November 2011 Blog Posts (111)

for the holiday suicides

ever hear those obnoxious individuals claim that a lot of

people killing themselves around the

“holidays” is a myth?

ever see them walk with self-righteousness

as if they shouldn’t be bothered with the very idea that others in this world

might not share their abundant joy

when it comes to the genocide of native-americans or

the “birth” of a fictional character?

 

isn’t it ironic that what can be claimed as a myth so quickly…

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Added by delapruch on November 25, 2011 at 7:31am — No Comments

Oh that's a secular cross, not a religious one

Imagine a world where we were the ones claiming the cross is not a religious symbol. Perhaps there'd be a billboard claiming it for all of us. The christians would be furious.

 

And if they believed the claims made to justify crosses in classrooms or on public land were sincere, they would be even more outraged. One of their own! Disowning the cross. For shame! Jesus would be turning in his grave!

 

But we all, atheist and theist alike, know that this is just a…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on November 25, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why I Hate Thanksgiving

For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a time where family and friends gather together to "Thank God" for their "blessings" --which I find bizarre.  Traditionally, Thanksgiving is said to have originated with the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians who are said to have shared an autumn harvest feast in the year 1621, but the roots of Thanksgiving are deeper than that.  Harvest celebrations were common amongst many groups--from the the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who feasted and paid…

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Added by Cathy Cooper on November 24, 2011 at 5:50pm — 12 Comments

Where to from here?

This is a slightly edited version of a comment (essay?) which I posted on Monicks blog Unleashed http://monicks.net/2011/11/22/we-cant-save-the-world-but-whos-trying/#comment-7216, don't know what's inspired me to post it here:)

<Rant!>

We’re not angry, we’re apathetic! We don’t rage…

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Added by Colin Mackay on November 24, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

holiday gluttony

as america’s gluttons gear up for a day of

mass stuffing of the face

to celebrate the

genocide of native-americans in this country

one can’t help but find the dual-speak

concerning the

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to be a humorous inner monologue which plagues the minds of those who

stand in the check out line at the grocery store

flipping through the glossy mags

hoping that one…

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Added by delapruch on November 24, 2011 at 6:15am — No Comments

Work Raiders!!

Do you think this crosses a line between whats permissible when people are in a non professional environment Vs a professional one?

 

For me its bad enough that the Religious feel that it is OK to come to peoples homes and attempt to share their beliefs (aka convert you). There is little you can do other than hose them down as they approach screaming “No, No, Shoo, get out of here, scat” while flailing your free hand around like your trying to chase raccoons out of your…

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Added by Tammy on November 23, 2011 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

A thought experiement

I had a though today that I won't propose as having any scientific basis whatsoever, but could possibly be a good question to kick off a thought experiment just to see where the path would lead: what if we considered DNA as a virus that infected the earth?

Added by RubyR on November 23, 2011 at 2:06am — 2 Comments

Can't Sleep

I couldn’t sleep last night because when I think about not existing (common for me before bed) it gets hard for me to turn off my brain and fall asleep. I’m sure I can’t be the only one, so I usually just lie in bed and think about comforts of death in Atheism (and maybe a few jabs at Christianity) and I just thought I’d vent a little.

-Rambling start’s here: Christians are so fed up with the idea of everlasting life, but have you ever stopped and really thought about that, eternal…

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Added by Matthew Stanger on November 22, 2011 at 4:38pm — 1 Comment

The phantom menace: an eye on the threatening italian Public Health situation

I'm a woman. I'm Italian. This is a report of one of the most important italian newspapers, that warns about a frightening prevision based on a worrying statistic: in five years, italian women won't be able to carry out an abortion in their Country.…

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Added by Ceci on November 22, 2011 at 2:00pm — 18 Comments

Giftmas Present Idea for Atheists!

Hello Heathens.

Looking for a present for that atheist in your life?

Not sure what to get him or her?

Here's a gem of an idea that allows you to give and at the same time advocate for the separation of church and state in a bold way!

Order a E Pluribus Unum stamp!  I'm not $uggesting what you do with $aid $tamp, but I'm $ure you can figure it out!

Here's the graphic and to order follow this…

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Added by Robert Karp on November 22, 2011 at 12:25pm — 1 Comment

God the Mechanic!?

Talking on the phone with my Dad can be either a good laugh or a massive headache. Worst part is he is probably the only person in my family who does not know that I am an atheist. He is also the one person I just don’t have the courage to tell.

 

So, why can’t I tell him when it was so easy to tell everyone else? My reasoning is a rather basic one.  I don’t want to lose the relationship that took us so damned long to rebuild. He left when I was 5, it devastated me, and he…

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Added by Tammy on November 22, 2011 at 8:40am — 4 Comments

Don't Give me that Ol' Time Religion

So I wandered over to Catholic.com today... I haven't been there in almost 2 years, but I wanted to change my account information so it no longer listed me as "Roman Catholic" (It's the little things right?)

Anywho, I moseyed on over to the forum and noticed a little thread titled "crisis of faith" in which a young forum member posted his current crisis of logic. Anyone who left a church is probably familiar with it.

Anger at scandals and ignorance, the general annoyance of the…

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Added by Carol Foley on November 22, 2011 at 12:56am — 6 Comments

the ordeal

there was a time

back when people believed that dragons

roamed the country side,

back when kids were scared of the

trolls in the forest,

back when the world was flat &

everything in the sky revolved around this

big rock,

where the cauldron of water was set over a

fire &

a small stone was thrown inside---

as the water boiled,

bubbling hot & spitting,

you would be made to stuff your bare arm…

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Added by delapruch on November 21, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

The sweet stench of crazy

I just pulled mself from the quicksand. I've been trapped for the last two days in a fruitless and frustrating back and forth with a pro life, anti euthanasia, creationist... I know, I know "Someone is wrong on the internet" but it is so frustrating recieving her messages. You know you shouldn't look, but the stupid calls to you. "How bad can it be this time" you ask yourself.

 

Seriously, this girl uses all the talking points! She repeats "questions" over and over looking for…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on November 20, 2011 at 6:00pm — 12 Comments

Egyptian Atheist risks her life and poses nude for freedom and human rights!

I absolutely admire this young brave lady and her boyfriend for standing up against tyranny. In a country that has Islamic fervor, these brave young individuals have sent a statement to those who value freedom to not be afraid of speaking up for your values. And what are those values? FREEDOM. Deciding what to do with your life and how to express yourself. I stand with these brave young souls for 110% - and this is coming from an…
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Added by Sassan K. on November 20, 2011 at 3:46pm — 2 Comments

Irrelevant and irreverent: Religious Education in UK schools

At school Physical Education was compulsory.  I forged notes from my parents, feigned injury and forgot my games kit to avoid it.  As soon as there was a relaxation, as I reached sixth form (High School senior years,) I opted for table-tennis which was unsupervised and so was actually cover for a card school.

Outside of the official games periods I played football (soccer) in the playgrounds and cricket and football away from school.  I still play league cricket as a reach my fiftieth…

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Added by Peter Whiteley on November 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Your sins are forgiven

I sat through so many RE lessons in school. And by RE I mean Catholicism. We would read Good News Gospels and if the existence of other world religions was mentioned I must have been off sick that day.

 

Anyway. It always used to puzzle me that the Gospels made a big deal out of how angry people got when the Jesus character would say "your sins are forgiven." I didn't understand what the fuss as about, and it was never addressed in class - possibly because it would involve…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on November 20, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Are Atheists right?

Several centuries ago, despite the widely held view by billions of people that the world was flat, Galileo believed it was round and was persecuted. It has been established the world is round, vindicating the loner,Galileo.Today billions of people believe in religion while atheists, who are in the minority, hold contrary view. The question is would atheist be proven right one day? 

Added by eugene on November 20, 2011 at 5:46am — 2 Comments

rational awe

a non-believer in the great fictions,

the ridiculous notions of the organized

religions of the world

does not walk around

without the ability to experience the

wonder of this world

this only world

in which we exist for an extremely brief

moment---

the ability to be rational &

to appreciate the wonder

does not come in some kind of

perverted package deal

with a belief in something outside…

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Added by delapruch on November 19, 2011 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Summarians Look On In Confusion As God Creates World

I just love the Onion. Great article from 2009.



Sumerians Look On In Confusion As God Creates World



December 15, 2009



Lord God, Creator of All, caught thousands of Sumerian farmers and mathematicians somewhat off guard.



Members of the earth's earliest known civilization, the Sumerians, looked on in shock and confusion some 6,000…

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Added by Robert Karp on November 19, 2011 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments

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