So the previously mentioned funeral went just fine. My pirated mix of gospel and xian 'inspirational' tracks was a big hit apparently (see prev. blog). I'm told she would have really liked it.
The day did leave me thinking quite a bit though. Not about mortality, the meaning of life or any of that typical stuff. I started to wonder what kind of funeral, if any, will be had for me...and will my 99% theist family feel obliged to follow my desire to not have one?
The service… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on July 23, 2008 at 11:30am —
In yet another example of the perverse sense of humor of the universe, an Indiana Wiccan stabbed herself in the foot with a sword while conducting a good-luck ritual.
MSNBC shares with us the story of Katherine Gunther, of Lebanon, IN. While performing the ceremony under the light of a full moon1 in a cemetery — which includes, apparently, repeatedly thrusting the point of a sword into the ground — she… Continue
Added by warreno on July 23, 2008 at 10:00am —
So far my atheist ministry is going well. I've educated a handful of people on the science of evolution. Taught a few people on how atheist can and do have morals and why. I even tried debunking a couple superstitions.
Added by TravCav on July 23, 2008 at 9:47am —
Out of shear curiosity, I just ordered my own free "Olympic Prayer Band" from an ad I clicked on the Drudge Report. I initially assumed that by "free" they meant I would have to donate money which I wouldn't have, but I was able to bypass that part and they are sending me my new wrist band! I will probably be spammed to death, but good ol' gmail will put an end to that rather quickly. Though I would hate for whoever has my old phone number because they might get a pleasant call… Continue
Added by DB on July 23, 2008 at 6:31am —
I just discovered a wonderful short story from that bible book. It's about a bald man who gets made fun of by some teenagers, then curses them by praying to god to have them tore limb from limb by BEARS!
23 Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!” 24 When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two… Continue
Added by Jessicah on July 22, 2008 at 10:28pm —
Added by Felicia on July 22, 2008 at 8:45pm —
For a while now I have been totally freaking out about work. As is typical of my family I tend to obsess about certain items and my obsession is work.
Today however I found this quote from Bertrand Russell "One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
And you know I am going to print that out and put it over my desk. I need as many reminders as possible that I need to chill out, this is NOT the end of the… Continue
Added by Seven Crows on July 22, 2008 at 6:00pm —
While stalking The Chive (on Gather.com) today, as is my wont, I came across a sickening diatribe against gay people that included the word "Bible". As I skimmed, I saw a shadowy little word appear under the B. word that said "block". As I pointed my cursor at it, it amplified into the message "click here to block this object".
Firefox is as atheist! They know an ad when they see one! They have for some time been protecting me from all the banner garbage that clutters this and other… Continue
Added by Ruth Dickson on July 22, 2008 at 4:17pm —
Yeah, it's an hour and a half long lecture on the origins of the Bible, but it doesn't even seem to matter since it's so very interesting. I'm hoping to go down to my favorite (read that as 'only decent') book store in this podunk town and pick it up.
Hopefully because it has the word 'Jesus' in the title, the bookstore will carry it. This town is full of fundies. There are 4 or 5 churches within walking… Continue
Added by Parallax on July 22, 2008 at 11:55am —
Every country has its vegetables; in the South African religious culture, July seems to mark the month of the potato – 70 000 potatoes to be exact. All of these vegetables gathered in all their disparity at the well-known Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria on the 7’Th of this month to heed the mash that is the message of one of their insidious leaders in vegetable kind; Angus Buchan.
Buchan, who thought it apt to write a book entitled ‘Faith Like Potatoes’ – let’s just appreciate… Continue
Added by Johnathan Botha on July 22, 2008 at 11:21am —
Many people believe both that (i) there is an all knowing God, and that (ii) we humans can rightly be held responsible (praised, blamed, rewarded, punished) for at least some of the things that we do. But some contend that i and ii are incompatible — that if i is true then ii must be false (and vice versa).
Consider these six propositions (a-f) . . .
(a) There is an all knowing God.
(b) Someone knows and always has known everything there is to know.
(c) Long before I… Continue
Added by DaVinci on July 22, 2008 at 10:34am —
From Wrong in Their Mind Tanks
(note: links to Atheist Revolution on blog):
This morning, vjack over at Atheist Revolution posted an interesting question regarding the possibility, or consideration, of picketing. I responded in my usual long-winded manner, but then upon posting, I realized I had more to say. So, rather than double post, I'll blather on here (that's what blogs are… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on July 22, 2008 at 8:09am —
... but please check it out!
Outside the Asylum
It's a humble gathering of stories and bits of information that support Wonko's decision to build the asylum. If you don't know who I'm talking about, there's more information there. :) Enjoy!
Added by Wonko's Apprentice on July 21, 2008 at 9:22pm —
Earlier this year Pope Benedict XVI said, "hell is a place where sinners really do burn in an everlasting fire, and not just a religious symbol designed to galvanise the faithful". By contrast, in 1999 Pope John Paul II said hell was, "the ultimate consequence of sin itself. Rather than a place, hell indicates the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy".
According to the catholic dogma of papal infallibility, which… Continue
Added by Rosa on July 21, 2008 at 9:11pm —
Fos those who may NOT know (jeez - you people really exist?) Cthulhu is an invention of H.P. Lovecraft in his many stories of the Elder Gods. Cthulhu was the prophet/preacher for the 'Old Ones' or may have been and Elder God himself. He is described in 'The Call of Cthulhu' as " a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind." How cool is… Continue
Added by Brad Feaker on July 21, 2008 at 8:30pm —
I'm sure you've heard the arguments before: that religion has produced great art and should therefore get more respect, or even that the production of art, at all, requires religion. It's true that, before the nineteenth century, much of the greatest art was religious--although this speaks more to the social structure at the time, than to a supposed necessity for religion in art: one might equally allege that, because just as much of the great art of centuries past was made for the royalty, it… Continue
Added by Maria on July 21, 2008 at 6:22pm —
Catholic health system to become one of VA's largest.
I work for Bon Secours and can say with an insider's perspective that this merger is only the beginning of the growth of Bon Secours across the region. Off the record, there have been attempts the merge with (smallish) secular organizations as well but those seem to have mostly fallen through for now.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, they have… Continue
Added by Audrey on July 21, 2008 at 4:41pm —
In an article found here
, an interesting side note has occurred to me, perhaps late.
Read the artilce before commenting. There are other threads on this forum as well, but I don't see anything addressing my points.
The Islington council doesn't have the power to decided whether Lillian Ladele's beliefs warrent special… Continue
Added by DaVinci on July 21, 2008 at 4:28pm —
Added by Rowan on July 21, 2008 at 4:12pm —
If god is omniscient he knows everything, including my disbelief. If god is immutable the he cannot change his mind. So why would a Christian pray in the first place, especially for a heathen like me? If god has these attributes – he can’t change his mind about anything. This is also where the Bible contradicts the very nature of the god who inspired it. So message to the Christians – no thanks on the prayer thing.
Added by Brad Feaker on July 21, 2008 at 1:11pm —