IAmTheBlog's Blog (23)

Atheist plaque combats Christmas display in MS: is this a good thing?

Jackson, MS is the among latest cities in the news that are having illegal Christmas displays challenged. FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation) has put one of their plaques in the Capitol building next… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on December 22, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

"The gospel is deeply serious while Judge Walker's decision is a jumbled mess of sloppy thinking." (That's funny; I would have said the exact opposite.)

As most people who follow the news likely know, California's Proposition 8 (the ban against same-sex marriage in that state) was just overturned last week in federal court. There will of course be appeals, but this is a major step towards the legalization of same-sex marriage not only in California, but if it survives appeal, possibly at the national level.



Since Christianity is all about… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on August 10, 2010 at 4:08pm — 9 Comments

Love never fails [A post in memory of my mom]



A universal sentiment for atheists and believers alike.



My mother died suddenly and unexpectedly last month. She died from what appears to have been a massive stroke. She had just seen a doctor, and while she had a few relatively minor health issues (as many 50-somethings do), she had just seen a doctor… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on August 9, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

God Is Not Great...and other songs



If you haven't yet, be sure to check out George Hrab's new album Trebuchet, as previewed for free on his own Geologic Podcast as well as several others (Dogma Free… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on June 22, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Opt-out required for school prayers? Teacher fired for a 2nd time

It is against both Tennessee and U.S. law to lead public school students in prayer. But some people just won't stop breaking the law and trying to find ways around it. Should students have to opt-out in order to be spared from teacher-led prayers?



According to WLBT news, "A Franklin County High School teacher was fired on Tuesday for leading her students in prayer in the classroom," At first this sounds… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on May 31, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Where’s Jesus’ birth certificate?! (Photo)

While my wife and I were traveling through Arkansas this weekend, I decided we just had to pull over to take a picture.







I couldn't help but laugh at this. I'm assuming there were two separate intended messages here:



• I haven't seen enough proof that Barack Obama was really born in America, and therefore he shouldn't be… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on May 24, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Protecting victims not in the name of god, but in the name of justice





I could not believe this headline when I saw it.… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on May 18, 2010 at 10:11am — No Comments

The Good Friday Turtle stops by (while James Madison does a facepalm)



The yummy treats that the Good Friday Turtle (if he exists) might bring us next year!



Unlike Christmas and Easter, which unfortunately have become widely commercialized and somewhat secularized, Good Friday remains very unambiguously a religious holiday: specifically a Christian one. Very few people would claim that Good Friday is a secular holiday.… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on April 3, 2010 at 12:30am — 4 Comments

"Religion is a sexually-transmitted disease" says Dr. Ray



My wife and I went to go see Dr. Darrel Ray, psychologist and author of the best-selling book The God Virus, speak yesterday in Memphis. His talk was a very thought-provoking and provocative look at how religion continues to spread despite the fact that logically, most religious belief makes very little logical sense. Ray… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on March 8, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

State-Church Separation (parody of The Who's "My Generation")



Here's my latest project, which I've just posted on YouTube. It's called "State-Church Separation", and is a political parody of The Who's song "My Generation." I wrote the song last month and just finally was able to finish recording and make a quick YouTube video. It's a very nice coincidence that The Who will be doing the halftime show at the Super Bowl! When I found this out, it gave me even more…
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Added by IAmTheBlog on February 7, 2010 at 10:07am — 2 Comments

If only Moses had come down the mountain with one of these...

Joke from the Apple iPad announcement.





Here's a question: if God exists, why didn't he send down the Ten Commandments on a tablet like Apple's iPad instead of in stone form? That would have really knocked the socks off the Israelites.…



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Added by IAmTheBlog on January 29, 2010 at 11:24am — 3 Comments

This is why I blog about religion

Sometimes I wonder why I bother blogging about religion and atheism. Does it really matter if I read and talk about religions I don't even believe in anyway? I used to believe in God, after all, so why I don't just let bygones be bygones, leave religion alone, and post about something a little more entertaining, like funny animal videos on YouTube! It'd be a lot cheerier, and I'm sure I'd get a lot more… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on January 12, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

What makes humans different from other animals? "The Human Spark" explores this question

Actor Alan Alda (image source: Wikipedia) hosts a new series about human origins



Last night, I was looking at the TV listings and saw that there was a show called "The Human Spark" on. It turns out it's a three-part series about human origins and why modern humans have the special,… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on January 7, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Atheist Ireland Publishes 25 Blasphemous Quotes (including some from Jesus!)



If I lived in Ireland right now, I couldn't legally say St. Patrick was responsible for a horrible crime: inflicting Christianity on the Emerald Isle. Image from Wikipedia.



Below is a… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on January 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

The Onion admits Christian bias

Here is the cover of the most recent print edition of The Onion. I scanned and uploaded it to my blog since it doesn't appear to be in the online version. I think it pretty much sums up the situation for all major media outlets in the US (but ironically enough, not The Onion itself since they often publish irreligious… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on December 29, 2009 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Barker visit, Part 2: roundup and personal reaction

Dan Barker



Here is Part 2 of my roundup on Dan Barker's visit on December 3 in Memphis. In this part, I'll mention a few more highlights as well as my personal reaction and thoughts. For Part I, click here. For an excellent recap of the Dan Barker event, read… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on December 10, 2009 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

Dan Barker calls for Memphis Council to steer clear of prayers, keep church and state separate

Dan Barker

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), spoke out last night in Memphis against the religious convocations given at Memphis City Council meetings, arguing instead for neutrality in government when it comes to religion.



Barker opened on a light note, excusing himself for starting a little late, saying he was looking for someone who could begin the meeting in… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on December 4, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Dan Barker to visit Memphis, address church-state violations



Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor from FFRF. Source: http://ffrf.org/radio



Freedom from religion is finally coming to Memphis! Well, I should say: Dan Barker from the Freedom From Religion Foundation is coming; since the City Council here continues its unconstitutional prayers at its official… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on November 29, 2009 at 9:25am — No Comments

Indianapolis schools ban only selected religions, as well as atheist and LGBT sites, from students' Internet.

Indiana_In_God_We_Trust



Indianapolis public schools, in a clear breach of church-state separation, are banning students from viewing the websites of only certain religions, as well as atheist and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) sites.



According to a Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) press release, Indianapolis public schools are illegally discriminating… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on November 14, 2009 at 1:00pm — 17 Comments

Churches denounce children as 'witches'; 1000s of kids maimed and killed

Image: Accused child witches in Nigeria



"Accused child witches Jane, left, and Mary, right [...] Jane's mother tried to saw off the top of her skull after a pastor denounced her and Mary."…

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Added by IAmTheBlog on October 28, 2009 at 6:31pm — No Comments

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