Hey gang, here are some highlights from my column at Examiner.com
over the past week!
* I insist that it's okay to be judgmental
about things really are bad
* I worry over… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 7, 2009 at 7:49pm —
I just received this from a friend.
If you have a few seconds, check out this interesting group of cops and judges
who are pushing for drug legalization as a solution to America's economic situation! They're using December's 75th anniversary of the end of alcohol prohibition as way to get the attention of the incoming Obama administration and the new Congress.
Interesting stuff. Anyway, the cops' site is at… Continue
Added by Rich Goss on March 2, 2009 at 6:21pm —
Things are getting interesting at my Examiner.com column (the DC Secularism Examiner
). But of course, aren't they always? :)
the atheistic adventure as I...
Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 1, 2009 at 11:30pm —
It seems to me that the religious people, the thinking religious people who attempt to argue for their religion, do so by convincing the unbelieving listener that he is just like them. He begins to speak of the "mercy" of his religion, he speaks of how "Moses" was concerned with mankind, or that Muhammad freed the women of Arabia.
My point is: if you really believe that Islam or Judaism is REALLY the right way, then why would you apologise for it by attempting to adjust to a more secular… Continue
Added by Apostate Muslim on February 27, 2009 at 7:57pm —
Here's my latest at Examiner.com
, under my new title, "DC Secularism Examiner." It's a brief history of what brought me to writing about atheist activism.
As I put my career in professional theatre temporarily aside (populated by a generally liberal and socially tolerant demographic) and toward politics, I came to realize that while my own… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on February 27, 2009 at 2:58pm —
Some might call me a "social Darwinist". Let's face it, evolution is all about adaptability and our monkey brains evolved to meet the demands of a time 50K years prior to our own. Someone wonders why we're all stressed out and on meds? It's no secret to me ... we're not evolved to meet the conditions of this time - and it's only changing faster.
So I'm pretty comfortable with those who can't hack it not being able to produce as many offspring as those who can. That's how the species… Continue
Added by Lojiko on February 27, 2009 at 2:39pm —
I haven't checked back at the nexus in a while, and partly this is because I have been busy working on my new column
at Examiner.com where I am the "DC Political Atheist Examiner
If you haven't been by, I'd love for everybody to check it out.
Here are some recent highlights:
Added by Paul Fidalgo on February 25, 2009 at 10:28pm —
Yes...I'm posting about this Muslim dude I've been 'debating' with...
I give up arguing with this guy now even though I've been told on here to enjoy the debate, these are the remains of the debate...or at least his response, which has turned from wannabe intellectual debate to insulting:
February 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm
scream riot aka lacking in intellect and deen, you are errrr annoying me…and err scaring me. you are becoming a pilot? pshh, scary… Continue
Added by Odd Innuendo on February 25, 2009 at 12:19am —
Sorry to have been under radio silence for so long, but I'm working on a scientific manuscript for publication. Once that's off to be savagely critiqued in peer review, I'll be back for more god-bashing. For now, though, I can only offer this ridiculously lengthy reply I just wrote, to a comment on one of my previous posts
on evolution. Enjoy:
I actually don't think I'm being unfair to theists, in… Continue
Added by Planetologist on February 24, 2009 at 4:00pm —
If I had a penny for every time a theist told me that on many occasions in history, atheism has been the cause of genocide...particularly Pol Pot, Hitler and Stalin.
I wrote a blog post about Hitler and Stalin in particular over at my blog: http://www.odd-innuendo.net. I won't bother reposting it here, as I would just be preaching to the choir.
I'm getting tired and frustrated. Maybe I need to take a break and do what I enjoy...photography and art...but then again, I just… Continue
Added by Odd Innuendo on February 23, 2009 at 10:04pm —
“Don’t sweat the small stuff,” they say. Taking each small thing in a vacuum, I couldn’t agree more. The sweat, of course, starts flowing when small thing piles on small thing, until you reach the proverbial backbreaking straw. A ton of feathers still weighs a ton. In order to wash off some of my sweat, here are a few small things that have me a bit riled up:
Added by Matthew Orlando on February 19, 2009 at 1:47pm —
Welcome to the light.
This was a comment on my previous blog post (thanks, Felch). Reading this, I thought I'd share my coming out story.
A year ago I was a religious nut. Not totally insane/loopy... simply Pagan. I knew evolution was real, I knew magick didn't work unless you used it to change yourself, I loved science, I loved questioning how things worked. I was down to earth, I believed in following a mundane path if it existed and only turned to magickal means or divine… Continue
Added by Kristine Robinson on February 19, 2009 at 9:36am —
"...But if you want everlasting life, that’s a completely different issue, and that’s where Christianity is unique. Almost all religions are what are called “works righteousness” religions. By that I mean they maintain that you have to do something to merit salvation (eternal life). However, Christianity says that we can’t do that because we are criminals in God’s eyes, who have seriously violated His Law. That means that anything we try and do to please God (fasting, praying, etc.) are not… Continue
Added by Kristine Robinson on February 18, 2009 at 7:26pm —
Please, join the fight!
Newdow vs Roberts
Added by V1ktor on February 18, 2009 at 6:02pm —
I recently discovered this site and was prompted to make a post here. Mostly because I have come to despise (yes despise) many religionists. I use that term to include any and all who feel a god given urge to promote the need to believe in their particular brand of god, and aggressive push the set of rules they consider to come with that belief.
I know many believers who are secure in their faith and do not feel this need, but I am active on one of the many… Continue
Added by Mark Knowles on February 16, 2009 at 8:53am —
The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.
A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin’s theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. “In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God,” said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation… Continue
Added by Richard Mankiewicz on February 13, 2009 at 9:58pm —
Let's organize an effort to strike the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" off our currency.
Let's launch a political campaign to get "E PLURIBUS UNUM" back onto our currency.
Let's place more atheist ads
on buses like in London, England and Washington, D.C.…
Added by 驪 on February 11, 2009 at 12:00pm —
As an atheist I've long attempted to put myself in the mindset of a true believer. I can't seem to do it. In my adult life I've never ascribed to a belief system that relied solely on self-justifying ideology, detached from rational proof, based entirely on the folktales of primitive peoples. I can understand academically that people can believe so strongly in invisible forces that they're willing to kill and die for them. The lesson of history is clear on this point. But it used to be couldn't… Continue
Added by Planetologist on February 10, 2009 at 7:05pm —
I wasn't sure where to post this but I wanted to share it. It is a very good episode about an atheist woman from Kansas who is immersed in a fundamentalist christian household in Texas complete with weekly bible studies. It's a 45 minute video on hulu so the commercial interruptions are short. I'd love to hear your post-viewing comments.
Added by Sheryl on February 10, 2009 at 6:00pm —
[Full versions of all my posts, including images and links, can be found on my blog, Artificial Habitat
No doubt many of you will be familiar with the atheist bus ads around Britain and the fuss kicked up by a few whining Christians.
Let's not forget that they were a response to religious bus ads giving links to sites which bang on about eternal torment for non-believers.
Well, now they've started responding with ads… Continue
Added by Andrew on February 9, 2009 at 7:33am —