August 2009 Blog Posts (166)

Prayer Spam: How to Do Nothing and Still Think You're Helping

Anyone who has spent more than a few seconds on my site knows where I stand on religion. My anti-theist stance is quite clearly proclaimed everywhere here, from the scarlet A and Random Evil Scripture block to the various books I've read, even those of faith have no trouble figuring out my views.

I have my email address easily accessible in the footer, available for anyone to contact me if desired, and I do… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on August 20, 2009 at 2:03pm — 6 Comments

An Officer's Experience in Our Christian Military

This was posted on the blog Dispatches From The Culture Wars, which is written by Ed Brayton.

It's a truly disheartening and depressing comment on the state of our military, and the attempts (mostly successful it seems) to turn it into God's Personal Army Against The Infidel.

An Officer's Experience in Our… Continue

Added by Dave G on August 20, 2009 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Morality, Religion and Terrorism

Morality, Religion and Terrorism

Ex-President George W. Bush was wrong when he said the terrorists have hijacked Islam. In fact, it is Islam that has hijacked the terrorists. Bush and those who agree with him insist that the terrorists aren’t “true” Muslims; that violence in the name of Allah is counter to the Quran and Islam.

Examine that sentiment closely: compare it to what the Quran actually says. The Quran does have a paltry few verses…


Added by Atheist Exile on August 20, 2009 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Take up the tacks! Errr, tax.

There is a common discussion around the proverbial campfire about how we as a society will pay for national debt, health care, education, the elderly, the direct cost of wars, and on and on.

Answer = Tax churches. Not a novel idea but perhaps a twist on the idea.

Let me explain. Any church that has television broadcasts and collects money should be taxed just like any other product being sold. Any radio broadcast that garners cash - taxed. Any public or private gathering… Continue

Added by Jeff Parsons on August 19, 2009 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Glasgow Scotland

hi people

I am back and will be replying to posts and blogs shortly. It feels good to be back.


Added by a7 on August 19, 2009 at 7:53pm — 1 Comment

I did not become an atheist because of what others said, I simply was an atheist. What I found interesting is that when I actually did find the atheist community, many of the arguments I had formed f…

I did not become an atheist because of what others said, I simply was an atheist. What I found interesting is that when I actually did find the atheist community, many of the arguments I had formed for myself had been formed by others. Reading what other non-theists had written was like a trip down memory lane, for I had reached the same conclusions, independently, many years before I ever read other non-theists thoughts. Like many I have read, they thought they were the only ones, a… Continue

Added by Doug Reardon on August 19, 2009 at 12:06am — 5 Comments

Science ponders 'zombie attack'

Science ponders 'zombie attack'

By Pallab Ghosh

Zombie from I Spit on Your Rave (PA)

Science correspondent, BBC News

There has been a revival of the zombie film in recent years

If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly and aggressively.

That is the conclusion of a mathematical exercise carried out by researchers in…


Added by Dan on August 18, 2009 at 9:35pm — 2 Comments

Having meaning without a meaning.

Recent conversation on here has caused me to write this blog. My apologies if someone has already covered this, but I haven't been on as much as I'd like lately.

Religious people often state that their religion gives their life a meaning. It is then the obvious counter claim that they say that we as Atheists must feel life is worthless since we don't have religion behind us. There is some truth there, but the answer is not what they claim it to be. I do in fact think that there is no… Continue

Added by James on August 18, 2009 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

It's Official - Texas Is The New Kansas

Spewing creationist nonsense to children wasn't enough. Teaching that non-science, who's core tenants of faith and ignoring evidence go against everything science stands in science classes in public, government-funded schools just wasn't enough for the fundamentalist quacks in this country. Texas public schools are now required by law to teach the Bible.

Beginning this school year a… Continue

Added by SabreNation on August 18, 2009 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

First Discovery Of Life's Building Block Within Comet?

First Discovery Of Life's Building Block Within Comet

Posted on: Monday, 17 August 2009, 12:35 CDT

NASA scientists have discovered glycine, a fundamental building block of life, in samples of comet Wild 2 returned by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.

"Glycine is an amino acid used by living organisms to make proteins, and this is the first time an amino acid has been found in a comet," said Dr. Jamie Elsila of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Our… Continue

Added by Newtonslight on August 17, 2009 at 10:58pm — 1 Comment

One, Two and a Few Sentence Movie Reviews

It has been a crazy couple of weeks and writing has not come easily so I just threw together these short reviews of GI Joe, Julie and Julia, Away we Go, and Aliens in the Attic as well as a complete review on District 9.

Aliens in the Attic

After an hour of dimwitted dialogue, the alien planet the antagonists hail from becomes a viable option to escape the mind-numbing effects of this movie.

Away We Go

A surprisingly mature look at love,… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on August 17, 2009 at 8:12pm — 1 Comment

Richard Milner Talk and the Darwin Lecture Series Talks

I'm going to be listening in Wednesday night, August 19, 2009 to hear natural historian Richard Milner discuss his new book Darwin's Universe: Evolution From A to Z. The talk is free to everyone and is accessible by phone or Skype. Hosted by The Reading Odyssey and the Darwin Facebook project, the talk is described this way:

Milner will help to set context for our…

Added by Dave Nichols on August 17, 2009 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Is He guilty?

Monotheistic religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, etc.) claim that a powerful omnipotent, omniscient God created us, our planet, the universe, and everything that exists.

Even while knowing the pain and suffering that would arise form His actions, He acted. He knew that His actions would result in every death, murder, abortion, war, torture, rape, genocide, abuse, deformity, malice, pain, suffering, and dare I say, sin for all of eternity.

If He had the… Continue

Added by Nivek on August 17, 2009 at 3:11pm — 2 Comments

Meet the Baptists Part 3: What We Believe : Part 3 of a Trinity

Welcome back to another installment of Meet the Bastards. I meant Baptists. If you are like me, you are already sick of them, but you are not like me because the Baptist religion has made a God out of me. See here for more background on that. However, I have sad news regarding that. I was recently married on August 8th and my wife made a man out of me. Again. Not as sexy as it sounds but I did… Continue

Added by Reggie on August 17, 2009 at 2:51pm — No Comments

14 South Florida Catholic Churches to Close

14 South Florida Catholic Churches to Close

DANIA BEACH | South Florida church members are mourning after the Archdiocese of Miami says it’s closing 14 congregations.

Rev. Thomas Pohto told his Dania Beach congregation that he was numb after hearing that his church was among the ones closing.

The congregations are slated to merge with existing parishes by Oct. 1.

Archbishop John Favalora said… Continue

Added by Dan on August 17, 2009 at 7:59am — 4 Comments

Hell dies but Heaven carries on!

Why does Heaven exist but Hell not exist?

Many Religious communities, mostly in the Christian sect, slowly deny the existance of hell. Mostly because its rubbish for the idea of it being in the center of the earth as we can easily determine what is there with current knowledge. But, we've flown planes, we've scouted the skies, no heaven, why does it still exist?

From the bible Hell is described in such detail, in essense scaring the reader into believing that it exists,… Continue

Added by Krysis on August 16, 2009 at 9:43pm — 5 Comments

The anti-ontological argument for God.

The anti-ontological argument for God: God is that which nothing lesser than, can be conceived. If you can imagine a god that is impotent, but only exists in your imagination, that is not the least of gods that can be imagined.

A God that really exists, but is impotent is conceiveably the least of all Gods! Ergo, God exists, but he's totally irrelevant!


God exists outside of space and time. Since, in this universe; for something to exsist it must occupy space for… Continue

Added by Doug Reardon on August 16, 2009 at 9:33pm — 6 Comments

Let me tell you about my religion.

I have never understood why; when people want to tell you about how loving and wonderful their religion is, and you say: "well that's all well and good for you, but for me, it's illogical, irrational, unreasonable, and impossible", they want to kill you!

Added by Doug Reardon on August 16, 2009 at 7:51pm — 11 Comments

The NHS in the U.S.- shouldn't Christians be supporting universal healthcare?

From :

So, U.S. right-wing Republicans (many of them god loving, including that nut job Sarah Palin)want to attack our National Heath Service? Well if you send one of our boys to the hospital I’ll be sending one of yours to the morgue! Here are my arguments against those who want to attack the NHS, but first a brief… Continue

Added by Dan the anti-theist on August 16, 2009 at 4:05pm — 4 Comments

Atheist charity

One area in which the religious claim a superiority to atheists is in the performance of good deeds and charitable works. They really seem to think they have this one licked.

I get very annoyed at this claim for two reasons:

1. An act of charity is self-serving for a religious person in that a reward is anticipated from whatever sky-daddy is involved, be it virgins, raisins, favoured celestial seating arrangements or the like. (Actually I think virgins are only doled out… Continue

Added by paddo on August 16, 2009 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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