June 2009 Blog Posts (106)

Revolucion?

Iranians are standing up for themselves. Unless you live under a rock, you know this and I'm not saying anything new. What you must know is that Young Iranians have been acting peaceably showing restraint and humanity that would be unusual here in the US. If you didn't see it, a police officer was taken into the crowd. He's surrounded by a mob whom might be ready to kill him in retaliation. Mousavi's supporters pulled him to safety and gave him water and protection.… Continue

Added by Gaytor on June 20, 2009 at 1:19am — 4 Comments

An Open Letter To Offended Theists

While I wrote this to address theists, I think the points made can show atheists that not wanting to offend religious people might not make as much sense as they thought.



Do those 'new atheists' really get on your nerves? Questioning your deeply held beliefs, even making fun of them? Do you feel offended and deeply hurt when you find you can't share your faith without someone trying to show you're wrong? These are daily challenges religious people have to face in this… Continue

Added by Serotonin Wraith on June 19, 2009 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

Jewish Wisdom?

I saw this on Reddit and had to see if there was any truth to it. It doesn't look like it is, but it'a funny story. I was so hopeful that something this ironic was more than a story. Hope that it gives you a good laugh.



In Jerusalem, a female journalist heard about an old Jew who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, everyday, for a long, long time. So she went to check it out. She goes to the Western Wall and there he is! She watches him pray and after about 45… Continue

Added by Gaytor on June 18, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Thank God: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My ESP.

Recently I had an incident in which God saved my neighbor's skull from being crushed. Or perhaps it wasn't divine intervention but visions of the future bestowed upon me by cosmic forces that my subconscious is attuned to and allowed me to save my neighbor from a trip to the emergency room or certain death. But it really drove home the many aspects of perception and the various ways human beings, the wholly irrational creatures that we are, interpret events in our lives. From the mundane to the… Continue

Added by Reggie on June 18, 2009 at 7:23am — 6 Comments

Sunday School Syndrome

I've talked about this before, but the source makes this story extra interesting. Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis) is openly talking about a Heritage Foundation (Right wing think tank) founder research into kids leaving the church. Conventional wisdom has always blamed the leftist colleges and the God Damn Liberal thinking leading the kids astray. Turns out the research is showing that Sunday School Teaching itself is driving away the kids as early as elementary (the story of resurrection struck me… Continue

Added by Gaytor on June 18, 2009 at 1:33am — 7 Comments

Who's prayin' in Canada?

I was Youtubing the other day and came across a recording of one of George Carlin's HBO specials in the 90's. Can't tell you which one, but here's a piece



"I say fine, fine, pray all you want...BUT, what about the divine plan? Remember that? Long time ago, God made a divine plan! Gave it a lot of good thought, thought it was a good plan, and then put it into practice. For billions and billions of years...the divine plan was doing just fine. Until YOU come along, and pray for… Continue

Added by Simon Massicotte on June 17, 2009 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

David Lynch

So I spent all yesterday night watching Lost Highway and Inland Empire and today I'll watch Mulholland Drive and Eraserhead. I have determined that David Lynch exists in some other dimension were plots are unnecessary to movies and causality doesn't exist. I want to go to there. I never know what's going on but I always love it and want more.

Added by Joe O'Brien on June 17, 2009 at 1:49pm — 5 Comments

The Greatest Humility

I often get the impression religious people think of themselves as humble. Even atheists can find themselves admiring the humility shown by many theists in day to day life. They certainly don't all act as if they're better than everyone else. So, I wonder what humble beliefs they may hold...



They believe there is a god. Even though there's no reason to believe in one, the unexplained mysteries of life, like what (if anything) came before the big bang, or how life on Earth started,… Continue

Added by Serotonin Wraith on June 16, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Ray Comfort's Pretty Nipples

Ray's Pretty Nipples



The spiritual Mac and Cheese daddy himself, Ray Comfort, is at it again. This time it’s nipples on men. I’m just going to have to let Ray speak for himself. It’s only right to let him fully clarify himself as a moron before berating him as one. Comfort says,



“It’s my guess that God gave men nipples for aesthetic purposes. Without them, an obvious "something"… Continue

Added by Chris on June 16, 2009 at 7:00pm — 17 Comments

New Tattoo?

So I've got some scars on my right hand from multiple reconstruction surgeries. The first runs across the top of my wrist from ulna to radius and makes it look like my hand has been sewn on. The stitches themselves scarred as well, adding to the rather Frankenstein's monster effect.

There is another smaller one just above it, about a third of the way up my hand, too. I generally hide these with my Think Atheist bracelets, but I still get a lot of questions about them. Even though they are… Continue

Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on June 16, 2009 at 5:29pm — 6 Comments

Quebec's religion status - Indifferent

Montreal is a multi-cultural-religious city, where christians, muslims, buddhists and jews have been co-existing for a few generations now.

We have a great past with the catholic church, which was very present throughout our history, until the mid 60s. After that great period of change, the Church became somehow "unnecessary" to Quebecers and somewhat forgot about church.



The average middle class citizen wasn't going to church anymore, but applied every catholic value into their… Continue

Added by Simon Massicotte on June 16, 2009 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Planet 'spotted' in Andromeda galaxy



Astronomers believe they may have discovered the first planet ever detected in another galaxy. The new world was apparently glimpsed in the closest giant spiral galaxy to the Milky Way, Messier 31 in the constellation of Andromeda.



It lies an incredible 2.5 million light-years away - too far normally to be seen.



But it revealed itself thanks to a phenomenon called microlensing where the gravitational field of an object… Continue

Added by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on June 16, 2009 at 10:19am — 4 Comments

This is my first submission to a local "zine" that gave me an atheist section. Please tell me your thoughts.

Hi, my name is Erica and I am an atheist. If that bothers you or makes you angry, I would suggest flipping to a different page. An open mind is needed to continue.

With that said, it is not my intention to convert, ruffle feathers, step on toes or any other saying that means to “piss everyone off”. My intention, is to write a readable article for a “budding woman’s zine”. It just so happens that, to some, being an atheist is offensive enough so I don’t even have to try.

I’d first like… Continue

Added by Erica on June 15, 2009 at 10:16pm — 10 Comments

The importance of definitions

The other day my friend accused me of "drinking the atheist Kool-Aid." It made me a bit angry. I don't consider myself following the prescriptions of someone else without questioning or doubting the things being prescribed. I don't think being an atheist will lead to my own lemming-esque suicide in the hope of moving on to a better place.



I became a little blustery, but caught myself and tried to explain why "drinking Kool-Aid" would make me angry. I have a lot of negative… Continue

Added by Randy on June 15, 2009 at 2:51pm — 8 Comments

Acts of randomness...

I'm in pretty decent contact with my allergy specialist in Bangkok-Phuket hospital. Since it's something that could potentially kill me, I've got her private number, email.. ect.

I've only ever emailed her in the case of one emergency outside of office hours. I try to respect she has a private life. She's professional, treats me like what I am.. a patient, not a friend.

In a total act of randomness, perhaps in the very mood of randomness itself.. she sent me this… Continue

Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on June 15, 2009 at 11:33am — 5 Comments

I think I lost an internet friend. Way to go, T/A. :(

So I've had this friend for about four years now. We met on an rp site. Many of our nights were spent in nerdistic ecstasy killing drow, orcs and other fantasy evil-doers. We'd chat over IM pretty often in the midst of our epic questing, just the usual things: Work, families, dating woes and the economy. He knew I was atheist. I knew he was first a student of theology and now a pastor/private school teacher. We talked about demonology, angels, mysteries of the Bible and other fun but neutral… Continue

Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on June 15, 2009 at 11:08am — 14 Comments

Kingsville: King of Ignorance

Kingsville Texas is the county seat of Kleberg County; in January of 1997 county commissioners unanimously designated "heaven-o" as the county's official greeting.



Okay, I know that's not really breaking news; but I've been on a bit of a separation of church and state kick, so when I stumbled on this I thought I'd share.



So what is wrong with using "hello?" Well it turns out that Leonso Canales Jr. thinks "hello" is a negative greeting due to its… Continue

Added by Johnny on June 15, 2009 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

We Didn't Ask to Come Here

One of the arguments against gods and religion that I have been mulling over in my head for the last several months is the fact that we as human beings didn't ask to come here. I put this question to a believer yesterday who tried to warn me that if I don't repent, I would go to hell. She said if I ever told a lie or did anything against God's will, I'd be punished for eternity if I didn't repent. I had heard it all before, and I usually don't take the time to debate people who come up and try… Continue

Added by Bakari Chavanu on June 14, 2009 at 6:59pm — 55 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 14JUN

Sunday Morning Service

14 JUNE 2009



Links of Interest



Atheists Keep Faith with Barack Obama - How much faith should the faithless put in Barack Obama?



Is Sex for Procreation? - A great article about why… Continue

Added by Johnny on June 14, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

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