The editor and publisher of a top English-language Indian daily have been arrested on charges of "hurting the religious feelings" of Muslims.
The Statesman's editor Ravindra Kumar and publisher Anand Sinha were detained in Calcutta after complaints.
Muslims said they were upset with the Statesman for reproducing an article from the UK's Independent daily in its 5 February edition.
The article was entitled: "Why should I respect these oppressive… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on February 12, 2009 at 6:30pm —
We’re all like Prometheus; chained by the gods to the rock of superstition and fear. Unfortunately, no one knows they’re slaves to the Zeitgeist of the era; of eras past. We are all descended from the same primitive roots of our humanity. Our beliefs about the world are shaped by our ancestors’ misunderstanding of it.
In our waking consciousness, we tried to understand the world based on our perception. We could not explain the phenomenon that caused thunder and so blamed it on a… Continue
Added by CJoe on February 12, 2009 at 6:08pm —
Are you old enough to remember this?
There was a time when TV just shut down for the night. Johnny Carson was on for about 90 minutes, followed by Tom Snyder, then some horrible programming like "Dance Fever." Eventually, there would be something with a title like "Moment of Inspiration." This was a preacher delivering a message for a few minutes. This was followed by The Star Spangled Banner and white noise for a few hours.
PSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!" The sound would… Continue
Added by Dan Snell on February 12, 2009 at 4:24pm —
The religious history in my family is simple. Grandpa was a Protestant, while grandma was a Catholic. When they wanted to get married, neither church would recognize the marriage. Grandma noticed that there were church-sanctioned marriages in her circles, where the husband would beat the wife. There were cases of infidelity, alcoholism, and other maladies. But it's a-okay, because they're both Catholic.
They flipped their collective birds at their respective institutions anyway and… Continue
Added by Dan Snell on February 12, 2009 at 3:28pm —
People don't like to admit that believing in god and going to church have nothing to do with moral behavior. It's like me going swimming or playing guitar. It's just something to do.
I am thoroughly convinced that there is a creature out there in the theological world that is just as dangerous as the Fundamentalist religious wacko.
These people are what I call the "pick-and-choose moralists."
A great example is a woman I met over 10 years ago online. We had a… Continue
Added by Dan Snell on February 12, 2009 at 3:02pm —
A relative of mine, who considers herself to be Agnostic, was having a problem finding an AA group that could respect her stance. They'd tell her that she MUST believe in god in order to be a part of their program. Some would tell her to "just call a doorknob your higher power" and be done with it. I think she's more Atheist than she's willing to admit, because she was unwilling to even do that.
I can't be around addicts, even if they are in so-called "recover," because it's simply… Continue
Added by Dan Snell on February 12, 2009 at 2:33pm —
When I joined up with a certain social networking site, I didn't really expect to encounter people from high school. Alas, I did. For some of them, just messaging with them is evidence enough that they did not put any effort into learning or bettering themselves. As you might guess, they put faith in god providing for them.
One in particular actually paid attention to my writing on the site and contacted me to say that he "felt sorry" for me because I didn't have god the lord jesus… Continue
Added by Dan Snell on February 12, 2009 at 2:11pm —
I had the sudden urge to blog/bitch about my day. All this will be is a bunch of bitching and whining...
I get up at five a.m. after my whopping three
hours of sleep. I go to DCI to donate plasma(what else would one do there?) and I fall asleep in the van for a little while. I had never felt so exhausted as I had this morning, not even after going more than a day without sleep.
This one person was saying quite a bit that irritated me, but I don't really need to get… Continue
Added by Theresa on February 12, 2009 at 1:52pm —
I've had a few blogs through the years, most have been very centered in a sort of self-censored "dear diary"-format and eventually faded out with my interest to maintain it. But I thought I might try something new and theme this to go with the community. So here's a shot at blogging about secularism/atheism/religion with Sweden in focus. Sure it might be some stuff that is related more to international events as well but that will just count as bonus-posts.…
Added by Christoffer Andersson on February 12, 2009 at 12:05pm —
Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.
Find out more at the Darwin Day website
Added by Philip Norton on February 12, 2009 at 8:05am —
Charles Darwin, who invented the theory of evolution, was born on Feb. 12, 1809. Marking the 200th anniversary of his Darwin’s birth, Gallup has a new poll out showing that “only 39 percent of Americans say they ‘believe in the theory of evolution,’ while a quarter say they do not believe in the theory, and another 36 percent don’t have an opinion either way”:…
Added by Morgan Matthew on February 12, 2009 at 6:29am —
Friend: nope I'm a christian
Friend: you don't view that as a bad thing do you?
Me: in a majority of cases, it can be
Friend: and why is that?
Me: religion is the base of most of the mos devastating acts of murder and intolerance in history
Me: i disagree with every form of it/
Friend: have you ever looked at the history of humans? not even the religious aspect of it
Friend: humans are not that nicest things
Me: Oh i know
Added by Morticia on February 12, 2009 at 2:00am —
1. Respond to something elsewhere on the web: the best way to start blogging: simply link to something elsewhere that you feel is interesting, or (better) that you disagree with. If you make a constructive response to what someone else has posted, for example, you can start a useful inter-blog dialogue. You might add links to evidence that challenges what the original post says, for example. In its most simple form, when you simply post useful… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on February 11, 2009 at 11:30pm —
is one of the kings of spreading lies about atheists. Apparently his latest tactic is to counter the Freedom From Religion Foundation's billboards
He continuously spouts this rhetoric of "no watch without a watchmaker" analogies. He is a self-proclaimed expert on atheism, and unfortunately that… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 11, 2009 at 11:43am —
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 —