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  • How Dare You Honor Traditions Other Than Mine?!

    Friendly Atheist
    Hemant Mehta
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:07 am
    This multicultural holiday sweater, including symbols from Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism (not to mention some non-theistic philosophies), will appease everyone!Unless you’re the Daily Mail, in which case this jumper is just a sign of political correctness run amok:Over the years, political correctness has slowly eroded the the outlandish displays of festive cheer that occur around Christmas time. Numerous offices have banned decorations over concerns that it would make certain parts of the population feel left out and others have stopped Christmas booze raffles in case it…
  • The Fight for Faith or The Attack on Atheists?

    Divided Under God
    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    (originally posted on blogginbluestocking.blogspot.com) Religion and government—two separate institutions that when combined are the topic of controversy and center of much debate.  Why?  Could it be because our nation lacks a state religion?  Or perhaps it’s the result of heightened discrimination against Christians in the public sphere?  Maybe overwhelming violent acts against, as well as the bullying of, God’s children are occurring more frequently in our public schools?  That’s what many Americans believe.  Atheists are portrayed as iconoclasts, out to destroy all that…
  • Military Suicide Prevention Training Includes This Solution: “Invite Jesus Into Whatever You’re Feeling”

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    Hemant Mehta
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Just a day after Congress held a hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the military, during which four Christians talked about how rough they had it, there was a perfect example of how Christians take things too far.During a suicide prevention training for the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, the battalion chaplain offered everyone explicitly biblical solutions with this handout which states that those who are suicidal should just “Invite Jesus into whatever you’re feeling.”Jason Torpy, President of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, explained…
  • Student Disrupts Classmates’ Education by Preaching and School Officials Asked Him to Stop… So He’s Suing Them

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    Hemant Mehta
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Church/state separation advocates have been saying for a long time that prayer is perfectly legal is public schools. Even though teachers and administrators can’t lead them, students are welcome to pray on their own time. They can form Christian clubs after school, too, just like everyone else.What they can’t do is pretend their religion gives them special rights. Yet, that’s exactly what Michael Leal, a senior at Cascade High School in Washington, is claiming. Leal has been obnoxiously preaching his faith during school events, creating a disturbance everywhere he goes.
  • Tom Manger of the Secular Coalition for California

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

  • Al Blazo Highly Recommends "Christianity is Not Great"

    John W. Loftus
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    I met Al Blazo at the PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference a few months ago. He was one of the organizers, a passionate man dedicated to changing the religious landscape, one of the unsung heroes for reason and science. He sent me a note highly recommending Christianity Is Not Great: How Faith Fails.I just wanted to say it is a terrific work. Thanks so much for bringing all those voices together in one handy book. I think the book is mis-titled though. Instead of "Christianity is Not Great: How Faith Fails" it should be: "Christianity is not Great: Here's the Proof." As Dawkins said at the…
  • Quote of the Day, by Greg G

    John W. Loftus
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    There are no bad reasons to stop believing the ridiculous.I have actually made such an argument in four parts to be read beginning here.
  • "Does Religion Foster Generosity?" by Roy Sablosky,

    John W. Loftus
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    This new paper for "The Social Science Journal" sounds interesting. Here's the abstract:This paper reviews recent studies that claim to provide support, through statistical analysis of survey data, for the traditional proposition that being religious makes people more generous. The studies have serious shortcomings. First, the data consist exclusively of self-reports. Second, the dependent and independent variables are conceptually problematic and ill-defined. Third, even if there is a positive correlation between religious involvement and personal generosity, it may be due to selection bias.
  • Islam and Free Fall of Salon.com Into the Intellectual Abyss

    NoCrossNoCrescent
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
     Every single time that I think the intellectually lazyleftist outlets have hit rock bottom in their brainless,Reza Aslan/esque defense of Islam (shall we call it "Islamophilia"?), they manage to stun me by smashing their own record of inanity. This time Salon.com again goes after Bill Maher for daring to point out the elephant in the room-Islam-as the root cause of violence committed by self-professed Islamic(!) militants (which would make up for over80% of global terrorism, as it happens). But the "logic" of criticism against Maher is this time is downright…
  • Dr. Kenneth Howell Asks US About Scientism

    John W. Loftus
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    Dr. Howell is the author of God's Two Books: Copernical Cosmology and Biblical Interpretation in Early Modern Science.As a Christian he was kind enough to write a post-publication blurb of my anthology The Christian Delusion,saying, "I liked Richard Carrier’s chapter on science. I see within it hope for an advancement of knowledge. When dealing with the ancients, Carrier is superb."Anyway Dr. Howell values my opinion and the opinions of the commenters here at DC enough to ask us all a question pertaining to an upcoming book. It's about the notion of scientism. I'll…
 
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  • Student Disrupts Classmates’ Education by Preaching and School Officials Asked Him to Stop… So He’s Suing Them

    Hemant Mehta
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Church/state separation advocates have been saying for a long time that prayer is perfectly legal is public schools. Even though teachers and administrators can’t lead them, students are welcome to pray on their own time. They can form Christian clubs after school, too, just like everyone else.What they can’t do is pretend their religion gives them special rights. Yet, that’s exactly what Michael Leal, a senior at Cascade High School in Washington, is claiming. Leal has been obnoxiously preaching his faith during school events, creating a disturbance everywhere he goes.
  • Military Suicide Prevention Training Includes This Solution: “Invite Jesus Into Whatever You’re Feeling”

    Hemant Mehta
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Just a day after Congress held a hearing on “Religious Accommodations” in the military, during which four Christians talked about how rough they had it, there was a perfect example of how Christians take things too far.During a suicide prevention training for the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, the battalion chaplain offered everyone explicitly biblical solutions with this handout which states that those who are suicidal should just “Invite Jesus into whatever you’re feeling.”Jason Torpy, President of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, explained…
  • New Survey Shows That Partisanship, More Than Religion, Affects Your Views on Climate Change

    Hemant Mehta
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    The results of a new survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute and the American Academy of Religion show that partisanship matters more than religion when it comes to the acceptance of climate change.Case in point: It’s not the Unaffiliated (atheists, Agnostics, and those who believe in God but don’t use a religious label) who are most concerned about it. That distinction belongs to Hispanic Catholics (who also tend to vote Democrat), with Black Protestants not too far behind.White Catholics, however, rank lowest on the list:“There is a stronger correlation…
  • How Dare You Honor Traditions Other Than Mine?!

    Hemant Mehta
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:07 am
    This multicultural holiday sweater, including symbols from Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism (not to mention some non-theistic philosophies), will appease everyone!Unless you’re the Daily Mail, in which case this jumper is just a sign of political correctness run amok:Over the years, political correctness has slowly eroded the the outlandish displays of festive cheer that occur around Christmas time. Numerous offices have banned decorations over concerns that it would make certain parts of the population feel left out and others have stopped Christmas booze raffles in case it…
  • Former Ex-Gay Leader Ties the Knot With Same-Sex Partner

    Camille Beredjick
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The former leader of a Christian group dedicated to “curing” homosexuality got married this week – to his same-sex partner.Former Love In Action Director John Smid used to be a loud advocate for “ex-gay therapy,” the discredited, faulty, and harmful practice of trying to rid a person of “homosexual feelings” through prayer and other Christian teachings. Smid’s ministry committed itself to the the same mission.But Smid resigned from his position as the group’s executive director in 2008 and later spoke out against ex-gay therapy. He…
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    Daylight Atheism

  • Atlas Shrugged: Goldbuggery

    Adam Lee
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII Ragnar Danneskjold continues explaining his business plan: “I have been selling the cargoes I retrieved to some special customers of mine in this country, who pay me in gold. Also, I have been selling my cargoes to the smugglers and the black-market traders of the People’s States of Europe. [Read More...]
  • A Christian vs. an Atheist: On God and Government, Part 8

    Adam Lee
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    This is part 8 of my “Think! Of God and Government” debate series with Christian author Andrew Murtagh. Read my latest post and Andrew’s reply. Hello Andrew, We’ll get into consciousness soon, but before we do, I have a few more things I want to say about the problem of evil. Let’s jump right into [Read More...]
  • Rosetta’s Comet Rendezvous

    Adam Lee
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    The last few weeks have offered atheists and progressives ample reason to feel discouraged. Down on Earth, anti-rational fundamentalism runs riot, and angry, reactionary conservatism seems stronger than ever. But in spite of all this, in spite of the many obstacles that encircle us and limit us, humanity is accomplishing great things among the stars. [Read More...]
  • SF/F Saturday: The Years of Rice and Salt

    Adam Lee
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    I’ve been getting into alternate history novels lately – The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove, Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp – and one of the better ones I’ve read is Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2002 book The Years of Rice and Salt. I’ve read Robinson’s Mars trilogy, which I thought was [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Prince of Thieves

    Adam Lee
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter VII Hank Rearden asks Ragnar Danneskjold, the pirate, why he’s chosen a life of violence against society, rather than just disappearing like the vanished industrialists: The shock that came next was to see Danneskjold smile: it was like seeing the first green of spring on the sculptured planes of an [Read More...]
 
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  • Joy Unspeakable (Intro)

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    By undercover agnostic ~ I've been inspired to share some snippets of my own personal memoir, as I've benefited so much from reading XPDAN's unfolding saga.This is the introduction which sets the stage for the theme of my book, called Joy Unspeakable. I would love to get your feedback and response.I was born with rose-colored glasses. Not literally of course. My real vision enhancements had clear lenses that were attached to my infant face with rubber bands. With my baldhead and wire rims, I was affectionately nicknamed, Tweety Bird. But more distinct than being a hairless, crossed-eyed…
  • His Yoke is Not Easy; His Burden Not Light

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:59 pm
    By Carolyn Hyppolite ~ When I was a believer, I received a lot of positive attention for my excessive piety. My life was filled with hours of prayer, Bible study, frequent liturgical attendance, volunteering at pro-life “clinics,” evangelizing, etc.I even tried self-flagellation a few times. It was not a habit. I hate pain. Before you judge me too harshly. It has great precedence in the Western Tradition even in our times. John Paul II is said to have used it for penance.“You are a great servant for God,” They said. “It’s great to see such a young woman who loves God.”Now, that…
  • Atheist or Humanist?

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:59 pm
    By Carl S. ~ There are a few conclusions I've reached after dealing with religion and believers for some years now. One of them is that no one can get through to a believer whose mind is made up and doesn't give a damn about evidence. This is not a judgment call, nor something I wish believers to feel guilty about. It's merely a remark about my observations. It is not condemnation but a bewilderment in trying to understand how this condition persists. (And I'm not alone on this. Numerous social/psychological studies are still in progress trying to understand this state of mind.) I feel…
  • Islamic College Quietly Trains Jihadis--Oh, Wait.That's Wheaton!

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    By Valerie Tarico ~ In a quiet suburb of Istanbul, between streets lined with trees and tidy residential compounds, sits a sectarian institution of higher education. Notae'hw is small by American standards, but academically well regarded to the point of being called an “Islamic Harvard.” The school fuses conservative Islam with higher learning in fields ranging from liberal arts to the social and hard sciences. Students, both male and female, wear mostly modern fashions, though often supplemented with symbols of modesty and faith. Their influence on the town itself is also modest, save…
  • Paying Attention

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    By Carl S ~ For decades now, some numbers have become so common that they're not even thought about. These numbers are of vast quantity, like millions and billions, as in monies or populations. Often though, they refer to those of humanity who are starving or dying from disease, wars, and natural catastrophes. In reporting the numbers of human victims, as in explaining the number of stars in, and light-years of distance of space, the mind is overwhelmed by information very uncomfortable to its everyday concerns. Thus, the frequently cited “proofs for the lovingness of God” are in the…
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    Atheist Revolution

  • Political Diversity Among the Religiously Unaffiliated

    Jack Vance
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:29 am
    SVG version of 2008_Democratic_Primaries_Popular_Vote.png. Popular Vote Margins by State, US Democratic Presidential Primaries 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)What I am about to say will surprise few of you who have been reading this blog for some time. It bears repeating because there are some out there who still don't seem to get it. Here it is: religiously unaffiliated persons living in the United States (i.e., those referred to as "nones" by many in the news media) are not all politically liberal. Some of them, believe it or not, even vote for Republican candidates.Take a look at the 2014…
  • Banning Words

    Jack Vance
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    We periodically hear about various interest groups trying to ban certain words (e.g., bossy). This can be religiously-motivated, but it has seemed more likely to be driven by political correctness lately. Evidently, some people believe that avoiding hurt feelings by a few is sufficient to justify widespread restrictions to free expression.This strikes me as an incredibly dangerous development in a nation that once prided itself on the freedom of speech. I don't know about you, but I'd need to be convinced that the use of a particular word resulted in a hell of a lot more harm than hurt…
  • Symbiotic Relationships and Political Activism

    Jack Vance
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    McDonald's arches + U.S flag. Synonymous, symbiotic, patriotic, neurotic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)From a biological perspective, a symbiotic relationship is one in which organisms of different species living in close proximity can, but does not necessarily, benefit one another. Some forms of symbiosis benefit both species involved (mutualism); others benefit one species while the other is harmed (parasitism) or unaffected (commensalism). Still others confer no clear benefit or adverse impact to either species (i.e., neutralism).From a sociological perspective, we usually think of symbiosis…
  • If God Is Everywhere...

    Jack Vance
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Going to Sunday school at the Baptist Church. Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky. - NARA - 541344 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)In Sunday school, I was told countless times that some sort of god is "everywhere." It was in and around all of us. Sort of like what Star Wars called "the force," I wondered aloud? No, of course not! Star Wars was fictional; this god is real.I remember having at least two questions about this idea of god being in and around all of us: If this god is in me, it would know my every thought. Why I am still told to pray?If this god is present everywhere, what is the point of…
  • Ridiculing the Ridiculous

    Jack Vance
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    Mark Super VII Quantum E-meter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I often marvel at how upset some religious believers become when a non-believer or a person with a different set of religious beliefs accurately communicates what the religious individuals believe (e.g., Scientologists and Xenu, Mormons and Jesus' visit to America). If having one's religious beliefs accurately communicated draws such ire, I have to wonder whether those who hold such beliefs recognize how silly they sound to others. Maybe they would prefer to keep some of them concealed.Did The Daily Show With Jon Stewart recently make…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • The Fight for Faith or The Attack on Atheists?

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    (originally posted on blogginbluestocking.blogspot.com) Religion and government—two separate institutions that when combined are the topic of controversy and center of much debate.  Why?  Could it be because our nation lacks a state religion?  Or perhaps it’s the result of heightened discrimination against Christians in the public sphere?  Maybe overwhelming violent acts against, as well as the bullying of, God’s children are occurring more frequently in our public schools?  That’s what many Americans believe.  Atheists are portrayed as iconoclasts, out to destroy all that…
  • DividedUnderGod.com Needs Your Support

    Kevin Davis
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As many of you are aware, DividedUnderGod.com has been going strong for about 3 years.  In that time, we’ve been able to spread the word about church/state separation issues in the US, assist Margaret Doughty in her fight for American citizenship, and introduce the concept of progressive atheism to readers.  Along with the website, DividedUnderGod has a loyal following on Twitter and Facebook, and the site’s YouTube channel was launched this week. All of these things take time, and unfortunately money to produce and maintain.  In order to offset some of that, after much…
  • Announcement: YouTube Channel Launched!

    Kevin Davis
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Happy Monday! Yesterday, I led a talk at the Central New York Humanist Association meeting, entitled “How Partnership and Progressive Atheism Leads to Understanding.”  It was the first presentation related to my book, Understanding an Atheist.  The talk was recorded and is the first video to be featured on a new YouTube channel dedicated to DividedUnderGod. I plan to follow up with short video discussions of many of the articles written on this site, as well as videos related to current church/state issues and Progressive Atheism.  So please visit and subscribe! If you…
  • 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…
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    God is Pretend

  • The Reason Revolution: The Collapse of Religion

    God is Pretend
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    This is an excerpt from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion by Dan Dana, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon ($0.99). Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism —> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <— ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The time will come—perhaps within the next century in North America—when a critical mass of the populace will recognize the folly of religious belief. A national and…
  • The Reason Revolution: Political Implications of Atheism

    God is Pretend
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    This is an excerpt from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion by Dan Dana, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon ($0.99). Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism —> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <— ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Politics matter. It is through instruments of government that politics impact people. If politics were not infused with religious ideology, it would matter little that…
  • What good is evolution denial?

    God is Pretend
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    While doing some research for this image, I found a page on Answers in Genesis matching my search terms. Never one to pass up a quick laugh, I clicked through to see what “answer” Genesis could provide me on the similarities between human DNA and the DNA of both chimpanzees and bonobos. I did not expect to see what I saw. I expected some passionate claim that God is the creator of everything and that’s that. Instead, I found a detailed article written by Dr. David DeWitt. My first question was “Doctor of what?” As it turns out, he has a Ph.D. in neuroscience…
  • The Reason Revolution: The One True Religion?

    God is Pretend
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    This is an excerpt from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion by Dan Dana, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon ($0.99). Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism —> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <— ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ This is the first of nine upcoming posts describing “Reasons for Skepticism” derived from scientific discovery, not from wishful speculations about the…
  • The Reason Revolution: Historical Context

    God is Pretend
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    This is an excerpt from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion by Dan Dana, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon ($0.99). Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download site. Thank you! More info: dandana.us/atheism —> Follow The Reason Revolution on Twitter <— ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ A quiet revolution is underway. We hear no gunfire. No armies are engaged in battle. No violent overthrow of political regimes is occurring. This is a peaceful evolution,…
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    An American Atheist

  • Tom Manger of the Secular Coalition for California

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

    Christopher Thielen
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Noah Lugeons hosts The Scathing Atheist, a straight-to-the-point, explicit language-bearing show by atheists for atheists. Tom interviews Noah to explore the appeal of this particular brand of atheism.
  • Orthodox men ‘bullying’ female airline passengers

    Christopher Thielen
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Flight delays and accusations of sexism are abound in flights to and from Tel Aviv due to ultra-orthodox Jewish men’s refusal to sit next to female passengers. Speaking on a radio show in Israel, former executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Elana Sztokman explains: What happened to me on this flight isn’t that different from what […]
  • Matt Dillahunty

    Christopher Thielen
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Tom chats with The Atheist Experience host and public speaker Matt Dillahunty.
  • Sacramento Freethought Day 2014

    Tom Beasley
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Every year in Sacramento locals host a secular convention called Sacramento Freethought Day.  This year the event is at the state capitol on October 12.  The event is for “freethinkers” to come together and enjoy a day full of speakers and activities.  There will be booths from a variety of groups to visit and get […]
 
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    Deity Shmeity

  • I Eat Meat

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    A Christian apologist asks “what is the difference (according to your view of reality) between humans and other animals? And a follow up question, are you vegan?”I know where this question comes from. Christians, and many other religious types, view humanity as categorically different from animals and assumes anyone who accepts evolution thinks they are on par with wildlife. Well, yes and no. I don’t believe man holds a special place in any mystical or supernatural way, nor do we have a unique link to the transcendent. Modern humans share a common ancestor with all animals, but that…
  • 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
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • Grandmothers Everywhere Prepare To Guilt Their Grandchildren To Jesus This Holiday Season

    Andrew Hall
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Billy and Grandma are on their way to see Jesus!Everytown, America - Grandmothers across the nation are preparing for holiday visits from family members by wrapping presents AND preparing to lead their children's children to Christ. As the agnostic/atheist and simply religiously apathetic number of mothers and fathers grow, the burden of spiritual guilting the younger generation has fallen onto Nana."Spiritual Guilting has traditionally been executed by the mother," stated religious studies expert, Dr Ryan Kannard. "How this manifests itself is partially based on the faith background of the…
  • Batman and Robin Discuss the War on Christmas

    Andrew Hall
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
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  • Thousands Rally Against Evolution in Houston

    Andrew Hall
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Charles Darwin better not show his head 'round here!- anonymous protester Sunday morning thousands of Christians who regard the Bible as the inerrant word of God met and stood together against the theory of evolution. The event called We Stand Sunday was organized by a confederation of evangelicals called DAWKINS (Darwin Argued Wrongly and Kids Intelligently Need Saving). The pro-biblical crowd met in the parking lot of the Hobby Lobby on 5th and Main. It was their stated intent to protect their "religious freedom" from the workings of big city government.We Stand Sunday was a…
  • City Mandates Children Wear Police-Style Body Cams Around Priests

    Andrew Hall
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Local officials tell Catholics, "It's for the kids."Cambridge, MA Alfred Cunnard, City Manager, has signed a bill mandating that any child under the age of 14 who is within eye shot of a Catholic Priest must wear a body cam similar to the ones that many police departments have recently adopted.The new law is filed under the Title 9 Public Peace, Morals, and Welfare city ordinances.The official body cam for Cambridge, MA youths.(b) Whenever a child [as defined as anyone under 14 years of age] is within the viewing distance of a person who is recognized as an official of the Roman…
  • Atheist Motivational Poster

    Andrew Hall
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
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    Untempered Intellect

  • Net Neutrality

    Neno December
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Net neutrality, what is there not to get? It’s really simple, net neutrality is the idea that all data on the internet should be treated equally. In other words, your cable or phone internet connection should treat all websites and services the same—they should not discriminate or charge differently on the basis of content, site, platform, application, and so on. Some people just don’t get it. They like to think that without such protections telecommunication enterprises would not interfere with internet data. However, the past decade has refuted that view. For example:Netflix slowed…
  • Surgery Made This Man Homeless

    Neno December
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    On my way to school, I often run into at least one person asking for change. Today was no different. As I got off the EL and walked towards Subway to get breakfast, an older gentleman leaning on the side of the train station asked:“excuse me sir, do you by any chance have change to spare?”I responded with a no and sorry and he said,“thank you anyway, sorry to bother you”.It was the way he responded that stopped me dead in my tracks. I was compelled to help—it was something about him--he seemed like a good person down on his luck. And so I invited him to join me for breakfast. We…
  • Plausible?

    Neno December
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    This morning, as I was going through my Twitter timeline I stumbled upon a little gem. Apparently, it is being reported that Michelle Bachman has recently said:"If dinosaur bones have been buried millions of years why are they so clean when they're in museums? They would be dirty. And if the dinosaur bones are real, why do they need wire to keep them together?"Not sure how accurate this quote is, I did a bit of research to find the source but I came up empty handed. Personally, I don't think Bachman did make such a statement. However, would it be surprising if she did? Unfortunately, the…
  • 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,…
 
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  • Rant By An Irish Man Raped By Catholic Priest That Will Take Your Breath Away

    Godless Mom
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    I just saw this on Reddit and I absolutely had to share. This man, a former mayor in Ireland, and childhood victim of rape at the hands of catholic priests, lets loose what he really feels. He is trying to make ministers in the Irish conservative party, Fianna Fail, cease the funding that goes to Catholic institutions. This is not easy to watch. You can read more about the continued investigation into these crimes, here: http://www.childabusecommission.ie/ If you enjoy my blog and videos, consider becoming my Patron. All Patron donations go towards hosting, domain names, and more time…
  • 18 Ways A Husband May Be The Glory Of His Wife

    Godless Mom
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    Yesterday, someone on Twitter sent me this : 18 Ways A Wife May Be The Glory Of Her Husband. With a title like that, you know it’s gonna be all Jeeby’d up. So I took a glance, got to point number 3 and thought, Oh hell no, Bible Bimbo. In 18 points, she managed to take women back to 1920 and then blame it on the fruit of God’s loins. Bitch has some serious self-loathing issues. Let’s fix this, shall we? Before I start, men, I want you to know you’re wonderful and I love you and this is purely satire. So, manly men of atheism, how, exactly, do you become the…
  • Hilarious Apocalypse Predictions Part 1

    Godless Mom
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    On New Year’s Eve 1999, I sat in my apartment with my roommate (also my cousin) and watched midnight hit in New Zealand. I had no plans that night. Having just broken up with my boyfriend, I didn’t feel like doing anything but getting shitfaced with my cousin. There was so much hype leading up to that night about Y2K that it was hard not to be curious about it, and so we watched New Zealand take on the new year, to see if anything would happen. We were chattering through the countdown, not paying full attention, and joking about what would happen if all the computers in the…
  • Reasonable Doubt Part 1: Burden Of Proof & Skepticism

    Godless Mom
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Reasonable Doubt is a new series I am going to be writing that explores what reasonable doubt actually means. It’s become an epidemic across many nations with the jury system, that juries simply do not understand what reasonable doubt is. As a skeptic and a human rights activist, this infuriates me more than most issues do. The problem stems from poor education. People selected for juries not only don’t understand what reasonable doubt means, as is made evident by the frequency of asinine verdicts, but they also fail to see the ripple effect one poor verdict in one case has…
  • Every Atheist Needs: A Break

    Godless Mom
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    I am a writer. I may not be the best writer. I may not even be a writer you like. I could be the worst writer you’ve ever come across… I shit the bed at grammar. Sometimes I overlook typos in an eagerness to finish up. I write run-ons and streams of consciousnesses that would horrify any literature professor. I get comments and emails and tweets that tell me I suck. I get called names and am picked apart by all types. Sometimes, I hate my own fucking writing. Sometimes, I read what I posted and cringe. But I never stop. I can’t stop. I am not capable of stopping. That shit…
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