I have been wondering for a few years now what democracy means. It seems to me that it has never really existed, in representative democracy we vote for our leaders but in-between the elections officials and intelligence agency personnel (the real policymakers) seem to do whatever they wish, including privatization of public services and therefore introducing economic competition and commission type incentives to areas that should be for the welfare of people rather than reducing people to… Continue
Added by Quinn Tane Wilkins on July 3, 2013 at 4:30pm —
So, I listened to a little bit of Dave Ramsey today on talk radio because, well, conservative talk is about the only option in East Tennessee, and I usually prefer talk with which I disagree compared with bad pop and worse rock. If you don't know who Dave Ramsey is, he's… Continue
Added by Our Daily Train blog on March 23, 2013 at 3:17pm —
With the recent shooting at a school in Newtown Connecticut and the shooting in Aurora Colorado violent video games are in the news again. The old men in the old media are blaming violent video games as they always do when a shooting hits the national news. Continue
Violent video games have been the target of old media and conservatives for years. They will spout dubious studies and claim there is a link. They will blame any act of violence on violent video games even if the perpetrator never…
Added by Lone Wolf on December 21, 2012 at 10:32pm —
One of my kids asked me if I'm nonbeliever and of course, I asked, "A nonbeliever of what?" I wasn't trying to be flippant, but there are so many things not to believe in that it is difficult deciding where to start. Then I said, "I suppose you mean am I a nonbeliever in god?" That prompted a long discussion, but I think he understood when we finished talking.
He was trying to find a way of categorizing me to a few of his friends that read my books. I hadn't given it much thought,… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on July 25, 2012 at 9:08pm —
Human language is much older than 5000 years old. For all we know, religion is about as old as old as human language. We can all agree that religion has had a very long time to influence the evolution of human language. I say it is about time non-religious humans take control over the evolution of the human language.
I will give you just one example of what religion has done to our human language: Continue
Think about the definition of love. When I say the word love, what am I talking…
Added by AtheistTech on May 2, 2012 at 3:06am —
Too bad a plan for four towers at the World Trade Center site was not thought of... Every time I hear some crap on the news or someone poo-pooing the people of the United States of America or some lame cult gone corporate trying to mold people into nothingness I think to myself "should've doubled the size of the towers!"
Added by SecularCortex13.x on October 9, 2011 at 7:26am —
First, a rave: I am most grateful for Atheist Nexus. Since effectively rebirthing myself as an atheist (decades ago, I was an agnostic), I've had no place to voice opinions, reactions or thoughts, where others might share them and perhaps further stretch my brain with their reflections. Thank you, A/N.
Now, a rant: There is little if anything more sacred to me, in all the history and legacy of the United States of America, than the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. The most… Continue
Added by Doc on September 10, 2011 at 6:00pm —
Working on a line-by-line parody of the New Testament is a unique experience for me as an atheist and it's an interesting way of getting up close and personal with the contradictions and, well, bullshit, of the Bible. I was planning on posting several insights but here's one that requires it's own category: shitty miracles. Thus, Shitty Miracles (the first): The coin in the fish's mouth.
What is this miraculous evidence of Jesus's love?
Added by mistercliff on July 6, 2011 at 3:05am —
- Woman's Rights. The real ones.
- Procreative Responsibility. If you don't have the time or money, you can't have a puppy child.
- Universal Surveillance. We can all watch each other.
- Reform Obscenity Laws and Victim-less Crimes. Stop profiteering from crime.
- Mandatory Gun Ownership.
- Criminalize Religious and…
Added by S.F. Zeigler on May 23, 2011 at 2:30pm —
I came out to my mother on Christmas. It wasn't planned that way, she simply sat next to me at dinner. I thought I'd be safe at the kid's table. But the number of kids has been slowly dwindling over recent years, as they grow up and move off to the eagerly awaited table of "grown-ups". I saw this opportunity to return to the safety of the kid's table and quickly set my can of Dr. Pepper to claim my spot.
I was more than a little surprised to see my mother sitting next to me when I returned… Continue
Added by Jessica Lenehan on January 11, 2011 at 5:56pm —
This week, our old friend Bob Larson (whose under investigation-what conservative radio personality isn't) tries to pull off some amazingly New Age therapy on some gay men. It includes the assumption that they hate their fathers, and when that doesn't pan out, they hate their mothers. I suppose if this guy had hated his father, he would have pulled out some old men out of the audience to help with his… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on November 14, 2010 at 10:03am —
The seventh book by former minister Chris Highland has just been released.
Life After Faith is available now through Createspace and Amazon.
A personal story of leaving religion, ministry and super-natural faith, the book brings along companions like Frances Wright, Thomas Paine,… Continue
Added by Chris Highland on July 15, 2010 at 4:30pm —
A bit of disturbing news on this side of the pond.
In the USA, Texas, has adopted a new social studies curriculum.
"AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas…
Added by Andrew Lafont on May 21, 2010 at 7:00pm —
I joined this site several months ago, but never really had a look around or tried to communicate with anyone. Since yesterday, May 12,2010, I started a blog at blogspot and joined Twitter. So I thought I should start using this site as well.
I did not know that this site has individual blogs for each of its members until just now. So I am filling in this first post. I will try to add content here and in the forum as I get used to everything.
Added by Duncan J Chopoorian on May 13, 2010 at 11:00am —
I wrote a book called "Belief in Science and the Science of Belief." Here's a blurb about it:
"Our selective abandonment of reason to belief compromises our fundamental decision-making capacity, both in small personal matters and in critical public policy. This book will give you the insights and techniques you need to apply scientific rigor to your everyday decision-making. It will help you to understand how to verify facts, avoid logical pitfalls and belief-driven biases,… Continue
Added by Tyson Gill on March 28, 2010 at 8:33pm —
So tonight was SANE's (Student Atheists and Non-religious at Elon) first meeting as a student organization with provisional status! yippee!
Mike, our fearless leader, graduated a semester early at the end of winter term so we also had elections and now have a new President, a VP, Secretary, Treasurer and Webmaster. Sadly I am none of these things but I will not let this interfere with how much I give to the group. (Even if they get tired of me ;) ) Mike'll be hanging around… Continue
Added by Rikka on February 23, 2010 at 9:30pm —
Twilight: New Moon is a 14 year old girl’s dream movie. It reminded me of the romances I had as a teenager – a wreck.
Something happened before Twilight: New Moon began, what that was, the audience doesn’t know. It’s obvious there is a romance between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and they really love each other. Oh yeah, and Edward is a vampire but we never actually see him chew on anyone so we know that because…they told us so. All of the sudden,… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on November 20, 2009 at 12:27am —
What is it with the media and atheism? I've noticed that journalists seem to be almost incapable of actually addressing the 'meat' of atheist arguments, instead choosing to reply to it in the most superficial way imaginable. I recently set up a Google Alerts RSS feed for the word 'atheism', and have since been absolutely inundated with articles bearing titles like 'Why Are the New Atheist So Boring?' and (my personal favourite) 'Are the New Atheists Just As Bad As Fundamentalist Christians?'… Continue
Added by Sean Wills on November 9, 2009 at 9:18am —
After all the fuss about Twilight
I finally decided to read it. Originally, I pushed it off as nothing more than a fad book, that is mediocre at best, my expectations were not quashed as I read through this book.
Myers had other motives for this book, obviously and her Christian faith had a strong influence on the behavior of her characters.
The basic plot of the story is, Bella, a 17 year old girl, falls "in love" (more like becomes infatuated with) Edward Cullen a 104… Continue
Added by Hekate Moon on October 14, 2009 at 8:50pm —
I heard about this site on the Chariots of Iron podcast and it seemed like a good place to get myself grounded. I'm considering starting an atheist / skeptic group in my area so I'd particularly love to hear from anyone in the midcoast region of Maine.
Added by Forrest Brown on September 1, 2009 at 1:26pm —