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Plan C: Destroy the Sun

LiveScience posted a short article the other day on potential schemes for dealing with extreme climate change, and the list of possibilities is a wonderful primer on how wild eyed people can be about this issue. The article reported on testimony from climatologist Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C., following a report Dr. Caldiera gave to the British Parliament.



Climate change is a… Continue

Added by Planetologist on November 13, 2008 at 11:24am — No Comments

A rant of my own...where would they stop? (abortion)

I keep hearing all these thumpers saying we should make abortion illegal. Their logic being, "It's taking a life, no different than a murdurer." My question is, how are they going to follow each person around and know if they terminated their pregnancies? Maybe they found a way to do it themselves. I never claimed to be the smartest person on earth, but I think making abortion illegal would be catastrophic. You would have young girls dying from back alley abortions. You would have all kinds of… Continue

Added by Jerbear1974 on November 13, 2008 at 8:50am — 1 Comment

Atheists in Fox Holes

Yes, there are atheists in fox holes. I served four years with Amphibious Squadron 6 out of Norfolk and Little Creek Virginia. I was forced when I joined to choose a religious denomination. I told them I didn't want one, but they told me I had better or else, so I chose Presbyterian, and now it's imprinted on my dog tags.



Here's a nice article from the Stars and Stripes titled "Military atheists want new rules on… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on November 12, 2008 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Can Religion Be Child Abuse?

I've posted a disturbing video on my blog at www.createcognitivedissonance.wordpress.com and some good discussion has arisen from it. Check it out.

Ben Barnett

Added by Ben Barnett on November 12, 2008 at 5:35pm — 2 Comments

my atheist poem

You judge us and tell us



"You're going to hell"



It's fallen on deaf ears



can't you tell?







we don't want your god



so stop your trying



whatever you're selling



we ain't buying







oppression and lies



submission and fear



"You better pray,



the end is near"







bigotry and hatred



I want no part of



I mean… Continue

Added by Jerbear1974 on November 12, 2008 at 3:28pm — 3 Comments

Part 2: The Victory of the Church over Galileo

From A HISTORY OF THE WARFARE OF SCIENCE WITH THEOLOGY IN CHRISTENDOM by ANDREW DICKSON WHITE: This text is in the PUBLIC DOMAIN & the entire book is available on Internet Infidels.



While news of triumphant attacks upon him and upon the truth he had established were coming in from all parts of Europe, Galileo prepared a careful treatise in the form of a dialogue, exhibiting the arguments for… Continue

Added by Crystal Shard on November 12, 2008 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Part 1: The Church's War with Galileo

From A HISTORY OF THE WARFARE OF SCIENCE WITH THEOLOGY IN CHRISTENDOM: by ANDREW DICKSON WHITE. This text is in the PUBLIC DOMAIN & the entire book is available on Internet Infidels.



Galileo's discoveries clearly took the Copernican theory out of the list of hypotheses, and had placed it before the world as a truth. Against him, then, the war was long and bitter. The supporters of what was… Continue

Added by Crystal Shard on November 12, 2008 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Environmentalism is not a Religion

from my site thegoodatheist.net



Imagine every Nobel winning scientists went on record to say that a giant asteroid was headed for planet Earth, and that in 30 years, it would impact, killing all life on the planet. How many people would go on television and say that more data needed to be collected before we took action? How many would claim that asteroid impacts are a natural part of the… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 12, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

the history of the cross and its use by the christian church

In 1896 a man by the name of John Denham Parsons wrote a book on the history of the cross. Since he had been a young man several questions regarding the cross had puzzled him and when he was older he determined to try and and answer them for himself.



The first of those questions was why John the Baptist, who was beheaded before Jesus was executed, and so far as we are told never had anything to do with a cross, is represented in religious pictures as holding a cross.



The… Continue

Added by Crystal Shard on November 12, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

The Great American God-Out Day!: 15th November 2008

This years Great American God-Out!–a newly established annual festivity will take place this year in San Francisco, CA on November 15, 2008. Mikey Weinstein, President and Founder of Military Religious Freedom Foundation, will be the guest speaker.



The purpose of the the Great American God-Out! (GAGO) is to encourage people to think about the possibility of morality existing independently of theology and abide by humanistic principles–live as if there is no god–even if only for one… Continue

Added by Crystal Shard on November 12, 2008 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

More family fun email

Got another crazy email. This time from my dad. It's a rant about "intellectuals", claiming that Obama isn't one, that those who are read the classics, and that intellectuals enabled Hitler. Why is it they always bring up Hitler? Why?



http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=315310



My reply:

Intellectual is a pretty broad term. I would think a politician would need to be an "intellectual" in the area of history, government, economics, human nature,… Continue

Added by Krista on November 11, 2008 at 11:02pm — 3 Comments

"ALPHA, OMEGA" - New Novel Exposes Religion as Addiction

SEATTLE, Washington—Fresh from the keyboard of science-thriller writer Lori Stephens, Alpha, Omega is—like Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code—fiction with a forceful message. The story starts with a corpse. A defector from a cult called Omega has bled to death, and the only clue is the book he’s clutching: the Librah Vae-ta, the holy scripture that the Omega founders engineered over a century ago. Dr. Gatsby Donovan resolves to help solve the bizarre murder. As she spirals deeper into the danger… Continue

Added by Lori Stephens on November 11, 2008 at 10:22pm — 6 Comments

Victory in the War on Brains

And a war on brains the last eight sorry years have been. In his NYT column on Sunday, Nicholas Kristof coined that term, which I hope will go viral. It sums up our prior condition… sadly, or still current official condition until January 20, 2009… perfectly. W is even less curious about the complexities of the real world than Ronald Reagan was, if that’s possible. Palin - and Dan Quayle before her -… Continue

Added by Planetologist on November 11, 2008 at 4:40pm — 3 Comments

So what's wrong with Socialism?

I mean that as a serious question. Last week, everyone on the gopper side was accusing Obama of being a Socialist, and in at least one case he was called a Marxist. It was weird, seeing the GOP so flustered, so driven to mortal frenzy, that they didn’t really care what they were saying. “Obama is a giraffe! No one has ever proven he isn’t one!! Can we trust our nation to a giraffe!?!?” they might as well have been screaming, for all the sense they made.



It was weird to watch… Continue

Added by Planetologist on November 11, 2008 at 4:38pm — 2 Comments

On The Need for a Strong Atheist Community

from my site, thegoodatheist.net



I’ve written on the subject of an organized atheist movement for years now. The responce so far, overwhelmingly from many atheists, is that such a movement would violate the notion that atheism is not a religion, but rather a particular viewpoint about the non existence God. Over this same period of time, however, a number of individuals have emailed me… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 11, 2008 at 4:23pm — 3 Comments

Is Jesus God: Part one

There are, in my view, no evidence that can solidly give the slights probability of the existence of a God. Most Christians I know, and I believe all believers, use claims of "personal connection and the so called individual personal experiences" with someone or something which they can not see, as proof of God's or Jesus' existence. Sadly, however, that's not real proof of anything and the fact Hindus, Muslim, Natives Americans and Africans, etc, also have the same so called personal… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 11, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

ELEVEN SECULAR COLORADO BILLBOARDS IN NOVEMBER

Press release at http://metrostateatheists.wordpress.com/2008/11/11/eleven-secular-colorado-billboards-in-november/

Added by Metro State Atheists on November 11, 2008 at 10:46am — No Comments

Stop me if you've heard this one.

I was talking to my therapist, trying to explain what it's like for me, an atheist, to make connections in a meaningful way with most of the people I know. It's not that I don't relate to them in many ways, I just can't seem to get past a superficial level for fear that I might offend, or alienate them. Things are further complicated by the fact that for years I'd tried to fit into the religious and conservative mold of the majority of my family and friends. Yup, I'd hoped and tried to be a… Continue

Added by Dawson Gould on November 11, 2008 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

More brains, less war.

Congress is mostly composed of lawyers. They need a president and vice president who are able to do more than keep track of whether a new bill will cost or earn them a favor. The president and vice president must be capable of arguing points of law with other members of our government. This ability will provide the synergy of purpose put into government by the framers.

By now it has been demonstrated (ad commune nocumentum) that a president and vice president who are not legally versed by… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 10, 2008 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Arkansas Gays Lose Battle to Keep Adopted Children

from my site, www.thegoodatheist.com



Many of you might be wondering why, in the past few days,. I’ve been writing as much as I have on gay rights. Although it’s true that the site is primarily about atheism, my reaction to the blatant and shocking disregard for this minority obliges me to continue to write on their behalf.



Unbeknown to most of us, the election was not… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 10, 2008 at 1:49pm — 2 Comments

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