Over the past week I have engaged a number of christians on Twitter, and it seems as though evidence for beliefs, and specifically, what is it that makes beliefs valid or invalid. So I want to address directly the nature of valid and invalid beliefs, and then would like to shift my focus to one tweeter in particular and the pope and some comments he recently made.
Because christians and atheists always seem to start running into problems here, each criticizing the other of not having… Continue
Added by Brian Bridson on July 16, 2011 at 7:00pm —
On July 1, 2011, Dalton McGuinty, the Premier of Ontario, announced that starting in Spetember, catholic schools would no longer be allowed to prohibit the formation of gay-straight alliances by students. In an address by a Member of Provincial Parliament, Glenn Murray (Toronto Center), read a statement from the Premier during Toronto’s Pride Week. The statement read, “Starting in September, it will be students, not principals or school boards, that will decide whether a school has an LGBT… Continue
Added by Brian Bridson on July 16, 2011 at 1:30pm —
The Columbus, Ohio newspaper, The Republic, just today printed the story Religion: Battle Over Circumcision, describing the battle that is erupting in San Francisco over a November 8 ballot that would ban male circumcision. While much of the article tries to distract readers from the issue by making reference to Foreskin Man and how it incites the anger of religious groups like Jews. I think the real issue is not what the author of “Foreskin Man” is up to, but the fact that there is an… Continue
Added by Brian Bridson on July 15, 2011 at 7:30pm —
Back on June 13, 2011, I wrote the blog post More catholic Whining, in which I described the situations happening in some States like New York and Illinois, involving certain catholic charities having issues with their states making it illegal to discriminate against straight couples in common law relationships and to discriminate against gay couples when providing fostering and adoption services. Now I thought this story was… Continue
Added by Brian Bridson on July 15, 2011 at 2:30pm —
Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 28, 2011 at 12:01am —
I’ve read Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation and own both versions (hardback and paperback) as well as a paperback copy of The End of Faith long recommended to me by my second roommate. While I don’t share his enthusiasm or background in philosophy and neuroscience, I can agree in principle with the thoughts he espouses in this article,… Continue
Added by Jared Sloan Cowan on May 27, 2011 at 11:57pm —
August 21, 1998. Defining five terms. Rand used the term "objective" differently than most philosophers.
Some definitions, from Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition.
OBJECTIVE: ... in the realm of sensible experience, independent of individual thought and perceptible by all observers; having reality independent of the mind.... perceptible to persons other than the affected individual... OBJECTIVISM: an ethical theory that moral good is objectively real or…
Added by John B Hodges on March 13, 2011 at 1:48pm —
On Friday March 4, there was an article on a right-wing Christian site:
Atheists Targeting Nation With Godless Media Blitz Continue
WRITTEN BY DAVE BOHON
FRIDAY, 04 MARCH 2011
Added by John B Hodges on March 13, 2011 at 6:49am —
The move toward American Theocracy by the empowered evangelical 'elite' in the US has made it almost impossible for an atheist or difficult for a non-christian to be elected to office. Schools are having their curriculum undermined by creationist who wish to revise history, remove evolution from science, and prevent teaching sexual health and pregnancy prevention. Atheist fear reprisals for not being christian and are often discriminated against at work, socially, and most especially in… Continue
Added by Shannon on February 15, 2011 at 10:57pm —
Why does it feel good to see others happy? Why would we be interested in others' welfare? Why try to survive? Why make decisions toward our own welfare? We are hardwired. It is that simple. It is the way we are evolved. This is the way it is, even before people started talking about it (at earliest, as people were first talking about it). Every single person is always the final arbiter of every decision they make, whether it helps others or not. The final common goal in life is always personal… Continue
Added by MCT on January 20, 2011 at 7:00am —
ever since i saw that "march of the penguins" movie, i've wanted to try a penguin.
they looks so fatty and juicy...
i love fish that live in cold water. and i love chicken.
if you think about it, a penguin is like a cold water chicken.
most of my atheist friends say, that's disgusting! you shouldn't eat a penguin.
but my christian friends say that god gave humans dominion over all the plants and animals.
should i convert to… Continue
Added by markystar on September 1, 2010 at 1:55am —
PASSIVE AND ACTIVE ATHEISM
Atheism is often defined as "the absence of god-beliefs". This
definition is useful in debate, because it does not assume any burden of… Continue
Added by John B Hodges on August 29, 2010 at 6:00am —
In a fascistic controlled society it is not sufficient just not to be a fascist, but rather it is compellingly necessary to be an anti-fascist. Just as in a racist society it is insufficient not to be a racist, but being an anti-racist is ethically required. Continue
Similarly to the necessity for anti-fascism, anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-speciesism etc. (which is in view of the parallels hard to deny) it is in our theistic dominated…
Added by Jack Ryan on August 7, 2010 at 11:00am —
A popular repost from the internet...but I have lived and learned all of these. Continue
It is in a way, my own Manifesto.
I believe --
.... that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
I believe --
....that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
I believe --…
Added by Scott Popejoy on July 26, 2010 at 10:00am —
Years ago I decided that the issue of "free will vs. determinism" is irrelevant to questions of ethics, and untestable with respect to matters of science. Since then I have tried to avoid wasting time on it. But it comes up every now and then in Freethinker circles, and many people are lured into arguing at length over it.
Our ordinary practice is to ascribe "free will" to beings which are conscious and intelligent. "Conscious" meaning that they have an internal… Continue
Added by John B Hodges on July 7, 2010 at 2:33pm —
The theocratic Right is conducting a "Hang Ten!" crusade, to get the Ten Commandments posted on the walls of government buildings such as schools and courthouses, to give government endorsement to them. But the versions posted are usually edited and paraphrased, creating a false impression. Perhaps people would be more wary of these efforts if they read the original text, and understood the "divinely ordained" penalties attached. The following quotes will help put the Commandments in… Continue
Added by John B Hodges on July 7, 2010 at 2:11pm —
Would you bite the apple that gave knowledge of good and evil? Read on.
We find ourselves alive and conscious. What shall we do with our lives? Beware "fishers of men". If we demand that someone else supply us with a purpose, someone else may DO just that. Purpose is ours to choose.
There is a natural "default" purpose, which we may choose if we like. We all have parents, as did they, back to the beginning of life.… Continue
Added by John B Hodges on July 7, 2010 at 1:58pm —
April 12, 1997; Trying to address the question of "Why be ethical?" Why
care about other people, why work to make the world a better place? A
collection of reasons.
"What IS ethical?" and "Why BE ethical?" are two DIFFERENT questions,
but the answers are related. Different answers to the first make the
second a different question. If a theory of ethics does not answer the
second, its answer to the first is… Continue
Added by John B Hodges on July 7, 2010 at 1:33pm —
This was not originally written for an Objectivist audience; I was arguing with a Kantian on an Atheist list. -JBH
March 7, 2001;… Continue
Added by John B Hodges on April 15, 2010 at 2:54am —
Due to the recent string of scandals plaguing the Catholic Church, Vatican Biblical scholars have been studying the Bible carefully to find out God’s opinion on rape. They can’t seem to find any passage which states or infers that child rape is a sin. Earlier this morning, the Pope met in a closed door session with the Creator of the Universe and God informed him that child rape is not immoral. Read the rest of this… Continue
Added by Staks Rosch on April 1, 2010 at 8:07am —