As something of a self identified Buddhist in the Bible Belt (of all places), I have felt (potentially unrealistically) a sense of isolation and separation from a genuine sangha or even a community of lay Buddhists. With only a single professor in… Continue
As the BBC reports Belgium passes a law banning burqas.
Belgium's lower house of parliament has voted for a law that would ban women from wearing the full Islamic face veil in public. The law would ban any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in places like parks and on the street. No-one voted against it. The law now goes to the Senate, where it may face challenges over its wording, which may delay…
GUNS AND BIBLES - Ameican Christians like to howl about their persecution, but it's hard to feel their pain. Having control over almost all political posts, have unlimited money and influence, and can demonize and run rough-shod…
This is a past post from my blog which is inteded for atheist and theist alike, so don't take it personally if it doesn't apply to you, it's only meant to give an example of my writing and get some followers if possible. Other post are available and vary from informative to rants to arguments on facebook with my brother the preacher. So here is one I hope you like:
Religion is the process in which believing in something blindly is expected because someone said you should…
This summer I decided to start attending some functions with other people who may think like myself. Having lived in the Kansas City area for most of my life I had never gone looking for groups to attend. To my pleasant surprise I found a group that meets every Sunday on the University of Missouri Kansas City campus, my alma mater. If the group had been more publicized on campus while I attended school I may have joined earlier, but I'm happy all the same.
Religion---it gave us stained glass, cathedrals, hymns, indoor candles, lots of gold objects to covet, the somber mutterings of Latin to awe us with our own ignorance, thick tapestries to keep Tudor houses warm, a historical record of naked people, The Ten Commandments aka the coolest camp movie of all time, Christmas as we know it in the post-pagan world, Easter eggs, chalices, great excuses for refusing to commit crimes (Dad would kill me), strange dances, somber cemeteries with weathered… Continue
Here's the most comprehensive poll on religion in the U.S. I could find. Note that freethinkers, at 10.3%, represent more than twice the number of non-Christian religious adherents. The 10.3% number is derived by subtracting the 5.8%…
...I doubt anything will. "After six years of childless marriage, John and Cynthia Burke of Newark decided to adopt a baby boy through a state agency. Since the Burkes were young, scandal-free and solvent, they had no trouble with the New Jersey Bureau of Children’s Services until investigators came to the line on the application that asked for the couple’s religious affiliation.
John Burke, an atheist, and his wife, a pantheist, had left the line blank. As a result, the…Continue
I wrote an article against Kissimmee Florida’s City Council’s attempt to put “In God We Trust” on their city seal. The day after the article was written the Kissimmee City Council decided to quash the motion and their attempt to make their town a mini theocracy ended. A few days later, a man from Georgetown, Texas named Dave Atkinson wrote me a series of emails on the… Continue
The Spencer, Iowa school district is considering opening up its doors to religious indoctrination. According to the Des Moines Register, "Public school students in Spencer will get to study the Bible and pray at graduation if school district leaders approve a proposed "religious liberties" policy, the first of its kind in Iowa.
The plan calls for elective classes such as "Critic of Darwinism," which includes arguments against the theory of evolution, and "The Bible in History and… Continue
I am a singer. Nature provided me with physical characteristics that produce sounds that can be pleasing to the human ear. People tell me I sing wonderfully. Over the years I finally learned to accept praise. I tell them what I truly believe. I am only a conduit through which the music moves. I enjoy singing. It is freeing in a way that I cannot describe with words. I have heard athletes describe the state of mind they are in when they are playing at their peak. It is much the same for me, and… Continue
About 2 months ago I participate in an examination for a governmental job there were many participant for position that I had booked fortunately I was successful in competition with 30 – 40 people. that examination included two parts : an specific questions which were computer related (my field)and general questions. This part were mostly religious and politic questions!!
My score in both parts were great. About one month ago they announced the result and I became glad until a few days ago… Continue
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
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 —