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  • The Islamic State - Vice

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    David
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    August 2014 on ViceThe Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced its intention to reestablish the caliphate and has declared its leader, the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the caliph.The lightning advances the Islamic State made across Syria and Iraq in June shocked the world. But it's not just the group's military victories that have garnered attention — it's also the pace with which its members have begun to carve…
  • Tim Minchin Brilliantly and Accurately Expresses My Thoughts! Listen Up Young Whippersnappers!

    Debunking Abrahamic Religions
    John W. Loftus
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
  • Maybe Joel Osteen Should Open Up That Bible of His…

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    Hemant Mehta
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Pastor Joel Osteen gets a lot of criticism for not using the Bible very much when he preaches — though that’s also part of his appeal. He might want to take a second look at it, though, since a recent Facebook post hinted that he doesn’t know his own biblical history:God said in Numbers 11:23, “Moses, is there any limit to My power?” He was saying, “Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I can bring water without rain?” There’s no limit to God’s power.The…
  • Does the Qur'an Promote Violence?

    Debunking Abrahamic Religions
    John W. Loftus
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    Summary Answer:The Qur'an contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Qur'an are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are…
  • There’s Nothing About Abortion in the Bible – So How Do Right-Wing Christians Justify Their Crusade Against Women?

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    Adam Lee
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    This article previously appeared on AlterNet. While America languishes in an economic depression, Republican officeholders are bending all their efforts… to banning abortion. In the last few weeks and months, we’ve seen a blizzard of anti-choice legislation in Texas, in Ohio, in Wisconsin, in North Carolina, and many other places: laws that stall women seeking [Read More...]
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  • Tim Minchin Brilliantly and Accurately Expresses My Thoughts! Listen Up Young Whippersnappers!

    John W. Loftus
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
  • I'll Be Teaching an Online Class Based On My Book "The Outsider Test for Faith" in October

    John W. Loftus
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    I'll be teaching an online class based on my book "The Outsider Test for Faith" in October at secularactivism.org. Of it Dr. James Lindsay says:The Outsider Test for Faithis a silver bullet argument for understanding how to grapple with the religious diversity of our world and how to answer the central question raised by it: How can we know which religion, if any, is true?”Dr. Richard Carrier says of it:Though this idea has been voiced before, Loftus is the first to name it, rigorize it, and give it an extensive philosophical defense…The end result is one of the most effective and…
  • John Shertzer Hittell On Miracles, From "The Evidences Against Christianity"

    John W. Loftus
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    God may have done a plethora of miracles in the ancient past and may do so again in the future, but as Hittell argued in 1857, following David Hume, there isn't any reason for us to accept these miracle claims unless miracles are taking place today. This is the only reasonable conclusion. People who believe anyway are not being reasonable. To the question of whether miracles happen today, which ones are convincing to outsiders? Which ones have solid objective evidence for them? Which ones are not performed by tricksters and/or magicians? Which ones can be understood as self-healing via the…
  • Does the Qur'an Promote Violence?

    John W. Loftus
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    Summary Answer:The Qur'an contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Qur'an are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are…
  • Nathan Phelps "I'm Not My Father's Son"

    John W. Loftus
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Can you imagine saying you are not your father's son? Nathan Phelps does. His father was founding pastor of the Westboro Baptist--"God Hates Fags--Church, who died not long ago after being excommunicated.Would you want to know the story of how Nate (pictured on the right) and his brother escaped Westboro Baptist Church? Watch this documentary trailer, make a donation, and help them complete "Not My Father's Son." Donate if you will for a good story and cause. I did. Nate also contributed a chapter for Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails, titled "Abusive Pastors and Churches."When…
 
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  • The Islamic State - Vice

    David
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    August 2014 on ViceThe Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced its intention to reestablish the caliphate and has declared its leader, the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the caliph.The lightning advances the Islamic State made across Syria and Iraq in June shocked the world. But it's not just the group's military victories that have garnered attention — it's also the pace with which its members have begun to carve…
  • BBC Panorama: From Jail to Jihad

    Admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    First broadcast May 12, 2014 on BBC OneThe Muslim prison population in England and Wales has doubled in the past ten years to nearly one in seven inmates. This rise is five times faster than the increase in the overall jail population.Evidence shows most Muslims are not radicalised, but the prison system is also home to the UK's greatest concentration of Islamic terrorists and extremists. Many more are converted or radicalised behind bars. Reporter Raphael Rowe follows one radical convert as he leaves prison, interviews some convicted terrorists and extremists about their experiences…
  • Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham - Full Debate

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    5 Feb 2014 | 8:44 am
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  • Richard Dawkins vs. Howard Conder on Revelation TV

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    7 Dec 2013 | 4:52 am
  • Daniel Dennett, Lawrence Krauss and Massimo Pigliucci discuss The Limits Of Science

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    7 Nov 2013 | 7:28 am
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  • How Many People in Each State Have No Religious Affiliation? This Tool Lets Us Know

    Hemant Mehta
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    There’s a new toy online for those of us who enjoy looking at the religious demographics of all the states. It’s called the American Values Atlas. Wanna know what percentage of religious Nones live in each state? Boom:Nicely done, Oregon and New Hampshire.If you compare/contrast the numbers with faith groups in all the states, you’ll even find some surprising results:The unaffiliated are as large as any other major religious group in 16 states http://t.co/3ogAolLrBQ #AVAtlas #RNA2014 @ssrs_solutions— Public Religion Res. (@publicreligion) September 19, 2014The AVA was…
  • Maybe Joel Osteen Should Open Up That Bible of His…

    Hemant Mehta
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Pastor Joel Osteen gets a lot of criticism for not using the Bible very much when he preaches — though that’s also part of his appeal. He might want to take a second look at it, though, since a recent Facebook post hinted that he doesn’t know his own biblical history:God said in Numbers 11:23, “Moses, is there any limit to My power?” He was saying, “Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I can bring water without rain?” There’s no limit to God’s power.The…
  • Researchers Who Studied Seeing Jesus in Toast Awarded for Their Work… Sort Of

    Hemant Mehta
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    At yesterday’s annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard, where hilarious-but-very-real research is celebrated, a team of Chinese and Canadian scientists won the neuroscience prize for their work titled “Seeing Jesus in toast: Neural and behavioral correlates of face pareidolia“:Researcher Kang Lee accepted the award on behalf of the team:Lee, a developmental neuroscientist, and his team of researchers found that such recognition is normal and based on how the brain interprets and makes sense of visual stimuli.…“I think probably this is first time we are actually…
  • Australia Says It Prevented Acts of Islamic Terror With Massive Sydney Police Raids

    Terry Firma
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Australian police officers claim to have prevented terrorist bloodshed with the arrest of one Omarjan Azari. The cops acted after a senior member of the so-called Islamic State was reportedly found to be urging terrorist cells in Australia to behead one or more victims.It is alleged he [Azari] conspired to commit the act with another man, Mohammad Baryalei, a former Sydney bouncer and actor of Afghan origin, reportedly an Islamic State leader. … The attorney general, George Brandis, said … that he believed the atrocities would have gone ahead, had it not been for the…
  • New Survey Shows That White Evangelicals Prefer Teaching Children Obedience Over Curiosity, Creativity, and Tolerance

    Hemant Mehta
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The Pew Research Center has released a study examining how political polarization affects the values we want children to learn. For example, “consistently conservative” people believe teaching children to have religious faith is important — no surprise there:Just to be clear, that says 59% of “consistently conservative” people find religious faith to be the most important thing you can teach a child, while 81% of them find it important, period.But I want to draw your attention to another part of the survey: What happens when you break people down by religious…
 
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  • Pennsylvania teen faces two years in jail for Facebook photo of "desecration"

    Grinning Cat
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    A 14-year-old in Everett, Pennsyltucky Pennsylvania has been charged with "Desecration of a Venerated Object" and faces up to two years in a juvenile facility after posting this photo on Facebook. Teen May Get 2 Years For Pic Of Fake Oral Sex With Jesus (PHOTO) [HuffPost] The relevant [?] state law [which has no place in a secular government that purports to uphold freedom of expression!] defines "desecration" as "Defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise, physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action."…
  • Atheist Philanthropist Makes $10,000 Donation to Support Right Wing Watch Blog

    Joe
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    People For the American Way and Right Wing Watch do critical work uncovering the vicious language the Right uses to attack anyone whose religious beliefs differ from their own — especially those with no religious belief at all, particularly atheists. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/07/31/atheist-philanthropist-makes-10000-donation-to-support-right-wing-watch-blog/
  • S.E. Cupp: I’m a ‘Better’ Atheist than Bill Maher

    Joe
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    In a new online video for Crossfire the pundit makes the claim that conservative atheists are actually “better” than liberal ones, http://www.mediaite.com/tv/s-e-cupp-im-a-better-atheist-than-bill-maher/
  • Atheist TV Officially Launches; David Silverman Criticizes History Channel for Presenting Bible as History

    Joe
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    The world's first ever all-atheist TV channel officially launched Tuesday, with American Atheist president David Silverman declaring it is geared toward all atheists, everywhere. http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheist-tv-officially-launches-david-silverman-criticizes-history-channel-for-presenting-bible-as-history-124097/
  • On this day in history - July 30th, 1956

    Joe
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    On this day in history - July 30th, 1956 - "In God We Trust" is adopted as the official motto of the United States. http://www.wdam.com/story/26148463/on-this-day-in-history-july-30th-1956
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    Daylight Atheism

  • Friday Night Music: Quiet Company

    Adam Lee
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Over the summer, Chris Stedman published a list of his 20 best atheist or agnostic anthems. I’ve been listening to his choices and found a few artists that I like quite a lot. One of the groups that was new to me is Quiet Company, a formerly Christian band from Austin, Texas. Their 2011 album [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Make the Trains Run on Time

    Adam Lee
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter V The band of crossties swept in wide curves around granite corners, clinging to the mountainsides of Colorado. Dagny walked down the ties, keeping her hands in her coat pockets, and her eyes on the meaningless distance ahead; only the familiar movement of straining her steps to the spacing of [Read More...]
  • New on the Guardian: Atheism Doesn’t Need Richard Dawkins

    Adam Lee
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    It had to be said. My newest column on the Guardian is titled “Richard Dawkins has lost it: ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name“. It’s about Richard Dawkins’ indefensible regression to gross and ignorant sexism, after a brief period in which it seemed he was flirting with enlightenment regarding the treatment of women in [Read More...]
  • There’s Nothing About Abortion in the Bible – So How Do Right-Wing Christians Justify Their Crusade Against Women?

    Adam Lee
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    This article previously appeared on AlterNet. While America languishes in an economic depression, Republican officeholders are bending all their efforts… to banning abortion. In the last few weeks and months, we’ve seen a blizzard of anti-choice legislation in Texas, in Ohio, in Wisconsin, in North Carolina, and many other places: laws that stall women seeking [Read More...]
  • The Shermer Affair Erupts

    Adam Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    The allegations against one of our Big Names that have been simmering in the atheist community for more than a year have erupted into the public eye, with the publication of a long article by Mark Oppenheimer on Buzzfeed, “Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement?” Oppenheimer’s article is largely about the serious accusations made [Read More...]
 
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  • Reflections Of My Former Self

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    By BlackFreethought ~ Recently, I reflected on my christian days and thought about how if my former self could see me now, he would be in total shock! I was a blood washed, tongue talking, prophesying, tithing, church attending christian. I had a strong bias against any belief that would "exalt itself against the knowledge of god." I thought I was being compassionate when I told people that "god has a plan for your life, accept jesus into your heart or face an eternity in hell!" Now that I have left my former life behind, I realize how nasty of a person I was for saying those things. I…
  • From Eternity to Here: My Christian Extimony

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    By vadarama ~ I’m 29 and have been in recovery from evangelical fundamentalism for a few years now. I’m still trying to assemble an identity and a life apart from God.I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a ministry family. My father served at churches and non-profits in different regions of the US with wife and two children in tow. We followed God’s lead, no matter how indecipherable the directions. Dad was the official recipient of the Holy Spirit’s messages, and Mom was dutiful but strong-headed. Uncertainty, pressure and tension followed us wherever we went. My little brother…
  • The Revelations of Janet Asimov

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    By Carl S ~ Once in a great while, someone comes up with answers that exponentially expand the way we see reality; Einstein and relativity, Hubble and galaxies. Charles Darwin’s discovery of evolution comes to mind. The world as revealed by him is now seen with the new eyes of a child. (Look! He's proved to be right, again!) With new insights by Janet Asimov, even Creation is not The Creation. They also, like evolution, reveal reality as it is rather than as religion would have it be. Naturally religious organizations with their powers over minds will be threatened. Save her article and…
  • God Doesn't Even Answer Prayers to Himself from Himself

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    By Carolyn Hyppolite ~ Every January, the Catholic Church dedicates a week to praying for Christian unity. For eight years—even after I had left Catholicism—I joined them in that prayer. As a believer in Christ, I knew how instrumental Christian discord is in sowing doubts in the minds of outside observers. For if Christians cannot bring themselves to agree on what mandates of God are, is it not at least an indication that they are not guided by the same omnipotent deity but rather by their own interior preferences and prejudices?Christians are often defensive about this charge, quickly…
  • Was Jesus Smelly?

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    By Anne R Keye ~ We’ve heard it all before. Atheists and Christians yap yapping with the same old arguments back and forth. Well, enough I say! There is something much much more serious to contend with here that we must all confront and this concerns me deeply. So serious was it that I pleaded with a silent god on a nightly basis to deliver me the answer to this most important of all questions.Was jesus smelly?I lived in dread as an 8 year old child that I would have to kiss his feet in heaven. I had nightmares about his odd feet and the dripping sweat and a horrible cheese smell. What was…
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  • Keep Speaking Out

    Jack Vance
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Salman Rushdie presenting his book "Shalimar the clown" at Mountain View, USA, October 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Anything one says that is truly meaningful will end up offending someone. Of course, the fact that a meaningful statement will inevitably offend someone does not mean that an offensive statement is necessarily meaningful. And this in no way means that you or I should go out of our way to say offensive things. It simply means that we should not let others' protests about feeling offended prevent us from saying something meaningful.Most of us will be subject to various social…
  • Who and Why Does Jesus Save?

    Jack Vance
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    I said something recently on Twitter about how it seems that there is no one unified Christianity but many Christianities, almost as many as there are Christians. This was hardly an original thought or an attempt at profundity. It was a passing observation of the sort that Twitter is well suited for sharing.The following response quickly appeared in my timeline:Not a bad point. Christians do seem to have the Jesus belief in common. Of course, that does not mean that Christians agree on what sort of person Jesus was, what he wants from them, and the like. And as I suggested in my response to…
  • Skeptical Women Need to be Careful on Twitter

    Jack Vance
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Who thought this was a good idea? Yuk! Someone had vomited in the one next to this one. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If you use Twitter and other social media platforms even occasionally, you have almost certainly shared content created by someone you do not know personally. You have also had your content shared by others you do not know. This is how social media works - people frequently share things from others they don't know when they find content they think deserves to be read by a wider audience.We've all been in the situation of having our content shared by people we don't know, and most…
  • Dismantling Pascal's Wager

    Jack Vance
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Blaise Pascal argued that if reason cannot be trusted, it is a better "wager" to believe in God than not to do so. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Like it or not (and I don't like it one bit), it is apparent that those of us who limit ourselves to producing text content are limiting our reach considerably. The people, particularly the younger ones, want podcasts, image-oriented memes, and YouTube videos. And while I don't plan to do any of this anytime soon, I'm glad that others are doing so. We need variety, especially if it leads to greater reach.I've only recently started to watch more than the…
  • Secular Spirituality

    Jack Vance
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    The subject of spirituality has long been controversial among atheists. Some argue that no self-respecting atheist should talk about spirituality because it implies supernatural entities of some sort. Perhaps they do not realize that not all atheists are metaphysical naturalists. Other atheists are determined to convince us that spirituality is good for everyone and that atheists should embrace secular forms of spirituality. They may forget that their own needs or desires for what they call spirituality are not universal and that some atheists find little use for spirituality of any form.I…
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    An American Atheist

  • Israel/Palestine: Is religion really the problem?

    Christopher Thielen
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Robin, Chris Lazare, and Tom sit down to tackle the question: what role does religion really play in the Israel/Palestine conflict? Why is it incorrect to consider the conflict centuries old? Listen in as we explore this divisive and important issue.
  • The Historicity of Jesus with David Fitzgerald

    Christopher Thielen
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Tom sits down with author and speaker David Fitzgerald to discuss the historicity of Jesus and other topics.
  • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

    Christopher Thielen
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Robin Marie, Chris Lazare, and Christopher Thielen discuss the Supreme Court ruling of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and what its implications are for women, health care, atheism, and corporate personhood. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby [wikipedia.org] Supreme Court Broadens Hobby Lobby Ruling to All Forms of Birth Control [motherjones.com] Danger sign: The Supreme Court has already […]
  • Interview with ‘The Unbelievers’ Director Gus Holwerda

    Christopher Thielen
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Tom sits down with “The Unbelievers” documentary director Gus Holwerda to discuss the experience of following Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss around the world in debate circuits as well as the experience of interviewing other well-known atheists. Be sure to check out the documentary on iTunes, Amazon, and elsewhere.
  • Interview with Supreme Court Plaintiff Linda Stephens

    Christopher Thielen
    13 May 2014 | 7:20 pm
    A little more than a week ago, the Supreme Court declared in a 5-4 decision that prayer was legal at the start of government meetings in the town of Greece, New York. The lawsuit was filed by residents Linda Stephens and Susan Galloway, arguing the prayers violated the Establishment Clause. Tom Beasley spoke with plaintiff Linda Stephens about the […]
 
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    Deity Shmeity

  • 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…
  • Too Jesusy

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
  • Teaching via Mockery

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Religious apologists often confuse the word objective with words like absolute, transcendent, and universal--especially when talking about morality. To illustrate what objective means, I will now insult these people.They are stupid...at least in the subjective sense, which is a judgement I'm making influenced by personal feelings and opinions. However, in the recent past, I could test these people and state objectively that they are morons, imbeciles and idiots--each of these labels corresponding with an IQ score of 51–70, 21–50, and IQ of 0–20 respectively. A metric, like an IQ score,…
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • Seven Signs Your Religious Friend Is Actually Listening To You

    Andrew Hall
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Many of you have or had a religious friend that actually paid attention to your godless arguments. Here are a few symptoms that indicate that friend has been listening to you.Enjoy.Spontaneous outbursts of faith!Now you're saying, "Andy, the super religious fanatic will speak out about his or her faith for no apparent reason. How can you say that my religious friend is listening to me when he or she is praising Jesus?"Easy. When absorbing information that undermines a person's basic conception of how the universe works (i.e., there is an omniscient omnipresent being that cares about how much…
  • Left Behind -- God's Movie!

    Andrew Hall
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    I knew it was coming- the remake of Left Behind. However, I had lulled myself into thinking is was far off in the future.But it isn't. It's opening October 3.Here's the trailer for the flick. And since I was stuck in bed with my bad back, I proceeded to go on a Twitter/Facebook tear on the topic. Here are a few observations on Left Behind that I made into memes.I hope you enjoy them.Subscribe to Laughing In Purgatory
  • Racism, Uzis, and being Dad -- (with a wee bit of Jesus thrown in)

    Andrew Hall
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    When I have the time I like to make short, funny videos full of jokes and commentaries on what's going on in the world. I wanted to touch on the father who was waiting for his kids to get out of school, and was assaulted by the police because  his skin wasn't the right color. Another story that smacked my gob repeatedly was the case of the child who accidentally shot her instructor at the gun range. And finally my son and I shared a moment together.Hope you enjoy.LiP.
  • God Answered ALL Prayers

    Andrew Hall
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The City of Champions maybe renamedthe City of Prayer.Brockton, MA Christopher Tourniquet told the world today that God has answered all of his prayers, and he has proof. The 45 year old shift supervisor at McDonald's and father of two held a press conference in his back yard at his home to go over the findings.Mr Tourniquet has been keeping records for the last twenty years of the prayers he has offered up to the Almighty, and the responses he received. Piles of one subject notebooks lay on a picnic table to illustrate the thousands of hours of work that have gone into this project."I'm glad…
  • Are you a bad atheist?

    Andrew Hall
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    A successful method of censorship used bysocial justice warriors of the 18th century.You have no sense of humor.There are some very earnest atheists who haven't cracked a smile since the Clinton administration. Many of them are really nice people (I know a few). They understand that laughter isn't a secular sin, and know at some deep level that our species does this thing with our faces and respiratory system when exposed to the funny. However, there are the godless humorless jihadi  who insist that laughing is forbidden due to the horrible state of the world. That life is so…
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    A Hopeful Hero's View

  • I wear a size 10 shoe

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    A recent New York Times article, "Corner Closet Opens Up a Bit Wider" about gay CEOs and the further development of gay power in business. Interestingly enough, one subject of the article, Travis Burgess stated, "Being gay is just a fact. I view it like height, or eye color." New York Times, "Corner Closet Opens Up a Bit" by James Stewart September 5, 2014.It's been an interesting several weeks in the world of celebrities and those who are gay or bi-sexual. A lot of ink is spilled talking about gay sports figures, news casters, journalists, celebrities in film, stage and television. The…
  • In Persona Christi, Part 2

    10 May 2013 | 4:59 am
    Part 2Those long spring and summer days, my last in Rome, were the worst days. I was trying during that time to avoid Ricky*, the young man with whom I had a love affair. The interest in him was spent just as quickly as the love making itself. He desired a relationship, I desired nothing more than to be returned to my own safe haven in Colorado. He would leave me small gifts, notes, attempt to brush up against me. I hide in the shadows of the long seminary hallways, ducked behind trees when he would come by. I spent all my free time in those last days at St. Peter's Basilica, resting in the…
  • In Persona Christi, part 1

    30 Apr 2013 | 5:08 am
      I've been wrestling with my own "demon" lately. The bellowing of his wings around my ears has nearly deafened me to the rest of the universe around me. I can feel his taloned toes digging into my shoulders; his forked tongue licking my ear, whispering to me, "Fool." The weight has been there a long time, the weight of my "demon." Yet even in this burden I've grown used to it, I carry the weight with me now, much easier than at first, in fact I think I kind of like him there, a bit of company when I'm alone.   What is the demon? What am I wrestling with you may query? My demon, my…
  • Spring Time Memories

    24 Apr 2013 | 5:57 am
    Oh I simply cannot wait for the full heat of summer to bear her warmth on my shoulders!  The exquisite feeling of a wet glass beneath my fingers from summer's humidity, the rustling of leaves in summer's warm winds.  Winter, well she's been a friend of mine since I was a child, growing up in Steamboat.  There our winters often started the beginning of October (first snows were usually in September) and lasted until the middle of June.  I remember spring in the valley, I would tramp out amongst the fading snows, receding banks, black with dirt, pulling away from the ground…
  • Into the Lion's Den

    22 Apr 2013 | 5:25 am
    As I grew further and further away from my seminary studies, having successfully finished my master's degree in divine theology, and after having served some time working as a priest, my doubts about faith and god shifted further and further to the back of my mind. Those doubts, which had on many occasions kept me awake were like distant memories, and if I turned my focus from them they didn't exist at all.At my parish, which I joined in the spring of 1998, a year after my ordination to the priesthood, I worked with our pastor Father Ed on a key ministry, care of the sick and dying. The…
 
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    Better Off Damned

  • Irreverence is Not a Crime! #OccupyEffigies

    Jack Lawrence
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” – Salman Rushdie As many of you have already recently read, a Pennsylvania teenager is facing up to two years behind bars for taking a prank photo of himself receiving a simulated blowjob from a Jesus statue. The young man is charged … Continue reading →
  • How Not to React When Your Child Tells You that He’s Gay (TW)

    Jack Lawrence
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall when a right-wing Christian family shows the love of Jesus? “A perfect example of how much hate and intolerance still exists today. This family gave a young man two options: attend a pray the gay away intervention, or face being disowned by the very people who … Continue reading →
  • Egyptian Feminists Bleed and Shit on ISIS Flag to Protest Misogynist Islamic State (uncensored)

    Jack Lawrence
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Egyptian activist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and an unnamed collaborator have made an incredibly bold statement against the Islamic State (ISIL). This past Saturday, the exiled Elmahdy posted her most daring and controversial photo yet. She is seen squatting over a black ISIS banner which reads, “There is no God but Allah.” Elmahdy is menstruating on the flag, while a second woman, dressed in … Continue reading →
  • Pastor calls to imprison gays for ‘ten years hard labor’ with new constitutional amendment

    Jack Lawrence
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    A pastor who uses his Internet platform to teach political lessons based on conservative Christian ideology has proposed a constitutional amendment to punish LGBT people for “ten years in prison at hard labor.” In a video posted to his PreachingPolitics.com website last month that was flagged by the Good As You blog on Monday, Pastor … Continue reading →
  • BoD Boards the Ice Bucket Bandwagon

    Jack Lawrence
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    A couple of us guys from Better Off Damned took on the Ice Bucket Challenge… because why not? Dusty Smith, Peter Thurston, & Andre Oliver, we’re calling on you to perform the next round. For those still somehow unfamiliar, the thing works as follows: If challenged to participate, you have to either pour a bucket … Continue reading →
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    Untempered Intellect

  • My Short Story: Justifying "Knowing"

    Neno December
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    Regrettably, until the age of 22 I did not have an ounce of curiosity in my bones. I never gave much thought to how the universe began to exist? How the stars and planets formed? How life began? Why do we behave the way we do? Is there a purpose to all of which we observe? These were the questions I thought at one time I had the absolute answers to, not through investigations, but through mere faith. The answer was a simple one—“God did it”; but not any god, my particular deity was responsible and the only sufficient answer. There was no mystery. But all of a sudden six years ago,…
  • Rate of Background Extinction

    Neno December
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    In one my classes today we were shown a graph that suggested there is a general downwards trend in the rate of extinction. My professor seemed to think that this downward trend was surprising. The primary reason that was given, if I remember correctly, was that the environment is constantly changing and so the rate of extinction should increase as a result of species failing to adapt to environmental changes. I do agree that the environment, more or less, is constantly changing but it seems to me, in the case of my professor, there was a false assumption that was being taken into…
  • ICR's Brian Thomas and 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

    Neno December
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    In a new article penned by ICR’s Brian Thomas, European Spacecraft's Comet Close-up a World First, argues that the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is not as old as it is suggested. He writes,“"In the same period, first measurements from the Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter, MIRO, suggested that the comet was emitting water vapour into space at about 300 millilitres per second," according to the ESA. That's over six-thousand gallons per day! At that rate, the whole comet—assuming it's made entirely of water ice—would melt into space after only hundreds of thousands…
  • Homeopathy: "Medicine" That Has No Medicine

    Neno December
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    This subset system of alternative medicine originated in 1796 by a German physician named Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann. It all began when Hahnemann gave up his medical practice because he objected to the methods used that he was taught in his time (he claimed that the medicine seemed to be doing more harm than good). While translating a book called A Treatise on the Materia Medica (he made his living mainly from writing and translating), he encountered the claim that a particular bark (from a Peruvian tree called "cinchona") was effective in treating malaria because of its…
  • Should Public Schools Allow Teacher-Sponsored Prayer Sessions?

    Neno December
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    It is important to begin with clarifying what the issue is since there seems to be a bit of confusion on the topic "should school sponsored prayer sessions be reintroduced in public schools?". The issue is not, as the religious right seem to imply, that students are not allowed to pray in public schools. On the contrary, students are allowed to pray when they wish--be it before lunch, before a test or whenever. In some cases, like those who practice Islam or Wicca, accommodations are even made to accommodate their religious obligations. For now, let's ignore the reasons to why…
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    The Off Channel

  • Recent lack of posts

    Nosmas
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Sorry for the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately I got into an accident recently (nothing too serious) and on top of getting married and changing jobs I’ve been a little more busy than usual. The accident was probably my fault though. God’s just pissed that I’m marrying someone I already … Continue reading » The post Recent lack of posts appeared first on The Off Channel.
  • Religious Exemptions: Pastafarian fights to wear spaghetti strainer in ID photo

    Nosmas
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    So last week I stumbled across this article. It seems a British Columbia man is fighting for his right to wear a spaghetti strainer in his driver’s licence photo. The man, Obi Caneul, is an ordained minister in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster which makes him a Pastafarian. The province of British Columbia … Continue reading » The post Religious Exemptions: Pastafarian fights to wear spaghetti strainer in ID photo appeared first on The Off Channel.
  • Christian Morality: An Atheist’s Perspective

    Nosmas
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    I’m going to attempt to tackle the issue of morality and religion. More specifically I’m going to focus on Christian morality. This is only because I’m more knowledgeable about Christianity and for myself and the majority of people who visit this site; it’s the religion we have to deal with the most.   Religion and … Continue reading » The post Christian Morality: An Atheist’s Perspective appeared first on The Off Channel.
  • What would it take to start or stop believing in God?

    Nosmas
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    A question I see occasionally is, “What would it take for you to believe or disbelieve in God?”. I think it’s a good question that probably doesn’t get asked often enough. Not only regarding Theology but for any belief or non-belief a person holds. If you’re interested in knowing as much truth as possible and … Continue reading » The post What would it take to start or stop believing in God? appeared first on The Off Channel.
  • Atheists are so arrogant!

    Nosmas
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
      I guess it’s no secret that the religious often think of atheists as arrogant. It’s an ad hominem atheists hear fairly often. Usually there’s no justification for the accusation that atheists are arrogant. It’s just thrown out there because you’re a jerk who made someone feel insecure by using logic and evidence instead of … Continue reading » The post Atheists are so arrogant! appeared first on The Off Channel.
 
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    Godless Mom

  • Follow Friday: Atheists Invade Pinterest

    Godless Mom
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Fun Fun Fun FunIt’s Friday, Friday, God don’t get down on Friday… What? Oh, you thought I’d never go Rebecca Black low? Hahaaa! How little you know me. First thing this Friday, I want you to check out a coupla fundraisers that will blow. your effing. minds. Well, maybe not full on blow your minds, but they will make you cry like Hitler at his bris. The first is a fundraiser for a documentary about exporting hatred and homophobia to Uganda. It exposes a prominent British evangelist who stood on stage in Uganda calling for the death penalty for homosexuals. The man…
  • Atheist Life Hacks: How To Have Too Many Guilty Pleasures

    Godless Mom
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of incredible compliments about my blog, my writing and everything else that I do as Godless Mom. I can’t even begin to express to you people what they all mean to me… writing is my passion and to have total strangers tell me daily how much they love mine, is indescribable. I’ve seen a lot of people let their head inflate though, even over just one or two nice comments and I hate that bullshit. People who take themselves too seriously are dull and boring. So, in light of these wonderful compliments I’ve gotten, I think it’s…
  • 7 Things To Remember When Dating A Theist

    Godless Mom
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    I’ve dated theists before and I can tell you right now, they can be wonderful, loving and adventurous people and it’s just as easy to fall in love with a believer as it is an atheist. The problem though, is that when you fall in love, you tend to turn into an idiot and overlook things that could potentially become serious problems. In this day and age, most marriages will end in divorce, let’s face it. People will use any excuse to end a relationship. My favourite example of this is the episode of Seinfeld when he breaks up with a girl because she eats her peas one by one.
  • Madonna and Satan Set Their Sights On The Destruction Of Good

    Godless Mom
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Madonna Here’s a little fact about GM that could potentially drive a wedge between you and me: I loathe Madonna. It’s not because I find her offensive. It’s because she’s talentless and annoying. She can’t even fucking sing and somehow, because she twerked before we twerked, she’s a fucking legend. There’s nothing that she’s done that’s entertaining in any way more than a fart joke is or a boob slip. Can’t. Stand. Madonna. So, you love her. I get it. I mean, hey, the first person to dry hump a dude on stage should get all the…
  • Every Atheist Parent Needs: Magformers

    Godless Mom
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    You’ve all played with Lego. I still wake up early in the morning some days to sneak my son’s lego out of his closet and build a yacht or a ’67 Shelby in powder blue. You have to buy lots of the girly Lego to build a powder blue Shelby, but I’ve gone off topic. Already. Lego is so much fun because it becomes whatever the hell you want, no holy. You can build an airplane, a Seadoo, a brewery or a crack house, or anything else your godless heart desires. Shit, you could even build your own vision of what hell would look like with you and Hitch at the bar with smokes,…
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