February 2009 Blog Posts (239)

anyone want to help me sue Adnan Oktar?

Here's a random idea. I've written before about Turkish evolution denialist Adnan Oktar who believes that evolution is actually a Freemason/Zionist conspiracy to "reduce his countrymen to an animalistic state." As you might see in the article, he's offering a $4.5 trillion for proof of a transitional fossil but there are three basic problems with his contest:

1. It's a jury of him… Continue

Added by Greg F. on February 21, 2009 at 3:37pm — No Comments


No one has the slightest physical evidence to support a historical Jesus; no artifacts, dwelling, works of carpentry, or self-written manuscripts. All claims about Jesus derive from writings of other people. There occurs no contemporary Roman record that shows Pontius Pilate executing a man named Jesus. Devastating to historians, there occurs not a single contemporary writing that mentions Jesus. All documents about Jesus got written well after the life of the alleged Jesus from either: unknown… Continue

Added by michelliberty on February 21, 2009 at 9:01am — 2 Comments

THE CANON A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

I just started reading The Canon and it is very pleasant. (I haven't purchased it, I do most of my reading at Borders in the somewhat comfy chairs.) You can tell the writer is a writer who likes science as opposed to a scientist who happens to be writing a book. It's something about the imagery heavy sentences. Angier’s very engaging but sometimes there is way too much "distracting wordplay". I'm about a third of the way through. So far I have read an argument for why everyone should keep up… Continue

Added by Jonathan Kraus on February 21, 2009 at 3:04am — 1 Comment

Atheist scholars believe in a historical Jesus???

I've been debating on and off with Christians in the blog of Rev. Brian Zahnd. Most recently I've been arguing with the Reverend himself in his post titled Knowing and Believing. In the comments following his post I mentioned that I didn't believe that a historical Jesus ever existed. Rev. Zahnd was shocked by my statement and claimed that he had never heard a single scholar make that… Continue

Added by DeafAtheist on February 21, 2009 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

Atheists can lead good lives too you know.....

Taken from my blog:

So today I had a short confrontation with my religions professor. After class she made a comment about how not believing in god gives you license to do whatever you want. I pointed out that this was not true, and wrote her the following letter, pointing out statistics of Atheists in prison, and divorce rates, along with religiosity’s correlation to the Human Development Index. The only license not believing… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on February 20, 2009 at 8:38pm — 7 Comments

Atheists banned from public service in 5 states - WTF!

This is ludicrous! The comments on the website were apt.: What if an atheist witnesses a murder? Oh, gee, sorry, can't testify!

Arkansas, 5 Other States, Ban Atheists from Public Service. Seriously

February 17, 2009 05:00 PM ET | Bonnie Erbe | Permanent Link | Print

By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog.

Can it be constitutional to exclude from public service or service as a witness in a state court any and all atheists? Such a practice is so… Continue

Added by MJ on February 20, 2009 at 1:02pm — 7 Comments


Okay so last Friday was my birthday. And yes, I was born on Friday the 13th. NO, I am not what the movies are based on....wish they were but they aren't...

Anyway went off to Austin with girlfriend to have a good time. A good time was had by all. Yup, if I was a car I'd be considered a classic..or collectible. Maybe both.

Anyway, we're walking back to the car and a couple of homeless guys ask for some money to food. We tell them we're tapped out. One pipes up..."That 'Christian' of… Continue

Added by Rick on February 20, 2009 at 3:00am — 3 Comments


I have to tell the world about this: I just saw the weirdest thing ever!!!!

But first some critical analysis for what was a seeming culmination of supernatural phenomenon. The event:

at approximately 10:40 this evening, February 19 (pacific time) a white utility truck (?) drove up the street with it's lights blaring in the surrounding darkness and the diver unscrewed the cap to a yellow hydrant, releasing all the water gushing out in to the road. That is weird right? A… Continue

Added by Rickr0ll on February 19, 2009 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

A Parable of 3 men

A man was playing soccer. He tripped and hit his head. When he got up he knew only his language. He saw two men arguing.

"What do you mean, heirs of ANY caliph can be a successor of Muhammad?"

"They were trained the same, were they not? Does it matter if they share blood?"

The man thought for a second.

"Muhammad wouldn't care whether they shared blood, he trained them the same!"

The first arguer frustrated, left.

The second arguer and the man talked for the rest of… Continue

Added by zack on February 19, 2009 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Clarence Darrow impersonator


Added by Lori Gilliland on February 19, 2009 at 3:27pm — No Comments

How to respond to requests to debate creationists

Linked from Pharyngula

This is such a great response to a request from the Discovery Institute to debate a creationist that I had to post it here:

A professor at the University of Vermont, Nicholas Gotelli, got an invitation to debate one of the clowns at the Discovery Institute. Here's what they wrote.


Added by Mike Grattan on February 19, 2009 at 3:27pm — 4 Comments

fundamentalists come up with a new defintion of atheism

Did you know that Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and Kim Jong Il aren’t just responsible for millions of deaths and some of the most wretched atrocities against fellow humans in the past century, they’re also the ultimate proof that atheism is evil? No? Really? Yeah, neither did I considering that Hitler was a Catholic who constantly mentioned God and his divine mission in Mein Kampf, Stalin was a seminarian and Asia’s communist dictators were and are very far from both atheistic or communistic.… Continue

Added by Greg F. on February 19, 2009 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

Snippets of Frustration

“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” they say. Taking each small thing in a vacuum, I couldn’t agree more. The sweat, of course, starts flowing when small thing piles on small thing, until you reach the proverbial backbreaking straw. A ton of feathers still weighs a ton. In order to wash off some of my sweat, here are a few small things that have me a bit riled up:

Continue reading…

Added by Matthew Orlando on February 19, 2009 at 1:47pm — 1 Comment

Forgive me, I have sinned!

and here is the evidence.......

Added by Marcus Harman on February 19, 2009 at 10:56am — 2 Comments

Atheist Zen?

OK - so I have been attending a Zen center and doing koans and zazen (sitting meditation) there for the past 6 months or so. I definitely like the calming and "centering" of awareness that I get from meditation of various types. I attach no "supernatural" attributes to this. I do think that our minds are often very inefficient and bound up in unnecessary chaos which awareness can help "treat".

On the other hand even in Zen, which is supposed to be sort of spartan and free of… Continue

Added by David S. on February 19, 2009 at 10:05am — 6 Comments

Welcome to the light

Welcome to the light. This was a comment on my previous blog post (thanks, Felch). Reading this, I thought I'd share my coming out story.

A year ago I was a religious nut. Not totally insane/loopy... simply Pagan. I knew evolution was real, I knew magick didn't work unless you used it to change yourself, I loved science, I loved questioning how things worked. I was down to earth, I believed in following a mundane path if it existed and only turned to magickal means or divine… Continue

Added by Kristine Robinson on February 19, 2009 at 9:36am — 10 Comments

Gender divide in Hell

Here is a good one, according to the Vatican man and women commit different sins.

“Men are more likely to commit lustful sins while women are led down the path of pride, according to a Vatican report carried out by the Pope's personal theologian.”

Does that mean there is different intensity of punishment and separate sections for the genders in "Hell"?

Read entire story… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on February 19, 2009 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Needed: Plaintiffs for Newdow v. Roberts

I know there are some people here that can and will help this important cause.


Added by Fr33think3r on February 19, 2009 at 7:58am — 1 Comment

Help Michael Newdow


Check out the case. Get involved.

Added by Fr33think3r on February 19, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Pumpkins 2008

I've uploaded my Halloween photos from October 2008.

They can be found, lurking, here:


I look forward to reading any comments.

When I was training as a teacher there was this prohibition against even mentioning Halloween. I never did understand the reason (though I can guess). It always struck me as a tremendous resource for art and creativity, narrative (eg setting, mood) and… Continue

Added by Richard Healy on February 19, 2009 at 6:05am — 3 Comments

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