Staks Rosch's Blog (83)

Do You Want To Believe?

In a recent discussion with a fundamentalist, the question was asked to me as to whether or not I wished that God existed or whether atheism was my desire. I thought this was an interesting question for a few reasons.



To start off with, the obvious fact that ones desire for something to be true has absolutely no bearing on whether or not that something actually is true. I want there to be a million dollars in buried in my backyard, but it is extremely doubtful that there actually is a… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 23, 2010 at 10:09am — 2 Comments

The Atheist Jesus

Christians are always telling me about how crucifixion was the worst way for someone to be killed and that this somehow makes Jesus such a great guy/god for knowingly walking into such a painful death. This, many Christians claim is “The Passion” of Christianity. I just have to laugh.



I know that the alleged crucifixion Jesus was so horrible and everything, what with the whipping, the spear in the side, and the crown of thorns, but that really isn’t the worst way for someone to be… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 19, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

I Really Just Don’t Get It

A lot of discussions that I have with religious believers (usually Christians) all come back to the same really obvious and central problem that I have with religious belief. I really just don’t get it.



Let’s face facts here, religion tells some pretty fanciful stories. If any rational person (even religious person) heard these stories in a non-religious context they would not believe them to be true. In fact, they would laugh at how obviously ridiculous these stories are.… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 18, 2010 at 8:20am — 2 Comments

On Faith: Disbelief in the pulpit

It is not surprising that there are still a large number of atheists who are living in the closet. There is after all a great deal of social pressure aimed to discourage open disbelief. That pressure is much greater for those who make a living from their god-belief.



Religion is a business. There are people in the world who have trained all their lives to preach the Bible. Not all of those people are forced into a life of celibacy either. Many have families to support. So when one of… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 17, 2010 at 7:09am — No Comments

Spreading Scientific Thinking and Secular Values

Project Reason has officially launched their video contest. The goal of the contest is to have people make videos which help to spread scientific thinking and secular values. Nine videos have been nominated, but I only think one is really any good.

Check out my top 4 picks and why

Added by Staks Rosch on March 16, 2010 at 10:52am — No Comments

The Free Market of Ideas

On a level playing field, good ideas are accepted and bad ideas are rejected. However, the world is still filled with bad ideas. If the premise is true and the conclusion is true, then we must assume that there isn’t always a level playing field in the free market of ideas.

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Added by Staks Rosch on March 15, 2010 at 10:09am — No Comments

Atheist group offers to hold gay friendly prom

Recently, 18-year-old Constance McMillen has become the target of discrimination. She intended to go to her prom dressed in a tuxedo with her girlfriend as her date. The very religious school officials consider same-gender relations to be a sin and as such Superintendent Teresa McNeece told McMillen that she could not come with her female date. If they showed up they would be “ejected.”



McMillen contacted her local ACLU who notified the school that this kind of discrimination was… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 12, 2010 at 2:14pm — 5 Comments

God Language in our Society

Society has been so dominated by Judeo-Christian beliefs that even people who don’t believe in a god are still brainwashed into using God language. How many times have you said, “God bless you” after someone sneezes?

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Added by Staks Rosch on March 12, 2010 at 10:03am — No Comments

Catholic Church’s attempt to blackmail Washington fails

Back in November, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington DC gave our nation’s capital an ultimatum that if they pass laws in favor of same-gender marriage that the Church would stop many of their social service programs which would help in adoptions, homelessness, and health care. This week, the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section asks: Do religious convictions trump government rules?…



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Added by Staks Rosch on March 11, 2010 at 5:22pm — 1 Comment

How Out Are You?

We live in a religion dominated world. Over the last few years atheists have been more public with our lack of belief in imaginary deities. The OutCampaign has helped that a lot, but how “out” are you? How “out” should we be?



When I go out to a store or a mall, it is not unusual for me to see someone wearing a religious shirt. Often times those shirts are actually aggressively religious. It goes without saying that Christians and Jews wear religious necklaces like the crucifix or a… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 11, 2010 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

Church Subsidies

Recently a Catholic School in Colorado kicked out a student for having lesbian parents. But that is not what today’s blog is about. People have asked whether or not the Church has the right to have whatever rules they want since they are a private school. Most people including atheists say sure. It may not be right, but it is certainly legal. I disagree.



Normally, I would say let the market decide. If the people in the area think this is wrong they will pull their kids out of the… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 10, 2010 at 10:22am — No Comments

To Know

What does it mean to claim that we “know” something? Religious people often throw this term around in relation to their deity of choice. They know that their god is real. But what does that really mean?



For starters, we have to understand what it means to know. I could say that I know that the front door is locked and that our solar system has eight planets. But if my wife asked me if I am sure that the door is locked, I might have to think about it for a moment. Do I remember locking… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 9, 2010 at 9:52am — No Comments

Criticizing Ridiculous Ideas

Atheism is on the rise in America and the world and as such we have become a bigger target for religionists. Many religious people attempt to make it seem like being a vocal atheist is something new and militant but the fact is that there is nothing new, mean, or hateful about criticizing ridiculous ideas. (Read More)

Added by Staks Rosch on March 5, 2010 at 9:08am — No Comments

Free Will Argument PWND

Christians are always jibber jabbering about how God gave us free will. It seems that free will in the Christian excuse for everything. Why is there suffering in the world? Free will! Why does God send non-believers to Hell? Free will! Original sin? Free will! You get the idea.



Sure there is no evidence for free will and yes, science has figured out that our decision making is based on a combination of nature and nurture behaviorism, but that is all beside the point. Even if we gave… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 4, 2010 at 8:46am — 2 Comments

In Support of Smut for Smut

A University of Texas San Antonio student group called The Atheist Agenda has created a program on their campus called “Smut for Smut.” The atheist group is giving away pornography in exchange for Bibles. This apparently has caused quite a stir both among Christians and surprisingly among other atheists.



I get why Christians are up in arms. For one thing, most Christians haven’t read their Bibles and don’t realize that there are a few passages in Psalms which are very smutty. Those… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 3, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

On Faith: Is proselytizing overseas religious freedom or coercion?

With the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, Christian missionaries have been mobilizing to those nations. With devastation, pain, and grief comes an opportunity to proselytize and spread the “Good News” about Jesus. This week, the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section asks: Proselytizing overseas: Religious freedom or coercion?



“What is the real problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn't sharing one's faith part of religious freedom? When does it cross the… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 2, 2010 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Review: The Education of Shelby Knox

Over the weekend I watched a documentary titled: The Education of Shelby Knox. The documentary is about a teenaged girl’s attempt to bring comprehensive sex education to the fundamentalist controlled city of Lubbock, Texas.

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Added by Staks Rosch on March 2, 2010 at 7:43am — No Comments

New study claims atheists are more intelligent than religious

The atheist community is abuzz about the new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science. After correlating the data from the study, evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa claims that atheists have a higher IQ than people who claim to be “very religious.”



The study claims to have used a “large sample” of adolescents from grades 7 through 12 during the 1994-1995 school year and then interviewed them again in 2001 and 2002. According to the study, those who claimed… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 1, 2010 at 10:00pm — 11 Comments

The Mysterious Atheist White House Briefing

Despite President Obama’s rhetoric about transparency in government, the White House has made the delegates from the Secular Coalition of America (SCA) take an oath of secrecy.



I have talked about this more in my Examiner article which I hope everyone will check out. But I want to say a bit more about this issue. Since we don’t know… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 1, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Judge God Argument

One frequent argument I hear from Christians is what I call the “Judge God Argument.” Here, Christians tell me a story about a teen that is speeding, driving drunk, or some other illegal act that teenagers might commit. In this story, we are the teen and after being caught by the police we are brought before the Judge. The Judge, bound by the law and by his need for Justice (The Judge always seems to be a man because… well Christianity is a very male chauvinistic religion) delivers the verdict… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on February 28, 2010 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment

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