| The Grand Illusion
Exodus 1:1 to 4:20
1:1 After hundreds of years of good times in Egypt, there was a coup d'etat and the descendants of the twelve sons of Israel were all fans of the losing Pharaoh's regime. By this time the Israelite tribes had grown to a considerable piece of the Egyptian economic…
Added by Brad Snowder on March 18, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Oh come on now, you know where this entry is going. If you've been an atheist for any amount of time beyond a few days, someone WILL ask you a variation of this question.
Why don't you pick on the Hindus?
Why don't you pick on the Pagans?
Why don't you pick on the Buddhists?
I used to think that this sort of question was a defense mechanism, someone cornered asking why we big bad atheists are picking on one of the Abrahamic traditions (I have a soft spot for…Continue
I have never understood why secularist spend some much time making speeches at colleges (that are typicaly fully of other secularist). when if we truely want knowledge to spread we need to think about this like the enemy. Give books, and do speeches at prisons ( a place fully of people who would love to attend something that helps time go by, and people who are in desperate need for knowledge) or at underfudinded public schools in communities where there is often as many churches at drug…Continue
I must confess, I've never written down my thoughts before. This being my first will make it a learning experience.
When I consider where I've come from and what I've endured in life, I count my many blessings for the creative mindset that's brought me to where I am today. It's funny, I don't recall ever having a thought that wasn't followed by a somehow more logical second opinion. I have yet to discover a problem that cannot be solved if enough careful…Continue
I just can't seem to resist getting into discussions with a certain woman on Facebook. She's not my friend, but she's a friend of a friend, so occasionally we can both comment on the common person's posts.
Yesterday she told me, again, that I'm not an atheist. She says I am an agnostic because I don't think I can know for sure whether or not there is a deity. This is true, but I also don't believe any deity exists. This is a bit of semantics, really, but what I can't get over is…Continue
one US soldier gets blamed for killing 16 civilians in
and the whole world is chattering
like they did when the qu'rans were burned---
this time, after the 16 were shot dead,
they were rounded up & set ablaze---
this time, humans were burned.
so as the media affixes Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ head
atop a sharp stake
has this put anything in perspective?
for the idiots out there who still…Continue
Added by delapruch on March 17, 2012 at 4:26am — No Comments
A customer service rep from AT&T just said this to me and I called back to file a complaint. Completely futile I'm sure. Just wondering how you all deal with this "blessed day" stuff.
I just joined TA today after having been 'lurking' for months... so, "Hello!"
I am currently attending an intensive outpatient therapy group that meets every day. I'm dealing with some unresolved, and until very recently, unremembered incidents from my childhood. "Graduating" tomorrow, tyvm!
There are many different types of people in this group, dealing with some pretty serious issues. Even though I'm there as part of the group, folks usually gravitate to me for reassurance…Continue
"Personally, do you consider yourself to be a religious person? (Total % YES)"
This last weekend I was at the pharmacy waiting for a prescription to be filled and picked up a copy of the Journal de Montreal.…Continue
I'm very fortunate to get to travel A LOT. Performing as a musician on cruise ships has gotten me around the world and elsewhere...
Many of the tours that I get to escort (particularly in Europe) go to cathedrals, churches, mosques, synagogues and museums that are full of religious art, sculpture, history,…Continue
Added by Kelin420 on March 15, 2012 at 3:24am — No Comments
I've been mulling over this idea that all christians, muslims, etc actually pray/worship the same deity. In the same place of worship, you will find people who believe god hates homosexuals and non-believers as well as people who believe god is an ever-loving deity who considers us all his children. Now, this isn't a minute distinction. This isn't exactly the same type of situation that arises between a fundamentalist trying to convince moderates to not wear mixed fiber clothing is it? …Continue
Added by Holden Freeman Esq. on March 14, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
| Corn, it’s What’s for Dinner
Genesis 39:20 to 48:1
39:20 Although Joseph was a mere Canaanite slave, he rejected his Egyptian master’s wife’s romantic advances on moral principles. The scorned woman screamed rape and what with having Joe’s shredded shirt in her possession…
Added by Brad Snowder on March 13, 2012 at 11:06pm — No Comments
I was reminded a few weeks ago about another tool religions often use to recruit and keep members: scare tactics. Unfortunately my dad passed away about a month ago. He was spiritual, and somewhat religious, so his funeral was held at the non-denominational church he and his wife favored. A fiery preacher whose book my dad recently read and liked “graced” us with being the keynote speaker at the service. Given that he didn’t actually know my dad, I didn’t expect him to speak long or…Continue
I like this font because I am just in the mood for a comical font. Well I guess being an atheist is better than being a christian or catholic in some large group. I like having a small strong group to withstand any other religion. If anyone reads this (I doubt you will) I hope you feel the same views I have felt for the past couple of years. Besides that... how is everyone else?
I wrote this silly song about people who have religious tattoos. It's fairly non-denominational, but I think the secular community is the real audience!
Pardon the sour notes & be sure to stay until the plagal cadence at the very end!
Hope you enjoy!
edit: I guess HTML is no good?
Added by Matthew Funtime on March 13, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
In a press release today last week, Maryam Namazie formally announced the #nudephotorevolutionary calendar. As Aliaa Magda Elmahdy chose to stand up against female oppression, we too advocate for free-expression and women’s rights. This calendar features black and white nude photographs, and I’m Ms.…Continue
The Effectiveness of Prayer
Prayer is a vital part of the Christian religious experience. Any pastor will tell you the importance of prayer. They will also tell you that prayer works – that is effective; that there is a living, loving, attentive God who – at least if you have believed on his son and are saved by his blood – will hear you and respond. God will not always grant your wish, but he delights in his children who are attentive enough to…Continue
A former NASA employee who was fired last year is suing the space agency, claiming he was let go because he believes in intelligent design, according to news reports.
The employee, David Coppedge, was a computer specialist at…Continue
I am getting fed up with the hypocrisy brought forth by believers onto atheists and non-believers. In the same breath we will be called self-righteous AND self-loathing. I literally was engaged in a debate with another one of 'god's children' (the one in the bible) and he told me that I don't believe in (his)god because I hate myself and don't feel worthy of his light. He then went on to tell me, "It's OK though...he loves you. Come back to him before it's too late." as if getting into…Continue
Lately, I've been thinking more about empathy and how useful it is to humans.
Empathy is defined as "The ability to understand and share the feelings of another" (at least to google..)
I came to a conclusion, empathy is the reason humans (and other animals) have some degree of "morals" the more I thought about it, the more I realized that almost every thing deemed "immoral" in society is in some way harmful, of course there is exceptions such as homosexuality,…Continue