May 2009 Blog Posts (191)

Living with Theists.... ugh...

Okay... this is Skycomet's first Blog. I just want to use this portion to tell you all that the rest of my family is Christian (Protestant), except for a couple of Jewish second cousins. I don't have any other Brights in my family, so it is so nice to find a social networking place like this. My family tries to understand, but they really can't. They try so hard to be accepting... and I love them for that... but occasionally one of them makes a comment that tears my heart to shreds. I have a… Continue

Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on May 28, 2009 at 10:30pm — 15 Comments

Up Review: The length of reach and depth of heart is astonishing.

Every so often, a movie comes along that inspires the audience to live a better way, to take risks, and stop making excuses. I was stunned that this inspirational, physics defying film comes in the form of Pixar’s Up, a animated wonderment about an old man wracked with grief, a yellow dog, a chubby little boy and a huge flightless bird, in a floating house.

Inspired by the great adventurer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer), retired… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 28, 2009 at 9:36pm — 2 Comments

Preaching to Believers

When we debate believers, what is the goal?

Proving to the other side that god doesn't exist? Proving that creationism is silly? Proving that morals are independent of religion? Proving that religion is bad for humanity?

What about proselytizing? Is that what atheists are doing as well? Trying to sell non-belief to believers?

I have a problem with doing this. Meaning, while it's fine to debate believers, I don't think we should be trying to convert believers. At… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Kentuckians Fighting for the Separation of Church and State

A hearing has been set for the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss in the American Atheists v Kentucky Office of Homeland Security lawsuit:

I am one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The hearing is this coming Monday, June 1, 2009 at 10:00 am. (Eastern Time) in the Franklin County Courthouse, 218 St. Clair St., Frankfort, Ky. 40601. The judge is Hon. Thomas D. Wingate.,… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 28, 2009 at 2:49pm — 4 Comments

Why Christianity, Comfort?

On May 26, 2009, Ray “Spiritual Mac and Cheese” Comfort posted a blog titled “An atheist’s question”. It’s “a huge post (way too long for the average atheist) ” ; at least that’s what he thinks. Well, I hate to tell Ray this, but it’s not the length of his post that’s off-putting to non-believers like me. If it was in the least bit valid, I’d be reading it eagerly. But as usual, from the beginning, this is another glop of Ray’s spiritual Mac and Cheese; more empty calories to fatten his… Continue

Added by Chris on May 27, 2009 at 10:43pm — 4 Comments

Conversed with a Priest at the gas pumps..

Today while getting gas at a 7-11, I had a nice Volvo 242 pull up at the pump next to me.

I am a Volvo fan so I started admiring it. When out steps the occupant... a Priest.

Now seeing a priest at a gas station in the northern states might be more common, but here in Florida it's rare. Especially in full black with the collar.

We make Eye contact and I say Nice car to break the awkwardness of the moment, and he said "Thanks". We make small talk… Continue

Added by Dan on May 27, 2009 at 9:11pm — 15 Comments

one nation under.... what you say????

This has been an issue with me for the longest time.. the national anthem!!! I have yet to rattle that little blurb off for what ever reason. Why the god thing had to get thrown into the mix is beyond me. Under god.. hell it sounds like some perverted statement... lol. How can we be Under anything when we are all over the place, no beginning no end. It kinda falls under the heading of why kids should have to say this in the classroom... what if some very intelligent parents raise their kids...… Continue

Added by Alice D. on May 27, 2009 at 7:47pm — 18 Comments

The Big Gay Chip on My Shoulder

I am a straight man, with a big gay chip on my shoulder.

A while back on my Twitter page (yes, I know how ridiculous it sounds), I mentioned that, if I believed in the devil, Pat Robertson might be him.

Being a fairly liberal-leaning guy with either liberal friends or Republican and Christian friends who don't believe that being one has anything to do with the other, I was surprised at how many people took offense… Continue

Added by Frank on May 27, 2009 at 3:24pm — 8 Comments

Death, Drink, and Deference

My Catholic grandmother passed away recently and I was chosen to be a pallbearer along with other of her adult grandchildren. I wasn't particularly close to her and knew next to nothing about this side of my family. There were awkward greetings as I struggled to introduce my fiancee to family members whose names I could not quite recall now that I found a desperate need to. I worked out a deal with her after a couple of such greetings. I would play the uncouth and absent minded partner that… Continue

Added by Reggie on May 27, 2009 at 1:40pm — 7 Comments

My First Athiest Bashing

Well, it finally happened. I thought it would probably and eventually happen, especially here. Small town, religious zealots, all around "god is in my heart", kinda people. So, it happened.

I work at a local restaurant where we, (husband and I), made the decision to not let an employee return after bouts of insubordination and not showing up for work. Sounds cut and dry. You don't perform the job I pay you for, you don't work here anymore.

Nope. Not in this case.

Few… Continue

Added by Terri~ on May 27, 2009 at 12:52pm — 19 Comments

Lonewolf Diaries: All Christians are Serial Killers

This will ruffle some feathers...

Lonewolf Diaries: All Christians are Serial Killers

Not sure I agree but I like the Chris Hutchins like title.... God is Not Great: Religion poisons everything.

Added by Alan Huffman on May 27, 2009 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments

First Assisted Suicide in Washington State

Washington State Legalized Assisted suicide last November. This last week the first person to choose this option died peacefully.

Linda Flemming was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in the 4th stage. As anyone who has been around Pancreatic Cancer would tell you, it's generally a painful disease. Wikipedia has survival listed as generally 3 to 6 months (painful months) from diagnosis with a 5% survivability rate past five years. It's aggressive and debilitating.

Opponents… Continue

Added by Gaytor on May 27, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

I still have no power cord..

..and my laptop is dead. Hopefully the mail will deliver it today, and I'll be back around. Until then, I'm limited to my iphone...:( (or the few moments borrowed on the house computer to write this.)

Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on May 27, 2009 at 7:20am — 4 Comments

Supernaturalism is like a rolodex full of blank cards

Supernaturalism is like a rolodex full of blank cards.

What is supernaturalism? It's the full encompass of all things that people believe but are not true or not proven to be even plausible. That would include things like tarot cards, numerology, astrology, crystals, spells, ghosts, spirits, souls, and every deity that has been given a name in history.

What does plausible mean? I use it to mean a balance between the likelyhood of something being true and untrue. Or to… Continue

Added by Jim Valentine on May 27, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

The Hypocrisy of Prop 8

I was just thinking today about Prop 8. I'm in Iowa but I was raised in Southern California. I was bewildered. I live in a state where gay marriage has been ok'd, by courts, mind you, not the people. Oh no! The people of Iowa are mostly furious. Or should I say, the RELIGIOUS people of Iowa are furious. What a crock of… Continue

Added by Terri~ on May 27, 2009 at 3:40am — 3 Comments

Today, I am ashamed to be a Californian. Tomorrow, I get even.

Today, I am ashamed to be a Californian.

Today, our courts did not have the bravery to ensure equality for all citizens.

Today, the court made me complacent in a crime to which we will be held accountable by the next generation.

Today, the California Supreme Court returned the institution of marriage back to its stone-aged meaning, turning straight women into heifers.

Today, the court tore apart all Californian’s First… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 27, 2009 at 3:01am — No Comments

Traditional marriage, my ass.

I am sooo sick of hearing about how great "traditional marriage" is and how we need to protect it; how little Johnny and little Susie need a mom and a dad, not 2 mommies or 2 daddies. WTF? What is a traditional family, anyway? The 'Leave it to Beaver' family died out about the same time as the tv series. Families are blended in all sorts of interesting ways, bound by one thing.. love. It's funny to me, the same people that think abortion is so terrible don't want kids to find loving homes with… Continue

Added by l roberson on May 26, 2009 at 10:34pm — 2 Comments

Putt, still aiming for the green

(See, because it sounds like it's something to do with golf, but it's actually about someone called Putt trying to win money... Yeah, so I suck at titles.)

Well, it's disappointing, but shouldn't be surprising. It's taken less than three weeks for Patricia Putt, the psychic failure of a recent paranormal challenge organised by the JREF, to turn up in… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on May 26, 2009 at 6:12pm — No Comments

i created a new group "spiritual abuse"

Come check it out, anyone is welcome. share your story or someone you know.

love and light!

Added by jen o on May 26, 2009 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Axe That Clove Creationism Found at Museum After 150 Years

Not sure if anyone has notice this so I thought I would pass it along. It is definitely of some interest to everyone on the site.

A lump of flint that challenged creationist history and was dubbed by an eminent archaeologist "the stone that shattered the time barrier" has been tracked down after 150 years in the vast stores of the Natural History Museum in London.

On 26 May 1859, six months before Charles Darwin shattered the… Continue

Added by Frank on May 26, 2009 at 1:33pm — 6 Comments

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