August 2015 Blog Posts (23)

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Added by Hiram on August 31, 2015 at 7:49am — No Comments

Futureworld and the Meaning of Life

Here's an excerpt from Mirror Reversal that supports Ruth's "Future generations" comment of Sept. 20. I think it's very beautiful and poignant, but I guess that doesn't count. I wrote it.

We shouldn't say atheists don't believe in the afterlife. All the nonsense about St. Peter and the Pearly Gates, divine judgment, and heaven and hell is folly or wishful thinking. Divine justice is a myth and I believe Hitler sleeps in his grave (nonexistence) as peacefully as St. Francis…


Added by Rich Goss on August 30, 2015 at 1:53pm — 4 Comments

Do Not Pass Go

Who the fuck wants a virgin anyway, much less 72 of them? When it comes to fucking, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. It’s like the old Wimpy promise of “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” If that were the case why bother marrying if a virgin is your highest goal. 

In fact, why even bother living. This makes a good case for abortion,…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2015 at 10:02am — 31 Comments

On the rhetoric of The Donald and the stupidest thing he’s ever said – so far

“It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.”

- Sophocles


“Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason.”

- Ben Franklin


Preface: On the surrealness of the Trump candidacy

The Trump candidacy is giving me a creepy reality-warping experience.  Some portion of my brain, the business-as-usual, pattern-seeking lobe, believes that a typical Presidential…


Added by Alan Perlman on August 27, 2015 at 9:00pm — 16 Comments

Jehova Told Me To Act -- When Religious Shepherds Fail Their Flocks

Jehovah spoke to me, told me to act. Vester Flanagan.

America, we have to stop the double standard being applied to Christianity. Just like in Islam, and even within Hinduism, you have your extremists. Still many Christians beg me not to judge the entirety of their religion, yet turn right around and denounce the entire lot of the Islamist community as…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on August 27, 2015 at 5:10pm — 4 Comments

Ask Not What the Alibi Buddy Says About You!

Ask Not What Your Alibi-Buddy says About You?

We’ve all heard about the alibi buddy. He’s that gay guy whose best friends with the man telling you he’s against gay rights. He’s also the black guy who hangs out with the fellow bashing African-Americans. He’s the Muslim who totally agrees with all of someone’s generalizations about Muslims, Arabs, and even Sikhs, cause…


Added by Dan Wall on August 27, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Does anyone know the source of this quote?

I found this quote on a discussion thread. Does anybody know the source?

"Religion, of course, does make some men better, and perhaps even many men. There can be no doubt of it. But making them better by filling their poor heads with grotesque nonsense is an irrational and wasteful process, and the harm it does greatly outweighs the good. If men could be made better—or even only happier—by teaching them that two and two make five there would be plenty of fools to advocate that method,…


Added by John B Hodges on August 25, 2015 at 7:55pm — 2 Comments

The Beauty of Atheism and Emotional Liberty

As a recent series of events have led me to open my mind to the concept of no god. Something amazing yet very strange feeling happened inside of me. My entire life I have found beauty and joy in "Gods Creations" but something was holding me back, and I didn't know what? My feelings of wonder could be expressed in the song 'how great thou art' but there was a limit to my wonder. Let me explain!

The concepts of God and wonder have an odd relationship. While believing I thought only of… Continue

Added by Truth Is Relative on August 25, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Start with the Question

A popular question in this little town is "Do you believe in God?"  (Might be interesting to research how and why the question became so popular in this little Mississippi town....might be interesting to contrast the history of heinous violence and injustice that have figured so prominently in the state's history with the implications of the question "Do you believe in God?"...) 

Anyway, I mention it because the sermon yesterday at the Lutheran church where I…


Added by Alex Mercedes on August 24, 2015 at 12:36pm — 4 Comments

Hey Girl, Stop What You're Doin'

Hey girl, you’ll drive me to ruin…

Zeppelin seemed oddly appropriate listening for tonight while I was reading more and more articles revealing well-known celebrity men being revealed on the discreet cheating site known as Ashley Madison. A large majority of the men being outed are Christian, have families, and a few have already had major headline backlash…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on August 24, 2015 at 7:54am — 11 Comments

An argument for medical treatment.

When people believe in things beyond their senses reason leaves the safety zone of reality and goes off into areas it’s no way equipped to deal with. They go beyond a point where rational thought ends and imaginative dreaming takes over, and while there is no circumstance where this can be trusted to supply the mind with viable information, yet they believe this to be the very domain of the mind where truth is to be found, and the very opposite from which any rational consideration should…


Added by Gerald Payne on August 23, 2015 at 7:48pm — 2 Comments

Good morning

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the whole social networking idea, not being a thing that I ever thought I wanted to do.

This could be because I prefer to actually meet people and get to know them, or it could be because I've noticed a lot of folks tend to exaggerate, things, a lot. The internet being a medium where exaggerations can be overlooked, I have found it better to not participate.

However, as I have been disillusioned about the veracity of religion,…


Added by Anson Betts on August 22, 2015 at 6:25am — 4 Comments

That's No Moon....and I Don't See Mohammed Either

The past week The Mirror has been circulating a story that ISIS wants to rename the planet Pluto as the “Moon of Mohammed”. Why, pray tell, would one want to not just relegate a planet to moon status, but also name it after a god?

Because, well, I can’t say why the hell these idiots wanted to change its classification to a moon, but as far as the name?…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on August 19, 2015 at 8:43pm — 9 Comments


Added by Gabrielle Smith on August 16, 2015 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Pot Stories

I just placed "Pot Stories" on Amazon's KDP program, meaning you can download it free. There's so much fun and information in there it blows my mind. In the various and sundry essays the eBook answers questions like:

How come there are no priests listed on the National List of Sex Offenders?

Why will humans hand over the dominance of the planet to the cybernetic mind?

From Barbara Walker: At funerals why is it unacceptable to criticize and disparage the reputation of the…


Added by Rich Goss on August 16, 2015 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Let me start with something interesting!

The first is always awkward. The first blog post among many.

For starters I can tell you that I'm not much of a blogger. Even Facebook gets nerve racking sometimes for me. BUT!

BUT, today is a special day because I am really completely admitting that I am an atheist! 100% atheist! To many of you this seems insignificant or just something that's expected with higher learning. On the contrary, I would much rather admit to my family that I'm gay than have to admit that I am… Continue

Added by Truth Is Relative on August 15, 2015 at 8:33pm — 8 Comments

Making a mockery of the principle of charity: or see how easy it is to ridicule atheism when you don't understand it

People become atheists for all sorts of reasons, but one of the more commonly cited reasons is that atheism is a rational and reasonable position to take based on the lack of evidence for the existence of any sort of god. However, it is not uncommon for religious believers to argue that atheism is somehow based on faith and is inherently irrational, presumably more so than standard religious beliefs. A recent example of an attempt to argue for the irrationality of atheism can be seen in…


Added by Scott McGreal on August 15, 2015 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

J is for Jesus Fucking Christ

Jesus didn’t approve homosexuality.

Jesus Saves!


Jesus take the wheel.

Jesus is Lord!

Y’all need Jesus!


Jesus on stationery.

Jesus on itty bitty gold crosses dangling from your mom’s neck.

Jesus on billboards.

Jesus in…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on August 14, 2015 at 8:51pm — 7 Comments

The Black art of Christianity.

Throughout human history from the time of the cave drawings of stone-age art to the theistic religions of today men have always claimed knowledge of a spiritual realm. Everywhere people have settled contact has been made by the chosen few with the world beyond the senses, with each and every connection being different only in cultural aspects.  Consequently there’s no such thing as a hierarchy of religious authority; the pope in Rome is equally as deluded as a witch-…


Added by Gerald Payne on August 13, 2015 at 4:42pm — 1 Comment

What Is Holy?

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word "holy" as exalted or worthy of complete devotion

as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. Divine. Devoted to the deity or the work of the deity.

Having a divine quality. Venerated as or as if sacred.

Since there is no such thing as a deity, what is really "holy"? The word can be used as an intensive such   

as "holy terror "or as a mild…


Added by Allen Dudley on August 13, 2015 at 1:37am — 16 Comments

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