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  • Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

    Divided Under God
    Kevin Davis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christain love” yet again.  She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature: House Bill 1597:  Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation.  Fuck civil rights. House Bill 1598:  Allows parents to send their kids to “conversion therapy” without interference from the state.  Despite the fact that psychologists have shown that therapy cannot…
  • Local FD Under Fire for Christian Sign Outside Station

    Divided Under God
    Kevin Davis
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The City of Utica, NY Fire Department has been under scrutiny this past week after complaints have been made regarding a sign posted outside their Fire Station #4, for the second year in a row.  The sign reads, “Happy Birthday Jesus, We Love You,” and is considered by many to be a violation of the separation of church and state we are endowed with in the US.  Utica residents, religious and nonreligious alike, have asked for help from local and national organizations in addressing this situation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to the fire chief, Russell…
  • David Marshall's Latest Book, Little Ado About Something

    Debunking Christianity
    John W. Loftus
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Coming shortly may be the last two posts of mine for a little while, apart from brief announcements and quotes. I am fully engaged in writing another book, due March 31st. I'm also in the process of editing another anthology, on science and Christianity, with about ten authors on-board so far. At least, that's what I should be doing rather than blogging (we'll see). Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss anything from us here at DC. Before turning my full attention to those tasks I need to show why David Marshall's book is anything but "Much Ado About Nothing." Randal Rauser has endorsed it…
  • An Atheist's Confession

    ExChristian.Net -- encouraging ex-Christians
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    By Ben Love ~ Want some hard honesty? Here you go…Sometimes I miss my old religion. I do. There are moments when I recall what it was like to have that constant sense of someone larger than yourself, someone you could come to whenever you needed to, someone in whose presence you would always find comfort. There is an encompassing fortitude that spreads through your whole being when you feel you’re connecting to this person, a person that obviously loves you and accepts you no matter where you’re at or what mess you’ve gotten yourself into this time. No one who has experienced…
  • Apparently God Delivers Lost Items in Toilets Now

    Divided Under God
    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
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  • David Marshall's Latest Book, Little Ado About Something

    John W. Loftus
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Coming shortly may be the last two posts of mine for a little while, apart from brief announcements and quotes. I am fully engaged in writing another book, due March 31st. I'm also in the process of editing another anthology, on science and Christianity, with about ten authors on-board so far. At least, that's what I should be doing rather than blogging (we'll see). Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss anything from us here at DC. Before turning my full attention to those tasks I need to show why David Marshall's book is anything but "Much Ado About Nothing." Randal Rauser has endorsed it…
  • How to Defend the Christian Faith

    John W. Loftus
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    Quote from atheists like Thomas Nagel or Jean Paul Sartre who say things you agree with. Throw them all together and let them make your case for you. Then forget or ignore why these people are atheists in the first place.
  • A February Class Offering On My Latest Anthology, "Christianity is Not Great"

    John W. Loftus
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:03 am
    A reminder. A class offering based on my latest anthology, "Christianity is Not Great" will be held in February. To read more about this class and sign up then follow this link. (Details to be found there).That's right, come study my latest book with me, Christianity is Not Great.Yes, anyone can sign up. It should be very informative as it's such a huge book. As an extra bonus I'll contact the contributors to the chapters with the best questions from students of the class! If you don't plan on taking the class and you know of someone else who might be interested, then please send them this…
  • *Ahem* The Cover of My Next Book

    John W. Loftus
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
  • John Loftus vs David Marshall: "Does Christianity Pass the Outsider Test for Faith?" Part 1

    John W. Loftus
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Justin Brierley hosts the very popular Christian podcast Unbelievable? He's an amicable guy, but he's clearly not as neutral or objective of an interviewer as he portrays himself. Before agreeing to have this discussion with David Marshall, who had written a book on the OTF, I had insisted on equal time. However, it was a bit annoying up until the 28 minute mark to sit and listen to so much drivel without a good chance to respond. So when I was given a chance to speak at length (after the 28 minute mark) I came up with 5 objections to what was being said. Justin subsequently took each one of…
 
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  • Pastor Creates a Fake “World-Renowned” Atheist To Rail Against, and Imagines Him Abandoning His Godless “Faith”

    Terry Firma
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    For the lazy and the dishonest, creating a straw man is a great shortcut to winning an argument. You can ascribe to your opponent whatever twisted view you have of his beliefs, without bothering to make sure that it accords with reality.The craftiest practitioners of the genre may subsequently claim that they were only engaging in satire, which may make criticism of the fudged-together fantasy less potent, as violators find easy refuge in saying “What’s the matter, can’t you take a joke?”Which brings me to Bo Wagner, a pastor in Mooresboro, North Carolina,…
  • Make Your Own Beard for Darwin Day

    Hemant Mehta
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is just cute.Veronica Gilmore‘s family is hosting a Darwin Day celebration in a couple of weeks that involves a scavenger hunt at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. (I’m very jealous that I can’t be a part of this.)But no celebration of Darwin’s life is complete without some long white beards for everyone, so they went ahead and created their own. Even the dog got in on the action:I know there are people out there who will claim this is evidence that atheism is like a religion where we worship Darwin. It’s nothing like that. It’s just a nice…
  • Michigan Towns Are Riled Up by an Atheist Activist Trying to Get Christians to Play Fair

    Hemant Mehta
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Mitch Kahle is the atheist activist responsible for getting a hydraulic cross taken down in Grand Haven (Michigan), having a sign with an Old Testament verse on it removed from a public park, and getting Hawaiian churches to pay up for their illegally-cheap rental prices at public schools.Mitch KahleThe Detroit News has a profile of Kahle and his activism that you can read here:“I’ve been called every name in the book,” said Kahle.He has received hate mail and death threats, and been cursed at by Christians.From pulpits to social media, he has been compared to a terrorist,…
  • Culbert Olson: the California Governor Who Wasn’t Afraid to Admit He Was an Atheist

    Hemant Mehta
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    At an event sponsored by the California State Library and California Archives this week, Debra Deanne Olson spoke about her grandfather and former California governor Culbert Olson.Olson, who died in 1962, was notable for being that rare atheist in public office. Not only did he skip the “So help me God” part during his oath, he didn’t even swear in on the Bible. He affirmed his oath in 1939 with a hand in the air and the other in his pocket:That’s because he was an atheist, and not just any sort. He was an open and defiant nonbeliever.According to an article in an old…
  • Mike Huckabee Mocks Climate Change: “A Beheading is a Far Greater Threat to an American Than a Sunburn”

    Hemant Mehta
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    At the Iowa Freedom Summit yesterday, potential Republican presidential nominee Mike Huckabee mocked President Obama‘s focus on climate change and suggested he wasn’t doing anything serious to combat the *real* problem we face:Not to diminish anything about the climate at all, but Mr. President, I believe that most of us would think that a beheading is a far greater threat to an American than a sunburn. I wish he understood that we have a real enemy…In other words, he diminished the impact of climate change and overstated the Islamic threat we face in America.Think Progress…
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  • News and Links for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Apostasy

    The Atheist Geek
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    Apostasy This one sounds interesting. From the film makers: Our feature film Apostasy needs your help. We are in a tight competition with eight talented teams to win the funding we need to make this film. To succeed, we need to prove that this story MUST be told – that we have an audience who not only wants to see it, but believes it must be seen by others. This film deals with the pain that is caused by Jehovah’s Witnesses who shun loved ones – simply because they dare to live their lives differently. Our director, Dan, was raised as a JW until he left at 21. From his…
  • Merry Christmas 2014

    The Atheist Geek
    25 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    Merry Christmas to all my fellow geeks and heathens. As a (sort of) gift, I am providing links to some of my YouTube playlists for you to ignore or enjoy. Note that I would like to edit the start and end times for some of these, but it seems that YouTube (aka Google) has decided to take this feature away. For some reason. I maintain all these playlists to varying degrees. Entertainment Canada’s Worst Driver is probably my favorite reality TV show. And most episodes are available on YouTube! The last 6 seasons are at least. I maintain this playlist because my wife and I like to go back…
  • Review: “Edge of Tomorrow”

    The Atheist Geek
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Edge of Tomorrow is a science fiction action movie about a man who is forced to fight in a war against alien invaders, called Mimics, against his will. Only the aliens have the power to reset the day by creating a time loop and correcting any mistakes they make in battle once the day resets. This renders them all but invincible until the hero, William Cage, steals this power by accident and learns to turn it against the enemy. Note that Edge of Tomorrow is also known as Live. Die. Repeat. Probably because Edge of Tomorrow is a stupid name for the movie. So, what did I think about Edge of…
  • Update and Truth be Told

    The Atheist Geek
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    A documentary for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses. I just finished college, so I’m hoping to have more updates started for the website soon. In the meantime, a moment of vindication: Yep. Truth be Told will soon be downloadable to anyone who wants it.  Use coupon code FACEBOOK5 for $5 off the Deluxe Package. http://buy.hereliesthetruth.com/
  • TRUTH BE TOLD Available for Digital Download Soon!

    The Atheist Geek
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    Your wait to see Truth Be Told will soon be over! Truth Be Told will be available for digital download on 12/19/14 and we’ll even be able to preorder a DVD with extras! I don’t know everything about what’s to come, but I’m told it will include full interviews with the ex-Witnesses who appear in the film. You can see clips of the documentary at Gregorio Smith’s website and on SMITHKRAFT’s YouTube channel. I don’t know about you, but I’m there, man. I’m told Huffington Post will be announcing this very soon, but I’m posting it today.
 
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  • Video: My Secular Cults Panel at FtBCon 3

    Adam Lee
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Last night, I participated in an online panel on secular cults as part of FtBCon 3. I discussed Ayn Rand and Objectivism, and how a philosophy purportedly based on reason became a rigid ideology the equal of any fundamentalist religion. Together with Russell Glasser, Karen Stollznow, Vyckie Garrison and Angie Jackson, we also talked about [Read More...]
  • Reminder: Secular Cults Panel at FtBCon Tonight!

    Adam Lee
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    Quick reminder: Tonight, January 24, I’ll be speaking on a panel as part of the free online conference FtBCon 3. The topic of the hour is “Secular Cults”, and together with my co-panelists Russell Glasser, Karen Stollznow, Vyckie Garrison and Angie Jackson, we’ll talk about multi-level marketing, homeschooling, self-help – and, of course, Ayn Rand [Read More...]
  • Atlas Shrugged: Work-Life Balance

    Adam Lee
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter IX Dagny returns home from her first day back after the destruction of the Taggart Tunnel: The silence of her apartment and the motionless perfection of objects that had remained just as she had left them a month before, struck her with a sense of relief and desolation together, when [Read More...]
  • Upcoming Travel and Speaking Schedule

    Adam Lee
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    It’s a new year, and I’ve got some events lined up. Here’s my schedule for the next few months: • First and foremost: this coming weekend, January 23-25, is FtBCon 3, a free online conference organized by the good folks of Freethought Blogs. On Saturday the 24th at 6:30 PM Eastern time, I’ll be participating [Read More...]
  • Why People Are Flocking to a New Wave of Secular Communities: Atheist Churches

    Adam Lee
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This article was previously published on AlterNet. In the last thirty years, atheism and secularism have been booming in America. As I’ve previously written, as many as one in four members of the Millennial generation now say they have no religion. Given the vast size of the Millennials – 78 million people, slightly more than [Read More...]
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  • An Atheist's Confession

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    By Ben Love ~ Want some hard honesty? Here you go…Sometimes I miss my old religion. I do. There are moments when I recall what it was like to have that constant sense of someone larger than yourself, someone you could come to whenever you needed to, someone in whose presence you would always find comfort. There is an encompassing fortitude that spreads through your whole being when you feel you’re connecting to this person, a person that obviously loves you and accepts you no matter where you’re at or what mess you’ve gotten yourself into this time. No one who has experienced…
  • Joy Unspeakable (part 5) Alien Invasion

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    By undercover agnostic ~ Alien InvasionA couple of months after my mountain top experience at Bible camp, I entered Sixth grade, on fire for Jesus and ready to change the world. Sixth grade can be a tumultuous time for many kids, and my experience was no different. With the onset of puberty, raging hormones, acne and the insatiable need for social acceptance, it’s no wonder I have no desire to revisit 1974 even if my time machine could take me back with just the simple push of a button. To compound, an already difficult stage of development, my Christian zeal only added to the awkwardness.
  • Voodoo You Love?

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    By Daniel out of the Lion’s Den ~ A fter a period of turmoil in my marriage, my believing wife and I have reached a point where we can accept that the other does not hold the same beliefs regarding religion or the cosmos. In order to help her to not feel alone at church, I decided to attend the Sunday worship services with her. I do not, however, attend the Adult Bible Fellowship, Wednesday Bible Study, Sunday Evening Home Group, or any other activity meant to keep a Christian mind from straying. I tell myself that I can sit through one sermon a week, and that it’s a good place to work on…
  • My Story

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:19 am
    By Daniel Scott ~ My name is Daniel, I'm twenty-one years old. I come from a family of mostly Christians, as my parents both hold positions in their current church as Sunday school teachers. To be honest i want to come out about my atheism. I know it would break their hearts but at the same time I don't know what amount of backlash i can expect. To put this in perspective my one uncle (un-saved) is referred to as "the one to watch out for" whereas my dad (licensed through the Church of God) is the "god one" and constantly brags that "Every time my brother sees me he runs off cause I'm going…
  • On a journey

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:18 am
    By Mark Fitzgerald ~ It seems to me that life is a journey, one day we are basking in the sun and the next we are crashing against the rocks. I think it's fair to say that most of us like a life that is comfortable and easy, however the life we get is not always the one we asked or hoped for. Pain happens to us all and what we do with that pain shapes who we become.My life started out with fairly humble beginnings, I come from a broken home which is typical of many families in this day and age. It never really bothered me; it was all I knew. I am a twin so from time to time I found myself…
 
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    Atheist Revolution

  • David Cameron on the Right to Cause Offense

    Jack Vance
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:24 am
    Guillaume Paumier, CC-BYOne of the real problems with guilt-by-association is that it often prevents us from encountering good ideas from sources we don't particularly like. And even when we do encounter such an idea, we may have difficulty acknowledging it as a good one.This pattern has been evident in "the great rift" dividing the atheist blogosphere for some time. Fans of Freethought Blogs/Skepchick/Atheism+ are reluctant to recognize the valuable points made by those of us who criticize them, and fans of the critics often have trouble acknowledging the contributions of Freethought…
  • Base Rate Fallacy: Gender and Atheism in Britain

    Jack Vance
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    If you are an atheist living in the U.K., you might have noticed that your local secular activist groups seem to attract more men than women. What might this mean? Does this mean that the secular movement in the U.K. is "hostile to women" like some have suggested it is here in the U.S.? Are women refusing to join such groups because of rampant sexism and misogyny? I suppose that is possible, but a recent study from the UCL Institute of Education offers at least one alternative explanation: we may see more men in the secular movement because men are more likely to identify themselves as not…
  • Difficulty Explaining Something is Not Useful Evidence

    Jack Vance
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:18 am
    By Colibri1968 at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia CommonsSuppose I planted a small vegetable garden in a corner of my yard. In spite of my lack of any real gardening ability, it is coming along well. Everything is growing as it is supposed to, and I am thrilled that I will soon have fresh vegetables. But then disaster strikes. I go out one Saturday morning to do some weeding and discover that something has been digging up my garden. Some of the plants have been completely uprooted. I repair the damage the best I can, but it keeps happening. I consult with the staff of the local…
  • #Manspreading and Publicly Shaming Strangers

    Jack Vance
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    I have a confession to make. When I've had a long day, am in dire need of a laugh, and find myself craving the sort of absurdity that will always bring a smile, I check out the #manspreading hashtag on Twitter.If you haven't heard of manspreading, you soon will. It seems to be the next big thing for many online feminists. It refers to men sitting like men on public transit. From what I've been able to gather, it is an extremely serious problem. It seems to have started in New York toward the end of last year, quickly gaining momentum before spreading to other cities in the U.S. (e.g.,…
  • Coalition Building for Atheists

    Jack Vance
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    I cannot think of very many areas where we atheists, humanists, skeptics, and/or freethinkers can bring about meaningful change all by ourselves. Even if we look at the few things most (though certainly not all) of us have in common, we are quite limited in what we can do with regard to any one of them. We probably can't bring about significant improvements in reality-based education, preserve separation of church and state, end discrimination against atheists, or stop our elected officials from pursuing religiously-motivated policies detrimental to the public good all by ourselves. To…
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    Divided Under God

  • Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

    Kevin Davis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christain love” yet again.  She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature: House Bill 1597:  Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation.  Fuck civil rights. House Bill 1598:  Allows parents to send their kids to “conversion therapy” without interference from the state.  Despite the fact that psychologists have shown that therapy cannot…
  • Local FD Under Fire for Christian Sign Outside Station

    Kevin Davis
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The City of Utica, NY Fire Department has been under scrutiny this past week after complaints have been made regarding a sign posted outside their Fire Station #4, for the second year in a row.  The sign reads, “Happy Birthday Jesus, We Love You,” and is considered by many to be a violation of the separation of church and state we are endowed with in the US.  Utica residents, religious and nonreligious alike, have asked for help from local and national organizations in addressing this situation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to the fire chief, Russell…
  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

    Kevin Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    When you get your “news” from right-wing websites like CNS News, you tend to have a misinformed view of reality.  CNS News stands for Cybercast News Service and claims all over its website to be impartial, despite the former name it was founded as — Conservative News Service. Case in point, I came across this tweet from Tom Cosner (@GeoCals), a self-proclaimed “Child of God,” according to his Twitter profile.  In it, he links to a CNS article claiming FFRF’s complaint against a nativity scene on government property backfired.  Actually, they were…
  • Apparently God Delivers Lost Items in Toilets Now

    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
  • A Holiday Gift to Misunderstood Atheists

    Kevin Davis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    As most of my readers know, I published a book this year, titled Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  I wrote the book not to be showered with riches (any author would be crazy to think that’s going to happen), but instead, I wrote the book to help atheists who confront conflict within their circle of family and friends.  The book is intended for the religious who have trouble accepting their nonreligious loved ones, whether internally or with outward conflict.  It answers a lot of questions the religious might have for nonbelievers but were…
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  • Asymmetrical Skepticism

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Christians are skeptical.Christians, and theists in general, are skeptical of life arising from non-life and the universe originating from quantum fluctuations they’ve never observed. They don’t feel inclined to believe that consciousness as deep and self-aware as ours can arise through random mutations that are built upon guided by selective pressure.Don’t make fun of them for this.They are right to be skeptical of these things. These are counter intuitive concepts with evidence that can’t be assessed directly by laymen and requires a large commitment to gain any competence.Make fun…
  • Consensus & Source

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I see both atheists and theists finding a scientific study or paper from somewhere on the internet and posting it as a central support to their argument or claim. This study or paper might even be written by someone with a degree in a relevant field. That's great, but the internet is a big place and there are all kinds of people who use it. The interpretations of data and the conclusions to be drawn from them can vary as much as the agendas and biases of the article writers. The best thing to do is to only look at the data and apply your own encyclopedic knowledge gained from being an expert…
  • A Gap In Every Argument

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Many arguments for god(s) take something the apologist intellectually doesn't understand and compensates with an assumption that reinforces the belief they've been taught is true. Sometimes they disregard or deny the available information because it doesn't jive with their indoctrination (committing the fallacy of personal incredulity) and sometimes there is no information available in which case they are filling a gap in knowledge with their divine explanation of choice (called the god of the gaps.)Example time.Those who use the cosmological argument: "I don't know if the universe has an…
  • Secular vs. Theistic Information

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Think of information on a scale of the most subjective to the most objective. I place them on a scale because it can be argued that no information available to us is entirely subjective or entirely objective. The closer we get to objectivity, the more the information is representative of truth. The lower the number, the more subjective the information. The higher the number, the more objective the information.1. Information from Your ExperienceThere is a philosophical concept called naive realism which basically works under the assumption that the our perception perfectly represents the world…
  • Quick Take on Interstellar

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    I watched Interstellar last night and I have mixed feelings about it. Basic spoilers implied ahead.From a science standpoint, Interstellar educates the audience about how relativity works (although inconsistently) in regards to time dilation and how it is related to gravity. On the flip side, the movie also propagates the myth that black holes transport people places rather than kill them. I don’t care if movies educate, but I don’t want them to pass on wrong information as if it is correct. Science fiction is at it’s best when it takes unknowns and fills them with what could be true,…
 
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    Laughing in Purgatory

  • Oxford University Press Demands That Authors Not Use Pictures In Children's Picture Books

    Andrew Hall
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Oxford University Press, Oxford, England Oxford University Press has issued a warning to its authors and illustrators of children's picture books not to use any illustrations, graphics, or diagrams in order not to inflame the passions of some Muslims. The publisher of such classic books as Christopher's Caterpillars colouring in activity sheet, Goat and Donkey in the Great Outdoors, and Winnie the Witch's Sticker Book have decided to avoid the third rail of religion otherwise known as the Second Commandment. Is the Cat in the Hatthe next target ofreligious sensitivity?In acknowledgement…
  • Charlie Hebdo

    Andrew Hall
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:16 am
    It's difficult to find someone who isn't aware of the attack on the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo.There's been plenty of commentary (Stephen Law's piece What’s the point of lampooning religion? To upset the religious?  is worth reading), and I just wanted to resurrect two memes that reflect some of my thinking on the tragedy.And this one from my post Priceless Gifts for an Atheist Dad.This is Purgatory.Subscribe to Laughing In Purgatory
  • Christian Mingle Now Includes Gay, Transsexual, and Bisexual Christians

    Andrew Hall
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Christian Mingle, the premiere dating site for single God fearing paid subscribers looking to find love, has been divinely altered to now include homosexual, transsexual, and bisexual Christians. While the change has occurred in the blink of an eye, the Almighty has been looking at the service with disdain for some time."Look at how cheeky their tagline is Find God's Match for You. I considered penning the organization a strongly worded email on how I, The Tamer of Leviathan, would never work for a bunch of yutzes likes them. It makes me sound like I'm coding their Goddamned (and I can say…
  • Top Atheist Tales of 2014

    Andrew Hall
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    It's been a busy year for the godless and for the hyper religious in 2014.Let's take a look at some of the amazing stories of 2014,Secret camera City Mandates Children Wear Police-Style Body Cams Around PriestsLocal 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.Read moreSecret Pentagon Anti-Jihadist Pork PlanWashington DC - Wikileaks…
  • What This Atheist Is Doing To Enjoy Christmas

    Andrew Hall
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    1.Telling people "Happy Hanukkah".2. Watching Scrooged.This is my favorite Christmas movie.3. Listening to a Jewish grandmother complain.I was driving a friend home from the airport. She is Jewish and has a few grandchildren. Her son and wife were celebrating Hanukkah and have a Christmas tree. She went on a small rant on how Christians had persecuted Jews over the centuries, and how no Jew should have a Christmas tree in their house.I did point out that the Christmas tree was of pagan origin, but that was cold solace. While I didn't agree with her conclusion, I did enjoy hearing someone…
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    A Hopeful Hero's View

  • Musings - It's all passing away (VIDEO)

    5 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    While recording the video I got off topic a bit and talked about scientific theory.  I didn't mean to sound condescending.  The definition of Scientific Theory is:A scientific theory is a series of statements about the causal elements for observed phenomena. A critical component of a scientific theory is that it provides explanations and predictions that can be tested.I received feedback indicating that I sounded condescending - please note I simply wished to express that if you don't believe in Scientific Theory (see above), we likely can't have a…
  • House of the rising sun

    4 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
  • A taste of honey

    3 Jan 2015 | 11:37 pm
  • Musings - it's all passing away

    26 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Lately I've been enjoying a lot of reading and studying about space and time. The entire concept, of either and both is mind boggling. Honestly it's entirely beyond me. But what has been gotten my attention is less the theories of time and space, and more the desire for us to understand them. In a world, my world, I don't have the dream, the hope of immortality. Honestly I wouldn't want it. The idea, the thought that I, me, Thom, would go on forever seems entirely dreadful. I'm a nice enough fellow I suppose. I'm generally honest, friendly, respectful. I am not especially talented,…
  • An uncomfortable truth

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Something strange occurred not so long ago. I was out to lunch with a work colleague, actually I was meeting someone for the first time, really more of a networking lunch. She wanted to lunch at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C. It is posh, but not over the top. They knew her there, and when I arrived they had her table ready, the bartender greeted me, told me how much they loved the woman. I was early, not too much so, she was running late. The time gave me a chance to contemplate, sit in the warm summer sun for a minute, enjoy a sweet tea (one of my favorite southern staples). I was…
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    Better Off Damned

  • Fuck the Pope!

    Jack Lawrence
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    A response to the Pope’s morally reprehensible comments regarding the violence in Paris against the satirists at the French weekly, Charile Hebdo. Continue reading →
  • Nothing to do with Islam

    Jack Lawrence
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    It's getting hard to keep up with all these Koran-inspired atrocities that have nothing to do with Islam. Continue reading →
  • ISIS Uses Child Jihadi to Execute Two Men (Uncensored Video)

    Jack Lawrence
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Islamic State films child soldier executing Russians. He looks to be about 10 years old or younger. Continue reading →
  • 18 Fucked Up Conservative Christian Arguments Against Marriage Equality

    Jack Lawrence
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Clearly they have no understanding of the core and basically decent principle of informed consent, only managing to control their urges down to threat of hellfire. This is not a safe state to be in, especially in the modern era where belief in God is shrinking rapidly. Continue reading →
  • Awful Flyer Warns Against Making Children Hear ‘Sounds Of Sodomy’

    Jack Lawrence
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Urging Christian voters to oppose equal marriage rights for homosexuals, the flyer says it hopes to put an end to this "beastly obsession with unholy acts." #SoundsOfSodomy Continue reading →
 
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    Untempered Intellect

  • Is it reasonable to feel responsible for inciting sexual thoughts in others?

    Neno December
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Is it reasonable to feel responsible for inciting sexual thoughts in others? This is an interesting question. At first glance, the answer seems to be a yes. However, I suppose it depends on the situation. Let's suppose an individual is purposely attempting to seduce you, that is, behaving purposely in a particular way as to give rise to certain sexual thoughts. I think in this case, it is reasonable to say the person who is seducing is responsible, but that is not to say they alone are responsible. Of course the other individual is also responsible for their own thoughts and actions. Now let…
  • Anti-GMO's Precautionary Principle

    Neno December
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Every year twice a year--outside of my school's property--there are two-four individuals advocating for the ban of GMO's. And every year, whenever I am fortunate enough to be in their presence (?), I respectfully try to engage them in dialogue. Due to time constraints, I generally ask them one question. That is, what is their main concern? The response is usually somewhere along the lines of:"transferring genes from one species into another may have unintended health consequences."I agree, this is a legitimate concern. However, anti-GMO activists do not apply this precautionary principle…
  • Review: Milton Friedman's Capitalism and Freedom

    Neno December
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    [The author of this paper, Nina Darner, was kind enough to allow me to put it on this blog. For that I and I am sure the readers of this blog are very grateful. This is a critique/review worth reading. Enjoy!]As proponents of Economic Democracy, we object to the neoliberal capitalist vision presented in Milton Friedman’s 1962 Capitalism and Freedom on many grounds. We believe that Friedman’s capitalism disincentivizes cooperation while encouraging and enabling human exploitation. We believe that his system proposes an unjust system of inheritance as well as a corrupt labor system, both of…
  • Midwest Workers Association

    Neno December
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Not long ago, perhaps a month ago, two volunteers from Midwest Workers Association (MWA) came to one of my philosophy courses to discuss the kind of work they do. I loved every bit of it. Actually, I liked the ideas however the presentation felt very impersonal and scripted (I soon found out everything they say is in fact scripted). They were advocating for low-income workers by offering short and long term solutions. Short term solutions consisted of offering emergency food, clothing, dental and medical care, legal services whereas long term solutions were directed towards organizing the…
  • John Stossel Thinks Secondhand Smoke Does Not Kill

    Neno December
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The best journalist in the world (*cough*), no other than Fox's John Stossel, actually thinks "there is no good data showing secondhand smoke kills people."Here is the transcript of what was actually said on the show (video below):"They always want to help us. We're going to make you a little safer. So they pass another rule, and another rule. The president released 3,000 right before Thanksgiving. They never take them away. Take cigarette smoking. Yeah, they kill smokers. But there is no good data showing secondhand smoke kills people. Nevertheless, banned -- I don't smoke. I'm glad…
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    Godless Mom

  • Guest Post: A Letter From A Reader

    Godless Mom
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    So many theists ask me, with contempt and incredulity, “Do you actually think you’re going to change people’s minds?”. The fact is, I’ve helped change the minds of 3 people in the little less than a year I’ve been writing Godless Mom… that I know of. While I could never take credit for their deconversion, that’s all them and their rational minds, I do know that I helped lead them to the freedom of atheism.  Here’s a letter from one of these people. Jaime Velasco (check out her blog here) came to me first as a born again Christian, and…
  • Your Stories of Atheism: Losing My Religion

    Godless Mom
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:52 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. Our first story this week comes from Lynn, Why did I become an atheist? Interesting question that I will attempt to answer. I grew up with very religious grandparents on my mom’s side of the family. My parents never really went to church growing up, so I only went when visiting Grandma and Grandpa. I dreaded these yearly Baptist Church services and couldn’t wait for the clock to strike 12pm so we would be…
  • Strange Religion: The Room Covered In Human Body Parts

    Godless Mom
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Another new video! I am hoping to be able to make more videos like this, with strange religious practices and beliefs. If you want me to cover one, let me know in the comments! If you enjoy my blog and videos, consider becoming my Patron. All Patron donations go towards hosting, domain names, and more time creating. Click here. The post Strange Religion: The Room Covered In Human Body Parts appeared first on Godless Mom.
  • Proof of Heaven?

    Godless Mom
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    New video about near death experiences. What do you think of near death experiences? Let me know in the comments! If you enjoy my blog and videos, consider becoming my Patron. All Patron donations go towards hosting, domain names, and more time creating. Click here. The post Proof of Heaven? appeared first on Godless Mom.
  • A New Personal Service That’s Making God Very Mad

    Godless Mom
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    Did you know that professional cuddling is a thing? Like, all the single ladies can now dial-a-spoon and get a bearhug on demand, so long as they can cough up the dough. If you’re lonely, or just miss a little human touch but could never go as far as paying for sex, you can actually order a cuddle right to your door. This shit ain’t for GM, even if I didn’t have my own cuddle fest going on at home, I don’t think I would ever pay for it. However, I recognize, unlike some godly folk, that not all people are like me and they are entitled to feel differently about…
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