July 2009 Blog Posts (220)

Pro-life or Pro-choice . . . how about Pro-decency?

The following is copied from the "Are there any pro-life athiests out there?" discussion. It's the first time I've staked out my position in writing and I'm pleased with it, so in the blog it goes!

I think we should recognize, from the get-go, that it's highly unlikely that anybody's stance on this controversial issue is going to change if they've already staked out a position… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on July 10, 2009 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

Barmy swami

Wanna be cured of being a poofter? Easy-peasy. Just get into the lotus position, take some deep breaths, let them out slowly (remember to breathe in again after each exhalation, though, or you might go blue in the face).

Hey presto! Before you can say Bhagavad Gita, you’re straight.

Well, that’s what this barmpot thinks who’s featured in a Pink News story I read… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 10, 2009 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

The Origin of Evil: God's Dirty Little Secret

Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that “God” actually exists.

Let us, then, go back in time; to the dawn of time; on a hypothetical journey to the time before time even began; to that time referred to in Scripture as “In the beginning”.

At a certain point during our imaginary journey into preexistence, we will come across God deep in thought mulling over the idea of creating the very universe in which we humans now reside.

A blink of an eye later and we… Continue

Added by Greywolf on July 10, 2009 at 8:50am — 3 Comments

Prohibition gets a little...male enhancement. (Now it can screw us harder.)

I didn't find this out until just now, but a couple of weeks ago, Congress passed a bill that outlaws clove cigarettes and all other flavored tobacco products. It goes into effect in less than three months.

Supposedly, this is to keep kids from smoking. I call BULLSHIT.

It would be an understatement to say I'm not exactly a fan of Big Tobacco, and I'm certainly not a habitual smoker. And I think most flavored smokes taste like shit. But why the fuck is the government… Continue

Added by Femina Irata on July 10, 2009 at 5:58am — No Comments


While looking up a story for a Friend on here, I found the originator for the story. It is a UK based group called, “The Institute for Study of Civil Society” or CIVITAS. Their web address is:


They also have free e-books. One is titled:

Crimes of the Community:

Honour-based violence in the UK


James Brandon and Salam Hafez…


Added by Rick on July 10, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

Not Available in All States

Ban this Phrase: Not Available in All States

With apologies to Billy Mays, why do advertisers and marketers use the phrase “Not Available in All States”? This phrase, submitted by a reader, has the total opposite meaning than what it should have and has to be one of the stupidest phrases devised by marketers and businesses, and no doubt lawyers as well, since all the states became the United States.

Now wait! Before this article is over, YOU WILL WANT TO KNOW what to do… Continue

Added by Tom Melchiorre on July 9, 2009 at 5:59pm — No Comments

DIRECTV and Christian Media...

I am getting ready to move and I was looking for options beyond Comcast Cable for my Wife and I in our new place. We were recently on the coast with some friends and the house we rented for the weekend had DIRECTV. I made a note that compression artifacts were not as apparent compared to Digital Cable and that it changed channels much more smoothly than does Comcast's offering. (They only had 10 channels or so unlocked so I couldn't really look into content much and since our friends have a… Continue

Added by Joshua Dolan on July 9, 2009 at 4:06pm — 2 Comments

Here's My Story

Being new to this site, I feel I should write up my own "deconversion" story for any of you out there who want to get to know me better. I'm always looking for friends! It's hard to find like-minded people out there, which is why I'm so excited to have found Atheist Nexus. I'm definitely an internet geek, and I sometimes find it easier to connect with people online rather than in real life. If there are any of you in the Spokane area, let me know! I'd love to make some friends and meet up for… Continue

Added by Kristi Leitholt on July 9, 2009 at 3:03pm — 9 Comments


Oh no, first blog anxiety. It feels too much like dipping a toe in dark waters. Will it be cold, warm or will something bite me?

Well, I'm going to try for a nice short and mellow first blog.

There is wonderful website called Dangerous Talk, http://dangeroustalk.net

It's ran by a man names Staks. It is a pretty great place to go for some interesting conversations and to bust religions balls...fun, fun.…


Added by Diana Graves on July 9, 2009 at 7:03am — 3 Comments

Where are the feminists, when women are suffering in the burqa?

Where are the feminists when you need them? Why are they not asserting themselves over the question of the burqa, and how it dehumanises women?

Pat Condell asks just that question in his entertaining video embedded below.… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 9, 2009 at 5:21am — 3 Comments

How religion tries to regulate what we read

Religious fanatics have been jailed for an attack on the UK home of a publisher. His “crime”? He dared to want to publish a novel about Aisha, the child bride of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

Now, according to The Times, among others, three Islamic fundamentalists have been banged up “for an arson attack on a London publisher who planned to print an ‘offensive’ book about the Prophet… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 9, 2009 at 3:01am — No Comments

Intro, and a Fundie explains Evolution

OK, this is my first post, but it's 1am and I'm a little tired. Need to be quick, as I'm not supposed to have PC access right now....

My family currently requires me to go to church with them twice a week: once on Sunday morning, and once on either Sunday or Wednesday night. That often interferes with my work schedule, but they don't care. They'll just kick me out of the house if I refuse (not joking, sadly).

Tonight I sat through an hour of the youth pastor explaining the… Continue

Added by ThorsDecree on July 9, 2009 at 1:10am — 3 Comments

My Big Dream.

I've had this dream ever since I noticed a little subdevelopment go in south of our town. Within a short amount of time, it had a state sign announcing it as the town of "Saddlebrook". I was aghast that this tiny little spot could suddenly appear and call itself a town, with the state's blessings (!) in such a short amount of time! And you can't even see any houses! Just roads! (I'm sure there are houses somewhere....like over the hill or something...surely....).

So that got me… Continue

Added by Celtix1234 on July 8, 2009 at 11:28pm — 2 Comments

South Australian policeman stood down for exorcism

You would think this sort of thing only happens in Africa or, at a stretch in some backwoods bible belt county in the United States. But no, it has happened in South Australia, in an area I might be moving to. According to the Sydney Morning Herald:…


Added by Sean the Blogonaut on July 8, 2009 at 10:17pm — 2 Comments

Never let faith kill your wonder!

I used to think that faith in a Great Beyond - some other, bigger space - a space that transcended time and, well, space - was a comforting and desirable idea to hold on to. Somehow, I felt it in my bones. I had faith. Blessed was I who believed but did not see. I would live forever ... and ever ... and ever ...

Then, I realized that my faith was killing my wonder. I mean, against the backdrop of eternity - what was this existence worth? A square of toilet paper serves a greater… Continue

Added by Howard S. Dunn on July 8, 2009 at 6:18pm — No Comments

So, I really don't need another blog. No, really. I have literally lost count of the number of blogs I have signed up for and discarded throughout he course of my life, and am currently doing the bar…

So, I really don't need another blog.
No, really. I have literally lost count of the number of blogs I have signed up for and discarded throughout he course of my life, and am currently doing the bare minimum to maintain blogs at LJ, FB, and dA.
Nonetheless, I figured--well, I don't know what I figured. But we'll see if this works out. Continue

Added by Amber Chan on July 8, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Michael Jackson in Tree Stump!!

I thought this was like an onion piece, until I found it on CBS's actual site. Now I need to ask myself, did a whole town get together and say 'fuck the news, we're gonna pull this prank while the iron is hot."

I mean, I think these people are laughing at the camera man. Honestly, though, this is… Continue

Added by Billy Deaton on July 7, 2009 at 11:17pm — 3 Comments

My Child is On Her Way to Becoming a Great Little Freethinker!

So I took my 7 y/o daughter fishing and camping last night. Out of nowhere she asked me how the world was made, I inturn asked her to explain to me how she thought the world was made. She proceeded to tell me that the earth was just a bunch of rocks and stuff, and she guessed it had alway been here like the moon and stuff. NO MENTION OF GOD!!! I then explained to her about space, gasses, the Big Bang, and so on. She thought that was cool. We kept talking about evolution and where animals came… Continue

Added by Bradley Mitchell on July 7, 2009 at 12:14pm — 3 Comments

Ok Republicans... What's up with your governors?

I'm confused you see. I don't understand why the governor that should quit hasn't, and why the one that I would have expected to stay in didn't. Mark Sanford should quit, not because he had an affair, but because he himself said in the past that adulterous politicians (Bill Clinton notably) had lost the moral authority to govern. Now I disagree with his thesis, but it is his and if he really believed it he should step down. Of course, I'd accept him just admitting that personal behavior should… Continue

Added by Scott M on July 7, 2009 at 10:49am — 1 Comment

One sends one's good wishes to the homophobes

Not only have a bunch of atrocious religious individuals formed an evil cohort with what seems the sole intent of telling queers how vile they are, but our dear sovereign lady the Queen has seen fit to wish them well in their dastardly deeds!

Damn woman! (Oops! Can she have me sent to the Tower for saying… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 7, 2009 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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