Featured Blog Posts – September 2009 Archive (29)

"Nones" No Longer a Fringe Group

Very cool little flash widget from USA Today; I'm relatively certain its pulling data from this ARIS report.

And in related news...… Continue

Added by Johnny on September 29, 2009 at 6:53pm — 9 Comments

International Blasphemy Day: Sept. 30

Don't forget that tomorrow, Sept. 30, is International Blasphemy Day. There's a Facebook page, and PZ Myers put it on his blog.

What to wear...what to wear...

Added by Nix Manes on September 29, 2009 at 7:08am — No Comments

Born Again

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

Added by Anti-Mike on September 28, 2009 at 3:02pm — 5 Comments

Forced Vaccinations By Homicidal Police! Oh Noes!

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…

Added by Reggie on September 27, 2009 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 27SEP

Sunday Morning Service

27 SEP 2009

Links of Interest

Can Atheists Be Parents? - An article from 1970; and after you've read that, here's the Supreme Court of New Jersey… Continue

Added by Johnny on September 27, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Ethics, not Morals

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

Added by Nix Manes on September 23, 2009 at 8:37pm — 61 Comments

Don't Believe, Think Instead

One of the things that make me cringe is when I read something from a scientist, academician, teacher, or reporter and they use a form of belief instead of a form of think.

A reporter might include in a sentence: "Scientists believe that..." or "It is the belief of historians..."

Someone giving a lecture might say: "It is believed by people in the field..." or "We currently believe that..."

A seemingly innocuous word… Continue

Added by Nix Manes on September 22, 2009 at 3:52pm — 5 Comments

My path to atheism. Why I joined Think Atheist.

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

Added by Jacob on September 21, 2009 at 11:19pm — 7 Comments

For your attention

There are a few insane religious posters i have photographed, which i would like to share with you.

They are in hebrew so i've added a translation underneath.

It reads:

Hey Man!

Have you got health problems? Problems at work?

Then Know this: secretion of semen for purposes other than procreation is seriously hurting your luck!

If you avoid masturbation and/or having sexual relations out of wedlock- you… Continue

Added by Wassabi on September 21, 2009 at 7:50am — 7 Comments

TRADITION (I need to vent)

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.

Being the trekking… Continue

Added by Wassabi on September 20, 2009 at 1:34pm — 7 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 20SEP

Sunday Morning Afternoon Service

20 SEP 2009

Oh what a busy week I've had... Sorry for the delay...

Links of Interest

"The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything" - A Commencement Speech by Dr. Michael Shermer…


Added by Johnny on September 20, 2009 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Atheists In Foxholes - This is what an atheist soldier looks like

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.

Added by girlatheist on September 20, 2009 at 7:04am — 6 Comments

Eggs for sale! A portion of proceeds going to charity.

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.


No.. seriously.

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

Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on September 19, 2009 at 6:53am — 9 Comments

The Gateway Faith

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

Added by Anti-Mike on September 18, 2009 at 3:15pm — 7 Comments

Politics and Politics

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.

If… Continue

Added by chiz on September 17, 2009 at 4:37am — 3 Comments

Repealing the Defense of Marriage Act

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.

Nadler, Baldwin and Polis Introduce the Respect for Marriage Act to Repeal the Defense of… Continue

Added by Johnny on September 16, 2009 at 5:07pm — 1 Comment

Why religion will destroy the world

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

Added by Wassabi on September 16, 2009 at 5:17am — 15 Comments

Christian-Lite Causes Much Suffering

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

Added by Gaytor on September 13, 2009 at 9:43pm — 10 Comments

The Ramon Tragedy - Dealing with death and mythicism.

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

Added by Elad Avron on September 13, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Sunday Morning Service - 13SEP

Sunday Morning Service

13 SEP 2009

Links of Interest

The Mistakes That Argue for Evolution

The Imminent Demise of Evolution: The Longest Running Falsehood in… Continue

Added by Johnny on September 13, 2009 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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