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On gods and love

Romance without god(s) is an interesting thing. The end of it, especially, I think. For a believer, when something ends, there is someone to blame. To be angry with. To “lean” on. To rage at.



My acceptance of my own atheism coincided with a rocky and over-emotional marital relationship that often found me fighting the urge to beg, demand and negotiate my situation with some sentient fairy god-person. Sitting on the cold severe bathroom floor, seven months into the hormonal nightmare… Continue

Added by thelittlepecan on January 27, 2009 at 12:49pm — 4 Comments

Large Hadron Collider (LHC)


What can we learn from the LHC? Read my Large Hadron Collider (LHC) comic to find out! Enjoy!

Added by TJMorgan on January 27, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

A Christian Home

Joke of the Day:

After the christening of his baby brother in church,
Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.
His father asked him three times what was wrong.
Finally, the boy replied,
"That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, And I wanted to stay with you guys!"

Added by MJ on January 27, 2009 at 9:47am — No Comments

Iran: Men vs. women soccer game draws punishment

These guys really don’t get “much” do they. These boys have some really deep seated issues. Sexual repression is so rampant it’s sad. I wonder how the girls ran in the body scarf?



In a way theykind of remind me of the Communists when they took over Russia and made the USSR. You know, morals, social standards, a straight laced environment. Well at least their attempt at it.





Iran: Men vs. women soccer game draws punishment





By ALI… Continue

Added by Rick on January 27, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Regarding the Fox News Clip

First let me just say I'm playing Devil's Advocate for the sake of inspiring thought:



But I don't understand why striking out the moment of silence in schools is so offensive to some atheists. I actually appreciate taking a moment of silence to reflect the passing of a co-worker/friend/family member without prayer.



And although the idea of prayer is ridiculous to me, I can't see how the mention of the word would hurt.



I understand that some families have gotten… Continue

Added by Roxanne on January 27, 2009 at 2:44am — 3 Comments

2 Down One to Go

I just finished my email to Glenn Beck and James Dobson, I just have the one to Beck's writer to go. I'd appreciate any input, if any of you see anything that's not quite accurate please let me know. I don't plan on sending them until tomorrow morning.



Letter To Beck:



Recently I watched a clip of your show about the moment of silence being removed from public schools. I have to admit that I was appalled by the way in which you conducted yourself. It wasn't your opinions… Continue

Added by Creature on January 27, 2009 at 2:25am — 4 Comments

Ridicule or Reason?

There are two main approaches that Atheists take when trying to open a religious mind, and release the seed of reason trapped inside. One group, such as Dawkins, Harris, Dennet, use mainly their own reason as a pry bar to try and accomplish this, while another group, people such as Hitchens, Bill Mahr, or any number of other comics like Doug Stanhope, prefer to use the hammer of ridicule to bust the piggy bank wide open. Which method is best?



Most Atheists, I think can appreciate… Continue

Added by Kozz on January 26, 2009 at 9:58pm — 4 Comments

My e-mail to Glenn Beck

I would not presume to tell you how to host your show. I saw the asinine clip of you parading an alleged disturbed atheist child next to an alleged faith based child. Is this supposed to be entertaining?



My issue is that atheism is a legitimate choice that people make when their heads are not filled with religious dogma.

You don't comprehend that non-facts are harmful when they are programmed in at the beginning of a child's language acquisition.

Fine. You are indeed free… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on January 26, 2009 at 7:50pm — 3 Comments

What if you are wrong?

What if you are wrong

My first comic! Enjoy! Click on it to see the whole thing.

Added by TJMorgan on January 26, 2009 at 7:26pm — 3 Comments

Haggard: 'Inappropriate' relationship not physical

Haggard: 'Inappropriate' relationship not physical



DENVER – Fallen evangelical pastor Ted Haggard says he had an "inappropriate relationship" with a young male church volunteer, but it did not involve physical contact.



Haggard's successor at Colorado Springs' New Life Church, Brady Boyd, has said evidence pointed to an "inappropriate, consensual sexual relationship" between Haggard and the man, who was in his early 20s.



Haggard said in a new statement… Continue

Added by Rick on January 26, 2009 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Attack on Freedom: Sad Day in the Netherlands



Geert Wilders, a parliament member in the dutch government, is now being prosecuted for speaking out against the fascist ideology of the Koran. It is now illegal to speak negatively about islam which shows how close islam is coming to their goal of world domination. This is particularly scary to me. Islam is a violent, bigoted, damning religion. Islam, I believe, is the most dangerous threat to freedom and the planet. The time to be tolerant is over.



Go… Continue

Added by Adam Johnson on January 26, 2009 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Why do I exist?

Nearly ever person alive today has thought this question at least once in their lives. The direct answer is not that important, however the indirect ways which come along, are important, at least for me.



Since July 20, 2003 I exist because my child does. She gives my life purpose and meaning. Something to look forward to, something to hope for, and something to treasure for the rest of my living days.



There are people who exist today, that by choice or circumstance don't… Continue

Added by It's just Matt on January 26, 2009 at 1:17pm — 6 Comments

Rules for Being Human

1. YOU WILL RECEIVE A BODY.



You many like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period of this time around.



2. YOU WILL LEARN LESSONS.



You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called LIFE. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.



3. THERE ARE NO MISTAKES ONLY LESSONS.



Growth is a process of trial and error: Experimentation. The… Continue

Added by Splurgen on January 26, 2009 at 8:55am — No Comments

The Inverse Relationship between Conservatism and Truthfulness

*or, Why are fundies so dishonest?*



So, this evening I returned from rehearsal and decided to turn on the tv. I came across a television program by a gentlemen who is the president of a Christian college in Toronto, Ontario, and goes by the name of "Dr." Charles McVety. This uber-fundamentalist played the clip from Expelled where Stein asks Dawkins if there is any way he could see the idea of ID having anything valuable to say. So Dawkins talks a bit about the idea of Panspermia,… Continue

Added by jc morrison on January 26, 2009 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Today my favorite poem just came to mind out of the blue. When I first heard it over a decade ago, it was very helpful to me in realizing I didn't have to sacrifice myself, like I had been raised as a christian. I am also requesting that you share your favorite words or images that have helped you find yourself, especially in regards to becoming godless. The poem and the request are… Continue

Added by Neece on January 25, 2009 at 9:45pm — No Comments

everything in moderation…

There’s a bizarre symmetry when believers and unbelievers debate the existence and influence of the supernatural on our temporal world. Both sides offer an answer, one side using an ancient book and the other deferring to science. But as flawed as a book of uncertain origins and a tumultuous history may be as a guide, using the word of a PhD to confirm that science knows something for sure isn’t always the right way to go either. Atheism and theism are fundamentally different and when… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 25, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Comrade Bhagat Singh was one of India's foremost revolutionary freedom fighters. Why I Am An Atheist By Bhagat Singh [Oct. 1930] A new question has cropped up. Is it due to vanity that I do not …

Comrade Bhagat Singh was one of India's foremost revolutionary freedom fighters.





Why I Am An Atheist



By Bhagat Singh



[Oct. 1930]



A new question has cropped up. Is it due to vanity that I do not believe in the existence of an omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient God? I had never imagined that I would ever have to confront such a question. But conversation with some friends has given me, a hint that certain of my friends, if I am not claiming… Continue

Added by Comrade bose on January 25, 2009 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Chain Letters and Other Rantiness

For some reason my mother is the sort of person that forewords every chain email she gets to me. I've told he more than once that I don't like to receive them. I'd rather know that when I receive an email from her that it's safe to open and read it. Now I know that when one comes my way I should just simply delete it.



The problem is that I'm a nosy bitch and I can't stand to not know a piece of information that comes my way, even one that is complete bullshit and a complete waste of… Continue

Added by Creature on January 25, 2009 at 2:50pm — 1 Comment

The Past

I decided to write this in order to draw attention to the damage that religion can cause to children. At the same time I want to say that my parents love me very much and have never done anything selfishly or to hurt me. Throughout my lifetime they have demonstrated that they would sacrifice endlessly to supply my needs and work towards my happiness. They are simply ignorant people who have always done what they thought was right.



Not two days ago I saw one of the children that used… Continue

Added by Krista on January 25, 2009 at 2:28pm — 4 Comments

Weekly Science Roundup

[Full versions of all my posts, including images and links, can be found on my blog, Artificial Habitat]



Welcome to the first Weekly Science Roundup. These regular posts will consist of quick summaries of interesting papers, articles, and blog posts which I encounter during the preceding week (sometimes they may have been published earlier). The number of items that I mention will vary, and there will be an obvious bias…

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Added by Andrew on January 25, 2009 at 9:18am — No Comments

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