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Would people remain Christian if Christians were outcast? An Easter Rumination

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 9:15am 3 Comments

I always wonder how many Christians there would be if Christianity was frowned upon.  In the Easter services there are passages of Christ proclaiming his faith even tho others spit on him, beat him, despise him, and even kill him.  How many Christians would there be if they were treated like homosexuals in the 50's; or black folks in the deep south under jim crow? (Someone please tell me how to punctuate the previous sentence.)


What do you think and do you know anyone who…


Coming Soon- The American Theocracy

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 10:57pm 6 Comments

The move toward American Theocracy by the empowered evangelical 'elite' in the US has made it almost impossible for an atheist or difficult for a non-christian to be elected to office.  Schools are having their curriculum undermined by creationist who wish to revise history, remove evolution from science, and prevent teaching sexual health and pregnancy prevention.  Atheist fear reprisals for not being christian and are often discriminated against at work, socially, and most especially in…


What 'made' you an Atheist?

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 10:16pm 11 Comments

What event, book, lecture, or insight 'made' you and atheist? HMM?


While he was sick with cancer my dad once cut my religious comments off by saying, "I don't believe in that stuff."   It was like a thunderclap at the very moment he said he didn't believe.  I no longer believed.  I had essentially been given permission to leave god.  I had flirted with it before but it was just too far a leap for me.  His moment of honesty gave me permission.  After watching my parents suffer…


God vs John Galt! Is John Galt a secular replacement for god?

Posted on January 2, 2011 at 6:35pm 3 Comments

There seem to be a contingent of thinkers out there who think that "the answers to life, the universe and everything" are the philosophies of Ayn Rand in "Atlas Shrugged."  It somehow seems fitting that this may be the case since, when asked to cut some of her novel she replied, "Would you cut the Bible?" 


Calling a philosophy "Objectivism" confuses me.  No one is perfectly objective and the first hurdle to being objective is realizing that no one is truly…


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At 4:10pm on April 3, 2011, Joseph P said…

Yeah, I can see the potential there, but every time I've tried, I just keep getting too ranty and not sufficiently funny.  I haven't been able to reconcile the points I want to make with the jokes.  All of my other segments flow naturally from serious point to punchline.  The Libertarian segment comes off ... forced, to say the very least.


I know the jokes are there.  It's been entirely my failure to use them properly.

At 6:20pm on March 29, 2011, Joseph P said…

Yup, that's the basic concept I was going for in my standup comedy segment.  Dogmatic Libertarians.  I've just kind of dropped the segment for a while, though.  I don't know how to make it funny.  It just pisses me off too much.


Heh, and more olive-green eyes, actually.  It's kind of hard to tell with my crappy digital camera, and the glasses don't help, either.  They do all sorts of weird things with the light.

At 1:20am on February 20, 2011, Joseph P said…

Yeah, and Libertarians don't LISTEN.  They'll never change any of their ideals, because they're almost as dogmatic as the theists.  Besides, if you want to have someone who will actually consider your opinions and not spit you back a sound bite about absolute freedom, you don't want a Libertarian.


Heh, but I like the freaky picture.  That's the point.  :-P

At 9:45pm on February 16, 2011, Joseph P said…
Yup, they're dogmatic almost to the point of religion.  I'm trying to get a segment written about Libertarians, for my standup comedy.  The problem is that it's not funny.  It's just rant-y and infuriating.  Even rant comedy has to be funny.
At 9:12pm on February 15, 2011, Joseph P said…

Oh, hey there.  Interesting bit in the 'Atheist Etiquette' discussion.


Are you in either FAAST or TAM, on  So many people floating around there, I can't keep track of them all.

At 9:38am on January 3, 2011, Seabass said…


Thank you for your reply..... no problem with delay I am somewhat cpu challenged myself.

My holidays were very very nice. I did not attend church either but dont have much pressure at this point to do so. I have not been a practicing Presbyterian for years.

My biggest challenge as of late is how to deal with my wife and the raising or our kids.

My wife is very strong theist; doesn't go to church but prays her butt off and is a true believer.  She knows my feelings and sees my email full of Atheist Nexus notifications over my shoulder on occasion, as well as my plethora of Atheism books by our bed.  She doesn't challenge me she just doesn't want to know.  I chip away at her by quoting the bible to her with some of the more hideous passages,

ie:  "happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones" - psalm 137

she seems to be coming around at least to the point that the bible ain't such a good book.

My real problem is our kids; they are being taught christianity and my sister and brother in law even took my son (7) to a several week sunday am catholic sunday school with my wifes blessing.  I have some mixed feelings about this. 

I am now coming to terms with it and rather than try to prevent their education i am going to try to be the good PC person and introduce them to "all religions" and hopefully atheism and let them make their own choices with time. 

I got this idea from Dan Dennett in a lecture he gave at a TED conference i saw on youtube

thanks again; stay in touch

At 7:09am on December 20, 2010, Seabass said…

Thanks for the fine song.....

yeah pretty conscious shattering stuff....

hey, this morning i was pumping gas and just standing there looking into space.

Caught myself starting to have a dialog in my mind with  the "BIG G".

not sure what to replace that with; i used god more as a sounding board rather than an actual prayer.

what do i do now say; "hey self, what do you think of this?" , "i dont know self i like this"

kind of awkward isn't it?

At 6:00pm on December 13, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Shannon, that's a brave and informative piece you have written. We sympathize with your predicament. At least do comfort yourself that through Atheist Nexus you immediately have 20,000 understanding good friends. What a sad world it is when it is dominated by those who are so wrong in their beliefs (there just ain't any such thing as a god--they are simply fictions inside the heads of indoctrinated believers).

So welcome to this friendly world of rational good sense and sound reasoning. 

Terry Meaden 
We invite you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 370 discussion topics and over 2100 members.  



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At 6:34pm on December 12, 2010, Carla said…

Hello & welcome :)




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