A few years ago, I took a continuing adult education class on astronomy. I thought it was a real, accredited college class, but no, it wasn't. This was in the days before I was an atheist. If anything, I would have called those months a time when I was a pantheist. I entered the class ready to be bombarded with facts, new discoveries, and difficult tests that would justify complaining to people that I had to study. It wasn't that kind of class. Don't misunderstand me. It was very good for an… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on October 2, 2008 at 8:43am —
I read to Delaney's first grade class yesterday. She had prepped me for my visit like a military operation, reminding me at least five times of the exact time and S.O.P.
"There's a chair you sit in, and I'll sit right by you," she said. "You have to bring three stories, but don't be sad if we don't get to all three."
I promised to hold it together.
She nodded, then ran upstairs to rummage through her books. Five minutes later she was downstairs,… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on October 2, 2008 at 8:35am —
Behold the shocking Pat Condell video youtube are to gutless to show.
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on October 2, 2008 at 8:12am —
parts 1-3 are available on my blog, www.createcognitivedissonance.wordpress.com, please come check out my review and peruse the rest of the articles, including a recent debate regarding The God Delusion.
Added by Ben Barnett on October 1, 2008 at 10:28pm —
Or so it is revealed in the Nashville scene. Scene reporter Caleb Hannan was able to track down a former patient and confidant of Nancy's, Jennifer Wynne, who was witness and part to a cover up of Nancy's long term liaison with Lisa a "cured "lesbian who worked as a nutritionist at Mercy. It seems Nancy was smitten with this woman, buying her expensive gifts (cars and a house). The situation became so obvious that… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on October 1, 2008 at 7:07pm —
ORIGINS: WHO WERE THE FIRST INHABITANTS OF BRITAIN FOLLOWING THE LAST ICE AGE?
This is important because they were hunter-gatherer ancestors who had come north, after the ending of the last Ice Age from refuges and habitats in the Mediterranean region. They were the first peoples to cross the land bridge into Britain.
DNA testing suggests that some were my close ancestors—viz. migrating hunter-gatherers.
On a 12,000 year time-scale my ancestors and many other European… Continue
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 1, 2008 at 9:28am —
I just found a page where I have to approve of posters. I thought it was automatic. I've tried to approve of them all, but it doesn't look like it's working. Please be patient with me :)
Added by Roger Rotge on September 30, 2008 at 11:20pm —
The campus group I founded at my school (southern polytechnic state university) has been successful. We already have around 25 members. People have warmed up to each other quite nicely. We've applied for affiliation with CFI, and in a week we will know how much funds we will get from the school.
Added by Melanie on September 30, 2008 at 8:23pm —
The Grenada Informer September 27Th, 2008 online news head lines begins with this words 'When I noticed how the Astoria Hall was packed with both NDC & NNP people and the something happened at Medgar Evers College where I observed that large numbers were unable to get in to attend the Town Hall Meeting held by the NDC Chapter in New York area, I concluded that is evidence that Grenadians have the ability to come together for the advancement of the Nation of Grenada....'
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on September 30, 2008 at 3:30pm —
Added by Mike Grattan on September 30, 2008 at 2:49pm —
Understanding causality, who can justify condemning believers for believing, since they were after all, shaped, molded, and ultimately conditioned to believe just as non-believers where conditioned to not believe? Yet, we just can’t stand by watching them fritter their lives away being motivated, moved, and ultimately being hijacked by this contagious and dangerous god meme. Why can’t we? Because to survive as a species we need to acknowledge and address reality. We can’t just stand by, because… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on September 30, 2008 at 2:40pm —
It was beyond amazing! Bill Maher does a superb job in asking normally intelligent people (sometimes not so) why they believe in something that so resembles a fairytale.
At many points in the movie Bill Maher leaves his interview subjects speechless on topics on the bible, because the subjects are ignorant.
This was also my first outing with fellow atheists and was amazed at how many people out in my area thought like I did. The whole experience was quite refreshing.
I'm about to… Continue
Added by Elizabeth on September 30, 2008 at 2:08pm —
We are temporary beings subject to the laws of the universe and we are raised and shaped to have the mentality that we can "have it your way" when in reality we cannot. We are determined by a chain of cause and effects, and when things don't go how we think they "ought" to, then we are discontented. Our longing for comfort and survival go so far as to the point we disillusion ourselves to believe there are such things as ghosts\spirits that live on after our physical bodies die, that there is a… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on September 30, 2008 at 12:22pm —
A Shasta County atheist sued top state corrections officials Monday, claiming that his constitutional rights were violated when he was returned to prison after objecting to participation in a program with religious overtones as a condition of parole.
Barry A. Hazle Jr., 40, was released from prison in February 2007 after doing a year for drug possession. He was required to complete a 90-day drug treatment program and was… Continue
Added by HotMess on September 30, 2008 at 11:16am —
Thanks so much for supporting my sociological survey. I have been looking at the data as they come in, and so far there are no big surprises, but I have not begun to cross tabulate any variables as yet. Nearly 25% are outside of the US, which is great, but I am hoping for many more as we keep this live for another couple weeks.
Please send me feedback or comment!
Added by tom arcaro on September 30, 2008 at 8:14am —
Added by V1ktor on September 30, 2008 at 12:02am —
Back in March 2008 I began posting on Mercy Ministries of Australia. Initially it was just a passing news story, I commented on it first here: Mercy, mercy , mercy me... which I followed with Here cometh the pain, or have mercy on Mercy? .
Mercy and Gloria jeans went into damage control and really the story… Continue
Added by Sean the Blogonaut on September 29, 2008 at 11:56pm —
Monday, 29 September, 2008 21:24:44
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
the coin was a dime.
in my chubby little hand
it bought planes and dreams.
Well, Bushs' bamboozling bullshit stick is apparently all worn out.
Congress was not going to be panicked this time, no they weren't. Twice was enough for them.
The worst thing that might happen? It happened more than seven years ago.
And today, finally, things started getting… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on September 29, 2008 at 9:55pm —
Well, it's nice to see I'm not the only one. That seems like a harsh thing to say, but really...
Rev. Johnson and 32 other pastors are openly preaching politics in their churches, ignoring the special rule special religious folks get so they can skip out on their taxes. I'm getting to where I'm fine with this--I'm just looking for any reason to take this privilege away from churches and make the pony up the phat cash the rest of us have to. Yes, yes, there's the separation of church… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on September 29, 2008 at 6:10am —
Sunday, 28 September, 2008 23:00
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
existence might be...
but again, it might not be;
Today was so much yesterday that I thought about just changing the date... but there was a difference.
I watched some football today.
And, for the first time in a year, the Chiefs won!
Yep, they have lost the last twelve games before today. And they were playing Denver, which is a good team, but one that… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on September 28, 2008 at 11:35pm —