comments

Fundie Violence in India.

I won't rehash the papers (I don't own a TV).



News isn't entertainment. I don't care what the moderator looks like. The facts are that global "free



trade" has a few problems unrelated to accounting.



The enemy of your enemy may indeed be your friend.



Commandos with automatic rifles against civilians in hotels and restaurants has holy war written all



over it!



Call it a dystopia if you like.



Never forget: MORE GUNS MEANS… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 29, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Atheist Bus



After about 10 hours the campaign reached its goal and by the second day it had run seven fold the original expected contributions reaching…
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Added by Paul Allen on November 28, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Oh! To destroy the positive thinking of a child.

My daughter is four years old. She's learning to speak; she's learning to interact with the world. At times, she becomes frustrated with the way the real world conspires against her and will throw up her hands and declare, "I can't do it!" This is the usual exclamation when the belt she's toting around the house gets stuck under a chair, or a package of crackers is just too difficult to open. Her mother has instituted a program of positive thinking when ever adversity befalls our little girl.… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on November 28, 2008 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Drifting in and out...

I tend to be a 'drifter' when it comes to social networking sites. For a while it'll be Facebook, or Blockles, or I'll be on Spogg.com, then I come back here.



I've realized that I don't realize that I miss atheist solidarity and companionship until I come back and experience it again.



I've recently had the pleasure of conversing with a fellow atheist "irl" and just the fact that I can call someone my "atheist buddy" in a sea of the religious makes me smile. The… Continue

Added by Sondra on November 28, 2008 at 3:52pm — No Comments

2193 responses to the survey as of 4:23PM 11.28.08

All,



I had thought of shutting the survey down a while ago but I am glad I didn't. The main reason I am doing this research is to -in some small way- confront the stigmatization of atheism. By discussing the results in both popular press and "academic" print media and, of course, online, I hope to describe who atheists are and some of the social crap we have to deal with on a day to day basis.

By keeping the survey live longer I am making it possible for an important latent… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on November 28, 2008 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

Christmas, Yule, the Solstice, Festivus, Whatever

I'm an atheist who celebrates the winter holidays. My favorite day is Christmas Eve. In the evening, lights and ceremony beckoning to the sun, enticing it to come to us with the warm red of romance and the green promise of an earthy birth in spring. Christmas day is it's return on a bright dawn of promise that settles into comfort and family.



Prior to the "War On Christmas" I was never offended by the phrase, "Merry Christmas!"



It was always a greeting is given with… Continue

Added by AtheistJoy on November 28, 2008 at 1:51pm — No Comments

On obsession

Why do we do it?



I've become overly obsessive about my schoolwork, mostly to avoid having to deal with a whole host of other problems that have come up recently. It's nothing new, just stuff that I'm really really tired of having to not deal with or address.



I'm bugging the hell out of my friends and even people that I don't know all that well, because I'm feeling so unhappy that it's bleeding out of me everywhere. I try to stop, but when I do, it pops out with someone or… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on November 28, 2008 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

Quiz Time!

A fellow came to me in the street the other day. He said, "Hey Man," "do you mind if I ask you a question?" "Shoot," I said.



{Q} "What is the difference in Santa Clause and Jesus Christ?"

{A} "Santa Clause is real!"



{Q} There are two Santa's on a roof. How can you tell which one is a Baptist?

{A} "The Baptist will be the one with the Easter Basket!"



{Q} "If a Catholic and a Methodist both jumped from the 27th floor window of a Hotel, at exactly the… Continue

Added by Doug Harrington on November 27, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

I AM THE TURKEY GOD. WORSHIP ME.

(Part 1)

Like millions of Americans, I spent Thanksgiving with relatives. We sacrificed a turkey and took Holy Communion of its’ body and its’ blood with stuffing, mashed potatoes, football on TV....the works. And like many of you, I was the lone liberal atheist among a family of right-wing evangelical Jezuz worshipers. Now, these are actually good people in many ways. Decent, hard working, family-oriented, even funny sometimes. But, sadly, they have a mental disorder, Christian… Continue

Added by Father Nature on November 27, 2008 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

I'm back and dancing on the Yule

I've been inactive for a bit. Atheism sort of took a back seat for a bit. I did some political stuff, tried to keep up with life, etc. Things have quieted down now.



I decorated for the holidays. I love Christmas. For me it has nothing to do with religion, naturally. It's more of a beginning as the days start getting longer again. It's the light returning and the chance to get things right. It's happiness and light, feasting and drinking. My house is always decorated with plenty of… Continue

Added by AtheistJoy on November 27, 2008 at 8:23pm — No Comments

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