On Sunday morning, 12 October, 2014, I listened to Reza Aslan as he spent three minutes saying next to nothing of consequence regarding the contretemps of a week ago between Sam Harris and Ben Affleck on Real Time with Bill Maher. Whatever Aslan wanted to accomplish with his vacuous commentary is beyond me, which doesn’t stop me from seeing it and him as being problematic as…Continue
History repeats itself, over and over and over again. This is why I think there is no such thing as a god, jesus, salvation, redemption, or any of the other claims people who act as if they know make. If there were a god, there would be a universal god, one who empowered all people around the Earth to flourish, they would know how to solve problems and resolve conflict. No, the gods that exist in the minds of Homo sapiens are constructs created in the mind of humans to explain things they do…Continue
So my girlfriend is studying to become a lay minister within her Church. I even helped her pay for a class. She knows I’m an atheist and is fine with that. And I’m fine with the fact she is a Christian.
Well, during the class someone mentioned, yes..you know how…ATHESISTS….
Ya know what the instructor told the class.
Atheists tend to have and behave more “Christian” then the Christians.
That took a lot of people aback.
Kinds throws a different like on…Continue
There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a Gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.
During our early childhood years as young Atheists (Implicit Atheism, no knowledge nor care about Gods) most of us had an overwhelming wonderment for absolutely everything, I spent my childhood examining everything I could find and wondered how it all worked and was related to myself, if given a present involving technology, within two days it would be in pieces as I investigated what made it move or make noises, blow air, etc....
This wonderment followed me into my early teens and…Continue
Over the course of the past two weeks, I have undergone training courses at my new employer's office. Typically, you get to meet everyone you will be working with, and I had a couple days of shadow training. Essentially, I was riding along side my trainer, watching how she…Continue
Hello everybody, this is my first blog post here
A few days ago I decided to read my religion's book, the Quran, as to become a more enlightened atheist, and also because people here believe in Jen and witchcraft so much I began to question myself.
and every time I call bullshit, someone tells me but it's in the Quran!!
I'm really bothered by loads upon loads of threats of going to hell if you didn't follow that or this, I mean maybe if we eliminated the threats the Quran…Continue
To be "phobic" of something is normally taken to mean to be frightened of it. The Greek word phobos actually means fear or terror, so it would make sense to think that people who are "Islamophobic" are those who are frightened of Islam. However, in recent times, the term "islamophobic" has been used to describe those who publicly criticise Islam such as Richard Dawkins and other "new atheists" e.g. in a …Continue
I don't agree to religion. It proves to be a great hindrance for anyone who would like to make strides in progressing forward.
If you think that you need to belief in a deity and a constructed set of beliefs passed down from history to pave you a path for self-control, then you're one of those people very frail of mind...something that you straight-away deny from the very start.
Religion can and will be criticized for any problems and wrongs that it contains. To consider it as…Continue
Being an Ex-Muslim and born of Pakistan, it sure brings with itself a barrage of problems, pressures, ridicule and a lot of threats, especially if you happen to be an atheist and are fighting for your right to be an apostate or stand and oppose religious beliefs.
If you happen to be born in a country that takes Islam as the forefront for law-making, rights and the way of life to be run in that country, then you're most likely stripped away with a great deal of freedom of choice,…
“Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion. In Constantinople, one who does.”
“If you believe in Judgment Day, I have to seriously question your judgment.”
“If the kind of God exists who would damn me for not working out a deal with him, then that is unfortunate. I should not care to spend eternity in the company of…Continue
Coming from an Islamic country, where the majority comprises of Muslims, anything that a person questions or doubt about it is quickly shunned or shot down without leaving any room to justify your base of questioning.
Everytime you question the teachings and the contradictions associated with it, you're met with severe hostility, or ridiculed for your actions, and when you criticize it, you're faced with a lot of threats which leaves a person in a high state of depression as well…
“Impiety, n. Your irreverence toward my deity.”
“Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.”
Fuck _____ (fill in the name of any deity, past or present).
There, that ought to do it. I’m an equal…Continue
Ibn warraq says that the historicity of Muhammad is doubtful :
Good evening. Tonight I speak, as always, to my fellow Americans…but also to the entire Muslim world, from those who think theirs is a religion of peace…to the perpetrators of the ongoing insanity of blasphemy laws, jihads, and fatwas – all of you who call yourselves Muslims.
I want to talk to you about the recent resurgence of Muslim insanity. Actually, most of Islam is insanity, but the same is true of all religions, and that’s beside the point.
Sometimes Muslims just go…Continue
Yesterday embassies in Egypt and Libya attacked. Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was killed. Secretary of State Clinton said, "there is never any justification for violent acts of this kind." Why did this happen? Apparently a few found an amateurish video criticizing Islam and its prophet too much to bear.
I am not sure what would "fix" this, and I suppose no one does and everyone has their own idea. But I am certain that another war won't change anything.
Of the many, many things there are to know about 9/11, here are three that I hang on to. Other suggestions are welcome. What is not fact about 9/11 is voluminous: the Jews did it, the government did it, they hate our freedoms, etc., etc. But here are three (proposed) facts:
(1) The horror could have been prevented. Every indication is that the government knew about Muslim men being trained to fly planes. It is common knowledge…Continue
Some of the commenters to this blog have asked, "How is jealousy related to religion?" I can't totally answer this question in a short blog entry, but the connection is deep and strong. Jealousy is taught and encouraged by all the patriarchal religions. Whether Hindu or Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or Mormon, all claim the woman is subordinate to the man and that the man is responsible for mate guarding his female(s). It is fundamentally based on the notion of ownership and possession. The…Continue
“Those who love God are not always the friends of their fellow men.”
“When I think of all the harm [the Bible] has done, I despair of ever writing anything to equal it.”
“I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come into contact with religious people.”
Voltaire was right for his time, but would be wrong today if he said “Christianity…