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U.S. Air Force Does Away With Enlistment Oath Option.

Until October 30 of last year there was an option to omit the words "so help me God" from the enlistment oath required by recruits/re-enlisting veterans of the USAF. Now they have dropped this option and made it statutory to pay homage to a god during enlistment/re-enlistment.

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/5/atheist-airforceoath.html

Two steps forward, one step…

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Added by Ed on September 8, 2014 at 8:26am — 2 Comments

Nirvana at last...or something like it

"In the Buddhist context nirvana refers to the stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished" A still mind does not necessarily need to be without conflict, worry, doubt, or even feeling. It doesn't mean that you've reached some kind of metaphorical floating on clouds, or earthly heaven. It doesn't mean you are necessarily even happy. 



When you suddenly realize the simplicity of life...And the simplicity of yourself. When you… Continue

Added by Belle Rose on September 8, 2014 at 1:25am — No Comments

A Bible Club won't offend anyone!

On having a Bible Club at our High School.



"We've got all kinds of religions that want a bible club! We're very diverse! We've got Methodists, Pentecostals, Baptists, Catholics... and more I am probably missing! You'll find all those religions in the club."

 That was the argument supporting the club against anyone who might think we're only serving one religion. The thing that get's my goat was that he didn't say that as an excuse or alternate way to see diversity, the guy…

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Added by Dave Anonymous on September 5, 2014 at 2:03pm — 6 Comments

The tale of the twelve officers

The tale of the Twelve Officers by Mark Vuletik:

It was, of course, sad to hear that Ms. K had been slowly raped and murdered by a common thug over the course of one hour and fifty-five minutes; but when I found out that the ordeal had taken place in plain sight of twelve fully-armed off-duty police officers, who ignored her terrified cries for help, and instead just watched…

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Added by Davis Goodman on August 27, 2014 at 3:04am — 5 Comments

Birthday Present

   My birthday is coming up very soon and my parents usually send me a little something every year. This year is a bit different. I received my new testament bible from 1995 (when I was 9) that I purposely boxed up with the rest of my parents bibles as they moved out of state. My father left a note saying he found it and wanted to return it to me, also saying, "Always remember your mom and I pray for you and I hope you find comfort in these pages of the bible and the knowledge of god who…

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Added by Caila Kay on August 26, 2014 at 1:29am — 15 Comments

A Great Tactic I Learned from David Silverman & One Reason I'm Proud to be an Atheist

A recent discussion here made me think of something I learned from American Atheist president David Silverman a few months ago.  At the beginning of a discussion in a Church, with a veteran Christian apologist (I wish I could find a link) he ask the mostly Christian crowd to think about something.  He asked them to think about what it would take for them to change their mind and decide there was no God.  This was Dave's ace in the hole.

A little later in the discussion, Dave asked the…

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Added by dataguy on August 23, 2014 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment

My Dad and the Communist Spies



Yep Today I learned something. It's about something that happened to me about 40 years ago. I was 18 and went to see my dad. He was in his barn, tending to his favorite cow. I said I was planning to go to college. He said if I went to Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville,…
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Added by Brad Snowder on August 20, 2014 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

Breaking Free

I'd like to share a little more about my history, to elucidate some of the reasons why I remain a closet atheist, besides the financial and familial reasons I've already described on this blog.

I was raised Lutheran, but my parents were not very regular church-goers.  I went through Confirmation, and was a regular church attender and choir member as a teenager.  Then I went to college, and immediately stopped attending church.  So when I got out on my own in my early 20s, I continued…

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Added by A. T. Heist on August 20, 2014 at 9:56am — 5 Comments

Self-Awarenss: The only way to recover

I have come to realize that not everything about me can be changed. I had hopes that I would one day be "healed"......I will never be healed. But I will be self-aware.



I have given up the notion that my brain will heal and go back to a pre-trauma state. I suppose it could happen if I continue down my road to recovery, but I can no longer "wait" to be "healed" before I start living life again. I have lost precious years of my life. I have blocks of my life that I do not remember, but… Continue

Added by Belle Rose on August 20, 2014 at 2:54am — 1 Comment

The Bible According to Brad

Table of Contents

GENESIS

01:01   Adam & Eve   In the Big Inning

04:01   Cain & Abel   Don't bring God fruits…

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Added by Brad Snowder on August 19, 2014 at 11:49pm — 1 Comment

The Hat Delusion

A little while ago i had to explain religion and (the relationship with) atheism to my oldest daughter i came up with the following. For the purpose to be able to reach a 12 year old i tried to keep things simple (and as per usual i failed miserably here and there). I am a firm supporter of trying to teach my children how to think but not what to think. However, when asked about 'what i think' i do need to tell them hoping, or better assuming, they will take my view and use it to…
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Added by Vincent (fka Vizhnet) on August 17, 2014 at 6:47am — 2 Comments

Carl Sagan's The Varieties of Scientific Experience

I was at the library the other day, and decided to check out a book that I had skimmed through several years ago: Carl Sagan's The Varieties of Scientific Experience. The book, published a decade after Sagan's death in 1996, are taken from a series of lectures he gave in 1985, the Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology at the University of Glasgow.  For any theists who accuse atheists of being unable to speak eloquently about matters of "spirituality," I would challenge them to read…

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Added by A. T. Heist on August 14, 2014 at 10:22am — 3 Comments

Bad Friday

Upon reviewing some of my old content posted on Yahoo! News. I came upon an article I read some time ago about a restaurant who chickened out of the Bring your Own…

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Added by Nerdy Keith on August 12, 2014 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

Robin Williams found dead

Actor Robin Williams found dead

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28749702

Robin Williams

US actor Robin Williams has been found dead, aged 63, in an apparent suicide, California police say.

Marin County Police said he was pronounced dead at his home shortly after officials responded to an emergency call around noon local…

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Added by Dan on August 11, 2014 at 7:28pm — 24 Comments

Living in the Closet: It's Dark, Yes, But It's Also Warm and Cozy!

For anyone who hasn't read my blog posts, I am still a "closet atheist": I don't publicly identify as an atheist, and in fact, part of my income comes from church music.  I am Director of Music at a small Methodist church in Nashville, TN.  That's right...the buckle of the Bible belt!  I honestly can't see myself admitting my atheism to anyone in the near future, as my family's harmony and financial security rely partly on my keeping my church job.

Being honest with myself, however, I…

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Added by A. T. Heist on August 11, 2014 at 3:00pm — 27 Comments

Beautiful Libraries

Trinity College Library, Ireland





 

 

 

Bristol Central Library, England







An unique combination of architectural styles (Tudor, Modern and Classic...)





Bibliothéque Nationale de France







On the famous Rue de Richelieu





El Escorial, Spain







The vaulted ceilings were painted with gorgeous frescoes, each…

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Added by _Robert_ on August 7, 2014 at 6:59pm — 9 Comments

El sueño de la razón produce monstruos

This is a title of an etching by Francisco Goya. “The Sleep of Reason brings forth Monsters” Christopher Hitchens has the picture on the inside cover of his book “God is not Great”. I only discovered this recently as I have only ever known the book as an audio book. It was a serendipitous discovery for me as I have had those same Spanish words…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 4, 2014 at 5:30pm — 18 Comments

Reflections of an Atheist Mother

My son's birthday is today. It makes me smile and cry at the same time. Watching him grow and change has been the biggest gift and privilege of my life. I remember exactly 3 years ago I sat at the very table that I am sitting at now, vigorously researching the best schools that I could possibly send him to when he started kindergarten. I was deeply torn between sending him to a Christian school, and sending him to a bilingual school...I reasoned that I could teach him about God at…

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Added by Belle Rose on August 4, 2014 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

The Void of Silence

You know, sometimes I feel like I am pretty vain in my blog posts here. Other authors on thinkatheist post such awesome studies they've come across, or causes they support. Me? I talk about the stuff in my life. I justify it by telling myself that maybe it will help someone out there like me realize they aren't alone.

I just finished spending three weeks with my parents. I attended mass, I had passionate discussions about the nature of god with my mother, I helped her with her rosary…

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Added by Carol Foley on July 31, 2014 at 11:00pm — 12 Comments

People

I don’t know what it is I would never understand people.

They don’t know it is people would never understand me.

Forever the alien, the unspeakable, the freak.

The hermaphrodite, the abnormality, the disorder, the etc.

Rejection, banning, discrimination and taunting, 

In synch with the pains of my monthly periods

The hypocrisy, the jealousy the lack of love and intimacy.

Makes no sense, and increases the insanity.

Violence, war, hate, anger, distress,…

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Added by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on July 28, 2014 at 10:27pm — 4 Comments

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