Posting this to my Facebook Page, where I actually do have a Conservative Christian friend or three:
"If moderate Muslims are so against what the extremists are doing, feel the extremists don't represent 'real Islam,' then where is their outrage? Why don't we hear from them? Why aren't they marching in the streets to protest the extremists and proclaim, 'They do not speak for us?'"
Back in September of 2009 I posted a story on my frethink.com blog regarding the pending deportation of an individual to his home country, a country that still lives by social codes common to the 1st century. Had he been deported he faced execution for apostasy. Laws against apostasy (renouncing the state religion) and heresy (speaking out against the state religion) are still common in middle-Eastern countries. I wanted to highlight this story because the injustice embodied in his story needed… Continue
hey guys. I wanted to bring a discussion to your attention. Basically this is a portion of a thread on facebook where atheists and theists alike try to smash a bigot who agrees with Robertson. Here's the excerpt:
//You wrote50 minutes ago
bigot Delete Post
//Erik wrote47 minutes ago
Johnny = godless
//Kathy wrote42 minutes ago
Erik is a sad hateful self righteous little man. Believe whatever you want. I worship a God of Love, Compassion, and… Continue
Mankind has had a wildly varying conception of god since the beginning of recorded history. The ancient Romans viewed their Caesar as a god, as did the Egyptians their Pharaohs. Some believed certain animals were gods. Others believed them to be invisible. Some say that there is only one. The idea that there is no god, however, is a fairly recent… Continue
I recently bought the largest box of Cheerios with the childs book "Sleepy...". Before handing it over to a child I read it to make sure it is good reading material. The content seemed nice except the push for prayer. This portion really disturbed me for there are many of us non-believers of the so-called God or Gods... I would like to put out to your company that if you are somehow pushing your beliefs onto consumers than there ought to be a warning label on the front of the box indicating… Continue
I need some help. I will be traveling to Ireland this summer and would like to contact freethinker or atheist groups to talk about The God Virus. So far I have reached out to a couple of groups with no response. They don't know me or the book, so may be reluctant to respond. If anyone knows someone or has contact with groups in Ireland, I would appreciate a good word or a contact name.
Thanks for any help.
In The Lovely Bones, a young girl struggles to reach out to her grieving, self-destructive father as he tries to solve her death. Segmented bits of semi-connected subplots sever the audience’s connection to the story.
Jack Salmon’s (Mark Wahlberg) world comes crumbling down around him when his daughter Susie (Saoirse Ronan) disappears on her way home from school. Even as time passes, he cannot let her go and obsesses about where she is, if she is alive and who killed her if she was… Continue
I am writing (under my real name - which I will not reveal quite yet) pieces of fiction, and what I call - exploratory speculative essays that attempt to put forth persuasive hypotheses using a poetic rather than purely scientific or mathematical approach that examine our role in larger systems.
I contend there are five things that often get denied, elided, or underestimated by many empiricists:
1. Without some degree of poetic/artistic speculation, the first step of the… Continue
Mehmet Ali Agca is the Turkish gunman who shot but failed to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. On January 18 2010 he is due to be released from his prison in Ankara.
"For around 30 years I have been staying in cells on my own. I experienced hell on earth. But in spite of everything I am well. I feel good in myself both physically and psychologically," he said. Many have questioned this self-diagnosis as Agca seems to be on a quest to anoint himself as the new… Continue
I got a bit of a shock today around, not my atheism, but my open use of the word to describe my position re: faith.
My boss is many things - not all palatable or likeable. But he is very rich and, once a month, pays us our normal salary to participate in a 'roll up your sleeves' charitable event. This month, we went to a non-denominational, Christian based organization that brings in two to four semi-truckloads of donated clothing a day, sorts it, stocks two thrift shop (proceeds… Continue
At a press conference held this morning, self-styled "creator of the universe" God provided disappointingly little new information as to his reasons for causing a devastating earthquake in the Caribbean country of Haiti.
Although the word of God is held by many to be a sacred and unambiguous message given to us directly by the almighty lord of all things, many commentators are expressing a growing frustration with the creator's vagueness on numerous policy issues, and unwillingness… Continue
I was surprised to hear that TV evangelist Pat Robertson believes the devil is more powerful than the god of islamo-judeo-christian myth. As I had previously understood his position, his god (or gods, he never is clear on this three-in-one story) is supposed to have super powers:
It (1) knows everything, can do anything, and is completely benevolent.
However, Uncle Pat made this statement about Haiti, after the earthquake:
In the middle of extricating myself from an out-of-control "debate" with an anti-Western America-hating extremist who was a Westerner herself, I realized--though not for the first time--that she and all other extremist ideologues are no worse than their ideological opposition. We were talking about Pat Robertson's idiotic comments concerning Haiti, and the discussion snowballed from there. I had to ask myself "Is she any worse than people like Roberston?" It's no wonder that extreme reactionism… Continue