Featured Blog Posts – February 2009 Archive (22)

Discovering the secularist cause (New article at Examiner)

Here's my latest at Examiner.com, under my new title, "DC Secularism Examiner." It's a brief history of what brought me to writing about atheist activism.



A taste:



As I put my career in professional theatre temporarily aside (populated by a generally liberal and socially tolerant demographic) and toward politics, I came to realize that while my own…
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Added by Paul Fidalgo on February 27, 2009 at 3:56pm — 3 Comments

RIP ThinkAtheist.com Chat V1

You were the source of so much fun and debauchery, You will be missed.....…





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Added by Dan on February 27, 2009 at 1:56am — 14 Comments

My new atheist column at Examiner.com

I haven't checked back at Think Atheist in a while, and partly this is because I have been busy working on my new column at Examiner.com where I am the "DC Political Atheist Examiner."



If you haven't been by, I'd love for everybody to check it out.



Here are some recent highlights:



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Added by Paul Fidalgo on February 25, 2009 at 11:26pm — 3 Comments

A call to action!!!

Currently in the United States "Non Religious" people make up about 20% of the population.

This includes Atheists, Agnostics, Secular non affiliated, No preference, etc. Jews consist of less than 2% of the population of the United States. Mormons less than 2%, Muslims less than 1%. These are the religious groups that the non-religious out number, yet why is it that we are lucky to get 1 or 2 congressmen to represent us? The truth is that essentially every congressman or woman in congress… Continue

Added by AtypicalAtheist on February 25, 2009 at 10:45pm — 15 Comments

The God Paradox

One of the first things I notice when the question of God's existence comes up is how very little is discussed as to what God actually IS. It seems to me that if we are to make progress in this debate, we have to take time to actually reconcile our perceptions of what God actually is in order to debate his existence in the first place. In this blog I will present what I believe the concept of God actually IS and why its important to "simplify" our perceptions of God in order to fully appreciate… Continue

Added by Art on February 25, 2009 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

The Fallacy of Faith

According to Merriam-Webster, deduction is defined as “the deriving of a conclusion by reasoning; specifically: inference in which the conclusion about particulars follows necessarily from general or universal premises.”



An example of deductive reasoning is as follows:



Premise 1: People cannot see in the dark.

Premise 2: It is dark in caves.

Conclusion: People can’t see in caves.



There’s no arguing about the above example. A person might say that… Continue

Added by Cara Coleen on February 25, 2009 at 6:03pm — 3 Comments

Why don't you give up being a moron for Lent?

Once again, the Lenten season is upon us. For those of you who don't know, Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent, is tomorrow. So of course this means all the good little Catholics are out there deciding what they are going to give up until Easter. Of course this means that I am sitting here and shaking my head at the sheer stupidity of this tradition.



I grew up Catholic, so I am quite familiar with the song and dance that is the Lent tradition. I remember my mom asking me… Continue

Added by Sniz on February 24, 2009 at 3:04pm — 9 Comments

Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.



As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.



But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were…

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Added by Morgan Matthew on February 21, 2009 at 4:30am — 382 Comments

Pot of Gold

The pot of the gold at the end of the rainbow. Why is it there that everybody seeks? Its not about the end result, but the journey getting to the metaphorical pot of gold. The pot of gold seems to be religious in nature, to me at least. Some simply want facts to assure them that they will get that pot of gold. Those people never find it...[they find logic]. I think the pot of gold is there to keep the faith. A promise

of something wonderful to come. Faith alone is a controlling factor.… Continue

Added by Theresa on February 19, 2009 at 9:35pm — 6 Comments

How to respond to requests to debate creationists

A professor at the University of Vermont, Nicholas Gotelli, got an invitation to debate one of the clowns at the Discovery Institute. Here's what they wrote.



Dear Professor Gotelli,



I saw your op-ed in the Burlington Free Press and appreciated your support of free speech at UVM. In light of that, I wonder if you would be open to finding a way to provide a campus forum for a debate about evolutionary science and intelligent design. The Discovery Institute, where I work, has… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 19, 2009 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Atheism and Society

I am an atheist because it logically makes sense. I am an atheist because science matches it. I trust experiments that have been correctly conducted and are unbiased. I am an atheist because it is the only thing that gives me hope that a secular America (blasphemous, I know) would be full of sensible people. I am so tired of this religious shit. Religion is used to manipulate millions of young and old thoughts, dreams, hopes, and expectations. Religion is only a tool of control. Nothing more,… Continue

Added by Aurie Elizabeth on February 17, 2009 at 7:08pm — 5 Comments

Reaching out



A direct message from Daves not home to me.



I can only imagine that you're becoming increasingly inundated with mail of all kinds, from criticism and hate to props and suggestions of how to make this better. So I'm somewhat reluctant to put my note onto the "suggestion pile" but I have so many "atheist ambitions" that I feel I must say something.



A thought that… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 16, 2009 at 5:00pm — 13 Comments

Spending in the Stimulus Bill

***UPDATE***

Since I wrote this, my opinions on the subject have changed a bit. Enough that I would not have made this post if I could go back. I'll leave it here b/c it will remind me and other's that I am not above being wrong and/or changing my mind based on new information.

***UPDATE***





The more I read of this bill, the more I get pissed off. There are a LOT of good things in there. A LOT. The problem is that we can't afford it. We don't need all of this extra… Continue

Added by chiz on February 13, 2009 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments

Prometheus, Unchained

We’re all like Prometheus; chained by the gods to the rock of superstition and fear. Unfortunately, no one knows they’re slaves to the Zeitgeist of the era; of eras past. We are all descended from the same primitive roots of our humanity. Our beliefs about the world are shaped by our ancestors’ misunderstanding of it.



In our waking consciousness, we tried to understand the world based on our perception. We could not explain the phenomenon that caused thunder and so blamed it on a… Continue

Added by Cara Coleen on February 12, 2009 at 6:08pm — 2 Comments

Starting a blog? 12 ideas for blog posts



1. Respond to something elsewhere on the web: the best way to start blogging: simply link to something elsewhere that you feel is interesting, or (better) that you disagree with. If you make a constructive response to what someone else has posted, for example, you can start a useful inter-blog dialogue. You might add links to evidence that challenges what the original post says, for example. In its most simple form, when you simply post useful… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on February 11, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Separation of Church and State

Why should we care about the separation of church and state? Is the division of government and religion a good thing? What does this concept even mean?



The term “separation of church and state” does not appear anywhere in the US Constitution. What does appear, however, are these words in the First Amendment, stating that “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”



So, people are…

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Added by Pam on February 11, 2009 at 11:21am — 4 Comments

Every Atheist Quote Your Heart Could Ever Desire

Because a good quote is never a bad thing to have handy =). All posts are in alphabetical order by last name.



Here is just a collection of quote regarding atheism, agnosticism, religion, God, and whatever else falls in between. Feel free to add or to correct any mistakes you see! Most quotes taken from this page. Thanks =)







John Adams



"Where do we find a precept in the Bible for… Continue

Added by Laura on February 10, 2009 at 5:29am — 6 Comments

A Poem for Atheists

My creativity comes bursts. Short, intense, mind-consuming bursts.



It has been unusually warm for February in the Milwaukee area, and so I have been spending more time outside lately. Being able to enjoy nature once again reminded me how remarkable this crazy world again and how lucky I am to be able to take part in it. It sparked this idea for a poem, and I couldn't put it down until I got it out. Then I felt inclined to share it with you guys. Now I don't write a lot of… Continue

Added by Sniz on February 9, 2009 at 6:14pm — 13 Comments

Christians Plan Their Counter for the Bus Ads

The bus ads in the UK were spawned as a response to christian ads that said non-believers would suffer eternal damnation. Three religious groups want to have the last word, so they are starting their response-to-the-response.



How hypocritical! A few weeks ago those same religious groups were clamoring that the ‘There’s probably no God’ message was offensive, and they appealed to the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) that the ad violated truth in advertizing codes,… Continue

Added by Johnny on February 6, 2009 at 5:33pm — 3 Comments

Texas Teacher Suspended for Being Atheist and Liberal

In Texas, a teacher has just been suspended for being an atheist and a liberal. Just one more reason why we unbelievers need to step up our presence in America. The link to the article is below:


http://democracyforamerica.com/blog_posts/27752-texas-teacher-suspended-for-being-liberal-and-an-atheist

Added by Andrew the Fluffer on February 6, 2009 at 12:00am — 9 Comments

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