March 2012 Blog Posts (149)

Why do atheists care what theists believe?

Every time certain atheist spokesmen get themselves reved up for a rant they almost immediately begin by making fun of how stupid is to believe in religious ideas.

Is this a productive approach?  Doesn't this amount to shooting fish in a barrel?  How does it help the 'cause' of freedom *from* religion?

Don't we still have freedom *of* religion in this country?  Don't people have a legal right to be stupid or believe in stupid things?  How does it hurt or affect…

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Added by John W. Ratcliff on March 19, 2012 at 3:04pm — 15 Comments

They Have Guns Down There

My 88 year old mother phoned me and asked me not to attend the reason rally.  She said not to go because they have guns down there. Of course we have guns up here in Canada, but she is correct about there being a lot more south of our border and a more pro gun culture.

I told her not to worry. Getting shot at is not something I consciously seek out.  People are getting shot up here in Canada as well.  I still remember the story in a Toronto paper about a New York grandmother getting…

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Added by Russell Pangborn on March 18, 2012 at 6:13pm — 10 Comments

Good and Bad Reasons for Believing - Richard Dawkins (letter to his daughter)

Dear Juliet,

Now that you are ten, I want to write to you about something that is important to me. Have you ever wondered how we know the things that we know? How do we know, for instance, that the stars, which look like tiny pinpricks in the sky, are really huge balls of fire like the sun and are very far away? And how do we know that Earth is a smaller ball whirling round one of those stars, the sun?

The answer to these questions is "evidence." Sometimes evidence…

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Added by Tusi on March 18, 2012 at 5:11pm — 1 Comment

The Necessity of Atheism. By Percy Bysshe Shelley. From the 1880 edition of The Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley in Verse and Prose, edited by H. Buxton Forman

A CLOSE examination of the validity of the proofs adduced to support any proposition, has ever been allowed to be the only sure way of attaining truth, upon the advantages of which it is unnecessary to descant; our knowledge of the existence of a Deity is a subject of such importance, that it cannot be too minutely investigated; in consequence of this conviction, we proceed briefly and impartially to examine the proofs which have…

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Added by Tusi on March 18, 2012 at 5:02pm — 1 Comment

American Freethought

My interview on American Freethought just came out. Get it at this link or on iTunes. I turned out quite a bit different than other podcasts I have done on the topic of Sex and God. Always fun to talk with David Driscoll and John Schneider.

Added by Darrel Ray on March 18, 2012 at 12:38am — No Comments

Lawsuit accuses Quebec Catholic Church of coercing adoptions

On the heels of my previous post about the ever dwindling influence of the Church in Quebec, here's yet another possible contributing factor.

The Montreal Gazette describes a class action suit against the Catholic…

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Added by Godless Poutine on March 18, 2012 at 12:21am — No Comments

Try this on for size:

Is it really a bad or useless thing to look for a utopia that we can realistically achieve? Or is it that our entire culture (theists and non-theists included) is under the theists' spell that anything other than God is bad? That man is corrupt and can ammount to nothing without God?

Is it reality to think we can do better than what we've done so far? You know, build on the shoulders of giants? Theists fight for the status quo or if there is to be change, for the change to take us…

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Added by Cane Kostovski on March 18, 2012 at 12:15am — 1 Comment

The Heroic Spirit and the Threats to It from Society

The heroic spirit, the will to persevere, is the essential virtue. All else of human value flows from this primary human value. The title of this paper is called "The Threat of Temperance to the Heroic Spirit in the Epic of Gilgamesh".

Second download: …

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Added by Jedi Wanderer on March 17, 2012 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Theocratic encroachment on secular institutions, …like a child's game.

"Paper beats rock"

...reminds me of theism.

 It doesn't make any sense, but we're all just supposed to let that…

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Added by Richard ∑wald on March 17, 2012 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Equal Rights For ALL by David Gerrold

My usual unfriendly reminder — if you cannot stand for the equal rights of all human beings, you’re in the wrong place. Do us both a favor and unfriend me. Otherwise, I’ll have to do it when you start posting bat-guano on my wall.

I’m a cranky old man — there’s only one thing in the world I know to be an absolute truth — life works better when we care about each other.

Yeah, it’s sometimes an ugly bumpy turbulent ride, ask anyone with a teenager about that, but the adventure of…

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Added by Catey Condon on March 17, 2012 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

#Phe - NOMA- na!# Doot doo dee doo-doo.



Am going to spend this afternoon in the company of a friend from work, a muslim as it happens, and as part of Cambridge University's "Festival of Science" - I am going today to see a talk/debate: "

 

"Can we live in a world of non-overlapping magisteria?"



with…

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Added by Richard Healy on March 17, 2012 at 6:52am — 9 Comments

Live video feed from the International Space Station

Camera view changes from night to day (about 45 minutes each for ISS), it's slow to change but this is indeed a live feed. Some cool stuff, even when it's dark (insert evil laugh, cue ominous music).

Link is here.

You can track where the ISS is, and so figure out what you're looking at,…

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Added by Richard ∑wald on March 17, 2012 at 12:30am — 9 Comments

I just finished reading, "God, No!" by Penn Jillette

Greetings, I just finished reading, "God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales." It was a well written and rollicking ride by famous magician, Penn Jillette.

Penn takes you through his life stories and the 10 commandments of his life. It made me jealous that I was not a fly on the wall for most of it...but he does a great job of making you believe that you could have been there. He has made sure that Christmas and flying in an airplane will never be the same…

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Added by Suzi Rhae on March 16, 2012 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Different Definitions of Marriage

     The Telegraph (UK) has an article today about the Archbishop of Westminster's opinion on gay marriage - "Why do gays need to marry?  Why can't they just call themselves 'lifelong friends'? ".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9147559/Gay-couples-are-just-lifelong-friends-says-Catholic-leader.html

     I started thinking about what…

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Added by Dorris Journeay on March 16, 2012 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Some pearls of (un)wisdom from a creationist on facebook.

"You are checking theism with twisted, naturalistic logic. The two are completely incompatible, and thus one cannot define the other. That is the greatest fallacy of those who support Naturalism, thinking that they have an upper hand in defining the undefinable."



"If God wanted himself to be able to be tested by his own creation, then we could do so. We can't, and thus He doesn't."



"Since God works 100% through natural methods (meaning he rarely comes down to earth and… Continue

Added by Richard Healy on March 16, 2012 at 2:46am — 5 Comments

This Was My Life

 Before feminism and skepticism in the 1970s paved the way for my eventual coming out as an atheist.  May those days in the kitchen and the closet never…

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Added by Dorris Journeay on March 15, 2012 at 4:50pm — 5 Comments

Survey Says: 78% of Quebecers are not religious

"Personally, do you consider yourself to be a religious person? (Total % YES)"

This last weekend I was at the pharmacy waiting for a…

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Added by Godless Poutine on March 15, 2012 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

National Atheist Party Condemns Anti-Theist Campaign

Billed as “The Largest gathering of the secular movement in world history,” the Reason Rally is set to take place on March 24, 2012 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. While the rally is intended to provide secularists with the opportunity to meet with like-minded people while also dispelling the negative stereotypes that are associated with atheism and other secular beliefs, an underground campaign known as “Bibles for Bucks” has developed that threatens to derail one of the event’s…

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Added by Catey Condon on March 15, 2012 at 3:06pm — 2 Comments

Are you feel loney in Border?

你在边疆寂寞吗

最近,我和玉溪的友人谈论起这个时髦的话题,你在玉溪觉得寂寞吗?

他回答他不觉得,一切还好,他反问我,你在外地寂寞吗?

让我怎么回答呢?

我告诉他,我在玉溪会觉得寂寞,在昆明,也觉得寂寞,即便是身边的就是在我襁褓时看护我的至亲的人,我依然觉得寂寞。可以肯定地说,在北京,我也会寂寞。当我独自一人时,外出散步时,在熙熙攘攘的步行街,候车站,广场,机场,在喜气洋洋的饭店,热热闹闹的超市, 孤独和寂寞,像百变金刚,从来不会在这个时候抛弃我,它执着的粘黏着我,…

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Added by Selen on March 15, 2012 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Burn Them All

Now that Quran burning is killing people again, I think my thoughts on the original Quran Burner are worth revisiting. And for you Rick Santorum fans out there, I mentioned his advice to talk to plants today on my blog.



The …

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Added by Richard Cahill on March 14, 2012 at 9:50pm — 1 Comment

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