I was in the pastor’s office of my church the first time I ever considered committing suicide. It was a gentle summer’s night in the rural southeastern collective of my youth. The air was sweet with honeysuckle and filled with the incessantly soothing chirp-chirp-chirp of crickets. Lightening bugs drifted lazily above the dewy landscape as the trees danced in the breeze. It would have been a picturesque vision worthy of any cherished childhood memory had I not somehow found myself locked in a… Continue
On another forum someone had posted a video clip culled from the fine journalistic minds of FOX News.
Here is the description and then please watch the video before proceeding. It is short, I assure you.
Video Description: "Judge Andrew Napolitano comments on the completely unconstitutional bill in Massachusetts that will allow the governor to declare an emergency and “allow” police to force their way into your homes to vaccinate you. As Gerald Celente has…
One of the questions that atheists are often asked is how a set of morals are established without having them handed to them from ancient, desert-wandering, superstituous tribes. (There's a similar thread on Think Athiest in the forums here.)
I address this issue by first admiting that, as an atheist, I have no moral standards--I have an ethical standard… Continue
Hi, my name is Jacob. I’ve been a member of think atheist for a while now but I haven’t spent much time here because of dial up internet. Anyways, I live in rural southern Wisconsin and have been an atheist for two years now. At my high school(Im only 16) there are a few atheists but only one is really open about it, most of the school is Christian, but religion is rarely talked about and few are "hardcore" Christians. But most don’t believe in evolution as I discovered in biology, where… Continue
One day a year- Israel comes to a halt. Nobody drives, nobody works, no electrical appliances, no drinking or eating- for 24 hours. It’s called “Yom Kippur”, a religious day of fasting and begging forgiveness from god for our sins this past year.
For me and other Israeli atheists, yom kippur is a special day because it’s a chance to walk on the roads and do things you can’t normally. For instance, many people have bicycle races on the highways.
This is what an atheist soldier looks like at a deployment ceremony during the prayer. My son, the atheist, spent 15 months in Iraq, without a god or gods, and made it back alive and in one piece. He's about to graduate from college and get married.
I'm not sure what portion, and I'm not sure what charity. (Though I'm thinking about a gay-rights/adoption sorta thing)
I am, however.... sure they are my eggs.
Jen brought up something rather important... I DO have a uterus!
I just don't intend on using it.
Therefore the risks of becoming infertile after an elective egg donation doesn't really bother me.
And I need money.
My genetics are good. I'm healthy, smart and pretty. That… Continue
New research confirms that Christianity is a gateway faith for most teens who experiment with it.
Some will tell you Christianity is a harmless faith, but the Journal of the American Free Thought Association isn’t one of them.
Young people who worship the Christian god are two to five times more likely to move on to more destructive anti-social tendencies. That is the formal opinion of researchers, who published their conclusions from a recent study in the Journal of the… Continue
I keep reading little articles that claim anywhere between 20-55% of doctors will quit if this health care bill passes. Also, that the Us is going to go into a deep depression b/c it can't afford the taxes and the expenses it's going to bring down on us... They are full of it!
Seriously? That's like me saying, "I promise... if Microsoft comes out with another O.S., I'll never work on computers again!!"
Pshh.. these scare tactics are getting a little silly.
Yesterday, Jerry Nadler (D-New York) released information on his proposal for the Respect for Marriage Act, which will repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This is potentially very huge since DOMA is a religiously motivated, constitutional violation, of basic human rights.
I’ve recently come to the conclusion that even if we didn’t have to worry about nuclear weapons in the hands on doomsday fanatics, the mix of 21st century technology with literal reading and uncompromising adherence to primitive text- will itself lead to the end of the world.
And here’s why:
One hundred years ago there were 1.5 billion people on the planet. People used to have as many children as possible not just because of the… Continue
I was at a memorial service yesterday for my wife's supervisor's son. It's a small company so everyone still actually cares about each other. The Son was 33 and died of a sudden heart attack (congenital and undetected). He left behind a 1 year old daughter and a wife.
Some of the family is deeply religious. Louisiana religious. The fundies seem to be OK with death. Memorials are a celebration of the life and they find hope in seeing the family again in heaven. The father, whom I genuinely… Continue
If there's one thing religion does very well, it's dealing with death and the afterlife. And I'm not talking about death itself, or rather life after death as a concept, but of the way religion helps people deal with the loss of their loved ones. The idea of life after death appeals to the child in us, the part that wants to believe we'll live on forever with… Continue