July 2009 Blog Posts (220)

Not My God-- personal stories of atheists in America

Welcome to Gabbin’ About God, sponsored by Ace Religious Supplies, where they say, “If we don’t got it, it ain’t holy.”

Just kidding. This is Not My God, a site for the personal aspect of atheism. I’m putting together a book with that title, having already 20 interviews lined up, but I still want to hear from more of you. I couldn’t find many personal stories of atheists. Dan Barker talked about his in his book Losing Faith in Faith and Julia Sweeney described hers in the monologue… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on July 15, 2009 at 12:44pm — 6 Comments

Lincoln Nebraska

Jason Frye is putting on a regional Freethinker conference in Lincoln, NE Aug. 14-15. I will be speaking on my book and some of our Recovering From Religion (RR) facilitators will be presenting on RR. This is an exciting opportunity to challenge folks in the Nebraska-Iowa area to come out and let the fundamentalists know that we are here to stay. I hope you will help us get the word out. I'll post more information as soon as I have it.

Added by Darrel Ray on July 15, 2009 at 11:19am — No Comments

...found this on Stumble Upon and couldn't wait to share it with you all!!

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Questions for God

(Are you listening...?)

God, if you truly exist, we have a few (dozen) questions for you. Why don't you answer them for us? P.S. Any of your followers are welcome to answer these too. This is just the start of questions we have and there are obviously some we neglected in this version. So, all atheists, please submit your questions to be added to the list. And... "God", you're omniscient, so… Continue

Added by Laurie-Ann on July 15, 2009 at 8:13am — 3 Comments

Textbook Disclaimer Stickers

"This book was anonymously donated to your school library to discreetly promote magical, religious alternatives to the theory of evolution. Please reshelve it in the fiction section."


Added by Rooker on July 15, 2009 at 3:40am — No Comments

Harry Potter and the Half Assed Film

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the sixth movie in Harry Potter film series. Too dependent on previous films or expecting the audience to have read the books, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince fails to develop into a complete movie.

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is whisked away by his professor and fellow wizard Dumbledore (Michael Gambon )to meet with Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) to encourage him to return to his professorship at Hogwarts School. Harry and… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on July 14, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

My approach to explaining atheism

My main approach to explaining atheism is not to deny God but, rather, to deny any knowledge about the supernatural: and I think we can all agree that God is as supernatural as it gets.

A common response to the above assertion goes something like, "What IS the supernatural, anyway?", or "That depends on what you mean by supernatural".

So let's clearly delineate the difference between the natural and supernatural realms.

The natural realm is the entire universe… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on July 14, 2009 at 8:40pm — No Comments

The Supernatural, Dogma and Fraud

At the micro level -- individuals and local churches -- religion often provides comfort and community. However, at the macro level of organized religion, the consequences of belief systems based on the supernatural become clear.

Because they all make exclusive claims to God, the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have been THE most persistently divisive influence in all of human history. If you doubt that, just turn on the news or visit the library or Google it.… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on July 14, 2009 at 8:36pm — 5 Comments

My story

Here goes...48 years old (almost)...born into a Catholic family... did all the rituals (baptism, first communion, confirmation) at my family's request...basically floated along in the womb of the Catholic church, blissfully unaware of options...many of the rules of the church seemed hypocritical to what I was seeing, as well as contradictory...as I got older, I became indifferent to the hypocrisy I was seeing daily in school and church, and I started skipping mass weekly...went to the nearby… Continue

Added by David Young on July 14, 2009 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Just Ask deletedSoul

Back in 2006, when I was just coming to terms with my lack of belief in religion or a deity, one blogger in particular was a true inspiration and encouragement to me. gasmonso of ReligiousFreaks.com lent me his ear on more than one occasion when I was struggling with issues, and provided humorous and enlightening reading material to boot. In early 2007, after reading my post "Me at 17",… Continue

Added by deletedsoul on July 14, 2009 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Bad Driving - Nothing to do with Atheism

Goddamn! Jesus Christ! I've been having to yell these a lot lately. Granted, I have driven nearly 3,000 in the last 10 days. I had to deal with jackasses riding my bumper in rural Pennsylvania at 2am. I have also had to deal with Manhattan traffic at noon on a Tuesday. Neither of these situation were as bad as traveling the open roads of America.

1st off, driving tests should include some sort of test for a person's ability to multi-task. Multi-tasking is highly important while… Continue

Added by John Q. Antichrist or Rosco on July 14, 2009 at 5:14pm — No Comments

A thought about the Thought

Bloody hell! The BBC may open up Thought for the Day to contributors other than those of the Deluded Herd? Unheard of! Very un-BBC!

But the Guardian was talking about it yesterday, saying the BBC Trust had launched an investigation.

Non-Brits may need a sentence of background. Thought for the Day is a mini-programme-within-a-programme (the… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 14, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments


How good to hear a news bulletin this morning that talked of two people who made their exit from this world via the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, without wheeling on a man in a frock to say how evil it all was!

That’s not to say men in frocks won’t be wheeled on in other bulletins, but all I heard was the way the 8 a.m. Radio 4 Today programme’s main bulletin treated it. I was waiting for the, “But a spokesman for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the Right Reverend… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 14, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Typical Reaction To Atheism In America

"I just found out that a good friend of mine from high school is now an atheist.. sad day."


(h/t @LilHappyHeathen)

Added by Rooker on July 14, 2009 at 2:51am — 6 Comments


Every once In a while ya wonder if you’re the only one, but ya know your not. Well, here is a video, yes, I found on YouTube that list some well know people who, just happen to be ATHEISTS. WHOA…dude…there’s a bunch of us.

I know there’s one congressmen whose one or rather open about being an atheist.

I just think back about how many get or got so pissed off about me being an atheist. I mean they just sat there and stewed about it.

I wonder how many of these people’s employees… Continue

Added by Rick on July 14, 2009 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

The Holy Foreskin

This is a translation from an original post I made in Spanish. There's more talk about this issue in the hispanic blogs, perhaps due to the increased catholic presence. I guess some probably have not heard about this.

You won't believe this one.

There's many questions that go unanswered in the catholic catechism. How did all the animals fit in the ark? Did Adam have a bellybutton? Do you really expect us to believe this shit? There are other questions, however,… Continue

Added by vandrerol on July 14, 2009 at 12:00am — 5 Comments


I take no credit for this, so I'll just link it. This is one of the greatest things ever written.


Added by Tex on July 13, 2009 at 10:10pm — 1 Comment

Understanding Roe vs Wade

I've been defending a position on the "Are there any Pro-life atheists out there" discussion that turns out to be the same as the Supreme Court's position. LoL. Embarrassing! I thought Roe vs Wade gave women the right to abortion "at will". It does, but only until the fetus is viable outside the womb (currently between 20th and 24th weeks). This is… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on July 13, 2009 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments


Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is an Atheist

Posted: 06 Jul 2009 04:05 AM PDT

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry PotterImage by longplay via Flickr

Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who has player Harry Potter in the films of that name, has confirmed in an Esquire interview that he is an atheist. As reported in The Telegraph, Radcliffe not only identified himself as an atheist in this interview but expressed his respect for Richard Dawkins. I suppose Christian… Continue

Added by Rick on July 13, 2009 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Vodou ritual may be behind death

AN: I'm posting this here, but I encourage you to visit the blog because the conversation in the comments was so interesting and emotional. One of the victim's friends found my blog and wanted to give some input. "It all seemed so harmless," she said.

Readers: It's been brought to my attention that some of the details… Continue

Added by Billy Deaton on July 13, 2009 at 4:35pm — No Comments

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