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  • Are Atheist Chaplains Needed in the Military?

    Atheist Revolution
    Jack Vance
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    Stained glass window, U. S. Pentagon, honoring the Four Chaplains, USAT Dorchester, 1943 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Using data from a recent Christianity Today article, Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) wrote a post a couple days ago in which he noted that (1) there are more atheists than Southern Baptists among active duty military personnel, and (2) there are far more military chaplains who are Southern Baptists. And by far more, he shared that there are 437 Southern Baptist chaplains compared with 0 atheist or humanist chaplains. That is quite a difference.If I am to be honest, I must admit…
  • Catholic School Leader, Days After Expelling 12-Year-Old Cancer Survivor, Says She Can Come Back

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    Hemant Mehta
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A few days ago, we learned that Rose McGrath (below) was kicked out of St. Joseph Catholic Middle School in Battle Creek, Michigan due to her poor attendance — all because she was too busy recovering from cancer to come to class. The backlash, as you might expect, has come from all over the world.Good thing, too, because the school’s leader announced Friday that Rose will be invited back:“After much consideration and prayer, and in consultation with Mrs. Marcy Arnson, principal of Saint Joseph’s, we have decided to invite seventh grader Rose McGrath to return to our school as…
  • The Christian Coward!

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    By Bob Keye ~ Well here he comes. The man that lives off of his wife and the odd measly dollar slipped into his pocket by his mother and some frightened well wisher from his disappearing church. This parasite lives in a bubble and is frightened by reality.Well, he is none of my business. I can only feel pity for this sad and lost remains of a man. But, here is the thing he won’t let it go.He is in the playground, pushing and shoving old ladies and young children and anyone else that looks vulnerable and incapable. He prods and pokes because he knows that the helpless and hopeless won’t or…
  • The Quest for a Universal Definition of Religion: Solved

    Debunking Christianity
    Harry H. McCall
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    One of the main problems in discussing religion is that while each religion wants to define itself, I’ve yet to come across a complete universal definition that encompassed all religions from Hinduism to Scientology; from new formed religious belief systems to an ancient orthodox traditions and herein is the problem.  There is no one defined exchange in discussing this term apart from its context. Of course, as a secular humanist, I also have a context, but my quest was for a short intelligent definition which could be used as a basis for all future discussions, which usually have a nature…
  • Lawrence Krauss - An update on Cosmology and thoughts on Education

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    Neno December
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
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  • The Bad Jesus is now Published!

    Dr. Hector Avalos
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:23 am
    It is a great pleasure to announce the publication of my new book, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics, which, to my knowledge, is the most complete scholarly critique of the ethics of Jesus from an openly atheist biblical scholar (and just in time for Openly Secular Day!). It is available from the publisher, Sheffield Phoenix Press, and on Amazon.Read more »
  • The Quest for a Universal Definition of Religion: Solved

    Harry H. McCall
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    One of the main problems in discussing religion is that while each religion wants to define itself, I’ve yet to come across a complete universal definition that encompassed all religions from Hinduism to Scientology; from new formed religious belief systems to an ancient orthodox traditions and herein is the problem.  There is no one defined exchange in discussing this term apart from its context. Of course, as a secular humanist, I also have a context, but my quest was for a short intelligent definition which could be used as a basis for all future discussions, which usually have a nature…
  • Three Blurbs for My Newest Book to Be Released in the Fall

    John W. Loftus
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
    Here are three blurbs for my next book to be released in the Fall. It's provocatively titled, "How To Defend The Christian Faith: Advice From an Atheist."Read more »
  • The Hebrew Bible's Disturbing Attitude Towards Human Sacrifice

    Carolyn Hyppolite
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
              The Hebrew Bible has achieved a remarkable feat; it has justified, in the minds of billions, what is seemingly unjustifiable—genocide. Much of the Old Testament is dedicated to defending the territorial rights of Israel, a right conferred by her deity.Read more »
  • Quote of the Day, By Anthropology Professor David Eller

    John W. Loftus
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    "Religion is not what you believe."Read more »
 
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  • Several Writers Withdraw from Event Because Charlie Hebdo Will Receive Freedom of Expression Courage Award

    Hemant Mehta
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the programs run by the PEN American Center aims to “defend writers and protect free expression in the United States and around the world.” So it makes sense that this year’s Freedom of Expression Courage Award will be given to the staff (or what remains of it) of Charlie Hebdo.That decision has caused several authors to withdraw from the group’s upcoming gala:In an email to PEN’s leadership on Friday, [Rachel] Kushner said she was withdrawing out of discomfort with what she called the magazine’s “cultural intolerance” and promotion of “a kind of…
  • Where’s the Camera You Promised to Buy?

    Hemant Mehta
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Loud, obnoxious Christian evangelist Josh Feuerstein (he of the vertical videos on YouTube) ran a successful fundraiser last August asking for $20,000 to buy a professional video camera… and it was successful. He actually raised more than that. And then the problems began.He bragged about his other expensive purchases online. He took down the fundraising page so there’s no record of it. And the vertical videos continued…Seth Andrews summarized the situation in this video:The most damning part of the video for me was that the camera Feuerstein wanted was far more expensive…
  • Another Compilation of Sam Harris’ Best Arguments and Comebacks

    Hemant Mehta
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s another compilation of Sam Harris‘ best arguments and comebacks.(via Agatan Fnd)
  • Catholic School Leader, Days After Expelling 12-Year-Old Cancer Survivor, Says She Can Come Back

    Hemant Mehta
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A few days ago, we learned that Rose McGrath (below) was kicked out of St. Joseph Catholic Middle School in Battle Creek, Michigan due to her poor attendance — all because she was too busy recovering from cancer to come to class. The backlash, as you might expect, has come from all over the world.Good thing, too, because the school’s leader announced Friday that Rose will be invited back:“After much consideration and prayer, and in consultation with Mrs. Marcy Arnson, principal of Saint Joseph’s, we have decided to invite seventh grader Rose McGrath to return to our school as…
  • Miami Assistant Police Chief Criticized for Not Putting Hand Over Heart During Pledge of Allegiance

    Hemant Mehta
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    How horrible must your life be if you get irrationally offended every time someone doesn’t salute the flag to your liking during the Pledge of Allegiance?In Miami, Assistant Chief Anita Najiy — the highest-ranking female cop in the city — kept her arms at her side during the ritual instead of putting a hand over her heart. Now, the head of the Miami police union is flipping out because ‘Murica.Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz wants Najiy reprimanded for not saluting the flag or covering her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance.“Since she clearly has…
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  • 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…
  • News and Links for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: PBS Newshour Asks, “Did Jehovah’s Witnesses Cover Up Child Sex Abuse?”

    The Atheist Geek
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:43 am
    PBS NewsHour full episode Feb. 17, 2015 The link above will take you to the full episode, but the part about Jehovah’s Witnesses can be seen below. It is called “Did Jehovah’s Witnesses Cover Up Child Sex Abuse?” I think most of us are pretty sure the answer is yes. Especially since it’s hard to be an active member of the ex-Witness community without knowing at least few exxers who had similar experiences. Jehovah’s Witness Report gives a short summary of related information here. Cedars of Jehovah’s Witness Survey fame gives a summary of the episode…
 
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  • When Would You Rather Be Alive?

    Adam Lee
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Reading the news is always a marathon race between hope and despair, but that conflict has been especially sharp these last few months. While every era has its doomsayers, they’ve lately become a lot harder to dismiss. Europe remains slumped in depression and wracked by infighting over the future of its union, with no way [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: The Cobra Commander Dialogues

    Adam Lee
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    If you’ve been reading the comments on my Atlas Shrugged posts, you’ve probably seen the hilarious “Cobra Commander” dialogues written by commenter and jet-setting billionaire playboy author Sneezeguard (that’s how he requested to be credited). In it, the fictional evil overlord inserts himself into the plot of Atlas Shrugged, accompanying the characters and trying to [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Only a Flesh Wound

    Adam Lee
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part III, chapter I Since Dagny was injured in her crash landing and can’t walk, John Galt romantically carries her from the scene. (Helpful tip: The best way for one person to carry another is a fireman’s carry, but somehow I don’t think Rand pictured her slung over Galt’s shoulders like a sack [Read More...]
  • A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 12

    Adam Lee
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is part 12 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hi Andrew, I’m looking forward to our next in-person meeting, in Indianapolis this July 1. I’m sure we’ll have a lot to discuss, especially when it comes to that notorious [Read More...]
  • No, Belief in Satan Doesn’t Make Us Moral

    Adam Lee
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the new writers at the rebooted New Republic, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, wrote a column titled Pope Francis’s Populist War on the Devil. It begins this way: Pope Francis isn’t engaged only in earthly battles. He’s also waging a cosmic war against the power of evil, a crusade that has garnered considerably less press [Read More...]
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  • The Christian Coward!

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    By Bob Keye ~ Well here he comes. The man that lives off of his wife and the odd measly dollar slipped into his pocket by his mother and some frightened well wisher from his disappearing church. This parasite lives in a bubble and is frightened by reality.Well, he is none of my business. I can only feel pity for this sad and lost remains of a man. But, here is the thing he won’t let it go.He is in the playground, pushing and shoving old ladies and young children and anyone else that looks vulnerable and incapable. He prods and pokes because he knows that the helpless and hopeless won’t or…
  • Long Story, But It's Over - And I Need Support

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    By G Man ~ My journey started over 30 years ago when my parents were "saved" through watching Pat Robertson on the 700 Club - I was 4 years old and my sister was just a baby. My mom in particular jumped right on the fundie bandwagon and started really getting into all the televangelists you've ever heard of (and some you haven't), listening to them every day and then playing their tapes at night.This continued all through my childhood and through my teen years, during which my sister and I were both homeschooled and continued to be indoctrinated with right wing Evangelical material. This…
  • The (face) Book of Life

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    By Daniel out of the Lion's Den ~ Dear Christian Facebook Friends,If you don't know by now, I have deconverted from Christianity. And if you couldn't tell, after 30 years as an adult Christian, I have an ax to grind. In the last 2-3 years, I have made many new like-minded nontheist friends, and we like to talk about religion. I have not unfriended any of you since many of you are truly my "real" friends and even family. But now it has gotten to the point that when I have passionate facebook conversations with other Christians who enjoy that sort of thing, some of you go haywire. And by…
  • Christian Education is an Oxymoron

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    by Carl S. ~ One ExChristian post, of May 29, 2014, made a special impression on me. It was entitled, “A ‘Providential’ Encounter at a Pub," by Rev. Ex-Evangelist. It involves two women who are ex-Assembly of God members. At the end, the author says of one of the woman, “She is still angry about being so misinformed about so many things, such as science, history, the bible, etc., by her church pastors and teachers." Misinformed, we might ask, on purpose or through ignorance? Misinformed by those who are victims/pawns themselves? For whatever reason, the damage has been done.Let me use…
  • Scars

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    By Tania ~ Life wounds all of us. In a hundred ways, we get hurt.Life throws things our way, and we ache, we cry, we stumble through the day or the month or the many years and just try to not be overwhelmed by the sadness, the anger, the confusion.If we're lucky, if we're resilient, if we're patient, if we're surrounded by people who let us share and overshare, if we're able to find purpose, if we're able to find the right combination of meds or meditation or mediation -- if we are one or all of the above -- the wounds don't last forever. They scar.And that's when we can learn, grow, help…
 
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  • What Does Secular Mean?

    Jack Vance
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    Manifestacion Anti Clerical or (The Street Gazzete: Anti Clerical Manifestation) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Despite widespread confusion, secularism is not synonymous with atheism. So what is secularism? The National Secular Society explains it quite well when they note that secularism "is a principle that involves two basic propositions." The two propositions are as follows: There must be strict separation between church and state, andPeople of various religious beliefs (including those with no religious beliefs at all) must be equal under the law.Right. So secularism is about the separation…
  • Are Atheist Chaplains Needed in the Military?

    Jack Vance
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    Stained glass window, U. S. Pentagon, honoring the Four Chaplains, USAT Dorchester, 1943 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Using data from a recent Christianity Today article, Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) wrote a post a couple days ago in which he noted that (1) there are more atheists than Southern Baptists among active duty military personnel, and (2) there are far more military chaplains who are Southern Baptists. And by far more, he shared that there are 437 Southern Baptist chaplains compared with 0 atheist or humanist chaplains. That is quite a difference.If I am to be honest, I must admit…
  • Advancing Secular Goals

    vjack
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
    Picture I made for my goals article (Photo credit: Wikipedia)What are your personal goals when it comes to atheism or the larger secular community? Do you have any? Are you seeking to bring about some sort of social change, provide support to other atheists, promote secularism, protect or expand certain freedoms, or something else? I have been asking this question of myself lately and finding that it is not an easy one to answer.Part of the problem I'm having is that my goals often seem to change. I don't have to look back more than a year ago to identify a goal or two that was at least…
  • Atheist Activist Whack-a-Mole

    Jack Vance
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    You know how the Whack-A-Mole game works. You stand there in front of the game waiting on the moles to pop up. You don't know exactly when or where they will appear, but you know they will appear. And when you whack one, others will pop up momentarily. There is something about this that I find a fitting metaphor for much of atheist activism, particularly the sort that focuses on church-state violations.Relatively few atheists go around looking for trouble. We do not generally go door-to-door seeking to deconvert religious believers. We do not usually insert our atheistic views into…
  • Dealing With Hostility From Christian Co-Workers

    Jack Vance
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:26 am
    Photo by methodshopAn atheist recently asked for advice on Twitter about a difficult situation she encountered at work. She indicated that a Christian co-worker had found out that she was an atheist and had started spreading vicious rumors about her. She wanted to know what she could do in this situation. I'll admit that the first thing that went through my head was, "We'll let you know as soon as we figure out what to do about PZ Myers." I'm kidding! That wouldn't have been particularly helpful.Instead, I suggested that she start documenting what the co-worker was saying and doing in case…
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  • 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,…
  • Republican Congresswoman From WA Asks for Obamacare Horror Stories on Facebook… And Then Becomes One

    Kevin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Virtually everyone who posts something online wants it to go viral.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  It has happened to me in the past, and it’s exhilarating.  Watching your hit counter skyrocket, seeing the Facebook likes and Twitter retweets pile in, hearing that something you write is ranked #1 on Reddit… it can make a person forgo a night’s sleep, just to keep hitting “refresh” and watch the numbers climb.  A few days ago, a Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, went viral. She posted a graphic on her Facebook…
  • Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

    Kevin Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    On February 2nd, a Christian website, eternalplanner.com, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment: After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me…
  • Rev. Mark Creech Uses ‘The Bible is True Because the Bible Says It’s True’ Argument to Call Out Ron Reagan

    Kevin Davis
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Rev. Mark Creech, a columnist at the Christian Post, published an article this morning addressing Ron Reagan’s participation in last year’s FFRF.org ad. The 30-second spot continues to be aired on TV and shared on the internet.  Most notably, it has been shown on CNN and during the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  In the video, Reagan identifies himself as an “unabashed atheist” and proclaims that he’s not afraid of burning in hell (because he doesn’t believe it exists). Rev. Creech decided to voice his opinion on the ad, essentially using Bible verses to…
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  • Controversial Indiana religious freedom law amended to prevent discrimination

    Christopher Thielen
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Following the national outcry over a bill which many said would legalize discrimination against LGBT groups, Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed into law an amendment designed to quell such concerns. From The National Law review: Specifically, the amendment states that the [law] does not … authorize a provider to refuse to offer or provide […]
  • Religious festivals may have lead to first cities

    Christopher Thielen
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    The conventional view regarding the formation of early cities is that they expanded out from farming collectives. New archaeological evidence suggests that in the Mayan civilization and perhaps others, religion may have also played a large part in their formation. From New Scientist: For the past decade, Takeshi Inomata of the University of Arizona in […]
  • Arkansas Legislature Passed ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

    Christopher Thielen
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:47 pm
    In a similar vein to the recent news about a bill signature in Indiana concerning religious freedom, the Arkansas state legislature sent a bill to Governor Asa Hutchinson who must now decide whether to sign the bill amid a predictable backlash similar to the one being felt by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Governor Hutchinson on […]
  • Indiana Governor Mike Pence Signs Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

    Christopher Thielen
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Starting July 1, 2015 Indiana business owners will have the legal right to deny employment to same-sex couples if they wish. Titled the Religious Freedom Restoration bill, Indiana SB 101 was signed by Governor Mike Pence on the morning of Thursday, March 26, 2015. Governor Pence: The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring […]
  • Tom Manger of the Secular Coalition for California

    Christopher Thielen
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Tom talks to the Legislative Chair for the Secular Coalition of California Tom Manger on atheist political representation in America and abroad, and what can be done to help.
 
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    Deity Shmeity

  • The Subjective Scope of the Natural

    13 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    God, or any sufficiently powerful supernatural entity (if such a being exists), could have designed us to operate miraculously. We could see through pores in our skin, hear via golden halos, and float from place to place--all without any mechanism for how our bodies function. Instead we have a naturally comprehensible biology of which we have a deep understanding. Why would God make us, and all organisms, in such a way when he could have just as easily made magic-powered life?I wonder why God, if he exists, would make the workings of anything subject to human discovery. I say anything, but…
  • The Tipping Doubt

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Mary Baker EddyThe last god I believed in was the version of Jesus seen through the eyes of Mary Baker Eddy, an American women who attributed overcoming health issues to faith healing after homeopathic “medicine” failed her. The religion she founded, called Christian Science, framed sin and sickness as errors of thought and framed thought as an expression of Mind, Soul, or Spirit--all of which she considered synonyms for God. Jesus was considered the first and ultimate Christian Science practitioner, a skill and awareness he passed on to his disciples, who also healed the sick in the…
  • Bandwagon Belief

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    In my experience talking to Christians I’ve learned to not assume I know the beliefs of the individual...with a few exceptions. Every Christian I know believes that Jesus Christ existed, that he was crucified, and that he rose from the dead. From there they vary wildly. A big disagreement is over which Biblical bits are historical and which are fictional stories--beliefs that are dependent on their personal credulity or that of their chosen church.The resurrection of Christ is so indoctrinated into their culture that it’s unquestioned and taken for granted even when talking snakes and…
  • Why I Talk About God

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    Why do I talk about about something I don’t believe in? I get this a enough that I should probably address it no matter how obvious the answer are to me. Yes, answers--plural. Here’s a bunch of answers, all of which apply, some more than others, depending on the context. Because gods, as concepts, are some of the greatest influencers of our age or any age. The majority of people use the concept of one or more gods to inform how they socialize, how they raise their families, how they vote, and their overall behavior. I am one of the people they and their families socialize with and the…
  • To Falsify Evolution

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    I recently had a discussion about what it would take to falsify evolution with another atheist. We both agreed that theories based on evidence are all falsifiable by counter-evidence, but we disagreed on the amount of counter-evidence it would take in the case of evolution.Here is the hypothetical evidence that he believes would falsify the theory: “If we found an organism that clearly breaks out of the evolutionary tree we know. Say - a 5 legged creature, or an animal without DNA, or an animal that has a DNA that doesn’t have any common parts with the rest of the life on earth.”Such a…
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • Cootie Outbreak Prevents Rand Paul From Wearing Ray-Bans

    Andrew Hall
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Hey, everyone, it's a cloudy Sunday afternoon as I'm writing this. I'm going to a local atheist meetup in a few hours and trying to get some writing done. (I also have to get a canned good for the local food pantry because our group donates to it.)A day ago or so I felt the need to write to an article for The Random Journal. Even though they are happy with reposting my old material I like to write something original for that site. I really had no idea what I would satirize. In those situations I either go to the religion section of the Huffington Post or look at Yahoo and see what political…
  • Tell Your Kids There Is No God - My Response On The Friendly Atheist

    Andrew Hall
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    I was on the  Friendly Atheist site and reading the guest post by David G. McAfee, author of The Belief Book. The piece was titled What To Do (and What Not To Do) If Someone Threatens Your Kid with Hell. For those of you who have been reading Laughing in Purgatory for a long time you will know I have two children. In fact, I am at the tail end of Birthday Week since both birthdays are within a few days of each other. In short, Mr McGee offers solid advice on the topic. The best defense against such a scare tactic by the faithful is to educate your kids.Educate them about…
  • I was on The Lost Hominids Podcast. We Talked Art, Deepak Chopra, and Blowjobs

    Andrew Hall
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    OK, we only mentioned a wee bit about blowjobs.Well, that isn't really true, either. I made a joke about blowjobs in reference to Deepak Chopra's particular brand of gobbledygook. But in no way whatsoever is the joke about Mr Chopra giving or receiving a blowjob(s).I think I really over explained that.Otherwise, I feel like it was a good episode. Troythulu, who happens to be a lot smarter than me (though that is not a difficult feat), was also a guest. If you haven't checked out Troythulu's writing or his beautiful fractals, then you should head over to  his blog. Here is a link to…
  • Arkansas Outlaws Pizza; Zach Braff and Donald Faison Fight Back

    Andrew Hall
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Little Rock, Arkansas Arkansas state legislators flocked to the state house to vote on a bill outlawing pizza statewide. Governor Asa Hutchinson immediately signed the Religious Freedom from Pizza Act (RFPA) into law.The reason for the sudden move were statements from Scrubs actors Zach Braff and Donald Faison to personally make the popular food item for gay weddings in Indiana in the event that religious restaurateurs refuse to supply pizzas."It is the decision of the duly elected representatives of the The Natural State  to declare that if the hand of Satan adulterates that…
  • Christian Woman Refused Service at Jewish Deli

    Andrew Hall
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:24 pm
    So, I'm writing over at The Random Journal.The Journal is a satire site, and although it isn't strictly godless, they do allow your's truly to post content over there. For those of you who have been here for a while it's a similar arrangement I had over at the now defunct Atheist Pig (sigh, I still miss that exceptional pig).Regardless, I have written a post over at The Random Journal titled Barbara Weaver, Christian Mom, refused service at Jewish deli. It's a spin on the faith-based insanity that legalized discrimination in Indiana.I hope you enjoy the post!LiPSubscribe to Laughing In…
 
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  • Part 1 of 2 - Thermodynamics and the Arrow of Time

    Neno December
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    In the beginning, there was a bang—a “Big Bang”. Since approximately 13.7 billion years ago, the universe has been expanding and cooling ever since then becoming more dilute in a non-cyclic fashion. In other words, the universe has been evolving through time. There is no denying it, our experiences tell us there is a particular direction of time—we experience the ‘flow’ of time moving from the past to future—from yesterday to tomorrow. For example, as time flows by we tend to grow older or when we drop glass it shatters into many pieces, but we never experience the opposite of…
  • Lawrence Krauss - An update on Cosmology and thoughts on Education

    Neno December
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:06 am
  • Similarities Between Anti-GMO and Anti-Vaccine Proponents

    Neno December
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    In many ways, anti-GMO proponents are similar to the anti-vaccine camp. There seem to be two overarching themes shadowing both of these movements; ignorance and the appeal to conspiracies. Take for example the big fuss that is made over mercury use in some vaccines as a preservative. Yes...,mercury can be harmful and can even cause death, but it's important to keep in mind that this is dependent on the type and concentration. The minuscule amount of thimerosal (mercury containing compound) in vaccines are well below what is considered to be harmful. In fact, a can of tuna has five times more…
  • Chomsky & Krauss: An Origins Project Dialogue (OFFICIAL)

    Neno December
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
  • Bible Contradictions? What Contradictions?

    Neno December
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Can Man Be Righteous?Genesis 7:1: The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.Noah was righteous.Job 2:3: Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason."Job was righteous.Luke 1:6: Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations…
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  • Your Stories of Atheism: We Just Never Got It

    Godless Mom
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    This is an ongoing series featuring your stories of how you came to identify as an atheist. If you want to send me your story, you can submit it here. To read past stories, click here. The first story this week comes from PEM in France: I was raised atheist in an atheist family. I’ve always loved sciences and stuff. I went to a religious high school and had to read the Bible. It comforted me in my atheist beliefs. End of the story PS : We are not bullied like you are. It’s easy to find atheists in France; we are mostly atheist and most of the so called “Catholics”…
  • New Video: Agnostic or Atheist? You Can’t Be Both!!

    Godless Mom
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    How do you describe yourself? Are you an agnostic atheist? A gnostic atheist? Let me know in the comments! If you enjoy my blog and videos, consider becoming my Patron. All Patron donations go towards hosting, domain names, and more time creating. Click here. The post New Video: Agnostic or Atheist? You Can’t Be Both!! appeared first on Godless Mom.
  • On The Genocidal “Atheistic” Regimes Of The 20th Century

    Godless Mom
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    There was a serial killer here in BC when I was a teen. Robert Pickton. He slaughtered prostitutes by the dozen. Some estimate his victim tally to be well over 100 women. He went largely unnoticed for many years, out on his pig farm in Port Coquitlam, allowing him free reign to kill. It went on so long, and affected so many people, that nearly every person in the Greater Vancouver area has a story about a woman who went missing during that time. A series of slip-ups on Pickton’s part eventually led police to issue a search warrant for the farm. What they found were the personal items…
  • Every Atheist Parent Needs: DIY.org

    Godless Mom
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    As an atheist parent, you know how important it is to cultivate and nurture your child’s love of learning. Unfortunately, public school systems don’t always see it the same way. One of my biggest fears, is that my son will become disillusioned with learning through our lacklustre school system. I can’t rely on his teachers to prevent this from happening, unfortunately. I know it’s pretty much all on me. Learning is fun. It shouldn’t be a chore, and if it appears as though your child is starting to see it as a chore, well, that’s a sure sign it’s time…
  • Your Stories of Atheism: I Am An Atheist

    Godless Mom
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    This is an ongoing series featuring your stories of how you came to identify as an atheist. If you want to send me your story, you can submit it here. To read past stories, click here. The first story this week is short and sweet and comes from Jonathan Tweet (Hey! That totally rhymed!): In college I bought into New Age thinking, with the material world understood as a manifestation of the spirit world. Then I noticed that the authors I read would mix in things I couldn’t believe in, such as astrology. Couldn’t they tell that astrology was bogus? I realized that if you judge…
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