Featured Blog Posts – March 2009 Archive (21)

Charles Haynes: In Florida, debunking the school prayer myth

An Opinion

By CHARLES HAYNES

March 28, 2009




Hundreds of Christians rallied outside a high school in Santa Rosa County, Fla., earlier this month to protest a court order ending the involvement of local school officials in prayers, proselytizing and a school-sponsored baccalaureate service.



The crowd's outrage was directed both at the American Civil Liberties… Continue

Added by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on March 29, 2009 at 6:31pm — 2 Comments

"my rapist was protected in the name of honor."

Fatima contacted the BBC World Service citizen journalism project, Your Story, because she wanted to share her experiences of sexual abuse growing up within a strict Muslim family in Abu Dhabi.



She suffered many years of abuse before she finally told her mother what had been going on.



Fatima is now 26. She lives in the United States of America where she has just been given asylum and citizenship after establishing that she would be in danger if she returned to her home… Continue

Added by Kira on March 27, 2009 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Why Is Religion Still Allowed To Stand In The Way Of Basic Human Rights?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;


*NO* law respecting an establishment of religion. It seems pretty black and white to me, no law shall be created on the grounds of religious belief. Yet here we are 200 years later still fighting against it every day one multiple fronts. Abortion and contraceptives, assisted suicide, life support, gay rights - indeed despite this 200 year old rule of the… Continue

Added by SabreNation on March 26, 2009 at 3:48pm — 6 Comments

Millions of knocked up girls screwed over by FDA and Neocons

Why is it always the men making decisions for women?



Fuck everyone who contributed to keeping this pill away from the public. Dr. Drew has already pointed out that when it comes to the morning after pill, most Americans are mentally retarded. Its not an abortion pill. It simply stops the egg from ever getting fertilized. Male sperm is alive in the female for up to 3 days after sex, meaning you actually have 3 days to take it. The pill does not destroy the egg, meaning there is no… Continue

Added by Christy on March 26, 2009 at 4:01am — 4 Comments

Jesus, Not the Reason for the Season

I know that it is not Christmas but I was not a member on this web page until a couple days ago and I really want to share this information with you. I wrote this informal paper in college and the professor loved it.



Grammar may not be completely correct but I was young, give me a break grammar Nazi's. (lol)



Enjoy...





To most people, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, born from a Virgin Mary, the savior and ruler of our lives. But to… Continue

Added by Doug on March 25, 2009 at 5:55pm — 1 Comment

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Added by Morgan Matthew on March 25, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Dirty Little Secret

(I had made this blog private because... well... I get a little weirded out by a lot of emotional poop, but Johnny encouraged me to make this public... so here it is anyway. Thanks, Johnny.)



First of all... I hate Vista... with my soul, or whatever it is that causes consciousness... I hate it!!! >:[



Secondly.



I can't do it. I guess this is where my doulble-life begins; this is where I learn what it's like to hide the very essence of who I am... because I just… Continue

Added by CJoe on March 23, 2009 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

Vatican insiders declare the Pope a 'disaster'

Pope Benedict's repeated gaffes and the Vatican's inability to manage his message in the internet era are threatening to undermine his papacy, Vatican insiders have said.



The Holy See is struggling to contain international anger over the Pope's claim on his first official visit to Africa that Aids "cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems".



The Pope's remarks about condoms, and a recent… Continue

Added by Sophie on March 20, 2009 at 8:59pm — 3 Comments

Religion's Ultimate Sin - Childhood Indoctrination

I recently got into a fairly heated debate with one of my children's aunts regarding religion. She was apparently appalled by the fact that I've been doing my best to shield them (ages 4 and 2) from religion and that I took issue with her teaching them about the Bible while watching them one day. When I learned about it I told her, pretty bluntly, that I did not want her shilling her religious beliefs off on my children and if she wished to babysit them in the future to please respect those… Continue

Added by SabreNation on March 20, 2009 at 2:43pm — 14 Comments

Would an atheist or an agnostic attend a Christian worship service if invited?

Hi guys. If you check out my profile you will see that I am a Jesus follower doing some research for my doctorate work on religious thinking in the US. This is my first time on an atheist site. If you can imagine being on a Christian site (I have a networking site called the Missional OUtreach Network), then perhaps you understand that I'm a bit nervous! :) I really am a nice guy!



So, if you are kind enough to answer and help me… Continue

Added by James Nored on March 20, 2009 at 11:24am — 20 Comments

The God of Abraham, Isaac and... Islam?

At one point in my life, I didn't give much thought to different details in the Bible... everyone else seemed to overlook them, so they weren't brought to my attention. I was in the middle of a Bible study one day and was reading Genesis. I absently scanned the story of Abraham and God's promise to give him a son from which many nations would be born. Well, as we all know, Abraham had some "faith" issues and took matters into his own hands; consequently, he slept with his wife's maidservant,… Continue

Added by CJoe on March 17, 2009 at 5:01pm — 4 Comments

The Truth About St. Patrick

St. Patrick is considered as the Patron Saint of Ireland. There are many, though, in Ireland that hold him in disdain. These people will never celebrate his legacy or life. It has been stated that St. Patrick rid Ireland of all of its snakes. Scientists have found that Ireland had not had snakes since icebergs surrounded the island. What could then be meant by the old legend?

Before Christianity began to spread into Ireland, the Druids were the leading…
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Added by Johnny on March 17, 2009 at 5:00am — 16 Comments

Autodidact

Anyone ever heard of this before? I came across it in an episode of Penn & Teller, Bullshit. Its means simply to educate yourself and there are a lot of resources out there to help with it. Pretty interesting.



http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm



http://lifehacker.com/software/education/technophilia-get-a-free-college-education-online-201979.php



http://education.jimmyr.com/



Here's a few interesting links if anyone is interested in… Continue

Added by MightyMateo on March 16, 2009 at 11:26pm — 6 Comments

Christian Conservatism Offended by Penis

Conservative Christians are offended by lots of things: liberals, atheists, Harry Potter, Muslims, Jews, but they seem to be offended most by the human body, the penis in particular.



"Forget trying to maneuver your way through all the mixed reactions to Watchmen crowding the interweb today. There’s only one question you need to answer, apparently, in order to make up your mind whether or not to see the…

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Added by Pam on March 13, 2009 at 9:29am — 10 Comments

...and it begins.

So, I wrote a blog... ya know, The Fallacy of Faith. I posted it to my myspace. Most of my buddies on that site are family and friends... and they're probably 90% Christian. I thought it was a daring move. I mean, I forget who my friends are. It completely went over my head that my little brother's fiance is on there. Ugh.



They're both "on fire" for God right now; all caught up in this Reformist Church or some-such-shit. Ever heard of Calvinsim? It's a branch of that. Of ALL… Continue

Added by CJoe on March 7, 2009 at 10:59pm — 5 Comments

Examining the Secular - Latest Highlights

Hey gang, here are some highlights from my column at Examiner.com over the past week!



* I insist that it's okay to be judgmental about things really are bad

* I worry over… Continue

Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 7, 2009 at 8:48pm — 3 Comments

The Great Easter Conundrum

Twice a year since I have stopped being christian, I face a dilemma. Being the daughter of two christian/ex-catholic parents, the you can probably guess what two days those are: Easter and Christmas. Since I am still at the age where I spend my holidays with my family, and my parents feel it is necessary to go to church on these days, I usually get dragged along. Every holiday I am torn: do I go or not? And with Easter just around the bend, this question is once again on my mind. Oh yeah, keep… Continue

Added by Sniz on March 4, 2009 at 10:51pm — 21 Comments

Why You Should Think About Encouraging Others to Be Brilliant



It is a beautiful thing to create, to produce, to go out there in the world and make a contribution.



But it is just as important, if not more so, that we help others to do the same — that we teach others to create and produce, that we encourage them, that we support them and help them to succeed.



Why? Why not just worry about our own creations and productions? What’s so important about helping others to succeed?



If… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on March 3, 2009 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Prayer Chain

I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter if what you're saying makes sense.



Example #1: One evening I was watching Extreme Home Make Over. (I know, bad idea.) An entire city was devastated by a horrible tornado. One part of the show centered around this old woman whose house had been completely demolished but the heart warming part was that God spared her rose garden. Really? That line of thinking seems a little backwards to me. Ok, so God was like, "I need to destroy this… Continue

Added by Erica on March 2, 2009 at 11:05pm — 7 Comments

Make War, Not Love: Violence, Sexuality, and Christianity.



"Could you read the back of this box and tell me if there's any sexual content in this movie?"



The woman across the counter from me holds out the DVD expectantly, and I take it. It's Saw II, part of the now 5-movie franchise which makes a point of being unnecessarily gory. I locate the rating so lovingly bestowed upon the film by the MPAA.



"It's rated R, for gore, violence, and language mostly."



"But no sex,… Continue

Added by Laura on March 2, 2009 at 1:30am — 31 Comments

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