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  • The Pope’s Laudato: So Close And Yet So Far

    Daylight Atheism
    Adam Lee
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Pope Francis has issued an encyclical, Laudato Si, which warns about the grave danger of climate change and calls on Catholics to take urgent action to combat it. Lest I be accused of ignoring something actually good that religion has done, here are my thoughts. I’m glad for this statement, I really am, and I [Read More...]
  • Catholic Church Says It's Done With God

    Laughing in Purgatory
    Andrew Hall
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Vatican City Pope Francis addressed an early morning crowd in St Peter's Square this morning and dropped a theological bombshell: The Catholic Church is no longer in the God business. Reading from a prepared statement that had been certified by a full vote of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis stated that since it is impossible to discern the existence of God it was more productive for the Catholic Church to focus on assisting people without the burden of a dogma that only dulled the compassion that people have for one another.Pope Francis then dropped the microphone from his balcony onto…
  • Obamacare’s Victory Is a Defeat For Fundamentalism

    Daylight Atheism
    Adam Lee
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    You know it’s been a big week when the Supreme Court once again upholding Obamacare is only the second biggest story to come out of the court. But I wanted to write about this ruling and what it means. As you may remember, I exulted in 2012 when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare the first [Read More...]
  • Dr. J. R. Daniel Kirk at Fuller Theological Seminary Forced to Resign Over Integrity and Homosexuality

    Debunking Christianity
    John Loftus
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Today Dr. Kirk wrote: As a New Testament scholar, I see my job as always listening first and foremost to the text in its historical context, and allowing its theology to be the first voice to which we respond. In the end, I will affirm creeds or confessions, if I do, because I believe they contain the right things to say at a given moment in time in which they were written, in light of what scriptures says. In this, I thought I was just being a normal biblical scholar. And Protestant. And Evangelical.However, a couple of my senior Bible colleagues found this disturbing. It was not enough to…
  • Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions, by Mark Oppenheimer

    Debunking Christianity
    John Loftus
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    LINK. I agree.
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  • Dr. Hector Avalos On Giving Christianity Credit for Charity

    John Loftus
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:06 pm
    A Catholic Christian named kenneth asked a question:What would the documentary "a day without a christian" be like? Or "a day without religion". Certainly the bombings and violence in the middle east would come to a halt. But who would feed the world's poor, care for the sick, educate the children, and care for the orphans? People would like to say "the state", but the state does an overall aweful job at accomplishing these goals. The lionshare of the world's charitable contributions are made by christians. The Roman Catholic Church feeds more hungry,…
  • A Response to Professor Paul Allen: The Supposed Myth of Religious Violence and Religionism in Secular Academia

    Dr. Hector Avalos
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Prof. Paul Allen of Concordia UniversityReligionists are those who see religion as beneficial or necessary for human existence and, therefore, something that should be preserved and protected. I recently visited Montreal, Canada, where the divide between secularists and religionists in academia is very much alive, at least in some institutions.  Some of these religionists are theologians or professors trained in theology who occupy positions in secular universities. When some of them feel religion is threatened, they respond more as part of an ecclesial-academic complex than as secular…
  • Dr. J. R. Daniel Kirk at Fuller Theological Seminary Forced to Resign Over Integrity and Homosexuality

    John Loftus
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Today Dr. Kirk wrote: As a New Testament scholar, I see my job as always listening first and foremost to the text in its historical context, and allowing its theology to be the first voice to which we respond. In the end, I will affirm creeds or confessions, if I do, because I believe they contain the right things to say at a given moment in time in which they were written, in light of what scriptures says. In this, I thought I was just being a normal biblical scholar. And Protestant. And Evangelical.However, a couple of my senior Bible colleagues found this disturbing. It was not enough to…
  • Conservative Witch Hunt Buttressed by Lies at Northwest Nazarene University Claims a Scalp

    John Loftus
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Dr. Tom Oord, tenured professor of theology, was recently from fired from Northwest Nazarene University. NNU President David Alexander lied by saying "he was being terminated for economic reasons having to do with enrollment declines in the graduate division where Oord taught some of his classes." However, this last year NNU was "enjoying record enrollment and had been issuing press releases celebrating the overall financial health of the institution." Karl Giberson tells us the real reason he was fired:Oord was the university’s leading scholar, with 20 books on his CV; by most measures he…
  • Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions, by Mark Oppenheimer

    John Loftus
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    LINK. I agree.
 
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  • Hawaiian Charter Schools Are Mixing Church and State and It May Be Hard to Separate the Two

    Hemant Mehta
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Hawaii is home to nearly three dozen (publicly-funded) charter schools and most of them have a foundation in the state’s culture… which happens to be steeped in religion. As you can imagine, the lines are crossed pretty often:Students line up for the Kawaikini Charter School morning assembly, which usually ends in Christian prayerEvery morning before classes begin at Kawaikini Charter School on Kauai, students gather near the campus entrance, turn to the east, and begin a series of chants and songs meant to ready them for learning.…“They pray every morning to start the…
  • A Way to Respond to 40 Awful Questions from a “Loving” Christian

    Hemant Mehta
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Kevin DeYoung, writing for The Gospel Coalition website, is frustrated with fellow Christians who support marriage equality. (Because if they support two people of the same sex declaring their love for each another, where will the slippery slope of consensual love stop?!)So he tosses out 40 questions with the unmentioned implication that there are no good answers.Everyone at The Gospel Coalition, I assume…5. Do you think Jesus would have been okay with homosexual behavior between consenting adults in a committed relationship?…14. Do you think children do best with a mother and a…
  • How Abstinence-Only Sex Education Led Me Down An Unexpected Path

    Hemant Mehta
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This is a guest post by Amber Barnhill.…When talking about my religious past, I often find myself referencing movies. How else are mainstream humans going to relate? Neo waking up in The Matrix. The barely-audible Asian chick in Pitch Perfect. And, in this case, Drew Barrymore‘s role in Never Been Kissed. If you’ve never seen the movie, the title really says it all.Imagine being an almost-24-year-old, intelligent, moderately-attractive-yet-socially-awkward female venturing into the real world for the first time, having never even held hands with a guy and not having much in the…
  • Kindergartners Will Soon Be Told to Experiment with Same-Sex Relationships, Says Christian Bigot

    Hemant Mehta
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    You would’ve thought that the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling gave people a way out of saying stupid things. Republicans could now say “I don’t like it, but the Supreme Court said so. We live in a nation of laws and it’s time to move on.” But they haven’t done that. They’ve gotten even crazier, saying things like the Supreme Court has no right to pass judgment and advocating for civil disobedience.But that’s nothing compared to conservative Christians like Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, who thinks the ruling will lead to…
  • A First Amendment Primer for Christians Opposed to Marriage Equality

    Lauren Nelson
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    The Religious Right is officially in a full blown hissy fit. They’re distraught, traumatized by the fact that — despite their best efforts to codify their bigoted beliefs into law — same sex couples will now enjoy all the same legal rights and obligations associated with state recognized marriage.The world hasn’t ended in the way they predicted, of course. But now their concern has become far more personal. What will this changing social landscape mean for them? Their answer has been indignant, with two camps responding. The first argues that the social targeting they…
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  • Atheists Become More Visible and Vocal in Zambia

    Daniel W
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    Institute for Ethics and Emerging  Technologies. ieet.org. ..Zambia is a very religious nation... officially declared a Christian nation by President Federick Chiluba in 1996.. Eighty seven percent of the population is Christian and only twelve percent profess other faiths. The number of non-believers is too low to measure. Apparently, Zambia is 100 percent religious and theistic. But recently, the country’s religious demography has begun to change. Atheists are leaving their closets and are starting to organise. Atheists in Zambia are becoming assertive and are making their voices heard.
  • Former Megachurch Pastor Convicted of Molesting his Sisters.

    Daniel W
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Christianity Today. "megachurch pastor Geronimo Aguilar, 45, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting his two sisters almost 20 years ago, who were only 13 and 11 years old at the time, according to the District Attorney's office in Fort Worth, Texas." Major points - *Aguilar founded the Richmond Outreach Center (ROC) in Richmond, Virginia. *Aguilar stepped down in 2013 after being charged with aggravated sexual assault. *Aguilar denies the charges.Aguilar admits to sexual affairs. *Aguilar reported that he  feels hurt, that he was charged with these offenses. *Aguilar's church, "The…
  • Norway Accuses Catholic Church of Fraud.

    Daniel W
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    We all know the Catholic Church is a fraud everywhere, and in many ways.  It's nice to see they were caught with their financial pants down, instead of the other kind. NewsinEnglish.no "Religious organizations in Norway can apply for and receive money based on their membership. The Catholic Church received a total of NOK 105.4 million in 2014 after having registered 65,500 new members between 2010 and 2014. Of that, fully 56,500 members were registered using methods that are a matter of dispute." I first read this info on Hemant Mehta's website, The Friendly Atheist.  Article Highlights-…
  • Brother Kills Brother Over Ramadan Fasting

    Pat
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Well, the religion of peace has shone its amity and kindness yet once again. Currently, it's Ramadan in the Muslim calendar. The month to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Mohammed. Or, as many of us think, the first time he had a grand mal seizure while having auditory and visual hallucinations. Nevertheless, Muslims of all stripes commemorate this holy time of the year by fasting from sunup to sundown. There are exceptions for health and travelling, but by and large, it is considered to be a major deal for adult followers of Ole Moe. And, apparently, a major deal it is to…
  • ‘Historic’ Ruling States That Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Isn’t Sex Ed - Ya Think???

    Bertold Brautigan
    14 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    OK, so this isn't strictly speaking atheist news, but it could be a small bite out of religious idiocy. In a decision that’s being hailed as “historic,” a judge in California has ruled that health classes focusing exclusively on telling students to remain abstinent until marriage fall short of the state’s comprehensive sex ed requirements. In his opinion, Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black concludes that, given the high rates of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy in the U.S., medically accurate sexual health information is “an important public…
 
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  • The Atheist Experience Documentary “Mission Control Texas” is Available to View Online for Free!

    The Atheist Geek
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Mission Control Texas is a German documentary about The Atheist Experience, a well known atheist TV show that is shot and filmed in Texas. For those who don’t know, it’s a live call-in show that addresses different topics and arguments posed by believers – LIVE! Mission Control Texas is, for now at least, available to view for free. FOR FREE. And it’s legal! Bear in mind that the documentary has German subtitles. But you get to see some behind the scenes stuff and the audio is in English. Learn more about The Atheist Experience at the following links: The Atheist…
  • News and Links for Atheists: “Announcing a new video series – The stories of young Scientologists not told in ‘Going Clear'”

    The Atheist Geek
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    Announcing a new video series — The stories of young Scientologists not told in ‘Going Clear’ Now, the two young men from those stories, Aaron Smith-Levin and Nick Lister, are teaming up to create a new YouTube channel that will feature the stories of other young Scientologists who grew up in the church and believe they have a unique view of it. A Texas Christian couple fled the country after failing to raise a starved child from the dead In Texas, two church members have fled to Mexico after an anonymous tip was called into the local police that church members had been trying to…
  • News and Links for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: “California court guts child abuse ruling against Jehovah’s Witnesses”

    The Atheist Geek
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:57 am
    California court guts child abuse ruling against Jehovah’s Witnesses Now, three years later, an appeals court has eroded her courtroom victory even further by ruling that the leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses had no duty to warn congregants that a confessed child molester was one of their own. As a result, judges eliminated the punitive damages in the case. Conti still stands to receive $2.8 million. Some are calling it a victory, but I think that’s debatable. The court did acknowledge that the Society did what it was accused of doing; withholding information from the…
  • News and Links for Atheists: “The Secret Knowledge is just ignorance by another name.”

    The Atheist Geek
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Secret Knowledge is just ignorance by another name Meaning that body of information not everyone has, that body known only to those few people who had the good sense to go off the beaten path and seek it. It is information you’ll never see in your “newspapers” or “network news” or any other place overly concerned with verifiable “facts” and reliable “sources.” It will not come to you through a university “study,” peer-reviewed “article,” renowned “expert,” government “agency” or any other…
  • News and Links for Atheists: A Previously Unreleased Interview with Christopher Hitchens

    The Atheist Geek
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    A new and previously unreleased interview with Christopher Hitchens #232 Debate – AronRa vs Bob Dutko – Where Did It All Come From – 2012 Dutko only recently found his way onto my radar. But I thought this interview with AronRa (pronounced AR-ren-rah, not Aron-rah) was interesting. Especially with regard to conversations about whether atheists believe there is no god or whether we merely withhold belief in one. I think the key issue is how you use the word believe. It can be used to describe an opinion as well as a conviction. Most atheists don’t have a strong…
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  • Atlas Shrugged: The Workers’ Paradise

    Adam Lee
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I Although the capitalists all going on strike was John Galt’s idea, the valley where they’re hiding out is Midas Mulligan’s possession. This raises some obvious questions about how their society would work in practice, but Dagny seems resolutely uninterested in exploring the matter, and Mulligan never volunteers more than [Read More...]
  • The Pope’s Laudato: So Close And Yet So Far

    Adam Lee
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Pope Francis has issued an encyclical, Laudato Si, which warns about the grave danger of climate change and calls on Catholics to take urgent action to combat it. Lest I be accused of ignoring something actually good that religion has done, here are my thoughts. I’m glad for this statement, I really am, and I [Read More...]
  • Obamacare’s Victory Is a Defeat For Fundamentalism

    Adam Lee
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    You know it’s been a big week when the Supreme Court once again upholding Obamacare is only the second biggest story to come out of the court. But I wanted to write about this ruling and what it means. As you may remember, I exulted in 2012 when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare the first [Read More...]
  • Debate in Indianapolis This Week!

    Adam Lee
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Reminder: This coming week, I’ll be in Indianapolis for two live events as part of my ongoing conversation with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. The audience at both is likely to be mostly Catholic, so if you’re in the area, come out and help balance the scales! First: WHAT: Indianapolis Theology on Tap WHEN: Wednesday, July [Read More...]
  • With Liberty and Justice For All

    Adam Lee
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    June 26, 2015 will be remembered as the day love won out in the United States of America. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, striking down all remaining bans on same-sex marriage. While waiting for the decision, I admit I had some doubts. I never seriously [Read More...]
 
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  • The Struggle Continues

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    By Klym ~ I posted an article recently stating my intention to "come out" as a nonbeliever on my 60th birthday. I also talked about my pending retirement from 37 years as an educator--teacher/school counselor/mental health professional. I was both excited and anxious at the same time about the many significant life events happening in a short span of time. I'm happy to report that turning 60 was wonderful---no problem there. I officially retired yesterday and I welcomed it and happily embraced this new chapter of my life. I surprisingly felt no anxiety at all---only relief that I can finally…
  • What was wrong with me?

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    By Rick ~ I grew up in the church and never thought much about believing or not. It was just a part of the social structure of my family. When I was in my teens the youth of our church went to a summer camp for a week. One night in our room, there were six of us, one of the staff came in and we began discussing our faith in Christ. At the end of the discussion he led us in prayer then asked us if we had felt the presence of God in our soul. Then proceeded to go around the room and ask each of us did we know God and trust in his faith. It just happened that I was the last one he asked. Every…
  • Churches Get Creepy Facial Recognition Software To Track Members

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    By Valerie Tarico ~ If selling afterlife perks is your business, then getting people to believe, attend and give “voluntarily” is the whole game.Churches just got a new way to figure out who is sleeping in on Sunday morning: facial recognition software. Churchix is a product of Skakash LLC, which sells Face-Six for law enforcement, border control, and commercial applications. According to CEO Moshe Greenshpan, 30 churches have already deployed the new software and service, which could be used to target members who need a nudge or to identify potential major donors among those who show up…
  • My Path To Atheism : Annie Besant

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    Sent in by dealdoctor ~ For those who wish a convenient online way to hear excellent detailed arguments against Christianity, its doctrines and its "Bible God" here is a link to  Annie Besant's magnificent book My Path To Atheism   Annie BESANT (1847 - 1933)Annie Besant in 1885.  Annie Besant was a British social reformer, and radical free thinker of the late 19th century. She married a clergyman but her increasingly anti-religious views led to a legal separation in 1873. Besant became a member of the National Secular Society which preached 'free thought' and…
  • Where’s the Evidence?

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    By WizenedSage (Galen Rose) ~ Recently I discovered a Christian blog, titled WinteryKnight, that raised a very interesting question. The title of the essay is, “Why doesn’t God give us more evidence that he exists?” As the author explains, this is a common argument raised by atheists. So far, we can all agree with him.The author writes, “To defeat the argument we need to find a possible explanation of why God would want to remain hidden when our eternal destination depends on our knowledge of his existence. What reason could God have for remaining hidden?’Now that’s a damned good…
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  • Confederate Flags and Free Expression

    Jack Vance
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:15 am
    Picture of the Confederate flag flying behind the Confederate Soldier Monument on the Statehouse Grounds in Columbia, SC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There seems to be a great deal of confusion around the Confederate flag issue. I have seen more than a few people claiming that a state government removing the flag from public property somehow infringes on their personal right to free expression or that a business deciding to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise does the same. I'm writing this post in an effort to clarify a few of these misconceptions, as well as to make my own position as…
  • Changing Our Minds

    Jack Vance
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Habits of Minds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Many skeptics, atheists, and/or freethinkers pride themselves on their willingness to change their mind on the basis of reason, evidence, or other new information. This should be a source of pride and should be far more common than it is. After all, we are the ones who often claim that we are not beholden to any sort of dogma, tradition, or authority. This leaves us free to follow the evidence without being locked into maintaining views that are inconsistent with reality. It also grants us the room to change our minds as we identify the shortcomings of…
  • Obergefell as a Tipping Point

    Jack Vance
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Daderot (Own work), via Wikimedia CommonsThe news out of the Supreme Court this week (i.e., Obergefell v. Hodges) was fantastic and long overdue. Congratulations and thanks to every person who has been working to bring about marriage equality in the U.S. I have long expected that I would see this happen in my lifetime, but I wasn't sure how long it would take. Yesterday was a great day for equality!So why didn't I join almost every other atheist blogger in posting about this big news here at Atheist Revolution yesterday? Good question. When news of the ruling broke, my thoughts immediately…
  • Parent Sues Indiana Teacher for Segregating Atheist 2nd-Grader

    Jack Vance
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    Balanza de la Justicia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Suppose that you are the parent of a 2nd-grader attending public school. Your child and his or her classmates are playing on the playground shortly before lunch. One of the children asks your child if he or she goes to church, and your child says no. Your family does not attend church because you do not believe in gods. Pretty straightforward, isn't it? Just one problem: the classmate who hears this from your child takes offense and complains to a playground supervisor who reports the incident to a teacher.This is the point in the story where…
  • Time For 'In God We Trust' To Go

    Jack Vance
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:34 am
    When you walk into a building owned and operated by your city, county, state, or federal government, you generally do so for a reason. Unless you work there or are just sightseeing, you have almost certainly come to this building for a specific purpose. There is some service provided in this building that you need. You are here to accomplish something, and that means that avoiding the building is probably not feasible. You are there because you need to be.Now suppose that you walk into this government building one day and one of the first things you see is a sign of some sort that says, "In…
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  • SCOTUS Made Me Cry Today — How This Straight Guy Feels About the Same Sex Marriage Decision

    Kevin Davis
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    There aren’t many things that tug at my heartstrings.  As I’ve been told, I’m pretty stoic.  It takes a lot to make me outwardly emotional.  I don’t normally cry at sappy movies, weddings, or even funerals.  (Ok, I cry every time I watch Armageddon.  What’s it to you?!?)  My almost-constant composure is not because I’m unemotional or lack empathy.  It’s because I tend to keep it together purposely.  I maintain a decent poker face when the shit hits the fan, and I’m there to support my family when they need someone to take over and get…
  • NEW FEATURE: Introducing the Secular Store!

    Kevin Davis
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    DividedUnderGod is happy to announce our brand new DUG Secular Store! Recently, I was poking around the web, looking at some atheist & secular t-shirts and other items, and it felt like everyone had kind of the same stuff — Darwin fish, “coexist” shirts, scarlet “A” pins and stickers, and the rest of the typical things we see in the secular community.  So I decided to tinker around and design a shirt I always wanted to buy for myself.  I really like the way it came out, and I have some other ideas for shirts, stickers, mugs, etc., so why not open a…
  • An Atheist’s Open Letter to Those Praying for His Son

    Kevin Davis
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    As many of my readers have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a month.  That’s because on April 27, my life got exponentially busier, when my wife went into preterm labor and delivered our son 12 weeks early.  Grayson now lays in the local neonatal intensive care unit, where he’s been since he was born.  He’s doing well and continues to grow and gain weight, but the experience has been draining — physically, emotionally, and financially.  As things normalize and he comes home, activity on DividedUnderGod.com will resume and most likely increase,…
  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source wgxa.tv Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

    Kevin Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Image courtesy ceffm.org If you’ve heard of the Good News Club, a fundamentalist Christian evangelical club for elementary school kids, you’re most likely securely planted on one side of the fence or the other.  You either think the GNC is great for kids, or you realize its tactics are vile and damaging to the self-esteem of children and want them removed from public schools. Public schools you say? That’s right.  In 2001, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of the GNC, won a Supreme Court case allowing them to operate their Christian clubs in public schools,…
 
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  • What Would I Do If I Were God?

    11 Jun 2015 | 5:33 am
    It’s easy to say that I’d abolish pain and suffering. It’s easy to say I’d end death by making everyone immortal. Too easy to make everyday sunny and meet every desire, answer every prayer, but are any of these the best move?Living life as I perceive it makes me think that taking away failures would lessen the satisfaction of successes. Making a universe in which all is given abolishes the journey because the destination is here. Nothing is learned because all is known and there is nothing to gain because all is possessed. Would such an existence be a blessing or a curse? I honestly…
  • Insights into an Apologetic Mind

    1 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    They See Concepts As TranscendentOver and over again I see believers talk about concepts as if they exist outside of the mind that conceptualizes them. Morals, meaning, purpose, values, emotions, and the like are most often understood by the secular as constructs created as part of the function of the brain. Without sufficiently intelligent creatures to come up with this stuff, they don’t exist.I think, to the theist, the concepts are still conceptualized by a mind, but not our minds. They come from the same mind they believe created everything--God’s. For this reason they are understood…
  • Truth Seeking

    19 May 2015 | 6:40 pm
    In a courtroom, neither the prosecution nor the defense are trying to discover the truth. They are trying to make their narrative of what happened as convincing as possible to the jury. Back when Serial was a thing, I remember an episode in which they broke down the location of the cell phone used by the guy who was later convicted of murder. They did this by looking at which cell towers the phone pinged throughout the day. This data was used by the prosecution, placing the phone at or near the crime scene when the crime was committed...but the data wasn’t used transparently. The phone…
  • Sin or Die

    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Is incest a sin? If you are representative of my primary audience you are probably saying “no.” Nothing is a sin. Sin isn’t a thing. However, think about it from a believer’s perspective...is incest a sin? I did a small, informal poll and 9 out of 10 Christians believe incest is a sin. That means one of two things to the Christian faith in particular. Let’s look at the possibilities.EitherGod has set up at least two situations in which his creations had to sin in order to not go extinct. Of course, I’m referencing Adam and Eve giving birth to children who then had to have sex with…
  • The Save My Soul Via Government-Run Gambling Challenge

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:27 pm
    The religious ask me from time to time what would convince me that God exists. I have written about various ways that I would be convinced, but they all lack in detail and specifics. Today I’m offering one example of exactly what would convince me in a challenge that would likely save my soul, be compelling to readers of my blog, and almost certainly make the news as a story that would be picked up by Christians everywhere.The steps you, the believer, must take:Ask your God for the winning Mega Millions lotto numbers for Tuesday, 5-5-15.Give me the numbers privately.I’ll take it from…
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  • Catholic Church Says It's Done With God

    Andrew Hall
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Vatican City Pope Francis addressed an early morning crowd in St Peter's Square this morning and dropped a theological bombshell: The Catholic Church is no longer in the God business. Reading from a prepared statement that had been certified by a full vote of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis stated that since it is impossible to discern the existence of God it was more productive for the Catholic Church to focus on assisting people without the burden of a dogma that only dulled the compassion that people have for one another.Pope Francis then dropped the microphone from his balcony onto…
  • Chatting with Zee Crazy Atheist

    Andrew Hall
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    This is me! At the Dawkins/Dennett event!!I'm overly caffeinated.!!!(Hank Fox took this pic, and made me not looktoo hopped up.)Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett had a fireside chat (sans fire) in front of a live audience two weeks ago in Boston. The event was billed as being in Boston, but it was in Medford, just north of Boston. It happened to be fifteen minutes away from my apartment. While The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion influenced me quite a bit, I wasn't planning to attend. You see I'm a bit of a misanthrope and not a huge fan of, well, anything. And fan I mean not being ready to…
  • Conservative Fathers’ Heads Explode While Explaining Caitlyn Jenner

    Andrew Hall
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:55 am
    Caitlyn Jenner. I just want to point out something for those of you who believe that her popularity has peaked with her Vanirty Fair photo shoot, and that something is that you are 100% wrong. You may scoff and say, "Of course, that is obvious. Her upcoming reality series will propel her into the limelight and bring trans awareness to new heights." You would be correct with that statement.However...We live in the shadow of the Dark Side. The shadow of  the Dark Side is, of course, the 2016 Presidential Elections. Let's not forget that every single representative and a gaggle of senators…
  • Catholic Priest Meme

    Andrew Hall
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:56 am
    Thanks to wikimedia for the pic.
  • How this atheist responds to "Are you spiritual?"

    Andrew Hall
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    I was at an atheist meetup last night. The group's home is the city of Brockton -- just south of Boston. And it's a blue collar type of place. There isn't a major university close by (which, by my experience, offers fertile ground to freethinkers and the godless), so our group is fairly small. We meet once a month to hangout, socialize, kvetch a bit, etc. Two new people showed up and everyone took some time to talk about him or herself and the journey to atheism.Me, gobsmacked.One of the common topics up for conversation is how the religious treat us. All of us at the meeting were out of the…
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    A Hopeful Hero's View

  • House Carpenter Revisited

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:03 pm
  • Heroics of our LGBTQ family

    4 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Dear Friends and Family: I am compelled to write this post because of the increasing amount of "shaming" regarding Caitlyn Jenner's coming out as transgender and beginning to live her life authentically troubles me. Comparisons being made to what some interrupt as "true heroism" and thus degrading and down playing the life that so many LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer) folks have endured shames me. This coming out of Caitlyn is a national and international opportunity for us to explore in learning and conversation how we can better support and love those in our lives,…
  • St. James Hospital

    13 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
  • House Carpenter

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
  • Passing Away

    4 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
 
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    Untempered Intellect

  • 4 Common Misconceptions About Quantum Physics

    Neno December
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Quantum mechanics (QM) is weird. Its weirdness has resulted in QM being invoked to make sense of things that we do not quite understand or to make things seem more plausible than they really are. Often people like Deepak Chopra call upon QM weirdness to substantiate their assertions. Although their jibber jabber seems to be profound, in reality the underpinnings of their theoretical framework consists of misconceptions. The likes of Chopra have made a career from misunderstanding QM and in the process misleading and confusing their audience. When it comes to QM, there seem to be a lot of…
  • Brian Thomas of ICR, Dinosaur Eggs and "Deep Time"

    Neno December
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    In a recent study conducted by Wiemann et al, researchers isolated the original pigments from 66 million year-old oviraptorid egg shells (Macroolithus yaotunensis). Such information is used to help gain insight into dinosaur nesting behavior and reproductive biology. Long story short, at least for this species, they revealed that oviraptorid eggs look similar to that of the dark blue-green hue of modern emu eggs. In a newly posted article by Brian Thomas from the Institute for Creation Research, he yet again misrepresents scientific findings and understandings to challenge the notion of…
  • Jon Stewart Rips Into Pro-Confederate Flag Crowd

    Neno December
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
  • Yahweh and Animal Sacrifice

    Neno December
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    Having a conversation with a Christian on the issue of animal sacrifice is like talking to a parrot.(This of course is not true of all Christians. There is no such thing as one Christianity per se. There are thousands of denominations each with different theological understandings. This post primarily focuses on those that accept the role of animal sacrifice, at the very least, in the Old Testament).Their rationalizations are based on merely repeating the necessity of such cruelty because...wait for it...that's what the Bible says. Their biblical perspective seems to blind them from thinking…
  • Response to "FDA & CDC find raw pet food unpalatable"

    Neno December
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    Science-Based Medicine is one of my favorite websites. The bloggers are experts in their fields and they explore issues and controversies relating to science and medicine. Overall, their articles are very well written and most importantly littered with citations. Unfortunately, one of their latest articles, FDA & CDC find raw pet food unpalatable, written by Jann Bellamy, is riddled with speculations masquerading as facts, lacks clarity, and quite frankly is overall poorly argued. Let's walk through the article."The FDA recently announced it would send field staff out to collect…
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    Godless Mom

  • The Bluff: A Novella Pt. 1

    Godless Mom
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    This is a creative writing exercise I thought I would share with you all. It is loosely based on true events. I realized a story about these events had been written already about halfway through this project so, I said fuckit, I’ll just share it on my blog instead. Read the other parts here. A phone ringing in the young hours of the morning is always ominous. Your eyes blink open to thick darkness and your mind desperately tries to catch up to your body. The shrill, tinny screech sends your heart racing before your thoughts can even register what’s going on, and when the clouds…
  • Guest Post: Josh Duggar, Lena Dunham, and Why We Shouldn’t Give Just Anyone a Show

    Godless Mom
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    TLC GM is helping Godless Dad at work this week and will be posting guest posts until next week. If you want to see yours posted this week, click here to submit it. This post is from Maddy Lawrence. She says, “Fellow Anti-Theist Atheist here. I’m a 19-year-old who enjoys a good comedy, and  those who think rationally. I’m working on turning my daydreams into a reality.” You can follow her on Twitter here: @MadMLaw1995 Ah, TLC. The Learning Channel. Just what exactly are we learning? How to make Mama June’s sketti? How to turn your body into baby factory like…
  • Guest Post: Sorry But Progressives Are Not Immune To Nonsense

    Godless Mom
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    GM is helping Godless Dad at work this week and will be posting guest posts until next week. If you want to see yours posted this week, click here to submit it. This post is from Selena Neumark. Selena has a degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia and hopes to pursue a Masters in Media Development. She blogs about secularism and science at Free Thinking Activist Types.  You can follow her on Twitter here: @VeeEyeEm I live in a liberal leaning city, in a wealthy country with entirely secular laws. My community is not particularly religious and tends even to perceive…
  • Guest Post: Do Prisons Work? (A UK Perspective)

    Godless Mom
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    GM is helping Godless Dad at work this week and will be posting guest posts until next week. If you want to see yours posted this week, click here to submit it. This post is from David Kelly, a humanist campaigning in North London about everything from faith school admissions to bogus health claims. He blogs at Humanism in Barnet Today.  You can follow him on Twitter here: @Barnethumanist Do prisons work? From Reading Gaol to Wormwood Scrubs today’s prison system beggars belief. Rosamund Urwin’s comment piece, “Our prisons are a disgrace to civilised society”…
  • Atheist Life Hacks: How To Escape Being Mauled By A Bear

    Godless Mom
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    If you’ve ever driven the Sea To Sky highway from Vancouver to Whistler, you’re a lucky heathen. After driving to Tofino on Vancouver Island, and driving up the West Coast of Australia, it’s the third most beautiful drive I’ve ever done. My boyfriend (let’s call him James) and I used to drive up there a couple times a week, back in my mid-twenties. We’d stop at every BC Park. Places like Brandywine falls: Brandywine Falls and Porteau Cove: Porteau Cove We loved hiking up there and exploring what lay just outside our city limits. We felt lucky to have this…
 
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