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  • Every Atheist Parent Needs: The Kid Should See This @TheKidShouldSee

    Godless Mom
    Godless Mom
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    It’s very important to me to be able to raise intelligent, literate, critical thinking kids and I’m always scouring the internet for resources to that end. This past weekend, while looking for some Neil deGrasse Tyson videos my son might like, I came across this web site and I fell in love immediately. It’s called The Kid Should See This and it’s kind of like Upworthy for kids. It’s just video after video that engages kids and each post has some kind of educational depth. They cover science, space, animals, biology, art, music, food, etc… The only topic…
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    Deity Shmeity
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
  • A Riposte to William Lane Craig

    Debunking Christianity
    Jonathan MS Pearce
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    Counter Apologist has produced an awesome series detailing issues with William Lane Craig's Kalam Cosmological Argument, which is a pet obsession of mine. This must have succeeded enough, since it warranted a response from Craig himself. Here is Counter's response to Craig.Read more »
  • God Doesn't Even Answer Prayers to Himself from Himself

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    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…
  • Atlas Shrugged: Ad Baculum

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    Adam Lee
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter V Hank and Dagny are returning to New York after their trip to Colorado. Hank’s wife Lillian, by now, has come to suspect that these “business trips” are about more than just business, so she arranges to be waiting for him on the platform: Her first sight of Rearden in [Read More...]
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  • General Jack Keane on 9/11 and Radical Islam

    John W. Loftus
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Be sure to listen to General Jack Keane beginning at 1:09:13:
  • It's Not Just Christianity or Islam! Elana Maryles Sztokman On the War Against Women in Israel.

    John W. Loftus
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    We're familiar with the misogyny of the religion of Islam. The misogyny of Christianity is highlighted by Annie Laurie Gaylor in my book, Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails,with a chapter titled: "Woman, What Have I To Do With Thee?: Christianity’s War Against Women."Elana Maryles Sztokman stands against the misogyny in Israel:Last week I traveled to the United States for the publication of my book, The War on Women in Israel: A Story of Religious Radicalism and the Women Fighting for Freedom.It was a whirlwind week -- I traveled to events and book signings across five cities in…
  • Three things you probably don't know about Islam.

    John W. Loftus
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
  • A Riposte to William Lane Craig

    Jonathan MS Pearce
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    Counter Apologist has produced an awesome series detailing issues with William Lane Craig's Kalam Cosmological Argument, which is a pet obsession of mine. This must have succeeded enough, since it warranted a response from Craig himself. Here is Counter's response to Craig.Read more »
  • Quote of the Day, by Jean Rostand

    John W. Loftus
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
 
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  • Washougal City Council (WA) Votes to Have Invocation Prayers, but Not Without Silly Arguments from Both Sides

    Hemant Mehta
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Washougal City Council in Washington state just voted 4-3 to have religious invocations at their meetings, but it didn’t happen without a furious debate. The dissenters aren’t just a bunch of typical liberals, either:Councilors Brent Boger, Joyce Lindsay and Paul Greenlee opposed the resolution for several reasons.Lindsay said faith lies beyond the realm of the council, and she expressed concern that the prayers would put some in an awkward position. Boger, who noted his Christian faith, included himself in that group.“This rule change will lead to a situation where I…
  • Ohio Elementary School Distributed Yearbooks with a Christian Cross on Them

    Hemant Mehta
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    At Addaville Elementary School in Gallipolis, Ohio, the 2014 student yearbooks have a giant Latin cross on the cover with the word “BELIEVE” inscribed on it:My mockup of the cover. I made it in under a minute. You should be proud of me.In a letter to District officials, the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked for a recall on the books:“The inclusion of the Latin cross, which is the preeminent symbol of Christianity, on a public elementary school yearbook is illegal. It is beyond comprehension that public school officials would have allowed this publication to be printed…
  • Former Wrestler Michael “PS” Hayes Releases Single: “Why Can’t the Children Pray in School”

    Hemant Mehta
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Retired wrestler and musician Michael “Purely Sexy” Hayes recently released a song called “Why Can’t the Children Pray in School“… which is strange, since the chorus doesn’t include the lines, “They can!” or “You’ve got to be shitting me.”Here’s the actual album art for the song, proving that he means business:Yep. That’ll show ‘em.He promoted the single with this tweet a few days ago…… so I’m gonna guess writing lyrics isn’t really his thing.I went ahead and bought the song…
  • Pickens County Board of Trustees (SC) Will Allow Invocations, but Only Religious Groups Will Be Invited to Give Them

    Hemant Mehta
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Pickens County Board of Trustees in South Carolina just decided to allow sectarian invocations at their meetings. And they think they’re above the law on this one despite the advice of their attorney:The policy doesn’t run afoul of the First Amendment’s restriction against governmental endorsement of religion because it gives the same opportunity to all religions and is in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Town of Greece, N.Y., vs Galloway.…The board added language to the new policy recommended by its attorney that says, a religious leader may…
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains His Problematic George W. Bush Misquote

    Hemant Mehta
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I posted about some questionable statements Neil deGrasse Tyson makes in his presentations.One of them in particular invoked something President George W. Bush supposedly said after 9/11 (beginning at 1:35):… Here’s what happens. George Bush, within a week of [the 9/11 terrorist attacks] gave us a speech attempting to distinguish we from they. And who are they? These were sort of the Muslim fundamentalists. And he wants to distinguish we from they. And how does he do it?… He says, “Our God” — of course, it’s actually the same God, but…
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  • Anti-Islam ads coming to NYC buses, subways (CBS News)

    Loren Miller
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    NEW YORK -- Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on a hundred New York City buses and at two subway entrances next week. The six ads include an image of American journalist James Foley, just before he was beheaded, standing next to his masked executioner. The ads are paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative run by anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller. She says the campaign tells truths about Islam and jihad that the U.S. government and mainstream media ignore. "Our organization has created this campaign in order to educate people about Jihad," Geller told 1010 WINS. "I don't think the…
  • 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/
 
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  • The Wall of Silence Around Michael Shermer

    Adam Lee
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Earlier this month, I wrote about the serious allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault made against skeptic “thought leader” Michael Shermer by three women, who agreed to be named in an article published by Buzzfeed. That article, as you’d expect, has provoked an enormous amount of controversy and outrage. But what I find more [Read More...]
  • Speaking at Sunday Assembly NYC

    Adam Lee
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    I’m very pleased to announce that next Sunday, October 5, I’ll be speaking at Sunday Assembly NYC! This month’s topic is mythology: why we create it, what purpose it serves, and what (if anything) it’s good for. Do humans still need mythology? If so, how does it fit in the modern world; and if not, [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Ad Baculum

    Adam Lee
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter V Hank and Dagny are returning to New York after their trip to Colorado. Hank’s wife Lillian, by now, has come to suspect that these “business trips” are about more than just business, so she arranges to be waiting for him on the platform: Her first sight of Rearden in [Read More...]
  • Weekday Coffee: September 25

    Adam Lee
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    I’ve been taking a breather this week, but never fear, my Atlas Shrugged series will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, some quick links: • Help atheist blogger and ex-Quiverfuller Vyckie Garrison save her house! She’s in financial trouble caused largely by her divorce from an abusive husband, which in turn happened because she lost her [Read More...]
  • Summer Twilight: A Humanist Sermon

    Adam Lee
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    On a night earlier this summer, a humid blue twilight in July, I stepped out of my home to run an errand. It was sweltering and heavy after the day’s heat, but it must have been the perfect temperature for fireflies. There were hundreds of them, swarming in the air and the grass, glimmering and [Read More...]
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  • Why Did Jesus’ Disciples Abandon Him in His Last Hours?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    By Wizened Sage (Galen Rose) ~ There is much in the New Testament to cause one to question whether the Jesus story(s) of the Gospels ever really happened. For example, in several places in the Gospels Jesus is quoted as saying this or that, but he was alone at the time according to the text. So, how could anyone know he said those things? There are also all those conflicts in the resurrection story, like how many women went to Jesus’ tomb that Sunday, and how many men were in the tomb when the women arrived? The Gospels disagree on these and numerous other details.One of my own favorite…
  • Was Jesus Smelly?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    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…
  • Why Doesn’t the Bible Prove God Exists?

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    By WizenedSage (Galen Rose) ~ If you think about it, there’s a very strange thing going on in the Bible. The whole thing is about this god and his human creations and their tense, ever-changing relationship. There is chapter after chapter about how god did this, and did that, and wants humans to do this and not that, and how he punishes humans in this way or that, for doing this or that thing which he “abhors.”There is so much written in the Bible – as it’s a very long book – about this god and his make-up, his thoughts, his commands, his angers and jealousies, his actions and…
  • God Doesn't Even Answer Prayers to Himself from Himself

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    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…
  • It didn't work

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    By Penc ~ It's not easy realizing you have been living under a delusion. But I have to realize it because it's the truth. It's not fair to tell your kid that if they don't agree with your religion you will burn forever in untold unimaginable torment and that you dare not expect any definite proof. It's not fair to tell your kid you can always depend on some guy named Jesus even though there is as much proof for his existence as there is for Santa clause. It's not fair to blame all your kids problems on imaginary devils that don't exist and even allow him to live in fear of such things. It is…
 
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  • Content to Ignore Gamergate

    Jack Vance
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    Gamer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have been asked a few times why I have had nothing to say about the gamergate controversy currently raging on social media. I have explained that I don't know enough about it to have much to say.To unpack that a bit more since it seems to be of great interest, I have steered clear of gamergate for at least three reasons: I do not consider myself a gamer.Much of the controversy sounds so familiar to what we have been hearing from social justice warriors about atheists and skeptics that I'd prefer to address these issues in the context of atheism and…
  • Liberals Giving Islam a Pass

    Jack Vance
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Bill Maher attending a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)What is it called when we routinely criticize one group of people for objectionable behavior while virtually ignoring the same behavior when committed by another group? Perhaps there is a more precise name for this sort of thing, but the one that most readily springs to mind for me is hypocrisy.Yes, we usually think of hypocrisy as condemning someone else for doing what we ourselves are doing (e.g., "It's okay when we do it!"). But condemning the behavior of one group while giving another…
  • Biblical Immorality

    Jack Vance
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Titlepage of the New Testament section of a German Luther Bible, printed in 1769. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)When atheists criticize the sort of morality found in both the Old Testament and New Testament of the book Christians call "holy," we tend to select a few choice examples that highlight the sharp contrast between what the Judeo-Christian god allegedly did and modern values. We might pick slavery or rape, for example, and point out how the god Christians claim to worship advocated these things which we now recognize as abhorrent. Many of our criticisms are fairly specific in this way, but…
  • Outrage Culture: Effects

    Jack Vance
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    Richard Dawkins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Now that we have at least a cursory understanding of what we mean by outrage culture, we can ask ourselves why it is worth discussing. Is it merely an annoyance we are likely to encounter from time-to-time that we should just ignore, or could it affect us in ways we might not like?From what I have observed, the effects of outrage culture are extensive in the sense that it has changed how people interact with one another. It has impacted businesses and how they deal with their employees, celebrities and how they interact with the public, blogs and how…
  • Cutting Back My Blogging and Other Online Activity

    Jack Vance
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    Man thinking on a train journey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I have been writing Atheist Revolution since February of 2005. In that time, I have had fleeting thoughts of quitting but nothing I'd call serious. I've always had something to say, and I've always found writing to be both enjoyable and therapeutic in the sense that it helps me clarify my thoughts and engage with topics I rarely have the opportunity to discuss with others in real life. I've taken some short breaks from posting, but I always knew I would return. Even though I have had periods of burnout and disillusionment, I've never…
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    Divided Under God

  • If Atheists Want to Change Perceptions, They Need to Stop Acting Like This

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

  • Secret Pentagon Anti-Jihadist Pork Plan

    Andrew Hall
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Pentagon is hoping that the pig is mightier than the suicide vest.Washington DC - Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has released highly classified documents depicting the Pentagon's new strategy to fight the Islamic State or ISIS. Operation Trojan Pork will create an underground infrastructure in territory controlled by the terrorist organization. Its purpose is to infiltrate pork into the everyday lives of those who the secret papers refer to as "Islamo-stormtrooper fascists."Phase One of Operation Trojan Porkwill have operatives place pork related flavors into the diet…
  • 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…
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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

  • Plato's "Republic" Book VII (514a-521b) Summary

    Neno December
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Book VII, specifically 514a-517c, is perhaps the most well-known and widely read part of the Republic—it is here that Plato presents the reader with the famous “allegory of the cave”. As it is explicitly stated at the beginning of Book VII, the intended meaning of the allegory is to illustrate the way in which education and or lack of it effects human nature (514a). Furthermore, in book VI, Socrates attempts to explain the Form of the Good by using two analogies; the sun (507c-509d) and the analogy of the divided line (509d-511d). Keeping in line with theme of “three’s”, as well…
  • 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
    The graph below suggests there is a general downwards trend in the rate of extinction. My professor seemed to think 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. I do agree 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 account—that is, environmental changes are constantly occurring suddenly (in the…
  • 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…
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  • 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

  • This Could Be The Most Absurd Catholic Lament I’ve Ever Read

    Godless Mom
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    As if we haven’t had enough Catholic cry-babyism, David Mills has gone and outdone himself bitching and moaning about something that wasn’t actually even said. He’s constructed a straw man so huge, it’s making Ron Jeremy jealous. Last week, The New York Times published this piece about a gay couple who were told they could not be in choir, receive communion or take on any other roles in their church after they tied the knot. Frank Bruni, who wrote the NYT op-ed, said: The Catholic Church does incalculable good, providing immeasurable comfort — material as well as…
  • Every Atheist Parent Needs: The Kid Should See This @TheKidShouldSee

    Godless Mom
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    It’s very important to me to be able to raise intelligent, literate, critical thinking kids and I’m always scouring the internet for resources to that end. This past weekend, while looking for some Neil deGrasse Tyson videos my son might like, I came across this web site and I fell in love immediately. It’s called The Kid Should See This and it’s kind of like Upworthy for kids. It’s just video after video that engages kids and each post has some kind of educational depth. They cover science, space, animals, biology, art, music, food, etc… The only topic…
  • 5 Religious Practices Weirder Than Tarantino on Peyote

    Godless Mom
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    This is a guest post from Andy The Atheist aka Virtual Athiest. Be sure to check out his blog here: Virtual Atheist. You can also follow him on Twitter here: @Atheist_Andy. If you want to become a guest blogger on Godlessmom.com, please click here. We as atheists are often informed by some of the demographic of the gullible that our religious position makes no sense, and that the evidence for whatever supernatural deity they happen to believe in is the only rational explanation for our existence. Well, quite apart from the 100% lack of credible evidence, I’m not certain I could take any God…
  • Your Stories of Atheism: What Drove This Atheist To Convert To Christianity?

    Godless Mom
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:53 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. This week I just have one story for you. It’s in video form and it’s long, but let me tell you, it’s worth every minute. It’s also worth subscribing to the Forbidden Fruit channel, as the rest of his videos are great as well. Here is his story: If you want to send me your story, you can submit it here. To read past stories, click here.
  • Badge Earned: Why I Quoted Hitch To A Reporter

    Godless Mom
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    New video! A question asked of me by a reporter today inspired a chat. Enjoy:
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