The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) has been languishing in committee, just like Bill the bill, for many years now. Under Bush and his cronies there was no chance it would pass, so shelved it has remained. Until now.
President Obama, as a senator from Illinois, co-sponsored the 2007 version of this bill, so he should be happy to sign it in 2009. Congress should re-introduce it. As soon as Franken is sworn in and all the other electoral disputes are resolved, Congress needs to pass it so… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 24, 2009 at 3:34pm —
For just a moment, let’s run with the idea that life as we know it was designed by some higher intelligence which put together the basic chemistry for life in an organized and stable form at some time in the ancient past. Would it still have to comply with the laws of nature? How does one prove it in a scientific way? And how does the existence of countless other worlds make it incalculably tougher to prove that there's only one designer in the universe?
Added by Greg F. on January 24, 2009 at 11:41am —
I remember when the GOP suddenly metastasized all over the House and Senate in 1994 they were happy to say, "We're in charge, now," when asked if they would encourage input from Congressional Democrats. Then W attained - to be precise I avoid the term "won" - the Presidency only after the closest vote for the office in recent memory, followed by a stopped recount and Supreme Court-facilitated coup. His inaugural motorcade passed throngs of people protesting the seizure of their nation's highest… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 24, 2009 at 10:02am —
Just reminding everyone of the incredible story we find in Exodus. Specifically, chapter 12 where we learn that anywhere from 2 to 2.5 MILLION people were wandering around Egypt for 40 years.
has a nice breakdown of the numbers.
Exodus 12:37 refers to 600,000 adult Hebrew men leaving Egypt with Moses, plus an unspecified but apparently large "mixed multitude" of non-Hebrews; Numbers 1:46 gives a… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on January 24, 2009 at 8:30am —
I blog at ljudlega
.. Feel free to come take a look/read.
I write about atheism, politics and writing fiction.. And probably other stuff too, but the blogs fairly new so I haven't got there yet:).
Added by scylla on January 24, 2009 at 3:03am —
An Atheist's Perspective on the Inauguration: Enough With all the God Stuff
By Greta Christina, Greta Christina's Blog. Posted January 23, 2009.
Why do the prayers of a church belong in the single most important ceremony of our state? Obama is not God's servant, he's ours
Yes. Okay. Pride; hope;… Continue
Added by Rick on January 24, 2009 at 2:00am —
Added by Krista on January 24, 2009 at 1:40am —
The other day I wrote about atheists and how we're not all evolved alike
. We're all very individual with how we got to where we are regarding religion and our beliefs.
Today I created a short 6 question survey about reconciling belief and rationality
. I'd love… Continue
Added by Neece on January 24, 2009 at 12:56am —
Speaking of doomsday, did you know we’re living in the end times? Yeah, I know, we’ve been living in the end times during the fall of Rome, the Dark Ages, Black Death and an invasion into Spain by Muslims as well as both world wars and the Cold War. But all the disasters, wars and epidemics are nothing compared to now. The end is almost here as it’s written in the Book of Revelations. Unlike the Mayan prophecy of 2012, the belief that we are the last generation on Earth isn’t just embraced by… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 23, 2009 at 6:09pm —
I just came from this group as I was intrigued how one could be Anti Choice without also believing that a soul is created at the moment of conception. I mean isn't that the only real basis for being Anti Choice? If not then I guess the argument is that Society should intervene in an adult Woman's reproductive rights and force her to carry a child to term because...... I just don't know? Doesn't it have to be that something magical happens at conception and that the rights of a zygote now trumps… Continue
Added by Kozz on January 23, 2009 at 6:01pm —
Obama has the last quote in this blurb: "...and non-believers."
It's nice to be included for a change.
"The government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian Religion." ~ George Washington / "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature." ~ Thomas Jefferson / "The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my religion." ~ Abraham Lincoln / "A just government has no need for the clergy or… Continue
Added by MJ on January 23, 2009 at 4:15pm —
From time to time, I may post a short blog detailing problems with theistic world-views. These posts are meant to be rants that exist largely for my pleasure. They are also meant to be non-technical and easy to follow, so you won't find a lot of philosophical mumbo-jumbo here. I hope you enjoy them.
One of the recurring arguments you will hear from theists [especially Christians it seems] is that without an external law-giver we can have no "objective" morality. For the sake… Continue
Added by jc morrison on January 23, 2009 at 4:00pm —
As expected, Barack Obama did have to swear the Oath of Office a second time, this time in a more intimate setting with just a few of the press corp. However, some Americans may feel the new President has made yet another blunder by not swearing on the Bible. Amazingly, given the God-squad in America, not a bible was found anywhere near the swearing in. As the TimesOnline reported, one blogger snarled "Expect a third oath when bitter small town gun- and Bible-toting America finds… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on January 23, 2009 at 2:38pm —
Added by Clarence Dember on January 23, 2009 at 12:50pm —
The History Channel is one of my favorites along with the Discovery Channel ect... but am I wrong in getting pissed off when I see programs like "In the footsteps of Jesus, The Way of the Cross" on the "History" channel? I understand that religion has played a large roll in shaping historical events, almost always in a negative way and usually resulting in the needless deaths of hundreds or thousands or in the case of the Holocaust, millions of people. But is there really a need to broadcast… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 23, 2009 at 9:10am —
Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief
is now available at Amazon.com.
Praised by Newsweek as “a compelling read” and Library Journal as “accessible and down-to-earth,” Dale McGowan’s Parenting Beyond Belief
Added by Dale McGowan on January 23, 2009 at 6:30am —
I apologize if you'd read this e-mail forward already, but I was laughing so hard I had to post it here.
HELL EXPLAINED BY CHEMISTRY STUDENT
The following is an actual question given on a
University ofWashington chemistry mid-term.
The answer by one student was so 'profound' that
the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of
course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well :
Bonus Question: Is Hell… Continue
Added by Roxanne on January 23, 2009 at 3:59am —
Since a profile like this is supposed to help you get to know me, I thought I'd offer some explanation for the songs I chose for my play list. Obviously these are not all the songs I like and some of them aren't even my favourite songs. They do represent songs that I want you to hear for various reasons. Some of them have a special meaning. Some are incredible songs. Some are rare gems you've probably never heard before. Some are just examples of the style of music I like in case you want to… Continue
Added by Tao Jones on January 23, 2009 at 1:03am —
The question of what I believe happens when I die has recently become a topic I repeatedly have to touch back on. My theist friends find what I say in response astounding.
My answer to them is this:
Nothing. We become plant food. Nothing else happens. Everything (within yourself) ends. It just stops.
Then the theists get a little puzzled. "But then you're just floating around in a void."
So I ask them what would be floating around and where they would… Continue
Added by JustJoshNYou on January 23, 2009 at 12:12am —
I am psyched to have found Atheist Nexus. I'm having fun just setting up my profile and can't wait to go explore the site and meet new people. Sometimes you feel alone when it comes to this stuff, it's like are we the only sane people in this world? I guess so..... I'm looking forward to chatting and hitting up the forums :)
Added by The Virgin Marlene on January 22, 2009 at 10:25pm —