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Open letter to Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

The Vatican

Rome

Italy



Tuesday 17th November 2008



Dear Papa,



I know you’re a well known defender of traditional Catholic doctrine and values, but there is a problem within the third World countries such as the Christian nation I presently live in. The Philippines consists of hordes of faithful Catholic followers that live in poverty.



The problem seems to be looked at the wrong way by you and your present administration… Continue

Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on November 26, 2008 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

Getting it less wrong

Getting it less wrong

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/truth.html



A very interesting subject. Arrogance seems to be a underlying aspect of scientific explanations to those who are faith based thinkers. They seem to immediately perceive science reasoning as an attack. They may infer you are questioning that they are less intelligent in some way to gravitate to faith instead of science for an explanation of the natural world?

I have a lot of questions and so few answers.… Continue

Added by Rexerex on November 26, 2008 at 12:03am — 7 Comments

Moral Master 2.0



via videosift.com Just came across… Continue

Added by Creature on November 25, 2008 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

How to argue with your idiot brother-in-law

Sara Robinson’s entry today on Blog for Our Future is probably the best short summary I’ve ever read, of exactly why liberals should stop being nice and polite and backing down to avoid family arguments during Thanksgiving dinner. I’m pretty lucky; I rarely have to deal with this stuff at family holidays. When I have, I’ve usually managed to avoid a blowout death match,… Continue

Added by Planetologist on November 25, 2008 at 9:45pm — No Comments

I Recommend This Documentary Video Site

Just wanted to share this with the A/N community.

I came across a very good web site that hosts various documentary videos including, on the linked page, A War On Science, The God Who Wasn't There, The Enemies of Reason, etc.

I hope this link isn't already posted somewhere here. I had never seen it before.

Added by Father Nature on November 25, 2008 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

Best Practices 3: Promote ravenous curiosity

br2 What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, in Sceptical Essays (1928)

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t5409 here was a time when I was a quiet, closeted nonbeliever. It was a smallish moment that tipped me from passive disbelief to secular humanist activism. Not some Robertson/Falwell nonsense, nor a Bushism, not the abuse of children nor the disempowerment of women nor… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on November 25, 2008 at 4:49pm — 2 Comments

Welcome To The Dark Ages!

UN Bans "Defamation of Religion" in Islamic Bid to Curb Free Speech

Tuesday, 25 November 2008, 11:03 am

Press Release: UN Watch



UN Bans "Defamation of Religion" in Islamic Bid to Curb Free Speech but advocacy campaign reduces support from 108 to 85 votes



Geneva, November 24, 2008 - By a vote of 85 to 50, with 42 abstaining, the UN General Assembly today adopted a draft resolution calling on all countries to…
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Added by Kyuuketsuki on November 25, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

"Grandpa" is Just a Word

I read this at my grandpa's funeral on 11/19/2008.

None of this seems real quite yet. Part of me wonders if it ever will. Another part of me wonders… if this never seems real, how will there ever again be such a thing as "reality"?



Guy Heintzelman was my grandpa. But that was just a biological technicality. There isn't a moment of my life that I can recall when he wasn't an integral piece of who I am. Be it picking me up from school, weekend trips to the… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 25, 2008 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

GREAT ATHEISTS' QUOTES # 1 - H.L.Mencken

Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, and a student of American English. Mencken, known as the "Sage of Baltimore", is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the 20th century.



Mencken's…
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Added by Paxdora Kosmosian on November 25, 2008 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

Lord Adrian Crapsquire, Commander of the Universe

The first thing that needs to be dealt with is an explanation of my title; After many years of observing multifarious religions the one and only thing that I have learned from them , and possibly the only thing that they all have in common, is the notion of faith. Faith is the idea that belief need not be based in any way on -- and in fact is hampered by -- a reliance on evidence, after all if one requires evidence then it’s not really faith, is it. Furthermore having faith in something can… Continue

Added by Crapsquire on November 25, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

There Probably Isn't!

Name: Travis Morgan

Location: Roscoe, Illinois

Age: 31



Biography:

Born and raised in Rockford IL, I was enlisted in the U.S. Marines from 1996-2000, I am a father or four, husband, poet, philosopher, music artist, graphic and web designer, and truth seeker.



STORY:

I don’t believe there is a god or gods to believe in or to disbelieve in. It is because, for the most part,… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on November 25, 2008 at 9:21am — No Comments

#33 Atheists

Prepare thyself, he who reads this, to tremble and quake before the Incredible Word of God, as written by THE LORD HIMSELF!

I am the Lord Almighty; I am the Light of the World and The Ultimate Goodness; more Perfect than your feeble human brain could ever conceive; I made the world and all the creatures in it; I have watched over, loved and protected you all of your life.



Yet despite all that I have done for each and… Continue

Added by God on November 25, 2008 at 12:05am — 3 Comments

Dealing with Death

I'm 29 years old. I've never lost anyone close to me. My grandmother passed when I was seven. I don't recall much of that time.



Friday, November 14th, 2008... at approximately 5pm eastern... my grandfather took his last breath. It was devastating. I was crushed. Growing up, my father wasn't around except when he'd pick my sister and I up for our Christmas vacation and then for another week during our summer off from school. So my grandfather was the only father figure in my life… Continue

Added by AYFABTU on November 24, 2008 at 8:30pm — 5 Comments

I called my dad.

I called him in his hospital room. He sounded very weak and soft-spoken. We didn't talk long. I think he knew who I was, because he asked me if the boys ate. It was an odd question, but it was coherent. He dropped the phone, and the nurse took it. She told me that he just sleeps a lot anymore. It breaks my heart every time I call. I want my daddy back. Like he was before.

Added by Jerbear1974 on November 24, 2008 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Stigmatisation in the name of God

More reason to get rid of religion:



Here is a reason I chosen not to be silent. This story is sad and will touch the inner core of anyone who care about humanity. However, if you are a "God fearing" person and believe that anyone who is not following your God, do have a pit of fire prepared by God, himself, for them; then, you may not be touch by this story.

Those who study the history and development of the christian faith learn about the christian faith and its relationship to… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on November 24, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Practice of Tithing

It's actually amazing to me, that this group "Ananda" writes this on their website and publishes it. It is so culty, it makes my toenails curl up.



What is Tithing?



Tithing is a spiritual practice, just like prayer or meditation. It is the regular act of giving the "first fruits" of your labors to God.



The root of the word “tithe” means "tenth." Traditionally, tithing means giving the first 10% of your earnings to God.



Our tithe is not just another… Continue

Added by Ute Mitchell on November 24, 2008 at 4:25pm — 4 Comments

ORIGINS OF GODS

Today is ten weeks since the group ORIGINS was founded in Atheist Nexus, and today we had our 100th member. Again, welcome to everyone and to future new members.



The group debates origins of life, Earth, humanity, religion, gods, atheism, etc. using rationality, commonsense, evolution, Darwinism, cosmology, geology, archaeology and science to reject the fantasy nonsense that is religion and above all repudiate biblical creationist fictions.



In the course of time we expect… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on November 24, 2008 at 3:15pm — 6 Comments

Born-again Atheist

I grew up voluntarily participating in protestant religion-I was a "true believer". Of course, it started when I was a very young child, so what I thought of as "true belief" previously I now consider more closely akin to brainwashing...



The beginning of the end was in my mid to late teens, though I didn't realize it then. I was still VERY active in my church, and passionately believed there was a (mostly) benevolent god. The trouble is, I am an extremely logical person, and the… Continue

Added by MaryAnn on November 24, 2008 at 1:59pm — 2 Comments

On fanatics

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.
- Eric Hoffer

Added by Krista on November 24, 2008 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

So I took communion today

It was the first time since I'd "become" an atheist. Yes, you can take this to mean that I am very, uncomfortably and irritatingly, closeted. In short, it was a highly tense and awkward experience. I felt like a complete hypocrite, an impostor among the faithful. If you've never taken communion, you should go to a church just for the educational exposure. It was surreal, watching this mass of people silently and reverently meander up to the front of the church and assemble into lines. Take a… Continue

Added by Eleasah on November 23, 2008 at 8:42pm — 2 Comments

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