The BBC report (1) that there were scores of Khalwat raids in Malaysia on New Year's day.
Khalwat (2)? A Sharia law against 'close proximity' by unmarried couples that is supposed to remove any suspicion of impropriety. There is a maximum two year jail sentence and fine if found guilty of being in a secluded or confined space together before marriage.
Whilst this is an oppressive intrusion into people's private lives, from my atheistic and laissez faire point of view, it isn't… Continue
Added by Ian on January 4, 2010 at 12:54pm —
I have been frustrated at the verbal strikes against atheists who make the strong equation between science and atheism, and the criticism from groups who think it should be toned down. Yes, the "Accomodationism" thing, being lobbed at those who name them the Poster Boys, or the New Atheist Noise Machine.
But do they know if that has any real effect on the lack of interest in science in the United States? Polls show that since the New Atheists started… Continue
Added by Mike Haubrich on December 20, 2009 at 9:02am —
To stay on topic I will post over the title: Pareidolia. Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon in which people see shapes or hear sounds which they consider to be significant when they are not and in some cases, don’t exist at all.
I was just thinking about how this is almost all religion, and I use the word almost loosely. Let's start with something I know all too well: Baptist. My grandmother was helplessly praying all night and day long when gramps died. Now,… Continue
Added by Stevie Kyle on December 12, 2009 at 2:07am —
This was posted by Gavin Melville Barber, Thanks!
This is what I read to my children. Through reading about these people as child, I have learned the way towards being a free person is to read. It drives home several very important facts. This aspiring piece that shows the depth of Carl Sagan and of his passion for humanity. That of Frederick Bailey, an observant child. Who rose up from slavery to freedom. When you get your turn to rise up from "mental slavery" whom will you take with… Continue
Added by animus on August 1, 2009 at 1:47am —
This is my first blog post on Nexus and with a title such as I have titled this blog, possibly my last but I hope not. A little about myself before we get into the meat of this subject...
I was born and raised in a small town in southeastern Ohio. I was a failure in the public education system and dropped out in the eighth grade. I worked in a variety of jobs mostly in the corrugated box industry. I have lived in Columbus Oh, Jacksonville Fl, Greenbay Wi, Fargo ND and now I am back… Continue
Added by Ron Edwards on July 26, 2009 at 3:15pm —
Its an odd coincidence that I got a message from Atheist Nexus today, causing me to log in after a long time. Not that I put much stock in coincidences, but I feel distinctly odd. Odd because the email came right after I got out of a meeting with my born-again devout christian graduate student who announced they were quitting the biology graduate program after a prolonged struggle, and much prayer, to try to reconcile faith with evolution!
I won't go into all the details of the back… Continue
Added by Madhusudan Katti on July 21, 2009 at 6:16pm —
I've also posted this at the ever-growing Good Reason News, please visit, if you feel like it.
A Wall Street Journal article says there's a big push to bring Christianity into the public classroom.
The Texas Board of Education, which recently approved new science standards that made room for… Continue
Added by Billy Deaton on July 16, 2009 at 5:23pm —
Not when you preach in a public school. Unless this guy wins
Added by Billy Deaton on June 11, 2009 at 7:39pm —
George didn’t believe in driver’s education, he didn’t want to have anything to do with it.
Never mind how he learned to drive, his biggest fear was that his children would get hurt if they learned too much about it in advance, but he knew his children would one day drive a car when they reached the legal age.
Until then, he decided, his children would be allowed nowhere near his car or even see the keys, and especially not one of those rules-of-the-road books, that would… Continue
Added by Atheist Insurgency on May 23, 2009 at 11:32am —
I often judge a book by how much it makes me think and reflect. Frank Schaeffer's, Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back - certainly passed that test. The outdoors, mountains, adventures with firecrackers, hunting, hiking and, of course religion, all were a big part of my childhood and relationship with my father as it was for Frank. Some other similarities struck me as well. As the oldest, my mother… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on April 2, 2009 at 10:20am —
On his trip to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI declared that traditional Church teachings are the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of STIs. So I decided to take a look at what science has to say about it and found that not only is traditional abstinence-only education an abject failure (ex: 82% of virginity pledgers deny their pledge later and have just one less partner than non-pledgers), it's also dangerous to the public at large. (… Continue
Added by Greg F. on March 19, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Check this out: NewScientist.com
After reading the article I can tell you that my High School and College educations have done little to improve people's understanding of natural phenomena. I don't know if I agree with the conclusion of the study that there may be a hardwired component to believe in a purpose driven existence or if it is, as… Continue
Added by Joshua Dolan on March 2, 2009 at 11:00pm —
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 —
Just spent a couple of weeks vacationing in Panama and doing the Canal. What a major engineering feat. I read The Path Between the Seas a couple of years ago then again for this trip. The book really helps in understanding the accomplishment. I stayed in a jungle cabin in a very catholic and superstitious community. Ten children and no birth control. They are very proud of their organic farming techniques. It is just a reminder to me of how far the third world has to go before they can even… Continue
Added by Darrel Ray on February 14, 2009 at 8:33pm —
A Turkish creationist's stunt contest offering 7.5 trillion
lira or $4.6 trillion U.S. is still open and will be for a very long time. But can you expect anything else from someone who thinks that evolution is a Zionist/Freemason conspiracy to enslave his countrymen?
Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:30pm —
This is a post from my popular science blog, Weird Things which I thought would be of interest to Atheist Nexus's community since I'm trying to summarize the atheist/agnostic stance on life and provide a rebuttal to the theist charge that atheists and agnostics are angry and bitter because we have a very limited worldview. Here's the post in its entirety...
I periodically get asked why I write about creationism and creationists and try to use a scientific battering ram on people who… Continue
Added by Greg F. on January 20, 2009 at 10:00pm —
Having been reading, watching, thinking, living evolution quite a bit over the last bit. I'm awestruck at how so many people who don't even understand the concept of evolution dismiss it as nonsense. To do so would hold a strong likeness to me claiming that some surgical procedures promise for success is utterly zero. While I may have some anatomical knowledge, it is… Continue
Added by AYFABTU on November 5, 2008 at 4:00am —
People are likely aware of this already but I felt the need to share the link.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers 1800 courses free on their OpenCourseWare
Lecture notes, audio and course text have been included with the ones I've completed. A few I've browsed have a bit of video as well. You're not earning credits but for those like myself unable to afford to continue college, yet… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 9, 2008 at 8:00pm —