(Several years ago, I undertook to read the Torah. For specific reasons, see below. But basically I wanted to find out, to my own satisfaction, just what it said, to the extent possible, given that it's such an ancient text that's been repeatedly copied and edited.
To rabbis, thus to most Jews, it is a repository of priceless wisdom. I set out to find it.
What I found was both enlightening and disappointing. …Continue
“I used to think my brain was the most wonderful organ in the universe. Then I realized who was telling me this.”
(From a fictional exchange between two extraterrestrial intelligent machines, regarding the dominant life-form on Earth:)
“So…what does the thinking?”
“You’re not understanding, are you? The brain does the thinking. The meat.”
“Thinking meat! You’re asking me to believe in…Continue
Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.”
It would be great to have reliable numbers on religious migration: how many people change religions each year, how many become new adherents, how many drift away, never to return?
Increasing the ranks
Different religions have different ways of increasing their ranks: birth rate (e.g., all…Continue
(The following was originally submitted to the July 1-4 2008 Blogswarm against Theocracy. I have made some additions and revisions. Since my goal is always change in the real world, I urge you to take personal action to roll back religious bigotry and superstition. First Freedom First is a good place to start.)
“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good…Continue
“I object to having to attend chapel 40 times before I graduate in order to earn a degree, sir. I don’t see where the college has the right to force me to listen to a clergyman of whatever faith even once, or to listen to a Christian hymn invoking the Christian deity even once, given that I’m an atheist who is, to be truthful, deeply offended by the practices and beliefs of organized religion…I do not need the sermons of professional moralists to tell me how I should act. I certainly…Continue
Added by Godless Poutine on June 25, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
If secular humanists don’t look to God, the Bible or the Quran for their wisdom, where do they get it? From other human beings, of course. It turns out that people have been thinking and writing for a very long time about how to live a good life.
I’ve noticed that many of the same ideas keep showing up, across geography, history and culture.
The following collection provides practical advice about how to think, behave, and regard others,…Continue
This is the follow-up post to Bwambale Robert and The Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda. It is also the third in a series of personal profiles of Atheists, Agnostics and Humanists who are helping to make the world a better place.
I am focusing on people who are making a difference for others. They are…Continue
Added by Godless Poutine on June 13, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments
The latest eruption of forgiveness worship almost made my breakfast erupt from my stomach. Dear Abby (Keene NH Sentinel, 3/7/12) printed DECIDE TO FORGIVE in its entirety, and to give the enemy his due, I will do the same:
“Decide to forgive, for resentment is negative. Resentment diminishes and devours the self. Be the first to forgive, to smile, and take the first step And you will see the happiness bloom on the face of your human brother or sister. Be always the…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on June 8, 2012 at 2:11pm — No Comments
Over the next few weeks I will focus on people who are making a difference for others. They are examples of…Continue
Added by Godless Poutine on May 22, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments
Recently, a co-worker gave me a set of religious CDs on the topic of sin and morals. She is trying to convert me, and while that's never going to happen until she can prove there is a god, it gives me an excellent opportunity to check out the materials that Christians think are important in the discussion of religion. After listening to these CDs, I walked away with one truly over-powering observation:
Every shred of Christian morality are essentially Humanist concepts wrapped in…Continue
Added by The Antic Atheist on March 13, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments
The school is now in its second year of operation.
The school now runs classes from Nursery - Primary Seven.
The number of students enrolled at the school has increased from 245 at the close of last year to 331 at present in First Term 2012.
The school now has a page on Facebook and wellwishers and friends of the school can visit and like the page through this link…Continue
Kasese Humanist Primary School pupils on 21st February 2012 had smiles on their faces as they were supplied with Brand New Pens from Pen for Kids Organization based in the United Kingdom. The shipment of pens amounted to 4000 enclosed in 4 separate boxes with each containing a 1000 pens.
The pens were received by the School Project Director Mr Bwambale Robert and the shipment had been sent by TNT World Express who delivered the shipment to Entebbe and later after clearance with the…Continue
Added by Bwambale Robert on February 22, 2012 at 3:51am — No Comments
Yesterday morning, representing the Houston Atheists, I joined roughly fifty other secular Houstonians for a freethought coffee social. The meetup was organized by the Houston Freethought Alliance, with a goal of bringing our groups together for secular fellowship.…
Added by Tony Ryan on September 7, 2011 at 5:56am — No Comments
Timothy Keller informs us that we can get that true happiness by acknowling that we are sinners! God would then take away that guilt of sin and make us truly happy. We must never tempt Him by sinning, but we'll sin and get that absolution. When bad things happen, we can still have happiness as knowing that He loves and protects us.
As His own son, [amongst His others who had children by…Continue
On Tuesday 31st May 2011, we hosted a local pastor at the school who was moving from school to school conveying the "good news" to students, he said that he visits schools, prisons,hospitals speaking out the news to all people.
As a Humanist School we are tolerant to people's beliefs and okayed him to speak to the children. You can follow what transpired at the meeting here…Continue
The school is re-opening for second term on 23rd May 2011
The general public, the international community are hereby informed about this date and the parents of our children are encouraged to pay school dues in time because a lot of school running costs need to be met. Also the international community most especially friends of our school should fundraise for the school in their areas such that we have a good pool of funds to run and maintain the…Continue
Added by Bwambale Robert on May 18, 2011 at 9:23am — No Comments
I have been, in the past, accused of endlessly whining about religion generally and Christianity specifically and not doing more about it. I respond usually that my activism has included going on marches and writing to my MP.
Here is an example of a recent exchange between me and my MP on the reform of the house of lords which proposes an increase in the religious representation and not as I would prefer the removal of this anachronistic oddity and the advance of a secular…Continue