July 2010 Blog Posts (163)

My dad died yesterday.

He collapsed at work. Probably a heart attack of some kind. I'll post again when I have more presence of mind to do so. That's all.

Added by Jas Brimstone on July 31, 2010 at 11:41pm — 6 Comments

Fellow atheists! Please help me put an atheist blog in my country's spotlight!

In my country, Peru, the contest "20 blogs peruanos" (20 Peruvian Blogs) has started. This contest will award 20 blogs in different categories. My blog, Su Nombre En Vano, is participating under the "Peruvian blog outside of the country" category.…

Concurso Blogs Peruanos, Estamos buscando a los 20 mejores Blogs del Perú

Added by Diego on July 31, 2010 at 9:42pm — 8 Comments

Amber's Thoughts

well...i am going to get a dermal piercing one day...hopefully sooner than late..and when i get one it will be on the side of my ear behind it..kind of like a vampire bite :) its gonna be sooo cool...I am watching a show called Mad Mad House, its a reality tv show for people to win a bunch of money..like a thousand dollars, my favorite alt...who is one of the hosts..cause there are 5...and the one i like is don the vampire...hes so freakin hawt!! anyway my ultrasound went okay...i have a…


Added by Amber In Missery on July 31, 2010 at 7:59am — No Comments

Why friendly atheists are important

I realized this while making friends in the chatroom - I've never made friends with another atheist before. I have several nonbelieving friends, including one outspoken atheist, but she and I aren't friends because of atheism. We're friends because of RPGs, and I learned about her worldview well after the fact.

In fact, even while she was discussing being an atheist, in her living room with three dogs, four cats, and our spouses, I didn't tell her I was, too. I couldn't relate to the… Continue

Added by G. Silva on July 30, 2010 at 3:17pm — 3 Comments

The Afterlife and Its Implications

According to Gallup, as of May 2007, 81% of Americans believe in heaven, and 69% of people believe in hell (http://www.gallup.com/poll/1690/Religion.aspx#2). Which is…


Added by Christopher Berman on July 30, 2010 at 2:38pm — No Comments

"Ought". Where I part ways with Objectivism.

August 16, 1998. First post to IOS discussion list. All "oughts" are

I do not call myself an Objectivist (large "O"), because I differ on
a number of significant points. Rather, I call myself a Secular
Humanist, and at times a Freethinker. These are broader terms,
referring to larger sets, than Objectivist. All Objectivists qualify
as Secular Humanists, and all Humanists…

Added by John B Hodges on July 30, 2010 at 4:13am — 10 Comments

Neil deGrasse Tyson on god and science

I'd like to draw attention to the way he fields this question. He essentially says he's an atheist without saying he's an atheist. I think it's very non-confrontational without being apologetic. There's definitely something to be said for his sense of tact (which many of us, including myself, lack).

I like it, and I don't like that I like it. I know his answer is superior to anything I would have said. It's not disenfranchising, it doesn't point a finger and say "No, you're wrong". It… Continue

Added by Jack Matirko on July 30, 2010 at 12:03am — 2 Comments

Countdown to Zero: Engaging, Illuminating, Powerful, Interesting, and Enlightening

Countdown to Zero, a documentary about the history of nuclear weapons, lays out the most non-sensationalized, perfectly rational argument for complete nuclear disarmament I have ever seen presented on screen or off. Many of the world’s nuclear experts show that the idea of safety behind a nuke is nothing more than a myth that requires faith.

President Kennedy, in his 1961 address before the United Nations said, “Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on July 29, 2010 at 11:40pm — No Comments

TN Lt. Gov. calls Islam a cult. And what is Christianity exactly?

With mere days before the primary election and with early voting underway, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is making controversial remarks about Islam. One could argue that he doesn't have a large Muslim constituency to offend, but that should not excuse a current public official from making degrading comments of questionable validity.

Ramsey was quoted by Talking Points Memo as having said, "Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it…


Added by God is Pretend on July 29, 2010 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Might I suggest a blindfold?

Cross-posted from my blog.

Women are sexy. Confident women especially so. It is entirely understandable that men, seeing our awesome sexiness, are affected by it. Call it 'arousing lust' or 'temptation' or whatever you want, it's natural and it's not a big deal. Or at least, it shouldn't be. Throughout history though, women have been held to different standards

of dress and behavior… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on July 29, 2010 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Scientific American Podcast - Arguing with Non-Skeptics

Parts 1 and 2 of 2 Published Wednesday, July 27 and 28, 2010

A panel discussion on arguing with non-skeptics at the recent Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism in New York City featured James Randi, George Hrab, D. J. Grothe and podcast host Steve Mirsky. Julia Galef moderated. Part 1 of 2. Web sites related to content of this…

Added by Cane Kostovski on July 29, 2010 at 7:40am — No Comments

A big load off my shoulders

So today I was sitting at the dinner table with some close friends who are religious. We started talking about something about God, and they said, "Well, you don't believe in God anyway!" What surprised me the most is that they knew I was atheist. I had never told them. I never realized that they read most of my notes on Facebook or read my posts for that matter. When I asked them how that made them feel they said, "You're fun to hang out with, religion doesn't have to ruin that. Plus you never… Continue

Added by Rucareanu Valentin on July 28, 2010 at 11:42pm — No Comments

A section from Atheist Story

A little section on my next story. Enjoy!

“I understand you have been asking questions about the ‘Unbelievers’,” The Grand Father asks me.

I nod my head, “Yes, I have,” and as an afterthought I add, “Grand Father.”

The Grand Father…


Added by Andrew Lafont on July 28, 2010 at 9:52pm — No Comments

UK Government caves to Vatican in legal dispute on the violation Universal Human Rights.

Pope to protected from legal challenge while on state visit to UK

Those Fucking Cowards.

What greater crime than raping children in their care, does that miserable cult have to commit in order to receive it's comeuppance as the stain on human dignity that it is?

I am not surprised but I am fucking angry.

Added by Richard Healy on July 28, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

New blog in town: "The Viable Humanist"

Hello all! I recently started a new blog, "The Viable Humanist" and invite everyone to take a gander at the first two posts. You can find it here:


Added by D.S. Spero on July 28, 2010 at 4:50pm — No Comments

The Curse of Micro Blogging

The Curse of Micro Blogging

We live in a world of massive information. It comes at us…


Added by T Andrew Klatt on July 28, 2010 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Sovereign State of Mind

This is NOT a Christian Nation, neither is it a Muslim Nation nor a Jewish State. It is a REPUBLIC. And furthermore, just because one does not believe in a deity does NOT make one a Communist. I will neither pledge my allegiance to YOURS nor ANYONE elses deity of choice. For I hold supreme sovereignty over my mind and ...my fate. Do with yours whate'er ye will. -Lee

Added by richard lee on July 28, 2010 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

How many times has the world ended so far, exactly?

Cross-posted from my blog.

When I first read about this a few weeks ago it made me chuckle. Agape Ministries, an Old Testament cult in Indiana, convinced several of their followers to donate large sums of money to the church based on the idea… Continue

Added by BacteriaWrangler on July 28, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

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