More evidence, as if it were needed, of the way religion likes to think itself inclusive but is anything but comes to us in a report
on the Ekklesia website.
A girl wanted to get into a Christian “faith” school in Wrexham, UK. But she was the wrong kind of Christian, so couldn’t.
It’s called the St Joseph's Catholic and Anglican School, but Aston Padley (11) is not from an Anglican or Catholic family.
Added by Andy Armitage on July 16, 2009 at 3:30am —
Bloody hell! The BBC may open up Thought for the Day
to contributors other than those of the Deluded Herd? Unheard of! Very un-BBC!
But the Guardian was talking about it
yesterday, saying the BBC Trust had launched an investigation.
Non-Brits may need a sentence of background. Thought for the Day
is a mini-programme-within-a-programme (the… Continue
Added by Andy Armitage on July 14, 2009 at 9:00am —
I took this from a posting on the Atheism vs Christianity Google Group.
by Joe E. Holman
I, Science, have heard your plea for a truce, oh religion, My nemesis
of ages past.
You are wounded, oh religion.
The still-warm blood runs down your side as you say it did your savior
on the cross.
My Soldiers in white… Continue
Added by Trance Gemini on July 12, 2009 at 10:43am —
I am very amused by this but also saddened by the thought of how theists would react to a gameshow aimed at persuading theists to renounce their theism.
Added by Mike Gonsalves on July 6, 2009 at 7:40pm —
It is a glaring “error” that should make even the most rabid religious right Christian fundamentalist wince with discomfort. Moreover, it illustrates yet another example of a New Testament writer failing to give full thought to what he is writing. In other words, failing to see things through to their logical conclusion. Due to the uncritical, unquestioning mind-set of Christian fundamentalists, however, this glaring incongruity continually fails to be held up to rigid scrutiny it so rightly… Continue
Added by Greywolf on July 5, 2009 at 6:35am —
My pun muscles are letting me down if that's the best I can come up with. The New Humanist's "Zeal or no Zeal?"
is perfect, and there must be other religion/game-show wordplay possibilities out there. I'll keep trying.
The point is, people in Turkey are going to be trying to convert some atheists on a TV panel show, by the clever application of flawless logic and the careful presentation of substantial evidence… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on July 3, 2009 at 5:30pm —
This, and so much more, was also posted over at my blog, Cubik's Rube
Let's own up to a dark and terrible truth.
We atheists all know that we have just as much faith in unproven superstitions as the religious people we so gleefully despise. I mean, secretly, we're all well aware that our beloved "science" is just another way of seeing the world, dependent on at least as much blind belief as, say, fundamentalist… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on June 28, 2009 at 12:44pm —
Hey all, this same piece is posted at my blog, Good Reason News, but there you get a hilarious video as a bonus for visiting. As always, I'm happy to discuss, explain or correct anything. Thanks for reading.
Actor Jason Alexander, Seinfeld's 'George Costanza,' is pushing a program he created, called Imagine: 2018
, in which… Continue
Added by Billy Deaton on June 27, 2009 at 11:00am —
This being my first blog-post on A/N, I thought I'd address an issue that vexes me to no end: How to deal with the "Good Christian". In carpet-bombing the religious right we non-theists, try as we might to avoid it, end up inflicting collateral damage to Christians who, otherwise, lead exemplary lives. That just gnaws at me to no end. But I suppose the fact that I feel bad doing so is a 'good' thing from a moral point standpoint. But if you think me too weak-kneed, think… Continue
Added by Greywolf on June 25, 2009 at 9:20am —
Cross-posted over at my blog, Cubik's Rube
This isn't an argument I've seen put forward anywhere before, so it's possble I'm having one of my more original moments here. I've written before about the idea that only a god, or an eternal afterlife, or something of that ilk, can give life any meaning or purpose, and why I think it's bollocks
. But here's a way of looking at… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on June 21, 2009 at 3:01pm —
Frequently, the writings of atheists tend to be critical of religion, theistic beliefs, and dogma rather than positive toward non-belief. It’s a necessary tack to take on a regular basis when confronting religious activism in politics, education, health care, and science. I do it myself. However, sometimes it seems that there isn’t enough written about the positive aspects of atheism… how non-belief is beneficial rather than how theistic beliefs are harmful. Sometimes we’re so busy defending… Continue
Added by Dan Gilbert on June 17, 2009 at 1:32pm —
Big development today. Recovering from Religion is getting a feature article in the "faith" section of the Kansas City Star on Saturday June 13! This will be the first print media attention we have received for RR.
Take a look at the RR website
We are working hard to find people across the nation who will facilitate RR groups. We now have 11 groups in 10 different cities after only two months. If you know of someone who might be… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on June 10, 2009 at 12:53am —
I was just interviewed by David Driscoll of Secular Nation Podcast. The interview went great and he gave me a lot of time to talk about Recovering from Religion as well. Take a listen at this link
David really did his homework and had excellent questions for our discussion.
Please let others know about the podcast as well.
Added by Darrel Ray on June 7, 2009 at 10:04pm —
is a physicist, on the faculty of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He recently published an article in Physics World
about the numerous theories of a 'multiverse' in cosmology being at best misguided. Overview via PhysOrg
Lee Smolin, author of the bestselling science book The Trouble with Physics and a… Continue
Added by Brad Feaker on June 4, 2009 at 7:00pm —
I guess I don't have to tell you guys, the last thing you want to be telling people who suffer from delusions is that mystical demons roam amongst them. But society has a huge problem with calling people's religion into question, this
By the way, yes this is my blog and yes I'm still in the process of building it. I'll be glad to get any constructive criticism.
Added by Billy Deaton on June 2, 2009 at 4:00pm —
This simple question I have heard asked by many people about Catholic's and Christian's drive to to see their views of how people should live imposed on all Americans -- one can even say, as made clear by ex-President Bush's war in Iraq and war-like rhetoric of "evil countries," imposed on the world.
Ex-Vice President Dan Quayle put it this way to a teen interviewing him and asked the quite adult question about allowing abortion in the case of incest:… Continue
Added by Ga on May 28, 2009 at 8:45am —
Today, 26 May 2009, sees the opening of the "Galileo 2009
" conference, organised by the Jesuit Stensen Institute and held in Florence. The first day takes place in the Basilica of Santa Croce, where Galileo is now buried, with the last day being held in the Villa "Il Gioello di Arcetri", where Galileo spent his last years. Today's Osservatore Romano
has two articles… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on May 26, 2009 at 3:54am —
My mom knows I'm an atheist and that I'm writing a book about her scandalous cult-leading mother. She's bothered by the first and okay with the second. We ended up in a really constructive conversation last night about religious extremism. I told her that I'm planning on marketing my upcoming book to "moderate christians" because I think they need to wake up and take responsibility for the crazies in their flock. Oddly enough, she agrees. She's on the "leadership council" and "planning… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on May 22, 2009 at 8:32am —
Here's something that's annoyed me for a while. It came up again in a couple of places in quick succession lately - once in an episode of Bones, I forget the other - so I thought it was about time to try explaining what exactly it is that pisses me off so much.
It's about the assertion that life, or fate, or God, or whatever, "never gives us more than we can handle".
I think it's a phrase that's supposed to be comforting to someone going through hard times, to reassure… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on May 20, 2009 at 4:37pm —
A little while ago I posted an entry
about very depressing PostSecret in which a wife suggested that all of her husband's troubles were the result of God punishing him for renouncing his faith. There's another one like that in this week's secrets.
"I'm scared my husband won't come home because I don't believe in God."
It's kind of a… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on May 17, 2009 at 1:31pm —