December 2013 Blog Posts (20)

Harrassed by Muslim man about my gender issues in town today

Today, I went into town, to get some bits and bobs and some cat food. I was waiting in the queue to get processed at the till, there were two muslim men in front of me. I minded my own business, but what got upset, churned up, was when the chap stated to his mate, that he does not wish to stand near a woman-man thing, and pushed his way against the metal railing at far side of the cashier to get to the end where the items get deposited into plastic bags. This upset me, and I did not respond…

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Added by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on December 31, 2013 at 9:03pm — 26 Comments

Arkansas Politics

Just spent an hour or so reviewing the legislative proposals/bills for the past year submitted by our esteemed elected politicians here in Arkansas. The state senator from my area is a real PITA. She managed to spearhead changing the abortion law to 4 months max after which it is a crime unless incest or rape is involved. Not happy with that she then submitted a bill to limit and severely control the application of morning after type chemical substances. Fortunately it…

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Added by Ed on December 31, 2013 at 8:59am — No Comments

Evolution and homosexuality

A friend of mine asked me a while ago what I thought about homosexuality in light of evolution. I thought about it for a while and googled it a bit, but I'm not sure I've found a satisfactory answer.

I currently believe that humans (and every other animal on the planet) are basically bags of animated DNA whose ultimate goal is to survive long enough to procreate in order to continue the particular DNA that each is created from. This is largely unconscious, but we all fight for…

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Added by IkeArrumba on December 30, 2013 at 9:21pm — 8 Comments

A Rant on the Human World Overpopulation

Perhaps this will allow me to post the entire writing I attempted to post, earlier, and was told that it was limited to 140 characters.

Fundamentalist religions, especially the Catholic church, are steering us toward total disaster in regard to the environment, global warming, animal extinctions at alarming and unprecedented rates.  How, you might ask.  Obviously, the more people, the more resources u sed, the more land and forests destroyed for…

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Added by Ben Arnold on December 29, 2013 at 11:12pm — 35 Comments

My Journey to Atheism, Part 2: The prayer for Truth

My journey from the faith I grew up in to my current state of doubt had a clear beginning point: Nov. 5, 2010. I wrote part one of my story here, of how my questions about faith were easy to push to the side until I got to college. 

During and after college, I took a couple trips that changed my view on life in profound ways. I could fill a book, or a blog series, on my experiences…

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Added by Physeter on December 28, 2013 at 2:42pm — 8 Comments

Bullied for Not Believing in God

JAMES HAMBLIN SEP 13 2013, 9:01 AM ET

Earlier this year, while no one was looking, Gage Pulliam took a photo of a plaque that listed the Ten Commandments, as it hung on the wall of his Oklahoma high school's biology classroom.

Pulliam emailed the photo,…

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Added by Rob Klaers on December 26, 2013 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Facts Before Faith podcast/ I get to perform communion Xmas eve

So I have not been back in 2 years or so. So life has a drastic positive change for me. I have settled in as a software engineer, and I love bragging and being self absorbed- what are blogs for anyway?- and now have a job doing software testing avionics software (aerospace) and I FINALLY have a 401k and health benefits and employer matching on both, though they are a Christian based company, but not enforced. And I am getting married in June of 2014, so life went from bleak to grand! Now on to… Continue

Added by Jake W. Andrews on December 24, 2013 at 10:01pm — 9 Comments

Morality, Survival and Religion

Martin Luther King Jr.

Morality is a human construct, by and for humans. If not, we'd have to get it from a natural source . . . or a supernatural one. I'm an atheist, so a supernatural source isn't a serious alternative to me. That leaves one alternative: Nature. But I can't detect the slightest whiff of morality in nature. Mother nature is red in tooth and claw. She is indifferent to violence,…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 23, 2013 at 3:00am — 16 Comments

Well, it has been a year since I last visited.

Well, it has been a year since I last visited. During the course of that year I've had a chance to reflect upon 'religion' and it's effects personally. It has been a trying year of tough decisions, health issues and familial concerns.

After studying the 'atheist, humanist, free thinker' scene (on-line via Facebook and other social media) I made somewhat of a retreat back into the world of traditional religion. A relapse as it were. I don't know what it was but 'organized' religion had…

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Added by lofton emenari on December 21, 2013 at 12:30am — 11 Comments

My Journey into Atheism: Part 1

It has been three years now since I began my journey into atheism.

Unlike some people, I can point to one particular time and place that was an official ‘beginning’ of my deconversion. Of course, this wasn’t the true start of my doubts. But I can point to November 5 and 6, 2010, as the days I began to take my doubts seriously for the first time.

To write exactly how I got to this point would take a book. But I’d like to share a few of the highlights, if anyone is interested to…

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Added by Physeter on December 20, 2013 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

We're an atheist podcast from Michigan...

We're an atheist podcast from Michigan. Facts Before Faith asks you to get the facts before putting your faith in ideas, institutions or individuals.



The show started out a in 2011 as a way for me to document my departure from religion. It was rather cathartic. Now I have co-hosts and…

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Added by Facts Before Faith on December 20, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

duck dynasty f#ck

does it surprise anyone

that this king of hicks

amidst his brood of hicks

said something that just might be

homophobic?

does it surprise anyone that this

zz-top, harley riding, camo-wearing-

all-the-goddamned-time,

honky-tonk…

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Added by delapruch on December 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

I've got Oprah's awe

Not too long ago Diana Nyad, the Olympic swimmer, was being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and happened to mention she was an atheist.  Oprah made the comment that she didn’t see how atheists could possibly have that sense of awe that people who believed in god had.  Now don’t get me wrong, I do not dislike Oprah, but how fucking arrogant is that?  I feel a sense of awe every morning when I go out and gaze up at the starts and see the big dipper.  I couldn’t…

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Added by Ken Fredrick on December 17, 2013 at 9:28am — 8 Comments

Controversy Over 5th-Grader’s Religion Speech

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A 5th grade student won first place after he gave a speech about the history of people using religion to justify murder, but was stripped of his title the same day by a school official.

Zachary Golob-Drake gave the speech to his class at the Patel Partnership School in hopes that he would be chosen to represent the school at the regional 4-H Tropicana Public Speech Contest, WFLA-TV reports. He was to deliver the speech Thursday morning to the…

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Added by Dan on December 16, 2013 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments

U.S. judge orders landmark California cross taken down

Reuters

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Added by Rob Klaers on December 13, 2013 at 12:23pm — 6 Comments

LGBT in India Under Attack

Its been a while since I've posted anything in my blog on Think Atheist. But I just received this terrible news from All Out by email on my iPhone. I simply had to post something to get this off my chest.



I have to say I am very surprised by this. I thought India was coming to a revolutionary point of moving forward for human equality. But I…

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Added by Nerdy Keith on December 12, 2013 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Litany of Folly

I grew up being taught to respect people of races, colors, sexualities, and creeds. I was raised a Roman Catholic, but respect of creeds is ingrained in most Americans.  Why?

We hear it over and over again. But are we not perpetuating intolerance with faux-tolerance of others?  Institutionalizing injustice towards homosexuals out of respect to other people’s creeds. Right. And who can forget taking away women’s reproductive rights away.

“The person who is certain, and…

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Added by Owen Hayes on December 10, 2013 at 12:20am — 5 Comments

Stupid is as stupid does.

Merrill Newman was finally released by the North Korean government after being detained for nearly a month. This 85 year old was a military veteran of the Korean War. 

"A statement published by KCNA last week said that during a recent visit to the country, Newman attempted to meet with surviving soldiers he had trained during the Korean War to fight North Korea, admitted he was "a criminal" who was involved in the killing of civilians during the 1950-53 Korean War, and carried…

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Added by Ed on December 8, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Feeling like an island in the middle of a sea of stupidity

Day in and day out life seems to be becoming mundane with no intellectual stimulation unless you actually go LOOKING for it. 

I had a nice surprise the other day when I discovered a new friend of mine was capable of having a philosophical debate. Yes! I am not alone! I can finally have someone in my life who doesn't want to talk small talk! I hate small talk. It's repetitive and mind numbingly useless. So I get all excited and think that I can FINALLY discuss all the things I've been…

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Added by Teri G on December 6, 2013 at 11:17am — 39 Comments

Family and Friends Trying to Save Me

So I have this friend who keeps talking about how awesome her church is every time I see her...which is weird. I get it, you love your church. I'm sad that you're wrapped up in the lies of a religion, but relieved that you're not part of a particularly evil sect...and if you're happy, I'm happy for you. Can we not talk about this for a sixth time? I think she has this fantasy where I'm supossed to say, "Oh yea, they don't hate gays at your Church? The music is modern!? Your husband doesn't…

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Added by Kairan Nierde on December 4, 2013 at 11:13am — 17 Comments

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