May 2009 Blog Posts (257)

Saw "Angels & Demons"

Loved it! Bravo! Haven't had that much fun (use of my brain) at the movies since " Contact", "Wanted", "Chain Reaction" and "The Da Vinci Code"!!!

Added by Clarence Dember on May 21, 2009 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Cheesits? I thought someone said Jesus

So I Googled "Cheesus." What a surprise!

This is where it came from.

Very funny!

Added by Atheist Insurgency on May 21, 2009 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Cancer Victim Fired For Being Atheist - Needs Financial Help.

Amanda Donaldson has been fired from her job for being an atheist; losing her medical insurance while fighting cancer. This is way more important than the usual narcisstic blogs people post here. If we can donate for atheism ads on buses, surely we can help give Amanda not only the financial help her family needs, but equally importantly the emotional support they need too. I've already donated. Surely you can afford to help a bit too? Please let me know you read, and cared. Please disseminate… Continue

Added by Drew on May 21, 2009 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Hellbound Alleee Show 134: Listener Emails, Rants and Buddhism with Edward Greve

Francois and I read listener mail, talk about belief in the State, and speak with our good friend Edward Greve, from his current residence in Taiwan. Edward will be re-entering a Buddhist monastery in Thailand.

Topic: when Christians talk about solving problems through prayer, could there be mitigating circumstances, when prayer is used to evaluate moral conundrums? Ed talked to us about the… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on May 21, 2009 at 3:06pm — 4 Comments

Irish institutional abuse and pedophiles

Today's story on the Irish children's work schools is great confirmation of my contention that God Viruses always protect their vectors. See this link:

Those of you who have read my book will clearly see the virus at work in this article. This went on from the 1930's till at least the 1990's and Catholic authorities knew it in detail, but continued to protect the vectors. These people will really… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on May 21, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Coming Out as an Atheist: a preliminary report (Part VI) Are atheists "atheists"?

How do you identify yourself?

For the question “Which word below do you most often use to identify yourself? 4.6% or 396 chose “Other (please specify)” The other options provided were Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist, Bright, Freethinker, Skeptic, Naturalist, and Non-believer.

That how “atheists” identify themselves is very controversial is seen in many online discussions where the term is used. The data in the present survey indicate that there are a large majority of… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on May 21, 2009 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Coming Out as an Atheist: a preliminary report (Part V) Comparison of regions within the US

Comparing regions within the Unites States

Respondents from the US were asked to indicate their postal zip code. This information has been used to divide the US into four regions: the Bible Belt (North Carolina south and as far west as Texas), the Midwest, Northeast and the West. Cases where the zip code was not given or was non-responsive were omitted.

Demographically there appear to be only very slight differences between the regions; each region more or less is a… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on May 20, 2009 at 5:04pm — No Comments

More than we can handle

Here's something that's annoyed me for a while. It came up again in a couple of places in quick succession lately - once in an episode of Bones, I forget the other - so I thought it was about time to try explaining what exactly it is that pisses me off so much.

It's about the assertion that life, or fate, or God, or whatever, "never gives us more than we can handle".

I think it's a phrase that's supposed to be comforting to someone going through hard times, to reassure… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on May 20, 2009 at 4:37pm — 1 Comment

Zombie funeral

Although it'll probably never happen, I recently decided to plan out my ideal funeral. It's going to go something like this. Firstly it will be held at night with all the guests dressed up as zombies. I want alcohol and lively music. The casket will have a number of hidden tape recorders which will play pre-recorded messages such as "Let me out of this thing, I'm not dead". There will be an automated arm which will break out of the earth once the casket has been buried. I'm also happy for the… Continue

Added by Justin Pearson Smith on May 20, 2009 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

Coming Out as an Atheist: a preliminary report (Part IV) Comparison of US and other Western nations

Comparing US atheists with those in other Western nations

In this section atheists in the United States are compared with those in North America (excluding the United States), the United Kingdom, Western Europe and Australia. The numbers of respondents from each of these nations/regions was large (North America = 718, UK = 508, Western Europe = 599, Australia n = 280) and allow some useful comparisons. Deeper data analysis indicates that vast majority (91%) of those who… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on May 20, 2009 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Coming Out as an Atheist: a preliminary report (Part III) Comparison by Age

What age differences are there in the data?


The overall sample is skewed toward male respondents, with 74.6% of the total sample responding thus. There is a clear tread, though, toward a slightly more equal age distribution in the younger respondents. For example, 79.0% of those 56-65 were male compared to 69.8% of those 18-25.


The overall sample is skewed toward white respondents, with the total sample reporting 89.4% to be white. Just… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on May 20, 2009 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Coming Out as an Atheist: a preliminary report (Part II) Comparison by Gender

What gender differences were there in the data?

Descriptive information

Respondents were given three choices regarding gender: male, female and transgendered. I have omitted commenting on results from those reporting themselves as transgender because their numbers were too low to be statistically significant.

The total sample contained many more males than females, with the breakdown as follows: 74.8% males, 24.6% females, and 0.7% transgender. The… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on May 20, 2009 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Coming Out as an Atheist: a preliminary report (Part I)

Some of you may recall that I had an on line survey up on this site last fall. Here I begin to report on the findings.

The goal of this research was to reach and survey the atheist population both in the United States and around the world. The survey titled ”Coming Out as an Atheist” was made live on the Atheist Nexus web site ( in mid September of 2008 and was deactivated on December 31, 2008. During the time the survey was live, news of its existence spread… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on May 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

My kids can rhyme now.

My 4 year old has been into rhyming now for about a year, and my 3 year old is finally starting to catch on. It's wonderful, but it's gotten to the point where we can only rhyme in private. One night, before bedtime, my oldest was saying 'smack butt' (who knows where she heard it), and it turned into 'fat butt', then into 'fack butt' and finally into 'fuck butt'. I stiffled a laugh and told her it sounded like a word that wasn't child apprioprate, and that was the end of that. But then… Continue

Added by vivian on May 20, 2009 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Texas school deals with bible thumpers.


Here's an article that was pointed out to me. One that frustrates me because of the religious people, but at the same time makes me feel good because of the way the school and parents handled the situation. Way to go!

Added by vivian on May 20, 2009 at 12:17pm — No Comments


I Googled my name yesterday. Guess I'm already completely out of the closet if anyone bothers to look. Most family see me as agnostic, so atheist isn't much of a stretch, and most friends know I'm atheist, but my clients don't. I wonder if that will ever be an issue. Good riddance if it is, of course, but I'd rather not have to deal with it.

Added by realitychick on May 20, 2009 at 9:35am — 6 Comments

Top 10: Unknown Atheists

Added by Subrata Banik on May 19, 2009 at 8:56pm — 1 Comment

I Ain't the Smartest - Can I Still Be a Athiest?

Often times I'm so blown away by the vast amount of knowledge, as well as the think-on-your-feet abilities that so many members have on this website that I'm reluctant to participate in many of the debates and discussions that I see here.

It's still great to be able to ask a question that I think might be too obscure or contradictory and find so many people who've seen it before and know what to say.

But at other times it can be very intimidating and humiliating to be pointed out as… Continue

Added by HotMess on May 19, 2009 at 7:56pm — 11 Comments


been away for a long time. but now i'm back.

Added by Derek on May 19, 2009 at 7:47pm — No Comments

More than half of Americans now pro-life

In the last few days newspapers have been reporting the startling results of two recent major surveys (Gallup and Pew) regarding US opinion on abortion. For instance see the Daily Telegraph's article "More than half of Americans now pro-life"

The fact that US public opinion has swayed so sharply, by 8%, to pro-life in the last year is both very… Continue

Added by Martin Snowden on May 19, 2009 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

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