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  • The IRS Says It Will Finally Enforce the Rules Barring Pastors from Endorsing Candidates from the Pulpit

    Atheist News Discussions - Atheist Nexus
    Joe
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Back in November of 2012, the Freedom From Religion Foundation sued the IRS because of the government agency’s “failure to enforce electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations.” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/07/17/the-irs-says-it-will-finally-enforce-the-rules-barring-pastors-from-endorsing-candidates-from-the-pulpit/
  • Repost: The Apologist’s Turnstile

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    Adam Lee
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    [Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from January 2012.] As I’ve often mentioned, religion has a set of cognitive tricks – unconscious ideas, prejudices and habits of thought it tries to instill in believers – which shield their minds against contrary argument and [Read More...]
  • Supporting Atheists

    Atheist Revolution
    Jack Vance
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Atheism (Photo credit: thinboyfatter)Following the Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post, I elaborated on the ideas of criticizing religious belief and promoting atheism. In this post, I'll expand on the idea of supporting other atheists. I think this may be the most obvious of the four things. At least, I hope it is. If we are going to ask people living in religiously oppressive environments to walk away from the religious beliefs their culture pushes and embrace atheism, we must be ready to provide support to those who do.Tangible and Informational SupportI noted previously that…
  • Hearing the Still Small Voice of Reason.

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    By Carolyn Hyppolite ~ There was never a time when the question of God was not important in my life. As a child, I was disinclined to believe. I was appalled by the story of the testing of Abraham—God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son. I was eleven years old when I read that story and I decided that this was the kind of deity that I should stay away from.Despite my natural skepticism, there is another part of me that has found something appealing in the Christian story. At its best, it is a story about sacrificial love and the restoration of a broken world into something…
  • Why I'm embarrassed of Jesus.

    Laughing in Purgatory
    Andrew Hall
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Jesus against the Pharisees. Jesus, stop acting like you're the freakin' Riddler!Jesus loves his parables. Ask the man how to avoid hell and he'll start talking about throwing mustard seeds onto the Prodigal Son. If mathematics worked like that then no high school math teacher would explain the quadratic formula like this:With Jesus' method students would hear a story about wise and foolish virgins carrying lambs. If the pupils got the message they pass the class. If not, eternal hellfire.I've never seen Jesus celebrating July 4th. I've looked.Jesus never talked about 'merica…
 
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  • Student Opts Out of Bible Classes in New Zealand School, So He’s Told To Do the Dishes Instead

    Hemant Mehta
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    They teach religious education in many New Zealand schools, but in some cases, the lessons veer into religious indoctrination. (That’s why groups like the Secular Education Network are trying to change the laws to fix that.) That’s also why parents sometimes allow their kids to opt out of the classes. When that happens, what are the students supposed to do? Maybe they do homework in another classroom. Maybe they read a book. Maybe they just go to the library. But I didn’t think this was an option: Tanya Jacob says she pulled her son out of Harewood School in 2012 after first…
  • Substitute Teacher Fired for His Music Video Mocking Religion Finally Gets Some Justice

    Hemant Mehta
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last year, I posted a delightfully funny video about two parents teaching their daughter about different religions, only to have her respond with “That doesn’t make sense!” to all of them: That video was made by guitarist Jonathan Hurley and actress Whitney Avalon (who played the parents) and they even won an award for it last month. Yay! Happy ending, right? Turns out that wasn’t the case for Hurley. He was a long-term substitute teacher at a school district in Sandwich, Massachusetts, and once administrators found out about his video last December, he was…
  • Kickstarter-Backed Indestructible Bible Uses “Space Age Nanotechnology”

    Hemant Mehta
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    You know how your Bible is constantly falling into the ocean, dripping with paint, and getting run over by cars? I know, I know. Me too. Accidents, I swear. But don’t worry! There’s now an indestructible Bible on Kickstarter: Waterproof. Dirt-proof. Tear-proof. Virtually indestructible. It’s the first Bible in history built (and guaranteed) to last FOREVER. … For centuries, publishers have printed the Bible with impeccable detail, using the highest quality papers and leather. We are continuing that tradition by printing the Bible with the very best materials that exist…
  • Atheist TV Launch is Less Than a Week Away

    Hemant Mehta
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    American Atheists just posted this promotional video for their atheism-themed Roku channel. The premiere is Tuesday night: There’s no word yet on what the TV schedule will look like but we’ll find that out soon enough. (via The Telegraph)
  • South Carolina City Council Approves “In God We Trust” Display Using Awful Reasoning

    Hemant Mehta
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    You’ll all be hardly surprised to learn that the York County Council in South Carolina voted last night to add an “In God We Trust” plaque to their meeting room: Chairman Britt Blackwell made the request. “We need to stand up for the values that made this country great,” he said. “This is one small step for the country.” I can’t believe he just referenced the moon landing to talk about promoting Christianity in a town full of Christians… Can’t wait to hear what this guy says when he finds a good seat near the front of a bus. Blackwell said the…
 
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  • News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Jehovah’s Trumpet And More!

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

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

    The Atheist Geek
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    X-Men: Days of Future Past is the sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand (which was sort of decent, but not great), and X-Men: First Class (which was shockingly good), and even The Wolverine (couldn’t bring myself to see it). That’s right. This movie is the unholy offspring of a cinematic three-way. And it’s legal to show in theaters. Who could resist that? I had to go see it. It’s the law. No wonder the reviews for X-Men: Days of Future Past were so high! Rotten Tomatoes gave DOFP a 92% freshness rating, while Metacritic gave it a 74% metascore. Geek blogs were raving about…
  • News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Video And Interview By Max Elfelt

    The Atheist Geek
    9 May 2014 | 11:43 am
    VIDEO: Video & Interview – Jehovah’s Witnesses: An in depth look Watchtower’s First Step Toward “Tithing”? More on this can be found at this link as well. NGO calls on Ministry to probe closed religious groups; Jehovah’s Witnesses under scrutiny The UUT – the Support group for the Victims of Religions – has asked the Ministry of Justice to study ways in which to intervene in the activities of closed religious communities.  The group released a report Saturday on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which UUT claims uses its own internal judicial system with a board…
  • News And Links For Atheists: A Discussion Between Atheists and Mormons: Exposing Myths and Dispelling Stereotypes

    The Atheist Geek
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    VIDEO: A Discussion Between Atheists and Mormons: Exposing Myths and Dispelling Stereotypes As a prelude to the American Atheists National Convention taking place this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, a panel discussion was held Wednesday night between atheists Dave Silverman and author Joanne Hanks and Mormon authors Drs. J. B. Haws and Richard Holzapfel: Atheists conduct friendly march around Mormon Temple Square Most of the marchers were former Mormons and many mailed resignations to the LDS Church at the end of the short trek around the square. Ellis dubbed it “the Mormon exodus and…
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  • Repost: The Apologist’s Turnstile

    Adam Lee
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    [Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from January 2012.] As I’ve often mentioned, religion has a set of cognitive tricks – unconscious ideas, prejudices and habits of thought it tries to instill in believers – which shield their minds against contrary argument and [Read More...]
  • Repost: The Age of Wonder

    Adam Lee
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    [Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from November 2008.] If you search the internet, it’s not hard to find New Agers and others who think that the dawning of the age of reason was a mistake. They envision a more “holistic” approach, one [Read More...]
  • Repost: Green Fields

    Adam Lee
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    [Author's Note: I'm reposting some old favorites while I'm away on vacation this week. This post was originally from June 2009.] For those who are grieving, for those who mourn, and for all those who are burdened with the weary weight of sorrow, I have a prescription. Find a quiet, peaceful place, a green field [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: The Glory Days of Child Labor

    Adam Lee
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter III When she hears that Hank Rearden and Ken Danagger have been indicted for illegally doing business, Dagny rushes to Pittsburgh. For reasons she can’t fully explain, she’s certain that Danagger will be the next to vanish, and she’s desperate to reach him and convince him to stay before he’s [Read More...]
  • I Think the MRAs Are Mad At Me Again

    Adam Lee
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    [Content note: This post contains obscene and sexist language that I wouldn't normally allow on my site. Consider yourself advised.] I wrote in May about the “men’s rights activists” – a tribe of angry misogynists who, despite the name, have no interest in actual issues of justice that affect men but only want an excuse [Read More...]
 
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  • Hearing the Still Small Voice of Reason.

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    By Carolyn Hyppolite ~ There was never a time when the question of God was not important in my life. As a child, I was disinclined to believe. I was appalled by the story of the testing of Abraham—God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son. I was eleven years old when I read that story and I decided that this was the kind of deity that I should stay away from.Despite my natural skepticism, there is another part of me that has found something appealing in the Christian story. At its best, it is a story about sacrificial love and the restoration of a broken world into something…
  • After 23 years...

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    By Travib ~ I spent the majority of my childhood in the ropes of religion, but my doubts began at a very early age, around 15 or so - but it all came full blown five years ago, exactly one year after my best friend passed away after his second battle with cancer.The doubts began as passing thoughts, with how our military gets away with killing so many people during wars, even though the bible states that we are not supposed to kill. Add in that the science classes through the years began to make better sense with actual proof seen through the lens of a telescope into the night sky, along with…
  • Letting Go of Jesus and Erin

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    By Tania ~ The time has come to say another “goodbye.”The door has closed. I don't know if it will open again. If it will, my guess is that it won't be anytime soon.I've grieved. I'm not sure I'll ever be completely “done” grieving, because the sadness runs a bit too deep. I loved a lot, and I cared a lot, and now it's time for goodbye.I've cried, and screamed. I've talked, I've exhausted myself with the talking. I've tried to push the sad and angry thoughts aside, but I also need and want to face them, embrace them, not just ignore something so precious as these things that make us…
  • Some thoughts on Christianity

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    By Castiel233 ~ Reasons for becoming a Christian:1: The Bible was written centuries apart by numerous authors, yet still broadly tells a coherent narrative.2: Although some biblical stories appear far fetched to modern readers, they are generally possible, particularly for a god who can create the universe.3: The threat of Hell is an awful large and permanent risk to take4: Some modern miracles Such as the Dancing of the Sun, which was predicted in advance by three peasant children and witnessed by thousands in 1917 are very hard (for me at least) to explain.Reasons against becoming a…
  • Who Needs Gospels?

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    By Carl S. ~ As a child, I was fascinated by the “Miracles of the loaves and fishes.” As an adult, I find the “miracles” interesting. Consider the times in which they happened: the Romans dominated over the Jewish people, the Roman Empire was vast. Any and all unusual news would spread like wildfire. The first miracle, as recounted, is a report of a man who fed five thousand men alone, not counting the women and children, on this repast. Not just once, either; in a repeat performance, he fed four thousand-plus people. That’s a hell of a lot of people. You can imagine how fast the…
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  • Supporting Atheists

    Jack Vance
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Atheism (Photo credit: thinboyfatter)Following the Four Things We Can Do To Make More Atheists post, I elaborated on the ideas of criticizing religious belief and promoting atheism. In this post, I'll expand on the idea of supporting other atheists. I think this may be the most obvious of the four things. At least, I hope it is. If we are going to ask people living in religiously oppressive environments to walk away from the religious beliefs their culture pushes and embrace atheism, we must be ready to provide support to those who do.Tangible and Informational SupportI noted previously that…
  • I Have Seen Angles Too

    Jack Vance
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    A right angle is equal to 90 degrees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I imagine there would be fewer atheists if only we'd get our heads out of our asses and accept everything Christians tell us uncritically. I mean, many of them have had experiences they cannot explain so...god! Why do we have to be so stubborn as to doubt them and not simply take their word for it? Why must we always go on and on about evidence?The evidence is all around us, at least that's what Christians insist. We refuse to see it because...I'm not sure why. Perhaps their god is "hardening our hearts" like it used to do in…
  • Familiar Images of Hate

    Jack Vance
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:54 am
    Attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama, Governor stands defiantly at the door while being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I can't say I've never hated anyone, but the few people I have hated all had something in common: they were people who were close to me and then betrayed my trust in a major way. The feelings of hate I experienced always came from this betrayal of trust. I've never been able to relate to hating someone I don't know fairly well, and the hatred of strangers has always baffled me. Why would I expend the energy…
  • Why Does a Perfect God Have Human Flaws?

    Jack Vance
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    cuadro que representa a la Trinidad (santuario della Santissima Trinità - Vallepietra RM) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)If the Christian god exists and is a perfect being, as Christians tell us, why is it that this god would have attributes that are widely considered undesirable among humans (e.g., jealousy, wrath)? Wouldn't the possession of such attributes by a god undermine any claim to perfection?The concept of a perfect god that just so happens to share many human flaws borders on the nonsensical. It seems far more likely that we humans created this notion of a flawed god, one that reflects…
  • Seeking Input on Media Streaming Devices

    Jack Vance
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Apple TV (Photo credit: bfishadow)I suspect that many of my readers are far more tech-savy than I am. A recent post by Sean over at My Secret Atheist Blog reminded me of something off-topic I've been meaning to ask you for some time. I'm in need of some tech help from those of you who are up on media streaming devices.The ProblemMy situation is simple. My primary TV is connected to a cable box for which I have all but resigned myself for paying way too much. I have no interest in media streaming for this TV. In part, this is because the TV is old enough that it will almost certainly need…
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    Divided Under God

  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    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, Head Writer
    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, Head Writer
    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…
  • Todd Starnes Promotes New Book on Fox By Touting Debunked Christian Persecution Case

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    6 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    (originally posted on Peacock-Panache.com) Appearing on Fox News to promote his new book, Todd Starnes (the man who repeatedly cried Christian persecution wolf to anyone who would listen) touted a debunked theory about anti-Christian persecution on military bases. His book God (B)less America appears to be chock full of these sorts of cases (in addition to a case Starnes has personally worked to manufacture and promote with the assistance of his publisher’s vice president of sales). Right off the bat in the interview – led by none other than far right personality…
  • No One Is Shocked: Greece v. Galloway Decided 5-4 For Jesus

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    5 May 2014 | 8:18 am
    Back in October, we published a post entitled Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile.  That assumption was based on SCOTUS focusing narrowly on the case at hand, rather than on state-sponsored prayer altogether.  We argued that SCOTUS may decide that the specific town’s opening prayers need to be spread out among religions more equally, rather than allowing them to be overwhelmingly Christian.  We were right about one thing — that SCOTUS would focus only on the case at hand, rather than the larger issue of prayer at government meetings.
 
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    An American Atheist

  • 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 […]
  • 111: The Phobia of Being Islamophobic

    Christopher Thielen
    6 May 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Tom and Robin discuss the phobia of being Islamophobic.
  • 110: But You Said Jehovah

    Christopher Thielen
    28 Apr 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Tom and Chris utter the name Jehovah and avoid a stoning while recalling: The myth of ‘Ishar’ and Easter Ukrainian antisemitism (or propaganda) Oregon faith healing Louisiana’s state book (hint: King James read it) ‘Heaven is Real’ film  
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  • 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.
  • Incomplete & Circular Apologetic Definitions

    16 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you healthy? I don’t know much about you, reader, but if you are the average American your answer is probably close to “sure...I guess” or maybe even a straight up “I don’t know.” That’s because the term “healthy” is an imprecise word that means different things to different people. A judgement of health, when poorly defined, is subjective and not very meaningful. If, on the other hand, I asked if you are overweight then provided a scale, tape measure, and the calculation to determine your Body Mass Index, we could objectively see if your BMI is over 25 and therefore…
  • An Interview with Sabio Lantz

    9 Jun 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The following is an interview with Sabio Lantz of Triangulations.On your blog, you use the pseudonym Sabio Lantz to, in your words, protect your professional and personal relations. What do you expect would change if you went public with your real name? (I’m obviously not judging, I also use a pseudonym.) What is your advice for other atheists who are unsure if they should conceal this aspect of their identity or embrace it publicly?As you know, Religionists look upon Atheists with great disgust (see here). I have significant personal experience with Christian bigotry both as a victimizer…
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  • 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…
  • Why I'm embarrassed of Jesus.

    Andrew Hall
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Jesus against the Pharisees. Jesus, stop acting like you're the freakin' Riddler!Jesus loves his parables. Ask the man how to avoid hell and he'll start talking about throwing mustard seeds onto the Prodigal Son. If mathematics worked like that then no high school math teacher would explain the quadratic formula like this:With Jesus' method students would hear a story about wise and foolish virgins carrying lambs. If the pupils got the message they pass the class. If not, eternal hellfire.I've never seen Jesus celebrating July 4th. I've looked.Jesus never talked about 'merica…
  • A Godless Jabberwocky

    Andrew Hall
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Yah-Wah hats engaged!Twas cynnic, and the Foxy liarlersDid pomp and primpble on the waves;All whimsy were the mobblers,That the righteous wraths enslave."Beware the Crosserbocks, my son!The lips that lie, the faith that catch!Beware the Yah-Wah hats, and shunThe saintious Dogmasnatch!"He took his skeptic app in hand:Long time the theocrat foe he sought --So he rested in the Tumtum pub,And sat awhile in thought.And as in freelish thought he sat,The Crosserbocks, with eyes of flame,Came yellfling through the tulgey screen,And prayered as it came.One, two! One, two! and through and throughThe…
  • Supreme Court Decides that the US Constitution doesn't apply to God

    Andrew Hall
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Washington, DC In a 5-4 split decision the Supreme Court of the United States of America has ruled that the Constitution has no jurisdiction over the Christian God. Invoking the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution this decision also strikes down any state or local regulation that would bind the Almighty from His mysterious ways.This is a blow against secularists, who argued forcefully that Yahweh has manipulated public opinion, set up societal institutions that undermine the democratic process, and wields power in a capricious fashion. "Whether it's the killing of the first born sons of…
  • More Funny Memes

    Andrew Hall
    28 Jun 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Here are some jokes.Laugh.(If you don't know about the Nigerian atheist imprisoned in a mental hospital checkout Godless Mom's article.)Subscribe to Laughing In Purgatory(BTW, it's not a crime to share these, too. Unless you're in Nigeria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.)
 
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    Untempered Intellect

  • Science? What is That?

    Neno December
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    What is science? Science is the systematic study of nature and behavior of the material and physical universe, based on observation, experiment, measurement, and the formulation of laws to describe these facts in general terms (dictionary).Within science, a scientific method is utilized that seeks to explain the events of nature in a reproducible way. They are techniques used in investigations of phenomena to acquire new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. The special characteristic of a scientific method of inquiry is that we seek to let reality speak for…
  • What The $@#% NYPD?

    Neno December
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    There is a disturbing video of a man that died after being put in a choke hold by a New York police officer. Regardless if the arrest was warranted or not, it is quite obvious that these police officers did not handle the situation appropriately. Huffington Post reports, according to a 2004 NYPD patrol guide:"Members of the New York City Police Department will NOT use chokeholds. A chokehold shall include, but is not limited to, any pressure to the throat or windpipe, which may prevent or hinder breathing or reduce intake of air."What is frustrating and scary was that, at least from the…
  • Are You Absolutely Certain?

    Neno December
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I have had a number of theists throughout the years ask me,"are you absolutely 100% certain?"I really don't understand what the point of such a question is. Is it to identify whether the individual is close-minded? Perhaps this could be the case. But, it seems as though most that have asked me this question tend to think there is, in respect to knowledge, a special relationship. I assume this because usually followed after my response a smirk begins to manifest and they respond by saying something to the effect of,"well, I am absolutely certain!"There is nothing about asserting certainty that…
  • Euthyphro's Dilemma

    Neno December
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Socrates has been called to court on charges of impiety by Meletus (whom Plato names as the chief accuser). Specifically, Socrates accusers cite two impious acts:failing to acknowledge the gods that the city acknowledgesintroducing new deities [1]This was going to be the most famous trial of all time (that is, until O.J. Simpson came along). Socrates encounters Euthyphro outside of king-archon’s court, which he has come to prosecute his father for having unintentionally killed a murderous hired hand. Having heard this, Socrates is not convinced that Euthyphro was committing a pious act by…
  • Nature-Nurture Controversy

    Neno December
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Why do we behave the way we do? Are behavioral traits dependent on genes, the environment, or a combination of both? This issue is commonly referred to as the “Nature versus Nurture” controversy. Such philosophers as Plato and Descartes argued for the position that regardless of the environmental influences, there are certain behavioral traits that are innate—traits that we are simply born with. On the other side of the spectrum, such philosophers as John Locke and Thomas Hobbes argued for the position that our minds are “blank slates” (also referred to “tabula rasa” in Latin).
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