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…Continue
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.
Now, obviously we have logical evidence and rationality that morality is innate, but this may provide concrete evidence for those who are…Continue
Added by Ludi Kalo on January 22, 2012 at 10:55pm — No Comments
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 ...…Continue
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.”…
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:…
Added by Citizen Atheist on January 22, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Citizen Atheist on January 22, 2012 at 5:29pm — No Comments
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"…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by John Kelly on January 21, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Evolving brains produce minds. Minds operate on imaginary entities. Thus they can create what does…Continue
Added by Serzon on January 21, 2012 at 8:15am — No Comments
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.
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.
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
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.
Added by delapruch on January 20, 2012 at 5:29am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by delapruch on January 20, 2012 at 5:27am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…