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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee 18 hours ago. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2012 at 9:52pm

@Jonel Burge:

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
This is spelled out in the Declaration of Independence, and was a viewpoint that directly contradicted the notion that the powers of governments were granted to kings by God. This was essential in justifying the separation of the colonies from British Rule. The theory that governments derived their powers from the consent of the governed lies in some of the contemporary philosophy of Social Contract Theory as discussed by John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Thomas Hobbes.

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Since it comes right after the Deist mention of "their Creator," it really fries their little crosses when you bring it up in conversation.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2012 at 9:18pm

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This week we'll celebrate Roe v. Wade with journalist Sunsara Taylor. Then, we'll interview Jessica Ahlquist, the beseiged 16 year old litigant in a Rhode Island school prayer lawsuit. Her harrassment is an object lesson in why religion does not belong in our public schools.



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Comment by Jonel Burge on January 27, 2012 at 8:40pm

Well we already know they pick and choose whatever when it comes to their religion.

Everlasting life? YES.

Spending it on your knees, worshipping yaweh? mmmnnnooo....

Prayer, when you ask, god answers? YES.

Prayer is supposed to be private and personal? NOPE.

And that would be why slavery is illegal(which god had no problem with) but gay rights are still an issue.

Of course, when I brought up the "but isn't there something about slaves being good to have in the bible?" she goes "well of course god says to follow the law of the land as well" and I reply with "What if gay marriage becomes legal? It'll be the law of the land then..."

Then I got blocked. yay!

The verse she was referring to from the bible(as far as I could dig up)

Okay after actually reading/researching it, here is my issue:

It's claiming that all authorities are appointed/chosen by god. How does that make sense? Since when is democratic vote=god? 

Comment by Sansdeity on January 27, 2012 at 1:12pm

I posted the link over at r/atheism which I think might have a lot to do with the skewed results.

Comment by Peter Cranny on January 27, 2012 at 1:08pm

Even "Judge forces school to take down prayer banner" would have been better - and more accurate.

Comment by dr kellie on January 27, 2012 at 1:06pm

What makes me sick is the headline, "Atheist girl forces school to take down prayer banner."  Uh.  That is the best and fairest thing you could come up with?  How about, "Atheist girl supports the constitution."

Comment by sk8eycat on January 27, 2012 at 12:52pm

The poll is now at 80% in agreement that the banner is unconstitutional.

Comment by Peter Cranny on January 27, 2012 at 12:49pm

As many will have noticed, the MSNBC poll about the Cranston School story was mentioned by P Z Myers and it's been well and truly Pharyngulated - great stuff but its still a bullshit survey and totally meaningless because the participants are all self-selecting.

Oh well, at least we stopped them getting another story about it tomorrow "Poll shows overwhelming support for school prayer banner" - which is obviously what they wanted.

Comment by Jason Fleming on January 27, 2012 at 9:49am

The results on that survey are currently running about 60/40 on the side of the Establishment Clause. I wonder what the results would be on a similar Fox News Survey.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 22, 2012 at 1:52pm

Another plug for Will Self. This time "Liver", 4 novellas of varying length about that particular organ and touching on drink, drugs, asissted suicide, miracle cures and a modern Prometheus. Read in under 24 hours!


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