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No Room in the Big Tent for Us

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 — No Comments

Vjack of Atheist Revolution Interviewed!

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 — No Comments

And so it goes....

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 — No Comments

Evil Genius Plan for the Promotion of Science and Reason

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 — No Comments

Bigfoot costume found in foam beer cooler


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.)"

That… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 15, 2008 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

Thursday, 14 August, 2008 21:45

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.

Got… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on August 14, 2008 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Woman dies during Curse Lifting Ceremony

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 — 2 Comments

Atheism Tapes - interviews

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 — No Comments

Pledge of Allegiance Blues - movie

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 — 2 Comments

Free Will, Not!

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 — No Comments

Generalizing atheists

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 — 7 Comments

How about forming a Church of Atheism?

A half-serious question. Why not take advantage of the tax shelter and collect some of that "faith-based" money? Perhaps it could be diverted to some better causes. I don't know all the details of this, but would there be an advantage over simply creating a non-profit charity group? Hostile religious types like to accuse atheism of being a religion itself all the time. (of course, the fact that they consider this an insult is obviously self-defeating)

I can see the dangers in it too,… Continue

Added by MP Lockwood on August 14, 2008 at 9:38am — 6 Comments

the mix

You've got to be taught, before it's too late

Before you are six or seven or eight

To hate all the people your relatives hate

You've got to be carefully taught


From the musical South Pacific

Our three summer family reunions were terrific, especially for the kids, who have discovered or re-discovered no fewer than 50 cousins of various degrees of remove. Better yet, these cousins are good kids,… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 14, 2008 at 8:02am — 3 Comments

Refined Thoughts on A'isha-Gate

Last Sunday, I posted a rather annoyed and probably knee-jerk reaction to this whole Random House business of not publishing The Jewel of Medina for fear of reprisal from Islamic Fundamentalists. I have since refined my position a bit.

I still believe it's big-time trouble to allow religious extremists to threaten publishers/authors with violence whenever something they don't like might be printed. That's not going to change--it's a freedom of speech issue, and it's a freedom of/from… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on August 14, 2008 at 7:04am — 2 Comments

Two Gifts

Jawa and FSM

This past weekend my wife and I were visiting my sister-in-law and our nephew had his toys out on the floor. He had like four Jawa BK toys (the eyes light up when you squeeze his belly). I was like "Man! I want one!" jokingly. Well, one of the Jawas belonged to our niece and she decided she wanted to give it to me (so sweet!). So there it sits.

Wait! Who's that next to my Jawa!?

This one is a gift from my mom… Continue

Added by Larro on August 13, 2008 at 5:02pm — 4 Comments

All the one-sidedness is getting to me!

This is my first blog post here. I've been steaming about something lately, so I guess I will use this opportunity to get it out of my system.

I don't know about other people, but one thing that I absolutely HATE post deconversion is all the xians who want me to read their favorite books or go to certain lectures from supposedly renowned scientists on the truth of creationism, but don't care to look at the same topics from a different perspective than their own. I spent 28 years as a… Continue

Added by Daniel on August 13, 2008 at 1:59pm — 3 Comments

Reason, Truth and Polls

It seems that every day 3 polls come out and the people who refer to them talk about the results as if the poll is solid gold fact. And most people just accept it as truth. Well, it's not.

Don't believe everything you read or hear. People have agendas and numbers are easily warped and skewed.

That leads me to Reason and a new project I've volunteered for. If you've ever seen the Skeptics Annotated Bible, this is a project to make it even better. I love having resources and… Continue

Added by Neece on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Doubting Thomas isn't the only one

The story of Doubting Thomas is a familiar one: that it is better to believe without evidence, that faith is a virtue. I recall some more biblical passages that promote this theme. Continue

Added by Maria on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Dualism, materialism, and morality

My response to the faith-based point of view: "If behavior is controlled instead by circuits in the brain that follow the laws of chemistry, choice and value would be myths and the possibility of moral responsibility would evaporate. As the creationist advocate John West put it, "If human beings (and their beliefs) really are the mindless products of their material existence, then everything that gives meaning to human life--religion, morality, beauty--is revealed to be without objective… Continue

Added by Maria on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

In the newspaper today.

Someone stole a custom made bicycle that was owned by a Cerebral Palsy boy of 17. In it's place they left a 10 speed bike. The bike was recovered.

This is a comment from someone in the paper:

Whoever stole that bike should have their hands chopped off at the wrist. That's the punishment for stealing in some countries - I think we should have it here too. There would be a lot less recidivism - how are you going to pick something up to steal without hands???

I hope…

Added by TinaFCD on August 13, 2008 at 11:05am — No Comments

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