July 2010 Blog Posts (106)

A Conversation with Stephanie and Lisa from Mormon.org

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Added by Anne Chenier on July 31, 2010 at 2:01pm — 8 Comments

Religion and Politics in Australia

Just some quick good news about Religion and Politics in Australia, which I also posted on our ThinkAtheist.com Facebook Page.



At the upcoming 2010 Federal Election in Australia. The Secular Party of Australia will be fielding candidates in both the Senate and House of Representatives. This is a momentous occasion for… Continue

Added by Jin-oh Choi on July 31, 2010 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

Atheists 2nd favorite time of the year...Election season!!!

Your T.V turns on, "Johnny Dipshit Snyder wants to increase your taxes, have some butt sexing with men, and spend more money on ABORTION CLINICS", the message sends a general shriek over the audience, because how dare Johnny Dipshit Snyder make us give him money so he can spend it on abortion clinics, how dare those baby killers steal money from us, where the fuck is that invisible hand of the free market jerking me off? The ad continues "Tanya Studebaker-Miller-Aurthur-Anderson made it her… Continue

Added by Jake W. Andrews on July 30, 2010 at 8:35pm — 2 Comments

Countdown to Zero: Engaging, Illuminating, Powerful, Interesting, and Enlightening

Countdown to Zero, a documentary about the history of nuclear weapons, lays out the most non-sensationalized, perfectly rational argument for complete nuclear disarmament I have ever seen presented on screen or off. Many of the world’s nuclear experts show that the idea of safety behind a nuke is nothing more than a myth that requires faith.



President Kennedy, in his 1961 address before the United Nations said, “Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on July 30, 2010 at 12:42am — 2 Comments

Impossibilities

I have a question for those of you who choose to call yourselves agnostics. Do you really believe that it is possible that the Flying Spaghetti Monster really exists? The standard answer I get when I pose this questions is: anything is possible. But if impossibilities did not exist then half the proofs in mathematics are wrong. Now, if you grant that the FSM is (in all likelihood) impossible, why is it any different for any other god? It is difficult for me to fathom how anyone can hear the… Continue

Added by Doug Reardon on July 29, 2010 at 11:26pm — 21 Comments

What Wooden Cross?

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Let’s look at the so-called crucifixtion of Jesus Christ. One of the most devastating things the romans would do whenever they conquered…

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Added by kamana kapu on July 29, 2010 at 10:53pm — 4 Comments

Frustrated

How can I assert my lack of belief when the person with whom I'm talking cannot comprehend what I'm saying? His lack of understanding or misunderstanding creates a wall I can't break. How can I possibly defend my beliefs (or lack thereof) when my methodology of cogitation isn't understood by the other party? It leaves me with my hands tied and leaves him feeling self-righteous; because he can't understand what I'm saying, he feels he must be right. Since when does one lose credibility for… Continue

Added by Petra Polovina on July 29, 2010 at 10:51pm — 4 Comments

Oral History

Yesterday I started a second semester postgraduate Linguistics course called Linguistic approaches to the Study of Narrative. I am going to try to do my final research project for this course on Ayaan Hirsi Ali's autobiography, Infidel, or consider the agency present in conversion stories. I haven't linked my interest in religion and academia in a long time, so I'm looking forward to this.



In the meantime I'm sitting here working on my readings… Continue

Added by kelltrill on July 29, 2010 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

censored

Well seeing that the mods here can censor video without reason.
Seeing that when it happens they feel no explanation is necessary.
Seeing that when requesting information no one feels a need to respond back.
Sorry I will not support a site that will not at least communicate with it's members.
I will just go away and not bother you any more.

Added by Renshia on July 29, 2010 at 1:27am — 4 Comments

"Can we beat the strawman?" - from Atheist Climber blog



So often, when in debate we can encounter an immovable opponent, who, no matter what you say or write, is convinced that their position is right. There is nothing more frustrating than taking the opponent's side into consideration, but getting none of the same in return. This can be due to several different circumstances, for instance: the opponent may not… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on July 28, 2010 at 11:22pm — 3 Comments

GOD MADE THE OIL DISAPPEAR



Rush Limbaugh, right-wing radio commentator says GOD made the BP oil spill disappear, and he’s backed up by newscasters:

"SUZANNE MALVEAUX: (music) It may sound too good to be true. Much of the oil that gushed into the Gulf for months now seems to have disappeared.

DIANE SAWYER: Where is all the oil? On…

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Added by willailla on July 28, 2010 at 6:55pm — 8 Comments

"God Appears In Fear" NSFW

It’s too late

To change your mind

The decision is already gone…

It’s dark all day long

Night comes and stays on…

Forever in the greatest heat wave

People burning under the gold love parade…

Waves of lava in faces unsaved

Growing back yet never replaced yeah…

So called love ones unloved

Sent down to never be hugged

Creator’s middle finger laughing heard…

Yeah it made us in its image disturbed

Unable to tell truth and show… Continue

Added by Edmond on July 28, 2010 at 3:06pm — 7 Comments

Adam and Eve - Like babies off a cliff.

I wish I could remember where I found this lovely analogy;

This story is like setting your two little babies near the edge of a cliff, telling them “Don’t crawl off or you’ll die”, and then leaving them alone. After saying this you just watch, silent and out of sight, while one of your older and more knowledgeable children goads them into crawling off the edge of the cliff one at a time and falling to their deaths.



This…

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Added by Phil on July 27, 2010 at 3:56pm — 8 Comments

If people are not worried about Muslims, they should be!!

After seeing this video, it just further angered me and just made me dislike Muslims even more. I did not know anything about the practice of taqiyya. I always figured those fuckers were lying, always known that they are trying to impose sharia law on the entire world, because the Quran demands… Continue

Added by Terri~ on July 27, 2010 at 1:49pm — 25 Comments

Unsettling Ambiguities, Amazing Possibilities

Recently, while taking a drive down a divided highway north of Mexico City, I had a very close call. A driver traveling in the opposite direction lost control of his vehicle, perhaps losing a wheel and came across the median. There was no time to react. To avoid the imminent head-on collision, the driver swerved back into the deep median at the very last second, rolling his vehicle and losing his life. The scene was gruesome, disturbing and sobering.



Upon sharing this story with a… Continue

Added by Benjamin on July 26, 2010 at 8:22pm — 2 Comments

Confession-box sauna.

This the best use for a confession box in my opinion.

Some Catholics may well sweat in the confessional as they admit to things they shouldn't have done. But Vienna's archdiocese has ruled that the box-like structure cannot be turned into a sauna.

Bidding on a confessional described on eBay as ideal for conversion into a one-person sauna, a small bar or a children's playhouse ended when the archdiocese stepped in.

Archdiocese spokesman Erich…

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Added by Natasha Kenny on July 26, 2010 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Injuries on Croagh Patrick.

If the god that these people believed in did exist,I would think he/she/it would make sure they weren't hurt while on his/her/its "holy" mountain.

RESCUE services were forced to carry an injured pilgrim from near the peak of Croagh Patrick to the base because bad weather conditions had prevented a helicopter from landing.

And in another shocking incident, a 10-year-old boy who was ascending the mountain was knocked over by a woman who fell on…

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Added by Natasha Kenny on July 26, 2010 at 4:09pm — 2 Comments

The CEO - Chief Exorcism Officer

This just in - Gabriele Amorth is the head of the Vatican's exorcism office (link).



In other news.... the Vatican has an exorcism office.



Holy S, who knew? I used to watch a fair amount of the ghost hunting shows and they would always toss in the disclaimer that the church doesn't officially acknowledge exorcisms. I had always assumed that even they knew… Continue

Added by Pesci on July 26, 2010 at 1:31pm — 2 Comments

Bible verse sparks debate.

Hey everyone, I have yet to stir another facebook debate/discussion with my status. This one started with me simply sharing a bible verse. I could really use and feedback you may have on how to continue to respond to my "friend" Ambri.Thanks.

Me: "If a slave owner hits a slave,…

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Added by Mr Good Without God on July 26, 2010 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

Jesus Torture Porn

I came across a new expression recently, 'Torture Porn'. The reference in the film 'The Passion of Christ' is discussed here.



We tell children how christ was beaten, flogged and nailed to a cross to forgive them for their sins. How sick is that? They see pictures of an alomst naked man, pierced by nails and dying and people think that's ok? If I showed my kids pictures of… Continue

Added by Phil on July 26, 2010 at 10:20am — 3 Comments

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