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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

Other potential T-Shirt or Bumper Sticker

Prayin' Aint Learnin'

Added by Atheist Insurgency on November 10, 2008 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

My first appeal to a Christian

Today I made my first appeal to a Christian as an atheist and posted a comment on this blog,



http://thewomanofvirtue.blogspot.com/2008/10/four-year-old-who-knows-she-needs.html



which was flagged up by a commenter on Pharyngula and has now been picked up Richard Dawkins website and others. Up until now I have been something of a lurker :-) I have not been active, only an observer and have never jumped in at the deep end until now. I am a committed and convinced atheist, but… Continue

Added by Crystal Shard on November 10, 2008 at 6:57am — 5 Comments

An arrogant brat

I was born and raised in The Netherlands, and my painless deconfessionalization story will sound familiar to many people who have lived in that odd little country during the last decades of the twentieth century.



I can’t have been more than three years old when one day, my older brother coming home from playschool solemnly preached: ‘God sees everything’. His teacher had told him so, and in those days Missy ranked as the highest authority in scientific matters. I didn’t seem to like… Continue

Added by Maria on November 9, 2008 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

Is Barack Obama an Atheist President?

Outwardly, Barack Obama projects an image of himself as a good Christian man. He goes to church on Sunday and proclaims "God bless America". This has me wondering, is this a means to an end, or is Barack a true believer? After all, the young Barack was raised by a woman who, if not an atheist, was at the very least, agnostic. Ann Dunham, his mother, was a freethinker who was unencumbered by strong ties to a particular religion. She introduced Barack not just to one particular religion, but to… Continue

Added by Buford Twain on November 9, 2008 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

European leveraged finance

City group has cut half of its European leveraged finance team in London, reducing the group to 14 from 27. As many as seven of those cut will be reassigned to other areas in the investment bank, a source close to the situation said. The jobs that were cut were largely junior roles. Spokesman declined to comment on the job cuts. The cuts reflect the sluggishness of the leveraged finance markets, especially in Europe, and the fact that banks don't expect the primary markets to rebound anytime… Continue

Added by shane on November 9, 2008 at 12:14pm — No Comments

The story of how the fictional Peter of the New Testament came to be invented

FRAUD: THE MYTH OF SAINT PETER—the man who never was.

ORIGINS OF RELIGIONS, PART 4

Barbara Walker, in her opus The woman’s encyclopedia of myths and secrets. (1993. Harper and Row) wrote about the fancy and fiction of St. Peter who we may call “the man who never was”.



“The myth of Saint Peter was the slender thread from which hung the whole weighty structure of the Roman papacy. One solitary passage in the Gospel of Matthew said Jesus made a pun by giving Simon son of Jonah… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on November 9, 2008 at 4:57am — 6 Comments

When God became my invisible friend.

I've been wondering for some time now, when did I start believing in God? I know exactly when I stopped, like most people on this site. It's a lot harder to break the spell of culture and what I learned from my family after some 30 years of being immersed in the idea of Jesus.



As a Hispanic girl in Southern California, I was naturally raised as a Catholic. I remember Sunday churches and early morning breakfasts with the family. I remember going to Catechism school on Wednesday… Continue

Added by Roxanne on November 9, 2008 at 12:23am — 3 Comments

Muslim chef sues for religious discrimination

More reasons to get rid of religion



If your religion forbade you handle pork then don't become a chef, especially in a country where people have no problem with pork. Didn't Allah told you that?



A Muslim chef employed by the Metropolitan Police is suing for religious discrimination after he was asked to cook sausages and bacon for '999 breakfasts'.



Hasanali Khoja accuses Scotland Yard of refusing to guarantee that he would not have to handle… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 8, 2008 at 5:09pm — No Comments

pastor who claimed he could give infertile couples "miracle babies" has failed in a bid to avoid extradition on child abduction charges.

More reason to get rid of religion



Source - BBC News



Police in Nairobi say their investigation revolves around the disappearance of babies from Nairobi's Pumwani Maternity Hospital and involves suspects in Britain, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya.



In fighting extradition, Mr Deya has argued that he is the victim of a political vendetta in Kenya and said his human rights would be compromised by the poor conditions in Kenyan… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 8, 2008 at 5:05pm — No Comments

An Indian technology school names "monkey god" chairman

Is this for real



The Hindu god Hanuman also known as Anjaneya the son of Anjana is made the chairman of the recently opened Sardar Bhagat College of Technology and Management in northern India.

What is the work of a chairman? According to Wikipedia, a chairman "presides over meetings of the assembled group and conducts its business in an orderly fashion.When the group is not in session, the chairman's duties often including acting as its head, its representative to the… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 8, 2008 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Abortion is wrong

I posted a piece this morning on MySpace.
I woke up and ran to my laptop with the idea oozing from my ears.
Here is it:
Abortion is wrong.

I will accept any Atheist Nexus friend request with a smile.
We need more of us on MySpace.

Added by Daley on November 8, 2008 at 6:35am — 4 Comments

No buying liquor on Sundays

Living in Indiana, whenever I go to the grocery store on Sundays I am reminded of how my rights have been compromised by the religious. I am unable to buy liquor on Sundays. While it may seem a minor inconvenience, it is a concrete and glaring manifestation of a failure of separate of church and state. To quote the wikipedia article on blue laws:



Many states still prohibit selling alcohol on Sunday, or at least before noon on… Continue

Added by Buford Twain on November 7, 2008 at 10:11pm — 6 Comments

T-Shirt Idea

YOUR ONLY
LORD AND SAVIOR
IS YOURSELF

so be polite

Added by Atheist Insurgency on November 7, 2008 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

When Democracy isn’t Democratic

From www.thegoodatheist.net Please Digg this article by going here



Imagine you have an apple pie and that there are six people that want a piece. It seems obvious that if you’re a fair person, you would go ahead and divide the pie in six equal pieces. This is how small groups of individuals make compromises that allow each person to have an equal opportunity, in… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 7, 2008 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Shame on the Mormons

The first few decades in the history of the mormon church are truly remarkable. It is an example of religious bigotry at it's finest. The mormons were run from state to state, being driven out eventually by the other 'god fearing' people of those states. New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois...in each state, mobs of religious people gathered to drive the mormons out. The efforts became increasingly worse, until in Missouri the governor of the state issued the 'Extermination… Continue

Added by Larry Huffman on November 7, 2008 at 11:23am — 3 Comments

Monster Quest

I don't know how many might know about the show Monster Quest on the History Channel. Well my sister is the producer of the next season, which is really cool. I must admit that I have not seen the show, although I have looked over the website. From looking, the show is presented as being investigative, using technology to check the claims and such, but I don't know really if they have a bias towards or against the creatures they are… Continue

Added by John "Direwolf" Pollock on November 7, 2008 at 9:14am — No Comments

The Metaphysical Naturalist

After my first posting the day I joined Nexus, someone asked, "What is a metaphysical naturalist?" He could as easily have asked, "What is a naturalist?"

There are many kinds of naturalists, which for almost 3000 years has meant that whether or not a god exists, everything in the world is natural and operates on natural laws.

But actual, true atheism was almost unheard of in ancient Greece. Atheism was the mere denial that the many thousands of gods that were believed to exist had… Continue

Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 7, 2008 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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