November 2010 Blog Posts (102)

For Immediate Release: A First of Its Kind Film Festival is Going There

A First of Its Kind Film Festival is Going There

For Immediate Release

(Tampa, November 23, 2010) The Freethought Film Festival Foundation is hosting the First Annual International Freethought Film Festival in May of 2011, at the historic Tampa Theatre located at 711 Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, Florida, USA. Opening night is Friday the 13th. The weekend-long event will run through…

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Added by Andrea Steele on November 23, 2010 at 10:21am — No Comments

Supernatural Gobbledygook and Pretension.

My main approach to explaining atheism is not to deny God but, rather, to deny any knowledge about the supernatural -- and I think we can all agree that God is as supernatural as it gets.



A common response to the above assertion goes something like, "What IS the supernatural, anyway?", or "That depends on what you mean by supernatural".



So let's clearly delineate the difference between the natural and supernatural realms.



The natural realm is the entire universe… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on November 23, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

A fight with my mother.

Just got with a fight with my mother. It's the kind of fight that seems suitable to talk about on here.


She became very upset with me for saying I hate religion. She said I shouldn't discriminate against religious people. I told her I don't hate the people, I hate religion. Though I also hate stupid people and a lot of them are religious. She said I was being discriminate and I shouldn't hate anything. I replied that hate is a legitimate emotion and I have every right to…
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Added by Zombie Atheist on November 23, 2010 at 12:01am — No Comments

Losing my Faith in Humanity (or: A Sanity-Preserving Rant)

This TSA bullshit is just the latest in a long line of attacks on our civil liberties, but it's really pissing me off. I wonder what it will take to finally push a thorough backlash against all of our stupid policies (formal and informal)? Seatbelt laws, helmet laws, mandatory insurance, gay military service bans, gay marriage bans, gay adoption bans, anti-prostitution laws, anti-gambling laws, the war on crime, the war on drugs, the war on terror, unfounded and illegal undeclared wars, corrupt… Continue

Added by Garrison on November 21, 2010 at 9:37pm — 2 Comments

"P.C. Religion" - by Nick Edelstein, sung by Gray Sartin

I played this song with Nick a couple times when I was his rhythm guitarist, but now it's been recorded, and although the mastering's a bit rough, it is freakin' awesome (no, I did not play on this recording... my brother Aaron did do the drums, however, so make sure to listen to them)!



Enjoy:

http://nicke.bandcamp.com/track/p-c-religion



I was down in Atlanta on a Sunday eve tryin to

pick up some…
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Added by Nathan Hevenstone on November 21, 2010 at 8:19pm — No Comments

Christmastime?

I have a confession - I love the holiday season. I love Christmas' blatant commercialism and Santa Claus and all of that. One of my by-the-book atheist friends, however, was quick to make fun of me for wanting to get Christmas lights for my house. Is it really such a conflict being an atheist but enjoying the holiday festivities?

Added by Petra Polovina on November 20, 2010 at 11:32pm — 4 Comments

Pope Benedict condones condom use in some cases - book















Pope Benedict XVI attends the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

The comments appear to soften the Roman Catholic Church's hardline stance on contraception



Pope Benedict XVI has said the use of condoms is acceptable "in certain cases", according to a new book.

He said condoms could reduce the risk of infection with HIV, such…

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Added by Dan on November 20, 2010 at 2:28pm — 4 Comments

On the road ramblings... Written a few weeks ago.

(Ok, written in a car on the way back from NY, so forgive any incoherency!)…

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Added by AndyMeanie on November 19, 2010 at 4:46pm — 1 Comment

Ah hah! I know what theists mean by morality now...

For a long time I wondered why theists believed that being atheist equal lee being amoral. Why the disbelief in a God automatically meant to them a lack of morality. I mean it always was clear to me that being nice to each other was logical and atheism was based on logic so therefore atheism and morality walked hand in hand.



Also a lot of the people who spouted off about atheistic "immorality" did things I found morally repugnant like hating people for being… Continue

Added by Beth Turner on November 19, 2010 at 4:40pm — 1 Comment

I've given it a try, thanks, and it's just not for me.

A lot of believers, at least those with whom I've interacted, seem to feel that if I would just give their faith a try, I'd be sure to "come around" to their way of believing (namely, Christianity) and be happier, at peace, etc. I want to try to dispel some of that as honestly and compassionately as I know how; and I'm hopefull that those of you who run into the same situation may find something of use in it as well.



First--I'll make this as clear as I know how--I have… Continue

Added by Laura Foster on November 19, 2010 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

Under God and In God We Trust. Evidence of Christian founding fathers? NO. Let's take a real look at the facts surrounding the use of these phrases on our pledge/money

The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed on US coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. Sec of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase received many appeals from devout persons, urging that the US recognize the Deity on US coins. From Treasury Dept records, it appears the first such appeal came in a letter by Rev. M. R. Watkinson dated November 13,…

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Added by Gregg Eyman on November 18, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Poem made from a friends Denny's based idiocy.

Rhetorical comparatives made from the mouth piece of an ass.


Turning chaos to conformity
formalities then become crass.


From this world of urgency, true importance lies in ruins.…


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Added by Zombie Atheist on November 18, 2010 at 5:11pm — 1 Comment

"Standing Without" NSFW

Instead of waiting for a savior to come and save me I'll change on my own it just takes dedication repetition sight past all complications or the outcome is bleak with me hiding forever under my see through sheets hoping for a magical release of the thoughts that only I can grab to focus ending up at the location needed to get past I like the same old thing because I know it well and I hate the same old thing it puts me in a spell where I do just good enough to breathe air aware… Continue

Added by Edmond on November 17, 2010 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

Supernature is FUN!

When I was a child I was a bit fanciful. I remember my mother on several occasions explaining the difference between 'real' and 'pretend/imagination'. And speculating about things was fine, playing was fine, but in reality I would not be able to fly off the roof with my umbrella like Mary Poppins and if I got hurt she would kill me.

I love to read. It comes with the whole librarian thing and I have been reading since I was 4. I do read a lot of non-fiction; history, medicine,…

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Added by Cathleen Sessions on November 17, 2010 at 1:37am — 3 Comments

celebration

I was asked by my boss, if how I celebrate christmas day, I simply told her that I don't and that also includes my saying no to the company sponsored christmas party that we will have this December 15, 2010. I feel pissed everytime this month of the year comes. Everyone expects in one way or another, how to celebrate this unimportant "season" As early, as last week I was invited to attend a baptism of a child, damn it, a child should have the right to say no to religion…

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Added by Freeman Thinker on November 16, 2010 at 1:49pm — 14 Comments

"When are you christening your baby?" the perfect answer

Even before I was atheist I was not Christian, husband is Christian but in a very lapsed Anglican sort of way. Before we got married we discussed how we wanted to raise our Children and we decided we wanted to raise them with choice...so therefore secular. It was important to us that our children make up their own minds regarding religion...they will probably therefore end up in a cult but hey our hearts are in the right place.



Anyway, Husband's family is pretty much like them. Half… Continue

Added by Beth Turner on November 16, 2010 at 9:26am — 13 Comments

Pagan Atheist (cross posted)

I wanted to believe. From a young age I knew I was fooling myself but I didn't care. I wanted to believe because I was lonely, insecure, and (when i was older) depressed and more than anything i wanted to belong.



Anglican Christianity was nice. It was comfortable and quiet. They went easy on the damnation and had a lot of cake. It was nice.



I went to Sunday school every Sunday and when i was older I went to the youth group nearly every week. I wanted to belong so much. I… Continue

Added by Beth Turner on November 15, 2010 at 4:10pm — 11 Comments

Talk About "Nothing"

What is "Nothing?" This question sounds like an oxymoron, because "Is" can only be said about something that exist. Nothing can not exist unless it is "Something" which, in my understanding of the word, it isn't. but when I hear the words "Something from Nothing" I get the sense that I am wrong and “Nothing” simply means the absence of a particular something, or equal to the word Zero.



So again, “What is Nothing?”



Understanding the word might give me better… Continue

Added by Mark Strange on November 15, 2010 at 10:30am — 16 Comments

My car runs on magic

I decided my musings are more Blog worthy than Forum worthy.

As far as I am concerned, my car runs on ritual magic. I basically know how it works and I used to be able to do things to to engine but now they are computerized and more complicated. I put gas in my car, I turn the key and it runs. A matter of faith.

I take it to the Car place when the lights come on and tell me to 'change oil' or 'check tire pressure'. I know what these mean and could posslibly do…

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Added by Cathleen Sessions on November 15, 2010 at 1:48am — 7 Comments

Religious Gifts.

Hello again everyone.
The holidaze are approaching. I am an Atheist and my husband is Agnostic.
We have two small children who are 3 yrs old and 16 months. This yr me and my husband talked about and decided no religious gifts for the kids for Xmas. Between the boys last Xmas and…
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Added by Hillary Spencer on November 13, 2010 at 7:49pm — 9 Comments

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