First let me just say I'm playing Devil's Advocate for the sake of inspiring thought:
But I don't understand why striking out the moment of silence in schools is so offensive to some atheists. I actually appreciate taking a moment of silence to reflect the passing of a co-worker/friend/family member without prayer.
And although the idea of prayer is ridiculous to me, I can't see how the mention of the word would hurt.
I understand that some families have gotten… Continue
I just finished my email to Glenn Beck and James Dobson, I just have the one to Beck's writer to go. I'd appreciate any input, if any of you see anything that's not quite accurate please let me know. I don't plan on sending them until tomorrow morning.
Letter To Beck:
Recently I watched a clip of your show about the moment of silence being removed from public schools. I have to admit that I was appalled by the way in which you conducted yourself. It wasn't your opinions… Continue
There are two main approaches that Atheists take when trying to open a religious mind, and release the seed of reason trapped inside. One group, such as Dawkins, Harris, Dennet, use mainly their own reason as a pry bar to try and accomplish this, while another group, people such as Hitchens, Bill Mahr, or any number of other comics like Doug Stanhope, prefer to use the hammer of ridicule to bust the piggy bank wide open. Which method is best?
I would not presume to tell you how to host your show. I saw the asinine clip of you parading an alleged disturbed atheist child next to an alleged faith based child. Is this supposed to be entertaining?
My issue is that atheism is a legitimate choice that people make when their heads are not filled with religious dogma.
You don't comprehend that non-facts are harmful when they are programmed in at the beginning of a child's language acquisition.
Fine. You are indeed free… Continue
Haggard: 'Inappropriate' relationship not physical
DENVER – Fallen evangelical pastor Ted Haggard says he had an "inappropriate relationship" with a young male church volunteer, but it did not involve physical contact.
Haggard's successor at Colorado Springs' New Life Church, Brady Boyd, has said evidence pointed to an "inappropriate, consensual sexual relationship" between Haggard and the man, who was in his early 20s.
Geert Wilders, a parliament member in the dutch government, is now being prosecuted for speaking out against the fascist ideology of the Koran. It is now illegal to speak negatively about islam which shows how close islam is coming to their goal of world domination. This is particularly scary to me. Islam is a violent, bigoted, damning religion. Islam, I believe, is the most dangerous threat to freedom and the planet. The time to be tolerant is over.
Nearly ever person alive today has thought this question at least once in their lives. The direct answer is not that important, however the indirect ways which come along, are important, at least for me.
Since July 20, 2003 I exist because my child does. She gives my life purpose and meaning. Something to look forward to, something to hope for, and something to treasure for the rest of my living days.
There are people who exist today, that by choice or circumstance don't… Continue
So, this evening I returned from rehearsal and decided to turn on the tv. I came across a television program by a gentlemen who is the president of a Christian college in Toronto, Ontario, and goes by the name of "Dr." Charles McVety. This uber-fundamentalist played the clip from Expelled where Stein asks Dawkins if there is any way he could see the idea of ID having anything valuable to say. So Dawkins talks a bit about the idea of Panspermia,… Continue
Today my favorite poem just came to mind out of the blue. When I first heard it over a decade ago, it was very helpful to me in realizing I didn't have to sacrifice myself, like I had been raised as a christian. I am also requesting that you share your favorite words or images that have helped you find yourself, especially in regards to becoming godless. The poem and the request are…Continue
Added by Neece on January 25, 2009 at 9:45pm —
There’s a bizarre symmetry when believers and unbelievers debate the existence and influence of the supernatural on our temporal world. Both sides offer an answer, one side using an ancient book and the other deferring to science. But as flawed as a book of uncertain origins and a tumultuous history may be as a guide, using the word of a PhD to confirm that science knows something for sure isn’t always the right way to go either. Atheism and theism are fundamentally different and when… Continue
Comrade Bhagat Singh was one of India's foremost revolutionary freedom fighters.
Why I Am An Atheist
By Bhagat Singh
A new question has cropped up. Is it due to vanity that I do not believe in the existence of an omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient God? I had never imagined that I would ever have to confront such a question. But conversation with some friends has given me, a hint that certain of my friends, if I am not claiming… Continue
Added by Comrade bose on January 25, 2009 at 4:59pm —
For some reason my mother is the sort of person that forewords every chain email she gets to me. I've told he more than once that I don't like to receive them. I'd rather know that when I receive an email from her that it's safe to open and read it. Now I know that when one comes my way I should just simply delete it.
The problem is that I'm a nosy bitch and I can't stand to not know a piece of information that comes my way, even one that is complete bullshit and a complete waste of… Continue
I decided to write this in order to draw attention to the damage that religion can cause to children. At the same time I want to say that my parents love me very much and have never done anything selfishly or to hurt me. Throughout my lifetime they have demonstrated that they would sacrifice endlessly to supply my needs and work towards my happiness. They are simply ignorant people who have always done what they thought was right.
Not two days ago I saw one of the children that used… Continue
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Welcome to the first Weekly Science Roundup. These regular posts will consist of quick summaries of interesting papers, articles, and blog posts which I encounter during the preceding week (sometimes they may have been published earlier). The number of items that I mention will vary, and there will be an obvious bias…
You mostly likely have seen this on the web. It was sent to me by a friend of the family. She really gives them hell. A much deserved hell to in my view.
I have to agree with her on those in the Middle East using the west's science and technology. If you look at that part of the world, they've not had a major scientific or technological break though in over 1,400 years. Prior to Islam they did. Afterwards, little if… Continue
Came across a short paper I wrote about 5 years ago at the request of a colleague.
This is the abstract that was prepared for it:
This paper examines the notion of having “a relationship with Jesus Christ” [ARJC], which has come to be a mantra for the modern Evangelical movement through the 19th century revivalist school of New England. The writer argues that rather than being a term with objective, measurable content, the ARJC serves instead as a template through which…Continue
Added by jc morrison on January 24, 2009 at 11:08pm —
8 Indigenist News Items for: 8
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side' - Times Online
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side' - Times Online: "RELIGIOUS belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.
According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society… Continue