August 2011 Blog Posts (183)

Atheist does not mean liberal - 99% in this site do not see it that way

Hello,

 

When I joined ThinkAtheist (I think it was a bit over a year ago) I was ecstatic to find a site which gathers people around a common topic - their atheism. However, I have come to be a bit disappointed on some little things - namely, the off-topics and the way of dismissing conservative opinions.

 

I've seen great discussions about the existence of God, and/or religion (which I believe should be the core of the site); but I've also seen several people…

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Added by Alejandro M on August 29, 2011 at 4:30am — 66 Comments

Baptism

Today I participated in the baptism of my two 'god'children. Their mother knows I am atheist, but I agreed to take part in the ceremony for the sake of her father, who is expected to pass away within days.  It was a catholic/episcopalian ceremony, performed by the chaplain at the grandfather's hospice center.  It was very awkward for me and my wife, but we played along and kept up appearances.  Although I would have preferred to stand up for my own beliefs, I do not have any heartburn over…

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Added by TeejMcS on August 28, 2011 at 7:35pm — 7 Comments

Norwegian humor - prepare to be offended

Norwegian humor is know to be similar to British.. apart from being much, much more offensive. In fact, we usually say Bristish humor is quite mild by our standards. Here's a few examples which has appeared on my FB wall, getting lots of likes:

 

An american, an arab, a somali and a norwegian is sitting on the train to Oslo. The american takes out a bag of dollars, throw it out the window and say 'we have plenty of that where I come from'. The arab takes out a bag of sand and…

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Added by Arcus on August 28, 2011 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Gaddafi fighter recounts her nightmare war (and war crimes)

An interesting story in the aftermath of the fall of Tripoli has arisen. Euronews retells the story and interviews a Gadaffi loyalist which has committed heinous war crimes. Follow the previous jump to see the video and read the full story.

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One 19 year-old woman was a sniper. Now she is to stand trial for executing 16 rebel prisoners.

She claims that she…

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Added by Arcus on August 28, 2011 at 9:34am — 55 Comments

Are we genetics from aliens?

So i like watching this television show on history ancient aliens and just the other night i watched this video on their way on how we came to be and this had me like woah. Okay so i guess back then like 5,000,000 years ago there was such things as neanderthals (like cavemen) and so i guess they where here living and one day lets say this spaceship comes from wherever they where at and basically genetically inserted human dna or i dont know how they did it but they said the aliens wanted to… Continue

Added by Dara on August 28, 2011 at 5:33am — 23 Comments

My experience

The search for god is a byproduct of losing something or a yearning for something that someone feels they have been neglected. These things are not like someone stealing your bike or being picked last on the basketball team but something deeper, a loss of a parental figure or disapproval from society or the world around them which happens every day and is very typical (we are never good enough). So as a child turns to an adult and because a belief in god is ready at hand, and encouraged in the… Continue

Added by Sochel Narten on August 27, 2011 at 10:23pm — 1 Comment

Roman Catholics in Ontario show some courage

Canadians are usually viewed as friendly and  tolerant but…
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Added by Doubting Thomas on August 27, 2011 at 10:21am — 3 Comments

WTF America?

Seriously. wtf.

If you follow the news you would have recently read that the richest American, Warren Buffet, asked if he could be taxed a bit more to contribute. In France, which apparently the arch enemy of the US seeing as they don't support toppling of random dictators, a new tax on the wealthy is being imposed. In fact, following in the footsteps of Buffet, the rich people asked the French government to tax incomes over €500k (~$722k) at an addition 3% until the French government…

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Added by Arcus on August 26, 2011 at 7:50pm — 31 Comments

Thank You Atheist Men! ^_^

As a woman who grew up religious in a highly religious city I had gotten so used to the sexism and sexual harrassment that I started to expect it, and later... to distrust men as a whole. Most of the Christian men I met had very unfair rules about what I should do with my life, how many kids I should have, what type of sexual activity I could engage in without being dehumanized, and that if I was to have a career, I would still have to do all the housework once married. I began to resent…

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Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on August 26, 2011 at 4:59pm — 5 Comments

God Hates Texas

With all the praying, prayer rallying, changing of their textbooks by the school board, and having one of their finest and most faithful run for President...you would think god would just love Texas. Instead he gives them 9 weeks of drought which pretty much has decimated the farms, cattle, ecosystem and food chain.

 

So either a) god hates texas or b) there is no god

 

Please list your answer below.

Added by Robert Karp on August 26, 2011 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist: Chapter One

Over a month ago, I was asked by a friend who is also a youth pastor to read “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.” After some digging, it seems the YP wants to have an open discussion and listen to my opinion regarding the book. Hopefully, these are his true intentions.

With that in mind, I saw this as an opportunity to refresh my knowledge in apologetics and to show that atheists…

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Added by Scarlette Blues on August 26, 2011 at 1:38pm — 7 Comments

Turkey & Europe

With Turkey's population set to be 100 million by mid-century, and given its deep Islamic roots and how it is so distant culturally from Europe, do you think it's a good or bad idea to bring Turkey into the EU? Do you think it would work?

Added by Derek on August 25, 2011 at 11:23pm — 6 Comments

Child Preachers

I watched a documentary yesterday on national geographic about child preachers. Well let me say I was pretty disgusted by this. Not just because I'm against religion, but mainly because a 4 year old boy who spends his childhood preaching at a church is horrible. The parents claim they did not force him to preach but that they were "training him." To a certain extent I believe they did not force him but what could they have been teaching him that made him want to do that in the first place…

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Added by Michael on August 25, 2011 at 3:49pm — 8 Comments

Church-based daycare forcing employees to agree to Evangelical requirements

I'm sorry, but this is taking things too far. I know this is a private daycare, but can they get away with this? When I had a dive store we were allowed to "discriminate" a little, because it was a specialty shop that required specific training and certification to perform the job; if you didn't have that training and certification, you weren't considered.

 

But this is unreal. Making employees reapply, and then banning basically everyone that isn't a fundie is insane. I'm glad…

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Added by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on August 25, 2011 at 3:10pm — 5 Comments

Selling Your "Soul" For a Free Ride...

I've recently entered college, and my college of choice was fortunate enough to be 20 miles down the road from my aunt, who has agreed to let me stay with her for free. Upon the conditions that allow me to stay here are doing chores around the house, taking care of her autistic son with her (he's my cousin, it's not like I was going to say no...) and attending church with the family on Sundays.

 

Does this make me a "bad" atheist? I mean, singing and pretending I believe in the…

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Added by Samantha J. on August 25, 2011 at 2:34pm — 42 Comments

Was I too harsh?

I am an atheist who has made the decision to be as educated as possible about my choice. I listen to debates, I am in the process of reading the bible and I read all that I can concerning both sides of the debate. 

 

At the point that I am at in life, I could lose a lot of relationships should I actively come out as an atheist, but I am upfront and honest in every way and generally bring up my beliefs (or lack thereof) only when asked. One point that I take pride in is using my…

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Added by RubyR on August 25, 2011 at 1:33pm — 21 Comments

More fun with Facebook Religiots

I just had an interesting exchange on facebook, just thought I would share. JL is the person with whom I was having the discussion and ME is, well, me: (all spelling and punctuation errors were part of the original text, as I have copied and pasted all of this exactly as it was written).

 

JL: An important thing to remember in these end times is this verse! Isiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will…

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Added by Amy L. Cook on August 25, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

Religious Resale

I have a dilema here. It's not a huge, global dilema, I realize that. But it is something that bothers me non the less, and I thought that I might get someone else's (atheist) take on the situation.

 

Ok, I like to go to resale shops to buy clothing. I think that retail stores WAY overcharge people, and I like the idea of recycling clothing - but that is just my personal opinion and is just a side note. My problem is that I live in a VERY SMALL Northern Michigan town (pop.…

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Added by Amy L. Cook on August 25, 2011 at 11:24am — 6 Comments

Tornado

Last Sunday a major tornado ripped through our town. There are a lot of photos online if you search "tornado goderich ontario" you should be able to see some of the damage. My wife had a conversation with the insurance company on Monday that I thought I would share here. Our car was destroyed. Our neighbor's roof ended up on top of our car, it's in bad shape. She was trying to find out from our insurance company what we should do next and he was not helpful at all. He basically said that we…

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Added by Jesus Lee Roth on August 25, 2011 at 10:58am — 1 Comment

New Apostolic Reformation, Dominionism and Rick Perry

Yesterday's broadcast of Fresh Air on NPR featured a conversation about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) which is a movement that every atheist, agnostic and secularist needs to be educated about. Rick Perry is deeply involved with and support by this movement and many of the movement's "apostles" i.e. their leaders, were backers of and…

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Added by Robert Karp on August 25, 2011 at 9:16am — 2 Comments

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