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Comedy in the Muslim world, found

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.

-b.




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 — 4 Comments

The Atheist and the Good Christian

Hi everyone,



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 — 11 Comments

What if you only had a trillion years?

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 — No Comments

Positive Atheism

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 — No Comments

Exciting news

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 — 1 Comment

Secular Nation Podcast

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 — No Comments

An interesting idea from physicist Lee Smolin

Lee Smolin 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…
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Added by Brad Feaker on June 4, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Church pushes schizophrenics to violence.

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 happens.

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 — 2 Comments

Religion: The Ultimate Con

Why?



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.



Why?



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 — No Comments

The Galileo 2009 Conference: Faith and Science Have the Same Roots?

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 — No Comments

Conversatios with my Mother; part 2

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 — 2 Comments

More than we can handle

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 — 1 Comment

Another Sad PostSecret

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 — 6 Comments

Parasite Theory

If you have not watched this video yet, you need to. This is mind blowing stuff. Michael DeDora of the NY City CFI sent me the link and recommended it. Both are worth watching, but the first 20 minutes will really open your mind to new possibilities in understanding religion. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9VFmiMI49Y

Added by Darrel Ray on May 14, 2009 at 9:47am — No Comments

Are you sick of your wife spending all your money? I know I would be if I had a wife; money. What is a fella to do? Take a vacation to Saudi Arabia and beat that bitch’s ass! Homie don’t play that in…

Are you sick of your wife spending all your money? I know I would be if I had a wife; money. What is a fella to do? Take a vacation to Saudi Arabia and beat that bitch’s ass! Homie don’t play that in Islam! More Continue

Added by Randy Keating on May 12, 2009 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Teen Threaten By Theists Over Prom

Tyler Frost attends a fundamentalist Baptist school in Findlay, Ohio. Foot Loose High School, err, Heritage Christian High School doesn’t allow dancing, rock music, hand holding, or kissing. But that's not the isssue, its what Tyler wants to do off school grounds that has made national news. More

Added by Randy Keating on May 8, 2009 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Recovering from Religion, Contest Announcement

Recovering from Religion Logo Contest (Deadline for submission May 31, 2001)

We think RR should have a snappy logo and we know there are people who can help us create one. If you or someone you know, would like to participate, send them this announcement. If you want to know more about Recovering from Religion go to this link and let others know about this exciting new group:



http://recoveringreligionists.com/Purpose.html



Contest Announcement

We are taking… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on May 5, 2009 at 5:16pm — No Comments

In Afghanistan, the U.S. Military Tried to "Hunt Souls"

A newly surfaced video shows U.S. soldiers and officers plotting to circumvent military regulation and begin proselytizing to Afghans. In the video you can clearly see bibles on the floor, turns out these bibles were specially made for this purpose. They were printed for distribution in Pashto and Dari, two local languages. More

Added by Randy Keating on May 5, 2009 at 1:10pm — 2 Comments

the most honest answer I'm likely to get

My mom and I are both going through therapy over her mother, my cult-leader grandma. So, tonight we had another conversation about religion, faith, faith-healing, Paul, Revelation, and the apocalypse. She told me about her sister's teeth being miraculously straightened, and that she believes in prayer. (My grandmother was a faith-healer, hence the heavy focus on this.) I told her that people of all different faiths can report miraculous healings, that they experience the sensation the Christian… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on May 4, 2009 at 8:13pm — 6 Comments

Beliefs & Choices Part Two

Beliefs & Choices

Part Two

After I had gotten away from Jehovah's Witnesses, then from religion in general, and had shared stories with others of how it was like coming out of a cave you had been in all your life, and after reading Ingersoll's eloquence on how he felt upon become free of belief in gods, I was absolutely flumoxed by how people could believe such stuff as religion even AFTER being shown how illogical it was. How stupid could…
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Added by El Solo Lobo on May 2, 2009 at 12:11pm — 5 Comments

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