January 2013 Blog Posts (60)

Why Tolerate Intolerance?

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“Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.” - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

A while ago, around December, I went to have Christmas dinner at my Mother's parent's house. After the food, crackers, and hats were all finished with my Grandmother leaned over the table, rested a hand on my Mother's arm, and said - completely out of the blue - "I brought you up to respect other people's beliefs."

Now, as this somewhat hushed and accusatory utterance was so…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on January 30, 2013 at 2:15pm — No Comments

FFRF Attorney Andrew Seidel destroys Bill O'Reilly on Fox "News"

I enjoyed watching Freedom From Religion Foundation Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel go on Fox "News" and destroy goon Bill O'Reilly on January 18, 2013.

Added by Gallup's Mirror on January 30, 2013 at 10:15am — 3 Comments

I AM THE COSMIC ALIEN OVERLORD. SURRENDER NOW. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.

HELLO PUNY HUMANS. I AM THE COSMIC ALIEN OVERLORD. ALL WILL BOW BEFORE MY MIGHTY COSMICY ALIENISH OVERLORDY POWERS! MWUHAAHAHAHAHA!

*Ahem* Sorry about that. I sometimes channel an evil alien. Just ignore him. Anyway, this is my introduction post. My online alias is Farroc. I'm a vegetarian anti-theist. my favorite color is purple, I'm a huge fan of both Star Trek and Bill Hicks. Errrr, what else.... I live in Texas(unfortunately). I'm also a big gamer and I watch a lot of…

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Added by Farroc on January 30, 2013 at 3:58am — 4 Comments

Our Nation is Dying

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Sir Isaac Newton

Starting college is quite possibly the best thing that could have ever happened to me. American high school can only teach you so much; it is limited by its shortcomings in policy. Let me say further that American high school in the South can only teach you so much. What ever shortcomings there are in the system are bolstered by the religious fanaticism proselytized in the so called "Bible Belt".…

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Added by Charlie Sellers on January 30, 2013 at 12:29am — No Comments

How to disprove an answered prayer?

I am agnostic, my parents are Christians. We debate about it every now and then but they have kind of given up debating with me because they can't disprove any of my points, they just say to keep reading the bible and quote verses that say that say that non Christians are willfully ignorant. About 2 or 3 weeks ago my mom lost her wallet, and has been complaining to everyone about it ever since. 2 days ago she had us all go in the living room and had my younger sister pray that God would help…

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Added by Ryan Persson on January 29, 2013 at 2:04pm — 18 Comments

My Introduction

Hello Think Atheist.

My name is Charlie, and I have been on the site more off than on over the past couple of years. This is actually my first little blog post on this site. I am just going to take the time to tell you guys a little about myself, and give you an insight into my further writings. I want to try to be more active here on this website. 



Anyways, as I had already stated, my name is Charlie. At the time of writing, I am 18 years old -turning 19 in March. I am a…

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Added by Charlie Sellers on January 28, 2013 at 10:37pm — 2 Comments

Science's reassuring tale. (In case you ever need one.)

The need for comfort is universal across humankind, many people have a tough time dealing with loneliness, illness, or death. And I think that's one of the main reasons for the existence of religion: The need for comfort.



I, as an atheist, have never had that kind of trouble, but I do understand the need for it and that made me think: Was there something science-based I could say to help someone be at peace with death?.

And this is what came out of that…

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Added by Eugenio Fernandez Miconi on January 28, 2013 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

Were you raised by Theists? How I beat the odds....

Gday from Australia , awesome to find such a site which I stumbled upon on twitter.

I am fortunate to come from a country where our Prime minister is a woman and an Atheist and a community of mateship in the land downunder.

Where although ever present Religion vs Atheism is neither here nor there, It's rare that the topic comes up to be honest.

I work with a Hindu, a couple of Christians about 3 Atheists a Witch a Self professed Psychic and some undisclosed lol, and…

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Added by Peta M on January 27, 2013 at 9:26pm — No Comments

My Dad

Today I ran a half marathon.  When I crossed the finish line, I saw my dad running to me.  His arms were wide open and he had the biggest smile on his face.  These are the memories of my dad that I love.  I've run races before and in less time, but he couldn't be there.  I think, for him, having the time to see his kids meeting goals in life is precious and thrilling.  He, of course, calls these moments, "gifts from god," but I don't care what he calls it, so long as he is there and…

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Added by Colleen on January 27, 2013 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Achoirboy's confession!

I never attended a seminary, but come to think of it, I did do time in a convent! (It had become a British Airways Training School!) I have attended an awful lot of churches, for an awful lot of hours, over an awful lot of years, as a choir boy at York Minster, New College Chapel, Oxford, St James Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral.  And as a young actor, I played Jesus Christ’s youngest brother in the play “Family Portrait”, with the distinguished  English actress, Fay Compton playing Mary,…

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Added by Mike Newell on January 27, 2013 at 12:06pm — 11 Comments

Like Your Mom

A true lady takes off her dignity with her clothes and does her whorish best. ~ Robert Heinlein Reaping the Whirlwind

Hosea 1:2 to 8:7



1:2 The Lord ordered Hosea to marry a prostitute because the Jews were doing whorish things. It seemed like a reasonable demand. So Hosea married a hooker named Gomer and she had children who were given long terrible names by God himself.



2:2…

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Added by Brad Snowder on January 27, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments

Paul again

I work with an outlaw-biker-turned-Bible-thumping-physical-therapy-assistant named Paul. *  He is, I believe, someone who needs Jesus.  The world is better for Paul having turned his life over to Him.  Paul is also opinionated, domineering, and just bright enough to be a nuisance in general.  

He and I have come to a peaceful detente regarding religion.  He is an evangelical Young Earth Creationist, while I am an unapologetic atheist .  After many discussions that went absolutely…

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Added by Diane on January 27, 2013 at 9:51am — No Comments

tables turned

following the “suicide”

of Aaron Swartz,

a delightful punch has been driven

into the gut of the empire,

whose eyes now

twitch & whose muscles now

flinch,

for the tables are turning,

when it comes to oppressing the

citizens of this world.

 

there was a time when

those with guns & bombs

would win out every time

when approaching a peaceful

demonstration---

tearing up the…

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Added by delapruch on January 27, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Are you kidding me with this...."Find God's match for you"

Does anyone else find this slogan for christianmingle.com unbelievably hypocritical.  When speaking to most fundamentalist Christians I have found that they will generally say that God will basically make everything happen.  God will provide everything for them no matter how great or small.  This dating site slogan is so repulsive to me that I felt I had to ignite a discussion about it.  It's just more of the same, say one thing and mean another all the time with some Christians.  Sometimes…

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Added by Sarah Jane Hall on January 27, 2013 at 2:25am — 25 Comments

Scientific Blasphemy

Added by DeLaney Nicole Jenkins on January 26, 2013 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Fundie Times: Grandma's Joke Email FWD About Atheist Being Mauled To Death By Christian Bear

AN ATHEIST IN THE WOODS

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An atheist was walking through the woods.

'What majestic trees!'

'What powerful rivers!'

'What beautiful animals!'

He said to himself.



As he was walking alongside the river, he heard


a rustling in the bushes behind him.



He turned to look. He saw a…

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Added by Kairan Nierde on January 26, 2013 at 11:58am — 5 Comments

Why I don't like being called an "Atheist"

This is from Ricky Gervais' interview with Richard Dawkins. It PERFECTLY describes how I feel:

"I hate being labeled an Atheist because it's not how I live my life. I don't live my life going around going "I'm an Atheist, I'm an Atheist..." There's billions of other aspects to my life, why I do things. It's just when God's put into the equation, I don't take that on board. I don't do anything because a god's watching me, or because I feel God owns anything, or God's driving me. It's a…

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Added by Stephy on January 25, 2013 at 9:35pm — No Comments

At another wake.

*Sigh* Well, here I am at yet another of my brother's friend's wake. This time it was the father. He worked at a mill for 20 years so it's understandable that this happened. 20 years on someone's lungs would not make you live longer, but it still sucks. Only 4 months apart from the last wake I went to. I was still trying to get over the last one, now this. It seems that the mortality rate here in america is pretty high. If you make it to 60, I'm impressed.  I just wish I had some words of…

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Added by Vince James Abernathy on January 25, 2013 at 9:06pm — No Comments

totalitarian-brainwashing = right wing Christians,

its hard to believe that in this day and age where we can travel the world from our couch that we still believe in such things enough to push them on the young minds in school,

i am afraid for my child when he gets into school i hope that there well still be the separation of church and state when he is

BRAINWASHING=

a method for systematically changing attitudes or altering beliefs, originated in totalitarian countries, especially through the use of torture, drugs, or…

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Added by Samuel Tyson Cook on January 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What has Science got to do with Atheism?

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I know I do it too often, but to start I feel the need to quote Tim Minchin, yet again. On the very real divide between faith and science, he has this to say:

"Science adjusts it's beliefs based on what's observed. Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."

Not…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on January 25, 2013 at 1:20pm — 5 Comments

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