November 2009 Blog Posts (224)

Atheist Voters

One of the reasons frequently cited for our ineffectualness as a political force is the fact that atheists aren't "joiners" and hold diverse opinions. "Herding cats" is the common expression.

But what if we started the ball rolling by setting the lowest possible bar for commonality, just to force politicians to take notice of our existence as a large, potentially powerful contituency?

The estimates for the number of atheists in the US vary widely, and I'm not terribly… Continue

Added by Brian Jackson on November 8, 2009 at 12:32am — 1 Comment


I'm at the FFRF convention in Seattle, and I can't believe how few people have heard of AtheistNexus, even among 20-somethings The level of collaboration between organizations in our community is really appalling.

Added by Brian Jackson on November 8, 2009 at 12:22am — 2 Comments

My Deconversion

...because this is rather long I'll cut to the chase (I know it's still kinda long!):

By the time I was in high school life at home was chaotic and deteriorating. Feeling God’s love was a comfort and refuge to me. Although I attended a Catholic high school I’d had enough exposure to other religions to easily cross denominational boundaries. I never thought of God or Truth as limited to any particular church. I listened every Friday and Sat night to Billy Graham’s Hour of Decision and… Continue

Added by Rita D on November 7, 2009 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

god in our Constitution?

I sometimes listen to religious right radio shows (it's a guilty pleasure, plus I think it's a good idea to know what the other side is saying) and I heard something very strange the other day. On one of the shows, the host was asserting that god WAS in the US Constitution. Well, having read the document in question many times, I was very sure that god was not mentioned. The host then said that when the Founders put "in the Year of our Lord" in the date section, this was appealing to the… Continue

Added by Alan Marcus on November 7, 2009 at 7:16pm — 2 Comments

Talking about non-belief to 6 year-old part 2

Recently I raised the question of should someone challenge a "God is loving" statement by a 6 year old. There was an ambivalent response by atheist nexus members.

Well, here's a sequel to that event. It came up again and this time my partner and the little girl's mother described their non-belief. The little girl was shocked as this contradicted religious instruction at school.

Are they talking about a school god then, she asked?

Ironically the ancient… Continue

Added by Alex McCullie on November 7, 2009 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Ficticious religious debate, Part 1

A: Ok, us two are here, here to discuss atheism vs. christianity...

C: *AHEM* excuse me, but you didn't capitalize Christianity just then.

A: Ummm...this is a vocal debate, how am I suppose to capitalize something when I am speaking it?!?

C: That's not what I'm hear for, but I demand you treat me with equal respect, just because I have faith doesn't make me a lesser human being than you!

A: Fair enough, Atheists Vs. Christianity here in a vocal… Continue

Added by Dedre on November 7, 2009 at 4:21pm — 2 Comments

First post

I'll be slowly hoarding over stuff that I've written elsewhere that has a better focus here, in atheistnexus.

But for the moment, just thought I'd post my first blog.

I actually didn't really want to join this being atheist is (to me), just a small characteristic of a person, and to join a social site solely based on, it kind of turns me off (a few years ago I joined the atlasphere, small online group for objectivists and Rand enthusiasts, but having… Continue

Added by Dedre on November 7, 2009 at 4:16pm — 4 Comments

What is the difference between Feminism and Humanism?

In my opinion, the only difference is that Feminism is biased and inaccessible to everyone.

When trying to spread its ideals to men and other women who are not as biased as a feminist is, it makes people angry and therefore does nothing for the spread of humanism, which is the true strive for equality.

Feminism seems useful to me only to a select group who share bitter experiences towards men. It is useful to have a support group to talk about things that are troubling you… Continue

Added by Johnny on November 7, 2009 at 1:47pm — 51 Comments

Higher Power

After nearly four years in AA, I finally devised a concept of "higher power" that doesn't involve a deity, the group, the "fellowship", nature, the cosmos, the laws of physics, or any other person.

As a committed atheist since the age of 4, I have always known that things were "up to me", and that I could not/would not get help from some power that was "higher" or "greater" than myself.

So one day, in a meeting, while someone was discussing his higher power, I suddenly… Continue

Added by Curtis Edward Clark on November 7, 2009 at 1:29pm — 2 Comments

Stupid Religious Bumper Stickers

I saw two stupid things yesterday while driving. One was a leaf collection truck with a loose tarp as its top. The leaves flew behind it as the truck bumbled ignorantly along, creating whirlwinds of fall foliage in its wake. That was pretty stupid. I also saw a dumb, religious bumper sticker. It read, “My boss is a Jewish carpenter.”

I hate bumper stickers. I don't know why people put them on… Continue

Added by Christy Gonzalez on November 7, 2009 at 12:48pm — 4 Comments

A different take on Fort Hood

So I'm watching the news reports on this story, both from MSNBC and also on FOX (for comedy's sake)...and I noticed that both stations failed to talk about the big elephants in the room. The first one of course is religion, which I don't need to go into here, since everyone here can easily see that bunch of blatant insanity.

The other elephant that no one is bringing up is why Mr. Psycho was in the military in the first place. He was clearly not happy, since he faced discrimination… Continue

Added by VendettA12 on November 7, 2009 at 12:27pm — 4 Comments

Easy Rider Redux

The scene is a wooded field, somewhere in farm country. Three men sit around a campfire, sharing a joint and talking....

George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.

Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared,… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on November 7, 2009 at 8:23am — 3 Comments

Atheist on the trail

One of the most difficult aspects of starting a blog, is of course, making your first article. The dilemma of finding a subject to start and give and initial push to your blog, is likely the biggest factor stopping many of us from blogging in the first place.

That said, I think I have managed to clear this hurdle, now to the docile task of picking a subject and blogging about it in a concise and clear manner. And hopefully enjoying the feedback and the comments resulting from the… Continue

Added by _7654_ on November 7, 2009 at 5:31am — No Comments

Minute Of Prayer In Response To The Christian DDOS Attack On Australian Atheist Web Sites

Just a little background.

Atheists on Facebook have decided that our "retaliation" to the Christian

DDOS attack on Australian Atheist web sites is to have a Minute of Prayer at

any point over the next two days.

Atheists around the world have taken this message to heart


Dan Kerr sent a message to the members of Minute of prayer in response to

the Rise Of Atheism Convention DDOS… Continue

Added by Trance Gemini on November 7, 2009 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Fort Hood - November, 2009

Initially, I wasn't certain what to make of the initial reports I heard on NPR regarding the shooting at Fort Hood. When the name of the assailant was revealed - Nidal Malik Hasan - my first thought was: "Oh, crap, here we go, a Muslim extremist who somehow managed to get past whatever initial filters the Army uses to reject volunteers." Then I learned that he carried the rank of "Major," not a position you get to overnight, so maybe he's not your stereotypical fundamentalist. Then it comes out… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on November 6, 2009 at 6:52pm — 16 Comments

Evangelists - all noise but little knowledge?

About one year ago I shared an interesting bus trip with a self-declared Christian evangelist, only one hour but very enlightening, a true epiphany (sorry!).

Previously a close friend claimed my criticisms of Christianity were ill-founded through lack of knowledge. I was wrongly seeing all believers as hard-code fundamentalists. So I'd make a real effort to study religion, Christianity, and the Christian bible. I grew up in a secular family.

So back to the bus trip. Here… Continue

Added by Alex McCullie on November 6, 2009 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment

The 11/3 Project

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c…

Added by Creature on November 6, 2009 at 2:04pm — No Comments

A Christmas Carol - More Like a Christmas Crisis

Animated and in 3D, Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, A Christmas Carol, spills onto screens again. A garish demonstration of the capabilities of the new 3D technology, the story only pops out when it possesses an opportunity to show off the technology.

Scrooge (Jim Carrey) is a miserly old man who holds tight each penny in his pocket. After his business partner, Marley (Gary Oldman) dies, Scrooge loses all perspective, turning even surlier than he was before. Devoid of all… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on November 5, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Gay Marriage: Why the responsibility is on us.

This is sick and it needs to stop. What am I talking about? The nasty, vile, infectious, bitter, hate-mongering that is spreading itself around our country in the form of anti-gay marriage legislation. I don't care if I sound like I am exaggerating, because this is honestly how I feel about it. As a group we clearly skew left, but we all have seen on this site conservative atheists (maybe you are conservative- hello!). However, I have never encountered anyone here who does not support gay… Continue

Added by Christy Gonzalez on November 5, 2009 at 7:51pm — 10 Comments

FFRF Seattle

I just came across pictures of the new FFRF signs on the metro buses

Anyone else excited about the convention this weekend?

Added by Creature on November 5, 2009 at 6:05pm — 2 Comments

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