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…Continue
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…Continue
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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.
One 19 year-old woman was a sniper. Now she is to stand trial for executing 16 rebel prisoners.
She claims that she…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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?
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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).
Added by Amy L. Cook on August 25, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
I was reading online the other day what Rick Perry Republican Party presidential candidate hopeful would like to do. Reading it I was surprised
that the man would even consider doing such things. But then again, this shows you just how far
the so called “Republican Party” has gone to the right.
Now I grew up in Houston in the only congressional district in Texas, if not the country that carried Berry Goldwater in the 1964…Continue
An excerpt from the life of Kairan:
My mom and I are watching The Weather Channel in our condo on the east cost of Florida. We want to see how nasty things will get for us with Hurricane Irene. It turns out she's forecast to pass by us two-hundred miles out to sea, throwing 50 to 70 mph winds our way.