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Homeland Security. Thanks God!

State Rep. Wants Providence Acknowledged "by law"

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A lawmaker says the state's Homeland Security office should be crediting God with keeping the state safe.

State Rep. Tom Riner, a Southern Baptist minister who was instrumental in establishing that requirement in 2006, disapproves of the fact that Homeland Security doesn't currently mention God in its mission statement or on its Web site.

The law passed under former Gov. Ernie Fletcher,…

Added by Roxanne on November 29, 2008 at 5:26pm — 1 Comment

Wringing Out The Dread

An acquaintance of mine recently brought her 12-year old daughter to see me and talk about the passing of the little girl's grandfather. The mother was unsure of what to say about death and the afterlife and wanted me to give her my perspective, which I thought odd due to my atheism. Nevertheless, I told her how I view death and my thoughts on what comes next. Hopefully, it gave her some comfort. Pre-teens are hard to read sometimes and don't always respond to people they don't know… Continue

Added by Rev. Mathew G. Thompson on November 29, 2008 at 12:36pm — 4 Comments

Ill Gotten goods.

Well, a new low point in the "consumer economy" was experienced yesterday at the Valley Stream, Long Island N.Y. Green Acres Walmart. Some patrons who had waited through the night for sales at the store on Black Friday (named for it's ability to boost retail earnings into the black) trampled 34 year old store employee Jdimytai Damour (who later died) during the rush to save a few dollars on jeans, vacuum cleaners and flat screen TVs.

When the store opened consumers "tore the doors… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 29, 2008 at 9:32am — 4 Comments

Fundie Violence in India.

I won't rehash the papers (I don't own a TV).

News isn't entertainment. I don't care what the moderator looks like. The facts are that global "free

trade" has a few problems unrelated to accounting.

The enemy of your enemy may indeed be your friend.

Commandos with automatic rifles against civilians in hotels and restaurants has holy war written all

over it!

Call it a dystopia if you like.

Never forget: MORE GUNS MEANS… Continue

Added by Clarence Dember on November 29, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The Atheist Bus

After about 10 hours the campaign reached its goal and by the second day it had run seven fold the original expected contributions reaching…

Added by Paul Allen on November 28, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Oh! To destroy the positive thinking of a child.

My daughter is four years old. She's learning to speak; she's learning to interact with the world. At times, she becomes frustrated with the way the real world conspires against her and will throw up her hands and declare, "I can't do it!" This is the usual exclamation when the belt she's toting around the house gets stuck under a chair, or a package of crackers is just too difficult to open. Her mother has instituted a program of positive thinking when ever adversity befalls our little girl.… Continue

Added by Roger Rotge on November 28, 2008 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Drifting in and out...

I tend to be a 'drifter' when it comes to social networking sites. For a while it'll be Facebook, or Blockles, or I'll be on, then I come back here.

I've realized that I don't realize that I miss atheist solidarity and companionship until I come back and experience it again.

I've recently had the pleasure of conversing with a fellow atheist "irl" and just the fact that I can call someone my "atheist buddy" in a sea of the religious makes me smile. The… Continue

Added by Sondra on November 28, 2008 at 3:52pm — No Comments

2193 responses to the survey as of 4:23PM 11.28.08


I had thought of shutting the survey down a while ago but I am glad I didn't. The main reason I am doing this research is to -in some small way- confront the stigmatization of atheism. By discussing the results in both popular press and "academic" print media and, of course, online, I hope to describe who atheists are and some of the social crap we have to deal with on a day to day basis.

By keeping the survey live longer I am making it possible for an important latent… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on November 28, 2008 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

Christmas, Yule, the Solstice, Festivus, Whatever

I'm an atheist who celebrates the winter holidays. My favorite day is Christmas Eve. In the evening, lights and ceremony beckoning to the sun, enticing it to come to us with the warm red of romance and the green promise of an earthy birth in spring. Christmas day is it's return on a bright dawn of promise that settles into comfort and family.

Prior to the "War On Christmas" I was never offended by the phrase, "Merry Christmas!"

It was always a greeting is given with… Continue

Added by AtheistJoy on November 28, 2008 at 1:51pm — No Comments

On obsession

Why do we do it?

I've become overly obsessive about my schoolwork, mostly to avoid having to deal with a whole host of other problems that have come up recently. It's nothing new, just stuff that I'm really really tired of having to not deal with or address.

I'm bugging the hell out of my friends and even people that I don't know all that well, because I'm feeling so unhappy that it's bleeding out of me everywhere. I try to stop, but when I do, it pops out with someone or… Continue

Added by Your girl Friday on November 28, 2008 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

Quiz Time!

A fellow came to me in the street the other day. He said, "Hey Man," "do you mind if I ask you a question?" "Shoot," I said.

{Q} "What is the difference in Santa Clause and Jesus Christ?"

{A} "Santa Clause is real!"

{Q} There are two Santa's on a roof. How can you tell which one is a Baptist?

{A} "The Baptist will be the one with the Easter Basket!"

{Q} "If a Catholic and a Methodist both jumped from the 27th floor window of a Hotel, at exactly the… Continue

Added by Doug Harrington on November 27, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments


(Part 1)

Like millions of Americans, I spent Thanksgiving with relatives. We sacrificed a turkey and took Holy Communion of its’ body and its’ blood with stuffing, mashed potatoes, football on TV....the works. And like many of you, I was the lone liberal atheist among a family of right-wing evangelical Jezuz worshipers. Now, these are actually good people in many ways. Decent, hard working, family-oriented, even funny sometimes. But, sadly, they have a mental disorder, Christian… Continue

Added by Father Nature on November 27, 2008 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

I'm back and dancing on the Yule

I've been inactive for a bit. Atheism sort of took a back seat for a bit. I did some political stuff, tried to keep up with life, etc. Things have quieted down now.

I decorated for the holidays. I love Christmas. For me it has nothing to do with religion, naturally. It's more of a beginning as the days start getting longer again. It's the light returning and the chance to get things right. It's happiness and light, feasting and drinking. My house is always decorated with plenty of… Continue

Added by AtheistJoy on November 27, 2008 at 8:23pm — No Comments


Added by Dichter on November 27, 2008 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Culture Shock

I've just entered the Twilight Zone and I think I like it.

Big front porch, old and heavy woods, gas heater, built in storage closets, screen door and a Baptist Church across the street. A post office, sheriff station, privately owned market, barber and city hall all on one block; the only block. This is my new home.

I was raised in a small town and hated it. I was secluded from any friends that I might have had and knew little more about the world outside of the Wal-Mart.… Continue

Added by Daley on November 27, 2008 at 4:54pm — 1 Comment

Are Republicans Haunted by these Numbers?

Pundits & politicians make predictions by watching voter trends. Despite a bit of pre-election uncertainty about the Presidential race, they accurately foretold the Republican losses in the House & Senate, primarily because they could tell that the electoral wind was to the backs of the Democrats. "Them Dems" may not have captured every seat up for grabs, but Congress took on a… Continue

Added by NH Baritone on November 27, 2008 at 4:22pm — No Comments

oh stupid people.

So I feel like venting, well not venting just rambling on about a few things. Thought about something that has not crossed my mind in awhile. Young atheists and more so with other peoples view on us. I kind of get annoyed when people look at me and think my disbelief in god is an angsty teenage phase but off course I am a little older than most of the kids that get this criticism of this sort which is also why it has been a while. I do not mean to come off like " adults don't understand" but it… Continue

Added by TheFlyingWelshman on November 27, 2008 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

New blog

I've been trying to start a new blog. For now, it probably isn't going to be a good blog anyone would want to follow, but I want to practice so that eventually when I have more to contribute and more time to spend blogging I will have it ready.

The URL is

Added by Melanie on November 27, 2008 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

So, today is Thanksgiving. Between the attacks in Mumbai and the watching of the documentary Why We Fight last night and ruminating on our nation's scary, heart-dropping Capitalistic military industrial complex, it's hard to find big things to be thankful for, let alone to have much hope. But I'll give it a shot.

Read the rest...links on blog...

Added by IsThatLatin on November 27, 2008 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

Santa Claus lives at Macys!

Am I the only one disturbed by this Macys ad? I wonder what poor Virginia think when she finds out that Santa Claus indeed does not exist. I love how Trump said, "How dreary will be the world if there were no Santa Claus." Also, Santana (big guitar fan, but come on) said "There will be no childlike faith, no poetry." Talk about false… Continue

Added by Lindzee on November 27, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

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