The second installment in a nine-part series on best practices for nonreligious parenting. Back to BEST PRACTICES #1.
If the Ten Commandments had been posted at Columbine High School, the April 20 massacre would never have happened. --former Republican Congressman and current Libertarian Presidential candidate BOB BARR, at a press conference on June 17,… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on October 30, 2008 at 2:48pm —
I have been thinking about the idea of spirituality and its relationship to religion and then my own atheistic outlook. It is something that has actually been bouncing around in my mind because of some reading at the beginning of Godless by Dan Barker as well as some discussions on various podcasts. Well the most recent podcast is the Secular Nation Podcast
#20 where David Driscoll is interviewing David E. Comings and the idea of… Continue
Added by John "Direwolf" Pollock on October 30, 2008 at 2:33pm —
I have been meaning to blog more recently, but I just don't seem to find all that much time to do it.
Here are a couple of things that I've been meaning to blog about:
1. The forthcoming atheist bus advertisements in London. Due January 2009.
And there's more… Continue
Added by Dikkii on October 30, 2008 at 9:30am —
The first job I had after high school was the Air Force. I sacked groceries in high school, or as I liked to call it a “packaging specialist”, but my first taste of the “real” job force was the military. One of the things you had hammered into you was total quality. If you saw a problem, you told your supervisor. If that wasn't enough, you went up your chain of command till the problem was resolved. In the Air Force at least, whistle blowers were encouraged. I have taken this job habit with me… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on October 30, 2008 at 9:24am —
Like always, science advances whereas archaic beliefs about the world stay the same and sometimes leave little room for interpretation. If you take a naturalistic view of the world, then nature does not have a specific purpose in mind. it doesn't think things are good or evil, it just simply is...Humans have tried to understand these things for a long time. Homosexuality is one of those things that has been pondered by humans and at face value has been seen as something that was "unnatural."… Continue
Added by RogAgainst on October 30, 2008 at 1:43am —
Today I saw some lawn signs down at the local megachurch that said "Proposition 8 = Free Speech". As you should know if you're a Californian, Prop 8 seeks to make same-sex marriage illegal in California.
I'm absolutely enraged. How the fuck do these people say that they follow a religion whose 9th commandment is to not lie (or bear false witness against one's neighbor) and get away with proudly posting such blatant lies in public? It's absurd. It's obscene. Proposition 8 has… Continue
Added by Becky Garcia on October 29, 2008 at 10:25pm —
For the first time that I can think of since realizing I was an atheist, I felt real fear from the normal Christians that surround me. After printing out and showing a few people the dialog from the wonderful “Kissing Hank's Ass” flyer, I got the bright idea to ask a select few of my co-workers a simple question. If they had the power to go back in time, and assuming He existed, would they save Jesus from execution? My answer is predictably a resounding, “hell ya!” Honestly, I expected a few… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on October 29, 2008 at 9:10am —
I've written just a few editorials about subjects relevant to atheists for publication on Associated content but they seem to get a huge response. Some of the discussions in their comments are more entertaining than the articles themselves!
I was a little afraid to post anything that made it clear I'm an atheist for fear of getting bashed, possibly physically again but I went ahead and started doing so about a year ago on another site. I've gotten plenty of nasty pm's and emails but… Continue
Added by Kylyssa Shay on October 28, 2008 at 2:30pm —
On Saturday, a lady brought in a 2002 Ford Escape. Her issue was the driver window would not go up. She said it would go down, but not up. No crunching was heard when she tried. I was tasked to drive her down to the outlet mall a block away with our dealerships shuttle van. Along the way, she confided in me that she'd stopped going to a certain dealership because they had “screwed” her and she wanted to try us because we were close to where she worked. I told her it was my belief that our… Continue
Added by Roger Rotge on October 28, 2008 at 9:02am —
I have started to take a closer look at the data....no big surprises, rather a conformation of what most of us sense in any case: there is a big stigma in the US and not so much in the rest of the world.
Added by tom arcaro on October 27, 2008 at 11:02am —
"Sarah Palin gave a policy speech today in which she claimed that she wanted more support for children with disabilities, more tools to test for disorders, and while also decrying the expense of scientific… Continue
Added by George on October 27, 2008 at 8:00am —
Is religion a parasitic meme or is it a cultural adaptation?
The divide on the question of the naturalistic origins of religion is between the adaptationists and the by-product theorists. The adaptationists are led by David Sloan Wilson and Jonathan Haidt, while Daniel Dennett is the major proponent of the religion-as-a-by-product hypothesis. In this post, I outline the issue briefly and mention some implications of these ideas.
The application of evolutionary theory to… Continue
Added by Ajita Kamal on October 26, 2008 at 9:30pm —
Does God need your prayers? This is a question I placed recently to some Christian friends of mine. The answer I received was interesting, 'As Christians', they claimed 'we know that "God does not need our prayer but he needs us to pray to him"
'. 'Why' I asked, '"Because it is one of his requirements"
' they reply. So as God's creation you are required to pray to him according to Christianity.
Also, the Christian religion teach that the reason why God needs us to pray to him… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on October 26, 2008 at 12:30pm —
I should be entertaining myself with homework and assignments, but I've realised there's something bugging me far too much for me to let it go unnoticed any longer. I've been out of the whole online debating scene for a few months. I'm not sure whether I've grown tired of always fighting the same people or if I've become physically unable to tolerate their use of the same, old, stretched arguments over and over again. Whatever the reason, the mere idea of logging in on a public forum and engage… Continue
Added by Fabio on October 26, 2008 at 11:18am —
I also post to a blog at The Enlightened Observer
Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on October 26, 2008 at 7:30am —
In the past, the only information people had access too was the story’s and ides of the people around them. Whit the advent of the printing press people now has access to information in the books they could get ahold of but there access to information was still limited and most would never leave there town or city. People had no information on where the world came from, where humanity came from why people got sick, what lightening was and why it strikes where it strikes. They had no… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on October 25, 2008 at 11:05pm —
Religion is so influential that even atheists talk about marriage as though it was normal. I've added some more details to the main page of AtheistInsurgency.com
and in the process began to think about why government has such a strong hand in marriage.
Marriage is a religious institution, is not congruent with nature, allows the government to apply privileges and penalties to married couples that unmarried individuals would not… Continue
Added by Atheist Insurgency on October 25, 2008 at 2:35pm —
More reason to get rid of religion:
Source - Telegraph.co.uk
This is not surprising to me. Lying and deceiving the public are religion's national past time. These are the tactics pastors and priests etc, relied upon for years and are still relining upon to pull millions of followers into their fold and, as a result, cashing on billions of dollars.
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on October 25, 2008 at 12:05pm —
More reason to get rid religion:
Source - Mail Online
Klara Mauerova, 31 - a member of a sinister religious cult '....tortured her son in a locked cellar while relatives skinned him and forced him to eat his own flesh....'
According to the news report 'The two boys had told judges how their mother and relatives had stubbed cigarettes out on their bare skin, whipped them with belts, and tried to drown them. They were also sexually abused and… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on October 25, 2008 at 12:03pm —
More reasons to get rid of religion:
It is often argued by "moderate Muslims" that the Qur'aan and Islam do not teach nor promote hate and terrorism and those who do so are not real Muslim; They are just common criminalizes. However, that is not true. Allah and the Qur'aan promote killing other people whom they termed 'non-believers'. Allah himself gave these Muslims the license to kill dis-believers. According to the Qura'an translated by M.H.Shakir, in Sura 47:4, and I quote… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on October 25, 2008 at 12:00pm —