August 2012 Blog Posts (71)

A Moment of Good Thought

Today, I experienced a moment of wondrous lucidity, a moment where conscious thought elevated itself to the level of intuition. In laymen's terms, ideas which required a conscious effort on my part to be understood, suddenly became so obvious and so clear to me, that they almost became common sense.

This experience happened to me as I was reading Dawkins' "The God Delusion", when he alluded to the character Winston in Huxley's "1984". I thoroughly enjoyed reading "1984" previously,…

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Added by John Stevens on August 13, 2012 at 9:31pm — 4 Comments

Not a writer but here is an attempt.

They ride clouds of ignorance and cast stones of hate and intolerance. They close their minds yet open their mouths. They miss the beauty and complexity. Substituting it with judgment and simplicity. They indoctrinate the helpless with their bigotry. Leading the young into a world of hypocrisy. Why does faith continue to breath? Why is it resilient? It laughs in the face of logic and insults the intelligence people. Faith serves none but the greedy. Life is undervalued by the believer, and…

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Added by Adam Skinner on August 13, 2012 at 7:32pm — No Comments

My paper

This is just a little paper I put together. Hope you all enjoy it & please feel free to share =)


http://paper.li/f-1341385511

Added by Chris Leuschen on August 13, 2012 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Tale of Two Fathers Which Art (Not) In Heaven: My Charles Dickens Versus Paul Ryan's Ayn Rand

I've been waiting for years for Paul Ryan to be named on the 2012 GOP Presidential ticket.  I had tiny worries of Santorum or fellow Minnesotans Bachmann and Pawlenty being serious considerations, but have anticipated that Paul Ryan would be the BoyWonder they would pick in the end. …

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Added by Christine Vyrnon on August 12, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The Man Who Would be Kingmaker

It is not uncommon to experience a false negative pregnancy test. Samuel and Saul

First Samuel 1:1 to 15:19



1:1 There was a man who had two wives. One of them was Hannah.



1:5 Hannah was having problems becoming pregnant because the Lord had messed around with her lady parts. Hannah was…
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Added by Brad Snowder on August 12, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments

What do you think about ghosts? real or fake?

Right now im in a debate with myself i have reasons to believe that ghosts are real and exist, but also im not so sure if they do. i want to know what all you guys think about the paranormal world?

Added by Ben Pontell on August 12, 2012 at 1:41am — 4 Comments

Romney's running mate energizes both sides... I bet it did.

This morning, Romney has introduced a unique stimulus package, where as selecting his running mate will create a wider sector for comedians, and thus generate more money for them, which will generate more tax revenue... 

It's called "Trickle Out Laughter Economics", where the steady pace of jokes will boost the economy...



As Romney and Obama, are pretty much identical in polices I didn't give a flying turd about who would win, short of not…

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Added by JustNorrik on August 11, 2012 at 7:36pm — 16 Comments

big brother NYC

3000+ cameras come to

the big apple, echoing the

CCTV of London, furthering

the police state, under the

guise of “fighting terrorism”---

makes this future

unperson,

wonder if Orwell is rolling over

in his grave &

wonder as well, what will be

coming in the next decade, the

next 20 years or more,

as the empire continues to decline,

spreading its military further by

the day

all over the…

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Added by delapruch on August 11, 2012 at 5:32am — No Comments

Shameless Plug #1

Hi everybody. Dave Kilby here with a shameless plug:

I'm currently working on a new series of posts entitled "The Religious Wrong" on my "Grumbles From an Old Grouch" blog (grumblesfromanoldgrouch.com).

Drop by and take a gander at the work-in-progress and feel free to comment, suggest or tell me to "go to Hell" (even if it doesn't exist).

While you're there, check out my "The Theory of Evil-ution vs the Mythology of Creationism" posts. I think you might enjoy them.

Added by Dave Kilby on August 10, 2012 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Religion As Cognitive Poison Ivy

Religion As Cognitive Poison Ivy

I am amazed about the verve and persistence shown by some ex-christians in turning against their previous mental prison in very sophisticated attempts to debunk delusions.  

My own reaction is very different, I have grown allergic over the years to every time, when either someone harms another by making him the target of behaviors based upon irrational beliefs or else by suggesting and…

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Added by maruli marulaki on August 10, 2012 at 11:18am — No Comments

The Man Next to Me is Made of Staw... and His Arguments Suck

Tonight I started a discussion with my religious friend about immortality. I was interested in talking about the problems it would pose, such as population ect, and the solutions and products of those solutions. The conversation soon sidetracked.

He asked me what marriage would mean if we all lived for a very long time. I said it would mean the same thing today, depends on the couple. If people are going to stay together, they will. If they want a divorce, they will get one,…

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Added by Russell on August 10, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Reactions

A few days ago (just Monday, actually) one of my friends came out as being gay. When I first read his Facebook post I thought "Oh. Yeah, makes sense, whatever."

A few moments later my reaction was "Should I comment this on it:

Wait, am I supposed to hit you over the head with a cross and yell "come back from sin!" repeatedly? (that way, I'll deal enough brain damage for you to think that seeing people differently than others see them is actually a bad thing)"

I didn't,…

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Added by Milly on August 10, 2012 at 3:29am — No Comments

The Most Influential Evangelist You've Never Heard Of

by BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY

August 8, 2012

David Barton says Americans have been misled about their history. And he aims to change that.

"It's what I would call historical reclamation," Barton explains, in his soft but…

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Added by Rob Klaers on August 9, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Bible Review: Exodus 8-13 (An Appreciation of Unleavened Bread)

They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. – Exodus 11:8

Seven days they you shall eat unleavened bread.  On the first day you shall remove leaven out of yours houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. – Exodus 11:15

And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your…

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Added by David Conrad on August 8, 2012 at 5:56pm — 3 Comments

Freedom of Speech

I've seen so many groups get all upset over different issues ranging from the Occupy Wall Street movement to anti-war protesters to Creationist propaganda.  I also see from time to time the hate spewed by the Westboro Baptist Church and I cringe each time. I've seen people accuse and believe political propaganda and spout off repeated twists of the truth to serve their own agenda knowing its a lie. I've seen people con others into scams, political ideology and all around social nonsense. But…

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Added by JustNorrik on August 8, 2012 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Skepticism

I’ve seen and heard the new breed of skeptics, where any idea or hypothesis is presented with little to no evidence, backed with a statement about how the government is hiding something or the “evidence” is top-secret. Or somebody posts a well made video on Youtube that explains some claim, with the caption “I was skeptical, but here’s proof!!” For a while now my first response was seriously!?! All you need is a video or a claim?

I’ve seen many people use the “skeptic” label to…

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Added by JustNorrik on August 8, 2012 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Less Saints, more Scholars....

It has been reported that Ireland is now in the top ten for people claiming to be “convinced atheists”. We are still in a minority but this is great news. There is also another story of the failure of a recent recruitment drive by the Catholics to find any replacement priests. So as the majority of the diehard Catholics are over 60, the ratio of Atheists to theists should increase again. All good news to my ears. Teach, don't preach.…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 8, 2012 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

The Founding Fathers were Secularists.

I hear Christians and those on the "right" making the claim of how we should return our country to the way it was when the founding fathers started it. As if the founding fathers created the United States to be a Christian nation, they didn't. Most of the people who came to America prior to the creation of the United States and after, will cite their coming to the US for economic and/or religious freedom and this is well documented. In the case of religious freedom, one has to ask: if the…

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Added by JustNorrik on August 8, 2012 at 3:33am — 6 Comments

I Hate You, But You Earned It.

When I say I hate you, there are a few things you need to understand.



I do not hate you because of your race. We're all Homo Sapiens. We differ in the details, but at our core, we're so similar that it hardly matters at all what our skin color is. This reason is also why I do not hate you because of your gender, or your sexuality. These things are meaningless, in the big picture.



I do not hate you because of your religion. I've been on the receiving end of that hatred.…

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Added by Grady Jean on August 8, 2012 at 1:41am — No Comments

Just Came Back :)

Hey everybody! I just came on this website since forever. I know I'm not completed devoted to atheism like them damn christians with their "Jesus" and stuff but I am still a full blown atheist. I had a few friends around here but I don't see them online tonight. So for those of you who don't know me send me a message and we can talk! I'm very friendly! most of the time anyway :)

Added by Emma Matusiak on August 8, 2012 at 12:45am — No Comments

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