In my last blog, ‘My Story’ I had mentioned the misconceptions of Atheists and said that this was a topic for another day. Well, today I will talk about this topic, and why it’s important to me to rid society of these stigmas, and why in fact(in my opinion) these misconceptions exist at all.
How do any group of people get misunderstood or labeled as ‘bad’? It can stem from a number of things and really isn’t…
The move toward American Theocracy by the empowered evangelical 'elite' in the US has made it almost impossible for an atheist or difficult for a non-christian to be elected to office. Schools are having their curriculum undermined by creationist who wish to revise history, remove evolution from science, and prevent teaching sexual health and pregnancy prevention. Atheist fear reprisals for not being christian and are often discriminated against at work, socially, and most especially in…
It's a crazy conspiracy theory that education is deliberately stifled in the U.S. right? Wrong. First and foremost, I was never taught critical thinking skills in District 186 in Springfield, Illinois. I was never even taught that there was such a think as "critical thinking" until I went to college.
So, what purpose is served by deliberately limiting or suppressing knowlege?
A primary law of economy states that a product's value is inverse to it's available quantity. In… Continue
One of the bills I will file this year may be dismissed as inferior by “intellectuals” so I wanted to devote particular time in discussing it’s merits. [You put intellectuals in quotes so we do not know exactly what or who he is referring to here. “it's” means, “it is.” This
makes no sense grammatically.]
It doesn’t address state waste, economic development, workers comp reform or lawsuit reform (although I have filed bills concerning each) but it is…
So the top four areas of faith or lack there of, cover about 5 billion people. These are the best teams humanity has to offer for our posterity. To bad we cannot have head to head contest and the winners get the other adherents followers. A sort of “World Series of Belief”. Not so much to count numbers but to be educated in the others religion and judge it on its own merits.
Stephen Prothero in his book Religious Literacy makes the case for religion to be… Continue
Added by Thomas True on November 9, 2010 at 12:26pm —
I must add here the crimes of Muslim men that are being committed against innocent women just because the men think everyone should think the way they do. Though Muslim men make up a small part of most communities in Europe they make up a large part of the men convicted of rape and sexual assault. The men do not feel guilt since they blame the non-Muslim for not…
(Cross-posted from my wordpress blog. Originally posted on January 17, 2010.)
I stole the title of an awful movie for an equally awful concept.
The previous Monday began my first day of high school abstinence... I can barely bring myself to call it "education." That would imply that the program is somehow deserving of being called education, that it somehow teaches something. I think I'll just have to… Continue
I’ve always been an atheist. All my life I’ve had to put up with these bible pounding clowns who think their “Manure” does not stink. Well it does. I’ve seen these clown just ruin a college. At first there were no preachers on the Board of Regents. Then one day there was one. Then two. The next thing you knew all the Regents were preachers. That lead to the demise of the college. It lost it’s… Continue
Readers, you may have recently noticed on my sidebar a plea to help to Brooklyn-based filmmakers, Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, raise funds for their documentary "Trust Women," which takes a look at Dr. LeRoy Carhart and Dr. Warren Hern, two of the last physicians in the country who continue to perform late-term abortions. Whether they realize it or not, the directors are documenting the tale of two American doctors who stand up to terrorism everyday. I had the chance… Continue
Added by Billy Deaton on May 22, 2010 at 6:04pm —
Awhile back I watched a documentary titled: The Education of Shelby Knox. The documentary is about a teenaged girl’s attempt to bring comprehensive sex education to the fundamentalist controlled city of Lubbock, Texas.
Shelby Knox is a Christian. Her whole family is Christian and the film portrays the city as being almost entirely fundamentalist Christian. Throughout the film, she starts to have doubts about her religion as she continues to push for comprehensive sex education in her… Continue
BBC reports that "Scores of schoolgirls in the Afghan province of Kunduz have fallen ill over the past week..."
It is always the weak and the defenseless who end up shouldering the biggest burden of war. Demolition of schools and education centers and systematic eradication of teachers, academics and other professionals of liberal education has been a trait of the Islamic movements in Afghanistan. While Taliban can not… Continue
A concerned prospective father sent me a message asking,
"I'd like to learn something as a good father from you. Considering that you're an atheist, how can teach your children how to behave in good manner and ethic. Because when I was a kid, my parents used to tell me "Be good boy and tidy your room then God will bless you...etc." I don't want to say these words to my children as a prospective father. And i wonder what do you…
Over the weekend I watched a documentary titled: The Education of Shelby Knox. The documentary is about a teenaged girl’s attempt to bring comprehensive sex education to the fundamentalist controlled city of Lubbock, Texas.
The BBC report (1) that there were scores of Khalwat raids in Malaysia on New Year's day.
Khalwat (2)? A Sharia law against 'close proximity' by unmarried couples that is supposed to remove any suspicion of impropriety. There is a maximum two year jail sentence and fine if found guilty of being in a secluded or confined space together before marriage.
Whilst this is an oppressive intrusion into people's private lives, from my atheistic and laissez faire point of view, it isn't… Continue
Added by Ian on January 4, 2010 at 12:54pm —
I have been frustrated at the verbal strikes against atheists who make the strong equation between science and atheism, and the criticism from groups who think it should be toned down. Yes, the "Accomodationism" thing, being lobbed at those who name them the Poster Boys, or the New Atheist Noise Machine.
But do they know if that has any real effect on the lack of interest in science in the United States? Polls show that since the New Atheists started… Continue
To stay on topic I will post over the title: Pareidolia. Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon in which people see shapes or hear sounds which they consider to be significant when they are not and in some cases, don’t exist at all.
I was just thinking about how this is almost all religion, and I use the word almost loosely. Let's start with something I know all too well: Baptist. My grandmother was helplessly praying all night and day long when gramps died. Now,…
This was posted by Gavin Melville Barber, Thanks!
This is what I read to my children. Through reading about these people as child, I have learned the way towards being a free person is to read. It drives home several very important facts. This aspiring piece that shows the depth of Carl Sagan and of his passion for humanity. That of Frederick Bailey, an observant child. Who rose up from slavery to freedom. When you get your turn to rise up from "mental slavery" whom will you take with… Continue