I braved a torrential Texas downpour on Saturday night to see this movie. Fortunately, it was well worth the drenched clothing and sodden sneakers.
This movie is brilliant in its dual criticism of both blind faith and strict realism. While the satire of religious belief is rather blatant, the film employs a subtler condemnation toward strict adherence to a singular reality. Prior to Mark telling the first lie, the world was completely… Continue
Added by Shine on October 5, 2009 at 11:21pm —
Colorful emails hit my email inbox daily.
They are usually one of three basic flavors; the religious email, the conservative/political email, and the nonsensical chain mail imploring one to forward their GIF infested message of vapidity on to their friends and co-workers.…
Added by Reggie on October 5, 2009 at 10:15pm —
All too often we hear so much about prominent myths that predate Christianity and call into question the most fundamental aspects of both the Old Testament and the life and times of Jesus Christ. We've been brought to the edge of our seats by accounts of ancient Sumerian texts dating back to 4000 B.C. which outline tales commonly associated with the Bible. We've wriggled in anticipation and glee at the ethereal antics of Mithras, the Roman predecessor of our modern savior. While these are very… Continue
Added by Anti-Mike on October 5, 2009 at 7:09pm —
Added by David Ross Mann on October 5, 2009 at 6:58pm —
According to a story by the Associated Press
, an Italian group is claiming to have successfully recreated the Shroud of Turin.
The research was funded by an Italian "debunking group" of atheists and agnostics, the story reads. The group's website, www.cicap.org
, (translated loosely as… Continue
Added by Nix Manes on October 5, 2009 at 5:28pm —
Added by Marcia on October 5, 2009 at 1:39pm —
Lawyer sues to end Dallas group's 'threat' prayers
11:42 PM CDT on Sunday, October 4, 2009
By DIANE JENNINGS / The Dallas Morning News
A former military lawyer who served in the Reagan White House and worked for Ross Perot is suing a Dallas-based religious organization in a case that could test the limits of free speech and… Continue
Added by Rick on October 5, 2009 at 3:25am —
According to an NPR story
, the people left behind by Jerry Falwell have started an effort they're calling "Adopt a Liberal
"...we are asking people to pray so that our leaders are restored to right thinking," Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel, is quoted as saying.
They have targeted national political… Continue
Added by Nix Manes on October 5, 2009 at 1:38am —
If you take a look at some of the comments to the various news reports about the Samoan tsunami, the end-timers are out in full force. Even though Samoa is highly religious
and almost all of them do not blame a god for what's going on, the "true" believers know what's really going on and must tell them so.
To start with… Continue
Added by Nix Manes on October 4, 2009 at 10:59pm —
I'm pretty sure I know what a lot of you are expecting from this. It's supposed to be a dark discussion in which we explore the sinister intentions of terrible people who have inflicted insurmountable amounts of damage upon their unsuspecting peers. I'm supposed to offer up several different opinions about how these horrifying individuals came to be so inconceivably twisted and which responsibilities a modern society should undertake in order to snuff this type of thing out. Were they born with… Continue
Added by Anti-Mike on October 4, 2009 at 7:11pm —
In Switzerland, a legislative initiative was initiated which wants to prohibit the building of minarets. The Swiss will vote on it on november. The initiative is supported by the conservative right party SVP, while the most other parties and associations (e.g. the swiss free thinkers) are against it.
I personally think it's the wrong way to forbid religious buildings. It's one more interference from the state.
And I'm more bothered by the churches, which chime every half… Continue
Added by Fabian Kupferschmid on October 4, 2009 at 1:35pm —
Sunday Morning Service
04 OCT 2009
Links of Interest
20 coolest atheist T-shirts for sale on the web - according to the Telegraph
Added by Johnny on October 4, 2009 at 5:00am —
Accoriding to published news stories
, the Mormons will be building 5 more temples in Brigham City, Utah; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Concepcion, Chile; Fortaleza, Brazil; and Sapporo, Japan. This adds the the 130 already operating, and 16 more being planned or under construction.
Just thought you should know...
Added by Nix Manes on October 3, 2009 at 11:35pm —
this is f'n stupid! I'm new to this site and it makes me want to go away. Are we here to point out our views and opinions or are we here to make a movement in the humanistic beliefs that there is more to humanity than making a blog that gets more hits than others. If this is the case than i'm out.
Added by Jon Peterson on October 3, 2009 at 7:03pm —
His book deals with “fundamentalism” and it’s influence on American politics. Having grown up in the “Bible Belt” I’ve know people like those in the book all my life. I just wonder how many of the actually wear their religion like a coat. They take it off and hang it up when they get home.
For those who’ve never been exposed to the likes of those… Continue
Added by Rick on October 3, 2009 at 6:53pm —
"Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people."
Does work have you down?
Is your relationship on the rocks?
Do you lie down at night at stare blankly up at the ceiling before drifting… Continue
Added by Anti-Mike on October 3, 2009 at 3:06pm —
Natgeo featured a program based on taliban beliefs and behaviors. this is a blatant example of religion accumulating confrontational beliefs based on personal upbringing and biblimatic influence. This is a perfect example of religion choosing our fate. The basis of wars have always been based of individual belief. All the way back to roman and precursor to that, Anglo-saxon christians converting peagans pre-AD thus killing their personal religion. This is something we cannot stop. We must stand… Continue
Added by Jon Peterson on October 3, 2009 at 2:26pm —
Ok let me a do a little story from something that happened yesterday. The last few times we have had large get together for the division. Someone, usually the director or the chief here has done a prayer, and this is where I hit "Stage left exit". Over the last few weeks there has been some pressure on me from the other first classes and chief to add to the curse jar. Let me tell you what I think of the curse jar as this relates (at least to me one is direct result of the other because of… Continue
Added by Matthew on October 3, 2009 at 1:23pm —
I used to think philosophers were very intelligent people, until I realized that most of what they did was to argue semantics. There's an old joke about a college dean who is talking to the chairman of the physics department and he says: Why do you need all this expensive equipment? Why can't you be like the math department, they only need chalk and erasers, just chalk and erasers. Or, better yet, why can't you be like the philosophy department, they only need chalk!
I have been trying to… Continue
Added by Doug Reardon on October 2, 2009 at 10:42pm —
In a story from the Detroit Free Press
this week, a local school district admitted that it had made a mistake in handing out permission slips to students at an elementary school to attend off-campus weekly religious classes during school hours. The problem was not that the religious classes are being offered to the students, but that the… Continue
Added by Nix Manes on October 2, 2009 at 8:00pm —