July 2009 Blog Posts (220)

My first Mormons!

We've lived here 10 years without a visit, and 2 days ago, they finally came. Well, one of them visited, the other was visiting the Reformed LDS guys across the street. My clean-cut visitor sweetly enquired as to why I was an atheist: was I mad at God? Did something happen? One event? I told him that it was a process of educating myself and actually READING the Bible - it is so full of contradictions and downright lies. He agreed, "Yes, it IS full of contradictions, isn't it?" I thought to… Continue

Added by Celtix1234 on July 6, 2009 at 11:54pm — 5 Comments

Dark Matter/Energy, Resolution of Spacetime, etc.

Warning: This is wild speculation from someone who probably doesn't know what he's talking about. Please link me to any resources that would set me straight. :)



Cliffs Notes: Could the possibility of a fundamental resolution to the universe explain dark matter/energy?



Something about the search for the nature of dark matter/energy has always bugged me. Every time I've seen the topic explored (and I admit I haven't done any really advanced reading on it), they've taken for… Continue

Added by Matthew Orlando on July 6, 2009 at 10:47pm — 5 Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 204: Meat is Life





This is the film from The American Meat Concern, or Institute or something.



Playlist



Beau Hunks * Our Gang Music

This is Life 1

Alleee 1

Billy May * Goin' Out of my Head

Shirley and Lee * Let the Good Times Roll

This is Life 2

Ennio Morricone * Giocoso, Gioioso

Tom… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on July 6, 2009 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Animated Short: An Athiest Meets God

Hahahaha! This is great. "You should have learned the truth, like everyone else, through one of the questionable edits of my best selling book, about… Continue

Added by Sara Ksenia on July 6, 2009 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Penitents Compete: Brand New Atheist Game show!

Would you go on this kind of game show? I think I would!



"Turkish television Kanal T is launching a game show where a Muslim imam, a Christian Priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk try to convert 10 atheists, reports Reuters. Converts win the pilgrimage of their chosen faith: Mecca for Muslims, the Vatican for Christians, Jerusalem for Jews and Tibet for Buddhists."



They say the purpose of the show is to get people to believe in SOMETHING, though I know a few Atheistic… Continue

Added by Sara Ksenia on July 6, 2009 at 7:47pm — 2 Comments

Yahoo News reports on "Game show looks to convert atheists" to be run on Turkish TV

I am very amused by this but also saddened by the thought of how theists would react to a gameshow aimed at persuading theists to renounce their theism.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090703/od_nm/us_gameshow_odd;_ylt=An.3xk5rAVRKBYGJX1LXH0is0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFmZ3Jqcm12BHBvcwMyMDcEc2VjA2FjY29yZGlvbl9vZGRfbmV3cwRzbGsDZ2FtZXNob3dsb29r

Added by Mike Gonsalves on July 6, 2009 at 7:40pm — 5 Comments

Awesome :)



It gets good about 2:30 of the way… Continue

Added by Sara Ksenia on July 6, 2009 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Curbing homophobic bullying? Let's start with religions!

The UK’s Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, is to crack down on homophobic bullying among pupils.



Perhaps he ought to begin with the General Teaching Council for England, which last week watered down its code of conduct to appease “faith” groups.



A section of the code designed to tackle discrimination was changed… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 6, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Summer Movies

The following is an excerpt from "Exodus from Zion".



It rained nearly every day that summer, one brief storm over lunch and then over within an hour. Rain would beat against the thin trailer windows of my grandmother's home as my sister and I picked a black-and-white movie to watch while we ate. Giggy would eat one giant bowl of Santa Fe rice and beans or else half a sleeve of saltine crackers dipped in the egg salad that was a staple of that refrigerator for the fourteen… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on July 6, 2009 at 11:18am — No Comments

Michael Nastier Ali

A new organisation of lunatic bigots gets under way today, after its leading light said gay people should “change and repent”.



This is arch homophobe Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, UK.



Change into what? A nice skimpy low-cut number with sequins? And repent for what? For not keeping you out of the country when you immigrated here from… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 6, 2009 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe is an atheist and respects Richard Dawkins

It is no secret that people have long protested not only the Harry Potter books but the movies as well. Many of those people who protest do so with their religious conviction in mind.

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Added by Trina Hoaks on July 6, 2009 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

Atheist Alliance convention featuring Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher coming soon

Atheist Alliance International (AAI) in conjunction with The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDF) is hosting what is shaping up to be one of the best conventions this year.



Continue… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on July 6, 2009 at 8:59am — 6 Comments

Gay Characters in Comic Books

I always thought I hated comic books. As a kid I avoided shows like X-men and Batman and TNMT, and I have no idea why. Point being, until my favorite kick ass Vampire slayer (Anita Blake) was turned into a comic book, I never read any comics at all. After Anita, I picked up X-Men: The End, and I was stricken with Emma Frost, after that I went on to explore more interesting characters, and actually bought comics for the first time in my life (as a 19 year old no less) I fell in love with… Continue

Added by Antonio Villalpando on July 5, 2009 at 7:22pm — 4 Comments

Miracle House

This is a repost from my regular blog here. It documents one particular difficulty I did not anticipate when looking for an apartment in New Jersey. I thought it would be a good introduction for this profile.



Or

"Cody does not find a suitable apartment"


"I'm a very religious person. I probably should've told you that on the phone."



.: So began a three hour… Continue

Added by Caulimovirus on July 5, 2009 at 6:49pm — 1 Comment

Transformers 2: Braindamage!

I can't believe I just watched this movie! My brain is bleeding! It has had to be the corniest movie I ever seen in quite sometime. The only reason why I didn't leave the movie was because I was with friends. People were actually clapping at the end of the movie, I said "wow, really?" This movie was made for stupid people.

Added by Jennifer W on July 5, 2009 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Giving It The College Try

But according to Yoda, I should do...there is no try. OK, so what's on my mind? Well, I stumbled across this site while looking for support groups for overcoming compulsive overeating. The problem with support groups for that kind of thing is that 12 step is huge. There's OA and FAA that my therapist pointed me toward. There's no way I can possibly join a support group where at least 4 of 12 steps involve surrendering to and putting faith in a higher power that I don't believe in. They say they… Continue

Added by Sakura Yoseido on July 5, 2009 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Happiness...

Is just too darned easy

Added by Jeff on July 5, 2009 at 11:33am — 4 Comments

Islam and inverted intolerance: Sarkozy and anti-burqa campaign

The following, clipped from the DNAIndia.com news site, is a revealing glimpse of the abject incompatibility between Islamic and Western values.

Sarkozy's remarks on burqa only to provoke Muslims

New Delhi: Muslim leaders today slammed French president Nicolas Sarkozy for describing the burqa as a sign of "subservience", saying it was a "direct attack" on Islamic identity and meant to "provoke" the…

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Added by Atheist Exile on July 5, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Problem of Matthew 19:28

It is a glaring “error” that should make even the most rabid religious right Christian fundamentalist wince with discomfort. Moreover, it illustrates yet another example of a New Testament writer failing to give full thought to what he is writing. In other words, failing to see things through to their logical conclusion. Due to the uncritical, unquestioning mind-set of Christian fundamentalists, however, this glaring incongruity continually fails to be held up to rigid scrutiny it so rightly… Continue

Added by Greywolf on July 5, 2009 at 6:35am — 17 Comments

Coming out of two closets

Which is the worse: coming out as gay or coming out as an atheist?



There was an interesting piece in the US paper the Examiner a few days ago on this very subject – and the writer reckons it’s often harder to come out as atheist.



She relates an old joke:



If you’re afraid to tell your parents that you’re an…
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Added by Andy Armitage on July 5, 2009 at 3:40am — 1 Comment

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