I got an email from Dr Meaden welcoming me to the group. I wondered if perhaps I needed to introduce myself. I'll do so very briefly. I run a blog
– contributed to by half a dozen or so writers – called Pink Triangle
, which is mainly for gay humanists, although most of its posts are not connected with sexuality, but with religions and the effects they have on all our lives. The blog has been going for a year now, and its… Continue
Added by Andy Armitage on April 3, 2009 at 7:30am —
Apparently the Taliban are circulating this tape so people get the message.
Moral relativist that I am I have no problem condemning this.…
Added by Richard Healy on April 3, 2009 at 4:00am —
Today has been a good day of reflection for me. I am happy with the results. Objectivism is truely a great framework to tackle the problems that life thoughs at you.
I have just posted my first political comments on Facebook. I have not expressed my political and philisophical beliefs to my friends and family. I posted a link to Fitna
, by… Continue
Added by Cameron Mottus on April 3, 2009 at 3:41am —
I got the most unexpected message on my Facebook page.
From an old boyfriend: It was a rather short relationship; I was 17, he was 19, he was movie-star handsome, but completely wrong for me. We did nothing but bicker. He was an extreme right-wing gun-boy and I was lodged firmly to the left. Knowing what I do now, I can see that he had a pretty severe case of ADHD, with all the benefits of short-tempered, short-sighted, non-stop ranting and interrupting every sentence that came out of my… Continue
Added by HotMess on April 2, 2009 at 11:50pm —
The Times of Harvey Milk
is one of my favorite documentaries. It details the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to a major US office. Milk was a gay rights activist, a populist politician, and a great person. Even learning about him today, I can tell that he was a kind, generous man with a passion for inspiring his fellow humans. He called himself the "Mayor of Castro Street", and he was without a doubt the first person to give a voice to the many oppressed gays… Continue
Added by cj the cynic on April 2, 2009 at 7:41pm —
Growing up my mom was in the Air Force as a chapel manager so I was exposed to all major denominations. We started out playing for the baptist team, then moved over to the protestant camp, back to baptist team, and finally landed on planet catholic. I'm still not sure which one I despised the most but if I had to pick one it would be planet catholic. I still cringe thinking back on the nightly forced ritual of saying the rosary, not every other night but every night
. As terrible as it… Continue
Added by Souperman on April 2, 2009 at 3:28pm —
This is the sequel to “Why I Became a Militant Non-Believer” on this blog.
Humanity is in a race with itself and we're running out of time. The planet is in dire straights. Nature has given mankind the power of reason, and in return, like Frankenstein’s monster, humans destroy her with the power of science. The waste of billions of years of evolution is unbearable to contemplate.
It’s the arrogance and stupidity that’s so hard to take. Instead of blessing nature with joy… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on April 2, 2009 at 12:30pm —
I often judge a book by how much it makes me think and reflect. Frank Schaeffer's, Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back - certainly passed that test. The outdoors, mountains, adventures with firecrackers, hunting, hiking and, of course religion, all were a big part of my childhood and relationship with my father as it was for Frank. Some other similarities struck me as well. As the oldest, my mother… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on April 2, 2009 at 10:20am —
I have a new episode of my podcast
It features Elles from Splendid Elles
and Teen Skepchick
Here it is:…
Added by Mindcore on April 2, 2009 at 9:30am —
Had a great conversation with Rich Orman on his podcast, Dogma Free America. You can listen to it through iTunes of his website http://www.dogmafreeamerica.com/ It will be on line around April 8.
His is one of the three or four free thought podcasts I listen to every week. I have listened to his podcast for a couple of years now and enjoy its "wider angle" view of the issues we all are concerned about on the planet. What is different is their more international view of religion's… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on April 2, 2009 at 8:00am —
Added by Madeline (Brigit) on April 2, 2009 at 7:30am —
Perfect timing, I was just commenting to a few people today how Atheists still top the polls as America's most mistrusted group then THIS: http://www.hulu.com/watch/64995/family-guy-not-all-dogs-go-to-heaven
was on today. Check it out on Hulu, it was great.
Added by Caine on April 1, 2009 at 11:28pm —
...but they may not be exactly the Ten Questions you all have seen or heard. I took these Ten Burning Questions every intelligent Atheist must answer yadda yadda from Lifeway: Biblical Solutions for Life
. Yeah, I know, it sounds like Landmark Education or that scam thing from this week's Mentalist.
I don't really know what it is: here, let me check...
...looks like… Continue
Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on April 1, 2009 at 6:20pm —
I was raised this way and I promise you it is abuse even though most of the parents who spank do it "with love". A lot of people who are raised being spanked raise their own children this way as well and think it's a perfect method but for a more sensitive child like myself it is traumatic. I remember being terrified and having panic attacks and hyperventilating. I felt terrible even when my siblings were spanked and would sometimes cry when I heard them screaming in the other room. Even now my… Continue
Added by Krista on April 1, 2009 at 5:23pm —
A church near where I live is picking up on the trend and preaching about sex. The church sign reads something like "Sex God's Way". (Don't remember exact wording.)
Where do I start? The beginning? I would say by the age of six and increasingly as I grew I was taught about modesty. To cover my knees, never wear anything tight, and feel extremely awkward in a bathing suit. I was not allowed to wear shorts or pants and by the time I reached puberty I felt exposed in a sleeveless shirt. Why?… Continue
Added by Krista on April 1, 2009 at 5:05pm —
Hey hey Hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-) Continue
Added by Elise robertson on April 1, 2009 at 2:30pm —
There are still many people in the world who for religious or superstitious reasons maintain what we may call "strict sexual morals", and who consider "sinful" many practices to which they attach a label of "perversion". This idea still predominated with a spurious scientific appearance until the 70's of the past century, and it was so much so that commonly accepted sexual practices coincided almost perfectly with old religious commandments.
Things have changed in most advanced… Continue
Added by Joaquín Pérez Arroyo on April 1, 2009 at 8:36am —
This is something my husband "Stumbled" upon on-line. It is long but worth reading. The link is below for those that are interested in reading, "Why Atheism?"
Added by Cheryl on March 31, 2009 at 10:32pm —
How many sixteen year olds are out there that listen to oldies rock? Because at my school I seem to be the only one. Top bands are:
Guns N' Roses
Jimi Hendrix Experiance
Rage Against The Machine
And much more...
One day, I came to school wearing a shirt with a picture of Jimi Hendrix on it, and everyone who saw it said "Hey look, it's Bob Marley!"
My forehead was red from facepalming.
Added by Tyler Durden on March 31, 2009 at 7:31pm —
As I scramble to get last minute expenses taken care of before the start of this quarter I remember an important aspect to student life....weekly visits to the food bank. Maybe in a couple more years I'll be better at being a poor person. Were I to be symbolized by an animal I'm not sure which would be appropriate.
Added by Creature on March 31, 2009 at 7:24pm —