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Why I think this community is so great

I've been an atheist pretty much since about age 12, maybe sooner. I am now 22. In all those years, through middle school, high school, and college, I have never met anyone who I know is a real atheist. Back in high school there were some wannabe rebel "fuck god" kinda people but that's about it. I have no atheist friends. Thankfully my parents and friends aren't all that religious. The extent of their religiousness is the occassional "things happen for a reason", "they'll get what they… Continue

Added by SkeptiKat on September 18, 2008 at 12:55am — 2 Comments

How I Became an Atheist

Well my family was never very religious. We went to church when me and my brother were little but stopped. No crosses, bibles, no talk of God, nada. I had to ask my mom at about age 7 what religion I was and she thought for a moment and I was baptized Catholic. Then I asked what she was and wasn't too specific, muttered something about protestant or something, I don't even know now.

Well when I was in middle school I was already putting the pieces together. I saw how religion just seemed… Continue

Added by SkeptiKat on September 18, 2008 at 12:04am — 1 Comment

First post here

Just thought I'd say "hey" to the atheist community. I haven't hung out here much, but it looks like the community is getting interesting.

Added by Matt on September 17, 2008 at 11:27pm — 2 Comments

Wednesday, 17 September, 2008 19:18:30

Wednesday, 17 September, 2008 19:18:30

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

doubts assail humans

as they slowly understand

the lies of their priests..

Kinda of a bad day... shitty sleep, coughing a lot (I've been doing that since a week after I stopped smoking...) and then I got up at 07:00 and went for a short walk.

And it was short not because of my legs, but because of my head, I guess. My head was telling me that I was tired.

I try to not listen to… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 17, 2008 at 8:17pm — 3 Comments

Welcome To The PalinDrome

I don't know if anyone else has been following this parody blog, but if not you really should. I've been following it from Day 1 and it's kept me laughing. It's always right on top of the latest media idiocy. Today's entry is fantastic.

Denali & Driller!:
Denali & Driller! So, as it turns out, the "Secret" service is actually a bunch of blabber mouths. What good is a code name if…

Added by AtheistJoy on September 17, 2008 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Get ready for insipid punditry.

Ike — aptly named if one knows the history of the Turners — did a hell of a lot of damage. I don't know how the Jesus crowd feels about what keeps happening to Galveston (it gets hit pretty regularly, and last I heard, it's not a gay mecca), but I'm sure they're trying to exonerate their sky daddy by any means available.

Unfortunately such means surfaced with a… Continue

Added by warreno on September 17, 2008 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Tuesday, 16 September, 2008 21:23

Tuesday, 16 September, 2008 21:23

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

never be without

hope that you can be smarter

and control your world.

Another beautiful day here... I didn't get up until 11:11, though.

I slept very well, I should get a gold star or something, heh.

I went for a nice long walk today about 13:00, and I'm not really sure what started giving out first, the legs of the lungs... I was probably walking a little bit faster that I should… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 16, 2008 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Reporters never vomit and cops never cry

Strange site, interesting articles.

Abort the Noise:
The most serious flaw in anti-abortion zealotry is the illusion that a pro-life Constitutional amendment means no more abortions, or at least hardly any. Illegal abortions in great number existed pre-Roe. Negate Roe via the pro-life amendment and they will continue in great number.

Young women who find themselves in distress due to copulatory error can…

Added by AtheistJoy on September 16, 2008 at 9:45am — 1 Comment

Monday, 15 September, 2008 21:28

Monday, 15 September, 2008 21:28

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

never be without

hope that you can be smarter

and control your world.

Interesting day... as in, dull mostly.

Got up at 07:00 BS was OK, more or less... could be better, of course.

Cereal for breakfast, Tacos for lunch, left-over steak for supper....

Showered and went out erranding. First part of the mission accomplished.

Second part of the mission: utterly… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 15, 2008 at 10:03pm — No Comments

moved in!

well after wrangling with a lazy ass landlord, utlility problems and general life crapulence...i have online access at if only i had the time to be online...but everyone wants my time now...

Added by raequel aka systris on September 15, 2008 at 7:51pm — No Comments

What should we be doing?

One thing that occurs to me about atheism (in at least an intellectual vacuum) is a pretty simple concept that doesn't take all that much thought, at least on its own (how much time does it take to process "I don't believe in a god", really?). A lot of us (myself included) thus spend time complaining more about how dumb, mean, or the like theists are. Podcasts/shows like The Atheist Experience spend a lot of time debating dogmatic demagogues of faith, but I'm not sure that's getting us… Continue

Added by Zevaeros on September 15, 2008 at 5:12pm — 4 Comments

Sunday, 14 September, 2008 21:37

Sunday, 14 September, 2008 21:37

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

walk into the sea;

or walk into the dessert...

no destination.

Beautiful night here... cool, clear sky, the wind has finally ceased, the moon is beautiful and so is Jupiter.

Again, all is almost right with the world for me... right now.

Until I start reading the news, of course. Which I am not going to do any more today, I've had enough.

I read about the train wreck in CA… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 14, 2008 at 10:01pm — No Comments

An Inconvenient Commandment

lie43092 One of the common worries I hear from religious commentators about nonreligious people is the absence of a solid, reliable, unchanging moral compass. Lacking that...why, folks could make up the rules as they go along.

I've written about this nonsense before ("The red herring of relativism," July 8, 2007), so I won't go too deep into the silly idea that moral relativism follows from the absence of religious… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 14, 2008 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

Victor J. Stenger at MSCD

Victor J. Stenger, Author of the New York Times best seller "God: The Failed Hypothesis" will be speaking in the Turnhalle at the Tivoli on the Auraria campus on November 10th from 1:00-3:00pm. The address is 9000 Auraria Parkway, Denver Colorado, 80217. Check out the abstract of his talk and a short biography below.



Victor J. Stenger


Added by Metro State Atheists on September 14, 2008 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Holy Money

The Following is a great satire by my good friend and mentor Riki Mathews

O come all Ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant

O come Ye, O come Ye to the altar,

of the al mighty dollar

O come let us adore it

O come let us adore it

O come let us adore it

Money, and, Our Lord

Let me preach it, brothers and sisters! Are we losing our faith? Have we forgotten the power of our joint saviors so intertwined that we have stamped "In… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 14, 2008 at 1:17pm — No Comments

David Foster Wallace Dead.


David Foster Wallace, the novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his 1996 novel "Infinite Jest," was found dead Friday night at his home in Claremont, according to the Claremont Police Department. He was 46.

Jackie Morales, a records clerk at the department, said Wallace's wife called police at 9:30 p.m. Friday saying she had returned home to find…

Added by IsThatLatin on September 14, 2008 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Saturday, 13 September, 2008 23:51

Saturday, 13 September, 2008 23:51

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

ultimately, love...

is ineffective against

guns, knives, fists and hate.

But it's all we have.

Sometimes haikus are too limiting... by usually that just means that it's not a good haiku... you just haven't thought enough, boiled it down, cared enough to do it right.

Sequential haikus are great, though, sometimes. Sarah wrote a wonderful one a coupla months ago where she reversed the… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 13, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

On Pets and People

Like many Americans, I own pets. Yet I think I'm kind of a looney when it comes to my pets since I don't like the term "own'" for these little furry or scaley beings that share my home. Yeah, I paid money for them...But I think that term is a little insulting to the furry American that lives with me, rent free, in exchange for cuddles. I often find myself pondering our relationship and what it should be. Do any of you do this?

Before I get into my thought processes when pondering… Continue

Added by Parallax on September 13, 2008 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

Why Atheism is the best way to live.

I have no need for religion and what it commands you to believe. Man created this and the myth is perpetuated by man. One must have independent thought and be honest with oneself, even if that leads us to face our deepest fears. For out of those fears we can be humbled and appreciate our existence.

By nature humans have a need to know the whose, whys, where’s and what’s of this fragile and confusing thing called living. We are fortunate to be here. From the billions who never make it… Continue

Added by Kevin on September 13, 2008 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Friday, 12 September, 2008 23:05

Friday, 12 September, 2008 23:05

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

the winds of change blow

heedless of damage or death;

they just want to blow

Lotsa lotsa sleep!

It was wonderful, of course. almost twelve hours.

Strange, strange dream, though.

I was somewhere in downtown Topeka, conducting some shady business... don't know what, really, but I had a trench coat and hat on... and I was being very sneaky.

I was in an alley, and I… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 12, 2008 at 11:49pm — No Comments

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