All Blog Posts Tagged 'Religion' (165)

Myself vs myself vs fiction...

I have been struggling of late, to understand religion and belief, asking myself the question...



Why do people feel the need to believe in fictions?



This past weekend my mom said something very telling to me that I think struck at the heart of my personal dilemma for the past few months.



"We (my family) did not need Religion, the way others families did."



To put some context around myself and this post (I warn you its a bit of a ramble, if you want… Continue

Added by JayBarti on August 25, 2009 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

The thoughts of a fed-up atheist.

The thoughts of a fed-up atheist:



I'm an atheist. So fuckin' what? Big fuckin' deal. As an atheist, I'm pretty pissed off with the world of today. I try to remain quite liberal but I end up finding that the term 'liberal conservative' does have some application. I'm a deep believer in secularism and, luckily, I find myself living in quite a secular country. I'm a deep believer in science, but I'm not a humanist. I'm not a Buddhist. Nor am I a Muslim, a Sikh or a Christian. I… Continue

Added by Robert Head on August 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A short conversation between an atheist and a Christian (#2).

Mr Atheist: Mr Christian, how are you?

Mr Christian: Well, if you must know I feel slightly befuddled. Your last barrage took me aback somewhat.

Mr Atheist: Good.

Mr Christian: [Silence.]

Mr Atheist: I'll tell you what, Mr Christian. To save you the bother of talking (and this writer - whomever he is - from writing 'Mr Christian' over and over again) why don't I do most of the talking?

Mr Christian: [Makes gurgling sounds - he may have gone to be with Jesus.]

Mr… Continue

Added by Robert Head on August 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A short conversation between an atheist and a Christian.

Mr Atheist: Why, hello there, Mr Christian.

Mr Christian: Oh, hello. Sure is a nice day, huh? Thank the Lord!

Mr Atheist: Right.... Anyway, I have something to ask you.

Mr Christian: Really! Oh, how exciting. Please, proceed.

Mr Atheist: Yeah. Sure. Anyway, what's so special about being a Christian?

Mr Christian: I'm not sure what you mean, dear fellow.

Mr Atheist: What I mean is this: hypothetically, if you were born in Pakistan you'd be a Muslim worshipping… Continue

Added by Robert Head on August 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The root of all evil.

After perusing many internet pages concerning the evils of religion, I've come away feeling slightly nonplussed. I've seen individuals argue that fear is the cause; or money, or hatred. Money, obviously, is the modern manifestation of a centuries-old system of trade and barter. Whilst money has no intrinsic worth, we use it in exchange for goods and services. Money does not motivate people; the obtaining of material things does.



I agree that hatred is the manifestation of true human… Continue

Added by Robert Head on August 22, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

It's time to mess with Texas

I've also posted this at the ever-growing Good Reason News, please visit, if you feel like it.

Thanks.

-b.




A Wall Street Journal article says there's a big push to bring Christianity into the public classroom.



The Texas Board of Education, which recently approved new science standards that made room for…
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Added by Billy Deaton on July 16, 2009 at 5:23pm — 3 Comments

Lincoln Nebraska

Jason Frye is putting on a regional Freethinker conference in Lincoln, NE Aug. 14-15. I will be speaking on my book and some of our Recovering From Religion (RR) facilitators will be presenting on RR. This is an exciting opportunity to challenge folks in the Nebraska-Iowa area to come out and let the fundamentalists know that we are here to stay. I hope you will help us get the word out. I'll post more information as soon as I have it.

Added by Darrel Ray on July 15, 2009 at 11:19am — No Comments

Dignity

How good to hear a news bulletin this morning that talked of two people who made their exit from this world via the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, without wheeling on a man in a frock to say how evil it all was!



That’s not to say men in frocks won’t be wheeled on in other bulletins, but all I heard was the way the 8 a.m. Radio 4 Today programme’s main bulletin treated it. I was waiting for the, “But a spokesman for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the Right Reverend… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 14, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Seeing things

The Freethinker tells us of “thousands of Irish Catholic eedjits [who] have flocked to a County Limerick church to pray at the stump of a recently cut willow tree”.



And why? Well, it “allegedly bears a resemblance to She Who Was Once Knocked Up by the Almighty”, that’s why.



So it’s a case of here we go again. Ever looked at a cloud and seen a shape you… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 13, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Does it matter that Bible knowledge is on the decline in Britain?

Bible knowledge is on the decline in Britain. Fewer than one in twenty are able to name all of the Ten Commandments, and a number of youngsters thought the Bible “old-fashioned”.



Well, it is, I suppose. It’s been around for quite a while now.



A survey, according to the Reuters story linked to above, says that 40 per cent “did not know that the tradition of exchanging Christmas presents… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 12, 2009 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Curbing homophobic bullying? Let's start with religions!

The UK’s Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, is to crack down on homophobic bullying among pupils.



Perhaps he ought to begin with the General Teaching Council for England, which last week watered down its code of conduct to appease “faith” groups.



A section of the code designed to tackle discrimination was changed… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 6, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

QUICK! CALL THE QUEER DEFENSE FORCE! THE SNAKE HANDLERS ARE HERE! THEY'LL SAVE US! I hope..

Yet again, in the fight against:

Abortion

Queers

Fags

Gays

Lesbians

Bi-sexual

Transsexuals

Trans Fats

Low Fats

Non-Fats

Atheists

Theists

Bright

Dims

Those of us whose family tree actually branched

The Lights are on and Nobody’s Home

Cross Dressers

Good dressers

Those of use who don't wear stripes and plaid

Stem Cell Research

Cell phone research

"Is it in?" research

Anyone… Continue

Added by Rick on June 24, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Chariots of Iron

My interview on Chariots of Iron Podcast came out today. I talk about The God Virus and Recovering from Religion. Eli, Mark and Lamar really did their homework and had great questions. I think we explored the Civil Religion idea better in this forum than in any others I have done. Having three guys interview is a trip. It was more like we were all sitting around the table with a beer and having some good laughs. The interview portion is in the last half of the podcast.



Here is the… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on June 24, 2009 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Lots of action today

Our Press Release for Recovering from Religion went out today to a wide range of media. We are hoping to get some interest from people across the country in starting up new RR groups. Go to this link to see the press release: http://recoveringreligionists.com/RR_News/Entries/2009/5/13_RR_Trend_Press_Release!.html



We are finishing the planning for my book tour swing through Southern Missouri and Arkansas. Will soon post dates. I hope to get new RR groups started in several of the… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on May 13, 2009 at 11:44am — No Comments

God's Last Will and Testament

Judeo-Christians use the phrase “God's Will”. They'll use it to explain why bad things happen to good people. They use it to explain weird and illogical rules in the Bible.



Christians will say God's will is clear. “It clearly states in the Bible, fag's shouldn't marry”. To get the full effect of the last quote read it again this time with a judgmental know-everything southern accent. “It clearly states in the Bible, fag's shouldn't marry”. Now you should look at your cousin… Continue

Added by Riggs on March 21, 2009 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Catholics Living in God's Light.

More reasons to get rid of religion



It has always been asserted that illicit sex has been going on among the religious body of the Catholic Church. Besides the known priest sexual abuse of young boys, charges of Nuns having sex with priest, priest having sex with priest and Nuns having sex with Nuns have always been put forth. Are these charges real or just allegations? Well, a former Nun tells her story, “which details illicit relationships, sexual harassment and bullying… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on February 27, 2009 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

"Faith Healing," a Suicidal Path:

Think about it, Christians or most Christians I should say, staunchly support the protection of a fetus, arguing that it is a child just not yet born. Like wise, their stands against arbitration are planted firmly in the individual right to life. On the other hand, their protection of children after birth seems to disappear. For example, the case of innocent 11-year-old Kara Neumann of Weston, who after the parents, both followers of the Unleavened Bread Ministries, refuse to give their… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on February 11, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Woman suspected of witchcraft burned alive

Reasons to eliminate religion.



Sorry, but I have to vent for a minute, OK; for hundreds of years indigenous people and their culture have seen extreme brutality from Muslim and Allah, Jews/Christians and God/Jesus. In fact, for those of us who have read-up on history knows that the justifications for enslaving and brutalizing these people was that "they were not Christians or "saved" and we, the good God/Jesus loving colonialists, must convert these pagans to… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on January 8, 2009 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Moral, ethical and RELIGION

Text interesting about Morality and Religion, for sure will bring great clarity to many here in this community.



Moral, ethical and RELIGION

Professor: Dr. Marcos de Almeida

There may be a morality without religion? You must have a

god or gods, so that it becomes indispensable to morality? The fact

that some people are not religious, the ability to be, automatically, moral?

And if the answer to these questions require the belief in one god, what… Continue

Added by Mauro on January 6, 2009 at 6:21pm — No Comments

My blog: Library Grape

I just joined after finding the Nexus on the Atheist Blogroll. If anyone is interested in some regularly updated commentary on atheism, secularism, politics and world events, I write a blog called LibraryGrape at http://www.LibraryGrape.com . I hope you'll consider checking it out.

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Added by Library Grape on January 6, 2009 at 1:20pm — No Comments

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