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Valerie Tarico Interviews Chris Johnson, Creator of Atheist-Themed Book and Documentary Film, A Better Life

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 31. 25 Replies

I hadn't run across the name Chris Johnson before reading this article from Alternet/Salon, but Johnson published A Better Life last year, a coffee table book in which he details the lives of various…Continue

Tags: morality, atheism

This Church Service In Tennessee Includes Everything But God

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 4. 8 Replies

There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church…Continue

Atheists Become More Visible and Vocal in Zambia

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Institute for Ethics and Emerging  Technologies. is a very religious nation... officially declared a…Continue

Tags: skepticism in Africa

Norway Accuses Catholic Church of Fraud.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 2. 11 Replies

We all know the Catholic Church is a fraud everywhere, and in many ways.  It's nice to see they were caught with their financial pants down, instead of the other kind.…Continue

Tags: Catholic Fraud

Brother Kills Brother Over Ramadan Fasting

Started by Pat. Last reply by Joseph P Jun 26. 9 Replies

Well, the religion of peace has shone its amity and kindness yet once…Continue

Warren city Atheist sues to set up alternative to prayer station at city hall

Started by Joe. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 16. 6 Replies

A Warren atheist filed a federal lawsuit today saying his free speech rights were violated when Warren Mayor Jim Fouts turned down his request to place what he called a “reason station” inside city…Continue

Previously Unpublished Interview with The Hitch

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ian Mason Feb 13. 1 Reply

Why Evolution Is True claims to have a 2005…Continue

Tags: Hitchens, Christopher

Humanist Marriage "Demonic?" - Angry Christian Rails Against Humanism — This Atheist’s Polite Response Is Perfect

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 9. 7 Replies

British TV Show The Big Questions showed Discuss Jesus founder Taiwo Adewuyi holding forth hilariously on how "humanist marriage," legal in Scotland but not in England, is demonic. He gets his…Continue

Lawsuit: State trooper preached about Jesus during traffic stop (

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I am just going to get out of the way of this one ... though when I saw the headline on…Continue

Tags: police, Indiana, proselytize

S.E. Cupp: I’m a ‘Better’ Atheist than Bill Maher

Started by Joe. Last reply by Regina Goodwin Oct 12, 2014. 45 Replies

In a new online video for Crossfire the pundit makes the claim that conservative atheists are actually “better” than liberal ones,…Continue

Anti-Islam ads coming to NYC buses, subways (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat Sep 20, 2014. 1 Reply

NEW YORK -- Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on a hundred New York City buses and at two subway entrances next week.The six ads include an image of American journalist James Foley, just before…Continue

Tags: islam, ads, American Freedom Defense Initiative, Islamophobia

Pennsylvania teen faces two years in jail for Facebook photo of "desecration"

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 13, 2014. 21 Replies

A 14-year-old in Everett, Pennsyltucky Pennsylvania has been charged with…Continue

Tags: trespassing, photos, stupidity, 'right' not to be offended, Facebook

Judges rule that Ground Zero Cross can stay at 9/11 museum

Started by Joe. Last reply by Luara Aug 3, 2014. 4 Replies

In 2011, the American Atheists – a group dedicated to fight to “protect the absolute separation of religion from government and raise the profile of atheism in the public discourse” - sued to keep…Continue

Atheist TV Officially Launches; David Silverman Criticizes History Channel for Presenting Bible as History

Started by Joe. Last reply by Pat Aug 1, 2014. 5 Replies

The world's first ever all-atheist TV channel officially launched Tuesday, with American Atheist president David Silverman declaring it is geared toward all atheists, everywhere.…Continue

Atheist Philanthropist Makes $10,000 Donation to Support Right Wing Watch Blog

Started by Joe Aug 1, 2014. 0 Replies

People For the American Way and Right Wing Watch do critical work uncovering the vicious language the Right uses to attack anyone whose religious beliefs differ from their own — especially those with…Continue

On this day in history - July 30th, 1956

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 30, 2014. 1 Reply

On this day in history - July 30th, 1956 - "In God We Trust" is adopted as the official motto of the United States.…Continue

Pierce County Council approves displaying “In God We Trust” after volatile debate

Started by Joe Jul 30, 2014. 0 Replies

After more than two hours of volatile debate, the Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in the Council Chambers.…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2010 at 11:15am
Now, more than ever before, it is important to state my non-belief in god and all the trappings. I live in a little ghetto of believers. They have problems figuring me out: I host neighborhood solstice and equinox parties, play with their children and encourage them to gently touch the worms in my soils and put out seeds for wildlife, I participate in political situations that effect our neighborhood, and sit with the dying through the process. When questioned about my morals and ethics, I just point to my relationships around us, the extraordinary beauty of my meditation garden, and my willingness to discuss my point of view, not to proselytize, but to answer their queries. I pose no threat to them while I build trust in my happy and content nature.

I respect the processes each of you find effective and I salute your beliefs. There is no one way in such vital matters. We seek a common goal of ending the tyranny brought to us by religions' ideologies. We need not fight or accuse or blame each other if our methods differ.
Comment by moJoe on September 16, 2010 at 6:17am
You go ahead and "battle" on Facebook. I deal with it every day in person in public in the real world. Facebook is bullshit where everyone gives a big "look at me aren't I just grand. Isn't what I'm doing right now just well er, um interesting".

I prefer to spend my time discussing ideas, politics and humor with likeminded individuals rather than dealing with the 28%ers out there incessantly regurgitating pre-prepared talking points with no chance for true dialogue, thank you very much. They have no interest in an exchange of ideas and besides Facebook has no interest in protecting your personal information.

Looks like I am getting in on the tail-end of this one. There are plenty of reasons to hate Facebook, so if you just don't dig it, that's understandable. I was not suggesting you start a crusade over there, I was suggesting that if it is already a thing you use to stay in touch with friends and family, that by simply stating you are an atheist under "religion" and quietly supporting groups and organizations you like, you help legitimize us. Just by being a normal person.

We are demonized--being out and in public helps people understand that we aren't all that much different than everyone else... most of the time.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2010 at 12:22am
People have the right to be wrong.
People are entitled to their opinions; not all opinions are equal.
It is not my responsibility to "cure" stupid.
Stupid does not have a cure; So, I can just play in my garden, cook my gourmet meals, join in lively discussions with one or two of the 6,868,800,386 other human beings alive on this planet.

@ NoSacredCow, Facebook is for theists? You might be surprised how many non-theists there are when they aren't being put-down, discounted, trivialized and demonized.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2010 at 12:08am
My aunt "converted" my uncle to Roman Catholicism as he lay dying from a horrid accident. I just cannot understand such behavior. When death is near, and to use that event to change a life-long disbelief seems ghoulish to me.

At the same time, I would no more "convert" anyone on their deathbed to non-belief. The only thing I am interested in is being present with the dying person, in the purist sense of the word, and assure them I am present with them as they face the end of their life.

The time for discussion of such things is long before the dying process. Calm, reasoned, non-judgmental, non-blaming exchange of ideas with no interest in whether the other believes me or not ... unless their faith in god impinges upon me and my life. I just don't care whether another human being changes to my way of thinking or not. What I do care about, passionately, is that I have my say.

If I remain silent about my belief that god does not exist, that there is no heaven or hell "out there", that life ends at death and there is no place or person waiting for me, I imply agreement. Therefore, I must not remain silent. I also would not remain silent if a dying person asked me for my opinion about such matters. I state calmly and rationally what I believe and then let go.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 9:53pm
@Mike, so beautifully stated! We live in a strange period of history ... long exposure to evangelical christian dogma, a society that supports it, a political system ruled by it, a school system that supports it even if it does not teach it overtly, a legal system that used the bible as an instrument to insure truth telling, a medical system that fluctuates between belief in the power of prayer and and belief that does not.

Confused? Afraid? Ambivalent? Acquiescent? Yes, all of these and more cloud our critical thinking mind. The movement of nonbelievers grows in confidence and competence revealing a major shift in our nation's core beliefs.

I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this era ... however, there are potholes everywhere.

You stated, "it's just incredibly unfortunate that they and the people around them need to bolster that false hope, that delusion in order to keep that maintained sanity."

Absolutely correct! and we move toward reason and shared values with other non-believers. For that, I am grateful.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 9:35pm
My dear British friend, Roger, in his final hours of living and enjoyed hearing the poems of his youth of England. Roger was my friend who was a boy during the London blitz and describes so vividly his experiences. He witnessed body parts, shattered buildings, broken hearts at a tender age. I told him of David, a young man I correspond with on the internet. He is my son's age. David is in the military, a paratrooper, who has served several tours in the Middle East. Roger took David to his heart and planned to write him a letter, but alas, Roger's life ran out as he whispered his message to me. Here is my letter to David with Roger's message:

David, while he was still coherent, Roger sent you part of a message but was too weak to finish it, and he will be unable to complete it. So, here it is:

"David, war is absolutely impossible to justify. When a soldier refuses to pick up a rifle, I honor him. We've got to tell the young Muslim who has decided we are the enemy, we are not the enemy.

"For God's sake, David, patriotism does not require you to pick up the gun. (at this point, Roger started weeping)

"I speak now to all human kind, war is not the message. Use natural force that war generates and transform it to energy fighting hunger, disease infections, pests, earthquakes, volcanoes, and those desperately in need of help.

"We need an international response unit to confront such enemies.

"People have to be shown there is no difference between black, white, yellow, red. We all want and need to live in peace.

"Barriers are right here starring us in the face. The barriers are ignorance, prejudice, and power over others.

"I want to stand outside and scream what we must do and the warriors hear this message (Roger was paralyzed from the waist down caused by a tumor on his spine.) Hearing the message and giving of alms does not complete the task.

"My message to you is to have faith in the Constitution. I can no longer stand and deliver my message. I can only whisper into Joan's ear. Living to this age I have to whisper the words that hopefully will inspire you, David, and people 1,000 years from now.

"The Founding Fathers of the U.S. had blinders. Many supported slavery and the dominance of women. NO! they were not right in doing so.

"What we do to our children from birth to 10 years old has incredible consequences. (Roger had been struggling with me preparing to testify at the trial of a priest charges with pedophilia). A child who is molested must have assistance with the feelings such action arouses. For children who experiment and explore alone or with other boys, must have education to prepare them for the changes taking place inside their bodies. For the sake of all that is decent, do not punish them!

"I spent the last few days in agony from pins and needles. When we laugh at children who tell of pins and needles, pay attention to them. Empathize with them. They tell of events going on inside their bodies and they tell you the truth. The pins and needs cause agonizing pain. Wounded soldiers report of such pain. Listen to them! Comfort them! I cry from the pain. I cry for them.

"For God's sake, listen to me and hear what I tell you!"

Roger Wilks (1920 - 2010)
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 8:49pm
@Mike, I thought you had some interesting, informative, life-enriching subject to bring up. No pressure, mind you, just anticipation.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 8:36pm
@NoSacredCow There was something strange about the deaths of two close friends last month. We knew they were dying, we knew their life's journey was ending and yet there was a calm and peace about their passing. In both cases, they were relieved from horrid pain, but in another way we understood that the lives they led were rich and full, with many people loving them and caring for them to the end. We had no illusions of going somewhere else or being with dead loved ones. We knew their immortality lives on in the lives of their families, friends, and the community that gained such treasures from them while they were alive.

My elderly friend was Santa Clause at my neighborhood winter solstice party and he told the kids wonderful stories about the preparations he made for winter. Their eyes shone with wonder and excitement. As his health deteriorated over spring and summer, the neighborhood children wrote him letters and drew pictures that I took to him in the nursing home and hospital. These little boys and girls will grow and mature into compassionate adults because of their gentle parents and the sweet neighbors who participated in their development.

My chef friend knew the end was near and wrote this:
"I love to cook, but it's the mystery of sharing food that is my real passion. It is the ceremony of affection and love that is shared around the table ... the celebration of each other ... an intimacy that is cultured between all sexes, all levels of friendship, loveship and familyship. It's the walls coming down, the common ground that we daily have the opportunity to share. I have witnessed the shedding of face and ego, the complete exposure of heart and spirit within community of good food and relaxed conversation; remaining, in my mind, the true essence of the meal's perfume."
Char Zyskowski (1948-2010)
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 8:13pm
@Natalie, I appreciate the tensions that build up in families and neighborhoods when one breaks away from traditions. There is something about remaining calm during such stress that provides courage when you need it and a model for your children, husband and community to observe. I am not talking about denying who you are and what you think, but about knowing yourself with confidence and competence. I like your modeling critical thinking strategy; that should serve you well.

The nice thing about being 74 and no longer accountable to a spouse and children and schools and neighbors is you can let your beliefs, learned knowledge and experience guide you and even give you the courage to speak up and speak out, especially in the face of foolish attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values. (This is my A.B.C.T.V. of life.

I wish you well in your journey through life. We live in a splendid era; we can be honest and open and not be sentenced to beatings and stonings.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 3:09pm
OK Mike, offer a subject that is more than "twit-on-my-face".

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