The presence of nonbelievers in Milwaukee is on the rise with the creation of a new group Black Nonbelievers of Milwaukee. We are out to welcome African-Americans in our area who consider themselves skeptic, atheists, agnostics, humanists or perhaps not any label at all. There is a national organization of Black nonbelievers that new group joined and they are assisting us. In our community it is common to talk about having a church home and getting married in the… Continue
Added by kenyatta yamel on January 28, 2015 at 7:45pm —
It’s 4:30 am and I jump awake from my sleep. a loud voice from the mosque can be heard “allahu akbar” this is Adhan or the Muslim call to pray and ….it’s a long one ; I try to go back to sleep because I set the alarm clock for 7:30 am . After eating the breakfast, I have to decide what I’m going to wear that is considered right and “Safe” by the “moral police”. Moral police is an organized patrol force licensed by the government, their duty is to look for what they consider… Continue
Added by Martin DH on January 22, 2015 at 5:00am —
Most of my mornings are filled with top 40 hits of pop music as I commute to work, kids in tow. This radio station is a clear favorite for all of us with its variety, and usually I can ignore the music and let the kids enjoy a little be bopping before going to school. Recently though, we discovered that on Sunday mornings there is a half hour of… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on January 21, 2015 at 8:36pm —
One of my favorite pieces of literature is the last chapter of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Despite Tolkien's famous dislike of allegory the fact is that his stories resonate so strongly in us because of their multifaceted ie. allegorical nature. In the story, the heroes return victorious only to discover their homeland overtaken by the very philosophy against which they were fighting. What sets the heroes apart from their native cohabitants is two fold: perspective and… Continue
Added by Čenek Sekavec on January 21, 2015 at 11:18am —
Many church or mosque goers believe religion gives their lives “meaning.” It’s a delusion, an appealing but false concept. What meaning could being credulous enough to believe the preposterous give one’s life? If anything, I think a good and magnanimous god would disdain such behavior. They’re abandoning reason for self-interest and wishful thinking.
In biology, the Prime Directive (PD) governs all life down to insects, worms and beyond. The force that governs all life is… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on January 16, 2015 at 1:30pm —
I am a survivor of religious brainwashing and amplified abuse due to religious influences in my childhood household. Continue
I was trained from an early age that life was a constant battle between the divine and my imperfect flesh. I was…
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on January 15, 2015 at 7:42pm —
Let's talk about a past time I thoroughly enjoy now and then.
For those unfamiliar, LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role Play. Essentially, a bunch of similarly minded folks get together and collaborate to have fun pretending scenes out of their favorite movies, books, comics, etc. This is strictly pretending, of course, but with rules involved. The basic goal of LARPing (yes, you can make the acronym a verb, how cool!) is to create a desired fantasy environment… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on January 11, 2015 at 5:00am —
We have spent one memorable year together.. It's been a time of growth and change in the mental health system that we have explored together. We are a vital part of the Recovery Advisory Committee that has guided the implementation of Comprehensive Community Services. This Medicaid benefit could potentially speed the recovery of people in Milwaukee County. It may seem strange or unromantic talking about the work that brought us together but that work is an outgrowth… Continue
Added by kenyatta yamel on December 28, 2014 at 11:02am —
This is part 2 of a multi-part series. Please read Part 1, posted December 7.
I contemplate writing a book on this subject intended for the educated reader, tentatively titled “My Death, My Choice: A Secular View of Voluntary Euthanasia” in which this quantum theory will play an integral role. The book assumes that readers hold a secular humanist worldview. That is, secular in the sense that no deities, afterlives, or other supernatural notions are involved, and humanistic… Continue
Added by DAN DANA on December 23, 2014 at 11:16am —
This is part 1 of a multi-part series.
I contemplate writing a book on this subject intended for the educated reader, tentatively titled “My Death, My Choice: A Secular View of Voluntary Euthanasia” in which this quantum theory will play an integral role. The book assumes that readers hold a secular humanist worldview. That is, secular in the sense that no deities, afterlives, or other supernatural notions are involved, and humanistic in the sense that the wellbeing of human… Continue
Added by DAN DANA on December 7, 2014 at 1:30pm —
The Hoover Radio Show went fine but only as an icebreaker to more important issues. It reminded me of early Christian bishops arguing over how many angels can reside on the head of a pin. I felt like standing up and yelling out, “Look, as you sit here in this luxurious setting, people are getting their heads chopped off, wars are being fought, 15 million people (mostly children) are starving to death and billions have to live in fear of opening their mouth or saying the wrong thing. Isn’t… Continue
Added by Richard Goscicki on December 5, 2014 at 8:42am —
We Agnostics & Freethinkers International A.A. Conference November 6th to 8th, 2014 was the first all-secular International gathering of atheist in Alcoholics Anonymous. The General Service Office of AA sent a delegation to share in this historical event.
At many AA gatherings, there are prayers and talk about how personalized concepts of higher powers are answering prayers and granting sobriety to those who tried but failed at getting sober on their own. Lots of people… Continue
Added by Joe C on November 30, 2014 at 11:30am —
We have all been there and done it. Sitting on a couch, consoling a friend over a terrible mistake that has been made, and used our own personal flaws as a buffer before giving advice on what to do about the mess at hand. This is self deprecation, and while a very useful tool while navigating social situations, there is a fine line between using it as a tool, and using it as a facetious psychological mind fuck. Continue
Usually, self deprecation is a general statement of flaws, like,"Well,…
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on November 5, 2014 at 3:30pm —
We’ve all been there at some point. You log onto your favorite social media website like Facebook, and as you scroll through the many status updates in your news feed with highlights about your Aunt Martha’s cat, or your friend’s son that lost a tooth, you see this:
If you are irreligious like myself, all you see is this:…
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on October 16, 2014 at 1:26pm —
This weekend was a personal test for my parenting. As an atheist parent, I am pretty adamant in presenting both sides of an argument and using context when discussing religious belief with my kids. The only confirmation of how fair of a job I am doing is when the kids end up in awkward… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on September 30, 2014 at 7:56pm —
For many, many years, I have always found an unending fount of devilish giggles whenever I read sappy church signs. You know, the ones that are thought up by the honorary witty member of the church congregation that plays on puns, abuses homophones, and loves to dabble in sappy poetry attempts. What better way to market a deity than… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on September 15, 2014 at 11:04pm —
Everywhere I scroll, I find many atheist and secular minded individuals with my same mindset. No God. No religion. Acceptance for all. On the television, it is always the same faces of Dawkins, Harris, Silverman, and occasionally Cupp. I run into the same issues on blog sites like Patheos, Freethought, Secular Coalition, and American Atheists. Same male faces and the dash of a female…
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on September 9, 2014 at 10:56am —
We have all had that conversation with friends, family, and even in our own minds have pondered the validity of the "What if you go to Hell?" scenario. Continue
Images of devils, demons, exposed human flesh to flame, faces twisted in torturous poses, evil looking imps in observant reveries of delight. The overall themes being rejection, exile, physically unbearable pain, retribution, and guilt. Through many belief systems, Hell is a common thread that most agree upon.…
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 19, 2014 at 1:47pm —
In the general public, there is an expectation when discussing the infighting amongst atheists, that there will never be a concrete movement away from God due to lack of cohesion. That because of atheists' insistence on individualism and no clear rank and file, atheism in itself, is a flawed logic doomed to… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 12, 2014 at 8:00am —
"So, you're an atheist. What does that mean other than you think you are a gift to the world?"
"How can you call yourself an atheist and support abortion?"
"Atheist men tend to be misogynists."
"Where do you get the right to determine what is right or not? You're an… Continue
Added by Amanda Ashcraft on August 7, 2014 at 10:50am —