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  • Ready to Supersize Your Salvation? How About a McMass?

    Friendly Atheist
    Rachel Ford
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In what is either brilliant parody or desperate marketing (or quite possibly a mix of the two), Lux Dei design is promoting a new church that combines McDonalds with, well, Jesus.A group of three friends calling themselves “The McMass Project” has launched an IndieGoGo page trying to raise $1 million to build a McDonald’s franchise in a church, possibly in New Jersey or the Philadelphia area.Citing declining church attendance, the group declares that “it’s time for churches to innovate” and “pray different.” Which brings us, somehow, to fast food.
  • Atheism Gave Me Hope

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    By Ethan ~ I grew up in a moderate-to-strict Christian household. My dad was a pastor (at first of one that was part of a chain of churches called Calvary Chapel, now a Southern Baptist pastor). When I grew up, I had a rather positive idea of God. I always thought of him as this parent-like figure that was always watching over me, and always had my back. I went to a Christian school most of my life, until 7th grade, where I was pulled out and homeschooled until my junior year of high school (HORRIBLE). While I was growing up, I never questioned my faith. I always thought of people who…
  • "Honest Atheism"

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    By WizenedSage (Galen Rose) ~ In the article “Honest Atheism” by D. Cameron Webb, in the Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015 issue of Free Inquiry magazine, the author concludes that atheists are unlikely to win many converts so long as their description of death is “certain annihilation.” And, he argues that since we cannot be 100% certain that annihilation awaits us at death, then the honest answer to what happens to us when we die is, “I have no friggin’ idea.”Overall, this is a great article which I heartily recommend, but I must take issue with his conclusion. I don’t think it’s being…
  • Did Thomas Jefferson Actually Call the Bible a Dung Hill?

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    By Valerie Tarico ~ American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, who authored the Declaration of Independence and served as the third president of the United States, also took a pair of scissors to the Bible, publishing a thin volume of the parts he thought worth keeping. The original Jefferson Bible exists to this day, and is available online. But did Jefferson actually call the Good Book a dunghill, like some say?The answer to that question is kind of yes, kind of no.Yes, Jefferson thought that most of the Bible was, in modern vernacular, a load of crap, and yes, he did, by way of analogy,…
  • Atheist Bloggers, Join Our Tribe

    Atheist Revolution
    Jack Vance
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    Are you an atheist blogger? That is, are you an atheist who writes a blog in which you address atheism and related topics? Are you active on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Linkedin? Would you like to connect with other atheist bloggers and possibly drive more traffic to your blog? If so, I'd like to invite you to join a new tribe. Huh? Let me explain.You may not have heard of it before, but Triberr is a specialized social platform for bloggers that aims to bring bloggers together around common interests to facilitate communication and reciprocal content promotion. We now have an atheism tribe on…
 
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  • Pope Benedict XVI: “Charity Without Faith is Useless”

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Caritas in Veritate International, a Catholic group that specializes in charity and proselytizing, recently held a meeting in Rome for its leaders. And they met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who had some strong words of support for them:… Henry Cappello, the president of CiVI… told LifeSiteNews on Wednesday that the pope emeritus was healthy and able to visit with them for 25 minutes. Benedict also summed up neatly the point of his encyclicals and of CiVI: “He told us, ‘Faith without charity is useless. And charity without faith is useless.’”I’m sure he was just…
  • Ready to Supersize Your Salvation? How About a McMass?

    Rachel Ford
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In what is either brilliant parody or desperate marketing (or quite possibly a mix of the two), Lux Dei design is promoting a new church that combines McDonalds with, well, Jesus.A group of three friends calling themselves “The McMass Project” has launched an IndieGoGo page trying to raise $1 million to build a McDonald’s franchise in a church, possibly in New Jersey or the Philadelphia area.Citing declining church attendance, the group declares that “it’s time for churches to innovate” and “pray different.” Which brings us, somehow, to fast food.
  • German Pastafarians Now Have Official Signs Directing People to the Nearest Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Germany, which doesn’t have the kind of church/state separation that we do in the U.S., has signs right as you enter some cities telling you when local churches gather. The local Catholic Church, for example, meets at 10:30a on Sunday.So what happened when a group of Pastafarians requested signs of their own in the city of Templin?City officials said, sure, why not?Church sign in Templin (via Rüdiger Weida)A rough translation of a German article explains:The evangelical pastor Ralf-Günther Schein leaves no doubt that he does not think much of the activities of the church…
  • Frustrated with the Mother Who “Audited” a Museum’s Evolution Exhibit? There’s a Way You Can Undo Her Damage

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The other day, I posted about a Creationist mother who laughably “audited” an evolution exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and posted the video on YouTube.I also mentioned that this mother, Megan Fox, has been going after my local library for the past year because they don’t censor their Internet and Fox saw that as sanctioning “taxpayer funded access to child porn.” Her actions, which have already cost the library more than $125,000, have effectively taken money away from educational purposes (which I’m sure doesn’t matter to…
  • After a Brief Suspension for Defending Evolution, ESPN’s Keith Law Returns to Twitter with This Gem

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last week, retired baseball star Curt Schilling took to Twitter to criticize, of all things, evolution. And one of his critics was ESPN baseball writer Keith Law, who tried (to no avail) talking sense into the pitcher.Law was temporarily suspended by ESPN for those tweets (which, let’s admit, were not even remotely offensive).This week, Law returned to Twitter with this web gem:“Eppur si muove” translates to “And yet it moves,” the words Galileo uttered when he was forced to recant about the Earth rotating around the sun. It was a quiet admission that scientific…
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  • TRUTH BE TOLD Available for Digital Download Soon!

    The Atheist Geek
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Your wait to see Truth Be Told will soon be over! Truth Be Told will be available for digital download on 12/19/14 and we’ll even be able to preorder a DVD with extras! I don’t know everything about what’s to come, but I’m told it will include full interviews with the ex-Witnesses who appear in the film. You can see clips of the documentary at Gregorio Smith’s website and on SMITHKRAFT’s YouTube channel. I don’t know about you, but I’m there, man. I’m told Huffington Post will be announcing this very soon, but I’m posting it today.
  • AtheistTV Goes Live TODAY!

    The Atheist Geek
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    Can you believe it – AtheistTV! I just found out about this yesterday. If you have a Roku, they are starting the Atheist TV Network at 7:00 PM tonight. If not, you can watch Atheist TV Live through their live stream with the rest of us. It appears to be produced by American Atheists. Here’s what the site says about the new network: We have partnered with content creators in the atheist community to bring engaging and entertaining content to AtheistTV. We are working with experienced producers to develop new, original programming that will launch soon. If you are interested in…
  • Michigan Skeptics Association: Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe in the Theory of Evolution?

    The Atheist Geek
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    My article about Jehovah’s Witnesses and evolution, entitled Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Believe in the Theory of Evolution? just went up. Please read it or I will cry.
  • News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Jehovah’s Trumpet And More!

    The Atheist Geek
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Shunning Makes Us Joyful This one is from Jehovah’s Trumpet, a site that spoofs the Watchtower. Jehovah’s Trumpet is to the Watchtower magazine what The Colbert Report is to Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor. The best part is the comments. Note that lots of people didn’t get the joke. If you were one of them, now you know! Bear in mind that this is the same website that features stories like Conjoined Twin Shuns Brother and Family Repudiates Thursdays. Note to fellow skeptics and atheists: Remember to use critical thinking skills where applicable! Evolution: A Satanic…
  • Review: “Penny Dreadful”

    The Atheist Geek
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    On the surface, the first season of Penny Dreadful, by Showtime, is about a group of monster hunters trying to save Mina – the girl from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I think it’s a TV show that most will either love or hate. The critics seem to like it overall, but I know some viewers who have had trouble adapting to how it tells its story. This is understandable. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or leave it during the first few episodes. Then I figured out what Penny Dreadful was really about and how much I was missing. Even some of its fans have missed the real…
 
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  • Atlas Shrugged: Death and Taxes

    Adam Lee
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII When someone pops up out of nowhere on a lonely road late at night to hand you a bar of gold, it probably wouldn’t be your first impulse to wonder how they determined how much gold to give you. But Hank Rearden is curious, and Ragnar Danneskjold has an [Read More...]
  • The Fallout in Ferguson, Continued

    Adam Lee
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    Ever since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by a white police officer back in August, the people of Ferguson, Missouri have been on edge, waiting to see if they would get justice. On Monday night, the grand jury that had been weighing the case for weeks came to a decision: [Read More...]
  • Weekday Coffee: Skepticon Edition

    Adam Lee
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I’ve spent this past weekend at Skepticon 7, and I’m still recovering (especially from the Skeptiprom dance party on Saturday night). In the meantime, here are some links I picked up from the weekend’s talks: • My favorite talk of the convention was by Ben Blanchard, who spent a year working abroad with the Foundation [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Goldbuggery

    Adam Lee
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII Ragnar Danneskjold continues explaining his business plan: “I have been selling the cargoes I retrieved to some special customers of mine in this country, who pay me in gold. Also, I have been selling my cargoes to the smugglers and the black-market traders of the People’s States of Europe. [Read More...]
  • A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 8

    Adam Lee
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    This is part 8 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hello Andrew, We’ll get into consciousness soon, but before we do, I have a few more things I want to say about the problem of evil. Let’s jump right into [Read More...]
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  • Did Thomas Jefferson Actually Call the Bible a Dung Hill?

    28 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    By Valerie Tarico ~ American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, who authored the Declaration of Independence and served as the third president of the United States, also took a pair of scissors to the Bible, publishing a thin volume of the parts he thought worth keeping. The original Jefferson Bible exists to this day, and is available online. But did Jefferson actually call the Good Book a dunghill, like some say?The answer to that question is kind of yes, kind of no.Yes, Jefferson thought that most of the Bible was, in modern vernacular, a load of crap, and yes, he did, by way of analogy,…
  • Still Feeling Guilty?

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    By Carl S ~ Shortly after I entered the monastery to begin a religion-driven life, the abbot told me to go into the church hallway and follow the Stations of the Cross. In Catholic churches today you still find the stations; they are plaques placed in a certain order on the walls depicting the sufferings Jesus is claimed to have endured starting from his sentencing on through his death. There are twelve of them. I was told at each and every step, (flagellation, crowning with thorns, dragging the cross, etc.), to say "And this was for me." (I was also later told that my "sins" put the nails…
  • Atheism Gave Me Hope

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    By Ethan ~ I grew up in a moderate-to-strict Christian household. My dad was a pastor (at first of one that was part of a chain of churches called Calvary Chapel, now a Southern Baptist pastor). When I grew up, I had a rather positive idea of God. I always thought of him as this parent-like figure that was always watching over me, and always had my back. I went to a Christian school most of my life, until 7th grade, where I was pulled out and homeschooled until my junior year of high school (HORRIBLE). While I was growing up, I never questioned my faith. I always thought of people who…
  • "Honest Atheism"

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    By WizenedSage (Galen Rose) ~ In the article “Honest Atheism” by D. Cameron Webb, in the Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015 issue of Free Inquiry magazine, the author concludes that atheists are unlikely to win many converts so long as their description of death is “certain annihilation.” And, he argues that since we cannot be 100% certain that annihilation awaits us at death, then the honest answer to what happens to us when we die is, “I have no friggin’ idea.”Overall, this is a great article which I heartily recommend, but I must take issue with his conclusion. I don’t think it’s being…
  • Hell for christians? Hell for all?

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:57 am
    By Anne R Keye ~ Every religion is going to hell according to every other religion and denomination. When your church says that you and only your denomination are going to be saved, be aware that the church around the corner from yours will say that your church has it all wrong! Your church is probably [Definitely] damned to hell and only their church and their chosen denomination has it right and is going to be saved. It is both amazing and laughable viewing the bizarre world of christianity at war with itself.In reality In a recent argument with a lady who was my best friend a few years ago…
 
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    Atheist Revolution

  • Atheist Bloggers, Join Our Tribe

    Jack Vance
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    Are you an atheist blogger? That is, are you an atheist who writes a blog in which you address atheism and related topics? Are you active on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Linkedin? Would you like to connect with other atheist bloggers and possibly drive more traffic to your blog? If so, I'd like to invite you to join a new tribe. Huh? Let me explain.You may not have heard of it before, but Triberr is a specialized social platform for bloggers that aims to bring bloggers together around common interests to facilitate communication and reciprocal content promotion. We now have an atheism tribe on…
  • Thanksgiving 2014

    Jack Vance
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    "The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)For many people, Thanksgiving is a great excuse to get together with family and friends, eat too much, and partake in various traditions one enjoys. For others, it is a time to pay homage to our alien overlords. I've never had much use for holiday traditions, but that does not mean I do not enjoy having a day off of work even though I do not celebrate Thanksgiving. For me, using the day to do something I enjoy and do not usually get to do on a work day is plenty satisfying.As for the frequent claim…
  • When Shaming and Outrage Drive Away Potential Allies

    Jack Vance
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Warning sign for police brutality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We live in a world that often seems to be characterized by rampant unfairness. The supply of things that should upset us seems endless. Church-state violations, sexism, efforts to restrict free expression, legal discrimination against LGBT persons, Christian privilege, racism, massive corporations that refuse to provide employees a living wage, police brutality, animal cruelty, and so on. There are plenty of things over which outrage is a perfectly valid reaction.Unfortunately, none of us can devote equal time, attention, and effort…
  • Gift Ideas for Atheists in 2014

    Jack Vance
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    Portions of this post were written in 2008 and updated in 2012. With the 2014 update, I figured it made more sense to publish a new version rather than continue updating the original post.Many atheists celebrate Christmas and/or other holidays this time of year that involve the exchange of gifts. So if you find yourself looking for a gift for that atheist on your list and want to get them something that has something to do with atheism, humanism, skepticism, or secularism to show that you support who they are, I have some suggestions. And since none of my suggestions are Christmas-specific in…
  • Twitter Tips: Finding People to Follow

    Jack Vance
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    Assuming you have created your new Twitter account and have been slowly getting a feel for how Twitter works, you are ready to find some interesting people to follow. Twitter is a great way to find other atheists, skeptics, and secular activists who will keep you informed about what is happening and with whom you can interact online. You have undoubtedly found some already.The question here is how you can improve your experience with Twitter by following the right people and not wasting time on the wrong people. For what should be obvious reasons, deciding who to follow on Twitter will be…
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  • A Call to Action from an Openly Secular Parent

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Image courtesy openlysecular.org I’m an atheist and a supporter of the secular movement here in America.  I’m also a mother of two children and homemaker to a humanist household.  I spend my days changing my baby’s diapers and watching Sesame Street, while trying to make time to read through the latest books as I maintain an orderly home.  And when it comes to raising my children, keeping God out of the picture is key.  There’s a saying synonymous with parenting that goes, “If I don’t expose my child to the lessons of God, then no one will.”…
  • The Fight for Faith or The Attack on Atheists?

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    (originally posted on blogginbluestocking.blogspot.com) Religion and government—two separate institutions that when combined are the topic of controversy and center of much debate.  Why?  Could it be because our nation lacks a state religion?  Or perhaps it’s the result of heightened discrimination against Christians in the public sphere?  Maybe overwhelming violent acts against, as well as the bullying of, God’s children are occurring more frequently in our public schools?  That’s what many Americans believe.  Atheists are portrayed as iconoclasts, out to destroy all that…
  • DividedUnderGod.com Needs Your Support

    Kevin Davis
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As many of you are aware, DividedUnderGod.com has been going strong for about 3 years.  In that time, we’ve been able to spread the word about church/state separation issues in the US, assist Margaret Doughty in her fight for American citizenship, and introduce the concept of progressive atheism to readers.  Along with the website, DividedUnderGod has a loyal following on Twitter and Facebook, and the site’s YouTube channel was launched this week. All of these things take time, and unfortunately money to produce and maintain.  In order to offset some of that, after much…
  • Announcement: YouTube Channel Launched!

    Kevin Davis
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Happy Monday! Yesterday, I led a talk at the Central New York Humanist Association meeting, entitled “How Partnership and Progressive Atheism Leads to Understanding.”  It was the first presentation related to my book, Understanding an Atheist.  The talk was recorded and is the first video to be featured on a new YouTube channel dedicated to DividedUnderGod. I plan to follow up with short video discussions of many of the articles written on this site, as well as videos related to current church/state issues and Progressive Atheism.  So please visit and subscribe! If you…
  • If Atheists Want to Change Perceptions, They Need to Stop Acting Like This

    Kevin Davis
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Today started like any other day for me.  I got up and got myself and my son ready for the day.  I took him to school and I went back home to work.  At some point in the morning, a headline caught my attention about a 22-month-old boy, Brayden King, who died by drowning in a baptismal fountain in Alabama.  I clicked on the story and read that the toddler’s mother was in church preparing for a prayer meeting and her 13-year-old daughter was put in charge of the boy.  After losing track of Brayden, she searched for him and found him unconscious in the baptismal fountain.  He…
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    God is Pretend

  • The Reason Revolution: The Collapse of Religion

    God is Pretend
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    This is an excerpt from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion by Dan Dana, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon ($0.99). Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism —> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <— ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The time will come—perhaps within the next century in North America—when a critical mass of the populace will recognize the folly of religious belief. A national and…
  • The Reason Revolution: Political Implications of Atheism

    God is Pretend
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    This is an excerpt from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion by Dan Dana, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon ($0.99). Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism —> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <— ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Politics matter. It is through instruments of government that politics impact people. If politics were not infused with religious ideology, it would matter little that…
  • What good is evolution denial?

    God is Pretend
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    While doing some research for this image, I found a page on Answers in Genesis matching my search terms. Never one to pass up a quick laugh, I clicked through to see what “answer” Genesis could provide me on the similarities between human DNA and the DNA of both chimpanzees and bonobos. I did not expect to see what I saw. I expected some passionate claim that God is the creator of everything and that’s that. Instead, I found a detailed article written by Dr. David DeWitt. My first question was “Doctor of what?” As it turns out, he has a Ph.D. in neuroscience…
  • The Reason Revolution: The One True Religion?

    God is Pretend
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    This is an excerpt from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion by Dan Dana, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon ($0.99). Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism —> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <— ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This is the first of nine upcoming posts describing “Reasons for Skepticism” derived from scientific discovery, not from wishful speculations about the…
  • The Reason Revolution: Historical Context

    God is Pretend
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    This is an excerpt from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion by Dan Dana, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon ($0.99). Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism —> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <— ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A quiet revolution is underway. We hear no gunfire. No armies are engaged in battle. No violent overthrow of political regimes is occurring. This is a peaceful evolution,…
 
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  • Quick Take on Interstellar

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    I watched Interstellar last night and I have mixed feelings about it. Basic spoilers implied ahead.From a science standpoint, Interstellar educates the audience about how relativity works (although inconsistently) in regards to time dilation and how it is related to gravity. On the flip side, the movie also propagates the myth that black holes transport people places rather than kill them. I don’t care if movies educate, but I don’t want them to pass on wrong information as if it is correct. Science fiction is at it’s best when it takes unknowns and fills them with what could be true,…
  • I Eat Meat

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    A Christian apologist asks “what is the difference (according to your view of reality) between humans and other animals? And a follow up question, are you vegan?”I know where this question comes from. Christians, and many other religious types, view humanity as categorically different from animals and assumes anyone who accepts evolution thinks they are on par with wildlife. Well, yes and no. I don’t believe man holds a special place in any mystical or supernatural way, nor do we have a unique link to the transcendent. Modern humans share a common ancestor with all animals, but that…
  • Quit Your Whying

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    I’ve been listening to comedian Pete Holmes’ podcast You Made It Weird recently. A point of interest relevant to this blog is that Pete ends each episode with an exploration of his guest’s religious or atheistic beliefs. Most often his guest is a fellow comedian, a trade that fosters atheism almost as readily as scientific fields. Speaking of which, he’s had on scientists like Brian Green and Bill Nye as well as less scientifically literate types such as Deepak Chopra (that was a hard episode for me to get through even though it was about half the usual two hour length.) Pete himself…
  • For Heaven to be Perfect, You Can’t be There

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    If heaven is defined as the best possible afterlife, there are at least as many concepts of heaven as there are religions in the world. I’d argued there are as many different concepts of heaven as there are people who have ever considered it. Perfection is seemingly a subjective idea as strange as that sounds. Be it virgins, streets of gold, reunions with family, or nirvana, most agree that the bad things we experience in life, do not occur in heaven. They don’t occur because they fundamentally can’t.If I’m in heaven and a fellow worthy dead guy wants to do something I don’t like,…
  • Deity Shmeity Quickies

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Faith, as unsubstantiated belief to the degree of perceived certainty, is the most anti-intellectual concept ever created. When applied to religion, it's effectively ignorance worship.Last month's PewResearch data that shows how atheists are viewed relative to religious groups. (Spoiler: not great)I find that theists tend to project their beliefs onto reality. Concepts--like right and wrong, the mind, love, truth to some extent--are all more than abstractions, they are considered real in some way beyond the use of the people that conceive them. The support for this is always along the…
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  • Grandmothers Everywhere Prepare To Guilt Their Grandchildren To Jesus This Holiday Season

    Andrew Hall
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Billy and Grandma are on their way to see Jesus!Everytown, America - Grandmothers across the nation are preparing for holiday visits from family members by wrapping presents AND preparing to lead their children's children to Christ. As the agnostic/atheist and simply religiously apathetic number of mothers and fathers grow, the burden of spiritual guilting the younger generation has fallen onto Nana."Spiritual Guilting has traditionally been executed by the mother," stated religious studies expert, Dr Ryan Kannard. "How this manifests itself is partially based on the faith background of the…
  • Batman and Robin Discuss the War on Christmas

    Andrew Hall
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
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  • Thousands Rally Against Evolution in Houston

    Andrew Hall
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Charles Darwin better not show his head 'round here!- anonymous protester Sunday morning thousands of Christians who regard the Bible as the inerrant word of God met and stood together against the theory of evolution. The event called We Stand Sunday was organized by a confederation of evangelicals called DAWKINS (Darwin Argued Wrongly and Kids Intelligently Need Saving). The pro-biblical crowd met in the parking lot of the Hobby Lobby on 5th and Main. It was their stated intent to protect their "religious freedom" from the workings of big city government.We Stand Sunday was a…
  • City Mandates Children Wear Police-Style Body Cams Around Priests

    Andrew Hall
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Local officials tell Catholics, "It's for the kids."Cambridge, MA Alfred Cunnard, City Manager, has signed a bill mandating that any child under the age of 14 who is within eye shot of a Catholic Priest must wear a body cam similar to the ones that many police departments have recently adopted.The new law is filed under the Title 9 Public Peace, Morals, and Welfare city ordinances.The official body cam for Cambridge, MA youths.(b) Whenever a child [as defined as anyone under 14 years of age] is within the viewing distance of a person who is recognized as an official of the Roman…
  • Atheist Motivational Poster

    Andrew Hall
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
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    Untempered Intellect

  • Benghazi. Benghazi. Benghazi.

    Neno December
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Few days ago (Nov. 21), the Republican led House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released its two year investigative report on 2012 Benghazi attacks. Their conclusion? No different than the past 6 investigations:[T]he CIA ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi ;and, without a requirement to do so, ably and bravely assisted the State Department on the night of the attacks. Their actions saved lives. Appropriate U.S. personnel made reasonable tactical decisions that night, and the Committee found no evidence that there was either a stand down order or a denial of…
  • Net Neutrality

    Neno December
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Net neutrality, what is there not to get? It’s really simple, net neutrality is the idea that all data on the internet should be treated equally. In other words, your cable or phone internet connection should treat all websites and services the same—they should not discriminate or charge differently on the basis of content, site, platform, application, and so on. Some people just don’t get it. They like to think that without such protections telecommunication enterprises would not interfere with internet data. However, the past decade has refuted that view. For example:Netflix slowed…
  • Surgery Made This Man Homeless

    Neno December
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    On my way to school, I often run into at least one person asking for change. Today was no different. As I got off the EL and walked towards Subway to get breakfast, an older gentleman leaning on the side of the train station asked:“excuse me sir, do you by any chance have change to spare?”I responded with a no and sorry and he said,“thank you anyway, sorry to bother you”.It was the way he responded that stopped me dead in my tracks. I was compelled to help—it was something about him--he seemed like a good person down on his luck. And so I invited him to join me for breakfast. We…
  • Plausible?

    Neno December
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    This morning, as I was going through my Twitter timeline I stumbled upon a little gem. Apparently, it is being reported that Michelle Bachman has recently said:"If dinosaur bones have been buried millions of years why are they so clean when they're in museums? They would be dirty. And if the dinosaur bones are real, why do they need wire to keep them together?"Not sure how accurate this quote is, I did a bit of research to find the source but I came up empty handed. Personally, I don't think Bachman did make such a statement. However, would it be surprising if she did? Unfortunately, the…
  • Plato's "Republic" Book VII (514a-521b) Summary

    Neno December
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Book VII, specifically 514a-517c, is perhaps the most well-known and widely read part of the Republic—it is here that Plato presents the reader with the famous “allegory of the cave”. As it is explicitly stated at the beginning of Book VII, the intended meaning of the allegory is to illustrate the way in which education and or lack of it effects human nature (514a). Furthermore, in book VI, Socrates attempts to explain the Form of the Good by using two analogies; the sun (507c-509d) and the analogy of the divided line (509d-511d). Keeping in line with theme of “three’s”, as well…
 
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  • Follow Friday: Theist Edition

    Godless Mom
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Frankie’s egg Happy Friday Unbelievers! I hope all my American readers had a wonderful holiday and are now trying to work of 5000 calories and a hangover. This week, I want you to follow some theists I love. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking you might get preached at or damned to Hell. With these guys though, it’s just not the case. I have always maintained that I don’t care if you’re religious, so long as you do not expect your beliefs to trickle into government policy, nor judge others for arbitrary things in your holy book, or push it on anyone who may…
  • Atheist Life Hacks: How To Find Nirvana

    Godless Mom
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    Godless Mom learned to surf in gym class in Australia. We used to hop on a bus and drive out to Trigg Beach or Swanbourne Beach depending on the surf. We’d get our wetsuits on, lay in the sand and practice popping up on our boards. After a while, our instructor would take us out past the break, where we would mostly sit and wait our turn to ride a wave. Surfing was hard, but it was the best thing about school in Australia by miles and I wouldn’t trade the fact that I learned to surf on powdery white beaches on the Indian Ocean for anything. Riding home on the bus was always a…
  • Hilarious Apocalypse Predictions Part 2

    Godless Mom
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    I started this last week and quickly realized that there are far too many hilarious apocalypse predictions for just one post, so I divided it into two. To read the previous predictions, click here. Here are some more: 8. The Comet Returns – Leland Jensen was excommunicated from his Bahá’í sect for his radical ideas. In 1980, he had his followers hiding in bomb shelters because the end of the world was nigh. Again, in 1986 he predicted that Halley’s Comet would be sucked into Earth’s orbit and lead to the end of the world. 9. Earth Day Pioneer – One of the…
  • Reasonable Doubt Part 2: Eyewitness Testimony

    Godless Mom
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 am
    Read Part 1 Last week, I wrote about why it’s so important for average citizens to understand what reasonable doubt is, and how a “not guilty” verdict is not the same as finding a defendant “innocent”. I want you to watch something, to recap what I said. The OJ Simpson trial, which many do not know involved a lawyer from the Innocence Project, was a perfect example of reasonable doubt. You can generally find out what sort of juror you will be, if you’re familiar with the evidence, by your opinion on this trial. If you would have agreed with the verdict…
  • Every Atheist Needs: The Night Sky

    Godless Mom
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    Have you ever been staring at the stars and wondered “what’s that really bright one?”, or “why does that one look like it’s moving?”. Have you ever wondered if what you’re looking at is part of a constellation or maybe even a satellite? Have you wanted to be able to pinpoint planets and stellar systems and more? If you have, then you need this app. It’s called The Night Sky and it’s one of the first apps I bought when I got my iPad. This app is beyond fucking cool. I highly recommend paying for the pro version. When you have a clear night,…
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