I've moved around more than most. I've lived in four countries, two provinces, a canton, a district, four states (worked in six), twelve municipalities (pop 700 to 1 million) and made a large number of friends and acquaintances along the way. Of course, this also means I've moved away from a large number of friends and acquaintances as well.… Continue
Added by Howard S. Dunn on April 20, 2010 at 12:47am —
I had walked on my mom listening to a live debate on blogTV (or something) one night, and the first things i hear "God hates sins, not sinners." my question: why doesn't he hate the people who make these sins. they are his creations (or whatever) and he made them so F'd up. people hate their mistakes. so god DOES hate sinners.(ha)
and then the same christian man says that christian homosexuals don't deserve the right to marry! this made me very angry.
i have been raised by… Continue
Added by Fae (fay) Koay (koi) on April 19, 2010 at 10:19pm —
Nate Phelps is coming to Topeka this Saturday and we are getting as many people as possible from the Kansas City area together to go. On Sunday he will be coming to my place for a BBQ. All freethinkers and Recovering from Religion people are welcome. Please pass the word on to anyone you may know in the KC area, even if you live far away. Full information can be found at this link or contact me directly here on A/N.… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on April 19, 2010 at 7:49pm —
So for you women out there reading this… let me ask you the follow questions.…
Added by Woody Bass on April 19, 2010 at 7:35pm —
A 1999 New York Times survey found that 75 percent of American respondents chose "having faith in God" as among their "most
Added by Eric Saamanen on April 19, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 19, 2010 at 6:50pm —
The story of how elderly gay couple, Clay and Harold
, were treated by the County of Sonoma in California could shock even the most homophobic. Using every legal protection available to them wasn’t enough to protect them from being separated at the end of Harold’s life. Clay was forcibly removed from his home, put in a nursing home against his will; all of his possessions were taken… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on April 19, 2010 at 6:36pm —
The Iceland volcano with the easy to remember name, Eyjafjallajökull, is still spewing ash into the atmosphere. It has paralyzed European air travel; many airlines are losing 10's of millions of dollars daily. There are now some strong indicators that the cloud will find its way into US and Canadian air… Continue
Added by Jim DePaulo on April 19, 2010 at 4:30pm —
Recently, Bus Stop Bible Studies has begun a new campaign in Toronto. These new ads show some adolescent person looking distressed and lost, with a tag along the lines of "Do I need to go to church every Sunday?" and a push to visit AnswerMe.ca, where you can view an FAQ about God, and ask whatever questions you may have (moderated, of course). I've asked some; it will be interesting to see whether they publish them.…
Added by Taylor on April 19, 2010 at 2:00pm —
A fierce debate is raging over the decision by a Wisconsin district judge that deemed the forthcoming National Day of Prayer, scheduled for May 6th, as unconstitutional.
On May 5, 1988, then-President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law that enabled the nomination of the first thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer. At the time, the bill received bipartisan support but has since been challenged by a variety of groups.
The latest challenge to its continued… Continue
Added by Dan Sampson on April 19, 2010 at 1:35pm —
[Photo of a rat snake in a young, live oak tree. They eat birds, bird eggs, tree rats, squirrels. In our own personal bit 'o paradise, do they represent evil? On that note, a ditty I wrote a few years ago . . . . ]
The Snake on God's Payroll
What is Christianity without original sin? Not Christianity, for there would have been no need for Jesus to be crucified to "pay" for that sin.
What is original sin without a snake to tempt Eve… Continue
Added by Andrew Bernardin on April 19, 2010 at 7:35am —
Fire and Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.…
Added by Secular Sue on April 18, 2010 at 11:56pm —
Religion---it gave us stained glass, cathedrals, hymns, indoor candles, lots of gold objects to covet, the somber mutterings of Latin to awe us with our own ignorance, thick tapestries to keep Tudor houses warm, a historical record of naked people, The Ten Commandments aka the coolest camp movie of all time, Christmas as we know it in the post-pagan world, Easter eggs, chalices, great excuses for refusing to commit crimes (Dad would kill me), strange dances, somber cemeteries with weathered… Continue
Added by Christina Adams on April 18, 2010 at 10:49pm —
I have mentioned many times here on Atheist Nexus about the social pressures to conform, and the cult-like nature of tradionalist Islam (isolationist, puritanical, exclusivist
, controlling etc), and the many mind-control techniques employed by the religious people to ensure they retain power and the religion survives. However, underlying all this is the assumption that Muslims make that Islam is 'the true…
Added by Murtad Fitri on April 18, 2010 at 6:30pm —
The Power of Belief:
"So long as a belief in propositions
is regarded as indispensable to salvation,
the pursuit of truth as such is not possible."
Mary Ann Evans, a/k/a George Eliot
A short exchange:
if I choose to believe in anything from a god to a stone, no words will…
Added by Ory Stewart on April 18, 2010 at 6:16pm —
For his involvement/complicity in the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals, the Pope should be sent to his room without dinner. In the least. Maybe he should be made to sit in a corner during mass for an entire month. And be forced to wear a dunce cap all the while. Oh wait . . .
Legal prosecution? Nope. For HE sits on a throne.
I say put the MAN on a bench. Among all the other men of the earth. Treat him as you would all other… Continue
Added by Andrew Bernardin on April 18, 2010 at 9:26am —
- "Daffodils" (1804)
I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
When all at once I saw a crowd,
- That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
- A host, of golden daffodils;
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
They stretch'd in never-ending line
- And twinkle on the Milky Way,
- Along the margin of a…
Added by Secular Sue on April 18, 2010 at 5:15am —
I had every intention of actually updating this thing, but I decided it would be better to wait until I wasn't drunk. Might be awhile. (wait, is that right? Awhile? That looks weird written down).
Added by spacecoyote on April 17, 2010 at 11:48pm —
Muslim teenage girls are trained from an early age to wear the veil (niqab or niqaab).
Jameah Girls Academy
is a school in Leicester, UK where Muslim girls study both the compulsory national curriculum and Islamic teachings. The sect of Islam followed is Deobandi
, which is also…
Added by Murtad Fitri on April 17, 2010 at 8:30pm —
The intention to write this article is to show to some of the friends that how easy and natural it is for a simple person to bring down an atheist in Pakistani society. The need raised, when an open Pakistani atheist named Dr. Shaukat Amanullah Arslan(http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=302406086662&ref=mf) had applied for asylum in UK, he is an open… Continue
Added by mateen majid on April 17, 2010 at 3:25pm —