November 2009 Blog Posts (229)

The 11/3 Project

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c…
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Added by Creature on November 6, 2009 at 2:04pm — No Comments

The Illegitimacy of Faith

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 — No Comments

A Christmas Carol - More Like a Christmas Crisis

Animated and in 3D, Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, A Christmas Carol, spills onto screens again. A garish demonstration of the capabilities of the new 3D technology, the story only pops out when it possesses an opportunity to show off the technology.



Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is a miserly old man who holds tight each penny in his pocket. After his business partner, Marley (Gary Oldman) dies, Scrooge loses all perspective, turning even surlier than he was before. Devoid of all… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on November 5, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Gay Marriage: Why the responsibility is on us.

This is sick and it needs to stop. What am I talking about? The nasty, vile, infectious, bitter, hate-mongering that is spreading itself around our country in the form of anti-gay marriage legislation. I don't care if I sound like I am exaggerating, because this is honestly how I feel about it. As a group we clearly skew left, but we all have seen on this site conservative atheists (maybe you are conservative- hello!). However, I have never encountered anyone here who does not support gay… Continue

Added by Christy Gonzalez on November 5, 2009 at 7:51pm — 10 Comments

FFRF Seattle

I just came across pictures of the new FFRF signs on the metro buses






Anyone else excited about the convention this weekend?

Added by Creature on November 5, 2009 at 6:05pm — 2 Comments

Catholic sex abuse survivor

From Not My God



Here in the Not My God penthouse, I focus on stories of atheists that are particularly difficult and moving for the purposes of illustration and because this obviously makes for a more interesting book. So if anyone out there thinks I cherry-pick the extremes, yes, I am, but that’s sort of the point.



I found this story on Dawkins’s Converts Corner.



“For many years I was a victim of… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on November 5, 2009 at 3:13pm — 3 Comments

Weekly Rant: Frank Schaeffer and New Atheist Fundamentalists

As far as the religious go, you could say that Frank Schaeffer is one of the good guys. He is the son of one of the first televangelists, Francis Schaeffer, and in his book, Crazy for God, he did a great job explaining how he helped found the Religious Right, and why he now regretted it.



As being somewhat… Continue

Added by Richard Haynes on November 5, 2009 at 12:27pm — 5 Comments

When Pseudoscience Threatens Lives.

I believe most (if not all) members of A/N reject the crap that is proclaimed to be science such as creationism, Nostradamus prophesies, Astrology and etc. Most of the beliefs are basically harmless, in that they don’t put the believers in danger (except intellectually). One such pseudoscience is, however, directly affecting the lives of people in Iraq. That bogus science is dowsing. For those not familiar with dowsing it is the claim that using a “Y” shaped stick or metal rods one can detect… Continue

Added by Jim DePaulo on November 5, 2009 at 9:25am — 9 Comments

My wife is awesome

She joined the ranks of the Youtube posters...who knows maybe I'll eventually manage to drag her over here.





It is kind of weird being a white guy that cares about the state of hair fashion and culture in the United States brown people population. All I have to say is let your hair be what it is! Curly is definitely… Continue

Added by John Secular Smith on November 4, 2009 at 9:35pm — 6 Comments

Is "not necessary" a healthier (and cleverer) response than "disbelief"?

We are all familiar with Pierre-Simon Laplace's famous retort to Napolean on the omission of god from his work on astronomy: "I had no need of that hypothesis."

Is that a more "got-it-together" response than I do not believe or I reject?

Alex
Alex's Heresies - Embracing a Physical Reality

Added by Alex McCullie on November 4, 2009 at 5:06pm — 3 Comments

Bay Area

I have had an awesome trip to the Bay Area beginning with a fun group at Berkeley on Friday. I enjoyed a good time with Nick Gwenn and others afterwards. On to San Francisco Atheists on Saturday with Larry Hicok and Dave Kong. They had a great turnout. Not sure how many, but there weren't any seats left in the house. Last night (Tuesday, Nov. 3) I spoke at U.C. Davis to an incredible crowd. Around 120 attended. Shiva and her Agnostics and Atheists group did a superb job of getting the word out.… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on November 4, 2009 at 3:43pm — No Comments

GOD (Game Of Delusion) No one can explain GOD... but I can.

If people don't agree with many things in the bible... why do they still believe everything else? Why do some people accept scientific evidence yet cling to their beliefs (by changing them around to coincide with the evidence)? Why are people able to justify anything and everything concerning GOD? Because it is all make believe.



Here is an example:



My invisible force field. This force field can block any harm directed toward me. How can you prove it does not exist? What… Continue

Added by Mario on November 4, 2009 at 3:11pm — 7 Comments

De-converted Christians! What was that pivotal moment that you knew you weren't a Christian anymore?

Story time!



I wanted to be a warrior for Christ. I went to private christian schools all through middle school and was very devoted.



The moment that it clicked that Christians were irrational was in 8th grade. I'll never forget it.



My middle school was "preparing us" in the last 2 months before graduation to "fight the good fight" and hang on to our religion even though high school would challenge us with things like evolution.



They gave us a 2 month… Continue

Added by Johnny on November 4, 2009 at 3:00pm — 12 Comments

Governer de Kretser talked to Victoria's Police Chaplains' Annual Conference about ethics and religion.

Victoria's Governor spoke to the annual conference of Police Chaplains and said a lot of nonsense unfortunately. First he said that because church attendance is declining we should think of teaching ethics in schools and other educational institutions. Well I'm all in favour of teaching ethics but what does it have to do with declining church attendance?



Church attendance in Australia is about 7.5% and falling. A figure I'm very proud of. It makes Australia one of the most secular… Continue

Added by Janet Holmes on November 3, 2009 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Public ranting against atheists from a senior Catholic educationist

In case you missed it. Here's great opinion piece from an Australian vice chancellor of a local Catholic university equating new atheists to a plague of blowflies or something from biblical Egypt. Excellent!



Here's link to the article in The Age newspaper: Age - Plague of atheists



And here's my comment:… Continue

Added by Alex McCullie on November 3, 2009 at 9:01pm — 4 Comments

Science & religion - nonoverlapping Magisteria?

Oldie but a goodie...



A 5 year-old daughter went to mom (mum for us Aussies) to ask where we came from. "Well, God made Adam and Eve and they had children all the way down to you darling." Her daughter went away satisfied with mommy's explanation. Couple of days later she wen to dad to ask the same question. "Well, we all came from monkeys and over many years became people just like you and me." His daughter went away a little confused and went back to mommy.



"You said God… Continue

Added by Alex McCullie on November 3, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

When should nontheists complain?

It is no secret that we nontheists are continually bombarded with religious references. Most of the time, we simply smile and ignore them, knowing that our fellow primates mean us no harm. And when we do complain, no matter how polite and courteous we may be, it is always taken the wrong way. So, when should we speak up?



My friend Margaret Downey wrote this letter to American Airlines concerning her recent trip her to Hawaii:… Continue

Added by Richard Haynes on November 3, 2009 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

Atheism or Agnosticism - which is more rational?

Bertrand Russell said:



"I never know whether I should say "Agnostic" or whether I should say "Atheist". It is a very difficult question and I daresay that some of you have been troubled by it. As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic, because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one prove that there is not a God. On the other hand, if I am to convey the right impression… Continue

Added by Alex McCullie on November 3, 2009 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

Qday

"A religion, even if it calls itself a religion of love, must be hard and unloving to those who do not belong to it." ~ Sigmund Freud

Added by vinit vengolis on November 3, 2009 at 3:47am — No Comments

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