May 2009 Blog Posts (257)


lisaveg4498 A couple of years ago, Becca and I had a college friend over for dinner. Hadn't seen him for years. An engineer and a gentleman. We had a great time catching up, and inevitably he asked about my work.

He listened thoughtfully as I filled him in on the nonreligious parenting book I'd just released, nodding his head, occasionally making a supportive sound or saying "Wow, that's really great stuff you're doing." But I could tell there was something left… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on May 26, 2009 at 8:42pm — 2 Comments

Being Correct is not Sufficient

A cross-stitch has hung on the wall of my family home for as long as I can remember. It reads:

John says:

Being Correct

Is Not


I'm developing a tendency to quote this at people when the situation warrants it. They're usually somewhat confused - and explaining that John is my father only alleviates some of it. I quote it at people because it's probably the most important lesson I've ever learnt for getting through life.

Because being… Continue

Added by Mel on May 26, 2009 at 7:37pm — 4 Comments


I bitched the other day about people who use prayer instead of medicine to heal. A woman who prayed instead of having her daughter treated for diabetes, thus obviously resulting in her death, has been found guilty of second degree reckless homicide.

I’m sure she cared for her daughter. Within the lines of her zealotry, she honestly cared and wished no ill will upon her child. But, guess what ? Go to jail, bitch.

Added by Sixfeetunderthegun on May 26, 2009 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Prop 8: We still havent learned.

The ruling by the California Supreme Court on Proposition 8 goes against everything this country stands for. The fact that this even came up for a vote just proves we still have a lot to learn.

Added by Woody Bass on May 26, 2009 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Brand new.

First day on AN. Most of my blogging happens on my blog, but I'll most likely repost here.

Added by Sixfeetunderthegun on May 26, 2009 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Putt, still aiming for the green

(See, because it sounds like it's something to do with golf, but it's actually about someone called Putt trying to win money... Yeah, so I suck at titles.)

Well, it's disappointing, but shouldn't be surprising. It's taken less than three weeks for Patricia Putt, the psychic failure of a recent paranormal challenge organised by the JREF, to turn up in… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on May 26, 2009 at 5:09pm — No Comments

What if Atheism is what a creator god wants?

Here me out on an odd thought I had the other day.... What if God wants us to be atheists? What if the point of this life, and our apparent inability to prove a god exists or to remember our lives before we were born, is for us to learn how to live independantly; to exercise our own moral judgements; and to do all of it free from the influence that comes from knowing what God's morality is for sure or even knowing he exists at all?

Can you imagine the pain the theists will feel when… Continue

Added by Scott M on May 26, 2009 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

My response to PZ's comment:,0,1521283.story

As a sociologist -and an atheist, if you must know- currently researching the stigma that atheists experience, I applaud PZ's comments.

Why do atheists speak out? Many reasons; we are not a monolithic group of people. As PZ points out, we are everywhere in American society and represent a wide array of viewpoints, perspectives and levels of activism.

I conclude from my data set (n = 8204 atheists) that many, many atheists are in the closet almost completely, fearing the… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on May 26, 2009 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

The Galileo 2009 Conference: Faith and Science Have the Same Roots?

Today, 26 May 2009, sees the opening of the "Galileo 2009" conference, organised by the Jesuit Stensen Institute and held in Florence. The first day takes place in the Basilica of Santa Croce, where Galileo is now buried, with the last day being held in the Villa "Il Gioello di Arcetri", where Galileo spent his last years. Today's Osservatore Romano has two articles… Continue

Added by Richard Mankiewicz on May 26, 2009 at 3:54am — No Comments

Stuff I found recently

Logicomix Awesome graphic novel about the quest to find the foundations of mathematics. The main character is Bertrand Russell. Yeah, epic, I know. September 23 it hits the USA!

PlosOne Open science. Everything here is accessible for free. Wee!

Wolfram|Alpha Ask it a question, and it brings you an answer. Kinda like Ask Jeeves, if Jeeves… Continue

Added by Melanie on May 26, 2009 at 3:49am — 1 Comment

Pioneer in Sustainability, Economic Visionary, Fortune 500 CEO: Ray Anderson

In the world of changing business, when everyone is slapping the word Green on the side of their packages, Ray Anderson, CEO of Fortune 500 Company Interface Carpets, is setting the example for substantive change toward sustainability in business. The self proclaimed recovering plunderer, motivated by his epiphany of wrong doing, turned his high polluting, petroleum-based carpet company into a beacon for the direction of future business.

In a talk given at the 2009 TED Convention,… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 25, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Why religion is illogical

Watch this video and please tell me how ignorant this person sounds. Godman would be ashamed.

Added by Rather not say on May 25, 2009 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Of Humanist Symposia and Amazing Meetings

The 37th Human Symposium is up, with some great links. And I'm in it! I admit, I'm usually more of a Carnival of the Godless kinda guy, and I don't get to read all that much about actual humanism itself, away from all the anti-religious stuff. I think I'm going to need to keep up with this more closely in future, though.

And on… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on May 25, 2009 at 7:39am — No Comments

The Genius of Charles Darwin - The Fifth Ape [5 part video]

The Genius of Charles Darwin - The Fifth Ape [5 Parts]




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Added by Subrata Banik on May 24, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

My rants -

I maintain, irregularly, a blog over at The Center for Dangerous Thought.

Added by John Shuey on May 24, 2009 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

The Worst View Of Marriage

Well, here's an agenda for your review:

The most recent edition of The Weekly Standard contains an article by Sam Schulman entitled "The Worst Thing About Gay Marriage."

In it, he declares that, although same-sex couples are just as legitimately romantically…

Added by NH Baritone on May 24, 2009 at 9:46am — 3 Comments

...every day I find more evidence that there is NO god.

...when good people get fucked over, and babies get murdered, and children get molested, how the fuck can you expect me to believe? The crooked and devious get all the breaks.

Added by Laurie-Ann on May 24, 2009 at 8:34am — 4 Comments

Videos: Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion 10 Parts

Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion 10 Parts








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Added by Subrata Banik on May 24, 2009 at 12:05am — No Comments

Worked Up

I am so worked up right now. Sick, angry, sad, pissed off and shaking, Baby!

Just came from the showing of the documentary "All God's Children" at Goss Memorial Church.

This film shows some of the abuse that missionary children endured at the hands of "God's people" at the boarding school they were required to attend while their missionary parents went about building a goddam church in Africa.

This is very similar to the abuse at a Southern Baptist reform school I survived… Continue

Added by Kitty on May 23, 2009 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments


Over the past several years, we have had several people really f us over. We had the "pastor" and his wife rent from us - they let a 2 month old baby die in the house (prosector said the baby had not been fed or even touched in 12-15 hours), they didn't pay us rent for many months, and they trahsed the place beyond repair. We had to declare bankruptcy over that one. Then there was the Christian business owner, who f-ed us for 30K (I talk about that in another blog). We are still trying to… Continue

Added by Celtix1234 on May 23, 2009 at 6:47pm — 5 Comments

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