July 2011 Blog Posts (205)

Suggestion on Mankinds origin...

Regardless of how we got here, it is rational to assume that the mind is or was developed as much then as now. And due to our image of the past being in black and white with innocent ignorance everywhere it is hard for us to understand physically and mentally we are the same then as now. I would suggest the only difference would be lack of memory or knowledge not mental capability.  In the beginning we would have had no knowledge of anything.  We would have observed and out of innocence…

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Added by Kevin on July 7, 2011 at 1:32am — 8 Comments

Thumpers and Atheists, everyone sounds the same...ending with no answers just denial...of what?

I am not thumping but I do wish to challenge all minds regardless of belief...so don't get angry, please.

Religion can not smell its own shit...ironically neither can atheists...those things that the thumpers disagree with the atheists agree with, those things the atheists do not agree with the thumpers do agree with, this has been my study all my life...

It has been bred into us by our forefathers, that our blind emotional responses to a truth is the truth...it is this way to…

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Added by Kevin on July 7, 2011 at 12:02am — 46 Comments

Crossroads of a Journey

It would only be fitting that my first post should be about how I came to this juncture in my life. Where to begin? The question that is always asked on every endeavor in our lives. Well, in true form of early cinema, let's start at the beginning.

 

I was baptized Catholic. My parents were supportive and loving, but church was not the place we would be on Sundays. On occasion we would attend various church services here and there, but most times, my parents would sleep in and I…

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Added by Matthew Wood on July 6, 2011 at 11:43pm — 2 Comments

Atheist hero

I'm sure it's been mentioned by someone by now but I recently became aware of a new movie that features an atheist hero. The movie is called "The Ledge" and its official website is http://www.ledgemovie.com. It will be in limited release and there are links on the site to find the locations it will be played at as well as an option to watch it online. I wouldn't call it imperative to watch it but I do think it's important to support any pro-atheist… Continue

Added by Alfredo Varela Jr on July 6, 2011 at 8:38pm — No Comments

New to athetism, and new to an unclouded mind

Growing up I was raised Catholic. But my family wasn't "hardcore" so we didn't go to church much. Yes I was baptized, and did my communion. But I was just going through the motions and didn't really take it that seriously. Then when I was 8 my father was murdered and I grew to hate this God people referred to. I was a young innocent girl and my father was ripped from my home. I thought why would God let this happen to…

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Added by Patty J on July 6, 2011 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Tracie Harris from Atheist Experience on Ardent Atheist tonight!

Tracie Harris Vanessa Guttormson and Jessie Marion will be on Ardent Atheist tonight talking about Rebecca Watson and secular sexuality.http://tinyurl.com/3skgl63

Added by Heather Henderson on July 6, 2011 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Reason Rally - March 24, 2012

March 24, 2012 - Mark it on your calendars now!

 

Several major secular organizations are co-sponsoring what has the potential to be the biggest gathering of humanists, secularists and atheists this country has ever seen!  Speakers already lined up include Richard Dawkins, James Randi,…

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Added by Robert Karp on July 6, 2011 at 11:28am — 2 Comments

The worlds simplest un answered question!



WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?

 

I do not wish to answer it for you at this time but I will give you a clue in the way of a riddle, before the riddle let me assure you it can be answered in one word however more suitably a phrase.

 

The riddle:  The answer is in the question!

 

I challenge who read to answer this very simple question that has become confusing only to man taught minds via the ignorance of thought held in check by vanity mastered by… Continue

Added by Kevin on July 6, 2011 at 1:33am — 5 Comments

Two female MPs brawl in Afghan parliament

The fact that two FEMALE MP's were able to speak out and one of them was a former army general says a lot about how we have helped improve the lives of people in Afghanistan over the last 10-years. We have enabled women to be…

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Added by Sassan K. on July 6, 2011 at 12:33am — 34 Comments

Sorry...

My first attempt at communicating a new view point did not work and appeared to cause allot of hostility...I see where I went wrong, you were right in your confusion, please do not hold it against me I am new at this form of communication and will most definitely re due another post...instead of writing and posting I will reread and edit it down more to make sense...just give me a few days and then please re read...thank you once again.

Added by Kevin on July 6, 2011 at 12:26am — No Comments

Free Quran!

Hi Everyone,

    Discovered this morning that mypeace.com.au are giving away free English translations of the Quran to any and all non-muslim visitors who want one. Might only be valid in Australia but they did ask me what country I was in... Might be able to get the Quran anywhere in the world for free. Hopefully it will be good for those people who are interested in studying holy books for arguments sake. Could also be useful if you dont feel like paying for rolly papers for a while…

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Added by matt.clerke on July 5, 2011 at 10:49pm — 7 Comments

How A Christian Lost His Faith

I thought it only appropriate for my first TA blog to be a story of how I lost my faith. Let it be a lesson on how to reason with the unreasonable. First a little background on where I came from.



I was raised in a Christian fundamentalist home. My uncle is a Petroleum Engineer which he thinks…

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Added by Moral Atheist on July 5, 2011 at 5:10pm — 16 Comments

The purpose driven life (a review) - Chapter 6 - Life is a temporary assignment

Welcome to another episode in my quest to review TPDL by Rick Warren.

 

In this chapter, he hammers on and on about how we are only on earth for a short time, and the real life is once we are dead, in heaven. This poisonous idea is I think the cornerstone of religion and religious thought, which is why I imagine he spends a whole chapter on it.

 

A couple of things caught my eye in the chapter:

- He speaks about how in California there are people from other…

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Added by Southern Skeptic on July 5, 2011 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Dating an Atheist

So as soon as I joined TA, the first "Big Discussion" that I saw was the video of Steve Harvey and his comments on people dating Atheists. I've been dating a wonderful girl for a year and 8 months. She is one of those Christians who doesn't go to church or read the bible and doesn't necessarily claim the title of "Christian" but does claim that she has a relationship with God. Now, I respect everyone's right to believe what they want, of course, because I can't stand when believers are so…
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Added by Stephen Abernathy on July 5, 2011 at 3:48pm — 3 Comments

The Evolution of Morality

I am attacked regularly for the supposed oxymoron in the name @Moral_Atheist. The claims are often like the following all from this last weekend.

 

From: @RonaldusMagnus1

there IS NO logical basis for morals in an evolutionist-atheist viewpoint. Nature takes it's course, no?

 

From: @clergywomen

& Moral Atheist IS AN OXYMORON

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Added by Moral Atheist on July 5, 2011 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

Comment on blog: WE ARE A CANCER ON THIS EARTH, etc

It appears that there is some sort of comment restriction on the "WE ARE A CANCER..." blog post, so I am posting it again so that members may comment and discuss.

 

Original text:

 

Before I can go any further I need those who care to read any of my passages to comment in the way of questions(for example...are you saying...) so I can explain my words before offering interpretations or responsive opinion as these are words I know you have…

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Added by Apple on July 5, 2011 at 9:02am — 1 Comment

Ireland: Beyond Belief?

So, it’s the 21st Century and many of the things that were promised to us as kids have not yet come to pass. Flying cars?  Nope.  Entire meals in pill form?  Afraid not.  Robot butlers programmed to speak in haughty British accents that let us know exactly what they think of the meat-bags they work for?  Not even close. All forgivable I suppose.  There is, however, one thing that we really don’t have any excuse for not having.  Secular governance.…

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Added by NotinMyName2050 on July 5, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

On Independence Day

our “founding fathers” did not father

me,

because if i had been approached to sign a

“declaration of independence”

from an empire that committed atrocities against me,

of which me & my buddies were able to

list on parchment,

then i would think that those same buddies of mine

would be able to include the ¼ th of the document

excluded in its final publishing,

wherein the atlantic slave trade had been…

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Added by delapruch on July 5, 2011 at 2:18am — No Comments

Looking Back....

It's been an eventful couple of weeks. I've lived in or around Huntsville, AL for a large part of my life. I've lived in other places from time to time, but always seemed to find myself back there for some reason or another. The most recent stint in Huntsville began in October of 2009 and lasted until this past Friday. About two weeks ago, my apartment--which I'd had since March of '10--was condemned because a part of the walkway from the upstairs level fell through. Thankfully, no one was…

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Added by Eddie Smothers on July 5, 2011 at 1:16am — No Comments

"Scared? Fear the Maker" - Outreach Media

There's one thing I can never understand, and it's the perceived dichotomy between the "all-loving God" and the "vengeful God". Apparently God is to be feared, because he is all-powerful and could exact all sorts of damages upon us and our souls if he so chose to. But on the other hand he loves us with a more pure and generous love than anything else can offer. It doesn't sound like a very nice relationship to enter into willingly.



This month, Outreach Media have gone with this… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on July 4, 2011 at 11:07pm — No Comments

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