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I'm shocked to see this here in CA

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 — 2 Comments

Survey data keeps coming in THANK YOU

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!

Tom Arcaro

Added by tom arcaro on September 30, 2008 at 8:14am — 5 Comments

AAI 2008 "Unsinkable Atheism" slide show

Added by V1ktor on September 30, 2008 at 12:02am — No Comments

My Mercy Story

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…


Added by Sean the Blogonaut on September 29, 2008 at 11:56pm — 2 Comments

Monday, 29 September, 2008 21:24:44

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 — No Comments

Pastor Thinks His Flock Are Idiots Too

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 — No Comments

Sunday, 28 September, 2008 23:00

Sunday, 28 September, 2008 23:00

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

existence might be...

but again, it might not be;

maybe forever.

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 — 1 Comment

Part One: What Are Our Values?

I'm a fan of George Lakoff from his book Don't Think of an Elephant! and assorted videos of his presentations. His idea of frames presents good reasons why we can't just kick over a few theistic talking points (even when we're right) and expect to have believers drop everything and take up our banner. It doesn't matter that we have science and reason on our side; they'll keep inventing new ways to square their circles (to quote Hitchens) or find an excuse to duck out of the debate… Continue

Added by Zevaeros on September 28, 2008 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Punk'd Again, By God!

The following was written last year, after a tornado ripped through a nearby area. I thought it would be enjoyed by my fellows in faithlessness.


Once more, that loving Christian god has shown his capricious sense of irony by hurling killer tornadoes at still another Florida trailer park. (Oops.. make that “mobile home community”…wouldn’t want to be p.i. in a godicle). The sick humor here is that this most recent assault was on a retirement community,… Continue

Added by Ruth Dickson on September 28, 2008 at 1:55pm — 29 Comments

I know I'm not alone, but it sure feels like it.

Here in Springfield, Illinois the culture is predominantly religious based, so activities in the community that don't cost any money are awash with religious-based programs and activities that require exposure to "scripture."

I am aware of local Freethinker Meetups that gather once a month, but the last few I missed because of my work schedule. There is one Unitarian Universalist Congregation here, but I totally reject all religion and organizations that tolerate all… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on September 28, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Saturday, 27 September, 2008 23:04

Saturday, 27 September, 2008 23:04

Nilknarf Daily Haiku
existence might be...
but again, it might not be;
maybe forever.

Eh, I like being optimistic, and I hate being wrong.

Lately, I am both.

I have slept 20 out of the last 24 hours, and I'm all set to do it again, dammit.

I did watch Righteous Kill and enjoyed it... it kept me awake, at least.

I am going to be optimistic about tomorrow.

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 27, 2008 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Friday, 26 September, 2008 22:00

Friday, 26 September, 2008 22:00

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

existence might be...

but again, it might not be;

maybe forever.

Interesting day... or night, or whatever the hell it was.

I got to sleep about 19:00 last night, and woke up at... 22:30.

With the itchies.

Well, I had mentioned the three days without a shower, so I was able to stand up OK and shower, so I spent a half-hour soaking and scrubbing... no problem standing up at… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 26, 2008 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Jehovah's Witnesses On Mission From God Murdered 13 People.

Source - Mail Online

More reasons to get rid of religion.

Two Jehovah's Witnesses, claiming to be on mission from God to cleanse world of sinners, murdered 13 people during a nine-month period according to news report.

The report say that the two accused suspected serial killer were "twisted". The… Continue

Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on September 26, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

My blog

You can read my blog at My Pants

Added by bullet on September 26, 2008 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Love of money, idols, and power

So, is there a drinking game based on how many time the candidates mention "God" and "Jebus" tonight?

I have a rant to rant and I'm just going to rant it without really editing it down...

The hypocrisy never ends in the C of C:

Paraphrasing from the New Testament, Benedict decried "insatiable greed" and said "the love of money is the…

Added by AtheistJoy on September 26, 2008 at 3:46pm — 2 Comments

I Daresay ...

Obama's got this election wrapped up now.
He could spend the rest of this campaign just sitting at his breakfast table, sipping a cup of coffee, and posting clips about his plans for our nation on YouTube for all I care; he's the man!

Added by HotMess on September 26, 2008 at 12:13pm — 5 Comments

Obama Too Cool?

Now I've heard everything. This...this is just ridiculous.

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Where many politicians would have aspired to show anger, Senator Barack Obama spoke in a soft, even tone as he reached the crescendo of his speech Wednesday about government mismanagement of the economy...

(Read the Rest here...links on Blog)

Added by IsThatLatin on September 26, 2008 at 9:37am — 2 Comments

Artificial Intelligence

If the intelligence of the human mind is the product of the a physical mind, and thusly its actions dictated by physical laws, then it is reasonable to conclude that an artificial mind of equal physical capacity would be necessarily intelligent. This is the principle of multiple realizability (1). For any process that produces an affect, there is no reason to assume that said process is the only means of producing the very same affect. That a form produces or infers a specific action does not… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 25, 2008 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Critiquing Descartes

When Descartes investigated the implications of skepticism, i.e., that because we can cast doubt on any supposition, we can never be certain that our supposition is correct, he proposed that doubting ones own existence necessarily affirms it and, thus, of at least one thing a person can be certain beyond any doubt; that they exist. In order for an entity doubt anything at all, even that it exist, it must first exist to do so. Descartes proposal is immune to the skeptics doubt because the very… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 25, 2008 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Dualism Blurb

I wrote this for my introduction to philosophy class.

According to dualism, the mind can exist separately of the body and is not dependent upon the body to exist. The body is a physical entity that exists wholly in the material world. The mind, though, is analogous to the soul or the conscious and, unlike eating or breathing, is not considered a function of the physical form.

Descartes’ believed that our idea of perfection, which he assumed does not exist in the real… Continue

Added by Metro State Atheists on September 25, 2008 at 9:48pm — No Comments

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