A deck of cards is an amazing teaching tool. With it, I’ve taught students elementary concepts such as addition and subtraction as well as advanced concepts in Algebra and Geometry. As a teacher trainer and lead teacher for my district, I have built up my reputation with eleven years of dedicated teaching, yet a few seconds could demolish my reputation and possibly cost me my job if word got out that I am an atheist.
Although I teach in a public school, the vast majority of the… Continue
Added by Jess Freeborn on August 24, 2008 at 11:50am —
I stated very early on that it wasn’t my sole intent to make this blog a constant source of fundamentalist ridicule. I hold to that (see my post on Tardigrades) but being as the bigfoot scandal is over, the raelians are quiet and scientologists haven’t tried to kill anyone in a while…I’m at a loss. Some fairly interesting stuff happened in the Olympics this week but I imagine you’re just as sick of hearing about Phelps (not fred) as I am. That aside, and in my own defense, some of this stuff is… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 24, 2008 at 2:30am —
The local daily newspaper has a section wherein it publishes letters from readers. Generally, the letters are commentaries on current events, but least a couple of times a week someone writes in espousing their religious views. Today's ditty is a real gem. There are floods, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes because - get this - prayer isn't allowed in public schools. I supposed those things never happened at any time in history prior to the U.S. Supreme Court enforcing the First Amendment. That's… Continue
Over at our new home, Heaving Dead Cats, I talked a bit about how important words are, and then look into some definitions. It seems that Webster's is biased towards christianity. I would have thought dictionaries would be a bastion of objectivity.
Also, for those of you who have been so kind to support Believers Anonymous, Heaving Dead Cats is our new home! WOOT! :D… Continue
Added by Neece on August 23, 2008 at 12:37pm —
Although I'm certain that I will be far from the only one to draw the parallel, let me be the first one to note it here.
Hillary had her "3 AM Phone Call" ad, where she awoke to answer a crisis phone call. Now some of us know how Hillary would have felt, particularly if the call were not a true crisis. Barack Obama has just PLACED a 3 AM phone call to those whom he can least afford to offend by an early…Continue
Added by NH Baritone on August 23, 2008 at 4:00am —
A while back it was announced that the Democratic National Convention will be kicked off with what’s being called the “first-ever Democratic National Convention interfaith gathering“. The polarization among loyal democrats seemed nearly instant, some seeing it as a line in the sand and others writing it off as nothing but a show to win votes. The latter was my initial reaction; it just seemed to surreal. The overall weirdness of the ordeal never left my mind but I’ve been able to mentally write… Continue
Justo hablaba con un cristiano en un foro por internet, cuando al parecer pensó mencionar estadísticas le daría la razón a su creencia. Mencionó unas estadísticas sobre divorcio y suicidio (donde al parecer los ateos vamos en la cabecera).. ¿dió fuentes? Ninguna en lo absoluto, así que bien pudo ser un invento, si algo aprendí en la internét es a desconfiar de las cosas sin fuente, ya que bien pueden ser inventadas o sacadas de contexto... como las citas de Albert Einstein usadas ingenuamente… Continue
"¿Cómo hace uno para decidir si ha quedado más impresionado por el cristiano convencido o por el musulman convencido? ¿O, si se quiere, por la persona igualmente convencida de los poderes curativos de las sales o de que la fe mueve montañas? Si no hay razones para adoptar esos sistemas de creencia, parece imposible que haya alguna razón para elegir uno entre ellos. Casi ni hace falta que diga que mi respuesta es no tomar la fe demasiado en serio.” (John Dupré, en El legado de…Continue
-¡Nada es imposible para aquellos que tienen fe!
- ¿Nada? Pruebe a encender una cerilla rascándola
contra un trozo de gelatina, caballero.
(Terry Pratchett, Dioses menores)
A todos los ateos y descreídos que quieren leer una novela interesante les voy a recomendar este librazo, les va a encantar.
Bueno, antes de leerlo deben de saber lo que Pratchett escribe: Libros que parodian el género de fantasía (a… Continue
This is getting ridiculous. I feel as if I'm divided in a million little pieces. I have my blog for writing up my stuff about Lost: We're all normal here. I generally keep up with that only when Lost is actually airing. I have this community. I have a small blog for work that I kind of dislike, but keep up for appearances. I have a personal journal at LiveJournal, which is highly fractionated and very private. Now I'm starting a new… Continue
(Two serious posts already this week! Who's up for some Friday blog candy?)
The first time my kids saw our family photo on the back of Parenting Beyond Belief in a bookstore, they were elated. “We’re famous!” Erin squealed.
"Yes," Laney replied, “but the quiet kind of famous.”
She had once said she wanted to be “one of those famous people on the magazine covers.” Becca replied that… Continue
Fundamentalists news websites, how I love thee, especially WorldNutDaily. WND never ceases to provide amusement in the form of fundie logic and wacky advertisements. Claiming itself as a ‘news source’ this beyond right-wing rag makes Fox news look like the Disney Channel. I used to get pissed at the B.S. they sling but I’ve come to embrace it for what it really is; satirical humor. Some people can take this stuff with a grain of salt and some can’t, so steer clear if you’re easily aggravated by… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 22, 2008 at 1:00am —
The Vision Beyond Borders is a group based in Sheridan, Wyoming that distributes bibles and Christian teaching materials around the world. The VBB web site states:
Many of the six billion people on the earth have never heard of the name of Jesus Christ. The disciples were sent out to preach the Good News of Jesus to the far reaches of the world. We believe that Vision Beyond Borders is helping to fulfill that commission with the same urgency found in first-century… Continue
So, I just watched a couple of episodes of Happy Tree Friends on YouTube. I had seen an episode of that little show before, the one where the critters are swimming and dying bloodily in a pool, but that episode struck me as nothing but pointless gore, so I wrote the series off as nothing but an unimaginative excuse to show blood and guts.
Now, probably around six months to a year later, I watch it again and actually see some intelligence in this show. There's cleverness to the… Continue
Added by Steve on August 21, 2008 at 6:12pm —