On July 5th, 1983 the US Supreme Court ruled that a practice of opening each legislative day with a prayer was constitutional stating, “In light of the unambiguous and unbroken history of more than 200 years, there can be no doubt that the practice of opening legislative sessions with prayer has become part of the fabric of our society.” What does it mean? It’s been around for 200 years and that means it is constitutional. Oh really? One would think that Supreme Court justices would be… Continue
Added by V1ktor on August 19, 2009 at 5:26pm —
There was a recent news item on Danish T.V. where an opposition politician from the Social Democratic Party, Christine Antorini, said that the "Our Father" prayer should no longer be used in schools. "It belongs in church and not in schools. We have Christian, Muslim and Jewish children......"
I wrote to her expressing my support but pointing out that children do not get their religion via their D.N.A. but through their upbringing. Therefore it would be more correct to say children of a… Continue
Added by Ian Mason on August 14, 2009 at 2:10pm —
This excerpt begins with me watching 30 children for 3 days while their parents attend my grandmother's faith healing lecture, held in the clubhouse of a south Florida trailer park. This all happened in the fall of my Freshman year of high school.
Alexander was two years old, blond, quiet and sweet. He was one of the kids still in diapers, but he was the only one in cloth ones. I thought they were gross, messy, and more work; I was worried about sticking him with one of the… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on July 31, 2009 at 12:01am —
In case you haven't picked up on it in some of the threads or in chat; I've been going through a bit of rough patch since graduating from University. Finding work with a BA is damned hard. I've been working on applying for dental school and talking with recruiters should everything fall through the cracks.
Two days ago I took a standardized test for applying to dental school. I spent the better part of six months teaching myself two years worth of science that I wish I had taken more… Continue
Added by Louis on July 29, 2009 at 5:49pm —
I am doing a psych degree and have a great interest in the construction of world views. We all construct our own, religious or not. Love the post on personalsing everything. All gods are created in our own image and there are 6 billion of those. Likewise we all 'hear' the words of the gods through our own noise so there are also 6 billion versions of the religious text. How's that for debunking the idea of absolute truth!
I think your study would have to include the early development… Continue
Added by Ella E on July 4, 2009 at 8:30am —
I'm posing once again as a man, "Aaron" today. Aaron's topic of questioning is the great mystery: Death.
You are speaking live with Ben, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Information provided in this session is to provide assistance only and is not an official statement of the Church.
Me: Hi Ben. A friend of mine is very ill. I'm starting to wonder what happens to us when we die.
Ben: that is a great… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on June 28, 2009 at 11:55am —
One of my friends was raped by her brother this morning. I feel pretty damn useless. I mean, right after it happened when she texted me, there was stuff I could do. Like call 911 and get them out there, contact her boyfriend, advise her not to shower or bathe till she'd had the rape kit. But there's really NOTHING I can say that will make this situation suck any less.
I remember why I wished prayer was true now. Because I wanted to have something to offer when someone was in pain I… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on June 2, 2009 at 8:08pm —
From my 3-year-old nephew: "What is a prayer?" and "Did ghosts live at the same time as people?" !?
My sister told me that my nephew (her son) asked her the question about ghosts. Apparently he had already been taught (correctly) that dinosaurs never lived at the same time as people. While reading a Halloween themed children's book with the usual Halloween entities in it he asked "Did ghosts live at the same time as people?" My sister said that this one nearly stumped her. "First of… Continue
Added by MP Lockwood on April 24, 2009 at 11:07am —
[The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book
Exodus from Zion. Once the manuscript is completed, I'll be making an announcement if anyone would like to purchase a copy of the published book.
Each birth was different, but births were always the same. A phone call. A scramble to pack up Bible, oils, and grandkids. My older brother and sister were attending public school the year the baby ministry was at its zenith. So I would go with Giggy, with my coloring book… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on April 16, 2009 at 2:00pm —
In the debate over the virus metaphor, many people miss the clear parallels between the human brain and a computer. While many have no problem with the notion that computers can be infected with a metaphorical "virus", it seems that the line is drawn when the human brain is involved. There is abundant evidence that biological viruses can infect and take control of organic brains - controlling them much as a computer virus does. What makes us so resistant to the notion that ideas can do the same… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on April 5, 2009 at 4:10pm —
I was thinking about my first Christmas with my ex wife's family. It was awkward as family gatherings tend to be. My new in-laws love the Christmas holiday season. They love everything about it. The lights, the songs, the pomp and circumstance.
I did my best to fit in and be jolly. Jolly by the is something I'm not good at. It's not that I'm not happy. It's just that I'm not overly expressive with my joy. It was a little off putting to the new "fam" I guess because it caused a tiff… Continue
Added by Riggs on March 17, 2009 at 7:55pm —
There is a time in everyone's life when we are in dire need. It does not matter is you are atheist, agnostic, Christian, Jewish, gay, straight or any other label. We are all human beings and are subject to the same basic feelings of happiness and sadness. When a "theist" needs help they often seek divine advice whether they casually think "God, help me" or they go into pronounced prayer. But what does an atheist do?
Many atheists say things like that run along the lines of "I… Continue
Added by Javin32 on March 7, 2009 at 1:02am —
If only one side can win, and God is the one who chooses the winner, why play at all?
Sports. A big part of our society. Especially in school. Weather it is Grade School, or Junior High , High School, College or Professional Sports.
Now, before the sporting event, a lot of the teams or individual players pray or have a group prayer. There have been some court cases on this matter dealing with schools. Well that’s not what… Continue
Added by Rick on January 12, 2009 at 4:30am —
One of my best friends is in a dire financial situation and needs a full time job (long story - suffice it to say, she's not kidding). She sent an email out to her closest friends and asked for us to pray that God sends her that job she so desperately needs. I wanted so badly to tell her that I wouldn't pray for her. I would definitely wish her well and always have, but I won't pray. If and when she gets a job, it'll be because she made it happen.
Yes, I wanted to tell her this, but… Continue
Added by Whalehugger on January 9, 2009 at 3:08pm —
This time of year floods me with people who suddenly want to pray. If I hear another conjugation of the word pray, I definitely will explode. That word is grating on me like fingernails across a chalkboard. Prayer, to me, is actively doing nothing yet giving the false illusion of doing something. When someone says they will pray for me, I feel insulted. Why can't the person take action and do something rather than copping-out, passing the buck, and hoping someone else takes… Continue
Added by sjtoupin on December 23, 2008 at 2:45pm —
Added by Creature on December 15, 2008 at 3:30pm —
How many of us have heard our friends and relatives say those few words: Don't push your beliefs on me? I can not count the times I have heard from people that their biggest complaint about religion, any religion, is when the practitioners push their beliefs. This can manifest in a look, a snide comment, or the phrase, "holier than thou" being tossed around.
Sometimes, the person who is feeling pressured is the same religion as the person doing the pressuring. A believer may chastise… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on September 22, 2008 at 9:38pm —
ANDALUSIA AL (2008-08-15) An Alabama judge who once wore the Ten Commandments embroidered on his robe has been accused of violating judicial ethics for ordering a group in his courtroom to hold hands and pray.
More from source: Judge Orders Prayer in Court
Added by Larro on August 16, 2008 at 10:30am —
To Whom It May Concern:
Grant those who live in blind faith the ability to see the light of reason, that they may understand “faith” to be nothing more than a euphemism for self-imposed ignorance.
Let the self-righteous understand the damaging effects of their contemptuous dismissal of those who do not accept their dogma as truth.
Show those who use religion as an excuse to hate, murder, rape and torture the hypocrisy of their belief systems.
Added by Ruth Dickson on July 29, 2008 at 3:41pm —
This post was imported from Livejournal on 2008.07.18
Group Asks for Divine Intervention to Ease Oil Prices
If this isn't the epitome of the desperation that breeds religious belief, I don't know what is. I can just see a primal tribe, dancing around the gas station parking lot, hoping that the magical sign drops a cent, and if it does, just once, they'll believe they caused it.
It's about as… Continue
Added by Jim Craft on July 4, 2008 at 11:00am —