While not specifically atheist, the "fortuneteller" episode reveals my favorite character, Sokka, as one of the best skeptics I've seen in a children's show since Chirp from "Peep and the Big Wide World."
It also has a great example of how exasperating and frustrating "believers" can be to such a skeptic.
I totally sympathize with Sokka's plight! Even if you don't know anything about the show, I still think you'll get a kick out of watching… Continue
Added by Jas Brimstone on March 19, 2009 at 7:52pm —
Why is it that people assume there are things beyond our understanding? What's preventing us from understanding everything? It seems to me that we can conceptualize anything. Granted there are some things beyond some people's current understanding, but I don't see anything preventing us from being able to understand everything. If something is beyond our understanding then maybe just maybe it's because there's a reason it doesn't make sense. Maybe we just haven't figured it out yet, or… Continue
Added by TravCav on March 19, 2009 at 6:21pm —
I am a little scared .the Iranian revolutionary guards (the most cruel and brutish armed force in Iran) have arrested 26 people for anti religious activity on Internet .here converting from Islam or even saying something against it in public can cause death punishment. Honestly I admit that now I am more concerned about myself than being worried about those poor people who have been arrested for ambiguous accuses . I don't know any of them (in fact I don't know any active Iranian atheist on… Continue
Added by ObscureAtheist on March 19, 2009 at 5:53pm —
On his trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI declared that traditional Church teachings are the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of STIs. So I decided to take a look at what science has to say about it and found that not only is traditional abstinence-only education an abject failure (ex: 82% of virginity pledgers deny their pledge later and have just one less partner than non-pledgers), it's also dangerous to the public at large. (… Continue
Added by Greg F. on March 19, 2009 at 3:30pm —
I just put up a video clip from my recent presentation at The University of Colorado. It outlines a little experiment you can do with your fundamentalist or evangelical friends. Here is the link:
It is a great way to observe the effects of religious infection first hand.
Added by Darrel Ray on March 19, 2009 at 2:10pm —
Several EU governments have expressed concern
over the Pope's mind-numbingly stupid and undeniably dangerous claims that using condoms could endanger public health and increase the problem of HIV/Aids.
France's foreign ministry said condoms were fundamental to prevention. Continue
German ministers said it was irresponsible to withhold family planning from the poorest of the…
Added by Paul on March 19, 2009 at 1:21pm —
Depois que vi muitos garotos e garotas, meus amigos, serem prejudicados por não se “acomodarem” à essa “adaptação” social que mina tudo, e que causa-nos transtornos mostrando absurdos que vemos aí na Sociedade todos os dias, resolvi colocar o que realmente precisamos pensar ...
Exatamente estas coisas foram inundadas na Sociedade para produzir confusão mental e um estado de perturbação insistente para impedir reação das pessoas à teo-pulhítica:
a) cachorros e suas urinas e… Continue
Added by Athan Veron on March 19, 2009 at 11:52am —
I can prove santa clause is real using theist logic.
1. santa only gives presents to people that believe, but he does not give presents to people that do not believe.
2. I do not believe in santa and I didn't get any presents.
3. I have proven #1 with #2 so santa must be real
I also always loved the argument "it's beyond our understanding"
it's like saying "it's only seems like nonsense because it doesn't make sense to us."
it's basically the same as… Continue
Added by TravCav on March 19, 2009 at 8:35am —
most times when I compare Christianity with Islam I found it less dangerous and more tolerate-able . but some times priests and the Pope change my mind !
take a look at this New York Times article (his first statement about condoms)
Pope Says Condoms Make AIDS Problem Worse
here at least in Iran mullahs have no problem with condoms or other birth control methods or STD prevention .
How can… Continue
Added by ObscureAtheist on March 19, 2009 at 8:30am —
So you know all those billboards the Assemblies of God church has been putting up? Well, I decided to visit their site, where I came across a prayer center. I penned a little prayer for them based on something that is actually happening in our lives right now. Here is what I wrote:
"I'd like you to pray that we recoup the $30,000 that an Assemblies of God member bilked us out of (right here in the town of the Assemblies of God headquarters). Pray that we don’t lose our house to… Continue
Added by Celtix1234 on March 18, 2009 at 10:57pm —
Dinosaur find raises debate on feather evolution
NEW YORK (AP) - A small dinosaur that once roamed northeastern China was covered with a stiff, hairlike fuzz, a discovery that suggests feathers began to evolve much earlier than many researchers believe - maybe even in the earliest dinosaurs. Scientists had previously identified feathers and so-called "dinofuzz" in theropods, two-legged meat-eaters that are widely considered the ancestors of birds.
But the Chinese… Continue
Added by Dawn Meggison on March 18, 2009 at 8:26pm —
Wow, that was a close one!
A theist would say, "Thank god!"
I say, "Thanks to LOST!"
My satellite reception cut out last night. "No biggie", I thought, it'll probably be back on my morning." It wasn't. When I finished with my daily morning phone meeting, it was time to quickly get ready to leave... but one nagging thing: what was wrong with my satellite reception? LOST is on tonight and I don't want to take any chances.
I decided to take a quick look at the… Continue
Added by Jude Johnson on March 18, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Some good news
at last from the UN, where threats by the European Union to join the US, Italy, Israel and Canada in boycotting April’s anti-racism conference, Durban II, have resulted in a victory over the Organization of the Islamic Conference
Passages relating to “defamation of religions”, as well as… Continue
Added by Paul on March 18, 2009 at 5:06pm —
I was gigglin' like Roscoe P. Coltrane watching this trailer. Jack Black is my dream man.… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 18, 2009 at 2:33pm —
I watch American Idol. Sorry. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. Go ahead and judge……
So last night was Grand Ole Opry night and all contestants were required to sing country songs, regardless of their own musical style. One guy did a Carrie Underwood song. Country is not my preference and I have never heard a Carrie Underwood song in my life, until last night. It was a song called “Jesus take the wheel” and it was one of the most irresponsible songs I’ve ever heard. I was so annoyed… Continue
Added by zeeman barzell on March 18, 2009 at 11:18am —
This was a response to another earlier blog and I though I'd just put it out there for those that came out of religion after brainwashing their own children.
When I left the Jehovah's Witnesses my kids were 8 and 6 years old. They were fully brainwashed already. My son was able to go to the doors with me and give a 6 minute sermon including the reading of a couple of scriptures. My daughter was six and about to start doing her own sermons at the door. My little girl would be warning… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 18, 2009 at 9:05am —
It's been popping on my mind for quite some time. I'm finishing reading my current books, and I really want to know my own rational opinion about it. I read some passages when I was in Catholic school years ago, but I was too young to really fathom any of it. I think now that I am a rational adult, that I'm ready for it! Although I heard its a fairly easy read, I wanna know it so I can have a clear mind in tons of metaphors in literature, and in culture in general.
My biggest problem… Continue
Added by Jennifer W on March 17, 2009 at 10:00pm —
"You're an atheist -- how could you do that to your children?"
It's in our nature to cherish our children. If you have children yourself then you will know what I am talking about. (Unless you're emotionally retarded.) As soon as you rationalize that it is OK for a "God of Love" to put disobedient children to death....you lose me!! (Truthfully, you lost me at the God part!) Parents in the USA would be imprisoned and (if in Texas, hehe) possibly put to death for killing disobedient… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 10:00pm —
This is something I came up with in an EX Jehovah's Witness support group...I sure needed some relief and thought others may too!
Blame and accountability...these are two things that I gave a lot of thought to one year when I attended AA meetings...I was never a real drinker but after tragedy struck my little family, I fell apart.
Being an atheist I had a little trouble with the Judeo-Christian terminology in the 12 steps but the steps themselves were very helpful. I carried a… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 10:00pm —
The Path Of My Salvation?
I was cold, tired, and hungry, but most of all I needed to take a piss. I had been preaching from door to door all morning long. The day was dragging on.
Fueled by too much coffee, I was in rare form. My sermons at my neighbor's doorsteps grew increasingly urgent as my bladder expanded. Oh, the urgency of God's message!
I had one house left on my assigned side of the street, and no Watchtowers left in my bag. I ran back to the car to restock.… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 17, 2009 at 9:30pm —