Why should we care about the separation of church and state? Is the division of government and religion a good thing? What does this concept even mean?
The term “separation of church and state” does not appear anywhere in the US Constitution. What does appear, however, are these words in the First Amendment, stating that “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
So, people are… Continue
Added by Pam on February 11, 2009 at 11:21am —
I have already posted this article on my regular blog: 1azylizzie.wordpress.com however because of the subject matter I thought it was worth sharing here too, so here it is:
As you all may know, Australia is in the middle of its most tragic and devastating peacetime disaster in it’s history. Bushfires are raging in our southeast state - Victoria, with many of them believed to be started by arsonists.
Whole families have lost their lives, and entire communities have been… Continue
Added by 1azylizzie on February 10, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Because a good quote is never a bad thing to have handy =). All posts are in alphabetical order by last name.
Here is just a collection of quote regarding atheism, agnosticism, religion, God, and whatever else falls in between. Feel free to add or to correct any mistakes you see! Most quotes taken from this page.
"Where do we find a precept in the Bible for… Continue
Added by Laura on February 10, 2009 at 5:29am —
My creativity comes bursts. Short, intense, mind-consuming bursts.
It has been unusually warm for February in the Milwaukee area, and so I have been spending more time outside lately. Being able to enjoy nature once again reminded me how remarkable this crazy world again and how lucky I am to be able to take part in it. It sparked this idea for a poem, and I couldn't put it down until I got it out. Then I felt inclined to share it with you guys. Now I don't write a lot of… Continue
Added by Sniz on February 9, 2009 at 6:14pm —
I keep a lot of very religious friends around because I really enjoy debating topics. As a scientist, I feel it helps keep the mind sharp and lucid regarding understanding the world around us. However, I am always puzzled by other scientists who are religious, very active and strongly religious or even mildly. I feel this world view is untenable, and does not match with the ideas of science, scientific process or a functional and pragmatic way of viewing the world or interacting with the… Continue
Added by Gregor Mendel on February 9, 2009 at 12:29pm —
""The law must recognize that the right of children to live supersedes the rights of their parents to free expression of religion.""
When Parents Call God Instead of the Doctor
Just read this story a few minutes ago and thought those of you that have been following this case might be interested. That quote above really sums up the whole argument as well as anything I've read about it. What else… Continue
Added by SabreNation on February 9, 2009 at 8:40am —
I am not trying to put down a set of rules for dating a theist, or telling you this will work for you, what I am doing is putting down my opinions and beliefs after a long time of thinking about the question, “Can I as an atheist have a long-term relationship with a theist?” This is something that I have pondered for quite some time and currently am living it.
So I figure we’ll start with the beginning of a relationship and work from there. First you meet the person and you find out they… Continue
Added by Frank on February 8, 2009 at 10:14pm —
I realize that there are people out there that think I might be doomed to eternal torment after I die.
I can understand the loving, good-willed church goers that do their best to prevent this. Yes, sometimes I find it overbearing, insulting and annoying, but at least I understand they are doing it out of fear for what might happen to me. They are trying to prevent a huge tragedy in the only way they know how. 'Spreading the Word' is a fundamental part of life for many people. They do it… Continue
Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on February 8, 2009 at 10:06pm —
I chiefly write this note for Christian readers in hopes they will take 5 minutes to read it all, but I know 5 minutes is much to ask, especially for what might be considered offense or arrogance in the following paragraphs. Read if you'd like.
I took a screenshot of facebook's "Religious Views" pull-down menu the other day and noticed that there are way too many choices. Then I realized how unbelievable it is that there are still this many variations of Christianity. Then
Added by Kevin on February 8, 2009 at 6:02pm —
To people who have been tainted by the insidious hand of religion, the human body is a monstrously evil thing that can only be contained by conservative clothing and tamed by marriage. Entertainment containing scenes of gratuitous sex get an "NC-17" or “X” rating. However, just as the Bible is brimming with acts of genocide, rape, murder, and other various atrocities, so are half of the movies we all go to see. Minus snuff films, violent movies and video games get a measly rating of "R" or… Continue
Added by Andrew the Fluffer on February 8, 2009 at 6:00pm —
"An Iraqi woman suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organizing their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame."
Here is a link to the article:
Only a religious person could be this evil.
Added by Andrew the Fluffer on February 8, 2009 at 10:07am —
Well hello hello hello...
I was, at first, hesitant to do a blog post here, as I already run a separate blog (1azylizzie.wordpress.com) which I have enough trouble maintaining as it is.. However, my 'home page' i guess looked a little sad with no blog posts added, so I decided I might as well add an entry....
I don't usually spend too much time on social networking sites, but I thought that I would give this one a go, because unlike Facebook, here I can remain as anonymous… Continue
Added by 1azylizzie on February 8, 2009 at 5:08am —
Idea's that help promote the site that are quick and easy.
Prizes are TA Swag.
Added by Morgan Matthew on February 7, 2009 at 8:00am —
The bus ads in the UK were spawned as a response to christian ads that said non-believers would suffer eternal damnation. Three religious groups want to have the last word, so they are starting their response-to-the-response.
How hypocritical! A few weeks ago those same religious groups were clamoring that the ‘There’s probably no God’ message was offensive, and they appealed to the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) that the ad violated truth in advertizing codes,… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 6, 2009 at 5:33pm —
I did attend Lutheran Church when I was little. My parents were not religious. My father definitely wasn't. He was a ufologist & put more stock in aliens & the return of the Annunaki & all that theory. My mother never came off as religious but she did start attendin' my ol' Lutheran Church after my father left & prior to meetin' her next husband, years after I stopped attendin' services. She eventually stopped goin' because her 2nd
husband is an atheist. No one in my… Continue
Added by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on February 6, 2009 at 6:00am —
Added by Rick on February 6, 2009 at 5:00am —
When I was five years old I remember getting dressed for church and standing in the large walk in closet with my mom talking to her in normal jabber that kids usually annoy parents with when they are working on something. I was talking to my mom about the bible and what it all meant. I kept asking her about different things that the church did every sunday and what they meant. I remember asking her "What is a bag-tism?" yeah it took me forever to get it right back then. She explained the… Continue
Added by Dema on February 6, 2009 at 3:40am —
In Texas, a teacher has just been suspended for being an atheist and a liberal. Just one more reason why we unbelievers need to step up our presence in America. The link to the article is below:
Added by Andrew the Fluffer on February 6, 2009 at 12:00am —
Welcome to the second part of my ongoing series of blogs about the hows and whys of debating religion with people of faith. The first part was brief, just a story about a recent conversion of a co-worker which inspired me to write this series. This time around we're going to dig in quite a bit more and get into the facts and figures on exactly why you should look to confront religion whenever possible.
For me the #1 reason to confront religion is it's obvious and long history of… Continue
Added by SabreNation on February 5, 2009 at 1:50pm —
The California Fair Political Practices Commission has been investigating the Mormon Church for allegedly underreporting its spending on behalf of Proposition 8. Scott Trotter, a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has repeatedly stated that the allegations made against the church were false.
relating to how much involvement, how much money was spent, and were employees of the church paid for their support… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 4, 2009 at 4:00pm —