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I call out a Preacher on his lies!

  Howdy! I had an exchange with Preacher Matt Powell and asked him to back up his claims about conversations he claims to have had with atheist. He promply tried to cover up his lies. This is my new video about the exchange. Was I too harsh on him? How would you have handled it?…

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Added by Compelledunbeliever on May 22, 2018 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Did Human Morality Come from God or from Evolution?

Public prejudice toward atheists is still high, not only in the United States but in most of the countries in the world. Around half of Americans would refuse to vote for an atheist for public office, according to recent polls. Polls also show that the rejection of atheists is mainly due to the public assumption that people who are irreligious are also immoral, since they have no fear of punishment by God. But is God really the source of human morality? Certainly the Judaeo-Christian-Muslim…

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Added by Homer Edward Price on May 12, 2018 at 4:30pm — 14 Comments

Redesign Block Feature On Social Media

I would like to propose that the block feature be redesigned. If someone clicks on the block feature when trying to block someone on a public page, they need to go to a form that will collect relevant information and screen shots that will ONLY be seen by an elected committee of peers (Or hired social scientists with degrees) who will decide if the block is the right thing to do and implement the block for that person if it IS the right thing to do. I think the block feature as it is today…

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Added by Cane Kostovski on May 7, 2018 at 3:15am — 1 Comment

Facing the end

I had not meant to post again so soon, but circumstances compelled me.  I'm writing partly in response to Joan Denoo's hopeful response that we atheists can do better in creating a world free of religious fantasy and conflict.

Maybe religion will retreat only so far and under certain conditions.  Maybe we can't cause major change. I think it was Shimon Peres who said that if a condition resists all effort at change, perhaps it should be considered a permanent part of the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on May 5, 2018 at 4:00pm — 12 Comments

So, What If…?

It’s finally happened.  The smoking gun has been discovered in unique, utterly new evidence, the data has been verified, all the tests confirm it … THERE IS A GOD.  Now what?  For me, beyond a shrug and a bit of bemusement, little or no change.



Oh, but aren’t you excited or thrilled?  You see, we were right all along!  Wassamatta, eating too much crow?  Those sour grapes turning in your stomach?



Nope, don’t like grapes and crow isn’t on my…

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Added by Loren Miller on May 4, 2018 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Is it OK to Use Cannabis? A Parent's Guide

With recreational marijuana legalized in nine states and medical marijuana legal in more states than not, the subject of whether or not to use it as a parent or how to talk about it with your children may have come up. As a parent, you want to be informed – because who wants to sound like they don’t…

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Added by Sophia Mooreus on May 4, 2018 at 4:34am — 3 Comments

National Day of Shame

All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.”

Tennessee Williams

 

Hey, it’s National Day of Prayer!  What are you atheists doing as your superstitious fellow-countrymen, led by a hypocrite who exemplifies their values in no way whatsoever, declare their obeisance to their Imaginary Friend, and ask him for lots of stuff?

Mel Brooks compared God to a Chinese waiter,…

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Added by Alan Perlman on May 3, 2018 at 4:00pm — 17 Comments

Just made my first atheist video for YouTube! THANKS TO YOU!

   When I first came out as an atheist I came to A/N and met a great community. I used the moniker compelledunbeliever because I was afraid to let anyone know that I was an atheist. After interacting with this community I became more confident and began to mention that I was an atheist in my community. Then I began a atheist website to encourage atheist to come out in my community, I began to be more vocal on the web, responding to media etc, using my own name.

      I would like to…

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Added by Compelledunbeliever on April 30, 2018 at 12:58am — 9 Comments

My quote about god

Love requires the existence of a material partnership base on communication, among other important factors. The fact the god does not communicate back in an easily recognizable way proves of it's non-existence. Being in love with god would be like being in love with a fictional character. That clearly is not love!

by Doug Monka

Added by Douglas Monka on April 20, 2018 at 9:21pm — 2 Comments

Hopeful

I ma hopeful to get to know some of you. Become on-line friends. Talk politics, religion, and philosophy. These are things one are not suppose to speak about, but during the age of Trump I don't know how you can avoid it. I am 55 years old, and skeptical since I was nine years old. I got a slap on the face from my mother. Then she told me I am going to church, and I do believe in god. Nice,…

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Added by Douglas Monka on April 20, 2018 at 9:05pm — 1 Comment

Krauss, Silverman, and Feet of Clay

Too many of my heroes have feet of clay!

-- Joan Denoo



It was late February, 2018 when I first learned about issues regarding Lawrence Krauss and his inappropriate behavior toward women.  Then in the first week of March, I got an email from American Atheists, indicating that David Silverman was being suspended from the presidency of that organization, pending an investigation.  One week later, I learned that he has been removed from that position.  In both cases, the…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 16, 2018 at 9:15am — 21 Comments

How not to write a persuasive speech

I am supposed to give a persuasive speech for my oral communications class, and it is going to be about how expanding your experiences can improve your ability to decide on a major for college.It sounded like a good topic, and I think the people in my class could benefit from it,as we are all students, and I am pretty sure some of us haven't decided. 

I know that experience should help someone know what they are interested in. However, I have found, it really clouded up the decision…

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Added by Rhonda Boyer on April 12, 2018 at 10:16pm — 1 Comment

The Theology and Science of Free Will

Christian theologians see free will as the ability of the soul to choose freely between good and evil actions, as defined by God’s law. They argue that the choice of an evil action is a sin against God and justifies Divine punishment in Hell. To add mercy to their terrible image of God, they assert that Christ’s blood provides salvation from Hell for the sinful soul.  

My purpose In this…

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Added by Homer Edward Price on April 11, 2018 at 3:09pm — 14 Comments

Another Passover: Jews indulge in food and fantasy

"I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest.  Up comes a theologian and blows it out."

Denis Diderot

“Imagine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.”

David Hume

The Non-Event

Another Passover is upon us. Jews around the world celebrate their founding…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 1, 2018 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…

On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”

Irving Berlin

“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”

Marquee outside church in Massachusetts

Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 31, 2018 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

THIS!

Added by Cane Kostovski on March 25, 2018 at 10:27pm — 2 Comments

14th Amendment - history's most radical ideas

http://bigthink.com/videos/van-jones-14th-amendment-is-one-of-historys-most-radical-ideas

He's right, we don't talk about it enough. How many of you know what the 14th amendment even says? I didn't know until he told me in his video.

Added by Cane Kostovski on March 21, 2018 at 7:21pm — 5 Comments

Review: Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov

Artificial Intelligence is a phrase that often promotes a strong reaction in a lot of people who hear it. There are the gloom and doom prognosticators who tell us that 'Judgement Day', the day the intelligent machines take over and decide we are more trouble than we are worth and wipe us out is near. There are also the overly optimistic prognosticators which tell us that the day AI will take over and we will enter a golden age of humanity beyond our wildest dreams is near. Kasparov charts a…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on March 19, 2018 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

The Thin Veneer of Deeply Held Religious Beliefs

"I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim—so modestly and so humbly—to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world.”

― Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on March 14, 2018 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

The Death of a Friend

“A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realization that you can't make old friends.”― Christopher Hitchens

Monday mornings and I have never managed to come to any sort of rapprochement.  Mondays are not the sort of day one looks forward to for obvious reasons but some are far worse than others.  For me, this last Monday was one of the more terrible ones.  I was greeted with the news that an old friend had finally lost his ten year battle with cancer.  The news from…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on March 12, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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