Added by Carol Everhart Roper on April 27, 2010 at 11:30am —
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
Added by Christina Adams on April 18, 2010 at 10:49pm —
The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
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%… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on September 23, 2009 at 8:30am —
...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
Added by Jim DePaulo on August 28, 2009 at 11:02am —
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
Added by LaRae Meadows on August 24, 2009 at 1:30am —
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
Added by Brad on July 22, 2009 at 10:09pm —
I am very amused by this but also saddened by the thought of how theists would react to a gameshow aimed at persuading theists to renounce their theism.
Added by Mike Gonsalves on July 6, 2009 at 7:40pm —
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
Added by Gargoyle65 on June 13, 2009 at 1:34pm —
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
Added by ObscureAtheist on May 23, 2009 at 4:04pm —
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 —