From the moment of my birth, silence has been my enemy. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all remained silent about the violence in our family. No one spoke the truth, and if they did, they were told by other family members to not speak about it out loud, to remain silent, to act as if nothing terrible was happening.
My family has been my greatest enemy in matters of what was actually happening. To speak out loud, telling my truth meant shunning, scolding, chattering… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on August 15, 2014 at 12:18pm —
Saturday morning. My wife sleeps in because she can and I don’t because my sleep-in gene wigged out about 10 squares back. Feed the cats, check email, scope out what’s going on with Atheist Nexus and Car and Driver Backfires and it’s not even 7:30 yet. Okay, time for breakfast, then. A bowl of Rice Chex and a glass of OJ later and eight o’clock is still at least 15 minutes away. A quick check on YouTube tells me that not a whole lot new is going on there, but, out of somewhere in… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on June 14, 2014 at 11:38am —
“Put on your yarmulke;
It’s time to celebrate Hanukkah…”
Adam Sandler, “The Hanukkah Song”
“Hanukkah celebrates the triumph of Jewish backwardness.”
Added by Alan Perlman on December 8, 2012 at 3:30pm —
“If God wants us to do a thing he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.”
“I cannot believe in a God who has neither humor nor common sense.”
W. Somerset Maugham
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series will remember that Zach is my 6-year-old stepson (7 this month) whose task of configuring the world – his… Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on August 10, 2012 at 8:30pm —
Death and the Lack of Alternatives
How many times would you…
Added by Philip Jarrett on June 23, 2012 at 2:26pm —
I've been around the block. Because I have an obsession with knowing things I have learned things I wish I didn't know. Human ignorance and depravity are far deeper than the average person, whose head is stuck firmly in the sand, can even fathom. For every "good thing" there are a thousand opposites. I've learned things I cannot tell any other person for fear it would fuck up their head permanently, as mine has been.
I reject the notion of a creator because of the Hubble Deep… Continue
Added by Ted Gresham on February 28, 2012 at 1:39pm —
If I were a christian I could pick whatever kind of beliefs I wanted and then choose a church and jump in. I'd have plenty to do. There'd be friends to spend time with.
If I were a christian I could be eccentric or different and still find a niche where I belong.
If i were a christian our house would often be filled with guests, people showing up just to talk, people hanging around when there's trouble, people to listen when I need someone to talk to.
If I were a… Continue
Added by Ted Gresham on February 16, 2012 at 10:34am —
With the rise of Evangelical Christianity in the United States a corresponding increase in finger pointing and blame claiming that the country is in moral decline accompanied it. The usual culprits for the fingered for the alleged deterioration are liberals, non-Christians and unbelievers, but a look at the numbers show the source may be a closer to home.
Without a doubt Christianity is the dominant religion in the United States comprising 75 percent of the population. Christian… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on February 6, 2012 at 6:00am —
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on January 8, 2012 at 9:25pm —
...and believed every word of it!
If there were inconsistencies within or without, I credited that to our finite understanding of the infinite. We would understand it "by and by." But where the Bible spoke as literal truth to the very tangible world we can see, hear, touch, taste and smell, where it spoke to our finite understanding in finite terms, I fully expected things to line up...within AND without: The creation, the flood, the geneologies, the history of nations,… Continue
Added by Scott Popejoy on April 1, 2010 at 9:00pm —
Robert Winston, renowned British scientist, BBC doco presenter, and occasional Christian apologist, was defending the efficacy of science on BBC interview show, Hardtalk. In a throw-away line he suggested that atheists take the unreasonable position of automatically accepting the factuality of scientific claims without question (attacking Richard Dawkins et al. ?). By implication non-atheists are able to take a more nuanced view of science's strengths and… Continue
Added by Alex McCullie on March 2, 2010 at 3:14pm —
The natural realm is the universe and everything in it. The supernatural realm is, by definition, outside the natural realm, so nobody knows, or can
know, anything whatsoever about the supernatural. The natural realm is physical; evidence for it is literally everywhere. The supernatural realm is pure conjecture and absolutely unsupported by physical evidence of any kind. The supernatural is, therefor, not scientifically testable.
However, supernatural claims… Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on September 11, 2009 at 12:00am —
(note: I just realized I set this such that only friends could read it; that error has been remedied and this has be re-posted)
Proper Church Adventures will resume next week.
A few months ago I watched a video of Eddie Izzard with Bill Maher on Politically Incorrect in 1998 around the time the Monica Lewinsky thing came around that I didn't care about, still don't care about, and had I been the age I am now back then probably wouldn't have cared about… Continue
Added by Louis on September 3, 2009 at 3:24pm —
A descriptive explanation on how a person can view the supernatural and unexplainable things in a septic vantage point. Please refer to the following article A skeptic's journey for truth in science
Added by Isuru Ayodhya Chamarasinghe on July 1, 2009 at 12:18am —
With all the abuses that have happened in this country it is time for a full blown revolution. This long train of abuse has been carried out by not only the United States government but also with the help of corporate America as well. The very fact that it is state law that dictates you need auto insurance to drive a vehicle on roads that are paid for with tax dollars from people with no insurance is one example.
Why should state law be dictating this? People whom have cars do not… Continue
Added by Dre Smith on April 28, 2009 at 3:40pm —
I had someone tell me in a conversation once that I seem very sure of my answers and in the very same conversation a couple sentences later he told me you don't seem to be sure about a lot of things. And then in another conversation he did the same thing but said I see things pretty black and white and then a bit later said I see things as a lot of gray areas. Basically he was complaining that I was claiming to be able know things for certain but then complained when I said I don't know about… Continue
Added by TravCav on April 5, 2009 at 9:10pm —
I love our government! The federal system - I pay lots of taxes, have an off-reservation business, and never really minded even though I knew they spent a lot on their little toys - but the shiny buttons and uniforms were nice. Continue
So the old ones like me, we still sit and smoke our pipes in the lodges... and we always approved as the young people sometimes went and got shiny uniforms, and we paid this tax with solemn dignity - as it was only money.
Added by John Redbear Jones-Keiser on March 30, 2009 at 2:30am —
haiku again- by me;)
awakened by truth
religion won't save the earth
someone help me wake the world
Added by Shiny Rage on February 5, 2009 at 3:03pm —
I write..compulsively... and i know this is already on my profile.. but sometimes i do like to re-post things for emphasis... (that and i'm a super dork and i like reading my own words...really thats all it is.. i
anything i post on my blog- unless otherwise stated is my written work and property of me;) if you want to use something i've written that's cool.. just let me know and give me props ok?
"While Freedom Passes By"
Purple mountains… Continue
Added by Shiny Rage on February 5, 2009 at 2:51pm —
This is a basis of a story I am writing but first a bit of history about where I began.
I remember that I was in 4th grade and my teacher asked, 'What do you think about god?' to everyone. Everyone said a few lines about how god was the power and the giver the provider and stopped. When it was my turn to speak, I was a little nervous initially but then I said, 'I don't believe in god'. My teacher was horrified, the next half hour was spent trying to explain to me that I was an… Continue
Added by Ravi on November 27, 2008 at 4:23am —