Just taking some time to actually write something until it's time to go bowling with my friends...
I'm starting to wonder if just being an atheist/agnostic is enough to bring all these individuals together. There's not much more I can say/argue/critique/converse/associate within the secular domain. Or have I reached some sort of plateau? I don't know.
But I do know this. I plan to graduate in a year, and I'm that type of person who is easily distracted, so maybe joining a… Continue
Added by Renée on December 31, 2008 at 4:52pm —
First time post here, and with 2009 within hours of this part of the country, figured I'd post my resolutions. I won't get into too much detail on the first couple. Lose weight, eat healthier, and so on - that's a given any more. The other resolutions include working more on my stitching and taking better care of my house. I admit it, neither my hubby or I are housekeepers, so this is a resolution for me.
The major resolution, however, is being true to myself. I've admitted to… Continue
Added by Whalehugger on December 31, 2008 at 3:29pm —
I just read the CNN article "Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural" written by Caroll Cratty (here is the url:http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/31/inauguration.lawsuit/index.html).
From the article: "Newdow and other plaintiffs say they want to watch the inaugural either in person or on television. As atheists, they contend, having to watch a ceremony with religious components will make them feel excluded and… Continue
Added by tom arcaro on December 31, 2008 at 1:43pm —
I've been reading so many blogs recently and much of it is so depressing. Every time that I hear a new story about the fundamentalist state of mind and the effects that it's having both on world and people, it's so sad.
So then, why are we the bad guys? We're the ones who are hate-filled and and unwilling to try and understand. While I have the same distaste for the religion itself, I have a lot of trouble coping with how to address "the flock". I guess it depends on the person. Many… Continue
Added by Jurbank on December 31, 2008 at 1:05pm —
from my blog at rationalism.me
If you watched the Church Camp Video listed on this site (ill attach it for you) then you realize that for a portion of society they want to use the power of their religion to influence the State. They wish to band together and influence the outcome of our lives.
Our founding fathers said it better then anyone else can so here are some quotes to chew on:
"All persons shall have full and free liberty of religious opinion; nor… Continue
Added by Rationalism.me on December 31, 2008 at 12:23pm —
Those … well, there’s no cuddly way to say it. Those bastards at the Westboro Baptist Church are at it again. On Monday, eight men were killed in an avalanche
in Fernie, BC while enjoying a day of snowmobiling. Fred Phelps and his band of deluded psychos wasted no time and issued this press release
(page is a pdf) that… Continue
Added by Kate Holden on December 31, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Michael Newdow--our good atheist fighting the good fight in California--is, once again, standing up for our rights. He is known for working through litigation to remove the words 'under God' from our Pledge of Allegiance. This is what he's up to now...…
Added by IsThatLatin on December 31, 2008 at 11:32am —
When I first jump into the pool I take a moment to stretch out and enjoy the sudden cool embrace of the water. I let go of my mind, my worries, my neuroses, and just for that brief instant I feel completely calm and at peace with my existence.
I don't wonder, that when Virginia Woolf walked into the water, that she was seeking this same kind of release. I do wonder what drove her to seeking its permanence. Life is so precious.
Every once in a while, I'll approach this… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on December 31, 2008 at 9:30am —
first, I don't get it when people who, in most cases, know what they crazy, insane religion is about, yet complain when these moronic religious laws touches their lives.
Take the case of this Catholic school teacher for example, loosing her livelihood for marrying a divorced man.
"She told the San Antonio Express-News that the firing took some of the joy out of the preparations for the marriage."
"I couldn't get out of bed. It's just been this cloud.… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on December 31, 2008 at 9:07am —
Article published on Bio Medicine on 11/11/2008 by Kitta MacPherson of Princeton University.
Evolution's new wrinkle
A team of Princeton University scientists has discovered that chains of proteins found in most living organisms act like adaptive machines, possessing the ability to control their own evolution.
The research, which appears to offer evidence of a hidden mechanism guiding the way biological organisms respond to the forces of natural… Continue
Added by Crystal Shard on December 31, 2008 at 7:00am —
I've only started using a computer and the Internet this year, so it's been a pleasant surprise to discover that I'm not alone. Not that I live in an overwhelmingly religious society (Denmark) but I meet almost nobody who is a real skeptic/atheist. The vast majority spout things about "there are more things in heaven and earth", usually thinking they are quoting the Bible - it's Shakespeare - and without knowing the other half: "than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio." Don't be narrow… Continue
Added by Ian Mason on December 31, 2008 at 1:33am —
I'm sure most of you are internet savvy enough to know about places like Digg and Reddit. Well, I was unaware until recently that there is a place called "The Atheist Spot" which is a community news generated community for stories of particular interest to atheists.
Not sure how many of you were already aware of this, and if this is OFN, but I just thought I'd try to popularize it a little more. So far… Continue
Added by Larian LeQuella on December 30, 2008 at 10:30pm —
This was taken from a news article on President Bush and where he "lost" the American people. You can read the whole article here:
Back when I was a Republican, I watched the so called "Religious Right" come into the party. They came in like a virus. They did and still do the same approach. "We'll stick a toe in and… Continue
Added by Rick on December 30, 2008 at 8:30pm —
After nearly 38 years of life... being born into a christian family, graduating nearly at the top of my class at a christian university (why christian? -because it was close), and being surrounded by "believers" at home, school, and work... the idea of the existance of a god to me has always seemed laughable. --Except for the fact that I was never allowed to laugh. And the idea of "creationism" would be totally hilarious if not for the fact that so many people actually buy it. I'd be glad to… Continue
Added by Jude Johnson on December 30, 2008 at 5:38pm —
Rebecca Watson and the Skepchicks (which would make a great band name) have selected the Top 10 Skeptics Who Kicked Ass in 2008
: people who have led the fight for reason and against pseudoscience. The list includes a lot of big names within the skepticism community, notably Ben Goldacre, PZ Myers and Phil Plait.
I, being hopelessly lame, had not heard of all the winners, but thanks to Rebecca now I know, and knowing is half the battle.… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 30, 2008 at 3:03pm —
1. The more skilled a craftsman is, the less defects his product contains. 
2. The perfect craftsman is an omnipotent creator (a.k.a. "God").
3. God should therefore be capable of producing a creation without any sloppy defects.  This includes humans, of course.
4. At the organ level, the inflamed human appendix is an obvious defect of design.
5. Ergo, humans are far from being physically flawless. In behavioural aspects, Christianity largely agrees. 
6. One is… Continue
Added by A.Ou on December 30, 2008 at 2:12pm —
The Washington Post reports a new study
showing that teenagers who are brainwashed or cudgeled into taking anti-sex pledges end up having sex just as much as propaganda-free teenagers. Sexless-pledged kids excel in other areas, though, such as acquisition of sexually-transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. Once again we see clear and unambiguous evidence that the only things… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 30, 2008 at 12:00pm —
I wrote a post over at Heaving Dead Cats
. I did something wicked and I wanted to share it with everyone because it made me Blasphemously Happy. Here's a link to what I did. You decide how wicked it is:…
Added by Neece on December 30, 2008 at 11:30am —
You always hear a story about someone turning their life to God or "finding Jesus" after a terrible shortcoming or battle with addiction. It usually gets me thinking about Former Governor/Wrester Jesse Ventura's quote "Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers." The reason why? When I think of my pre-atheist self, I think of a very weak-minded person who thrived for excuses. Do these people need a congregation to make themselves feel special… Continue
Added by Jennifer W on December 30, 2008 at 3:26am —
So I've been spending a lot of time working on my website
this past week since I have a lot of free time. Working at a university has one huge bonus: I get paid days off whenever the students are off. I'm a little half way over my 16 days off.
Slowly the site is gaining in popularity and I have been noticing a degradation in its performance. Aside from the prepackaged popup library I'm using when you cursor over the article links, everything… Continue
Added by Douglas Christensen on December 30, 2008 at 12:09am —