There’s an interesting article here that argues that there is, in fact, no religious right. The arguments are convincing; it does sound at first glance that there has been an over simplification on whether or not a discernable movement is actually present. It would seem illogical to assume that there are secret clandestine meetings involving hundreds of pastors and clergymen, all agreeing on the best course of action… Continue
Added by The Good Atheist on January 7, 2009 at 2:22pm —
Some light humor from Wikipedia
On September 14, 2007, Sen. (Ernie) Chambers filed a lawsuit against God, seeking a permanent injunction ordering God to "cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats...of grave harm to innumerable persons, including constituents of Plaintiff who Plaintiff has the duty to represent".
Sen. Chambers said his action was in response to another lawsuit filed in the… Continue
Added by Brent on January 7, 2009 at 2:06pm —
I am compiling a list of atheist authors from West Virginia. Surprisingly, for a state with such a paucity of people, at least two seminal atheist treatises come from Mountaineer thinkers:
Atheist Universe - David Mills
Added by Brent on January 7, 2009 at 10:32am —
I don't think one's religious affiliation should have any affect on one's occupation--especially, say, in Congress. I don't think it's anything the public needs to know about, particularly because, I repeat, it just shouldn't have any impact on that person's ability to serve. Of course, we are a sad bunch, we American People. Despite hundreds of examples, big and small, of 'religious' folks doing terrible things, we still elect them. Why? Because we still believe that 'religious' equals… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 7, 2009 at 9:08am —
Christians consider the existence of their God to be an obvious truth. This assumption is false, not only because evidence for the existence of this presumably ubiquitous yet invisible God is lacking, but because the very nature Christians attribute to this God is self-contradictory.
Proving a universal negative
Many Christians, as well as atheists, claim that it is impossible to prove a universal negative. For example, while we may… Continue
Added by John on January 7, 2009 at 8:30am —
I've lived the last year in San Francisco CA and am about to move back to SC. I encountered the same argument for the bible here that i have in every country I've been in. "Because the bible says so". That's not an argument considering the bible is NOT a historic record. For the majority the gospels written about Jesus were written 100-200 years after he died. That is not a historic record. It is as much of a record as Of Mice and Men
. Studying actual historc documents there is no… Continue
Added by Adam Johnson on January 7, 2009 at 4:30am —
I've noticed that I've had a much more positive attitude lately. The last two months I've felt like everything in my life is coming together. It probably has everything to do with drinking less and exercising more. Regardless, I've managed to become much more productive.
I was originally very disappointed when I realized that I'd have to take this quarter off for financial reasons. The financial end of school this time around has been one huge headache, but that's okay it'll work out… Continue
Added by Creature on January 7, 2009 at 3:06am —
Regular readers may remember the post Sean’s Christmas Message. I remarked in the comments that it had garnered no response. Well it appears they may have just been a little slow(in every sense of the word). Here is the first response:
It is interesting to note how the… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on January 6, 2009 at 8:45pm —
When we seek the true story of Christmas, just in front of rituals and pagan gods. We know that Jesus Christ was at a party that had nothing do with Him The real hidden transcendent symbolism of Christmas mysteries. This festival has its origin fixed in paganism. A day devoted to the celebration of the "Sun Invicto." The sun has its representation in the Greco-Roman god Apollo, and their equivalents from other pagan peoples are diverse: Ra, the… Continue
Added by Mauro on January 6, 2009 at 7:03pm —
Text interesting about Morality and Religion, for sure will bring great clarity to many here in this community.
Moral, ethical and RELIGION
Professor: Dr. Marcos de Almeida
There may be a morality without religion? You must have a
god or gods, so that it becomes indispensable to morality? The fact
that some people are not religious, the ability to be, automatically, moral?
And if the answer to these questions require the belief in one god, what… Continue
Added by Mauro on January 6, 2009 at 6:21pm —
She's hot, British, an atheist activist, she came up with a very cool idea
, and she got to meet Richard Dawkins? When will she be on the Skepchick calendar?
Added by Planetologist on January 6, 2009 at 4:31pm —
Outgoing lunatic, ravager of civilization, source of all sorrows and US President George W. Bush announced
today he is establishing by executive order the Mariana Trench, Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments. Mysteriously, this action is within the law, completely constitutional, and does not appear to involve anyone being slain or horribly mutilated while Dick Cheney… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 6, 2009 at 3:59pm —
Ariane Sherine explains where the idea for the Atheist Bus Campaign came from and Polly Toynbee talks to Richard Dawkins about the word 'probably'
Link to this video:
Today, thanks to many Cif readers, the overall total raised for the Atheist Bus Campaign stands at a truly overwhelming £135,000, breaking our original target… Continue
Added by stagendogs on January 6, 2009 at 1:30pm —
I just joined after finding the Nexus on the Atheist Blogroll. If anyone is interested in some regularly updated commentary on atheism, secularism, politics and world events, I write a blog called LibraryGrape at http://www.LibraryGrape.com
. I hope you'll consider checking it out.
Added by Library Grape on January 6, 2009 at 1:20pm —
I am finally getting around to telling of how my atheism came to be. I guess it really did begin as a child. I must admit though that I have grown up in church surroundings and have not been an atheist all my life (or maybe I subconciously have been). I was christened as an infant in to the Catholic church, attended pre-school at a church, and have attended many churches growing up. I think I was more in love with the buildings and the architecture than god, or the idea of god. I think I just… Continue
Added by Leslee Love on January 6, 2009 at 12:39pm —
In the movie Serenity, the preacher Shepherd Book asks the doubter Captain Reynolds:
"Why when I talk about faith, do you always assume I'm talking about God? "
I met a pair of singers recently who pulled a bait-and-switch on me, with the result that for the first time in my life, I have some sense of the positive value of faith. They started their set with songs from their youth on the usual song topics, romance and heartbreak. By the end of the set, their songs were… Continue
Added by Shoe on January 6, 2009 at 12:11pm —
The purpose of this email is to make certain accusations against the Chinese government and my cry for help. Thank you for your time and your help will be highly appreciated.
Are you aware that the news you are watching is interlaced with Communist China's propaganda,as Communist China maps a realm of news with innocent lives?
Communist China is scheming a millennial terrorist activity by manipulating… Continue
Added by Chen,Shun-Chuan on January 6, 2009 at 3:43am —
I lost my way in '87
And turned my heart and thoughts to heaven
A foolish boy
What could you do?
I thought I was open but I was closed
I thought I had answers to show the world
I thought that the good light would guide me home
For thirteen years I hid away
And waited out the final days
But now there's time to live my life
As it decays
As it decays
I thought I was open but I was closed
I thought I… Continue
Added by George S. on January 6, 2009 at 12:02am —
Props to the Bad Astronomer for posting this amazing YouTube video
. The steampunk style animation is gorgeous, depicting machines that evolve over the ages from clanking fishbots to torrid cyberpunk perfection.
It’s doubtful such a blatant commercial as this German one could be aired in the US. Not blatant because of the sexy fembot… blatant in its… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 5, 2009 at 4:55pm —
Compared to some of the blogs and comments on AN and in other places across the internet, I'm a relatively newbie of a free thinker. I'm 53 years old and have only been free of religion for almost 3 years. I won't go into detail of my journey here as it's nothing monumental or fantastic. Let's just say that my hubby got me to thinking along those lines (we're both atheists now) and George Bush sealed the deal. Huh. Never thought I'd thank Georgie for anything...
I tried going back to… Continue
Added by Whalehugger on January 5, 2009 at 2:47pm —