August 2009 Blog Posts (253)

GRN 'saw the future' in the Dugard story

AN: Please check this out at Good Reason News, where there's also a short video you can watch. Thanks, Billy.

It should come as no surprise to my frequent readers that I don't believe anyone can see the future. (puts on southern preacher voice) But, folks, would you believe I done seen right thar into that dar don future over yonder?

Yesterday, when the incredible… Continue

Added by Billy Deaton on August 28, 2009 at 9:36pm — 2 Comments



Added by Left of Larry on August 28, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Christian "Charity"

Here's an excellent example of "Christian Charity" in all its glory. This is truly priceless.

And people "of faith" ask me what I have against religion? This sums it up pretty well.

Added by Keith Dolge on August 28, 2009 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Losing my Religion for Equality, article by Jimmy Carter

Follow link to article written in The Age:

Added by Sophie Francoeur on August 28, 2009 at 4:14pm — 1 Comment

Soliciting personal narratives

Hello to all,

In my conversation with parents at the Parenting Forum that has been ongoing for 18 months some facts are starting to emerge. By comparing the statements parents make with regard to forcing faith on their children against personal narratives posted on web sites like we can see that parents are clueless about how the process is affecting their children. Conversely, children are not sophisticated enough to formulate arguments so anything they try to… Continue

Added by Richard J. Collins on August 28, 2009 at 2:12pm — 2 Comments

Cursed by a Street Preacher!

As I was minding my own business this Friday afternoon on campus (U. Mississippi) waiting for calculus class, I was accosted by a street preacher. Before talking to me, I overheard the man talking with another student a few metres away. It seemed that he had the poor chap convinced. Anyway, when he was done with that student, he began talking with my friend I was waiting with, a Christian, about "salvation" and such. After being reassured that my friend would certainly go to Heaven upon death,… Continue

Added by ThorsDecree on August 28, 2009 at 1:17pm — 4 Comments

If this doesn't piss you off....

...I doubt anything will.

"After six years of childless marriage, John and Cynthia Burke of Newark decided to adopt a baby boy through a state agency. Since the Burkes were young, scandal-free and solvent, they had no trouble with the New Jersey Bureau of Children’s Services until investigators came to the line on the application that asked for the couple’s religious affiliation.

John Burke, an atheist, and his wife, a pantheist, had left the line blank. As a result, the…

Added by Jim DePaulo on August 28, 2009 at 11:02am — 7 Comments

Jaycee Dugard reunited with family after 18 year ordeal.

I had read about it this morning on the web. When

she was kidnapped from her neighborhood in South

Lake Tahoe, California she was just 11 years old.

Jaycee Dugard, the first victim of this crime was

taken 6/10/1991 as she walked to her school bus

stop, (police have confirmed) by registered sex

offender and convicted rapist Phillip Craig Garrido.

He ran his own printing business as his means of

support and kept his victims in sheds and… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on August 28, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

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Added by angel demonio on August 28, 2009 at 5:23am — No Comments

Creationist Noah's Ark Zoo in Bristol, UK

... which some are finding just a little bit nuts. Sure, run your zoo, but get the hell out of schools:

Humanists protest over Creationist zoo (Independent, 27 Aug 2009)

And from the zoo's website:

Noah's Ark Zoo - Research… Continue

Added by Sarah Egan on August 28, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Adventures in Bible Hell

A few days ago I was at the book store and decided to take a look at the Bibles on sale. I'd been thinking about getting a Bible of my very own for a while. As an atheist, I feel I have a responsibility to know what I'm talking about, because I think being educated - rather than merely being "intellectual" - is a core part of what we stand for. I was hoping to find a Bible with enough space on the margins for me to jot down notes. Sacreligious perhaps, but I just find it handy to take notes in… Continue

Added by OutlawGirl on August 27, 2009 at 7:54pm — 6 Comments


Jacob, our humble expert in biological sciences, seems to be rather reluctant to address the issues brought up in response to his second posting. Here is what he came up with.

# jacob Says:

To sum up ALL OF THIS…….

‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’

(Abraham to the rich man, Luke 16:31)

= = = = =

That one was just too good to miss.

=… Continue

Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on August 27, 2009 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

New company to rescue left-behind pets after the Rapture

A new company has started up - a company that will rescue and care for pets once their owners are Raptured away. Christians, take note - this is no joke. Just as it says on the official Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA Web site, this is serious.

Have you ever wondered who will care for your pets once you are joined with your maker in Heaven? Well, now you can put your mind at ease. For a small fee, you can rest easy knowing that the fine folks at Eternal Earth-Bound Pets will rescue and… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 27, 2009 at 4:24pm — 9 Comments

The relationship between religions and viruses (natural and computers)

It was about 10 years ago I heard about computer viruses and their similarities to human viruses or natural viruses . That comparison was very interesting for me and even this comparison ignited an idea in my mind: if we call natural viruses live or semi live beings then we can call computer viruses alive or semi alive too.

Here Ramadan has begun a few days ago and my parents like many other Muslims fast in this month and they practice rituals more than other months. Once I was looking at… Continue

Added by ObscureAtheist on August 27, 2009 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Presentation went well; thanks to all who gave last minute feedback

Just a short note just now to say the presentation this AM went well. In the immediate aftermath I have had several colleagues say that they were non-believers as well, with one in particular saying that she and her husband quite going to church after their religious parents died, and had only gone to appease them in the first place: classic "social believers."

More later this evening.

Added by tom arcaro on August 27, 2009 at 10:17am — 9 Comments

From our friends outside the U.S

Not My God is about the experiences of atheists in America because the U.S. is in the unique position of being a staunchly religious nation in the developed world. It’s part of what makes America America: having a gun in one hand and a bible in the other. As a result, atheists have it a lot harder here than in, say, France or Japan.

I recently spoke with a Turkish man who told me that, contrary to what I thought, it was easier to be an atheist in Istanbul than in the U.S! I still… Continue

Added by Sarah Trachtenberg on August 27, 2009 at 10:11am — No Comments

I am the guest on tonight's The Infidel Guy Show

Tonight (Thursday, August, 27, 8:00 PM EST) I will be the guest on the Infidel Guy Show. I had promised Reggie that I would return to his show one year later, and tonights the night.

If possible listen to the show and call in to show your support. Hopefully we will get some new members out of this.

I put more info here:

Added by Richard Haynes on August 27, 2009 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

religion on facebood

I was just on facebook and someone mention that they were going to spend some quit time with gwad. That is crazy. I get tired of all this religion bs. On my profile there it says I am godless and guess they think that I need to be saved. I think these people need to be commited.

Added by Mary M. Wible on August 27, 2009 at 8:50am — 4 Comments

Illustration stuff I am working on

I am working on a couple of projects that I hope to completely share and go viral with when the truly get rolling. I have some images from one of them that I hope you enjoy. Kind of my take on the Christian mythology.




Second version of… Continue

Added by Franklin Ayers on August 27, 2009 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

FFRF intervenes in Michigan school Christmas break dispute

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog and the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, has written public school officials in Petoskey, Mich., to object to unconstitutional wording on the school calendar.

On Aug. 18 during a closed session, the school board voted unanimously to change the wording of the school calendar from "Winter holiday break" to "Christmas break." That was eight days after the board treasurer, Jack Waldvogel, sent an… Continue

Added by Trina Hoaks on August 27, 2009 at 6:33am — 8 Comments

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