I haven't checked back at Think Atheist in a while, and partly this is because I have been busy working on my new column
at Examiner.com where I am the "DC Political Atheist Examiner
If you haven't been by, I'd love for everybody to check it out.
Here are some recent highlights:
Added by Paul Fidalgo on February 25, 2009 at 11:26pm —
Currently in the United States "Non Religious" people make up about 20% of the population.
This includes Atheists, Agnostics, Secular non affiliated, No preference, etc. Jews consist of less than 2% of the population of the United States. Mormons less than 2%, Muslims less than 1%. These are the religious groups that the non-religious out number, yet why is it that we are lucky to get 1 or 2 congressmen to represent us? The truth is that essentially every congressman or woman in congress… Continue
Added by AtypicalAtheist on February 25, 2009 at 10:45pm —
GENEVA: Arab and Muslim countries defended Tuesday a resolution they pushed through at the United Nations to have the body's expert on free speech police individuals and news media for negative comments on Islam.
The United States, Canada and some European countries criticized the role reversal for Kenyan legal expert Ambeyi Ligabo, who has reported to the global body on measures by dictatorships and repressive governments to restrict free speech.
The U.S. and other… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on February 25, 2009 at 9:37pm —
One of the first things I notice when the question of God's existence comes up is how very little is discussed as to what God actually IS. It seems to me that if we are to make progress in this debate, we have to take time to actually reconcile our perceptions of what God actually is in order to debate his existence in the first place. In this blog I will present what I believe the concept of God actually IS and why its important to "simplify" our perceptions of God in order to fully appreciate… Continue
Added by Art on February 25, 2009 at 8:30pm —
According to Merriam-Webster, deduction is defined as “the deriving of a conclusion by reasoning; specifically: inference in which the conclusion about particulars follows necessarily from general or universal premises.”
An example of deductive reasoning is as follows:
Premise 1: People cannot see in the dark.
Premise 2: It is dark in caves.
Conclusion: People can’t see in caves.
There’s no arguing about the above example. A person might say that… Continue
Added by CJoe on February 25, 2009 at 6:03pm —
If you weren't aware, Morticia has her own show weekly on ThinkAtheist.com. It is a video show and past shows can be found here http://www.ustream.tv/channel/531226
When live the show can bee seen here http://www.thinkatheist.com/page/for-the-atheists .
Here is the chat log of the last show.
05:04 evoLverR : but thats impossible
05:05 JustDan : Ustreamers; Please Type /nick yourname
to set your name or risk getting kicked.
05:05 DaveG-4191 :… Continue
Added by Dan on February 25, 2009 at 5:27pm —
by Michael Cohen
Posted: 11:30 February 8, 2009
A remarkable UFO incident that occurred in the skies over Athens over a year ago but was kept secret by the Greek Aviation Authority and the Greek Air Force has recently come to light and is receiving extensive media coverage in Greece. A recording of the conversation (in Greek) between the pilot involved and the airport control tower has been made public and can be listened to below. A copy of the official aviation… Continue
Added by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on February 25, 2009 at 8:30am —
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Added by Dave R on February 25, 2009 at 6:50am —
Once again, the Lenten season is upon us. For those of you who don't know, Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent, is tomorrow. So of course this means all the good little Catholics are out there deciding what they are going to give up until Easter. Of course this means that I am sitting here and shaking my head at the sheer stupidity of this tradition.
I grew up Catholic, so I am quite familiar with the song and dance that is the Lent tradition. I remember my mom asking me… Continue
Added by Sniz on February 24, 2009 at 3:04pm —
No re-write today, just a straight pull from the Americans United for Separation of Church and State site.
More evidence has come to light that the Internal Revenue Service is cracking down on religious ministries that violate federal law by endorsing or opposing candidates for public office. Continue
Added by Johnny on February 24, 2009 at 1:45pm —
While Confusion of the Two is Common, Evolution and Social Darwinism Are Two Separate Things
There seems to be some confusion, especially in the conservative Christian community, between the Theory of Evolution and Social Darwinism.
"Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" which came out in 2008 was a film created to arouse anti-science and anti-evolution sentiments among viewers. To that end the film purposely confused the meaning of… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on February 24, 2009 at 9:30am —
I don't know how many folks here on Think Atheist are fans of the genre and for those of you that aren't please spare me the bashing. I love Hip-Hop, it gets a bad rap. Judging Hip-Hop by what you've seen or heard on MTV for the past 6 years or so is kin to judging Metal and all it's sub genres based on the Hair Metal that graced the same network in the 80s. Behind the "Glam Rap" that dominates airtime now and the Gangsta trend that came before it are some incredibly intelligent individuals… Continue
Added by SabreNation on February 23, 2009 at 11:16pm —
Evolution is just a process by which change occurs in nature. The process of evolution was deduced by interpretation of evidence that holds up to empirical scrutiny. Evolution is like many other natural processes which are deduced by interpretation of evidence. A couple of other
processes we have deduced from evidence found in the natural world are erosion and eutrophication.
Evolution has no moral bias, any more than erosion or… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on February 23, 2009 at 5:30pm —
McConnell: Don't raise taxes on the wealthy
By Walter Alarkon
Posted: 02/22/09 02:03 PM [ET]
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned President Obama on Sunday not to include tax increases on the wealthy in his upcoming budget plan, saying that doing so wouldn't be a "smart move" during a recession.
McConnell said that tax hikes on the wealthy, which Obama is expected to propose in his first budget, would hit small businesses.…
Added by Rev. Tom Hicks, D.D. on February 23, 2009 at 9:50am —
Not sure if this is the right place for this or but seriously I have been browsing the site for a few months and I finally decided to join and I am in short glad I did! It really is cool to be apart of a site like this. Been watching alot of the video's. I am wondering why it took me so long to sign up. Okay, perhaps I am busy. But I am so very impressed with the site presentation and what it has to offer. Well that is all I have for this early morning.
and my name… Continue
Added by meme on February 23, 2009 at 5:30am —
Surprise, surprise. I'm a left social libertarian and I vote Democratic.
My Political Views
I am a left social libertarian
Left: 5.85, Libertarian: 3.89
My Foreign Policy Views
My Culture War Stance
Will wonders never cease.
Political Spectrum… Continue
Added by MikeTheInfidel on February 22, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Plenty of Scientific Facts Contradict Information Found in the Bible so Why Do Fundamentalist Christians Only Despise Origin Theories?
What do fundamentalist Christians and other religious fundamentalists have against the theory of evolution? Why do they seem so upset by the very idea of evolution? Evolutionary theory contradicts the literal story of Genesis as found in the Bible. However, a lot of scientific
knowledge contradicts parts of the… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on February 22, 2009 at 4:30am —
Austria - this small country with 8m people in the heart of europe - is still one of the catholic main quater in Europe. More than 80 % of its population consider thmeselves as catholic. Over the years there has been a number of debates about the role of religion in schools, justice (there are still cruzifies in court rooms) and public life. Religion is still playing an enourmous role in Austria's daily life. Media an politics still don't discuss the influence of religion in everybody's life.… Continue
Added by guenter strobl on February 21, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun. Continue
As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.
But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were…
Added by Morgan Matthew on February 21, 2009 at 4:30am —
On my way home from work I passed a real wacko. I'm walking down the street from the bus to my apartment minding my own business and this man yells at me "Jesus saves the day." WTF!!! I know there's many Christians in my neighborhood but most have some sense. They don't go around yelling about it at the top of their lungs. Especially at total strangers. Not a very wise thing to do. It peeved me off when he did so. But I walked on. He does that crap to the wrong person he might get someone not… Continue
Added by Agent Chaos on February 20, 2009 at 12:27pm —