Religion is so influential that even atheists talk about marriage as though it was normal. I've added some more details to the main page of AtheistInsurgency.com
and in the process began to think about why government has such a strong hand in marriage.
Marriage is a religious institution, is not congruent with nature, allows the government to apply privileges and penalties to married couples that unmarried individuals would not… Continue
Added by Atheist Insurgency on October 25, 2008 at 2:35pm —
WHAT IS A SCIENTIST, A SINCERE AND GENUINE SCIENTIST?
This question about scientists arises whenever there are people hoping to claim that science and religion can be compatible. Most such commentators get the matter entirely wrong.
Obviously to start with, a minimum requirement is that for somebody to be considered as even a candidate to be a scientist he or she must have had adequate scientific training OR scientific experience to a suitably high level maintained for a… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 15, 2008 at 5:30pm —
Added by V1ktor on September 30, 2008 at 12:02am —
I had an unusual interview two weeks ago.
I sleep through most media interviews now, since the questions tend to be the same, and in about the same order: Tell me a little about your book, Why do nonreligious parents need their own separate resource, How do you deal with moral development, How can you help kids deal with death without an afterlife, Isn't it important to believe in something greater than ourselves,
Before I know it, I'm being thanked for a… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on September 25, 2008 at 12:17pm —
I've got to write it. It's been a full day since Saturday when I made a mistake. This isn't to imply that it's the only mistake I've made since then, this account is just the mistake at the forefront of my weekend.
I will let you guys know upfront that this isn't a complete record. The conversation lasted hours on and off. I'll just hit the highlights and give my thoughts.
It all began innocently enough Friday night. I also belong to another networking website called… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on September 22, 2008 at 9:32pm —
One of the common worries I hear from religious commentators about nonreligious people is the absence of a solid, reliable, unchanging moral compass. Lacking that...why, folks could make up the rules as they go along.
I've written about this nonsense before ("The red herring of relativism," July 8, 2007),
so I won't go too deep into the silly idea that moral relativism follows from the absence of religious… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on September 14, 2008 at 3:00pm —
"I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me."
"Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn."
"In the beginning there was nothing and God said 'Let there be light', and there was still nothing but everybody could see it."
"If absolute power corrupts… Continue
Added by Valles Marineris on September 6, 2008 at 11:04pm —
Humans have flawed systems of perception and attention. It is little wonder that many of the leaders in the skeptical / freethought movement are current or former magicians (e.g., James Randi, Penn Jillette & Teller, Richard Wiseman, D.J. Grothe, etc.), because magicians capitalize on the vulnerabilities of human perception and attention.
There are several examples of ways our senses can be fooled, but optical illusions are perhaps the easiest to display on the… Continue
Added by NH Baritone on September 4, 2008 at 7:12am —
My blog is called Dubiosity
, and you can find it at dubiosity.net
On it, you'll find my writings about various topics, like atheism, religion, science, politics, medicine, space, and whatever else I find interesting.
Added by Bevans on September 3, 2008 at 10:00pm —
For the first time since jumping off the fence I have been tempted... at www.spiritualhumanism.org apparently you can be ordained as a member of the Spiritual Humanist clergy with only one requisite, agreeing to the following statement Religion must be based on Reason
Spiritual Humanism defines itself as a religion based on the ability of human beings to solve the problems of society using logic and science. Furthermore, the site goes on to explain how Spiritual Humanism… Continue
Added by Rosa on September 3, 2008 at 7:00pm —
Today, in the liberally minded England, a Manchester Crown Court jury found a Muslim man guilty of child abuse. Not that unusual....except that the abuse was a religious rite!
I don't think that anyone needs comment that this is real justice, and a real precedent establishing some of the criminal acts that religions have been able to get away with.
Thumbs up to that jury, even though I am sure that at least half of them were just Muslim hating Christians...at least they… Continue
Added by Tex on August 28, 2008 at 5:26pm —
I was raised (loosely) as a Roman Catholic. I went to a Catholic comprehensive school in London on the weekdays and church on Sundays. Well, most Sundays. One time I snuck away with my brother and we bought comic books with the collection money. That was more fun than church! But over time I have become an atheist. As I grow older and spend more time thinking about life, I cannot bring myself to stay religious. The more I think about it, the less I am able to buy into… Continue
Added by Buford Twain on August 26, 2008 at 3:28am —
Figured I would post this writing from college, since it kind of applies.
We live in an artificial reality. The world around us is the result of thousands of years of culture and beliefs being abstracted over generations. There is little we "believe" and "feel" that makes any rational sense, but our actions usually can be traced directly to our basic instincts of survival. We hunger for more, both in ways that are necessities to our success as… Continue
Added by Coyote on August 25, 2008 at 8:57pm —
Recently I saw that a bible thumper laid the blame of atheism on Hitler and the Nazis. Of course, I thought that was crazy, and wrote up a blog post
about it. What I wonder is, seriously, has anything truly good ever come out of religion? Anything? I mean, wars, the Dark Ages, so much bad stuff, but I can't think of anything good.
And apparently my… Continue
Added by Neece on August 24, 2008 at 8:28pm —
A deck of cards is an amazing teaching tool. With it, I’ve taught students elementary concepts such as addition and subtraction as well as advanced concepts in Algebra and Geometry. As a teacher trainer and lead teacher for my district, I have built up my reputation with eleven years of dedicated teaching, yet a few seconds could demolish my reputation and possibly cost me my job if word got out that I am an atheist.
Although I teach in a public school, the vast majority of the… Continue
Added by Jess Freeborn on August 24, 2008 at 11:50am —
Today I blogged about de-christianizing actions and thinking. Full post here
. I am curious as to how you feel about the need to remove religious expressions and actions from our lives as much as possible.
Do you think it's necessary? Do you have any suggestions for… Continue
Added by Neece on August 21, 2008 at 1:30pm —
[Cross-posted on Artificial Habitat
The Vatican owes me another irony meter.
Here are a couple of occurances that will be familiar to those who have encountered Catholics in online discussions:
1) They often (always?) claim that any criticism of their superstitious crap by 'intolerant secular bigots' represents a concerted attempt to deny Catholics their freedom of religion.
2) Any comments to the… Continue
Added by Andrew on August 21, 2008 at 6:00am —
There is an interesting article in the Star-Telegram
today about the fragmentation of Evangelicals:Religion: American evangelicals are fragmenting
Evangelicals need to do something fast. One response says the movement must tighten up. Evangelicals need to hew even more closely to the most conservative and literalist standards of the Bible. They need to stop making… Continue
Added by AtheistJoy on August 17, 2008 at 9:31pm —
In these off-the-record interviews, neurologist turned playwright, filmmaker and self-described atheist Jonathan Miller filmed conversations with six of today’s leading men of letters and science: biologist and New York Times best-selling author Richard Dawkins
, philosophers Daniel Dennett
and Colin McGinn
, distinguished… Continue
Added by V1ktor on August 14, 2008 at 5:02pm —
I'm browsing Facebook roups right now, and I just found one called "I'M NOTHING WITHOUT GOD
...That's just really sad
, isn't it? They've just explicitly stated that they are nothing without God. It's like they see themselves as worthless. What about all the good things they have done? What about all of their abilities and accomplishments? How can you se your self as "nothing" without God?
It sure helps… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on August 9, 2008 at 3:30pm —