In case you only think the Catholic Church performs strange ceremonies, here is a story from New Zealand that will convince you otherwise. Janet Moses, an average looking 22 year old New Zealand woman of Maori decent, died ten months ago during an exorcism or “curse lifting” ceremony performed by six women and three men, all members of Ms Moses' extended family, who will now stand trial for manslaughter.
According to Wikipedia:
The word Māori refers to the indigenous Polynesian… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 14, 2008 at 5:50pm —
In these off-the-record interviews, neurologist turned playwright, filmmaker and self-described atheist Jonathan Miller filmed conversations with six of today’s leading men of letters and science: biologist and New York Times best-selling author Richard Dawkins
, philosophers Daniel Dennett
and Colin McGinn
, distinguished… Continue
Added by V1ktor on August 14, 2008 at 5:02pm —
Pledge of Allegiance Blues
documents the journey of Rev. Dr. Michael Newdow, the blues-singing California physician and his battle to protect the separation between church and state, a battle that took him all the way to the United States Supreme Court where he defended the landmark "under God" lawsuit. From the controversy over the Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama State… Continue
Added by V1ktor on August 14, 2008 at 4:47pm —
Recently, I emailed AETV to give some of my ideas on free will, since they have debated that idea and touched on it there and on the Non Prophets show, but they are understandably overworked and so didn't give any comments on it, although Matt sent a polite email back explaining their lack of time. I thank him for that. This does seem to be a better place for such musings, so I'm posting my thoughts here. All comments are welcome.
My thesis, if this were worthy of that level of… Continue
Added by Roger Reynolds on August 14, 2008 at 3:43pm —
I don't mean to keep posting about the Nexus, but there's a part of the text that's currently at the top of every page that bugs me:
"We hold a naturalistic worldview.
We are free from mysticism and the supernatural.
We put no trust in superstitions and we seek no miracles."
While I'm sure that applies to a good number of atheists, agnostics, brights,
freethinkers, humanists and skeptics here and elsewhere, it shouldn't be used as a blanket statement to… Continue
Added by Steve on August 14, 2008 at 9:40am —
A half-serious question. Why not take advantage of the tax shelter and collect some of that "faith-based" money? Perhaps it could be diverted to some better causes. I don't know all the details of this, but would there be an advantage over simply creating a non-profit charity group? Hostile religious types like to accuse atheism of being a religion itself all the time. (of course, the fact that they consider this an insult is obviously self-defeating)
I can see the dangers in it too,… Continue
Added by MP Lockwood on August 14, 2008 at 9:38am —
You've got to be taught, before it's too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught
From the musical South Pacific
Our three summer family reunions were terrific, especially for the kids, who have discovered or re-discovered no fewer than 50 cousins of various degrees of remove. Better yet, these cousins are good kids,… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 14, 2008 at 8:02am —
Last Sunday, I posted a rather annoyed and probably knee-jerk reaction to this whole Random House business of not publishing The Jewel of Medina for fear of reprisal from Islamic Fundamentalists. I have since refined my position a bit.
I still believe it's big-time trouble to allow religious extremists to threaten publishers/authors with violence whenever something they don't like might be printed. That's not going to change--it's a freedom of speech issue, and it's a freedom of/from… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 14, 2008 at 7:04am —
Yet more capitulation
This spinelessness is one of the shameful side effects of several centuries of mostly positive liberalism. Its high time for liberalists to seriously begin to address theocratic fascism in general, and islamofascism in particular - the very mention of the term
sends most liberal commentators and intellectuals scurrying… Continue
Added by Фелч Гроган on August 13, 2008 at 9:30pm —
This past weekend my wife and I were visiting my sister-in-law and our nephew had his toys out on the floor. He had like four Jawa BK toys (the eyes light up when you squeeze his belly). I was like "Man! I want one!" jokingly. Well, one of the Jawas belonged to our niece and she decided she wanted to give it to me (so sweet!). So there it sits.
Wait! Who's that next to my Jawa!?
This one is a gift from my mom… Continue
Added by Larro on August 13, 2008 at 5:02pm —
This is my first blog post here. I've been steaming about something lately, so I guess I will use this opportunity to get it out of my system.
I don't know about other people, but one thing that I absolutely HATE post deconversion is all the xians who want me to read their favorite books or go to certain lectures from supposedly renowned scientists on the truth of creationism, but don't care to look at the same topics from a different perspective than their own. I spent 28 years as a… Continue
Added by Daniel on August 13, 2008 at 1:59pm —
It seems that every day 3 polls come out and the people who refer to them talk about the results as if the poll is solid gold fact. And most people just accept it as truth. Well, it's not.
Don't believe everything you read or hear. People have agendas and numbers are easily warped and skewed.
That leads me to Reason and a new project I've volunteered for. If you've ever seen the Skeptics Annotated Bible, this is a project to make it even better. I love having resources and… Continue
Added by Neece on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm —
The story of Doubting Thomas is a familiar one: that it is better to believe without evidence, that faith is a virtue. I recall some more biblical passages that promote this theme. Continue
Added by Maria on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm —
My response to the faith-based point of view: "If behavior is controlled instead by circuits in the brain that follow the laws of chemistry, choice and value would be myths and the possibility of moral responsibility would evaporate. As the creationist advocate John West put it, "If human beings (and their beliefs) really are the mindless products of their material existence, then everything that gives meaning to human life--religion, morality, beauty--is revealed to be without objective… Continue
Added by Maria on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Someone stole a custom made bicycle that was owned by a Cerebral Palsy boy of 17. In it's place they left a 10 speed bike. The bike was recovered.
This is a comment from someone in the paper:
Whoever stole that bike should have their hands chopped off at the wrist. That's the punishment for stealing in some countries - I think we should have it here too. There would be a lot less recidivism - how are you going to pick something up to steal without hands???
I hope… Continue
Added by TinaFCD on August 13, 2008 at 11:05am —
"Growing pains" is a word-phrase that is used to describe the sometimes 'painful' phases we go through as we get a little older and a littler wiser. Babies have literal growing pains as their teeth come in. Teens have growing pains when they realize they aren't popular and they never will be. The key word here is 'growing,' really. That baby will eventually have teeth with which to gnaw on all sorts of yummy items, and he or she will be thankful for it. That teenager will hopefully manage to… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 13, 2008 at 8:26am —
Is there anyone here living near this area or that knows someone whom does that can confirm this or give any insight as to what, exactly, in the hell is going on?
Ark. city neighborhood under 24-hour curfew
Associated Press - August 10, 2008 8:34 PM ET
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) - Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley says he ordered a round-the-clock curfew and heavy… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 12, 2008 at 11:30pm —
[From the GameSpot forums. You can read the thread I posted this in here
Seriously, what is this? Militant atheists, eh? Where are they?
Here's a primer on… Continue
Added by Mark C. on August 12, 2008 at 9:37pm —
but a single pixel in space.
insignificant, or perfectly in place?
multiplying into megascopic reactions.
Little steps taken,
significant, or trite transactions?
I live on this pixel,
this pixel called, “Earth,”
and sometimes I wonder,
what it’s all worth.
Added by TJMorgan on August 12, 2008 at 8:00pm —
Why do we go to family reunions? Well, I don't anymore but, why do people have them? My family practically all live in the same town, we see each other enough, in my opinion. We all sit in our little cliques, talking about people in their little cliques. Does anyone have them in a church? This year ours is being held at my mom and sister's church. What the heck are all the kids going to do for entertainment?
Added by TinaFCD on August 12, 2008 at 7:32pm —