Lori Gilliland's Blog (12)

What Atheists can learn from religion?

This in response to an opinion piece on CNN by what appears to be an atheist from the U.K. that thinks atheists should learn from religion.

I think I know what this fellow is trying to say, but his misunderstanding of atheists and secular society is so muddled, one can’t really tell what he means.

He thinks he speaks for atheists? That was the most irritating thing in this opinion piece. He doesn’t seem to know very many atheists and if he is one, he is an uneducated,…


Added by Lori Gilliland on February 26, 2012 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

The Jefferson Bible a Critique

I've actually read the Jefferson Bible in one evening a few weeks ago. Jesus is still the end times prophet preached about today, and in it he still threatens damnation to all those who do not believe in him. I could not disagree more with Jefferson who seemed to think Jesus was a great moral teacher. On page 38 you will find the popular quote, "...they shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth". Jefferson may have cut out the miracles, but he left…


Added by Lori Gilliland on February 24, 2012 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

What Atheist Believe

This is another one my comment posts on the CNN Belief section. This was in response to the founder and executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation opinion piece about how those awful Atheists should be careful for what they wish for.

Being an activist atheist and after decades of hearing theists decry we want the destruction of religion and also claim it will be the end of civilization can wear one down. But, someone needs to stand up to these bullies and point out this is not…


Added by Lori Gilliland on December 24, 2011 at 11:56am — 3 Comments

Divide and Conquer

From Christopher's book "Arguably" I found a line by Adams that I had to blog about. In this book, Christopher writes about our American founding fathers and what they really believed or did not believe. In it there are examples of how it was seen advantageous to divide and conquer using sectarian strife. It still works today.

Here is a line from Adams about Jefferson's supporters with a twist.

"Let us have an Atheist or a Deist (as President) or anything rather than an…


Added by Lori Gilliland on December 17, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments


Being an atheist and apolitical I find people who believe in conspiracy theories troubled souls. Most of these people have one thing in common. They lead very isolated lives, mostly by choice. They cry wolf so often for every little thing , and they wonder why no one takes them seriously? They shout the sky is falling and point at every possible conspiracy as the cause.  They do not seem to realize everyone that is associated in some way to these claims are their neighbors. One good example…


Added by Lori Gilliland on May 7, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Soviets teaching strict atheism?

My email to the author, because I am so tired of this kind of comparison between communism and atheism.

Dear Sir,

I discovered your book "The Religious Case Against Belief” at the library and have enjoyed it very much.

I do have one question. Being an American atheist, I was wondering exactly how did the Soviets teach "strict atheism"?…


Added by Lori Gilliland on March 10, 2011 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Keeping grandma alive - a reality check

Both my grandmothers are still alive. I am in my late 40’s and they are 95 and 99. How is it possible? Genetics? Modern Medicine? Both being non-believers, prayer has not kept them alive well beyond their natural life spans. The eldest of the two is a body in a wheelchair. She seems o.k. on the outside. No tears, no complaints, that’s because she can’t speak, she feels nothing, remembers no one. The other grandma who…


Added by Lori Gilliland on March 20, 2010 at 5:05pm — 2 Comments

Clarence Darrow impersonator


Added by Lori Gilliland on February 19, 2009 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Copyright laws and blogging?

I have been blogging for years and I am not sure what the diffence is between posting a link and "fair use." I thought that was what I doing? I have never claimed to have written anything I have not.

Anyone out there know what fair use means?

An email I received.

As a humanist (and I count myself among those ranks) you should know better than to blatantly steal intellectual property – one of the tenets of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Copying… Continue

Added by Lori Gilliland on December 15, 2008 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

President George W. Bush

W said in an interview that the Bible is "probably not" literally true.

I'm not surprised, but I find it hilarious the religious right were "stunned" LOL
Anyone with a thinking brain knows the Republicans used them to gain power, but did little for them once they took over. Silly people

Added by Lori Gilliland on December 11, 2008 at 1:02pm — 4 Comments

Office Christmas Party

For some reason we are having our office Christmas party mid-January. It would be nice if they called it a New Years party. I wish all Christmas parties would become New Years Parties instead. I am not alone in this I am sure.

Supposedly attending a company sponsored Christmas party is up to the employee. But, is it really? No! Peer pressure forces one and all to celebrate Christmas whether they like it or not. It's not good for your career if you don't play along.

I have… Continue

Added by Lori Gilliland on December 10, 2008 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Jewel of Medina

I was lucky, and was able to go see author Sherry Jones who wrote the controversial book "The Jewel of Medina". She spoke at Carroll College in Helena, the 4th of December.

Sherry is a Novelist, journalist and once was an Independent Record Reporter, and a Montanan.

The publishing company Random House, self censored themselves and dropped plans for printing Jones' book because they were told “The Jewel of Medina” would offend Muslims and could “incite acts of violence by a… Continue

Added by Lori Gilliland on December 9, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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