All Blog Posts Tagged 'religion' (477)

Morality, Survival and Religion

Martin Luther King Jr.

Morality is a human construct, by and for humans. If not, we'd have to get it from a natural source . . . or a supernatural one. I'm an atheist, so a supernatural source isn't a serious alternative to me. That leaves one alternative: Nature. But I can't detect the slightest whiff of morality in nature. Mother nature is red in tooth and claw. She is indifferent to violence,…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 23, 2013 at 2:00am — 31 Comments

If you can't do your job, due to your religion, should you have the job???

I was standing in the check-out line at the local Walmart (in Central City,Ky) when the line was stopped.  The cashier refused to check the lady ahead of me because she was buying beer.   Me, being me, asked what the problem was? The clerk said she couldn't scan the beer because "It"s against my religious convictions".  So the lady with the beer, and I, had to wait until a manager was called up to scan the beer onto the ticket. 

I laughed about it.  It's so outlandish!  So, the…

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Added by k.h. ky on December 11, 2013 at 2:42pm — 10 Comments

Hypothesis: The Real History Of Religion

The development of complex languages, around 200,000 years ago, that can describe and pass on abstract thinking (like religious thought) has been likely the biggest force behind our cultural evolution, which has taken off exponentially since the first sentences were formed.

This use of language to describe complex and abstract notions sparked our cultural or cognitive evolution which recording in writing and now vocal/video/software has pushed along this exponential growth curve,…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on December 5, 2013 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Happy Hanukkah -- sort of

"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."

 

Voltaire

“Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of tribal Jewish backwardness.”

Christopher Hitchens

“Hanukkah is…the Feast of Lights. Instead of one day, we got eight CRAZY…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 1, 2013 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

Are Holidays a Disaster?

"I choose to decline all invitations to a ghost's birthday party and to shun Christmas things as much as possible. I have no religious faith, I have no Christmas tree, and I want neither…and I don't believe I've missed a thing."

 

"... the willingness to do, in some form or another, what others have always done because of foundationless teachings that that is what we're all supposed to do," is "what aggravates me about holidays and…

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Added by Alan Perlman on November 16, 2013 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Get God out of Government!

"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."

-- Thomas Jefferson

 

Jesus H. Christ!!  I cannot believe that the Supreme Court is AGAIN about to debate the legitimacy of the spouting…

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Added by Alan Perlman on November 4, 2013 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Straddling the fence on superstition

My first choice, when I rag on religion, is Judaism, just because I know it first-hand.  Of course, there's always more to learn.  Through my current wife, I became aware of what goes on in Jewish enclaves/ghettos (depends on who's herding Jews together, Jews or gentiles) -- the threats, the ostracism, the mind control, the obsession with ritual (these people REALLY observe all the Sabbath and milk/meat separation rules, and it is a major…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 31, 2013 at 1:00pm — 26 Comments

New Definition of Theism: Highly Contaminated Mindware

Firstly some definitions:

Mindware: Essentially a collection of tools we use to think with or make decisions.

These include, Information or Data and Methods of applying these.

Contaminated Mindware: Essentially incorrect or misleading data, often from bad or heavily biased sources and which lacks any form of reliable or independently verified…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on October 30, 2013 at 7:25pm — 7 Comments

What a Believer Should Know About an Atheist - Me

Since my wife and I moved here in 2009, we’ve been visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses and other religious representatives on multiple occasions.  On three of those incidences, I engaged my visitors and responded to statements or questions made by them regarding both religion and atheism.  While I will admit having no interest in actually inviting them into my home for a protracted conversation, there are certain things I wish they would learn and understand about me as an individual atheist and…

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Added by Loren Miller on October 7, 2013 at 7:03am — 21 Comments

Blasphemy vs. Free Speech

To the point, blasphemy laws intrude on the right of free speech and reflect a religious affectation meant to control what others say about theologically based matters. The idea of offending religious sensibilities to the point of punishment is in and of itself disgusting and distasteful, but…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 31, 2013 at 8:00am — 26 Comments

Finding Purpose Without Religion

A fellow Bunch member of mine, Ben Kervin, recently said he was "surprised" that he was feeling a lack of purpose thanks to his deconversion to atheism a couple years ago:

It's great to be free from the superstitious thinking I once had, but sometimes wonder how god belief gave me an overall…
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Added by Our Daily Train blog on July 7, 2013 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Religion as a Virus and Epicurus’ Remedies

Mirroring a recent blog post.

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Those of us that grew up under the ideological yolk of the God of the Bible had to contend with a Janus that was said to be both a loving Heavenly Father whom Jesus imagined feeding the birds daily … and a wrathful, jealous, mad sociopath who ordered the Jews to commit genocide in order to occupy other peoples’ lands and…

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Added by Hiram on July 3, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Battle for Zachary’s Brain, VII: Desecration

There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness. 

– Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.

 His…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 2, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Big weekend for USA and world considering... Atheist monument going up...

http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/15695-florida-county-to-host-nation-s-first-official-atheist-monument



Will Sexton, an attorney for the county, explained that neither the religious monument nor the atheist display implies that the county is either establishing a religion or denying one. In fact, he noted,…

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Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on June 25, 2013 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Well.. there's craaaazy and then there's damn that's nuts!!!

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/20/justice/new-york-x-ray-plot/#



KKK member, accomplice created lethal X-ray system, FBI says

By Lorenzo Ferrigno, CNN

updated 1:19 AM EDT, Thu June 20, 2013



The suspects intended to use the device to harm and kill "enemies of Israel," a Department of Justice news release said.

Undercover agents allegedly heard Crawford, a self-described member of the Ku Klux…

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Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on June 20, 2013 at 4:44am — No Comments

Coming to a Head?

This one waited in the wings for me at least 20 years, but it took a gift from a well meaning friend to make it into an issue. This past December a friend of my wife gave her a Christmas gift in the form of a plaque which ended with the word’s “God Bless the Barbera’s.”

It had some other ridiculous schlock…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 18, 2013 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

How Does Religion Inspire such Tenacious Dedication?

Recently I spoke with a theologian who holds a young-earth creationist viewpoint, and I was struck by his illogical dedication to his beliefs. It was apparent that he was not unintelligent: our conversation touched on a great variety of topics, including quantum physics, the origin of the universe, and modern astrophysical theories. He was clearly knowledgeable and scientifically aware -- apparently he…

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Added by Matt Skaggs on May 1, 2013 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

The Apotheosis of Dennis Rodman

 “[People] make themselves believe that they believe.”

Michel de Montaigne

I first met this gangly man-child with a semi-Afro as a lukewarm Pistons fan in the late 80s. I started following the team. There was an ensemble cast, each member of which played his role perfectly.

There was Bill Laimbeer, the flopper, jersey-puller and all-around pain in the ass -- to opponents. Vinnie Johnson, nicknamed The Microwave,” because he could come off the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 6, 2013 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

tax the chuch!

pedos are ill and need understanding....their wives couldn't understand their need, so they went to the people who COULD, the tight little boys and very sexy 12 year old girls, who understand the needs of an adult male! PEDOS will be exposed! no more mr. nice about it! you pedos be advised, your lives are over, we are growing a new movement to EXPOSE the PEDOS! your sins of the past against our sisters and brothers is not forgotten nor forgiven. your corruption of kids will be corrected as…

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Added by Jesse Burr on March 25, 2013 at 9:23am — No Comments

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