Okay so my post about my religions class has ruffled a few feathers and inspired quite a bit of rage. Yes I agree that the assertion that atheism is a religion is ridiculous and that the professor should read more before making claims about us... The story I shared was not supposed to be about the professor's slip, stupidity happens, and I don't expect him to know everything. Furthermore I think calling out the big dogs to shut him down will do two things:
I'm taking a world religions course. This isn't in an attempt to see if I can detach my retinas via eye-rolling but in a sincere effort to know the opposition. When someone asks how I can say no religion works for me I want to be able to give an answer.
I still live in Texas though, so every single religion touched upon is compared to Xtianity. The class is 90% Xtian, there are 3 atheists and a Buddhist, but the rest all smugly remark on the folly of n religion to their own.…Continue
Because I clearly don't understand how Facebook News Feed works, my wife just found out about my newly discovered atheism, before I had a chance to bring the subject up by my own choice.
I had posted a comment on Sam Harris's Facebook right after the little girl in Effingham, IL was murdered (see my earlier blog post). So I got in a small Facebook argument with a Christian who disagreed with my take on prayer. Well, it turns out my wife saw my post, and responded with a bewildered…Continue
In just one week the main part of Obamacare will begin to kick in. This is the state level exchanges that will allow the uninsured to be covered. Beginning on October 1, people will be able to sign up to get insurance in their state regardless of their health.
Most people signing up on the exchanges will qualify for subsidies based on their income and family size. This means that the cost of insurance will be less than the advertised price.
This is good…Continue
In recent events, House Speaker Boehner has gone from being the cartoon villain of the republican party with the funny name that is pronounced differently than it is spelled, to being a serious threat to our nation. That's why I created a petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov calling for his removal from office. I'd appreciate it if everyone signed it. It goes as follows:
House Speaker John Boehner has repeatedly called vote after vote to defund the Affordable Healthcare…
..ok, so its suddenly dawned on me that my 5 yr old daughter, veda, has sidled into a rather unnervingly consistant routine of attending sunday evening services with her gram cracker (my mother in law) every sunday, followed by mexican for dinner and sonic drive-thru dessert. I let her go for 2 good reasons and 1 fairly bad one. If you're a tired mama, you'll understand the latter and if not, I'll ask you to just overlook it entirely and move right along to the good reasons. 1] Veda and I…Continue
Just finished up my "Mormonism: The Big Con (pt: 1)" post on "Grumbles From an Old Grouch" grumblesfromanoldgrouch.com
This 1st post covers Joseph Smith from birth to finishing the "translation" of the Book of Mormon.
Check it out and you'll find out a lot of things they forgot to tell me back in my 4 years of Mormon church seminary.
Things like Joe getting busted for fraud before he even started "translating" the BoM. (Btw, he "translated" it by staring into his…
Added by Dave Kilby on September 20, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments
Just for shits and giggles, I decided to type "Charles Darwin" into the Spotify search bar, and I came up with this intriguing piece: Gregory Brown's Missa Charles Darwin.
And no, this is not a joke;…Continue
Added by A.T. Heist on September 20, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I've long found XTC's "Dear God" to be a heartachingly beautiful song. (Even as a believer, I appreciated it--how much more so as an atheist?)
Dear God, hope you got the letter, and...
I pray you can make it better down here.
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
But all the people that you made in your image,…
I love that cheesy 50's Advert style…Continue
The other day I was having a discussion with my friend at work about how my grandparents (who are Alaskan native) were sent to boarding schools and had their mouths washed out with soap if they spoke their language. I explained that Christianity was forced upon them. Her response was "well its not like they believed in OUR god" huge emphasis on the OUR god part. I can expect this from someone who upon learning that I'm native said "wow I had no idea cause its not like you ever see attractive…Continue
I wrote this for an English assignment just recently about the death of my sister and how it's affected me. I wanted to share it with all of you, because I may not be the only one who feels this way about a loved one's death. It's strange, the grieving process. Some days I'm ok. Some days I'm not.
Here it is:
It was a warm Sunday,
a quiet weekend,
a day like any other.
The phone rings.
Islam incorporates the ultimate devaluation of non-Muslims in the most obvious way by teaching that while a Muslim may be punished with death for murdering a fellow Muslim (Bukhari), no Muslim can be put to death for killing a non-Muslim (Bukhari - Muhammad: "No Muslim can be killed for killing a kafir."). The Quran’s "Law of Equality," which assigns human value and rights based on gender, religion and status, is the polar…Continue
Added by Muhammad ali on September 18, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Interesting article. And (spoiler alert!) I suspect a lot of parents can empathize with what she says toward the end about Santa Claus.
Added by A.T. Heist on September 18, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments
Welcome to my Atheist Parables series. In the tradition of Plato, Jesus, and Aesop, I will use stories and allegory to examine issues of faith, reality and reason.
This is probably my favorite of all my parables. It's a trip to a fictional boarding school that delves into the nature of faith.
I thought I was doing the kids a favor when I taught them to believe in Santa Claus.
They didn’t have much, here at the boarding…Continue
Ladies and Gentlemen, I've successfully secured a funky little space of my own in the city and proudly present my new lair. [Updated to include new armchair, restored antique floor lamp, bedroom audio setup and new canes.]
What no one told me about growing old
They say it beats the alternative, but sometimes I wonder.
Your eyes, around 40 they just quit working like they did, usually the first in a long list of body part failures. Then, in no particular order (and if it hasn’t happened yet you haven't lived long enough): You can no longer write your name in the snow when you pee (doesn't apply to women). Your…Continue
If you've read my earlier blog posts, you know that I don't believe in god, but one of my current jobs is directing music at a small Methodist church. It's so interesting just how your perspective on a church service changes once you remove belief in god: things that previously seemed quite ordinary now seem absolutely ludicrous. I mean, there are the obvious things: the Lord's Prayer, prayer in general, the scripture readings (yesterday, no joke, we actually read aloud Psalm 14, which…Continue
By Barack Obama
Imagine my surprise when I opened the New York Times and read Vladimir Putin's Op-ed. I didn't know what I was reading for a few minutes. Sometimes my Chief of Staff will putThe Onion in front of me just to shake things up so it…Continue