[ Draft ]I was invited by Kenny Nipp of Tulsa Atheists to speak the their group last Sunday. I presented on my book, The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture. It was a great group. Great questions and discussion. If someone had told me 20 years ago I would be speaking to an atheist group in Tulsa, I would have asked, "What are you smoking?" My first trip to Tulsa as a child was when my parents took the whole family to the North American Christian Convention. That tells you a… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on January 27, 2009 at 6:00pm —
I just applied to Coker College to enroll in either their english education(9-12) or biology education(9-12) programs. Its been a few years since college but I think this will be interesting and… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 27, 2009 at 3:29pm —
Here's the letter going to Beck's Executive Producer/ Head Writer:
Recently I watched a clip from the Glenn Beck Show about the moment of silence being removed from public schools. I must confess I was both shocked and disgusted with the way in which Mr. Beck conducted himself. It's not his opinion about the issue that I found so appalling, in a free society we have a right to dissent. It was his bigoted juvenile antics and use of false information to support his claims. It one… Continue
Romance without god(s) is an interesting thing. The end of it, especially, I think. For a believer, when something ends, there is someone to blame. To be angry with. To “lean” on. To rage at.
My acceptance of my own atheism coincided with a rocky and over-emotional marital relationship that often found me fighting the urge to beg, demand and negotiate my situation with some sentient fairy god-person. Sitting on the cold severe bathroom floor, seven months into the hormonal nightmare… Continue
After the christening of his baby brother in church,
Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.
His father asked him three times what was wrong.
Finally, the boy replied,
"That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, And I wanted to stay with you guys!"
Added by MJ on January 27, 2009 at 9:47am —
First let me just say I'm playing Devil's Advocate for the sake of inspiring thought:
But I don't understand why striking out the moment of silence in schools is so offensive to some atheists. I actually appreciate taking a moment of silence to reflect the passing of a co-worker/friend/family member without prayer.
And although the idea of prayer is ridiculous to me, I can't see how the mention of the word would hurt.
I understand that some families have gotten… Continue
I just finished my email to Glenn Beck and James Dobson, I just have the one to Beck's writer to go. I'd appreciate any input, if any of you see anything that's not quite accurate please let me know. I don't plan on sending them until tomorrow morning.
Letter To Beck:
Recently I watched a clip of your show about the moment of silence being removed from public schools. I have to admit that I was appalled by the way in which you conducted yourself. It wasn't your opinions… Continue
There are two main approaches that Atheists take when trying to open a religious mind, and release the seed of reason trapped inside. One group, such as Dawkins, Harris, Dennet, use mainly their own reason as a pry bar to try and accomplish this, while another group, people such as Hitchens, Bill Mahr, or any number of other comics like Doug Stanhope, prefer to use the hammer of ridicule to bust the piggy bank wide open. Which method is best?
I would not presume to tell you how to host your show. I saw the asinine clip of you parading an alleged disturbed atheist child next to an alleged faith based child. Is this supposed to be entertaining?
My issue is that atheism is a legitimate choice that people make when their heads are not filled with religious dogma.
You don't comprehend that non-facts are harmful when they are programmed in at the beginning of a child's language acquisition.
Fine. You are indeed free… Continue
Haggard: 'Inappropriate' relationship not physical
DENVER – Fallen evangelical pastor Ted Haggard says he had an "inappropriate relationship" with a young male church volunteer, but it did not involve physical contact.
Haggard's successor at Colorado Springs' New Life Church, Brady Boyd, has said evidence pointed to an "inappropriate, consensual sexual relationship" between Haggard and the man, who was in his early 20s.
Geert Wilders, a parliament member in the dutch government, is now being prosecuted for speaking out against the fascist ideology of the Koran. It is now illegal to speak negatively about islam which shows how close islam is coming to their goal of world domination. This is particularly scary to me. Islam is a violent, bigoted, damning religion. Islam, I believe, is the most dangerous threat to freedom and the planet. The time to be tolerant is over.
Nearly ever person alive today has thought this question at least once in their lives. The direct answer is not that important, however the indirect ways which come along, are important, at least for me.
Since July 20, 2003 I exist because my child does. She gives my life purpose and meaning. Something to look forward to, something to hope for, and something to treasure for the rest of my living days.
There are people who exist today, that by choice or circumstance don't… Continue
So, this evening I returned from rehearsal and decided to turn on the tv. I came across a television program by a gentlemen who is the president of a Christian college in Toronto, Ontario, and goes by the name of "Dr." Charles McVety. This uber-fundamentalist played the clip from Expelled where Stein asks Dawkins if there is any way he could see the idea of ID having anything valuable to say. So Dawkins talks a bit about the idea of Panspermia,… Continue