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Good to find this community in the Season of Un-Reason (though I was born on Christmas and became a minister, I now climb the trees and honor the life of Nature on that, and other, days!).



I invite conversation and readers here, and on my website. I especially welcome comments on my book Life After Faith and I'm happy to hear from any other writers or teachers (or former… Continue

Added by Chris Highland on December 2, 2008 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Nativity scene erected in Illinois Capitol

SPRINGFIELD [Illinois] -- Organizers who put a Christian nativity scene inside the Illinois Capitol Tuesday say they want to see similar religious displays erected in government buildings across the nation.

http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2008/12/02/news/doc4935c0cec7821555015975.txt

Added by Atheist Insurgency on December 2, 2008 at 8:40pm — 3 Comments

Send the bankers to Gitmo

I don't normally write about business matters because I know so little about them, but I often read the NYTimes Business section because it tends to feature some very good skeptical arguments. Businesses try sometimes to be efficient, and analysis of how to really do that tends to focus a lot on objective criteria and evidence... at least when it's done right. Energy, the environment, medicine and matters of economic justice pose hard questions that in the business world attract both the most… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 2, 2008 at 1:55pm — 2 Comments

Reflections on Society

The news of the man who was trampled at Wal Mart surprisingly DIDN'T surprise me. I currently work retail and everyday I see the same mentality prevalent. People cutting each other off, pushing, shoving, just to get somewhere a second faster or maybe get a 'deal'. I thought we were better than monkeys now, but there are monkeys who still wouldn't trample an elder to death over a banana. lol



Or in the parking lot, I may be pushing in a line of say 7-8 carts, and a lady who looks all… Continue

Added by Brad on December 2, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Bush Administration Playing Nice?

Many are viewing George W. Bush's treatment of the incoming administration as a sign of his presidential qualities and as something of a surprise. I have heard long time Bush haters offering praise for him and his administration based on this.



Me? I am not surprised, nor do I think it is a move worthy of praise. I think before we get all wrapped up in the outward appearence of such actions, we need to think of motives and agenda.



Have any of you seen a more corrupt… Continue

Added by Larry Huffman on December 2, 2008 at 12:23pm — 3 Comments

All Christ-ey like...

Wow, my friends are dwindling! I just joined, had like 3 friends, and now only one! (thanx Nate). I thought maybe I was doing something to piss them off. Oh, well. I'm not giving up. This is a great social network! I am glad I found it. It's nice to have a place where everyone isn't god this and god that, and all christ-ey! Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it does not have to be rubbed in everyone's noses all the time. Jesus Christ! Anyway, I hope to have a lot more blogs (I am… Continue

Added by Leslee Love on December 2, 2008 at 10:07am — 3 Comments

kent hovind's young earth "theory"

a little background on me first.

i was raised in a liberal catholic family in the american midwest. about junior high i decided all that stuff was a crock of shit and my parents were kinda like, we believe but.... yeah, not literally. so they let me and my younger brother decide for ourselves. creationism was something that as a family was completely ridiculed.



so i had no interest in hearing anything about creationism or "intelligent design." until the other day when i was just… Continue

Added by markystar on December 2, 2008 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Addendum to Religiosis

I received some comments on my earlier post on religion and the Mumbai attacks, and rather than pour time into comment replies, I’ll publish my response here. It’s a good reason to talk about this stuff, and I plan to write much more about this topic as time permits.



As Tristan notes, any discussion of religion and its role in… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 1, 2008 at 7:03pm — 1 Comment

Update

Yay! Finally had time to update the blog today! :)
http://stfillan.blogspot.com/

Added by Saint Fillan on December 1, 2008 at 6:11pm — No Comments

John is my glue...

That's the only way to describe him. He put me back together, just like fixing a broken doll. I honestly don't know what I would do without him. I had nearly lost my faith in all of humanity til I met him. We have been together seven years now. He came to me at a time when I thought all men were garbage, and showed me that there are good ones out there, and you CAN have a good relationship with somebody. He has treated my boys like they were his own. We have had our arguments, but they never… Continue

Added by Jerbear1974 on December 1, 2008 at 4:25pm — 1 Comment

I'm so overwhelmed.

They moved my dad to a Hospice Friday. I called my sis, Angela. She said that I need to call our brother, because he was willing to buy me and John plane tickets out there so I can see him. The only thing is, John has never met him and they think it would just be an indignity to meet him this way, which I understand.I called a friend of mine who runs a daycare. She kept the boys when they were little. She said she wouldn't even charge me! Although I will give her some money, because they will… Continue

Added by Jerbear1974 on December 1, 2008 at 4:09pm — No Comments

On Ideas

From taotegene.blogspot.com:





Easily one of the most elegant and powerful memes I have encountered is that of the meme itself.



The term meme was coined by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene, though the concept was around before that. Memetics is the theory that, like genes, our ideas and cultural concepts replicate and evolve. So, basically, a quantifiable unit of ideas. The metaphor is not entirely accurate, as there are minute chemical processes involved in both… Continue

Added by seth on December 1, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Education and Why Good Shows Get Cancelled

At the site www.hulu.com I've been watching episodes of Family Guy and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when I discovered a forum and review section. The question is always asked, "Why do all good shows get cancelled?"



Because they are too good, I thought. Then it occurred to me that it actually makes sense. The commercial value of a television show is not how good it is, but it's ability to either barely keep an audience from changing the channel, or barely be good enough so the… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on November 30, 2008 at 9:45pm — 2 Comments

Anyone Watching The Pacquiao/De La Hoya Boxing Fight?

Those who haven't figured it out, I am of Filipino heritage and we love this shit! These two icons will be so exciting to watch. I already made plans to watch the fight live in pay per view on Dec. 6, just before my finals. Sweet.



Who will you be rooting for?



Of course, I'll be rooting to my homeboy Manny here, this is why:



More about Oscar and… Continue

Added by Lindzee on November 30, 2008 at 3:26pm — 3 Comments

“Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist, Patriarchs and Penises”

"Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist, Patriarchs

and Penises"

A one-man "comedy in two acts"

in the form of Brother Sam first

preaching a sermon, then leading

the Bible Class. It runs for about

90 minutes plus one 15 minute intermission.



Location: Turnhalle in the Tivoli

900 Auraria Parkway

Denver, CO, 80204

Date & Time: December 16, 2008, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Price: $15 for non-students, and $10 for

students with valid… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on November 30, 2008 at 2:36pm — No Comments

This freaking cracks me up!!

we all know how hypocritical christians are, but this site was a real find!
at first i thought it was a joke. but then i realized it was serious.

hahahahahahahaha....

http://www.liberalsmustdie.com/2007/02/12/Hacking+RichardDawkinsnet+POWNED.aspx

my favorite line is the tag "atheists burn in hell!"

lol. i'll be happy to burn in the hell that doesn't exist, buddy. clowns, pure and simple.

Added by markystar on November 30, 2008 at 9:45am — 11 Comments

Should I Come Out?

I saw the post about coming out to one’s parents as an atheist, and I started thinking yet again about this subject.



My parents never ask me about religion anymore. I don’t discuss it or live in pretense that I am a Christian. However, I feel that allowing them to believe I am still of that mindset is almost as bad as pretending to be a believer. I know that telling them would hurt them immensely, and that coming out as an agnostic/atheist would not improve our relationship. The only… Continue

Added by deletedsoul on November 30, 2008 at 12:30am — 17 Comments

Proposition 8, Just Another Example



The passing of proposition 8 (amendment to the California Constitution stating marriage as the union of an…
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Added by Paul Allen on November 29, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

What is bothering me.

This is not an easy question to answer. It is not a short answer, either.



I think the best way to describe it is that I'm in the middle of an existential crisis. It happens to me periodically.... I think the first time I recall it happening was in 5th grade. I couldn't put a name to it then, but I can now recognize it for what it was. I know, I was an unusually thoughtful and introspective child, and read at the 12th grade level in 3rd grade, if that tells you anything (ha! that your… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on November 29, 2008 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Homeland Security. Thanks God!

State Rep. Wants Providence Acknowledged "by law"



LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A lawmaker says the state's Homeland Security office should be crediting God with keeping the state safe.



State Rep. Tom Riner, a Southern Baptist minister who was instrumental in establishing that requirement in 2006, disapproves of the fact that Homeland Security doesn't currently mention God in its mission statement or on its Web site.



The law passed under former Gov. Ernie Fletcher,…
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Added by Roxanne on November 29, 2008 at 5:26pm — 1 Comment

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