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Added by Daniel de Culla on July 24, 2008 at 1:19pm —
I have been following the comment thread over at http://de-conversion.com/2008/07/22/i-never-wanted-to-be-an-atheist/ - and ran across the following exchange (names have been deleted to protect the guilty):
commenter 1 (a Christian)
Wow, the tone here is so interesting. Such great anger and pompousness, against God himself, even. Hmmm. He is not going to accept any of your excuses on Judgment Day. He is going to show you all of the ways he revealed himself to you quite… Continue
Added by Brad Feaker on July 24, 2008 at 12:30pm —
As a child I was obsessed with two things: outer space and dinosaurs. Two very normal points of interest for growing brains and for not too dissimilar reasons.
I've carried that appreciation and wonder into adulthood, into a more adult fashion of wonder (IE more reading and less drawing with crayons). I'm not formally trained in science but that doesn't stop me from taking my time to read science journals on archeology or new data on dark matter research. It takes me a little longer… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on July 24, 2008 at 12:08pm —
Yeah, that's what I said: Allah meat.
I was going to post about something more serious to day, but you know, sometimes it must be all fun and games. Since the most recent accusation that atheists have no sense of humor, we are obligated to prove otherwise. Unfortunately, this does mean poking fun at silly superstitious people (sorry, if one wants to make the no-humor claim, one should be prepared to open oneself up to ridicule on a variety of levels).
So, today, I give you… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on July 24, 2008 at 8:01am —
One thing which strikes me since I work in a telephone all day is how rude some people are. My work is to be a telemarketing seller, I think I am quite adept at my work and I can't say I perform worse than anyone else here. Telemarketing is a little about luck, sometimes people never respond, sometimes you never reach the wanted recipient. In any case, one thing which is quite noted in this work is how rude people are when responding to you in the telephone. It's as if they can be a little… Continue
Added by LeaT on July 24, 2008 at 7:00am —
I'm so infuriated with the country I live in. Yes, I live in the land of the "free". It seems that the Bush administration has decided that tapping the phone lines wasn't enough of a crazy idea to infringe on our personal rights. The administration has now decided that "some" forms of birth control will be considered "abortions" and that health care providers may now choose to refuse birth control!!! I'm curious, how long before condoms are denied to the public because they are also a form of… Continue
Added by Jennie on July 24, 2008 at 12:00am —
Anyone else getting really sick of being called a 'militant atheist' just because you spoke your mind and defended it when outnumbered?
Date: 15th century
engaged in warfare or combat : fighting
Added by Hessenroots on July 23, 2008 at 11:30pm —
So, I guess this is to be my first blog post. I suppose I should tell a little bit more about myself than I put in the 'About Me' section of my profile.
The short version: I was born, I went to school, and now I go to work.
I'll skip the details of my childhood, except to say that I was raised Roman catholic. I tried to believe, but it didn't take. Then I had lots of arguments about going to church with my parents.
I've always been interested in math and… Continue
Added by Rick on July 23, 2008 at 11:00pm —
"Faith is a euphemism for prejudice and religion is a euphemism for superstition." — Paul Keller, American rationalist.
"Faith is believing what you know ain't so." — Mark Twain.
"It seems odd that those who scoff at sun worshippers are apt to worship a vacuum."
"The first clergyman was the first rascal who met the first fool." — Voltaire.
"As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities." —… Continue
Added by Dawn Meggison on July 23, 2008 at 7:11pm —
I read that Senator Obama wants to establish Faith Based funding initiatives. It makes me nervous when I start hearing elected officials in the government start talking about issues of faith for a number of reasons. As an atheist I feel uneasy contemplating the fact that a recent Pew poll (7/18/08) indicates 92% of my fellow Americans believe in an invisible being who watches over them, providing them with personal attention and guidance. If that isn’t enough to worry about now I have to worry… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 23, 2008 at 5:38pm —
Popular culture tends to stereotype and pigeon-hole unpopular or minority groups in society, and atheists are no exception. In film, TV and even news shows, Atheists are commonly portrayed as being pitifully confused or temporarily deluded. This is commonly established by presenting atheists as either previously faithful people who (temporarily) lost their faith after some personal tragedy, or as misguided non-believers who are simply in need of one God affirming moment to see the proverbial… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on July 23, 2008 at 5:36pm —
I dug these out of the internets basement and felt the need to share them here. It's some nice, 1950's-ish Jesus and Xian clipart pages, check em' out!
I see no end to the possible usefulness of such things! Those kids hovering over the word incest on the 2nd picture look pretty happy about keeping it in the family...what the hell?…
Added by Hessenroots on July 23, 2008 at 4:30pm —
I've got something to confess. I attended sunday mass service this past weekend. I know, I shouldn't... but I was promised brunch afterwards so I couldn't resist...stupid fundie date...damn. Mass wasn't that bad, and the bacon was really good. I just wish the service included dazzling buccaneer garb and pirate lingo like FSM church.
At some point I'm going to have to come clear with Jesús about my pastafarian beliefs, just not when bacon is involved.
I think this is what I… Continue
Added by Rosa on July 23, 2008 at 4:18pm —
Normally I don't enjoy audio books. Even with an American public education I managed to come out literate and I like to use it on occasion.
That said, when someone like Lewis Black comes out with a new book it only seemed right to listen to him read it to me.
I got my fingers on a copy of 'Me of Little Faith'
which is nothing short of gold. His personal views on religion, mixed with… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on July 23, 2008 at 2:09pm —
Recently Sam Harris conducted an online survey about belief. He asked that responders to the surveys (4) be either atheists or Christian. The results are fairly predictable - but a few surprises. You can see the results here:
Added by Brad Feaker on July 23, 2008 at 1:44pm —
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 —