The following piece was originally written for The Autarkist.
After reading Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape, I’ve decided to finally articulate some of the praise and criticism that, for some time now, Harris and his work have inspired in me.
Due to the hype about the so-called "dangers" of Islamophobia, I would like to clear things up regarding it, first I would like to define "Islamophobia", go over actual reasons to use it and the excuse people make out of it to silence legitimate criticisms of Islam, and my own take on it.
1. The Definition of Islamophobia
Yesterday at the Mythicist Milwaukee meeting, we were throwing around ideas for activities that might interest people, when one guy, Brian, mentioned an improv play he had seen in Chicago called A Late Night Catechism. Apparently the play was has also been performed around Racine and Milwaukee pokes fun at religion in general and the Catholic church in particular. As Brian explained, it sounded very interesting and something I might want to…Continue
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I just came home from a meeting of Mythicist Milwaukee, an atheist group with a particular flair. The mythicists examine the myth of Jesus in declaring that there is reason to doubt whether such a person ever existed.
There is evidence that many of the stories of early Christianity were borrowed from other religions. In addition the stories in the Bible are so fantastic that they boggle the imagination. Noah and the…Continue
In school I learned that I have been working towards a state of self-actualization, progressing from the sum of my parents' hopes and dreams to being who I want to be. Part of this process involved changing my name several times as I became the person I was intended to become.
I also evolved politically, sexually and other ways. One of these transformations was extremely controversial though not always evident to…Continue
I recently had the pleasure of listening to the translation of the original, French-language book in the Planet of the Apes series in audio-book format. I’ve always considered PotA folklore to be among the most underrated, most enjoyable in all of science fiction, but it also raises many interesting cultural and philosophical questions.
Planet of the Apes was pop culture’s response to the tensions generated by…Continue
Many church or mosque goers believe religion gives their lives “meaning.” It’s a delusion, an appealing but false concept. What meaning could being credulous enough to believe the preposterous give one’s life? If anything, I think a good and magnanimous god would disdain such behavior. They’re abandoning reason for self-interest and wishful thinking.
In biology, the Prime Directive (PD) governs all life down to insects, worms and beyond. The force that governs all life is…Continue
I found this hilarious bit of nonsense from some joker calling himself "ScreenMonkeyMan"
Where he claims Jaclyn Glenn is a Satanist, because of some moving "Orbs" which appear to be eminating from possibly reflection of light off a rotating object or interference pattern on the camera.
though since these light spots or orbs are only on the wall, they…Continue
I am a survivor of religious brainwashing and amplified abuse due to religious influences in my childhood household.
I was trained from an early age that life was a constant battle between the divine and my imperfect flesh. I was…
Does anyone else share my general gripes about unnecessary passing?
On the highway, driving 59 MPH instead of 60 only costs you 1 second for each mile you drive. Go slower and save money, gas, and (groan) the environment. If it only means seconds, just slow down for a few miles instead of passing.
Hate it when people pass and then immediately hit the brakes in order to turn off of the road. They didn't save themselves any time, yet increased their vehicle wear, increased the…Continue
.. My name is Erin and Im the mom of a fantastic 6 year old little man, and Im in desperate need of help. My son was born in The Netherlands, and his father is a total washout... he never filed any paperwork to claim him, and refused to let me sign him in at the US embassy. After his dad and I split up, I was granted an emergency repatriation loan and a temp. us passport for my boy, only good for 5 days. Now, because its expired, i have to apply for citizenship and a social security…Continue
Is it moral to use reason to deny the existence of God? The answer is, unequivocally, It depends on . which version of absolute morality is subscribed to if morality is defined by culture rather than religion. In my opinion, the answer is no; that it is absurd to deny the application of pure reason in the quest for knowledge on any subject. Dependence upon faith as a moral requirement to provide supernatural enlightenment rather than pure reason to gain knowledge and solve problems is a…Continue
Have a look at the pitch line on this movie. “In the chaos of war, peace can only come from within.” What’s odd about that, you may ask? It is after all a story about a soldier and the psychiatrist who has been assigned to help him recover from Shell Shock. So, the line makes a lot of sense right? Well, yes it does...
Read more about it here:…Continue
It isn't very often that I hear Scott Pelley offer an op-ed piece as a part of a news broadcast. So when he closed the CBS Evening News of Friday, 9 January, 2015 with his observations on the attacks in Paris and how freedom of the press figures into the whole situation of terrorism, I thought it was notable enough to make mention of it here. Mr. Pelley makes simple, straightforward points which resonate in the current time, and I believe his words are worthy of your attention. …Continue
DOWN THE MEMORY LANE::
I was 7 years old in 1945. My father was a religious person and a very virtuous man. He was the Mines Manager at TISCO’s Doddakanya mines near Kadakola close to Mysore (India). He was falsely implicated in a case of theft of Rs 1000 /-. I used to hear him cry in front of my mother while I pretended to be asleep. He used to wonder why the Lord Rama & Shirdi Saibaba whose bhajans we used to sing so reverently every day, did not help him to…Continue
I am finally at a place where I am ready to start my own channel on youtube, having completed my book "Tools for Debating Atheism" and having worked out promotions for that book. As such I am looking for opinions of my target audience, atheists.
There are TONS of pro-atheism shows online. What would make a unique experience?
I would love to have discussions and debates with theists. I am more than prepared to get into some deep apologetics and pick apart their…Continue
Many Christians will be taken aback if you tell them that you do not wish that the gospel would be true. For a long time I could not understand why you would want it to be true... Recently though I caught myself wishing it was, but I soon realized how selfish a thought it really was.
Now for some background... My father (a christian) was recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Now of course people are trying to look on the bright side... We'll all see him in heaven, right? Well…Continue
I've been a fan of Steve Shives's work into reading and interpreting Christian Apologetics in a rationalist manner.
Steve is a very rational person and he pretty much destroys most of Christian Apologetics.
Here is Steve's appraisal of "I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist" by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek. He exposes the writer's biases, bigotry and naivety.…Continue