Featured Blog Posts – May 2009 Archive (47)

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The world has opened up before me; it slowly unfolds, revealing to me things I would never guess or imagine.



In our culture, we are told our lives should follow a certain pattern. There are activities that one is expected to carry out in order to be considered successful. If you diverge from the path, you will meet with disapproval from several sources: your parents, your friends and peers, your employers, your family, et cetera... You could be called a rebel, at worst, and… Continue

Added by Cara Coleen on May 31, 2009 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 31MAY

Sunday Morning Service

31 MAY 2009



Why People Believe Invisible Agents Control the World - "Souls, spirits, ghosts, gods, demons, angels, aliens, intelligent designers, government conspirators, and all manner of invisible agents with power and intention are believed to haunt our world and control our lives. Why?" By Michael… Continue

Added by Johnny on May 31, 2009 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

Why is homosexuality considered immoral?

You’ve heard it before, didn’t you? Homosexuality is considered immoral, awful and the biggest sin ever. All gay people are instantaneously condemned to hell. News of violence towards gays is seen every day and homophobia is almost a job description for some people. California prohibited future same-sex marriages and only nine countries on this planet allow them at all. And if that is not enough, we often hear that homosexuality is a disease…



I support gay people. Why would they be… Continue

Added by Alex on May 29, 2009 at 6:11am — 6 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

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

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

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

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

Memorial Day



Today is Memorial Day in the United States and I would like to say a few things.



First, don't let your belief's about the current wars we engaged in upstage your reverence of what this day is about. This is a day to remember and thank all men and women who served throughout the short history of our country. This is not the day to spit in a veteran's face and call him baby killer. The truth is no matter what a ideology is behind a war,… Continue

Added by Frank on May 25, 2009 at 1:26am — 5 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 24MAY

Sunday Morning Service

24 MAY 2009



The Link - All kinds of info on Ida and the upcoming documentary "The Link" (also a handful of preview videos). Be sure to check the discussion and post here on… Continue

Added by Johnny on May 24, 2009 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

YAY! Next stop for the atheist bus: Chicago





Next stop for the atheist bus: Chicago (UPDATED)



May 21st, 2009



UPDATE: If you don’t believe we really have an ad this time, here’s a photo:…



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Added by Dan on May 23, 2009 at 1:27am — 1 Comment

Regina Spektor "Laughing With" as Lead Single

Ok, I admit it. I have a problem. A problem which makes me completely sucked in by female, piano-brandishing musicians. Tori Amos. Fiona Apple. Regina Spektor. It's kind of my thing.



One thing about the former and later of those three songstresses, though, is that they often (especially Tori) talk about religion in their lyrics. Regina uses it more for story-telling, as that's more her lyrical style in general, while Tori uses her songs as a way to criticize religion (all of you… Continue

Added by Laura on May 21, 2009 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Blind Faith in Ireland leads to abuse

A new but predictable story out of Ireland was released today. The Irish institutions for juveniles (old tern for the jailing of juvenile criminals and incorrigibles) were often run by religious groups including the Catholic Chruch. It was announced that abuses had certainly occurred from 1940 to the mid 80's at "Endemic" rates.

The abuses ranged from emotional to physical beatings for no known reason to sexual abuse. The children lived in fear not knowing if the abuse was going to come… Continue

Added by Gaytor on May 21, 2009 at 1:01am — 3 Comments

Athiest Cookout - What to name the food?

My girlfriend and I are trying to think of names to give to food items at a hypothetical atheist cookout. Here is what we have so far:



Missing Sausage Links

Primordial Soup

Russell's tea

Crabiogenesis

Java Man Java

Flying Spaghetti Pasta

Agnosticakes

Ebryoreos (embryology, and oreos)

Natural Selection of Assorted Cheeses

Origin and Tonic (or Origin Julius)

Adaptator-tots

Sceptispaghetti

Pascal's WaGerman Chocolate Cake (am I… Continue

Added by David Capito on May 18, 2009 at 10:59pm — 4 Comments

Atheist Delivering Post-Rapture Messages for Christians

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orl-rapture-postman-joshua-witter-05142009,0,1981214.story



Is it just me, or is this kind of a low thing to do?



Think about it. As an atheist, you're already making it publicly known that you don't believe the rapture is going to happen. Yet, here you are, taking these people's money anyway, for an event you know will never happen. Granted, we could say the Christians shouldn't be paying him for this service in the first place, but… Continue

Added by Laura on May 18, 2009 at 8:51pm — 6 Comments

The Modern Crusades exposed by GQ

Everyday in the days leading up the the Iraq Invasion Rumsfeld was sending Bush briefings that included Biblical passages. This is a serious afront to what we can be allowing as actions of the US government. We really need to come up with a way to drive a bigger wedge between religion and government. This crusade is going to come back to haunt us for centuries. It's hard to deny that Bush was waging a religious war on the backs of soldiers of all faiths, including those without faith. This is… Continue

Added by Gaytor on May 17, 2009 at 2:25pm — 7 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 17MAY

Sunday Morning Service

17 MAY 2009



The First Couple: Yahweh and Asherah - An interesting article about how Baal supplanted El, and Yahweh supplanted Baal; and in the process gained a consort:… Continue

Added by Johnny on May 17, 2009 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

Oath of Enlistment

I re-enlisted this past Thursday (14May2009). I have been in the military for over 6 yrs now, so I know I had to have said the words before....I guess I didn't pay that much attention to the entire oath previously. Now it has just been eating away at me!! Everything was fine until the very last sentence "So help me God". I cringed at the thought of saying this, however, I was on a stage in front of my entire battery and chain-of-command. I paused briefly, glanced at my husband, and uttered the… Continue

Added by mrs kelligurl on May 16, 2009 at 2:30pm — 18 Comments

Judge Rules Family Can't Refuse Chemo for Boy

I posted earlier this week and Gaytor posted last week, about Daniel Hauser, the thirteen-year-old boy in Minnesota with Hodgkin's lymphoma who is refusing chemotherapy for religious reasons.



Innuendo on a few sites this week has indicated that Daniel is well below the IQ average… Continue

Added by Johnny on May 15, 2009 at 3:30pm — 21 Comments

Chelsea's Coming Out Story

Morgan inspired me to share my Moment of Truth story! I hope it resonates with some of you and that you find it interesting and helpful in your own process.



I grew up in an EXTREMELY fundamentalist Christian environment (German Lutheran, Missouri Synod) and was brainwashed from as early as I can remember. At 14, I started asking my mother questions she could only answer with "I don't know but God says it's good/bad/not understandable-by-our-fallible-limited-human-minds", etc. These… Continue

Added by Chelsea on May 15, 2009 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

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