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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


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


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.


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…


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

A women from the mid east whose had enough.....

You mostly likely have seen this on the web. It was sent to me by a friend of the family. She really gives them hell. A much deserved hell to in my view.

I have to agree with her on those in the Middle East using the west's science and technology. If you look at that part of the world, they've not had a major scientific or technological break though in over 1,400 years. Prior to Islam they did. Afterwards, little if… Continue

Added by Rick on January 25, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

The Relationship with Jesus Christ as a Template for Christian Religious Experience

Came across a short paper I wrote about 5 years ago at the request of a colleague.

This is the abstract that was prepared for it:

This paper examines the notion of having “a relationship with Jesus Christ” [ARJC], which has come to be a mantra for the modern Evangelical movement through the 19th century revivalist school of New England. The writer argues that rather than being a term with objective, measurable content, the ARJC serves instead as a template through which…

Added by jc morrison on January 24, 2009 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side' - Times Online

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Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side' - Times Online

Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side' - Times Online: "RELIGIOUS belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.

According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society… Continue

Added by Rick on January 24, 2009 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

I Am Ghost tour calendar

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Added by Mike Grattan on January 24, 2009 at 5:16pm — No Comments

The Correlation Between Religion and Disrespectfulness

So I was having a tactful debate on a website with creationists and it was very orderly but just like any debate with creationist was like talking to a wall. I quoted Carl Sagan and this douchebag (I don't have a better word for him) retorted "If you could talk to Carl now he would tell you what the Christians tell you,repent and turn to Jesus because there is a Hell!" verbatim. I could only reply "oh really? well that is one of the most disrespectful things I have heard in a long time." Carl… Continue

Added by Adam Johnson on January 24, 2009 at 4:26pm — 4 Comments

Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) - Congress needs to pass it, Obama needs to sign it

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 — 3 Comments

intelligent designer wanted, apply within

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?

(… Continue

Added by Greg F. on January 24, 2009 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

Obama won. Get used to it.

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 — 2 Comments

What a wonderful book!

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.

Wikipedia 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…

Added by Roger Rotge on January 24, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

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