I just finished talking with my older sister Chris, whose childhood picture is just above. It took place just after the Green Bay…
The US government should declare Young Earth Creationism as a danger to the minds of U.S. citizens and ban it as "Information Terrorism".
As Young Earth Creationism and its offshoot, Intelligent Design, is anti-information and anti-knowledge which as in Terrorism, they use fear and intimidation to gain converts and indoctrinate children.
Even Ken Ham demonstrates this in his "Raising Godly Children in an…Continue
This is still the most common excuse I get from agnostics and even some non-church going Christians.
They Don't Want To Be Wrong about God's Existence, so they are playing it safe, hoping that if there is really a God and an afterlife, they will be in for a place in Heaven.
They are thus living an Irrational Delusion.
For starters, how do they know that they are worshiping or believing in the correct God, there are hundreds (presently worshiped) and thousands of…Continue
I have often observed that Judaism is a high-input, low output religion. There are countless commandments (over 600) and obeying them is a full-time job...yet there is no well-defined promise of punishments or rewards in the after life.
So why do it? Why bother with dietary laws, 3x/day prayer, a zillion Sabbath regs, and much more?
Occasionally my wife or I will take a walk on the wild side and visit chabad.org,, a nexus for Modern Orthodox Jews and a platform on which they…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on January 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Well, my faithful reader no doubt remembers the story I told a few weeks ago about mom's struggle to corner the market on walnuts. Apparently this is a lifelong obsession as a small woman barely 5 feet tall in her old hometown looking for walnuts and walnut trees. When she moved into the big city she was able to continue her habit and even having a truck full of squirrels who had cleared out her pickup bed could not deter her.…Continue
I just finished talking with an African-American freethinker from Nashville. We had met through an atheist website and hearing from her was one of the best parts of my hectic week. I decided to call after I had spent time being angry and expressing it after the George Zimmerman verdict. When she spoke it was like a cool drink of water. This is very often the impact of women upon men who are rushing about and trying to find some means of acting. We are uncertain what…Continue
Added by kenyatta yamel on January 1, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments
Here is a link to a podcast of an interview I did last month: HBC interview on my turn to atheism
I'm a fan of Bill Maher.
Even though he does come across occasionally as too much of a fundamentalist.
But, this documentary shows him playing a fairly even handed, rational role in investigating Religion.
For me, reviewing a movie based on religious document is much like reporting on any other film. Although I am not a believer in any god, when it comes to movies, of which I happen to be a big fan, I hold no bias artistically speaking. This past week I…Continue
I am an atheist; I've always been such. I was dragged to church - sometimes literally - as a child, and I hated it. I liked the singing and didn't mind the arts & crafts stuff, but the Sunday School bible lessons left me baffled.
I was too obtuse to understand that I was offending people: I asked "Why" far too often, and occasionally responded to the answer with, "But that doesn't make any sense!" I didn't understand why that offended, or maybe even get that did offend, but I…Continue
I've just been revisiting my favorite comedy skits.
One of the most thought provoking was from the late, great George Carlin on Saving The Planet.
In many ways I agree with him, after all, all the things we produce in the way of chemicals, all come from the planet.
We may destroy the environment for ourselves and thus we become extinct, but, after we are…Continue
Carlos Mencia complained that Mexicans were the only ethnicity that saw religious figures in its food. He sang something to the effect of (I'm paraphrasing) "Hindus don't look at their curry and see a swami...Jews don't see Moses in their salami."
Well, Carlos, it seems that other ethnic groups -- I'm going to assume that the complainer was Jewish -- are prone to pattern-creation, driven by touchiness and political correctness, often around the Holocaust. The discipline of…Continue
I remember reading a novel about a woman who traveled through space and time only to learn at the end of the book that she was a mental patient. I remember thinking, well that sucks, she was a really interesting person.
The stories that my peers tell me at work have touches of humor, even though I'm not really an Al-Qaeda operative the way they think I am. I often respond with a story out of right center field. When they ask…Continue
We have spent one memorable year together.. It's been a time of growth and change in the mental health system that we have explored together. We are a vital part of the Recovery Advisory Committee that has guided the implementation of Comprehensive Community Services. This Medicaid benefit could potentially speed the recovery of people in Milwaukee County. It may seem strange or unromantic talking about the work that brought us together but that work is an outgrowth…Continue
Added by kenyatta yamel on December 28, 2014 at 11:02am — No Comments
We are halfway through the end of the year holiday season and and so we should take stock off all that we have learned. Lizzy and are are celebrating 14 months of her stubbornly suggesting that I should change my mind when I know I am perfectly right. I just picked up the meat thermometer which reminded me of an amusing incident a week or two ago.
We had gone to the farmer’s market at the 27th street domes and met the…Continue
Added by kenyatta yamel on December 28, 2014 at 10:48am — No Comments
Had the gods bodies like men and women, desire would be the elixir, passion the holy sacrament, coitus the zenith of heaven. But the gods are forever bodiless, and so bodily delight—the greatest wonderment of all—became the entitlement of sunny earth.
Naked atheist looked at naked atheist and they smiled.
Sex and love—it was all the same to them. When ungod kissed the first human genitals into life at the dawn of the Pleistocene, the first human erection greeted the first vulva…Continue
Satan, our favorite invisible friend, has been up to his old tricks. According to Freethought Today, Alexander G. Garcia of Middleton, Idaho was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison for molesting a 12-year-old girl in the Nampa Seventh-day Adventist Church where he was a deacon. Garcia said that Satan made him take the young girl into the storage room in July 2013. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 civil penalty and more than $3,000 in fines. Satan has not…Continue
I have been on Facebook for a few years now an actively participate in several atheist groups. It has been difficult to be part of atheist groups outside of the internet. However, I got an atheist magazine for my companion as a solstice present and found information about the south-east Wisconsin free thinkers which has a regular monthly meeting and a radio show. In addition swift is part of atheist nexus an atheist alternative to Facebook. I posted a couple of my atheist blog entries on the…Continue
Added by kenyatta yamel on December 27, 2014 at 1:55pm — No Comments
There are three biological events in the life of every individual plant and animal of almost every species of life on Earth, including Homo sapiens, that are the foundation of ecology and evolution. And in the human species, these three events also drive religion, and religion drives much of our behavior and hence our cultures. These events are birth, reproduction, and death. The birth of a new genetically unique individual is a result of reproductive biology, and with very few exceptions,…Continue
When I check on the atheist groups on Facebook I regularly read stories of people being harassed by their families of devoutly religious people. Even though Facebook has settings that allow people to block individuals who might insult or post negative comments, somehow these believers seem to break through. These long suffering and I suspect somewhat dense atheists don’t understand you could even have a profile for one set of friends and a profile for a second set.
But the basic…Continue