Published - Monday, December 22, 2008
Respect the rights of atheists, too
By PHILLIP BERRY | La Crosse
This is a response to Sally Oswalt’s letter to the editor titled “They can’t prove there is no God.” I can agree we atheists may not be able to prove there is no god; however, we are not the ones making the claim.
If I started telling everyone that I believed that there is a one-ton diamond buried in my backyard, and that my family and I enjoy digging for… Continue
Added by MJ on January 11, 2009 at 2:17pm —
I know, shocking title, eh? Shocking! What slander! This will make sense in just a moment.
Vjack at Atheist Revolution has an interesting post up today highlighting the work of your friend and mine, Rick Warren, in Africa. You know Africa. Lovely landscapes, nauseating HIV/AIDS rates. Apparently, the oh-so good work he's done there--the stuff he touts, the wonderful work battling HIV/AIDS--includes his man on the ground there, Martin Ssempa, doing great things. Things like burning… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 11, 2009 at 9:35am —
Okay, have you ever had a person that was so arrogant and up his own ass that he can't even admit that he is the one at fault?
I've been friends with this guy for almost five years now and in the past year or so he has turned into the kind of guy to ditch me for other people, even when we have plans to do things, or I needed his help with something. I have caught him in his lies so many times It is ridiculous.
I recently got fed up with him and I started ignoring him. He… Continue
Added by Brandon on January 11, 2009 at 2:06am —
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able, and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither willing, nor able? Then why call him God"
Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods… Continue
Added by John on January 10, 2009 at 11:30pm —
Invasive persuasion. Or something similar.
Mindless ramblings of an unsafe mind. (Which is questionable.)
This coming from a vast mind left empty. I'm such a drone, trying to avoid some kind of mediocre disposer. Is anyone even in tune? Does it matter? This whole concept is getting old. Being out numbered by incompetent people. I am left again feeling as though the sole purpose of my mind is to confuse me on the difficulty of simple matters. This analytical thought process is… Continue
Added by bludecembers on January 10, 2009 at 11:05pm —
Other than solipsists and those of us in a persistent vegetative state, most of us have noticed that there is a reality, called nature, independent of our human experiences. We've also noticed that there are certain regularities in nature, meaning that there are certain propositions about nature that are always true, in all times and places, regardless of our beliefs or knowledge.
For example, even if no one bothered to notice, the speed of light in a vacuum would still be… Continue
Added by Knowledge Is Power on January 10, 2009 at 7:00pm —
So, Obama has responded to Newdow's lawsuit:
(CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama has requested that the words “so help me God” be added to the end of the oath of office to be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts on Inauguration Day.
That confirmation came in an affidavit filed today by Roberts' court counselor in a pending lawsuit by an atheist opposed to any mention of God in the inaugural ceremonies. Roberts said he would abide by Obama’s… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on January 10, 2009 at 6:44pm —
I really enjoyed this short animated movie and wanted to… Continue
Added by Douglas Christensen on January 10, 2009 at 6:33pm —
I live during the winters with a friend and his grandparents, the grandmother is as sweet as can be, but the grandfather is a full blown Christian. He completely blows my mind with the way he acts. Constantly I find myself getting into out of hand arguments with him defending the facts of evolution, geological evidence of the earths true age, the true origins of the bible and his faith. The worst part is that he can't even except that I am an atheist, he believes that I truly am forcing myself… Continue
Added by Brandon on January 10, 2009 at 4:04pm —
The 14th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Creation is evident”
In May of 2007, former child actor, Kirk Cameron and fellow advocate of idiocy, Ray Comfort, promised to scientifically prove the existence of God on national television,
“100% absolutely –without the use of faith”.
Of course that didn’t happen. Religious beliefs –as everyone knows- are assumed on faith in lieu of proof and regardless of evidence. Cameron and… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:21pm —
Here is te website for the meet on January 18th.
hey, come out to the atheist meet in berkeley on the 18th.
Added by Adam Johnson on January 9, 2009 at 11:19pm —
The 13th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Evolution is a fraud!”
By: Aron Ra
Ernst Haeckel was a pioneer zoologist and taxonomist whose numerous contributions to biology go largely unnoticed compared to a couple rather odd errors. First, he proposed that “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny", suggesting that embryonic development reflects the organism’s evolutionary ancestry. To illustrate this, he produced about a hundred drawings of embryos at various stages.… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:19pm —
The 12th falsehood of Creationism: “Creation science”
By: Aron Ra
Paleontology in its early days was a difficult discipline. We had to devise a way to test and confirm the claims that were made because 19th Century pioneers were often confused by their own preconceptions, and often made simple mistakes that went undiscovered for decades. Unwary professors were sometimes made the victims of pranks, and not every respected scientist was entirely… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:16pm —
The 11th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Macroevolution has never been observed.”
By: Aron Ra
You share more traits in common with your siblings than you do with your cousins due to the recent ancestors you share with them, your parents. Deeper down, you share more in common with those in your extended family than you do with neighbors and classmates, etc., people you don’t recognize as part of your biological family. But you must realize that on some level… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:13pm —
The 10th falsehood of creationism; “The evolutionary ‘tree of life’ is nowhere implied neither in the fossil record, nor in any aspect of biology.”
By: Aron Ra
Creationists often complain that science supposedly says there was only one universal ancestor of all livings and that along the way, we evolved both into, and then from, bacteria. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. 21st century revelations in genomic research now imply that the origins of evolution come… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:08pm —
The 9th falsehood of Creationism:“No transitional species have ever been found.”
By: Aron Ra
When Charles Darwin published his landmark observations in 1859, he lamented that the fossil record was still quite poor at that time. It was only in the last century or so earlier that anyone had even proposed the possibility that a single species could completely die out, and the first dinosaur wasn’t discovered until Darwin was a boy. Fossils were known by previous… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:03pm —
The 8th foundational falsehood of creationism: “Mutations are rare, harmful decreases in genetic information.”
By: Aron Ra
"Mutations are genetic disorders that occur in the DNA in a random and unconscious manner.
Like all accidents, they cause harm and destruction.
...The changes affected by mutations can only be like those experienced by people in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl; that is death, disabled, and the freaks of… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 11:01pm —
The 7th foundational falsehood of Creationism: “Evolution is random.”
“Do you believe in fate, Neo?”
“Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.”
Some say it is a contradiction to believe both in prophesy and simultaneously in free will –for they can’t really co-exist. Because if anything a time traveler does in the past might dramatically alter the present, then anything done in the… Continue
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 10:49pm —
The 6th falsehood of Creationism: “Evolution-ism” (Part II) “Evolution must explain the origin of life, the universe, and everything.”
By: Aron Ra
It is fair to say that none of the people who deny evolution exhibit any understanding of what it is. But it's not always their fault because many of the people promoting evolution don’t know what it is either. Hollywood producers certainly don’t!
“Are they the next link in the evolutionary chain?
Added by John on January 9, 2009 at 10:45pm —
I would like your help,assistance,advice,and guidance. For a few months now, I've been brainstorming ideas for a short story/novel/column,that I want to obviously write.
Initially it was going to be about suicide:at the time this was my strongest emotion.
Since then I've been happier than I can recall and love every second of my life and those lives in it.
I was going to abandon the few things I had written and all ideas regarding it.
I've read blogs lately and noticed… Continue
Added by It's just Matt on January 9, 2009 at 9:56pm —