I was listening to a guy talk about how we, as atheists, shouldn't celebrate Christmas. His big issue was that we are still revering the symbols of Christianity when we put up trees and Santas, exchange gifts, etc. He did acknowledge the pre-Christian roots to these rituals, but, as they have been assimilated into Christianity, we are unwittingly worshipping Christ. At least, that is what I remember was his main thrust.
I would have to disagree… Continue
Added by Aaron Grow on December 18, 2008 at 3:01pm —
An exploratory geothermal drilling operation in Hawaii
has pierced a large, shallow and unexpected active magma chamber. Wait, this is more interesting news than it may seem at first blush.
The top of the chamber is around 2.5 km below the surface of Kilauea lava fields on the big island of Hawaii. That is very shallow... only a little over a mile - about 12 Manhattan city blocks - which isn't much in terms of crust… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 18, 2008 at 2:30pm —
Since it's one week until Christmas I thought I'd send out my season's greetings to you all:
Added by Kate Holden on December 18, 2008 at 12:37pm —
And cold, too. But there are only a few centimeters of snow here, so it's not all that shocking. Still, going from the sunny tropics to Pleistocene Michigan in a day is still a fairly dramatic transition. All my flights went off more or less on schedule, which by itself almost qualifies as evidence of supernatural powers at work.
My wife and I had a great time in the Caribbean. We visited the island of Saint Barthelemy (St. Barth), which despite its reputation is not only a haven for… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 18, 2008 at 10:49am —
Yesterday I emailed to Brother Richard about 700 words concerning the results from the survey, so you all can expect that soon. On the 1st I'll harvest the final data and begin crunching numbers using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). I'll limit my analysis of the quantitative data to frequencies and some cross tabulations, with some more sophisticated manipulation is the data merits. The meatier part of the data is the qualitative bit where I asked people to describe a… Continue
Added by tom arcaro on December 18, 2008 at 8:32am —
Jesus Christ had seen many problems with Old religion Judaism as a young man of whom seemingly was a free thinker. Of who not only questioned his own religion but those of other surrounding cultures?
Israel was not cut off from the world traders from Asia and from the Roman empire would relate their own cultural beliefs when on their travels to and throw in the middle east. Greek philosophy and the philosophy’s of Asia would of course be a conversational norm in… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on December 17, 2008 at 8:36pm —
Hello! Though you may HEAR that I am atheist, it is not true. It is obvious that I DO have a religion! And that, my good friends(?) is pastafarianism! Yes. I am part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti monster. And it is fun! you should join. All the cool kids do it. Are YOU one of he cool kids? Didn't think so! >:(
Added by Maia The Bee on December 17, 2008 at 8:30pm —
Added by Krista on December 17, 2008 at 6:29pm —
I'm off this coming weekend to go with my girlfriend and visit her family in LA (the state, not the city). Fortunately there isn't going to be anything "Religious" in the visit. Now, her family is Catholic but they seem to be rather open minded. Like the Les cousin and her significant other, a few children born out of wedlock. But she has a tendency when telling her family about me that I'm an atheist.
I'm not going to deny it. No one has ever gotten nasty or ugly with me. I've never known… Continue
Added by Rick on December 17, 2008 at 3:00pm —
I was trying to parse out the saying of Jesus from the Bible. I came across this link
A large part of the article is a comparison between Jefferson’s and Hamilton’s vision of a future USA. That is a conversation which is interesting in it,’s self. As an aside, I mostly side w/Hamilton
The last paragraph has an interesting suggestion. [sic] …it is time we inverted Pascal's famous wager to… Continue
Added by Fr33think3r on December 17, 2008 at 1:30pm —
Here's a link to the original story:
This kind of action brings other freethinkers and atheists out of the woodwork.
In the end I added a comment thanking the Freedom From Religion Foundation for their efforts at representing rational thinking people.
Springfield, Illinois may… Continue
Added by Atheist Insurgency on December 17, 2008 at 9:08am —
I started out watching The Root of All Evil on youtube tonight. When I got to the part where Dawkins is witnessing a church's plans to put together a Hell House, I had to stop watching, to think. Things just hit too close to home for me. I found a documentary following the creation and execution of a hell house, and rented it to watch. It brought back some memories, things I had tried to forget. I found myself breathing with great difficulty throughout the film. (If you aren't sure what a hell… Continue
Added by Andrea on December 16, 2008 at 10:00pm —
As out spoken Atheist we are always bitching about the stupid things we see in the Christian Bible (well I do, lol).
A few weeks ago I was thinking well look this guy Christ I can believe he walked on earth 2000 years ago. But magic no, I have seen how such tricks are done it’s all slight of hand, lol But of course I throw coins sometimes in to a wishing well and have a vague idea that I have a 1000000 to 1 chance of my wish to come true. Other than being the King of England of… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on December 16, 2008 at 8:30pm —
This was a facebook note I published on November 12, 2008 under the title "The boy who saved my life", it's a more detailed story about how what kind of theist I used to be:
I'm sitting here in my room. It's 6:31 in the morning. I should be asleep. Instead I'm playing Samson on my guitar, arpeggiating every chord in a haphazard but emotional way. I'm not a very good player. I've only been playing for less than a year, but it's not the point. It's the most beautiful… Continue
Added by razzmatazz on December 16, 2008 at 7:00pm —
I signed up for this website after hearing about it on the non-prophets radio show, I mostly forgot about this website, but I keep getting friends requests in my e-mail... What troubles me is that all the friends requests have been from boys. I can think of two possibilities as to why this is so:
1) There are substantially more boys than girls on this website
2) My profile is slutty.
I suppose I'm not too worried. I think I'll whine about what's on my mind right now… Continue
Added by razzmatazz on December 16, 2008 at 6:58pm —
Hey all, of course RL gets busy fast, so posts are slow. But on my page I just wanted to say that I have started some discussions on the group for a great podcast the Chariots of Iron
about the creation of non-religious tracts, or "non-tracts." I really liked the idea because I have recieved little pamphlets from religious people and I have often wanted to have something to give in return. I am not interested in giving things out… Continue
Added by John "Direwolf" Pollock on December 16, 2008 at 2:13pm —
This one is for the British.
You have the chance to add your name to a petition at the Prime Minister's web site of 10 Downing Street.
If you go to the web address
you can add your name to the petition requesting that 12th February, which is Charles Darwin's birthday, be made into a Bank Holiday.
For some time the government has been seeking an additional bank holiday to give to the… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 16, 2008 at 2:12pm —
More reason to eliminate religion.
A pastor jailed for paying people to vote in a Benton Harbor recall election, warned that a judge could be tortured by God.
According to msnbc on-line news "After being convicted and sentenced to probation in 2007 for paying people to vote in a Benton Harbor recall election, Edward Pinkney wrote an article in a small Chicago newspaper saying the judge who handled the case could be punished by God with curses, fever and "extreme… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on December 16, 2008 at 11:14am —
By Dale McGowan
Excerpted from Parenting Beyond Belief
One of the questions that came up in the Austin Q&A was the Santa thing -- and it's so clearly in the air, from Friendly Atheist to Rational Moms, that I can't even wait 'til Wednesday… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on December 16, 2008 at 11:00am —
I guess the "Virgin" Mary have nothing better to do so she shows up in a women's brain Scan. That says a lot about this "heaven."
"Pamela Latrimore has been sick for years with cancer, arthritis and a series of serious ailments she blames on a childhood in Jacksonville, Ark., a place that has been investigated by the U.S. government for possible dioxin exposure. Dioxin is a toxic chemical linked to a variety illnesses including… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on December 16, 2008 at 11:00am —