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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 — 10 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

Wringing Out The Dread

An acquaintance of mine recently brought her 12-year old daughter to see me and talk about the passing of the little girl's grandfather. The mother was unsure of what to say about death and the afterlife and wanted me to give her my perspective, which I thought odd due to my atheism. Nevertheless, I told her how I view death and my thoughts on what comes next. Hopefully, it gave her some comfort. Pre-teens are hard to read sometimes and don't always respond to people they don't know… Continue

Added by Rev. Mathew G. Thompson on November 29, 2008 at 12:36pm — 4 Comments

Ill Gotten goods.

Well, a new low point in the "consumer economy" was experienced yesterday at the Valley Stream, Long Island N.Y. Green Acres Walmart. Some patrons who had waited through the night for sales at the store on Black Friday (named for it's ability to boost retail earnings into the black) trampled 34 year old store employee Jdimytai Damour (who later died) during the rush to save a few dollars on jeans, vacuum cleaners and flat screen TVs.



When the store opened consumers "tore the doors… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 29, 2008 at 9:32am — 4 Comments

Fundie Violence in India.

I won't rehash the papers (I don't own a TV).



News isn't entertainment. I don't care what the moderator looks like. The facts are that global "free



trade" has a few problems unrelated to accounting.



The enemy of your enemy may indeed be your friend.



Commandos with automatic rifles against civilians in hotels and restaurants has holy war written all



over it!



Call it a dystopia if you like.



Never forget: MORE GUNS MEANS… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 29, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Atheist Bus



After about 10 hours the campaign reached its goal and by the second day it had run seven fold the original expected contributions reaching…
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Added by Paul Allen on November 28, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Oh! To destroy the positive thinking of a child.

My daughter is four years old. She's learning to speak; she's learning to interact with the world. At times, she becomes frustrated with the way the real world conspires against her and will throw up her hands and declare, "I can't do it!" This is the usual exclamation when the belt she's toting around the house gets stuck under a chair, or a package of crackers is just too difficult to open. Her mother has instituted a program of positive thinking when ever adversity befalls our little girl.… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on November 28, 2008 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Drifting in and out...

I tend to be a 'drifter' when it comes to social networking sites. For a while it'll be Facebook, or Blockles, or I'll be on Spogg.com, then I come back here.



I've realized that I don't realize that I miss atheist solidarity and companionship until I come back and experience it again.



I've recently had the pleasure of conversing with a fellow atheist "irl" and just the fact that I can call someone my "atheist buddy" in a sea of the religious makes me smile. The… Continue

Added by Sondra on November 28, 2008 at 3:52pm — No Comments

2193 responses to the survey as of 4:23PM 11.28.08

All,



I had thought of shutting the survey down a while ago but I am glad I didn't. The main reason I am doing this research is to -in some small way- confront the stigmatization of atheism. By discussing the results in both popular press and "academic" print media and, of course, online, I hope to describe who atheists are and some of the social crap we have to deal with on a day to day basis.

By keeping the survey live longer I am making it possible for an important latent… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on November 28, 2008 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

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