December 2015 Blog Posts (25)

Happy New Year's Eve to all of my fellow non-religionists!

I made a plan.  It was that my sweetie come home and take a nap so that we can go party in a public place with at least a glass of alcohol -- hating champagne, that won't be our drink of choice.  The nap is done, time to dress and go.  I wonder if they will have mistletoe, the granter of mystical powers?

Added by Concealing MyAnti-Theism on December 31, 2015 at 8:26pm — 6 Comments

Can we be Faithful Friends and Non-theists too?

Are we the Faithless?  NO!

Hearing non-theists described in a list of people, those with faith -- a long list of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and more; and the faithless, my feeling, and I emphasize that, I felt it was painful to hear.  We are faithless?  It sounds awful.  It has the feeling of fingers scratching on a chalkboard at midnight waking you up bad.  And that was just a newscaster trying…

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Added by Concealing MyAnti-Theism on December 28, 2015 at 5:06am — 10 Comments

Stopping refugees at the border and asking them if they are terrorists makes about as much sense as asking your child if they want a spanking...of course, they will answer no.  Trying to prove they a…

Stopping refugees at the border and asking them if they are terrorists makes about as much sense as asking your child if they want a spanking...of course, they will answer no. 

Trying to prove they are one of the "right" religions is pointless as well. Which variety of what religion is the correct one that won't cause anyone, ever, to be radicalized? How do we determine a test that one has to pass in order to be allowed in? 

It would be nice if there was some magic test or…

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Added by Rhonda Boyer on December 26, 2015 at 8:25pm — 3 Comments

New Year's resolutions versus long term goals

I have a hard time with the month of December. Thanksgiving at the end of November tends to send me down a gloomy path. It isn't that I can't come up with things I am thankful for. Usually, there are a lot of positives in my life.  But, I guess being told I have to be thankful then more than at other times pushes me over some imaginary brink. I think it is all in my head. Still, it doesn't prevent this from happening ever year.

So, after that "holiday", I head into the most wonderful…

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Added by Rhonda Boyer on December 26, 2015 at 7:50pm — 7 Comments

Merry Xmas Everyone!

Regardless of whether you use the word "Merry"  in any other sitiation - like "Merry Birthday"  or "Merry Anniversary",

And Regardless of whether you feel happy about the marketing, capitalism-run-amuck, obligatory family dysfunction, society-on-edge about christian high-and-mighty supercilious dishonest rhetoric,

And regardless of whether you wish that the christian war-against-christmas would have been won (The …

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Added by Daniel W on December 25, 2015 at 8:30am — 12 Comments

The Jesus Trope

    The Jesus trope is harmful and atheists should stop buying into it. 

    Mormons don't glorify the crucifixion the way some other faiths do. I was Mormon and recall being mildly disturbed at the grotesque death of Jesus. I was far more disturbed at the depiction of the suffering of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. His pores said to have bled as he took on himself every sin of every person dead, living, and yet to be born. For which we are said to be eternally in his…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on December 25, 2015 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

The Season to Be Jolly?

‘Tis the season to be jolly—for some. Increasingly, Christmas has become one of my least favorite holidays. I can’t stand Christmas.

I am usually the Grinch of the Christmas season at least in my mind. I intentionally hold my tongue and let others enjoy one on the most…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 23, 2015 at 3:39pm — 7 Comments

It makes no sense

I tried to post something like this yesterday, but storms knocked me off line before I could post it.  I will try to do this again.

Here are some things that don't make any sense to me.

1. People who think using the greeting, "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" is a way of starting a war.

2. Republicans who act like  Ronald Reagan was a saint, or Democrats who act like JFK was a saint.

3. Teaching something other than science in science…

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Added by Rhonda Boyer on December 23, 2015 at 10:27am — 14 Comments

This is the time of year when a lot of people get together, at least where I live. For some families, this is the time when all are together. This year, I will only be with my immediate family, and t…

This is the time of year when a lot of people get together, at least where I live. For some families, this is the time when all are together. This year, I will only be with my immediate family, and that is ok.

Twenty fourteen and twenty fifteen have not been the easiest years I have ever had. In April 2014, my older sister was diagnosed with uterine and ovarian cancer. A few days after I found that out, my father in law had a stroke. Then, a few days after that, my mother was…

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Added by Rhonda Boyer on December 23, 2015 at 2:35am — 2 Comments

Childish "Childhood's End"

More years ago than I care to calculate, I picked up a copy of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. This was during a time when I was attempting to branch out beyond my initial interests in science-fiction writing and my fascination for writers like Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, to see what other value was out there. Much as Mr. Clarke is regarded as one of the great classic masters of the genre, I must beg to differ. I could comment on how sterile and lifeless his characters were…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 19, 2015 at 10:10am — 12 Comments

Attention! Serious Researchers

I have used this site for years for serious research on a variety of subjects. These are peer reviewed articles and journals. I've included this for any who may be interested. I also have a link to the Stanford University Library which is also an excellent site.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 16, 2015 at 9:40am — 4 Comments

Heaven -- a reality for some and a delusion for others

Since time immemorial, believers in a loving and just god have looked around at the world we live in, filled with toil, strife and suffering, and have pondered how to reconcile their belief with the facts at hand. The solution which most religions have adopted is to assert the existence of another world, beyond this one, to which the souls of the good will fly in order to receive their due reward.

Poets and dreamers throughout history have filled their scriptures with rapturous…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on December 15, 2015 at 2:12am — 4 Comments

Atheist Pig Tells It Like It Is

I’ve been getting a copy of The Humanist in my inbox once a week (I think) for a good couple years now. It’s good stuff: interviews, articles, news about church / state separation incidents around the United States, but I have to say, my favorite part, much as with the daily newspaper, are the comics. Jesus and Mo are long-time faves of mine and doubtless many of the gang here at Atheist Nexus, Ape, Not Monkey and The Bad Chemicals perhaps a bit less so,…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 13, 2015 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

I Ain't Affraid Of No Ghost

http://www.thespiritualbeacon.net/blog

One of the great benefits of atheism is the total and complete lack of fear when the supernatural is proposed. I know people whos legs quake with fear when they hear a bump in the night because they immediately attribute it to a spook or specter digging through their cutlery drawer. When I hear those noises, I roll over in bed, fart, and go back to sleep without the…

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Added by JustinTetro on December 12, 2015 at 5:22pm — 3 Comments

No, America is not founded on Judeo-Christian values

As a secular humanist who was raised Jewish, I have learned to ignore the Christmas excesses and platitudes that inundate us for two months of every year. 

But one idea, especially on display at Yuletide, I have never accepted: America is founded on “Judeo-Christian values.”   This claim has no basis in reality.  “Judeo-Christian values” are either moral precepts so obvious (love thy neighbor) as to be ubiquitous among the world’s major religions, or they are rooted in the primitive…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 11, 2015 at 9:29pm — 22 Comments

No, America is not founded on Judeo-Christian values

As a secular humanist who was raised Jewish, I have learned to ignore the Christmas excesses and platitudes that inundate us for two months of every year. 

But one idea, especially on display at Yuletide, I have never accepted: America is founded on “Judeo-Christian values.”   This claim has no basis in reality.  “Judeo-Christian values” are either moral precepts so obvious (love thy neighbor) as to be ubiquitous among the world’s major religions, or they are rooted in the primitive…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 11, 2015 at 9:29pm — No Comments

The Emperor is Naked!

All religions have come to us through hearsay. Everyone is talking about the god who is there, but where ?  No one knows what it is, where it is, how it is or why it is, but they talk about it just the same, as if they knew.



No one ever experiences god personally. We listen to other people talk about it and read books ; other people tell us what to believe, they interpret our subjective feelings as "god", but we can never know for sure, because god is…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on December 11, 2015 at 2:35am — 8 Comments

Religions are ephemeral & short-lived but Atheism is eternal

How long has religion existed?
Since the beginning of human thought - hundreds of thousands of years ago. When the first humans ran in fear from a bolt of lightning; felt the horror of a mother and baby dying in childbirth; witnessed a mountain explode in a fountain of molten rock; saw a comet plough through the firmament; watched one friend survive an unlikely accident when others perished; noticed the changing of the…
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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on December 10, 2015 at 1:18am — 7 Comments

The tussle between Religion & Secular Humanism

Religion fulfills certain basic human desires. It offers people a sense of worth and specialness. It gives them a community in which they can feel understood and supported. It eases their fears about life and death, offers them hope of immortality. It also gives them a feeling of superiority, of having an edge over others. So you can't really blame people for being obsessed with Religion,God or Afterlife.

My point however is that though traditional religions fulfill many human needs,…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on December 6, 2015 at 9:39pm — 10 Comments

FREE e-book at Amazon's Kindle Scout

In case you missed my last post,I'm trying to publish my novel, "Mythos Christos", by Amazon's newest pathway to publishing, Kindle Scout - here I have to get a huge number of nominations to be accepted for publication. My novel is unique in that it's freethinker fiction! - The Christ myth revealed in the form of an archaeological adventure story.
If you would do me this honor, please go to my campaign page by clicking the link and check it out. Then hit the nominate button. It…
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Added by Edwin Neumann on December 5, 2015 at 6:44pm — 2 Comments

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