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An Open Invitation to Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute

My dear friend Tiana had a fantastic idea. Since I'm going to be in Seattle this weekend, why not invite our old friend Casey out for drinks and a chat about our last visit? She sent him the following email this morning but we've yet to receive a response. I suppose he could actually be busy doing ... stuff.



"Hello Casey,



It’s been awhile since we’ve chatted, I hope all has been well with you and yours. I’m writing… Continue

Added by Kate Holden on November 19, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

I hope to make friends here.

I have a profile on another site. I have made some good friends there, but there is more religious drivel than I care for. I can't believe some of these idiots even try to convince you to go their way!!! Ummm,yeah, I'm going to convert because some persistent jerk is typing things at me on a screen. Right! I haven't left that site, because there are people on there that I stay in regular contact with. It's gotten so bad, that I made my page private! I can't listen to their tripe for one hot… Continue

Added by Jerbear1974 on November 19, 2008 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

USA Today discovers the existence of atheism

It's always shocking to see a reasonable, rational argument for positive atheism presented in the public arena. It shouldn't be. It should be no big deal. In fact to my mind it should be assumed that atheists not only are as ethical as religious folk, by and large, but usually are more ethical. But most god-worshipers are ill equipped to understand that other people can have a strong ethical sense that doesn't depend on fear of a supernatural puppet master.



USA Today is not the most… Continue

Added by Planetologist on November 19, 2008 at 3:33pm — 1 Comment

Wikipedias List of "Fictional" Deities



Wikipedias Entry for: List of "Fictional" Deities



As if there were any deities other than fictional.… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on November 18, 2008 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

The Religious Corporation: Part 2

from thegoodatheist.net



Yesterday, I argued that the selective advantage of belief was too attractive for individuals in a community not to partake. But this advantage, as humans became more prosperous in the West, became increasingly marginal. In the 15th century, Europe began to experience new found prosperity from the most unusual source: the aftermath of the Black Death.



Over a third of the population is estimated to have… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 18, 2008 at 10:55am — 1 Comment

Same old shit.....

Oh today really sucked. We got a notice for rent and some utilities for about 900 dollars, and I do not know if we can pay it. I am really getting tired of all this crap; all I want is some stability, some peace of mind but everyday I worry and it gets overwhelming. I thought we could actually pay our bills and have enough money so that I could visit my girlfriend. I do not know now and I really want to see her. She is one of the most amazing persons I have every met. I haven't seen her in… Continue

Added by TheFlyingWelshman on November 18, 2008 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Jury Dooty

I went to jury duty today for the very first time in my entire life. I guess I have Obama to blame because if hadn't registered to vote(again for the very first time in my life) I wouldn't have gotten a jury summons and wasted an entire day. It went like this: my group of jurors were called last and my name was the third last to be called which mean I had to watch nearly 600 people(so said the bailiff) go before saying to myself all the while they'll call me next they'll call me next they'll… Continue

Added by Jeffrey on November 17, 2008 at 7:55pm — No Comments

They've gone paranoid!

Saturday night my dad and stepmother came up for a surprise visit. We went out to dinner. Towards the end of our meal I went to the bathroom, when I came back from the bathroom my husband had started a discussion on politics. Grrrr... I hadn't even been back for a minute before my Stepmother was spouting off some conspiracy theory about Obama being put through law school by the Iranians in order to infiltrate our government. She said that she thinks he's in league with the enemy and cried when… Continue

Added by Creature on November 17, 2008 at 4:16pm — 4 Comments

The Religious Corporation: Part 1

from thegoodatheist.net



When trying to explain how religion came about, we must undoubtedly answer the question of it came together, since although human beings are social animals, the act of creating a stable institution is an extreme rarity. Consider how many cults come and go; obviously, even if there is a fundamental need to be religious, there must be some explanation as to why humans would continue to participate and develop their… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 17, 2008 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

"Somebody Up There Loves Me!"

At 2:30 AM on Friday, I sat watching the TV, unable to turn it off and go to bed. Embers had been blown from a rapidly moving brush fire into a mobile home community in Sylmar, Ca., and now I was watching horrified as random homes in the densely populated park began to go up. As I watched, scared and frantic residents scrambled to get what few belongings they could and got out. The police and fire department, trying to prevent destruction were then quite literally chased out of the park by the… Continue

Added by Larry Huffman on November 17, 2008 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

Artistically Stupid

My four year old daughter loves dinosaurs. I made the mistake of purchasing nearly the entire set of Land Before Time videos from a local thrift store and she has nearly worn them to ribbons. To compound that mistake, I bought each of the varied plastic dinosaurs offered up at the grocery store. It was a good thing they had their names stamped on their bellies because several I didn't know the names of and several others I had totally wrong. For months now, she has insisted they all come to bed… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on November 17, 2008 at 9:06am — 4 Comments

[insert witty title here]

Well, this will actually be the second time I write this post. It didn't go through before, and I didn't notice and closed the window. Yay!



This post is going to be kind of rambly (rambly?), so if you have an issue with that, stop reading now.





I'm getting a new car. For free mind you. It's a 280Z I think. I can't remember. It's been sitting in a parking lot for over a year. The owner used to run the largest Z shop in the country apparently. He actually had a choice… Continue

Added by Patch on November 17, 2008 at 3:27am — 3 Comments

Phineas Gage and Psychopaths and Mom

I don't know why I allow this stuff to bother me but whatever, I do. At the same time that I wish I could shrug it off I feel like it would be morally wrong to be unbothered by stupidity.

Sitting around with my mom and she's flipping channels, falls on a few minutes of a show on an educational channel about the brains of psychopaths. They logically know what is right and wrong but are unable to feel what we would call a conscience because they lack communication between two parts of the… Continue

Added by Krista on November 16, 2008 at 7:52pm — 2 Comments

God's judgment

More reason to get rid of religion.



I have always stated that There are, in my view, no evidence that can solidly give the slights probability of the existence of a God. So the topic of this blog is in no way an endorsement of God.

I titled this blog God's judgment because all christian leaders, from what ever christian cult they are from, always often make the claim that they were chosen by God. However, it seems to me that God always chose individuals who mostly turning… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 16, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The first really, really hard goodbye

by Dale McGowan

Author/editor of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

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"Daddy!! Something's wrong with Max!!" Erin's face was a mask of anguish. "He's making sounds I've never heard before...and he's laying wrong!"



Erin's guinea pig Max, the first pet that was all her own, was clearly not OK. The vet… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on November 16, 2008 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Some Atheists are Taking Themselves a bit too Seriously..

from www.thegoodatheist.net



Ggnothi seauton: It means know thyself, and it’s something I’ve always taken to heart.



I’m not always the most positive and easy going guy around. I’ve been known to kick some dust in the faces of my opposition. When you’re in a fight, particularly one for the hearts and minds of your fellow human beings, you can sometimes lose sight of how the conflict changes you.



When you have a website… Continue

Added by The Good Atheist on November 16, 2008 at 2:09pm — 3 Comments

"As If" - Deconstructing Religious Memes

Here's an essay that I submitted to Broowaha Los Angeles. Enjoy! ~~~~~~~~~~~



What happens when believers and nonbelievers start to debate religion?



The first thing that is placed on the table is a covert acceptance of the religious person’s beliefs. How so? This happens the moment that a nonbeliever acknowledges and uses the words that the believer is using.



Acknowledgement, recognition, and understanding implicitly support an argument, no matter what it… Continue

Added by Lori Stephens on November 16, 2008 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

"oh my god" [explicit lyrics]

I don't have the literary skills that most others on this site have, nor the time to do research.



But I only wanted to write a blurb tonight on the small bits of text we/I speak on occasion without really thinking about them. Even in my Godlessness, I find myself still saying "Oh my god" and "bless you" (when people sneeze) at times.



"How on God's green earth" do I stop myself from doing this?



Should I?



"God damn't!" There I go again, references to… Continue

Added by Roxanne on November 16, 2008 at 5:46am — 4 Comments

A biblical argument for gay marriage?

Owe no one anything except to love one
another, for he who loves another
has fulfilled the law."

(Romans 13:8)

Added by Krista on November 16, 2008 at 1:05am — 2 Comments

Moving to Texas

So we made it to Killeen and since I have time, I'm gonna blog our trip . So we left Washington (much later than we meant) and drove to The Dalles, Oregon. We got to go through Portland for about a second and I saw what I think was the middle part of Mount St. Helens. I'm not sure...I saw clouds, snowy mountain, then more clouds. Since we were closest to St. Helens then I'm guessing it was that one. The next day was a total blur of BORING! The western sides of Washington and Oregon are… Continue

Added by Auntie Meggles on November 15, 2008 at 11:53pm — No Comments

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