Blair Scott, President of the American Atheists, has posted an open letter
to the nation that describes a new and welcome legal philosophy for the organization. Blair's letter should be required reading by every atheist or skeptical activist in the US.
I am tired of the rationalist perspective losing in the US. Religion here is like a horde of berzerking orcs laying constant siege… Continue
Added by Planetologist on January 1, 2009 at 7:26pm —
My parents were not very religious, but they were good people and brought me up to respect others and treat them as I myself wanted to be treated. I loved science and as I grew up, religion never made sense to me in the real world. But then I was never really sure, so I guess that made me an agnostic.
In my twenties I became a Christian. This significant change in belief is an interesting story in itself, but for the sake of brevity I shall save that for another time. Let's just… Continue
Added by Lakafaith on January 1, 2009 at 6:28pm —
Happy New Year! As you may know, the Sc-Fi channel runs a Twilight Zone marathon on New Years's Eve and New Year's Day. It's fun to see all the old filmmaking techniques, the occasional bad acting, the weirdness of the stories and how freaky that narrator is (Futurama does a perfect parody called "The Scary Door".) But it's also fun to see American culture and weird beliefs in this era.
One episode called "The Obsolete Man" had this weird "git them godliss commies!" feel to it. A… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on January 1, 2009 at 4:33pm —
Added by Rick on January 1, 2009 at 4:30pm —
I once heard an old joke that went like this:
A Dog says, “My owner feeds me, plays with me, gives me a warm place to sleep, and does everything in his power to make my life pleasant. My master must truly be God.”
A Cat, on the other hand, says, “My owner feeds me, plays with… Continue
Added by NH Baritone on January 1, 2009 at 10:00am —
Am I crazy, or has anyone noticed that when Christer-loving cable news organizations like Fox Noise discuss atheists, someone almost always claims atheism is a "gay thing"? I have heard this a half dozen times, and, hey, I am not one to tune in Fox very often. Usually, it will be an obvious idiot like Sean Hannity, but others have said it, too. It's almost as if they were saying, "If you're an atheist, you're just a fag, so nobody should pay any attention to what you say." I met Madalyn Murray… Continue
Added by James M. Martin on January 1, 2009 at 9:33am —
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Just wanted to thank the atheist/agnostic/skeptic communities for welcoming me with open arms this year. This was the year that I truly admitted to myself that I was indeed an atheist and that it wasn't a bad thing at all.
This lead to me putting Global Atheist up on November 2nd. Although it has only been online for 1/6th of a year, I wanted to share with you the top 20 stories of (the final sixth of)
I had to laugh at what ended… Continue
Added by Douglas Christensen on January 1, 2009 at 2:48am —
I heard about this on the radio, so I had to find it...
China's Charter 08
Translated from the Chinese by Perry Link
The document below, signed by more than two thousand Chinese citizens, was conceived and written in conscious admiration of the founding of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia, where, in January 1977, more than two hundred Czech and Slovak intellectuals formed a
loose, informal, and open… Continue
Added by j on January 1, 2009 at 12:00am —
...do freedom exist?
It is possible that something such as "freedom", that is, the state in which a person can do anything she/he wants whenever she/he wants to do it without having to make any excuse, nor feel guilty about it nor regret. Thus, being "free" is a superior state that is like the Nirvana. That is: freedom is a mental state which go beyond all worldly things (society) and returns people to a more primitivecondition.
The question here is: can a person or a… Continue
Added by Anarel on December 31, 2008 at 8:33pm —
And here's wishing all the best for 2009 to everyone one the Nexus
Added by Paul on December 31, 2008 at 6:20pm —
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 —