August 2011 Blog Posts (183)

Idk what to say lol

So I work at a bank. And at this bank there are well, rules and regulations and policies etc. And obviously one rule is be courteous to the customers. Easy enough for me I'm a nice person. Well I helped a lady today and after I finished her transaction she commented on my hair. I style my hair in a faux-hawk. She had said "I'm glad my children never did anything crazy like that. They read their bible everyday and don't have any tattoos either," and pointed at my hair "they follow the…

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Added by Michael on August 31, 2011 at 10:51pm — 14 Comments

Crisis of Faith at 100! Looking for Help.

I am currently employed at an assisted living center. One of our residents, who is 100 has recently been asking me a lot of questions regarding the bible and God in general.

 

Let me first point out that none of the residents know that I am an atheist (they don't need to know). We usually have quite a few religious activities within a week (bible studies, sermons from local preachers, etc). I never denounce any of their messages or deride their faith (I could, but what good…

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Added by Matthew Wood on August 31, 2011 at 8:15pm — 9 Comments

Looking Out At the Stars

A piece of my thoughts i got from looking outside one starry night.

 

 

 

What about the unseen stars? I'm sure they try just as hard, to shine as bright as they can. For me to stop living my ignorant life and admire them. So bright they are. So far yet so close to touching them as if you could lift your hand and leave this life behind, to explore something totally different, but the only place i leave is my mind. The stars give us the honor of gazing upon them…

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Added by Jazz on August 31, 2011 at 6:38pm — 2 Comments

Ah, crap, there she goes...

Staying with my religious right-wing aunt has been a wonderful exercise in self-control and bottling up emotions, let me tell you. But my education is worth it.

 

However, since she is also a nurse, she is technically also a biologist, as she works in the lab, and while I would usually trust her with scientific information, sometimes it has the feel of a lecture regarding how God fits into the picture.

 

She's given me a book now, called "The Language of God" by…

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Added by Samantha J. on August 31, 2011 at 6:37pm — 13 Comments

Have you missed any past episodes of Ardent Atheist? Dave Foley, Tim Minchin, Richard Dawkins Neil deGrasse Tyson and more!

Ardent Atheists Emery Emery and Heather Henderson talk with comedians, actors and friends about atheism, deism and the effects of religion on us all. Guests of the show are a mix of atheists, agnostics, deists, scientists, humanists and the occasional god-loving, scripture-quoting crusader. Discussions are deeply impassioned, mostly respectful and always funny.

 

Ep 027 - Carlos Alazraqui Lost His Wife When Fred Stoller And Brought John Over.…

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Added by Heather Henderson on August 31, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments

100 Facts Every Atheist Teen Must Know

A very well done booklet that is way too long to paste in this blog but definitely worth checking out.

 

Download the booklet here 62630233-100-Facts.pdf

Found on the website:…

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Added by Robert Karp on August 31, 2011 at 3:04pm — 2 Comments

Ohio atheists say they’re congratulated for church billboard with line, ‘There is no God’

An amusing article from the Washington Post:

Ohio atheists say they’re congratulated for church billboard with line, ‘There is no God’

(Mansfield News Journal, Jason J. Molyet/Associated Press) - Motorists pass a billboard that reads “There is no God” on US 30 near SR 42 in Mansfield, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. An Ohio atheist…

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Added by Rick on August 31, 2011 at 1:52pm — 3 Comments

Live a day as an atheist.

I got the idea for this from my religious friends. After seeing them go to hospital, get treatment for their new born child who was sick, and then thank the prayers of their friends instead of the doctors and medicine research that made it possible to save his life.



So i made this list, feel free to add anything to it you want.



Live a day as an atheist



Try it out, just live one day as an atheist. You can always repent

1. Listen to other people and be…

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Added by Martin Peter Stolarczyk Jensen on August 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

A friend of mine and I recently had this conversation on Twitter: He: I've said it before: why aren't atheists taking on pagans the same way they do other belief systems? Atheist friends, please rep…

A friend of mine and I recently had this conversation on Twitter:



He: I've said it before: why aren't atheists taking on pagans the same way they do other belief systems? Atheist friends, please reply!



(so I did!)



Me: My feeling is that pagans aren't trying to manipulate other people's lives through politics & legislation as much as Xtian Right



He: So more of an issue of them not necessarily being a threat, just sort of a spectacle?



Me:… Continue

Added by Unclepg on August 31, 2011 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

Pastor Compares Atheists To "Terrorists, Sex Offenders," Suggests National Registry

Thank you to Monicks for the article.

 

I mean are you kidding me with this:

 

Pastor Compares Atheists To “Terrorists, Sex Offenders,” Suggests National Registry

   

Ed Brayton notes over at…

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Added by Robert Karp on August 31, 2011 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Julian Assange should be LOCKED UP! ASAP!

I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, but now he has allowed the leakage of names and information of informants which is over the top. It is his responsibility to protect their information, and in not doing so, he has put the lives of informants in sure jeopardy and jeopardized future intelligence gathering against suspected terrorists. There is no question now, it is time to prosecute…

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Added by Sassan K. on August 31, 2011 at 2:01am — 14 Comments

Ignorance is bliss

Sometimes I wish I didn't know so much about all the reasons god doesn't matter. Just join the masses and agree.

 

My friend said if he and I ever had a falling out, it would be because of my atheism. Every time it comes up, he always tells me I'm not an atheist, as if it's something impossible to be. It's not that I believe god doesn't exist, I just don't think he matters if he does exist. It's like santa. Santa could exist, he could circle the world at the incredible speed…

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Added by Russell on August 30, 2011 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Roots of Islamophobia: Not Secular

In an extensive report from the Center for American Progress entitled, Fear Inc,: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, a trail of organizations, people and institutions that influenced and financed the growth of Islamophobia in the United States is examined.

 

There are two current articles about this study…

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Added by Robert Karp on August 30, 2011 at 12:30pm — 18 Comments

the pipeline

absolutely nothing stops the pipeline.

 

it penetrates all ways of life

all borders, all villages & towns---

the pipeline kills everything in its path if it dare stand in the way

of its progress---

with black gold funneling back to the

land of the free

who eagerly seeks to waste

every last drop that is left on the globe

here,

within the borders of the US &

nowhere else,

the strongest…

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Added by delapruch on August 30, 2011 at 6:35am — No Comments

dim sunlight

the supposed wrath of the coming storm brings with it the

dim sunlight of insanity---

idiots

bumbling,

scrambling & tripping over themselves

as if it was all going to

end

(you see, inside they want it to so very badly that it screams at the rest of us a

loud call upon themselves for mass suicide, because they want to join whatever

creator or next life that they think exists, which they believe in so much,

ignoring this…

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Added by delapruch on August 30, 2011 at 6:31am — No Comments

Abandoning Atheism

What you thought I was leaving my local & reason behind for some fiction based ideology, Oh fuck no, no, no I'd never, how could I, I'd be truly betraying 4 billion years of evolutionary success. 

I am only 22 years young, yet I feel I have the knowledge of an elder, tho I exert myself trying to utilize my strengths in science to my peers for their own benefit, they remain ignorant, how could my generation ones who exploit technology every second they breathe be so…

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Added by Ethan Levy on August 30, 2011 at 2:04am — 3 Comments

Anti-Suicide Reasoning

During the reading of some of my Sociological articles (most specifically those authored by Emile Durkheim), I began thinking of a moral quandary.  What is a valid reason (as atheists) to prevent suicide?

Christians believe in some type of hell or another; thus eternal torture.  Pagans believe in reincarnation; thus the return to the state the suicidal is attempting to leave.

What compelling reason do Atheists give to the suicidal to prevent this act?  Do we believe there is…

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Added by Laura Benedict on August 29, 2011 at 2:46pm — 39 Comments

How do you tell the person your dating that your a Agnostic/Atheist?

Hello everyone,

I just joined Think Atheist and have finally got the courage to stand for my own beliefs.

But my girlfriend believes in God and is a devout Catholic. She once told me that she

didn't know how she could have a relationship with me if I didn't believe [in god]. So...

I don't know what to tell her, and I don't want to lie to her anymore. Any suggestions?

Added by Ruby Ann Parga on August 29, 2011 at 12:54pm — 9 Comments

American Theocracy Revisited

From an Op-Ed in the New York times, author Ross Douthat suggests that the media should make every effort to question the candidates' religious beliefs and how they would affect their policy decisions.

When candidates wear their religion on their sleeve, especially, the press has every right to ask how that faith relates to their political agenda.

Michele Bachmann avoids questions about her views on LGBT rights every chance she gets, yet invokes the…

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Added by Robert Karp on August 29, 2011 at 12:27pm — 1 Comment

Being an Atheist

Being an Atheist can be lonely, seems other Atheist can be hard to find I think most of them hide :>
A life lived as an Atheist is not easy believers in gods can be very cold and hard hearted even to the extreme of wanting to kill you.

Added by Bobevt on August 29, 2011 at 11:22am — 4 Comments

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