I'm not sure if it's clueless or masochistic . . . but on our forum there's some Christian guy challenging atheists and Christians to make belief videos and pit them against each other on YouTube. If he's never watched a Hitchens or Harris debate or if he's never debated against an atheist himself, then I guess he must be clueless. But if he has . . . then he must be a masochistic glutton for punishment.
I have no intention of making such a video -- at least not for this guy's… Continue
I wrote an article against Kissimmee Florida’s City Council’s attempt to put “In God We Trust” on their city seal. The day after the article was written the Kissimmee City Council decided to quash the motion and their attempt to make their town a mini theocracy ended. A few days later, a man from Georgetown, Texas named Dave Atkinson wrote me a series of emails on the… Continue
Recently I was researching a comment from a theist that pointed to a couple of famous examples of atheists that "prove" the evil of not having a dot on your forehead, ending every email with "ihs" or a ponytail that allows the invisible friend to lead your activities in a wholesome and righteous path - or some such nonsense. The two that were mentioned and are the most common in my experience were Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler.
I'm going to have to disagree on both. For different… Continue
On August 20th, a collection of doctors in Santa Rosa, California, assembled on a corner and lobbied the public to support the public health care option. EmpireReport.org reporter, John Stiffler, interviewed some of the doctors and created a video. What do you think?
Does Belief in a "Higher Power" Make People Happier?
Researchers accidentally discovered that people with religious beliefs tend to be more content in life while studying an unrelated topic. While not the original objective, the recent European study found that religious people are better able to cope with shocks such as losing a loved one or getting laid off of a job.
Professor Andrew Clark, from the Paris School of Economics, and co-author Dr Orsolya Lelkes, from the… Continue
We all know how... 'misunderstanding' the bible can be, more than 80% of the time, through its stories and scriptures. Theres one specific that disproved the existence of Heaven 100%, for me of course. Thats the Verse from Luke 17:20-21, it goes something like this:
20Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,'…Continue
This article was originally published in TIME magazine Monday, Dec. 07, 1970
The Law: Can Atheists Be Parents?
Monday, Dec. 07, 1970
After six years of childless marriage, John and Cynthia Burke of Newark decided to adopt a baby boy through a state agency. Since the Burkes were young, scandal-free and solvent, they had no trouble with the New Jersey Bureau of Children's Services—until investigators came to the line on the application that… Continue
Lately, the active atheist community on Facebook has found their Facebook pages being disabled for abuse when theists, offended by our point of view, report us as being abusive. Numerous atheists on Facebook have been disabled or have had warnings that they will be disabled. Many emails and messages have been exchanged between non-theists about this issue. Many, if not most atheists are reinstated. Some have even been issued apologies.
I am only the latest in a long line of atheists… Continue
Funerals, aren't they a sight to not see. What is it all about? Mourning? Depression? Of course theres going to be that at a funeral, but it shouldn't be promoted even more by just the setting. A typical funeral:
Rows of people in a church
All Wearing Black
Morbid music (preferably organ)
Priest that talks about the diseased
Crying, mourning, full sadness headon.
So many people in the church... Did the diseased know them all? probably not, probably… Continue
This is a documentary from the Four Corners program in Australia. Program goes for 45mins. In Australia a real-estate boom on the outskirts of major cities is the focus of a "bible belt" fringe. Some of the cults developing here are pretty toxic. These outlying suburbs on city edges are devoid of decent transportation infrastructure and have few community services. They are really just rows and rows of McMansions bought by average families up to their eyeballs in mortgage debt. The… Continue
Religion_2 Lewis Wolpert believes that mankind's "incorrigible and wholly irrational" religiosity is as human, and as explicable, as the flint axe and the computer. It is a tool for the soul.
Religion and belief in a supernatural being is a natural consequence of how we are wired as human beings: our brains evolved to become "belief engines." And for that reason, we should not accept that our beliefs, particularly our religious… Continue
Last Christmas, I rode with my roommate from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Nashville, TN for part of our Christmas holiday (after that, we went to Mississippi... yeehaw!). Her family lives there, and I've known them all since I was 11. My roommate's sister (we shall call her P) has lived there for perhaps 8 years or so; I used to live with her. At the time, I was very religious; she still is. Because I don't feel like listening to an angry lecture, I haven't told them I'm Atheist. It's not worth it.… Continue
When I was 7, two neighborhood kids grabbed me, one held my arms while the other punched me in the stomach repeatedly while yelling "dirty catholic!" When I was 12, the nun who was my teacher grabbed me and shook me while telling me I would go to hell if I didn't stop making trouble by asking questions in catechism class. When I was 16, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at my high school surrounded me and threatened to beat my ass if I didn't start praying with the rest of the team. When I… Continue
Humans are essentially conscious minds, bound to material brains and bodies, exploring a material world. The mystery of consciousness has remained a mystery despite all the best efforts of philosophers, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, neurophysicists and neurophysiologists. There are many theories of consciousness but no consensus.
Because we are self-aware and conscious of our choices, people usually assume we have freewill: that is, until they…
I forget what inspired me to look up this in the first place, but I have said in the past that if Catholics were not considered christians then guess what the biggest religion is? Catholicism!!! but I thought i'd check my facts seeing how i hadn't checked in a while in regard to the split of percentages in relation to Sunni and Shi'a Islam ...
it turns out that the Sunni make up 85% of Islam and Shi'a the rest at…
The Inglourious Basterds are sent into occupied France to “kill Nazis”, and killing is what they do; along with everyone else in the movie. Quirky dialogue, multi-dimensional characters, and special attention to the aesthetics wraps the audience in a unique movie-going experience.
Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) assembles a team of Jewish-American soldiers called the Inglourious Basterds, to be dropped into France to commit guerilla attacks on Nazis. In nearby France, perfectly… Continue
To me, free will is not absolute or limitless. Free will is constrained by physical laws, ethics, and circumstances.
There is evidence that thoughts arise from diverse modules within the brain. These diverse sources of thought, within the brain, are integrated somehow (i.e. in the brain’s electromagnetic field) and passed back for a decision. It’s the decision – yes, no, maybe, I don’t know, not yet, if…