This was originally written in response to a dialog I was having with a fellow blogger on a political site. I have fashioned my self as the resident anti-theist and we were discussing the religious origins of traditions. I think that tradition often falls into the trap of dogma but if we are careful, we can fashion new traditions to promote discovery and learning.
I actually see the beauty and meaning in many of the traditions of many religions. They were developed as ways to deal… Continue
Added by Franklin Ayers on November 8, 2009 at 12:00pm —
I'm a newly hatched atheist. Actually, I've probably been an atheist for over 25 years but didn't define myself as such because I felt that "atheism" was too strong a word for my lack of belief. Weird? I redefined myself as an atheist because my young daughter (a "hard" atheist) finally convinced me that believing in a "concept" of God is not the same that actually believing God exists. Okay then, I'm an atheist. How could a youngster convince an experienced, educated adult? Well, I was raised… Continue
Added by Turtle Poser on November 8, 2009 at 1:22am —
One of the reasons frequently cited for our ineffectualness as a political force is the fact that atheists aren't "joiners" and hold diverse opinions. "Herding cats" is the common expression.
But what if we started the ball rolling by setting the lowest possible bar for commonality, just to force politicians to take notice of our existence as a large, potentially powerful contituency?
The estimates for the number of atheists in the US vary widely, and I'm not terribly… Continue
Added by Brian Jackson on November 8, 2009 at 12:32am —
I'm at the FFRF convention in Seattle, and I can't believe how few people have heard of AtheistNexus, even among 20-somethings The level of collaboration between organizations in our community is really appalling.
Added by Brian Jackson on November 8, 2009 at 12:22am —
...because this is rather long I'll cut to the chase (I know it's still kinda long!):
By the time I was in high school life at home was chaotic and deteriorating. Feeling God’s love was a comfort and refuge to me. Although I attended a Catholic high school I’d had enough exposure to other religions to easily cross denominational boundaries. I never thought of God or Truth as limited to any particular church. I listened every Friday and Sat night to Billy Graham’s Hour of Decision and… Continue
Added by Rita D on November 7, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I sometimes listen to religious right radio shows (it's a guilty pleasure, plus I think it's a good idea to know what the other side is saying) and I heard something very strange the other day. On one of the shows, the host was asserting that god WAS in the US Constitution. Well, having read the document in question many times, I was very sure that god was not mentioned. The host then said that when the Founders put "in the Year of our Lord" in the date section, this was appealing to the… Continue
Added by Alan Marcus on November 7, 2009 at 7:16pm —
Recently I raised the question of should someone challenge a "God is loving" statement by a 6 year old. There was an ambivalent response by atheist nexus members.
Well, here's a sequel to that event. It came up again and this time my partner and the little girl's mother described their non-belief. The little girl was shocked as this contradicted religious instruction at school.
Are they talking about a school god then, she asked?
Ironically the ancient… Continue
Added by Alex McCullie on November 7, 2009 at 5:58pm —
A: Ok, us two are here, here to discuss atheism vs. christianity...
C: *AHEM* excuse me, but you didn't capitalize Christianity just then.
A: Ummm...this is a vocal debate, how am I suppose to capitalize something when I am speaking it?!?
C: That's not what I'm hear for, but I demand you treat me with equal respect, just because I have faith doesn't make me a lesser human being than you!
A: Fair enough, Atheists Vs. Christianity here in a vocal… Continue
Added by Dedre on November 7, 2009 at 4:21pm —
I'll be slowly hoarding over stuff that I've written elsewhere that has a better focus here, in atheistnexus.
But for the moment, just thought I'd post my first blog.
I actually didn't really want to join this site...as being atheist is (to me), just a small characteristic of a person, and to join a social site solely based on that...eh, it kind of turns me off (a few years ago I joined the atlasphere, small online group for objectivists and Rand enthusiasts, but having… Continue
Added by Dedre on November 7, 2009 at 4:16pm —
In my opinion, the only difference is that Feminism is biased and inaccessible to everyone.
When trying to spread its ideals to men and other women who are not as biased as a feminist is, it makes people angry and therefore does nothing for the spread of humanism, which is the true strive for equality.
Feminism seems useful to me only to a select group who share bitter experiences towards men. It is useful to have a support group to talk about things that are troubling you… Continue
Added by Johnny on November 7, 2009 at 1:47pm —
After nearly four years in AA, I finally devised a concept of "higher power" that doesn't involve a deity, the group, the "fellowship", nature, the cosmos, the laws of physics, or any other person.
As a committed atheist since the age of 4, I have always known that things were "up to me", and that I could not/would not get help from some power that was "higher" or "greater" than myself.
So one day, in a meeting, while someone was discussing his higher power, I suddenly… Continue
Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 7, 2009 at 1:29pm —
I saw two stupid things yesterday while driving. One was a leaf collection truck with a loose tarp as its top. The leaves flew behind it as the truck bumbled ignorantly along, creating whirlwinds of fall foliage in its wake. That was pretty stupid. I also saw a dumb, religious bumper sticker. It read, “My boss is a Jewish carpenter
I hate bumper stickers. I don't know why people put them on… Continue
Added by Christy Gonzalez on November 7, 2009 at 12:48pm —
So I'm watching the news reports on this story, both from MSNBC and also on FOX (for comedy's sake)...and I noticed that both stations failed to talk about the big elephants in the room. The first one of course is religion, which I don't need to go into here, since everyone here can easily see that bunch of blatant insanity.
The other elephant that no one is bringing up is why Mr. Psycho was in the military in the first place. He was clearly not happy, since he faced discrimination… Continue
Added by VendettA12 on November 7, 2009 at 12:27pm —
The scene is a wooded field, somewhere in farm country. Three men sit around a campfire, sharing a joint and talking....
: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.
: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared,… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on November 7, 2009 at 8:23am —
One of the most difficult aspects of starting a blog, is of course, making your first article. The dilemma of finding a subject to start and give and initial push to your blog, is likely the biggest factor stopping many of us from blogging in the first place.
That said, I think I have managed to clear this hurdle, now to the docile task of picking a subject and blogging about it in a concise and clear manner. And hopefully enjoying the feedback and the comments resulting from the… Continue
Added by _7654_ on November 7, 2009 at 5:31am —
Just a little background.
Atheists on Facebook have decided that our "retaliation" to the Christian
DDOS attack on Australian Atheist web sites is to have a Minute of Prayer at
any point over the next two days.
Atheists around the world have taken this message to heart
Dan Kerr sent a message to the members of Minute of prayer in response to
the Rise Of Atheism Convention DDOS… Continue
Added by Trance Gemini on November 7, 2009 at 5:30am —
Initially, I wasn't certain what to make of the initial reports I heard on NPR regarding the shooting at Fort Hood. When the name of the assailant was revealed - Nidal Malik Hasan - my first thought was: "Oh, crap, here we go, a Muslim extremist who somehow managed to get past whatever initial filters the Army uses to reject volunteers." Then I learned that he carried the rank of "Major," not a position you get to overnight, so maybe he's not your stereotypical fundamentalist. Then it comes out… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on November 6, 2009 at 6:52pm —
About one year ago I shared an interesting bus trip with a self-declared Christian evangelist, only one hour but very enlightening, a true epiphany (sorry!).
Previously a close friend claimed my criticisms of Christianity were ill-founded through lack of knowledge. I was wrongly seeing all believers as hard-code fundamentalists. So I'd make a real effort to study religion, Christianity, and the Christian bible. I grew up in a secular family.
So back to the bus trip. Here… Continue
Added by Alex McCullie on November 6, 2009 at 3:28pm —
Added by Creature on November 6, 2009 at 2:04pm —
Faith – A firm belief in something for which there is no proof.
It all comes down to faith. It’s a simple word that pretends to hide someone’s belief in some ancient, mythical fairy tales. You might hear someone say, “That’s my faith. You can’t question my faith”. They expect some undeserved reverence by invoking the word, instead of pity for being fooled like a child is by Santa. Astonishingly, they actually pity you for not “sharing in their faith”.
Faith legitimizes the… Continue
Added by Dave Rogers on November 6, 2009 at 12:00pm —