January 2012 Blog Posts (131)

Atheist faces jail after Facebook remark

An Indonesian civil servant who declared himself an atheist on Facebook was arrested and is now facing jail for blasphemy after being attacked by an angry mob, police said today.

Alexander An, 30, who wrote "God doesn't exist" on his Facebook page, was beaten by a mob of dozens on Wednesday in his hometown in Pulau Punjung, West Sumatra province.

"He is suspected of having blasphemed against Islam," local police chief Chairul Aziz told AFP.

"The man told police…

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Added by sjtoupin on January 23, 2012 at 2:57am — 33 Comments

It makes me feel a little uncomfortable

I see it often enough. At school an atheist and a theist are once again having a go at eachother for no reason other then one thinks differently. Atheist stereotypes generally consist of us having no morals and thinking we are better and higher then everybody else. I like to disagree with these stereotypes as many of us would but it bothers me sometimes the arrogance that we can show to theist.



I disagree with religion and I admit I have said things that I probably shouldn't of to… Continue

Added by Andrew Ives on January 22, 2012 at 11:49pm — 19 Comments

"Rodents exhibit empathy by setting trapped friends free"

I recently found this article, with the help of reddit, that empathy may not be unique to humans. This got me thinking about the engrossing argument that religion begets morality.

He's no Rat, He's my Brother!

Now, obviously we have logical evidence and rationality that morality is innate, but this may provide concrete evidence for those who are…

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Added by Ludi Kalo on January 22, 2012 at 10:55pm — No Comments

My Fundie cousin posted this...and it confused me.

My fundie cousin is one of those young Earthers who subsequently doesn't believe in evolution (Her words "No!! God created us....we are not evolved apes."). She's also into the whole build your immune system and you'll never get sick hype. 

So she posts this link on FB today ...…

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Added by Rob Klaers on January 22, 2012 at 7:04pm — 2 Comments

Romney keeps his promises to god

Mr. Romney appeared on Fox News and dismissed concerns that with the release of his tax returns, he might lose support when voters learn how much money he had donated to the Mormon Church. He said he had made a promise “to God” to tithe 10 percent of his income to his church.

He said voters would be “pleased with someone who made a commitment to God and followed through on the promise.”…

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Added by Barry Eckert on January 22, 2012 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Book Review: Promises To Pray

I have recently acquired a small book authored by Roy Lessin titled, "Promises to Pray Over Your Children". The book claims to be a helpful tool to parents who aren't sure how to effectively pray for their kids.



However, I find this book disturbing and twisted, and just another way to indoctrinate children and shackle parents. Here's why:…



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Added by Citizen Atheist on January 22, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Christians Under Attack - For Real

According to this news article, Christians are under attack just because they are Christian. Hrm... funny thing - again, it is NOT Atheists who are attacking them. Instead the Christians are being attacked by Mohammedans.



Christians like to say that they are being attacked, even when they aren't, such as when Atheists bring up the fact that there is zero proof…

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Added by Citizen Atheist on January 22, 2012 at 5:29pm — No Comments

"new atheism"

I ran across this article Why I Don’t Believe in the New Atheism this morning. I have joined Wikipedia as an editor, and was reading the article on "New Atheism " after becoming part of the WikiProject Atheism, and the article was cited.

Anyway, Tom Flynn argues that there's nothing 'new' about "new atheism"…

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Added by Barry Eckert on January 22, 2012 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

My Heart Attack

   One week ago today after getting home from work I decided to take care a few things around the yard followed by wrestling the spare tire from under the minivan to change a flat. Then it hit, my chest hurt rapid heart rate shortness of breath so I went into the the house. I sat in a the chair while my family asked I I thought I was having a heart attack? I said I don't know, this wasn't passing quickly like a few other times I had simular but not as strong feelings. After 20 minutes I…

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Added by Walter Maki on January 21, 2012 at 9:50pm — 12 Comments

People believe it even after their reasons for believing it are proven wrong

I am sure you may have experienced this and the frustration that goes with it.  In short, belief perseverance is a commonplace phenomenon that occurs in all areas of life where belief in something persists even when the position has lost all original reasons for it's credibility.  It isn't just common for people to do this with religion, it is common for people to do it with all sorts of ideas.  It is really common in politics.

People believe this is specific to religion and criticize…

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Added by John Kelly on January 21, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

I'd like to call all atheists to action. CHALLENGING THE SOUL and SPIRITUALITY.

Why do people challenge belief in GOD? When they can challenge belief in the SOUL and SPIRITUALITY?

I have a hard time understanding why people argue for atheism in this time yet won't mention their disbelief in the soul unless it comes up in conversation. Most people I know KNOW there is no god... to me today's problem is the belief in the SOUL. I even know many agnostics and even atheists ACTUALLY claim to believe in souls!…

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Added by dragotron on January 21, 2012 at 1:00pm — 12 Comments

Nude Photo of Iranian Actress Golshifteh Farahani Roils Iran

Every society has people that will not be silent. Such is the story of Iranian Actress Golshefteh Farahani. Farahani 28, who is also a musician, is one of Iran’s most popular actresses. The full story can be read here by the Daily Beast. Applaud her. Celebrate her. Support her.…

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Added by Robert Karp on January 21, 2012 at 10:45am — 7 Comments

Evolving brains produce minds

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20440961

Henneberg MSaniotis A.

Abstract

Evolving brains produce minds. Minds operate on imaginary entities. Thus they can create what does…

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Added by Serzon on January 21, 2012 at 8:15am — No Comments

You're to young to be an atheist wait until your older.

I have lived in a house were religion isn't very prominent. Church always took second place to sports and as me and my brothers grew older we started to only go on Christmas and Easter. When I was younger I would always despise going to church but I had been taught that god was real and so was heaven and hell. Well by the time I hit about 13 I started thinking about atheism. There was a boy in my class who was an atheist and from an atheist family. I laughed at him once for saying "Thank God… Continue

Added by Andrew Ives on January 20, 2012 at 11:57pm — 31 Comments

Daily Bible Verse Apps.

There Are Many Apps.

On Facebook And iPhone And What Not.

And I Have Always Found Them Odd.

Because To Me.

The People That Create These Apps.

Only Want Their Audience.

To See The Pretty Verses.

You Know.

About Strength.

Patience.

Love.

How Great God Is.

And What Not.

They Don't Want Their Audience To See.

Any Of The Many Messed Up Bible Verses.

Like About Rape.

Or Murder.

So…

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Added by Horacio Martinez on January 20, 2012 at 11:31pm — 2 Comments

Platitude of the Day

Platitude of the Day For those across the pond or elsewhere in the world there is a four minute slot every morning Mon-Fri on the main radio news and current affairs programme on the BBC Radio 4 Channel. It's called "Thought for the Day" and it's usually done by a priest or some other religious nutjob, anyway I've discovered this website which parodies these broadcasts and it's very funny!

Added by Kenny Howse on January 20, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments

the trained animal

person a: so who are you gonna vote for this election?

 

person b: omitted

 

person a: see, it’s people like you that make this country fail the way it does---all you do is complain & you won’t even vote!!

 

person b: omitted

 

person a: have you ever voted? you know, you have no right to complain about your country if you are given the chance to vote to change it & you refuse. 

 

person…

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Added by delapruch on January 20, 2012 at 5:29am — No Comments

the threat of permanence

with the threat of permanence comes dependence &

with dependence comes vulnerability &

with vulnerability comes sacrifice &

with sacrifice comes reducing one’s own life by half or more &

with the reduction comes a lack &

with the lack comes a void &

with the void comes the naïveté that it can be filled by ungrounded belief &

with ungrounded belief comes faith &

with faith comes the refusal to provide…

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Added by delapruch on January 20, 2012 at 5:27am — No Comments

So now I am nothing more the an Animal ....

This is according to someone who has been my friend since my first year of high school. It started out as a simple post on Facebook... go figure. It was about Jessica Ahlquist and the horrifying treatment she is receiving by the Christians. Hell then the next thing I know he's getting all super sensitive and pissed off at me over it. So much so he posted…

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Added by Tammy on January 20, 2012 at 2:42am — 10 Comments

Satan & God

Satan & God!



So ... about this Satan bloke ...



I've been on and around the internet and involved in religion one way or another for well over a decade and for many more with religion and a few things have occurred to me.



One of the things we're constantly being told by our Christian brethren is that Satan is the arbiter of all evil in the world but I think what is really interesting about the whole Satan thing is the whole one-sidedness of it all and I honestly…

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Added by Kekerusey on January 20, 2012 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

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