September 2014 Blog Posts (41)

Religion is a creator of hate

History repeats itself, over and over and over again. This is why I think there is no such thing as a god, jesus, salvation, redemption, or any of the other claims people who act as if they know make. If there were a god, there would be a universal god, one who empowered all people around the Earth to flourish, they would know how to solve problems and resolve conflict. No, the gods that exist in the minds of Homo sapiens are constructs created in the mind of humans to explain things they do…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 11:01am — 3 Comments

Sunday Assembly comes to Seattle

The Sunday Assembly is coming to Seattle on the 28th, and I'm going to be there. It's a church without religion, if that makes any sense. Here's my blog post about it. 

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/09/sunday-assembly-in-seattle.html

Added by Jonathan Tweet on September 15, 2014 at 12:34am — 3 Comments

Isn’t it time to save the the U.S.A. from the South?

The religious South persists in maintaining the U.S.A. in some kind of 1860s time warp. The 1860s was an extremely turbulent decade. Many economic, cultural, social, and political disturbances occurred in Europe and U.S.A. Unrest occurred with people advocating for fundamental changes in power. This was a time…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 9:29pm — 6 Comments

Are atheists spiritual? Yes! If you mean atheists posses a sense of wonder and love

Without a doubt, some animals have an awareness of life and death. One obvious example is the elephant. Even dogs and monkeys are known to grieve. There is something in the brain that registers those realities and humans are the only ones with verbal language to express their feelings of loss and grief. However, there are other languages, i.e. holding and carrying a dead baby, laying on a grave, touching the dead body. It is only recently that humans came to…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 10:23am — 12 Comments

Allergy shots as a business

Yuck!  Yuck! 

I have been getting allergy shots at a local group allergy practice, headed by Dr. R.

I actually have an ugly history with this place. 

In 2002, I got allergy shots for awhile from Dr. T.   I get somewhat sick for several days after each shot, but Dr. T finagled me up to concentrate on my non-molds vial - the one with dog in it.  He felt that people tend to have worse reactions to the shots with mold allergens, so he was keeping the doses from the molds…

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Added by Luara on September 11, 2014 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Biblical atrocities, from Genesis through Revelation

I am dismayed by the joy with what I hear coming from the mouths of my religious, believing family and friends for the End Times, as though it will bring them eternal happiness. Little thought of the lives harmed and destroyed by current events, the ruin of homes, buildings, and infrastructures of whole communities, and the hatreds that continue to build between combatants. 

The cause of much of this current turmoil is religious dogma. Why don't we say it out loud, religions cause…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2014 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

When is an atheist not an atheist?

Well according to Jason Lisle, an Answers in Genesis stooge, an atheist is somebody who does not believe in gods, but does really believe in gods. Or at least, of all the gods that they could choose to believe in, they all believe in just one god. Strangely enough, it's exactly the god he believes in.

Anyhow, there is something that appears recently on the Answers in Genesis website. I'm not going to bother directing you to it because this is what it really says.

God Doesn’t…

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Added by Dave Godfrey on September 11, 2014 at 4:38am — 8 Comments

RR Excerpt #16: Science vs. Religion "Reconciliation Theories"

This is excerpt #16 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download…

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Added by DAN DANA on September 10, 2014 at 10:05am — 2 Comments

Atheist Women: Why Are They More In The Boardrooms Than Heard In The Streets?

index Everywhere I scroll, I find many atheist and secular minded individuals with my same mindset. No God. No religion. Acceptance for all. On the television, it is always the same faces of Dawkins, Harris, Silverman, and occasionally Cupp. I run into the same issues on blog sites like Patheos, Freethought, Secular Coalition, and American Atheists. Same male faces and the dash of a female…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on September 9, 2014 at 10:56am — 10 Comments

RR Excerpt #15: Hopeful Predictions (following the collapse of religion)

This is excerpt #15 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download…

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Added by DAN DANA on September 8, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Spiritual Atheism

Laura asked me about being a spiritual atheist, and I had such a long answer that I turned it into today's blog post. Is there such a thing as spiritual atheism? What would spirituality mean to an atheist, to Sam Harris for example?

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/09/spiritual-atheism.html

Added by Jonathan Tweet on September 7, 2014 at 10:39pm — 3 Comments

The Irony of a Frightened Jehovah

I was watching a profile piece on CBS Sunday Morning about actor Steve Bucemi a bit ago, when I heard that actor in one of his roles offer the following poignant observation:



Do you think God stays in heaven, because he too lives in fear of what he’s created?



If there were a god of any stripe who was responsible for the creation of Homo sapiens, I should think he’d be pissing his pants by now, and with good reason.  Ever since Yahweh made the…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 7, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Spam for dinner

During WW II, we had a lot of Spam. I and several of my cousins lived with my maternal grandparents and they must have been challenged to feed all of us kids. Grandma did everything with it, cooked it in lard, or in maple syrup if we could get it, she made all kinds of sauces, tomato, or cream sauce, or Spam gravy. We had it with all the garden vegetables, fried, baked, roasted.

We kids had to help in the kitchen because she really needed help. We learned all kinds of things at her…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 9:18pm — 6 Comments

RR Excerpt #14: The Collapse of Religion

This is excerpt #14 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download…

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Added by DAN DANA on September 6, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments

You think too much!

How many time have you heard this old bromide? I hear it all the time, usually from people who don't think enough. You think too much. Offer an example from my own life and the meaning I gleaned from it and I hear the hogwash, "You think too much!" Submit a chart showing data that supports my interpretation and the old canard comes back, "You think too much!" Tender a book defining the…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2014 at 11:48am — 7 Comments

RR Excerpt #13: Animal Rights and Secular Humanism

This is excerpt #13 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download…

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Added by DAN DANA on September 4, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

A New Icon for Atheists - Frank Sinatra!

I can remember the voice of Frank Sinatra from back when I was a kid.  My father wasn't quite a fan, but he had more than a couple albums which got played regularly and which I can still recall in my head when I want to.  Certainly, Ol' Blue Eyes was a vocal technician of the first water.  His intonation, treatment of even the simplest phrase, breath control and overall execution place him deservedly in a rarefied atmosphere shared with a scant few other artists, and that by itself is…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 4, 2014 at 7:19am — 7 Comments

Who the Hell is Michael Sam?

Before his announcement of being homosexual Michael Sam was an ordinary football player and the emphasis was on “ordinary.” However, he was ordinary enough to be selected in the NFL draft. While no guarantee that he would ever become a member of any team he was good enough to be selected. So, what is so special about Michael Sam? Not a damn thing!

Without tracking his…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 4, 2014 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

How ISIS Will Attack the U.S. and Europe

ISIS is obviously out to make al-Qaeda look like a pussy cat, which means that ISIS will do its very best to make 9/11 seem like a weak, unimaginative, uninspired attack on the Western world.

It is almost embarrassingly obvious how al-Qaeda can go about doing that.

The Involuntary Suicide Bomber Scenario…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on September 3, 2014 at 6:51pm — 2 Comments

RR Excerpt #12: Political Implications of Atheism

This is excerpt #12 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. …

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Added by DAN DANA on September 3, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments

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