This was one of my earliest posts on myspace. It seemed to strike a chord there, so I'm posting it here as well.
"When I think of the concept of doing good in order to be rewarded...
When I think of vilifying people based on their sexuality ...
When I think of teaching small children to live in fear of Satan, demons, the fires of Hell, and even God himself ....
When I think of people piously observing the Ten Commandments while supporting the death… Continue
Added by Chrys Stevenson on August 16, 2008 at 5:46am —
Friday, 15 August, 2008 22:09
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
is wonderful; it allows
us to be happy.
Another beautiful day here in Kansas... it was supposed to rain all day, but there was nary a drop.
I awoke at 04:00, as usual, but today I stayed in bed and dozed off and on for almost four hours... that was kinda nice. Didn't need to worry about getting up... I love that!
Got some little stuff done around the house, and missed an… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on August 15, 2008 at 10:37pm —
We, as atheists, are opinionated, if nothing else. Here's
a guy who thinks we should just sit down and shut up when it comes to the DNC's decision to hold an interfaith service for the upcoming convention. If we don't hold our tongues and sit on our hands, we are 'militant.'
What do you have to do? Just swing on by… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 15, 2008 at 7:18pm —
A friend of mine sent me a link to a news story this morning about Red Bull Energy Drink. For him, reading that article was enough to keep him from ever drinking Red Bull again. However, I was skeptical and did some research. I feel that being skeptical and checking information before simply believing it is important.
For the full story with links and good stuff, click… Continue
Added by Neece on August 15, 2008 at 6:57pm —
I live in a house that was built in the 19th century. There are stories about this place. I have seen things move by themselves. I have heard noises and voices. And I'm not crazy either. That's the important point. I'm very rational, have an empirically measurable perspective of life. If you can't touch it it's not real.
I don't use drugs. I rarely drink, and then not to excess. I have never had a hallucination or any type of mental illness. I've never had a paranormal encounter until I… Continue
Added by Frisky Freddie on August 15, 2008 at 5:27pm —
Harrold Independent School District in (of course) Texas has OKed teachers and staff bringing firearms to school
This festering stupidity begins and ends with David Thweatt (the district's superintendent), it seems, who offers up these statements as evidence of his own severe retardation:
He said the district's lone campus… Continue
Added by warreno on August 15, 2008 at 1:53pm —
Larry King, fifteen, was shot quite dead at school last year by a classmate who didn't like to face the reality that King was gay.
Rather than put the blame where it belongs — on his murderer — King's parents are suing his school
because administrators "permitted" him to show up in drag.
Of course, if the administrators had not
done so, they'd've been sued by the ACLU.
The fault for… Continue
Added by warreno on August 15, 2008 at 12:23pm —
The following appeared in Redwood City Daily News
..."Altar Boyz" feels like a marketing idea that was thrown together quickly and carelessly to try and make a buck. As a result, it has the vibe of a dishonest piece of commercial collaboration, like a con man turned preacher.
A marketing idea? Sounds like religion in general. A con man turned preacher? Isn't that redundant?
Added by AtheistJoy on August 15, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Bigfoot. I know, it's hard to believe that people are still inventing Bigfoot hoaxes of all things! However, I guess when you run a business that does Bigfoot tours, it could be a smart financial decision. This hardly needs any debunking, but this story is being covered by actual news sources.
Added by MP Lockwood on August 15, 2008 at 11:30am —
Ronald Aronson has a good piece up over at Huffington in which he talks about all the secularists of the Democratic party are being ignored at this year's DNC convention.
When first avowing his religious credentials for president, Barack Obama said -- and then repeated many times since -- that "secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square." The party that will soon nominate Obama is to be praised for its… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 15, 2008 at 10:12am —
Hey! Our very own ('our,' as in the atheist community...I like the sound of that: atheist community
...nice), vjack at Atheist Revolution has been interviewed by The Atheist Spot.
A kind of 'Get To Know Your Atheist Blogger.' The Fightin' Atheists! vjack is one of my very favorite fightin' atheists...go have a read and enjoy.
(Links on Blog!)
Added by IsThatLatin on August 15, 2008 at 10:10am —
It seems Jackson Browne is a liberal and is taking this very seriously. He is suing McCain and the RNC for it's use of his song, Running on Empty, without permission in a campaign ad.
The lawsuit claims the song's use was an infringement of his copyright and will lead people to conclude he endorses McCain. The suit says Browne is a lifelong liberal who is as well-known for his music as for being "an advocate for social and environmental justice."
Seems they have used other songs… Continue
Added by TinaFCD on August 15, 2008 at 8:21am —
Okay, this is subtle, genius, detailed, thorough, and therefore long.
I take college classes at Community College of Denver which shares the campus with University of Colorado Denver and Metropolitan State College of Denver. MSCD has an Atheist group which I help out a lot.
I'm a non-officer member with a title of something like "Honourary High School Genius".
Anyway, there's also a "Crypto-'Science' Society" which does things with Bigfoot and shit. They also… Continue
Added by Elles on August 15, 2008 at 1:53am —
BIGFOOT BODY FOUND!
I was shocked! It's bigfoot! Look! See it!? No?...
me either but this sort of thing is one of my favorite flavors of bullshit. That entire writeup oozes hoax. It's funny but it's still BS.
Why am I being so judgmental?
"The creature was found ... in the woods in northern Georgia. (The exact location is being kept secret to protect the creatures.)"
Added by Hessenroots on August 15, 2008 at 12:30am —
Thursday, 14 August, 2008 21:45
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
is wonderful; it allows
us to be happy.
Bad day - good day here.
The bad part was that JD and Samson left, of course.
I forget how much I love dogs until I'm around one for a while.
And I will always love JD.
And I hated to see them go... but it must be.
And after they left... I took a nice, long nap; about three hours.
Added by Douglas Franklin on August 14, 2008 at 10:16pm —
In case you only think the Catholic Church performs strange ceremonies, here is a story from New Zealand that will convince you otherwise. Janet Moses, an average looking 22 year old New Zealand woman of Maori decent, died ten months ago during an exorcism or “curse lifting” ceremony performed by six women and three men, all members of Ms Moses' extended family, who will now stand trial for manslaughter.
According to Wikipedia:
The word Māori refers to the indigenous Polynesian… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 14, 2008 at 5:50pm —
In these off-the-record interviews, neurologist turned playwright, filmmaker and self-described atheist Jonathan Miller filmed conversations with six of today’s leading men of letters and science: biologist and New York Times best-selling author Richard Dawkins
, philosophers Daniel Dennett
and Colin McGinn
, distinguished… Continue
Added by V1ktor on August 14, 2008 at 5:02pm —
Pledge of Allegiance Blues
documents the journey of Rev. Dr. Michael Newdow, the blues-singing California physician and his battle to protect the separation between church and state, a battle that took him all the way to the United States Supreme Court where he defended the landmark "under God" lawsuit. From the controversy over the Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama State… Continue
Added by V1ktor on August 14, 2008 at 4:47pm —
Recently, I emailed AETV to give some of my ideas on free will, since they have debated that idea and touched on it there and on the Non Prophets show, but they are understandably overworked and so didn't give any comments on it, although Matt sent a polite email back explaining their lack of time. I thank him for that. This does seem to be a better place for such musings, so I'm posting my thoughts here. All comments are welcome.
My thesis, if this were worthy of that level of… Continue
Added by Roger Reynolds on August 14, 2008 at 3:43pm —
I don't mean to keep posting about the Nexus, but there's a part of the text that's currently at the top of every page that bugs me:
"We hold a naturalistic worldview.
We are free from mysticism and the supernatural.
We put no trust in superstitions and we seek no miracles."
While I'm sure that applies to a good number of atheists, agnostics, brights,
freethinkers, humanists and skeptics here and elsewhere, it shouldn't be used as a blanket statement to… Continue
Added by Steve on August 14, 2008 at 9:40am —