The Pope’s letter on child sexual abuse holds lessons for civic society. What he writes to Catholics about religion is a matter between him and them. But the Catholic church also operates within civic society, acts as a quasi-State at the United Nations, and sends ambassadors to real States. And the Pope’s letter includes assertions about secular society that are factually wrong.
Having read the full letter, the following seems clear:
1. The Pope’s main priority is to… Continue
Added by Michael Nugent on March 22, 2010 at 8:30pm —
The Bible contains scenes of gratuitous violence, genocide, incest, bestiality, sex, suicide, drugs and alcohol, revenge, voyeurism, lawlessness etc. I constantly wonder whether most people who call themselves Christians have even read the Bible from cover to cover because of this. Surely no one who has read the things that their supposedly benevolent creator has done and the human rights violations he has forced human kind to both commit and endure can call themselves a true, loving Christian… Continue
Added by kelltrill on March 22, 2010 at 7:30pm —
So I finally saw this on Youtube, but there's a problem... on every YouTube version I can find, episode 3 is cut off at the very end. Jonathan Miller is talking about how there needs to be a rational...
And then it cuts off.
Where and how can I see what's missing?
Also, the Atheism Tapes are available on DVD, but is this original program also? I can't seem to find it.
Added by Nathan Hevenstone on March 22, 2010 at 7:03pm —
i hate to say this but my knowledge of tom cruz,s cult comes from south park. ya shut up.lets see if i got this right darth vader stuff a hawiian volcanoe with evil souls that are now causing all of mans sorrows. and better even they dont tell you this until year 4,I WONDER WHY.sci fi tology charges its recruits and how many would stay if they knew darth?well alot theres no shortage of stupid, but some would run,and WE can help spread the secret.let people in "WITH EYES WIDE OPEN" JEFF… Continue
Added by jeff hogue on March 22, 2010 at 5:11am —
This week has been especially productive for me as far as the film festival goes. I presented a freethought shorts program to CFI Tampa, and the demographic was spot on, and I was super psyched. Several independent film enthusiast were in attendance, and the films were well received. I'm also psyched about the online contest that we (Freethought Film Festival Foundation) are planning. The theme is Skeptical Satirical Shorts Under 666 Seconds. Online… Continue
Added by Andrea Steele on March 21, 2010 at 11:00pm —
There has been a lot of writing about the “Global Atheist Convention – The Rise Of Atheism” since its completion on Sunday afternoon, so most things that can be said have already been said. There were some good reports in the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on March 21, 2010 at 6:00pm —
I,m new to this site,40 years of logic says i dont need this site.wait not insulting the site,just i need no affermation of sanity.(religeon is mental illness) and you most likely dont either. i,m thinking lets challenge the pious to a fair exchange of ideas,we give say 500 to 1000 words to them that we print for our people and they give us the same.. hmmmm most the zealots i know have egos that say "when they hear the word" and maybe some will,we respond not with our "dogma" but simple… Continue
Added by jeff hogue on March 21, 2010 at 8:24am —
Added by Johnny on March 21, 2010 at 5:00am —
2 Peter 1:20-21
For you know this first, that no prophecy of Scripture springs from any private interpretation. For prophecy was at no time brought by man’s will, but men spoke from God as they were borne along by holy spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good… Continue
Added by kelltrill on March 21, 2010 at 1:00am —
I am going to forcefully limit myself to a single post about Ray McCauley unless he does something this hypocritical or annoying again, otherwise I could continue ranting eternally.
Ray McCauley, popular South African televangelist, founder and leader of a 40 000 strong congregation and the Rhema Bible Church, which even has its own channel, is getting divorced for the second time.
Added by kelltrill on March 20, 2010 at 11:30pm —
...is an Iniquitous Ministry of Pain.
It's been a good while, friends. Lately I've been experimenting with making a more conscious effort to live life instead of just writing about it, and it has regrettably gouged a nice big hole into the time I used to dedicate to both this site and my own projects. You may not even remember me.
Either way, I'm back again today because there what I believe to be a very dangerous threat has surfaced within the… Continue
Added by Anti-Mike on March 20, 2010 at 3:52am —
Ok so there are those against having health care for everyone in the United States.
They have it in England, Germany, France, Canada, and a whole list of others.
Of course, there are those who in those countries who do not like it. Then they just need to pay for their own coverage.
Funny thing is, having been in the insurance game the first thing you learn is that there will be someone who’ll call up and tell you they are tired of their employer’s health care plan. They are… Continue
Added by Rick on March 20, 2010 at 3:04am —
It's exactly what it sounds like.
Added by Pinko Commie on March 20, 2010 at 2:00am —
“It won’t be long until this is a communist country,” it was said today during a business meeting. The conversation was in regards to a Chinese supplier and their ability to expand space and operations. One co-worker jokingly stated that the government could just throw out the neighbors and raze the building, allowing the supplier to expand. The reason for this, my co-worker explained with a chuckle, is because they are communists. I retorted that it happens all the time here in the United… Continue
Added by Reggie on March 19, 2010 at 8:00pm —
By Sikivu Hutchinson
excerpt from The New Humanist Magazine
During a talk show discussion on relationships last year, radio personality and self-proclaimed dating guru Steve Harvey charged that atheists had no moral values. Anyone who didn't believe in God was an "idiot," he said, and women should steer clear of these rogue blasphemers at all costs. While atheist websites were abuzz with condemnations of Harvey, his…
Added by Shutch on March 19, 2010 at 5:30pm —
I have realized that god is just a bunch of statistics from the universe, and, our ignorance on it is called religion. If there is or is not a god, I am not interested in, because this is like chating about the gender of the cherubins. Yet, people kill and destroy in the name of a god, whatever it might be, thus it is necessary to understand the true nature of this thinking because this is what god for sure would be, just a mental creation, not something one could know of or… Continue
Added by GIFPES on March 19, 2010 at 5:03pm —
"I thank God for all he has done for me."
"I know God has a plan for me."
"God knows what is best for me."
"Thank you, God, for helping me ______"
I feel.. negative emotions. Not anger, not hate, but when people say things like that, I feel this feeling that I can't describe.
Why do people thank their god for the work they've done? Some people don't even take credit for the things they've done, they credit it to their god. I know some people who have worked extremely… Continue
Added by Desirai on March 19, 2010 at 1:30pm —
The power of God is evident. We all must recognize a power greater than ourselves. It can't just be us and that's it. Right? Well, that's how I, and most of us, feel but how do we know? I've always heard that if you look for God you'll find him. So I went for an internet stroll looking for God in some of my life's experiences.
My last experience with an organized attempt at indoctrination came on the heels of my sinning. Me likely some alcohol. I'm 36 now and I've mellowed, but at… Continue
Added by Gaytor on March 19, 2010 at 1:02am —
Sixth grader Greg Heffley learns important lessons about friendship, being a good friend and identity in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A light-hearted, middle-school buddy movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a perfect dump and run movie.
Entering middle school wasn’t as easy as Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) anticipated. Some of the kids are way bigger than him. The same things that are cool in elementary school become a badge of shame in middle school. Greg does everything he can to fit in and be… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on March 19, 2010 at 12:30am —
This comparison is a day late, but I didn't have time to post it yesterday.
It seems that for many, all it takes is the desire for there to be a God and all his rewards for belief. They want this to be true with all their heart. In fact, over time, many convince themselves that they know
it is true. In fact, I've been asked by many, "But don't you want to live forever/go to Heaven?". As if the desire for this translates to causing it to be… Continue
Added by James on March 18, 2010 at 10:11pm —