March 2010 Blog Posts (251)

Free Will Argument PWND

Christians are always jibber jabbering about how God gave us free will. It seems that free will in the Christian excuse for everything. Why is there suffering in the world? Free will! Why does God send non-believers to Hell? Free will! Original sin? Free will! You get the idea.

Sure there is no evidence for free will and yes, science has figured out that our decision making is based on a combination of nature and nurture behaviorism, but that is all beside the point. Even if we gave… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 4, 2010 at 8:46am — 2 Comments

Episode 5 of the Everyday Freethought podcast is out

You can get the 5th episode of the Everyday Freethought podcast here.

Everyday Freethought is a podcast where ordinary, everyday atheists, agnostics, skeptics and freethinkers can share their stories and talk
about what is going in their hometowns.

Added by Everyday Freethought on March 4, 2010 at 8:31am — No Comments

That "Atheism Is A Religion" Crap

I heard it again today, that atheism is just another religion. What are they thinking? How does non-belief constitute a religion? I'd love for one of Them to explain that to me. How do you respond to that?

Added by Secular Sue on March 4, 2010 at 4:35am — 10 Comments

The RNC: Are You Buying What They're Selling

(This article originally posted on Left Agenda)

The RNC wants more officials in federal office, there's no doubt about that. But, to what lengths are they willing to go? Well, they need money to run a campaign. Elections cost money, too much as far as I'm concerned. What was released today, though, shows how scandalous the RNC is concerning how they will convince people to contribute to them.…

Added by Caleb Owens on March 3, 2010 at 9:29pm — 4 Comments

Who are your friends?

Social rejection regarding your announced nontheism…


Added by John on March 3, 2010 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Free Will Explained

Free Will Explained

This post takes may latest arguments for free will and tries to address all the feedback I've received recently.

Determinism is the principle that causality is responsible for all events in the universe: that everything is determined by causality.

Free will is a more slippery concept than is determinism and has different meanings to different people. This essay… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on March 3, 2010 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Free Will and the Bible

Free Will and the Bible

Some assert that man has free will. Some assert that all is determined. Some say (as I do) that free will is compatible with determinism. The debate has raged, unabated, for millennia.

Clearly, an interceding God presents problems for free will. However, a cosmic God - a Creator who does not intervene in human affairs - might be compatible with free will if he keeps his omniscience and omnipotence to himself. I,…


Added by Atheist Exile on March 3, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Pedophile rights?

I was bored watching South Park, an epi where Cartman fake's Tourette's Syndrome so he can say any bad word he wants. The host of "To Catch a Predator" (Chris Hansen) is interviewing him. Kyle knows he is faking, so he lures pedophiles to the studio, where they see Chris Hansen and kill themselves. I heard this actually happened, so I went on youtube to see if it did.…

Added by Hekate Moon on March 3, 2010 at 6:30pm — 15 Comments

Letter-to-a-Senator, Feedback Appreciated

So I'm writing a letter-to-a-senator for an essay contest for Periclean Scholars (I am not one) and this is what I've got so far. Feedback would be much appreciated.

Thanks muchly, Rikka…


Added by Rikka on March 3, 2010 at 5:54pm — 1 Comment

Blog and Interview

I had a pleasant conversation with Jeff Orchard this week for his blog, Intelligent Falling. You can listen at this link.

Added by Darrel Ray on March 3, 2010 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Catholic Church lying again.

Does hypocrisy know no bounds? The English branch is now saying that society is selfish, irresponsible and is suffering form 'a lack of trust'.


Added by Richard Francis on March 3, 2010 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

In Support of Smut for Smut

A University of Texas San Antonio student group called The Atheist Agenda has created a program on their campus called “Smut for Smut.” The atheist group is giving away pornography in exchange for Bibles. This apparently has caused quite a stir both among Christians and surprisingly among other atheists.

I get why Christians are up in arms. For one thing, most Christians haven’t read their Bibles and don’t realize that there are a few passages in Psalms which are very smutty. Those… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 3, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

Welcome new life!

The LONG awaited arrival of the newest addition to our family finally has happened.
At almost 3 am, an 8 lb. 4 oz. beautiful, healthy baby girl was born on 3-2-10. That is all.

Oh, and her name is Rayna. (thanks "Nerd" for pointing out my lack of savvy with these things, and letting me know the wonderful things they can do nowadays. ;-) )

Added by Jas Brimstone on March 3, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

On Faith: Is proselytizing overseas religious freedom or coercion?

With the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, Christian missionaries have been mobilizing to those nations. With devastation, pain, and grief comes an opportunity to proselytize and spread the “Good News” about Jesus. This week, the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section asks: Proselytizing overseas: Religious freedom or coercion?

“What is the real problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn't sharing one's faith part of religious freedom? When does it cross the… Continue

Added by Staks Rosch on March 2, 2010 at 10:54pm — No Comments

California Love Story

A man was lying in bed with his new girlfriend.

After having great sex ... She spent the next

hour just rubbing his testicles ...…


Added by richard lee on March 2, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

My 20 - Politically Speaking

  1. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - but if the wheels are falling off - fix it
  2. If you can do a better job, do a better job
  3. Don't drop bridges,…

Added by Howard S. Dunn on March 2, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Are we atheists scientific dogmatists?

Robert Winston, renowned British scientist, BBC doco presenter, and occasional Christian apologist, was defending the efficacy of science on BBC interview show, Hardtalk. In a throw-away line he suggested that atheists take the unreasonable position of automatically accepting the factuality of scientific claims without question (attacking Richard Dawkins et al. ?). By implication non-atheists are able to take a more nuanced view of science's strengths and…


Added by Alex McCullie on March 2, 2010 at 3:14pm — 6 Comments

Need a Job? Become a Psychic Medium

How can these people make so much money. Glen Klausner makes 250-300 dollars for a reading.

Now listen to him blunder about and try to draw this poor phone caller out.He hedges and generalizes and then tries to manipulate the first caller.

What can't we relate after we think about vague spiritual readings. look at him make excuses for his…


Added by Gary Epstein on March 2, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Review: The Education of Shelby Knox

Over the weekend I watched a documentary titled: The Education of Shelby Knox. The documentary is about a teenaged girl’s attempt to bring comprehensive sex education to the fundamentalist controlled city of Lubbock, Texas.

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Added by Staks Rosch on March 2, 2010 at 7:43am — No Comments

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