January 2009 Blog Posts (124)

Cutud Lenten Rites: "Suffer with me..."





These photos where taken just last year. Hmmn. This re-enactment of the suffering of Jesus is done every holy week in my hometown in Pampanga. I know you guys know... This became an attraction for tourists both foreign and local because it is done only here. But I’ve been here only once. I got curious so I went there.



Every Lenten season, you will see naked people, full of blood all… Continue

Added by Luna Agimat on January 21, 2009 at 8:44am — 1 Comment

"What if you're wrong?"

Eating Crow When and if you get into a civilized discussion with a theist, this question seldom fails to arise sooner or later: "What if you're wrong?"



This question always makes be smirk because of the condescending tone that usually accompanies the question; which to me implies “I know I’m right and you’re wrong.”



So how do you handle this question?



My answer (more-or-less):… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 19, 2009 at 3:44pm — 6 Comments

Some questions I personally have that turned me from Christianity

In my previous post, I mentioned my issues regarding Jesus being "the way" and all the people who live(d) in countries where the Christian message is not heard. Here are some others:



1. If God created us in his image, and he is perfect, why are there so many genetic disorders?



2. We would generally consider a person who needed to be "praised" (beyond normal gratitude) as an egomaniac. If it's a personality flaw in a human being, why is it perfection in a supreme… Continue

Added by Karen Davis on January 19, 2009 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

Small Interview with Morgan Matthew of Think Atheist



Morgan can you give us a rundown on your road to Atheism(were you always an atheist)?



I was always an atheist, I just did not know it. My parents tried to get me baptized as a baby and found out quickly that the church wanted all kinds of money to get a splash of water on my head. Growing up as a young tyke my parents were agnostic. Which means I never grew up with any religion at all. I did the all the holidays and never knew… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on January 19, 2009 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

10 REASONS WHY BEER IS BETTER THAN JESUS.



i found this somewhere, its hilarious.



10. No one will kill you for not drinking Beer.



9. Beer doesn't tell you how to have sex.



8. Beer has never caused a major war.



7. They don't force Beer on minors who can't think for themselves.



6. When you have Beer, you don't knock on people's doors trying to make them drink it.



5. Nobody's ever been burned at the stake, hanged, or tortured… Continue

Added by Audio on January 18, 2009 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

My history

I just read some posts on "coming out" and wanted to share my own history.



I was raised Episcopalian, the best description of which I've heard was comparing to Catholicism - "All of the pageantry, none of the guilt" (St. Elsewhere TV show). My family and I were involved in the church in many non-trivial ways: Dad was on the vestry (the members who actually *ran* the church business), both parents were in choir, Mom was periodically involved in helping in the church office, my sister… Continue

Added by Karen Davis on January 17, 2009 at 10:38pm — 1 Comment

Wisdom from a teabag

I picked up this tea from the store yesterday called Good Earth. It is amazing!!!



Anyways, I was making myself a cup about 10 minutes ago. I sat down and was doin' the little "bobble the bag up and down" and noticed there was a little quote on the paper at the end of the string. It said:



The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.



This just struck me to the core. I don't know why. It was this feeling that I, and all of us, are the freethinkers… Continue

Added by Sniz on January 17, 2009 at 4:13pm — 2 Comments

What Should Obama's Priority be After Inauguration?

There are several of these "suggestions for the new president" sites out there, and its tough to keep track of them all. The main ones I've seen though are:

change.gov

change.org

opposingviews.com



Weather-or-not chiming in on these sites will make a difference, or weather-or-not the ideas will even make it to… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 16, 2009 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

About me

I am 45yr and have 4 grown kids, my oldest lives in China with his girlfriend. Crystal lives about 1 mile from me with her husband and daughter. Linda lives about 5 miles away with her in-laws and stepson. Tim lives with me. Patrick is four, I adopted him,he is mine now so I have 5 kids in total. Pink is my favorite color and I live on chocolate. I love the little town I live in. I have mountains on three sides and it is beautiful!!!. I have a large extended family with 5 siblings,grown nices… Continue

Added by Pink mom on January 16, 2009 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

Can Unicorns Breathe Underwater?

The answer is, of course, "Unicorns don't exist." I would like to pose a similar question that requires just as much consideration as the one in the title of this post: "Why did God flood the earth, choosing only Noah's family and two of every animal to survive?" The question is irrelevant because there was no godly flood. There was no Noah, no heathens to be drowned because of their sin, no unicorns to be left behind as the Ark floated away to safety.…



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Added by Kevin on January 16, 2009 at 2:21am — 2 Comments

Think Atheist has made me a true atheist I am truely Free!



Well, I did it. I really did it! I told my parents that I am atheist. As some of you have known that I was deathly afraid of coming out to my parents about atheism. When I joined the site I was was acting like a child and being generally dumb but this was because I was lying to myself. This site threw me over the edge. But the problem in my head is that I can not be a atheist until I tell my family because I do not like to lie to people.… Continue

Added by Kate on January 16, 2009 at 12:00am — 11 Comments

Religion Is A Scourge Upon The Human Race

Well I just so happen to be in a particularly foul mood when I stumbled upon this web site so you guys will have to bear with me while I step up on my soapbox for a moment here. For my first blog I guess I'll go ahead and show you how accurate that little "what kind of atheist are you" test result on my page is. It will be short, sweet, and overflowing with anger. I've spent the last couple weeks reading about the insanity in Gaza as a bunch of irrational fanatics kill not just each other but… Continue

Added by SabreNation on January 15, 2009 at 7:50pm — 2 Comments

dedicated to my friend!

i remember

when i last saw you

i remember

your smile

now i cry

i remember

when I first met you

i remember

you



it's hard to beleive

that you are not here

it's hard to know

that you had to go



i remember

when i first told you

i remember

your strength

now i cry

i remember

you



it's hard to beleive

that you are gone

it's hard to see

that you are not around



i… Continue

Added by jose freaxx on January 15, 2009 at 2:09pm — No Comments

New in the neigbourhood

So, this I think acts as my official outing as an atheist. I don't think I've ever really been anything but this or an agnostic, but I think over the past couple of years and Dawkins books, et al, I've moved firmly into the atheist camp. Whilst I have a huge amount of time for the good Professor, especially his more scientify writings, e.g. The Ancestor's Tale, I'm not in the militant wing, so if people want to stay with their imaginary friend and his book, as long as they don't get fundie and… Continue

Added by Ian on January 14, 2009 at 10:09am — 1 Comment

Spirituality, Not Religion, Makes Kids Happy

The link between spirituality and happiness is pretty well-established for teens and adults. More spirituality brings more happiness.



Now a study has reached into the younger set, finding the same link in "tweens" and in kids in middle childhood.



Specifically, the study shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships — both measures of spirituality, the researchers claim — are… Continue

Added by Pam on January 14, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

What do you think are some of the most popular, widely accepted, or widely encountered misconceptions regarding atheism and atheists that you have run up against?


One of the most popular misconceptions I've encountered is the idea that atheists don't think that "good" and "bad" exist, and that we think everyone should be allowed to do as they please because deeds are not good or bad.

What are some of the other biggies?

Added by Gina on January 13, 2009 at 11:44pm — 19 Comments

False Choices, or, How to Win Lawsuits and Marginalize People

[From Bloc Raisonneur]



I am interested in the Christian Broadcasting Network's take on the Newdow Pledge suit, because even though they will have a naturally built-in bias, they are a significant player in terms of niche media, and their political reporting… Continue

Added by Paul Fidalgo on January 13, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Leaving it is still hard

For those who weren't born with this monkey on your back, "count your blessings." As I read some of the posts of former thumpers on exchristian.net and some of the testimonials here, it is gut-wrenching. What amazes me the most are the hardcore religionists who grew up in the Bible Belt. Their backgrounds are heart breaking. They go through their whole lives promoting and defending these Biblical stories and then one day they wake up not being "in love" with the idea anymore. One great example… Continue

Added by Jay E on January 12, 2009 at 10:06pm — 1 Comment

JFK Had the Right Idea

John F. Kennedy, Sept 12, 1960 Today I stumbled upon a transcript on the National Public Radio site. It was a speech made by John F. Kennedy, given to a group of Protestant ministers a few months before the election. JFK was a devout Catholic, but he was also a big proponent of the separation of church and state; this speech has some excellent excerpts that exemplify this. JFK was the first Catholic elected president, and during the elections other religious groups (primarily the Protestant group) were concerned… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 12, 2009 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

My Atheist Day

I got into an online scrap with a couple Mormons who insist "proselytize" isn't a word. I abandoned all hope of winning the argument when it dawned on me that I was potentially dealing with murderous psychopaths. Some Christian from youtube has finally stopped messaging me after I left a comment on a Rick Warren video. I said "Bless You" today when someone sneezed, losing my principles entirely for a moment, then added "You're so good- lookin' '". Someone added me as a friend today, my first on… Continue

Added by Batty on January 12, 2009 at 4:05pm — No Comments

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