I just watched a show on the National Geographic channel called 'Nazi Scrapbooks from Hell'. It is one of the saddest things I have ever seen in my entire life. The scale of the Holocaust and the banality of evil were driven home like nothing I have witnessed. My father was a WWII vet who fought in the North Atlantic and South Pacific theaters. Just when I think I understand WWII something like this comes along and lets me know that I do not really understand it at all. And there are still… Continue
Added by Brad Feaker on June 28, 2009 at 11:17pm —
This, and so much more, was also posted over at my blog, Cubik's Rube
Let's own up to a dark and terrible truth.
We atheists all know that we have just as much faith in unproven superstitions as the religious people we so gleefully despise. I mean, secretly, we're all well aware that our beloved "science" is just another way of seeing the world, dependent on at least as much blind belief as, say, fundamentalist… Continue
Added by Cubik's Rube on June 28, 2009 at 12:44pm —
I'm posing once again as a man, "Aaron" today. Aaron's topic of questioning is the great mystery: Death.
You are speaking live with Ben, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Information provided in this session is to provide assistance only and is not an official statement of the Church.
Me: Hi Ben. A friend of mine is very ill. I'm starting to wonder what happens to us when we die.
Ben: that is a great… Continue
Added by Angie Jackson on June 28, 2009 at 11:55am —
It's actually quite good. The first few chapters are/were hard to get through because they were just about how evangelical he was and it bored me but then his change and how he started turning to reason is interesting. If you haven't read it, you should. But i'm only on chapter three, but i think its great so far.
And the headline on the front gets you too: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists
Added by Katie the Ninja on June 27, 2009 at 1:06pm —
Ahhh i can't stand church... Yes, my parents still make me go. *sigh*. First I have to go to youth group. And what a bunch of hypocritical so-called christians! For the first 15 minutes or so, they talk about what they did over the weekend or whatever, (I sit through the whole thing silent) and they're complaining about this and that and I'm like hello? Your supposed to be christians or whatever and praying for the lord and not complaining or something? Idon't know..so anyways, then they'll… Continue
Added by Katie the Ninja on June 27, 2009 at 1:01pm —
Hey all, this same piece is posted at my blog, Good Reason News, but there you get a hilarious video as a bonus for visiting. As always, I'm happy to discuss, explain or correct anything. Thanks for reading.
Actor Jason Alexander, Seinfeld's 'George Costanza,' is pushing a program he created, called Imagine: 2018
, in which… Continue
Added by Billy Deaton on June 27, 2009 at 11:00am —
For anyone unfamiliar with Creation, it's basically a 4-day religious convention where they have popular Christian bands (Thousand Foot Krutch, Skillet, Relient K, etc) play and the occasional preacher speak. On any given year 75-100,000 people (read as religious nuts) show up from all over the US and Canada. I would know, seeing as it's going on right now, less than 2 miles from my house. It's 11:30 pm here and I can make out every word of every song… Continue
Added by pirategirl17 on June 26, 2009 at 10:29pm —
1. do not kill
2. do not hurt children
3. Respect only those that deserve your respect
4. do not use force to show your beliefs, but use patience
5. only use violence for self defense or as a last resort
6. express yourself in a way that does not hurt others, unless they beg to be hurt
7. do not show weakness in the eyes of the enemy, for they will strike at the first sign of it
8. never turn the other cheek, do onto others as they do onto you
9. do what… Continue
Added by Antonio on June 26, 2009 at 10:11pm —
In my last blog post I focused on the massive gender gap in my survey data (70% male). All of the responses to this post were greatly appreciated, and I will continue to follow this and all of my previous conversation threads.
But now I’ll turn to the left bias in the pool of respondents, first presenting the data for review and then making an attempt to make sense of it.
Here is the data for the entire sample:
Which best describes your political… Continue
Added by tom arcaro on June 26, 2009 at 11:06am —
As you know, I made a YouTube video
(that currently has over 140,000 views) about the immoral lesson taught in the Noah's Ark story. Last week on Hellbound Alleee
I talked about some anxiety/OCD issues I have, some involving the fear of reading possible negative comments or emails on blogs and… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on June 25, 2009 at 2:07pm —
It is days like today that cause me to really look at my life from a different perspective. I've spent most of my work day feeling tired and uninspired. So I've managed to maintain some level of sanity by meandering around on the internet. I've even perhaps spent a little too much time in the forums here on A|N today. So in taking a break from reading everyone's posts on a myriad of subjects, I happened upon something I had bookmarked to revisit at a later date. Today must have been the later… Continue
Added by kj on June 25, 2009 at 1:33pm —
This being my first blog-post on A/N, I thought I'd address an issue that vexes me to no end: How to deal with the "Good Christian". In carpet-bombing the religious right we non-theists, try as we might to avoid it, end up inflicting collateral damage to Christians who, otherwise, lead exemplary lives. That just gnaws at me to no end. But I suppose the fact that I feel bad doing so is a 'good' thing from a moral point standpoint. But if you think me too weak-kneed, think… Continue
Added by Greywolf on June 25, 2009 at 9:20am —
To the old biblical Ten Commandments, our pastors could add this one: You shall not have carnal knowledge of a member of your own sex, or of a goat, or a cow or sheep in your flock, or from your neighbour’s flock, or any domestic or wild creature. It is an abomination.
In the first commandment, Moses (or his impersonators) wants the Abrahamic God to be the only supernatural being with power. So, as the edict says, you shall not worship other gods. It would be a bit like our… Continue
Added by Micheal on June 25, 2009 at 7:49am —
Or is he??
Can someone tell me if he was a real man or not?! Like, point me to a body. And don't be a wise ass, I am a heathen with no morals! I will cut you!
Added by Vy on June 24, 2009 at 9:41pm —
Yet again, in the fight against
Those of us whose family tree actually branched
The Lights are on and Nobody’s Home
Those of use who don't wear stripes and plaid
Stem Cell Research
Cell phone research
"Is it in?" research
Added by Rick on June 24, 2009 at 9:00pm —
My interview on Chariots of Iron Podcast came out today. I talk about The God Virus and Recovering from Religion. Eli, Mark and Lamar really did their homework and had great questions. I think we explored the Civil Religion idea better in this forum than in any others I have done. Having three guys interview is a trip. It was more like we were all sitting around the table with a beer and having some good laughs. The interview portion is in the last half of the podcast.
Here is the… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on June 24, 2009 at 5:16pm —
Added by Billy Deaton on June 24, 2009 at 10:48am —
Anyone remember Ava Worthington? She was the subject of one of my first (and admittedly bad) blog posts back in 2008. Carl and Raylene Worthington were her unbelievably cruel parents, the people who let their 15 month old daughter suffer for months before dying. Simple antibiotics would have saved her young life. This is the same couple that lost another child in 2001 under questionable circumstances. Well Carl and Raylene are back in the news.… Continue
Added by Randy Keating on June 24, 2009 at 10:29am —
To my shock the staff at the hospital often gives credit to 'supernatural causes'. Be they superstitions about the moon, the use of the word 'quiet' (as in "it's a quiet night), or haunted rooms and equipment.
I believe this is in part due to the curriculum at the local schools. The doctors are more often than not D.O.'s and not MD's; and the nursing schools favor religion classes over logic classes.
Often I have herd the staff at work call an effective treatment or… Continue
Added by benevolent_sociopath on June 24, 2009 at 5:30am —
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