April 2009 Blog Posts (189)

One Day At A Time

Do you remember
When you walked among men?
Well, Jesus, you know
If you're looking below
It's worse now than then...


The question is, dear Cindy, do you remember when Jesus walked among men? The priesthood was corrupt, health care was practically nonexistant, and Jesus' best friends were thieves and prostitutes. In the end he was tried, convicted and executed for a crime that didn't exist.

Explain to me: how are things worse?

Added by AnonyMouse on April 27, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Religion Classes in School and Being Atheist

Admitting being an atheist in a country like mine, where all the people is really closed minded, specially in schools, and more specifically in religion classes, can be something really harsh, or if you are like me, fun. Today I'm going to tell you my recent experiences as an atheist in an obligatory religion class.



I still remember the reaction of some of my classmates, at the beginning of the year, when I admitted in the religion class I was an atheist, actually I still remember… Continue

Added by Christian on April 26, 2009 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Interests

The main page didn't give me much room to talk about my interests or anything so I'll do it here. I'll do the typical boring "books, movies, songs" stuff last. First off: I love flight. I love planes, spaceships, and especially dirigibles which I am really hoping will make a comeback. I am also fascinated by robots and artificial intelligence. I consider myself something of a futurist or transhumanist but don't go nearly as extreme as a lot of them do. I'm pretty good with computers. I wouldn't… Continue

Added by Joe O'Brien on April 26, 2009 at 6:58pm — 2 Comments

The Sun god, Polytheism, and the hive mind.

Like many, if not all of the interesting creatures on this site I consider the prospect of a humanoid supernatural deity highly suspect, I think that the heaviest blow rendered against the cloud man is one of free will. If He made us this way and He knows exactly how our lives will play out and unfold according to His plan, then heavenly justice is the least just commodity that can be conjured up. What are we supposed to do, suprise Him? That would be wonderful, we would surprise myself if we… Continue

Added by Ellimist on April 26, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Problem of Evil, Extended

If Evil was made by the Fall, whenceforth was Eve tempted?



That sums it up right there.



Some Christians say that evil did not exist until the Fall - that all suffering and sin came about as a result of Eve's choice to disobey God. That sounds reasonable, right?



Riiiiight.



Imagine a world where there is no sin. Everything is perfect. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the lion is gettin' cuddly with that lamb over there (but not… Continue

Added by AnonyMouse on April 26, 2009 at 5:29pm — 7 Comments

No U

When someone leaves Christianity, why are other Christians so quick to blame them or the church?



I recently had a discussion with a Christian via YouTube PMs, and while she was very nice, she had one little flaw. She had to blame me/my family/the church for my leaving Christianity. She insinuated that our entire doctrine was faulty, that I had been forced into Christianity, and that I had never felt Jesus or God in my life. She said that she believed that I was a "false convert… Continue

Added by AnonyMouse on April 26, 2009 at 4:48pm — 2 Comments

Truth: still scarier than fiction

I suppose I've never really written about this before, because it seems like too obvious a point to need addressing. But people do keep making these same tired old arguments, displaying a very tedious lack of imagination or intellectual curiosity.

Read the full article here, on my blog.

Added by Cubik's Rube on April 26, 2009 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

Atheist logo or sign for tattoo

I am thinking on getting an atheist tattoo on my neck, donna says its my mid life crisis but I disagree.

I have seen the red A and dont like it, i might go for some kind of aton symbol but I am asking for any ideas you might have.

thanks for your time

George

Added by a7 on April 26, 2009 at 11:47am — 12 Comments

Help! I need some brainstorming!

To make a long story short, unless a dream job appears in the next three weeks, I'm going to the U.K to work. (Sort of.)

The thing of it is, my two cats will have to be in quarantine for 5 months.

FIVE FUCKING MONTHS.

This is with all their paperwork and a signature from the Ministry of Agriculture here in Thailand.

Now, the problem is this: I don't plan on spending the full 5 months in the U.K. I'm just there for the summer.

HOWEVER..once the kitties are in the… Continue

Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on April 26, 2009 at 8:06am — 5 Comments

A Question of Language

(I realise that for a first blog post this may be wordy, but I wrote this down last night and thought it would be a waste if I didn't share it).



As someone who often enjoys writing, as well as the stufy of language and words, I was inspired by a section of a TED Talk (TED talks are thirty minute lectures by some of the best minds on the planet, so if you haven't seen any yet, I will put a link in the comments) by Richard Dawkins, in which he discuses the connotations and… Continue

Added by Adam Houten on April 26, 2009 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

'Feeble country' jibe sparks row

'Feeble country' jibe sparks row

MPs are demanding an apology over remarks made by the outspoken historian Dr David Starkey.



Dr Starkey described Scotland as a "feeble little country" and said Robert Burns was a "deeply boring provincial poet."



He made the comments on the BBC's Question Time programme after he was asked if he supported a public holiday for St George's Day.



Dr Starkey has refused to apologise and says he stands by his comments.



To… Continue

Added by Roospy on April 26, 2009 at 7:29am — 1 Comment

Sunday Morning Service - 26APR

Sunday Morning Service

26 APR 2009



Links of Interest



The Sarah Palin Elementary School - A fictional vision of the future where religion has taken stronger root. I dub this short story a horror story; and think it illustrates a stark example of why we… Continue

Added by Johnny on April 26, 2009 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Finnish Man Being Charged With Balsphemy

A Finnish City Council man who wrote a blog calling the Prophet Muhammed a pedophile is being charged with Blasphemy. His blog asserts that Muhammed married a 6 or 7 year old girl and consummated the marriage at 9 years old. Aisha was one of his favorite brides. (I'm dry heaving over here.)



"Helsinki city councilman, Jussi Halla-aho was charged with blasphemy and incitement of an ethnic-group in the Helsinki district court today, and ordered to stand trial for publishing on his blog… Continue

Added by Gaytor on April 25, 2009 at 11:53am — 2 Comments

48 hours of too much drinking and not enough sleep.

Ok.. no sleep at all.

We had a birthday celebration for a friend that started at 18:30 and carried on to 0800. Instead of falling into bed like a good girl I stayed up. About twelve hours after that I decided to avoid the on-setting hangover by.....drinking more!

48 hours of crazy I think I need some time to recover.

I'll have pictures posted later. They are my first attempts at photography after the eye surgery! Be kind.



....Gunna be out of any conversation requiring… Continue

Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on April 25, 2009 at 2:16am — No Comments

The terrible, immoral and somehow still respected Jerry Fallwell....

Christopher Hitchens once said of Jerry Fallwell that "If he were given an enema he would fit into a matchbox"

Funny, but accurate? Was he the terrible man that many asserted yet many still loved because of his pious claims. Did people forgive his evils merely because he was a man of the cloth?

You decide...





“The whole (global warming) thing is created to destroy America's free enterprise

system and our economic stability”-Jerry Falwell



“If you're not… Continue

Added by J Burgoyne on April 24, 2009 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment

AA; 12 steps to healthy or 12 steps to holy? (or "How a religious cult got hold of our vulnerable and sick")

Most of us throughout the course of our lives have heard of AA and their 12 step program. This is a highly respected organization whose mandate is to help those who can't help themselves through a powerful support system. People go there when they feel that their lives have spiraled out of control with alcohol, the courts intervene to send people there when they cross the law because of alcohol abuse, even the military will send its troubled members there. Is it an institution set up as savior… Continue

Added by J Burgoyne on April 24, 2009 at 11:22pm — 8 Comments

right to kill (taken fromAMERICAblog)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Right to Kill



by John Aravosis (DC) on 4/22/2009 02:42:00 PM

I've written before about the religious right's newest cause celebre, the Right to Kill. Extreme right fundamentalist Christian leaders are demanding that American civil rights laws provide an exemption for their "right" to kill their political opponents, or any other American they disprove of, provided they claim the murder was inspired by their faith.



(We tend to avoid… Continue

Added by Mark on April 24, 2009 at 10:13pm — 3 Comments

Provoked gasps in sex class

Today in Human Sexuality, we explored the Filter idea of mate selection. We jotted down a brief list of "I want this in a partner" and "I don't want this in a partner." People volunteered to share bits from their lists. Usually thing popped up: confidence, sense of humor, beauty etc.



One (white) woman said she preferred black men. No special reaction, and I wouldn't expect one. The discussion was about personal preference, and there were no judgments on anyone's list entries. (Aside… Continue

Added by Randy on April 24, 2009 at 4:53pm — 4 Comments

Journey Into the Unknown

"It’s the questions, not the answers, that make science the ultimate adventure."

by Brian Greene of Wired Magazine



Were some super-advanced alien civilization to swoop down to Earth with the definitive explanation of everything in the cosmos, there’d be excitement at first—it would be thrilling to have answers to the questions we’ve tussled with through the ages. But in short order, scientists worldwide would be utterly depressed. With no remaining mysteries, the scientific… Continue

Added by Cara Coleen on April 24, 2009 at 2:28pm — 5 Comments

Pick and Choose: Can you get any more granular?

1 Timothy 2:9

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
Dyker Neyland believes that "women adorn themselves in modest apparel" means that her 7-year-old daughter Javé should not be required to tuck-in her shirt. Her reasoning: "I don't want her behind showing," Dyker said. "I don't want her body being exposed."



Apparently the part… Continue

Added by Johnny on April 24, 2009 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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