I was chatting earlier with a fellow atheist Tony and we got talking about the origins of religion. We covered quite a swathe of topics, and I thought I'd like to preserve this exchange. It starts with him reply to someone else comment about atheism, communism and Marx.Travis
Karl Marx called religion "the opiate…
Added by Richard Healy on August 12, 2010 at 5:00pm —
So I've been on a different forum and when the topic of religion comes up, guess which side I am on.
I've recently been having a civil if unconstructive discussion with someone about the topic of creationism.
This has seriously irritated one guy from Ireland, who has ... issues...both with the church and abuse...and doesn't take kindly to my pointing them out.
So just now I have just received this PM in my inbox.… Continue
Added by Richard Healy on August 1, 2010 at 9:30am —
Do the Catholics still own you? Don't let them use you as a blank body...
Did you know that if you’re an atheist, agnostic or general non-theist, or even a practicing theist who has changed religions – if you were baptized in the Catholic Church you are still counted among their flock.…
Added by Carol Everhart Roper on May 18, 2010 at 12:00pm —
I could not believe this headline when I saw it.… Continue
Added by IAmTheBlog on May 18, 2010 at 10:11am —
This morning I saw Hemant Mehta’s blog about an atypical recent exorcism in Australia. Continue
In this particular case, a ‘foreign’ priest had the parents of a mentally and
physically handicapped child place her on the altar while he then
behaved so bizarrely that both the child, her parents and much of the
Added by Carol Everhart Roper on May 14, 2010 at 12:30pm —
PZ Myers had an interesting story on his blog this morning. Apparently the Connecticut legislature is pushing a bill designed to eliminate the statute of limitation on child sex abuse cases. Of course the Catholic Church is less than pleased. I wonder why?
Connecticut's three Roman Catholic bishops issued a join statement opposed to this bill which has already passed the Connecticut House. In the letter, they urge their parishioners to fight against this bill using some interesting… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on April 12, 2010 at 9:57am —
One of the main reasons why the Catholic Church attempted to cover up the abuses that their priests where engaged in was because it would ultimately impact on the Church’s bottom line. The Catholic Church is after all a business. Check out the rest of this Article
Added by Staks Rosch on April 8, 2010 at 8:41am —
Over the last few weeks, more and more of the mainstream media have been talking about the “crisis in the Vatican” or “Pope-gate.” More and more of the general public including Catholics are becoming outraged. The systematic cover-up and protection of child rapists and sexual assault on children is not easy to defend against. But they are trying.Read the Rest of this Article
Added by Staks Rosch on March 31, 2010 at 10:36am —
If the Catholic Church ended the practice of priest celibacy, would that put an end to the recent scandal? No, in fact even if the priests put an end to the practice of child rape and the systematic cover-up of such crimes that would still not end this scandal. This week, the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section addresses the issue of Pope Benedict's response to sex abuse by clergy.… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on March 30, 2010 at 12:29pm —
There have been hundreds of thousands of reported cases of child sexual assault and child rape committed by leaders in the Catholic Church. In America, most towns and cities have ordinances which forbid “adult” themed stories and businesses from being within a certain distance from schools. Maybe there ought to be an ordinance restricting churches from being within a certain distance from schools.
Read the rest of this… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on March 30, 2010 at 10:08am —
Somewhere on A|N I found this video last night. To say I found Dan Harris's report disturbing would put it mildly, and as I am bisexual, I have all the more reason for alarm at the behavior of the catholic bishop and others regarding Uganda's proposed law proscribing homosexuals virtually in toto.
However, something else occurred to me this morning upon… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on March 15, 2010 at 7:24am —
Here a question I get frequently. This one from Andrew, an atheist involved with a Catholic girl. I don't claim that I have THE answer to his concern, but thought I would share this with the community for more discussion:
I wrote you last week and told you how fascinated I was with your
book, considering I was only half way through it. Well I just finished
it yesterday, and I have to tell you again, it was fantastic. I'm going
to post my… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on March 14, 2010 at 3:51pm —
Back in November, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington DC gave our nation’s capital an ultimatum that if they pass laws in favor of same-gender marriage that the Church would stop many of their social service programs which would help in adoptions, homelessness, and health care. This week, the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section asks: Do religious convictions trump government rules?… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on March 11, 2010 at 5:22pm —
Does hypocrisy know no bounds? The English branch is now saying that society is selfish, irresponsible and is suffering form 'a lack of trust'.
Added by Richard Francis on March 3, 2010 at 11:37am —
Bill Donohue is the president of the Catholic League which is sort of like the Catholic version of Focus on the Family. Donohue goes around the world looking for things to offend him so he can get interviewed and use his outrage to swindle more money from fundamentalist Catholics. Surprise, surprise, he is offended again, this time by Lindsay Lohan. … Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on February 12, 2010 at 5:57pm —
Added by John Guerra on February 5, 2010 at 3:58pm —
All Catholics may remember this line during the blessing of the Eucharist. I went to my uncle's big catholic funeral mass this week and low and behold, I didn't get any word. While my mom, dad, uncles, aunts and cousins around me must have gotten the word, since they all went up to get the magical, cannibalistic wafer. My dad must have been pissed since he almost blew me over getting by me. They were all very into the whole ceremony. I stood and sat, but refused to kneel. Although I remembered… Continue
Added by Dave Rogers on December 5, 2009 at 1:03pm —
Hey party people (and non-party people, too). I've got a bunch of new posts up at Angie the Anti-Theist for you to check out, comment on, and ya know, pimp around the internet :)
I regularly post new updates on my Twitter (@antitheistangie) and on my Facebook (Angie Jackson). So feel free to stalk me on the internet (within reason ya'll - I know where the restraining order office is.)
Without further ado:…
Added by Angie Jackson on September 22, 2009 at 11:09am —
A few days ago I somehow ended up remembering an early chapter of the history of my life. I was just a little kid, about 7 or 8 years old, when my Catholic background required me to attend catechism lessons so I could receive my first Communion.
After some months of coming to the house of a weird lady who believed she could talk in tongues and used to do it in front of us kids, I was awarded the gift of salvation —eating the body of Christ— for the first time, but first I had to come… Continue
Added by Eduardo on September 18, 2009 at 10:51am —
Back ten centuries ago, the Pope decided that all the Muslims had to leave Jerusalem. Naturally there was a big uproar from the Muslim community. So the Pope made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the Muslim community. If the Muslim won the debate, all the Muslims could stay. If the Pope won, all the Muslims would have to leave.
The Muslims realised that they had no choice. They looked around for a champion who could defend their faith, but no one wanted… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on August 9, 2009 at 5:13am —