July 2009 Blog Posts (205)

Westboro Baptist hate group

AN, I'm sure you're all aware of these folk, but I thought I'd repost this here anyway, if for the latest on them if nothing else. Please visit me at Good Reason News if you get the chance. Thanks.

There's some talk in atheist circles that the bible, taken to it's logical conclusions, would result in more groups like the Westboro Baptist Church. These… Continue

Added by Billy Deaton on July 22, 2009 at 10:30pm — 6 Comments

Religious Indoctrination in Iowa Schools

The Spencer, Iowa school district is considering opening up its doors to religious indoctrination. According to the Des Moines Register, "Public school students in Spencer will get to study the Bible and pray at graduation if school district leaders approve a proposed "religious liberties" policy, the first of its kind in Iowa.

The plan calls for elective classes such as "Critic of Darwinism," which includes arguments against the theory of evolution, and "The Bible in History and… Continue

Added by Brad on July 22, 2009 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

The Creation According to Atheists

I am not sure what the point is but I think he is trying to call atheist silly.


Added by Fr33think3r on July 22, 2009 at 3:49pm — 2 Comments

Sex and Religion in Manila.

Jacqueline Sarah Homan sent me a very disturbing video about Sex and Religion in Manila. I haven’t been so pissed off at the Catholic Church since Brother George failed me in religion and spoiled my academic record. With 90s in the NYS Regents in science and math, I was turned down by two universities because of my apathy and animosity to Catholicism.

Years ago in Mirror Reversal I… Continue

Added by Rich Goss on July 22, 2009 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Christian Extremism in America: The Family

Who is "the Family?" The Family is described as "committed to a political theology that views democracy as a form of secular humanism, to which they're deeply opposed."


Added by Rooker on July 22, 2009 at 7:40am — No Comments

Hard-line Israelis have secularism under siege

Another example of why atheists should care so much about the religious. It is because they have a tendency to do things like this:

An ultra-Orthodox Jew burns garbage in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood on July 16, during a protest against the arrest of an Orthodox woman on suspicion of starving her three-year-old child. Patrick Martin examines how the growth of ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities has led to violent clashes and the encroachment of religion on…

Added by Rooker on July 22, 2009 at 5:45am — No Comments

Irrefutable Proof That Evolution Is A Fairy Tale

It's hard to argue with logic like that. I may have to peel the Darwin sticker off my laptop.

(h/t Mixter's… Continue

Added by Rooker on July 22, 2009 at 2:10am — 5 Comments

On losing an individual battle on the educational frontier of the evolution-creation culture war!

Its an odd coincidence that I got a message from Atheist Nexus today, causing me to log in after a long time. Not that I put much stock in coincidences, but I feel distinctly odd. Odd because the email came right after I got out of a meeting with my born-again devout christian graduate student who announced they were quitting the biology graduate program after a prolonged struggle, and much prayer, to try to reconcile faith with evolution!

I won't go into all the details of the back… Continue

Added by Madhusudan Katti on July 21, 2009 at 6:16pm — 11 Comments

Much ado about a lawsuit - FFRF sues to keep religious engravings out of CVC

There is much ado being made of the lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to keep religious words from being engraved in the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). Specifically, according to a FFRF press release, the lawsuit was filed "to stop the prominent engraving of 'In God We Trust' and the religious Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol."

The media has grabbed hold of this story and doesn't seem to want to let go. Most of reports on the lawsuit are less than… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on July 21, 2009 at 5:55pm — No Comments

solar eclipse superstition

Apparently there will be a solar eclipse this week. If someone knows the exact date, please tell me because I want to watch! I have seen lunar and solar eclipses before, and while they were definitely cool, I never noticed any fear or worry surrounding them. Apparently, the eclipse that will occur this week is supposed to be unique according to astrologers. The article, however, does not explain why this solar eclipse will cause tragic events and not all the other ones. Have there been any… Continue

Added by Shireen on July 20, 2009 at 11:23pm — No Comments

On Obama Birthers and the Obama Citizenship Conspiracy

If you've been living under a rock since the 2008 Presidential Election, you may need the following information.

In the United States we have a stupid, fucking, unjustified Constitutional stipulation that dictates that only US Citizens who are citizens by birth are eligible for the office of the President. Whether not you agree with it, it is the law.

Now, since Barack Obama has become the President there are those who still cannot come to terms with election and have… Continue

Added by Louis on July 20, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Camp Quest West

Me and the kids just got back from Camp Quest West. Check out this article about it!

Added by Brian Parra on July 20, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Watch Kobra use a sword!


2:09 to 2:17.

Nothing too impressive. I'm still working on my technique.

Added by Darth Kobra on July 20, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The "meaning" of life

Logically,the basic meaning of life is to LIVE,and reproduce.
This applies to all living things from the tiniest microbe up to the largest living thing.Period.

Added by floyd on July 20, 2009 at 4:46pm — 5 Comments

Abortion: what some are being forced to turn too.

Found this on the net and thought I’d share it with you. As some of you know, my feelings about abortion is this: While I think no one is keen on the “idea” of abortion, I want to see it kept legal because if a women wants to have that procedure done, she’ll find a way to do it. Years ago before Roe vs. Wade, doctors “knew” a doctor who would perform the procedure or someone who could perform the “procedure.”

Well, abortion is something a women looks at her watch and says, “Oh, it’s… Continue

Added by Rick on July 20, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

On the History Channel

I do not watch much TV, I do not like most of it; apart from the news and few enough sitcoms to count on one hand, everything I watch is intended to give me some new piece of information I did not have before.

Typically it isn't useful, but at the very least it is insightful.

This being summer and me being a student, I've had much more time to watch TV than I ever wanted and I've begun to notice some things.

Finding intelligent programming has become… Continue

Added by Louis on July 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

I'm 26!

I just took a look at my profile: I'm twenty-six years old. I turned twenty six on June 19 (BTW thanks to said happy birthday to me at the time!) But now I'm officially on the late side of my twenties! Kinda scary! It's weird when you imagine yourself in your late twenties when you are a kid: a solid family, good job, looking good, with superior knowledge. And then you reached that age and you are not impressed by yourself, but even that I realize is okay!

When I was younger I was a… Continue

Added by Jennifer W on July 20, 2009 at 9:45am — 3 Comments

Happiness is a Small Ball of Grey Fur

His name is Boggart (it's a mischief making household faerie indigenous to Scotland) and he's six weeks old. Since moving to Shreveport, Louisiana almost a month ago, things have been rough to say the least. It's to effing hot, there's nothing to do except gamble at the casinos (where I couldn't go even if I wanted to, because you're allowed to smoke in them), the job market SUCKS, and I swear these people aren't even trying to speak English.… Continue

Added by Ariel on July 20, 2009 at 8:02am — 2 Comments

Does America Have Freedom From Religion?

This is the first of what I hope will be several posts discussing common misconceptions about atheism, atheists, religion and the law which are used by theists when they debate us. I will tag all of them as "Rooker Retorts" to make them easy to find.

"The First Amendment gives us freedom of religion, not freedom from religion."

Chances are, you have seen this quip before somewhere. Whenever secular groups speak out against endorsements of… Continue

Added by Rooker on July 20, 2009 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

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