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  • Finally! Christianity is Not Great Went to Print!!

    Debunking Christianity
    John W. Loftus
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    As the editor, this anthology consumed a great deal of my time in the past few months. It went to print this past week and is scheduled for an October 21st release date! I sure hope Christians have the courage to read it and think through the issues we raise. I hope both budding and accomplished Christian apologists do likewise, since, if we're wrong I want to know. I sure hope atheists, agnostics, deists and people of different religious faiths like it and favorably recommend it on their blogs, podcasts and videos on YouTube. We non-Christians are in this together as we face overwhelming…
  • More Sloppy Thinking From ICR

    Untempered Intellect
    Neno December
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    There is a reason why young-earth creationists employ sloppy thinking--without it, they have nothing. Take for example Brian Thomas', writer for the Institute for Creation Research, recent article entitled Solar System Geysers—Each a Fountain of Youth. He argues, "If these geysers formed billions of years ago as secular origins models insist, then small Solar System bodies should be old, cold, and dead—that is, geologically, magnetically, and otherwise completely inactive."(His claim that "secular origins models" suggest these celestial objects should be dead is simply not true. He…
  • If God and Satan were Weighed in a Morality Balance, God Would be Damned: A Problem for Theists

    Debunking Christianity
    Harry H. McCall
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    “ . . . now therefore, listen to the words of the LORD. // “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” (1 Samuel 15: 1-3)For Islamic ISIS fighters,carrying out the supreme commands of God in Qur’an is proof God exists as they shout; "Allah is Great!"ISIS fighters taunt a Christian child before beheading it. "Let neither their possessions nor their children impress you.  Allah intends to torment them through them…
  • If Jesus is so important, why don't believers take him seriously?

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    By Carl S. ~ Let's face some important facts: First of all, to a great deal of the religious in this world, Jesus is irrelevant. The Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, non-theists and Deists regard the Jesus figure as just a special religious teacher, deny he existed, or ignore him altogether. Secondly, even those who honor him as a great teacher or god, disregard his commands. Thirdly, he is not taken seriously whenever the everyday practicalities of living are applied. (And even though some religions honor him as a great teacher, he wasn't; he did poorly in communicating and left a muddled…
  • The Coming Secular Era

    Daylight Atheism
    Adam Lee
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    The most important changes don’t come in the form of attention-grabbing headlines, but subtle trends that quietly gather momentum until, by the time they finally burst into public view, they’re unstoppable. Such is the case with the most important, and paradoxically most underappreciated, trend in American religion today: the long-term, across-the-board decline of Christianity and [Read More...]
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    Debunking Christianity

  • Has Any Atheist Deconversion Happened Quite Like This?

    John W. Loftus
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    John Lloyd was my Youth Pastor when I first became a Christian. A couple of years ago I had lunch with him, which I wrote about here. Today I found a video of him doing a talk at the church he had founded, where he described his conversion and early ministry (starting at about 9:04), of which I was involved. My question to you is this: Has any atheist deconversion happened quite like this? I think not. It was purely experiential while he was on prescription medicine. And yet John Lloyd knows that he knows that he knows that his faith is true. It's a shame, really!
  • This Weekend is the PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference

    John W. Loftus
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    I'll be speaking at this fine conference on Saturday morning about my book The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion Is True.As I'm finalizing my talk I've been re-reading my book again, and although I do say so myself, this book is dynamite! ;-) If you don't already have it, get it and read it. I'm very honored and grateful to be a speaker for this conference, especially given the other speakers who will be there. If you can come out, do so. Here is a link telling you all the details. Hope to see ya there!
  • Finally! Christianity is Not Great Went to Print!!

    John W. Loftus
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    As the editor, this anthology consumed a great deal of my time in the past few months. It went to print this past week and is scheduled for an October 21st release date! I sure hope Christians have the courage to read it and think through the issues we raise. I hope both budding and accomplished Christian apologists do likewise, since, if we're wrong I want to know. I sure hope atheists, agnostics, deists and people of different religious faiths like it and favorably recommend it on their blogs, podcasts and videos on YouTube. We non-Christians are in this together as we face overwhelming…
  • If God and Satan were Weighed in a Morality Balance, God Would be Damned: A Problem for Theists

    Harry H. McCall
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    “ . . . now therefore, listen to the words of the LORD. // “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” (1 Samuel 15: 1-3)For Islamic ISIS fighters,carrying out the supreme commands of God in Qur’an is proof God exists as they shout; "Allah is Great!"ISIS fighters taunt a Christian child before beheading it. "Let neither their possessions nor their children impress you.  Allah intends to torment them through them…
  • The Evolution of God from Yahweh in a Box to the Super Mega Deity of the Universe

    Harry H. McCall
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    The God of modern Christian theology is a philosophically supercharged God far removed from the physically limited and dimwitted Yahweh whose identity has as much in common as a horse and buggy does with a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.   Ironically, Christian apologists such has WL Craig totally ignore this primitive and limited tribal God in favor of the easy to defend modern concept of a nameless figure that has evolved from the New Testament whose image is rooted in the pagan Classical Tradition. (1) When a person “becomes a Christian”, it’s not the ancient Near Eastern tribal…
 
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  • BBC Panorama: From Jail to Jihad

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    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
  • FOX: Megyn Kelly Brawls With Atheist Over 'God' in Air Force Oath

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    25 Oct 2013 | 6:23 am
    October 24, 2013 on Fox NewsMegyn Kelly took on former Air Force office and atheist Mikey Weinstein on Wednesday over the invocation of God in the Air Force oath, with the conversation getting so heated Kelly had to practically shout, "Mikey, chill!" at one point. Weinstein also sporadically mocked the "Fox world" he jumped into and got so frustrated he told Kelly he would try to speak in one-syllable words only.Kelly asked Weinstein why he just can't let the invocation of God be optional. Weinstein shot back, "That's like saying why don't you just opt out of robbing a bank! Because robbing a…
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  • There’s No Reason Public High Schools Need Chaplains for the Football Team

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    While we’re on the subject of Christians who think they can get away with breaking the law, what’s with all these pastors who think they can double as chaplains of the local public high school football team?This is not okay at a public schoolThe Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters earlier this year to schools in Florida’s Orange and Seminole counties warning them about that problem (among several other issues). The districts are finally getting around to tellings coaches they can’t have team chaplains and the pastors are not taking the news well:Pastor Troy…
  • Rick Santorum Wrongly Thinks Students “Can’t Pray in School”

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In an interview with the website Vocativ, former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum explained (again) that he really doesn’t understand the causes he fights so vehemently against:The movie argues that the observant are being forced to practice in private, for few hours in church on Sundays. But on a personal level, can’t you observe your religion wherever you want?Not necessarily. You can’t pray in school, but it’s good to have prayer. Are people offended by prayer? Sure. But the constitution gives us the right to offend. There are a lot of things today in America that offend…
  • People Are Seriously Defending Public School Plaques Given “in the Name of the Holy Christian Church”

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you visited Mountain Peak Elementary School or Longbranch Elementary School in Midlothian, Texas last year, you would’ve seen this plaque hanging near the entrances:Dedicated in the year of our Lord 1997 to the education of God’s children and to their faithful teachers in the name of the Holy Christian ChurchSoli Deo GloriaHow is that legal at a public school, you ask? It’s not. It’s very obviously not.But it took a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to have the plaques covered up with duct tape:On June 26, FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover sent a letter to…
  • After Religious Convocation in Mississippi School District, Officials Promise a Secular Ceremony Next Year

    Hemant Mehta
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    A few days ago, I wrote about how the Jackson Public School District in Mississippi had held a mandatory, three-hour-long convocation for all faculty members that included plenty of nods to Jesus.You would have never guessed it looking at the properly bland event description on the district’s website:The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center explained what happened:Reverend Roy Maine was invited by the School District to deliver the opening prayer.The Reverend began his sermon by asking the entire faculty to “shut your eyes please” and pray. Following…
  • Incorrigible Pastor and GOP Candidate Jody Hice Spreads One Misattributed Quotation After Another

    Terry Firma
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    I keep this smartypants meme handy on my computer desktop so I can quickly post it, when called for, in certain comment threads on Facebook.In my experience, the most common Internet misattributions have some link to religion, a field where a reverence for facts is often doubtful to begin with and grotesque fabrications are baked right into the faith’s foundational “truths.”The popular conceit of bamboozling meme-makers seems to be to pick a nice quotation by a relatively unknown person, and then, in order to give it the frisson of fame and the weight of authority,…
 
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    Daylight Atheism

  • The Coming Secular Era

    Adam Lee
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    The most important changes don’t come in the form of attention-grabbing headlines, but subtle trends that quietly gather momentum until, by the time they finally burst into public view, they’re unstoppable. Such is the case with the most important, and paradoxically most underappreciated, trend in American religion today: the long-term, across-the-board decline of Christianity and [Read More...]
  • The South Will Not Rise Again

    Adam Lee
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Last year, I wrote about the continuing exodus of members from the Catholic church, and apologists’ fumbling suggestions for how to reverse the trend. I noted with amusement that there was an elephant in the room – the church’s retrograde doctrines which drive away young people – which the apologists were carefully tiptoeing around while [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Pound the Table

    Adam Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IV The date of Hank Rearden’s trial has arrived, so it’s time for the obligatory Dramatic Courtroom Scene. The first thing we learn, as spectators file in, is that the Constitution has apparently been revoked, because there’s no longer a right to trial by jury (which is guaranteed in Article [Read More...]
  • Let’s Not Be Uncivil Here

    Adam Lee
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Can’t we have a calm, reasoned, civil discussion about whether I should stop punching you or not? I mean, sure, I may currently be sitting on your chest aiming one punishing blow after another into your head, neck and shoulders. I’m willing to grant that reasonable people may differ about the ethics of this behavior. [Read More...]
  • New on the Guardian: Real Religious Persecution

    Adam Lee
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Big news today! I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve published my first original column for the Guardian, the venerable progressive newspaper, in their Comment is Free opinion section. The column is titled “‘Help, help, I’m being repressed!’: How conservatives make a mockery of the oppression of religious minorities. It concerns those American Christian conservatives [Read More...]
 
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    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians

  • Wasting your life away

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:27 am
    By blackfreethought03 ~ One of the biggest issues I have with 21st Century Christianity deals with how it focuses on living for the future as opposed to living in the present moment. The doctrine teaches things such as god has a special plan for your life, god will exalt you in due time, if you don't lose heart, your blessing is on the way, keep holding on until your your change comes, god is faithful to his promises.While a person waits on these supposed promises, they believe that god will come through for them. When he doesn't, they have a built in excuse for god's failure to grant them…
  • The Problem of Good

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    By WizenedSage (Galen Rose) ~ In religious debate, much is made of the “problem of evil;” that is, if god is good, then why is there so much evil in the world. Personally, I think the problem of good is (or should be) just as important, especially to Christians. Let me explain.Christians frequently claim that god is and must be the final arbiter of good. Skeptics then ask whether something is good just because god says or does it, or whether there is some other standard that even god must meet in order to be judged “good.” Overwhelmingly, Christians argue that god is the standard; he…
  • Losing Fear

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    By Melissa ~ I grew up in a chaotic environment, lack of love or care. I always felt I was missing something and with the sexual trauma I suffered as a teenager I turned to partying to help myself cope. I lived a dysfunctional lifestyle. My family and I attended church when I was very young but my mom stopped going because they did not accept her decision to leave my very abusive father. I felt lost and depressed most of my life and seemed to be surrounded by unloving people. Then I met an amazing women, she was very loving and spent a lot of time just listening to my story. She happened to…
  • How No-So-Catholic College Opened My Heart

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    By Lust for Life ~ College has been a huge eye opener for me, like many of the other students at the catholic university I attend. Sure, there's an abbey and a monastery on the campus, but almost none of the students are religious. This was a huge shock for me as I have attended Catholic school and church my entire life.My parents, especially my mom, are really Catholic. My mom has always been active in our church, and my dad loves going to mass early Sunday morning to start the week. For most of my life I too 100% believed in everything the Catholic Church teaches. In high school I started…
  • If Jesus is so important, why don't believers take him seriously?

    24 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    By Carl S. ~ Let's face some important facts: First of all, to a great deal of the religious in this world, Jesus is irrelevant. The Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, non-theists and Deists regard the Jesus figure as just a special religious teacher, deny he existed, or ignore him altogether. Secondly, even those who honor him as a great teacher or god, disregard his commands. Thirdly, he is not taken seriously whenever the everyday practicalities of living are applied. (And even though some religions honor him as a great teacher, he wasn't; he did poorly in communicating and left a muddled…
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    Atheist Revolution

  • Separation of Church and State is a Social Justice Issue

    Jack Vance
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Rally for social justice, Beersheba, Israel, Aug 13 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We don't usually think of separation of church and state as a social justice issue or regard church-state activism as a form of social justice activism. I think this is because when most of us in the U.S. think about church-state activism, we think about efforts to remove nativity scenes and Ten Commandments monuments from government buildings, return the Pledge of Allegiance to the original pre-god language, remove the god references from our currency, persuade our elected officials to stop offering sectarian…
  • The Right to Believe

    Jack Vance
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    Nest of the flamingo according to old beliefs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)We hear quite a bit about one's right to believe certain things these days. I'm not sure why this is such a popular subject. It is almost as if many people are convinced that this right was somehow in jeopardy. But it is not in any jeopardy. None whatsoever. Nobody can take away your right to believe whatever you want. And as far as I can tell, nobody is trying to do so.We all have the right to believe whatever we want, no matter how wrong we may be. Beliefs, just like all our other thoughts, are our own. They are private…
  • Is Separation of Church and State Still Relevant?

    Jack Vance
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    Mouzinho da Silveira, whose influence during the post-War era would result in changes to the economy, the separation of church and state and the reorganization of municipalities (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The question contained in the title of this post seems like an odd one to ask, and perhaps it is. I've found myself wondering lately whether most atheists still consider the separation of church and state to be a relevant area for activism and how it ranks among all their other priorities for activism.Why do I ask? From what I see on the Internet these days, many atheists would rather talk…
  • Christians Disregard Jesus to Pray Publicly

    Jack Vance
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
     There are many parts of the Christian bible that are somewhat ambiguous, unclear, or inconsistent. This reality is accepted by many Christians. Other parts of the Christian bible seem quite clear. Take Matthew 6:5-7 for example:5. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.6. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father…
  • Confronting Our Own Hypocrisy and Repudiating Bad Behavior

    Jack Vance
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Hypocrisy at Glasgow Cathouse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The last of the four suggestions in my Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post was the one that will probably be most controversial. I said that I thought we needed to take a look at ourselves, confront our own hypocrisy, and repudiate bad behavior we see coming from within our community. While I have been trying to do this for some time, I will not pretend that it has been easy or that I am not conflicted over how best to do it.When we look at religious believers, I have no doubt that most of us find hypocrisy widespread,…
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    Divided Under God

  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

    Kevin Davis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Occasionally I pop onto Twitter and search for “atheist” or “atheism” to see what people are saying.  For the most part I’m looking for new people to follow who may have interesting things to say, or I’m looking for people who are looking for help in relating to atheists and offering my book as an aid.  Last night I came across a gentleman who decided it would be cool to tweet out to the world, “To Atheist; God keeps his promises, he never lies, try him.”  Now, normally I don’t seek these types of people out, but since he started out…
  • New Site Feature: Progressive Atheism

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to DividedUnderGod.com recently, you may have noticed some changes to the site.  As most of you know, I recently finished writing and published my first book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book had its own website where readers could follow the progress of the book, ask questions, and ultimately preorder books or purchase signed copies.  Now that the book is finished and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s not much need for it to have its own website.  So the site was moved over to…
  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Join us as we unite for a secular government tonight at 6pm Eastern! I’ll be live-tweeting from the Town of Greece meeting and press conference at @DividedUnderGod. Follow #townofgreece to join in the conversation! More details here.Filed under: Church & State, Headlines Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Christianity, Church and state, Constitutional issues, Establishment Clause, first amendment, freedom of religion, politics, Religion, Religion in politics, secular, Supreme court, Town of Greece, Town of Greece v. Galloway
  • Atheists Will Be Well Represented in Town of Greece Tuesday

    Kevin Davis
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Photo courtesy Dan Courtney On Tuesday July 15th, the Town of Greece, known recently for the Supreme Court ruling regarding opening prayers at town meetings, will open its meeting with a secular invocation.  The address will be delivered by Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester (ACoR), a local group of nonbelievers whose membership has been steadily growing. News of the event has made its way through the Rochester, NY area, all the way into the national spotlight recently.  More media outlets have been picking up the story every day it seems.  As a result, atheist and secular…
  • Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Deemed to Be an ‘Exercise in Silliness’

    Kevin Davis
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy http://www.legis.state.pa.us Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
 
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    Deity Shmeity

  • 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,…
  • The Evolution of Nothing

    14 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    “Nothing” is a concept that has meant different things at different points of humanity’s understanding of the universe. When our planet was effectively understood as the universe, empty air space was reasonably defined as “nothing.” Upon discovery that space exists beyond our atmosphere, the meaning shifted to exclude air as now the vacuum of space was a valid option. The march of scientific discovery theorized magnetic, gravitational and other fields were “something” that may even correspond to particles that clearly aren’t applicable to the concept of “nothing.” And…
  • The Idealized Conservative on Church & State

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:59 pm
    After hearing more and more conservatives openly promoting the unity of Church and State (only their Church, or course) I found this quote from one of their favs ironic.
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • 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…
  • God Admits that Jesus was a Jerk

    Andrew Hall
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    LORD God of the Universe, Yawheh, the Tamer of Leviathan, and Smiter of the First Born Baby Boys of Egypt, has announced in a press release that his son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, is not the guy you want to build your moral foundation on."Jesus said a lot of nice things in his day: Love your neighbor as yourself; Give to the poor; Turn the other cheek; and now that I'm clean and sober I can get behind a vast majority of those things. However, let's be honest, the guy was a jerk -- a big sandal wearing Charles Manson-style hippie jerk."The Almighty stated that what really pushed Him over the…
  • Top Ten Signs You've Lost Your Religion

    Andrew Hall
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    10. You don't have to explain to others that your relationship to God is "complicated."There are knee-jerk theists (My god wrong or right!) and thinking theists (I need to read up on Thomas Aquinas to figure out if God can make a rock that He can't lift). If you were a thinking theist and now an atheist there is a very good chance that for a portion of your life you described your personal relationship with God as complicated. ExamplesMost of those Old Testament stories never really happened. It's complicated.The moral utility in the genocide depicted in the Great Flood? It's…
  • Mayor of Dearborn Michigan tells citizens to 'turn to Allah' at Islamic event

    Andrew Hall
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Mayor Kannard asks citizens of Dearborn, Michiganto pray five times a day for Allah's protection.The mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, Mohammed Al Kannard, has signed an official proclamation exhorting citizens to turn to Allah for guidance on a daily basis.The mayor has issued this statement in the midst of Ramadan so that the city's 40,000 or so Arab Americans feel that their religious freedom is protected by city government.NOW, THEREFORE, I,Mohammed Al Kannard as Mayor of the City of Dearborn, Michigan, do hereby invite all Dearbornians to join in the thoughtful prayer and humble…
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    Better Off Damned

  • 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 →
  • Strippers take topless protest to church that harassed them as ‘whores, tramps’ for years

    Jack Lawrence
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    A group of topless dancers in Ohio on Sunday turned the tables on a fundamentalist church that has picketed their club for almost nine years. According to the Coshocton Tribune, at least six bare-breasted women, employees and friends of the Foxhole North club marched outside the New Beginnings Ministries church in Warsaw. Club owner Thomas … Continue reading →
 
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    Untempered Intellect

  • 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…
  • Poachers In Sheep Clothing

    Neno December
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    To my mind, the claim that an individual can love animals and deeply care about them while at the same time enjoy hunting them seems to be contradictory. For example, the other day on Netflix I watched a documentary called Bear Island (I am surprised it received a viewer rating of 5.6/10) . In it, bear researcher LaVern Beier and his colleague use cutting-edge technology to study how to better protect the Alaskan brown bear. At around 24:32 in the documentary, the bear that was caught in the trap escaped and charged towards LaVern and his colleague—sadly, he had no choice but to…
  • More Sloppy Thinking From ICR

    Neno December
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    There is a reason why young-earth creationists employ sloppy thinking--without it, they have nothing. Take for example Brian Thomas', writer for the Institute for Creation Research, recent article entitled Solar System Geysers—Each a Fountain of Youth. He argues, "If these geysers formed billions of years ago as secular origins models insist, then small Solar System bodies should be old, cold, and dead—that is, geologically, magnetically, and otherwise completely inactive."(His claim that "secular origins models" suggest these celestial objects should be dead is simply not true. He…
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  • 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.
  • Green Eggs and Ken Ham

    Nosmas
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    What’s that? Is someone talking Spam? Could it be Ray Comfort, the Banana Man? Not this time it’s some other sham, It’s the Aussie fool. Ken Ham I am!   Ken Ham is at it again with more ridiculous anti-science statements which has gained some attention. I thought a Dr. Seuss rhyme would be appropriate … Continue reading » The post Green Eggs and Ken Ham appeared first on The Off Channel.
  • Re-defining God – Words Have Meaning

    Nosmas
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Ever hear someone re-defining God when questioned about its existence? Maybe this sounds familiar: A theist and an atheist each try to explain to the other why their position makes more sense. As the theist backs further and further into a corner, usually signified by a lot of stuttering, backtracking, awkward silence and changing of … Continue reading » The post Re-defining God – Words Have Meaning appeared first on The Off Channel.
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  • Atheist Life Hacks: How To Become A High School Dropout

    Godless Mom
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Share this post on: • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Google Plus • Reddit • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Email • Print My blood may run thick with poutine, but Mommy’s heart is partially True Blue Aussie. Two separate years of my life were spent down under, and you don’t really walk away from that much Vegemite without feeling like a little bit of you belongs there. My Mom was an elementary school teacher for 30 years. She’s retired now, but as a teacher, she was eligible to take part in the teacher’s international exchange…
  • 14 Ways To Destroy Religion With Your Kids

    Godless Mom
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Share this post on: • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Google Plus • Reddit • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Email • Print *Blank stare* So, I read this. Don’t look at me like that. You know I can’t help myself. Interestingly, there are some good points in Natasha’s post. Actually, there are some brilliant points. Credit where credit is goddamned due, no holy. However, Natasha ruins the whole thing in her second point. Oh, but let me show you how. Mrs. Crain says, At an age-appropriate level, we discussed how some people just don’t…
  • Atheist Absurdities: Yes, This Man Is Actually Free To Roam Without His Big Boy Pants

    Godless Mom
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Share this post on: • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Google Plus • Reddit • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Email • Print Welcome to the Carnival, heretics. I barely survived this one. What I’ve just read was such an assault on my mind, that I actually had to take a break while writing what follows so as not to actually contract the stupid seeping from this Fox Nation article by Ben Carson. Ben Carson is not only a grade A skeeball prize, he should be in fucking solitary at Sing Sing. The man is not well, not in any sense of the word. Ben’s…
  • Your Stories of Atheism: Shaking Off Old Shackles

    Godless Mom
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Share this post on: • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Google Plus • Reddit • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Email • Print 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. Our first story this week comes from an ex-7th Day Adventist, Summer: I was born into a very conservative religious household of biblical literalists (7th day Adventists). Ever since young I was taught the bible, but instead of a loving God, I saw the…
  • Follow Friday: Ethical Bob, The Armoured Skeptic & God Swill Ministries

    Godless Mom
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Share this post on: • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Google Plus • Reddit • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Email • Print Happy Friday Godless Gang, So, this week saw the beginning of my atheist videos on YouTube. I got a lot of great feedback, and some wonderful constructive criticism. Here’s one thing: I ruined my HD camera in Mexico over the summer and have to resort to my webcam which shits the bed. My trip to Mexico for my brother’s wedding emptied our pockets, so I have to wait until we catch back up to get a better quality camera. At…
 
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