I've been living in the Hampton Roads Area for a while, but it has been a bit of a disappointment that some of the other atheists I meet only want to talk about religion. I had hoped to meed people with broad interests who could get to know each other without the question of "where's your church home?" coming up. I have a vast range of interests, including sailing, foreign language (French, Spanish, German, some Arabic and Portuguese), history, music of all types, and on and on. I DON'T want to… Continue
Added by George Evans on August 1, 2008 at 2:05pm —
A conversation between my aunt and my grandmother went like this last Sunday morning upon the appearance of an article in the paper about non-religious summer camps;
G-ma (with shock); "Non-religious summer camps?!"
Aunt (derisively); "I bet they're teaching them that new-age crap"
It's so hard not to speak up in situations like this where people are blatantly and unapologetically bigoted. And that really is the problem. Many people in my… Continue
Added by Sondra on August 1, 2008 at 1:56pm —
The philosophical zombie argument for dualism has a few variations that I found, and, in essence, argues that a human, that is materially or behaviorally indistinguishable from normal, but has no subjective experience, is conceivable and metaphysically possible: continue...
Added by Maria on August 1, 2008 at 11:30am —
I was thinking about something that happened in my AP US History class, a little more than a year ago. We had been talking about the Scopes trial, and the student teacher took an informal poll of the class, on whether creationism, evolution, or both should be taught in high school biology classes...continue
Added by Maria on August 1, 2008 at 11:30am —
Try to ignore the mocking, snide tone of the following:
A month-long project to raise funds for an atheist advert to go on the side of a London bus has been derailed: not by an act of God but through a lack of pledges.
The gambit began in June when Ariane Sherine, writing for the Guardian's Comment is Free website, expressed her consternation at the prevalence of God-bothering ads for JesusSaid.org splurged across double deckers. Inspired by this, blogger Jon Worth set… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 1, 2008 at 9:08am —
We lost another. First the Texas Supreme Court rules that it's perfectly legal for believers to physically abuse and otherwise manhandle themselves and others as an expression of their religious beliefs. Now, a federal judge in La Jolla has ruled to keep a 43 foot tall concrete cross adorning a hilltop city park as a war memorial. Here's the reason he gives:
(Read on here...links on… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 1, 2008 at 8:40am —
The relentless wrath of revenge revolves a rage remarkably reasonless.
Each side tied to stride inside an eye for an eye however unjustified.
Lies disguise this senseless mess, an infinite regress, obsessed to penalize.
Victims vandalize and violate virtues guide when they too, victimize.
The prize? Everyone dies.
Added by TJMorgan on August 1, 2008 at 8:00am —
When I was a very young child in rural Texas, a strange annual event would happen each summer during the hottest time of the year. A large white tent would be set up in a park near my grandparent’s church, and lots of little metal chairs would be set up around a small raised platform with a microphone. For several nights in a row my grandparents would take me to this event they called a “tent revival” and we would listen to a rather portly sweaty man tell us colorful stories from the New… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 31, 2008 at 7:58pm —
The godtards are fond of claiming that nonheterosexuals adopting children is bad for the kids.
As bad as this
, I wonder?
An evangelical preacher killed his wife several years ago and stuffed her body in a freezer after she caught him abusing their daughter, according to police and court documents.
Anthony Hopkins murdered his wife in 2004 after she caught him fucking… Continue
Added by warreno on July 31, 2008 at 5:17pm —
Assailed by boredom I, perhaps incautiously, decided to have a look at some creationist websites to have a laugh. I do it from time to time, to catch up with the new silly arguments they manage to come up with - if they even do. This is a little something I found on www.creationism.org
and I thought I'd share with the world. Also, it was obviously
placed in a page titled "Evolution"
Added by Fabio on July 31, 2008 at 2:07pm —
Added by MP Lockwood on July 31, 2008 at 12:19pm —
So, as you may recall, I created a 12 step program
for people recovering from organized religion.
Well, I found out that believersanonymous.com
was available and I got it!
The question is, what would you, my target audience, be interested in? I certainly don't want to take anything away from Atheist Nexus, my new favorite place… Continue
Added by Neece on July 31, 2008 at 11:39am —
It's a common meme: If you are an Atheist, and you support science, you are frequently accused of trying to replace religion with science. A recent example is here: What's wrong with science as religion?
The zen answer to that question, of course, is mu
. What exactly is wrong with the question? Few if any Atheists have actually advocated such a thing. What… Continue
Added by Feshy on July 31, 2008 at 11:39am —
I've had bad allergies as long as I can remember. For the last few years, they seemed to do okay with medications. Well, I had been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome about a dozen years ago. Last year, I started having heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and some other symptoms.
A stress test came out fine. I was reading up on something recently and found that palpitations can be caused by a food allergy. Apparently, most of my other whacky health symptoms I've had for the… Continue
Added by Brian on July 31, 2008 at 11:36am —
Everyone knows that the universe is pretty big place. This movie makes you realize what "big" really… Continue
Added by Patrick on July 31, 2008 at 9:35am —
Just for fun, here are the diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder
(taken from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association). I've underlined the appropriate criteria and proof-texted corresponding verses to "document" that God has a problem and should seek help:A pervasive pattern of… Continue
Added by NH Baritone on July 30, 2008 at 8:00pm —
How dare I stare into the eyes of the universe when the infinite darkness between the stars can swallow me whole in just one glance and when reflecting on time my consciousness is raised yet suffocated at the thought that I exist in just a fraction of a speck of time’s infiniteness? As insignificant as I may feel, I am the universe, at least a scrap of it, and if I thought the universe were conscious, I would criticize it for being cruel to allow me to live, love, be aware, and become attached… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on July 30, 2008 at 7:40pm —
Here's a short list of books I put together that I think represent the case for atheism very well.
Any atheist that is serious
about his/her lack of faith should read at least some of these books. They aren't light reading though. But I've found that as I read these, I tended to read them faster and faster as they are such damn good books.
Being an atheist is easy but being informed about it and being able to defend it well are important things. We can learn a lot from these… Continue
Added by Jared Smith on July 30, 2008 at 5:54pm —
So I have been out of work for 3 weeks now. It has been tough finding work, but I finally took the Transportation Authority test and PASSED! Hard work but I did it!
Now all I have to do is get fingerprinted, take a pee test,
offer my first born
and do the paid safety/training and I will be on the streets picking up drunks and tourists... same thing.
It seems like it is taking forever to get this job, all the paperwork, the hoops, the tests... I am surprised I… Continue
Added by J.D. Crow on July 30, 2008 at 4:30pm —
...it should probably be Buddhism.
In the face of right-wing fungelical squeaking about transgendered individuals and the bathrooms they should or should not be permitted to use, a school in Thailand has actually built a separate WC for its transgendered students.
What I sit in awe of is not the fact that the… Continue
Added by warreno on July 30, 2008 at 2:07pm —