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Atheistic Comfort

On Yahoo! Answers, Jomamoeuskadi asked the following question:



I was brought up Catholic but recently lost all belief and now class myself as atheist. I do…
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Added by NH Baritone on July 28, 2008 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Why I am NOT a "Bright"

The Brights. As in "I am a Bright." I don't like it.



I don't really like the term 'atheist' either. Sam Harris was right when he said that the term 'atheist' should not even exist because all it is, is an admission of the obvious. It's used to identify a non-believer but there are no words, or labels, for other groups or people who are non-(pronoun).



But I think that the term 'Bright' is the worst. Professor Dawkins is an intimidatingly smart man but when I first read… Continue

Added by Jared Smith on July 28, 2008 at 6:11pm — 5 Comments

My Blog

I post to a blog at The Enlightened Observer

Added by Enlightened Observer on July 28, 2008 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Where Do You Stand With Suicide?

Hello, I know, a really cheery subject.

But I'm kind of lost. I'd love to know your opinions on this touchy subject.



See, 2 months ago I thought suicide was a stupid, permanent solution to a potentially temporary problem.

But a month ago, a very dear friend of mine who was amazingly intelligent and wonderful killed herself at the age of 59. I know she was in very poor health, and that she had problems with her family abandoning her. Other than that, I have no idea why she… Continue

Added by Neece on July 28, 2008 at 5:06pm — 4 Comments

Our father who art not in heaven

The fattest fairytale ever fed

fixes a folly to foil ones head.

Flattering its host with features to attract,

it forges a fiction flavored like fact.

It’s firm to force that flesh will fade

and fibers internal are forever in grade.

Made in faith this figure does flower,

framed as the most famous, favorite, phantasmal power.

Our father who art not in heaven,

figure in yet another seven

days or more

to free us from each and every… Continue

Added by TJMorgan on July 28, 2008 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Why I'm an Atheist / Bright / Humanist

The following is a note I wrote on facebook for my friends there (posted yesterday, 7/27/08), but I thought I'd cross-post it here... Maybe you all have some good feedback.



Why is Robby an Atheist / Bright / Humanist? And what does it all mean?

I know many of my friends and acquaintances may have noticed my "religious views" here on facebook and may or may not be surprised/shocked/horrified. If you haven't yet noticed, let me put it all out there: I don't believe in any sort… Continue

Added by Robert Prather on July 28, 2008 at 1:25pm — No Comments

The Wisdom of South Park

I've just been watching the South Park two-part episode "Go God, Go!"

I think it imparts some useful wisdom, but I'd like to see what everyone else thinks. You see, it's not that atheists are incredibly stupid, it's that PEOPLE are simply prone to worshipping whatever ideas are most appealing to them at any given moment.

How can we relate this revelation to our religious counterparts, whom I'm sure are good at heart. Well, for the most part.

Added by Carter Fort on July 28, 2008 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

The Danger of Religion

We hear many words to describe religion, but we rarely discuss the danger religion poses. To see the danger of religion one has only to read the daily news. Today, for instance, the AP news service reports that “Suicide bombers struck a Shiite pilgrimage in Baghdad and a Kurdish protest rally in northern Iraq on Monday, killing at least 57 people and wounding nearly 300….” We might make the mistake of attributing this violence to extremists of a certain religion or sect, but that ignores all… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 28, 2008 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

The lab pixies strike again

My protein, a dark, evil mistress from hell, refused to fold on command like her nicely behaving homologous sister. A year into assaying folding and buffer conditions with only slight improvement, I went the mutagenesis route.



After doing all sort of skippy victory dances when I finally got my mutant, I transformed some nice bacteria, grew them and burst them. So I'm, at last, folding the protein again. I expect no problems, I tried folding some of my incomplete mutant and it… Continue

Added by Madeline (Brigit) on July 28, 2008 at 9:02am — No Comments

Conversations with God

I'm a little groggy this morning, so, once again, it's time to talk to God.



Me: Good morning, God.

God: How are you this fine morning?

Me: I'm fine. There was that shooting at the Universalist church yesterday that I just found out about. That's a bit of a bummer.

God: Glad to hear it. What's new? What happened? A bit of a bummer is a terrible thing to waste.

Me: Uh...um...yeah. What's new with you, God?

God: Really. Ugh. A deeper algorithm is needed to… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on July 28, 2008 at 8:16am — No Comments

Transitional fossils

Transitional fossils are under attack, the ultimate straw man argument.

Everywhere you look these days, ignorant people who are caught up in the delusion of theism are calling out one mantra in a loud voice, "show me the transitional fossils".

No other request is so poignantly telling as this. Transitional Fossils like half bird and half lizard, or half monkey and half homo-sapiens. It’s a request that tells us that they don’t know that they don’t know. That is about as bad as… Continue

Added by DaVinci on July 28, 2008 at 7:24am — No Comments

'Take off your hat!'

I shot a wedding in a Catholic church yesterday.



It was at a church in the middle of Delano, California and that church was surrounded by churches of all sorts of denominations. In this town, every street has a church and I can understand why - if you lived in Delano, you'd need religion too.



The lead photographer, our assistant and I arrive at the church and we begin to set up our cameras, getting test shots and figuring out where we can be to get the best shots. In order… Continue

Added by Jenny on July 27, 2008 at 7:32pm — 1 Comment

Doug Harringtons Books from American Samoa.

During a near death expeierence suffered by the Author, Doug Harrington on March 08, 1995, he actually traveled through the Infamous Tunnel that all religous fanatics are so insistant in glorifying.



This inspired the Book {The Fear of Living} which is based on the near Death Expierence that took place in American Samoa, a United States Territory located 14deg. South of the Equator. {Well known as Pago pago}



Doug entered in to the NDE as much of a beleiver as could be… Continue

Added by Doug Harrington on July 27, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Staring into the abyss of stupidity

Link to my post

Added by Kristjan Wager on July 27, 2008 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Believers Anonymous - A 12 Step Program to Intellectual Enlightenment

I thought you might find this useful.
12 Steps to Intellectual Enlightenment

Added by Neece on July 27, 2008 at 3:00pm — 6 Comments

knock-knock

Yesterday as my husband had a great morning. We'd gone out for breakfast, made the weekly Wally World run and were overall just enjoying each other's company. We'd just pulled into the driveway and started to unload the car when a big ol' honkin' SUV full of people pulls in behind us. We live in a rural area and generally if someone we don't know pulls into the driveway, they're either lost or they're knock-knock fundies of some variety or another. Well, these people were not lost but they… Continue

Added by Oh-Oh-Oreo on July 27, 2008 at 1:03pm — 4 Comments

Which Came First? The Data or the Result?

It would seem that vjack at Atheist Revolution and I are on the same wave-length this morning. Today, he blogs about a study linking serotonin with spirituality and I'm blogging about this "study." Apparently, Oxford University professor Oliveria Pertovich is claiming that we are hardwired for belief in God, not atheism.



Well, I find a number of problems with this, but I'm no Oxford University professor, so what do I know? I do find this bothersome, though...…



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Added by IsThatLatin on July 27, 2008 at 10:36am — No Comments

"The New Order of Hawkeyes Divine Deliverance"

"The New Order of Hawkeyes Divine Deliverance" is designed to afford a vessel for those who are strapped by either Culture, Religion, or for lack of counsuling on the subject of Free Thinking.

In American Samoa, the poor people are being bled of their meager earnings in the name of God, Jesus, Religion, and Culture.

These people do not stand a chance of standing up for themselves as individuals when it comes down to selection between Christianaty, and Free Thinking.

(90% ) of… Continue

Added by Doug Harrington on July 27, 2008 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

Bad Religion, bad bad religion

Frankly I don't know much about Bad Religion, but I stumbled across some lyrics and was delighted to find that I agreed with the sentiments. I've heard before they are an atheist band, but you know how that goes.



NEW DARK AGES by Bad Religion



Yeah can you hear the call in our rambling land susurrations,

That can expand beyond all hope of light and plunge us into unrelenting night



A pall on truth and reason,

It feels like hunting season

So avoid… Continue

Added by Jessicah on July 26, 2008 at 8:46pm — No Comments

The Bible vs. Love





Moral dilemmas are our gadflies, the weak spots of any philosophy, and by extension, of any religion. When one highly esteemed virtue battles with another of equal merit, reflective people the world over turn to their philosophy or faith to make peace between the two. But how would your favorite life-enhancing ethic deal with the following:

  • Does your duty to “crown & country” outweigh your…
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Added by NH Baritone on July 26, 2008 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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