Had a great night talking to the Heartland Humanists annual banquet. As with many secular humanist groups, they know how to have fun. Several people expressed an interest in facilitating Recovering from Religion groups. As of this weekend, we have prospective facilitators for six groups in six cities. The goal is to get Recovering from Religion groups going across the nation. If you want to participate, contact me and we can discuss how to get you started helping people leave their religion.… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on April 26, 2009 at 5:16pm —
We have two and maybe three groups forming for recovering from religion. We would like to spread the word and get at least a dozen groups going over the next month or so. If you are interested in facilitating a group in your area, take a look at the website, guidelines and other resources and let me know. I will help you get started. www.recoveringreligionists.com
Added by Darrel Ray on April 18, 2009 at 4:48pm —
I just announced today the Recovering from Religion initiative. See the video announcement on my channel on youtube (damon132) and this website
. I had hardly posted the video and I had several people commenting and contacting me. That is so encouraging. What is needed are some people across the country (or world) to become facilitators of a group in your area. Here is the meetup page we… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on April 16, 2009 at 6:50pm —
I love Dawkins video on mental viruses and have added it to my videos. If you have never seen it, take a look. It is still the best articulation of the concept that I have found.
Added by Darrel Ray on March 31, 2009 at 3:41pm —
As I travel making presentations on my book, inevitably several people want their copy autographed and want to tell me the story of how they escaped religion. The stories are at once fascinating and heart rending. It has been a joke for decades among former Catholics that they are recovering Catholics. It generally meant that they were actively trying to get over the programming and brainwashing in guilt and sexual repression taught in Catholic schools and churches. I would suggest a slightly… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on March 20, 2009 at 12:30pm —
On his trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI declared that traditional Church teachings are the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of STIs. So I decided to take a look at what science has to say about it and found that not only is traditional abstinence-only education an abject failure (ex: 82% of virginity pledgers deny their pledge later and have just one less partner than non-pledgers), it's also dangerous to the public at large. (… Continue
Added by Greg F. on March 19, 2009 at 3:30pm —
I just put up a video clip from my recent presentation at The University of Colorado. It outlines a little experiment you can do with your fundamentalist or evangelical friends. Here is the link:
It is a great way to observe the effects of religious infection first hand.
Added by Darrel Ray on March 19, 2009 at 2:10pm —
A young woman cuts my hair and when I told her of my book last month, she got it and read it. I went for a haircut today and got an earful. She was raised in a fundamentalist/evangelical home, her parents were very strict. She has pretty much left religion, but still considers herself spiritual and a Christian. I asked her how she liked the book and she started on a non-stop monologue. She talked about the manipulation and hypnosis I discuss in the book and seemed to be in wonder that she… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on February 25, 2009 at 1:59pm —
The Holiday Inn in Worthington, Ohio has been inundated with protests from far right hate groups due to an event we have scheduled this weekend, mostly prompted by a far-right hate group called Americans For Truth About Homosexuality.
I am asking that all open-minded individuals with a concern for equality and human and civil rights please take a moment of their time to call the Intercontinental Hotels Group Corporate Customer Service line at 800-621-0555, then press option 1,… Continue
Added by DUBsays®... on February 6, 2009 at 7:32am —
In May of last year, the director of the Vatican Observatory, Father Gabriel Funes, attracted a few sideways glances after he said that not only could intelligent aliens exist on other worlds but they would be free from original sin since there’s nothing in the Bible about aliens eating the forbidden fruit. But while his article in a Vatican newspapers has been published as an novel oddity, does it represent a future trend of religious institutions rushing to make a definitive statement on… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 21, 2009 at 7:38pm —
This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...
I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I believe there are two primary groups of atheists.
The first being the group who lives in harmony with religion; believing that all religions can tolerate one another and exist together. I also believe the 'closet-atheists' fit into this group.
Next is the group I fit into; the group who believe that religion is incompatible with human life and causes more problems than it solves. I personally believe that religions put up a wall for the advancment of human-kind. Even… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 12, 2009 at 5:21am —
Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 2, 2008 at 1:49pm —
Like always, science advances whereas archaic beliefs about the world stay the same and sometimes leave little room for interpretation. If you take a naturalistic view of the world, then nature does not have a specific purpose in mind. it doesn't think things are good or evil, it just simply is...Humans have tried to understand these things for a long time. Homosexuality is one of those things that has been pondered by humans and at face value has been seen as something that was "unnatural."… Continue
Added by RogAgainst on October 30, 2008 at 1:43am —
I've written just a few editorials about subjects relevant to atheists for publication on Associated content but they seem to get a huge response. Some of the discussions in their comments are more entertaining than the articles themselves!
I was a little afraid to post anything that made it clear I'm an atheist for fear of getting bashed, possibly physically again but I went ahead and started doing so about a year ago on another site. I've gotten plenty of nasty pm's and emails but… Continue
Added by Kylyssa Shay on October 28, 2008 at 2:30pm —