In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama celebrated America as a "nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers." Some Christians are taking issue with the approach to inclusiveness, saying the president misrepresented America's culture and heritage. Continue
By mentioning, for the first time in an inaugural address, the 16.1…
Added by Johnny on January 24, 2009 at 12:43pm —
This isn't my first blog...and it probably won't be my last.
I admit that I've had dalliances in other places. There was even a long term affair with myspace, but as my life progressed past what I wanted family members to browse, the entries there became less and less sincere.
There is an anonymity to the internet. A sense of honesty that can be scrutinized by a thousand people (and as long as none of them are blood related, it's perfectly free.) There isn't much of a chance of… Continue
Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on January 23, 2009 at 10:19pm —
If anyone is interested, here's a link to skepitc.com. They have some really interesting, demystifying articles and videos. You can subscribe to the e-mail newsletter or the magazine itself. This is a great way of building your arsenol of defense against superstitious fanatics!
Added by CJoe on January 23, 2009 at 10:57am —
I grew up going to Pentecostal churches. The earliest church I remember from my childhood burned to the ground sometime around the age of 5 or 6. I don’t really remember too much about it; but the next church was a Church of God. For anyone who is not familiar, this was one of those churches where all the women wore their hair in huge “beehive” hairdos and were not allowed to wear pants, or makeup, or jewelry (not even wedding rings, but my mom did put her foot down about that one, lol). I… Continue
Added by Pixy Giggles on January 23, 2009 at 7:52am —
Taken from Intolerant Faith
, posted by Joe McCraw
"Negligent Fundie Parents Deny Life-saving Treatment To Daughter.
Kara Neumann, the victim of negligence by her wack-job Christian fundamentalist parents, was denied treatment by her parents, ended up dying from juvenille diabetes complications. She could have survived the ordeal, had she been taken to the hospital, yet her parents, justified in their belief that god… Continue
Added by Laura on January 23, 2009 at 3:46am —
First off, modern religion has become something of a monster. The problem I have with religion is that it is a delusion. Yes I said it a DELUSION (youre all CRAZY). To believe that a man in the sky hears all your thoughts, listens to your prayers, and talks to you telepathically is absolutely ludicrous, and it is mind-blowing to me how the majority of our society believes all of this. Do you people really think a guy who apparently has a “divine plan” for the world is going to change that… Continue
Added by Audio on January 22, 2009 at 11:48pm —
professor Daniel Dennett
compares “religious ideas to viruses, which thrive by replicating and passing themselves from one generation to the next.”
Dennett is the co-director of Tufts’ Center for Cognitive Studies. On Tuesday he lectured at Dartmouth Hall on his recent study: Religion as a “Natural Phenomenon.” He… Continue
Added by Johnny on January 22, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Link to article
""She Wasn't Driving Like a Christian," Says Driver Who Rammed Car
A driver who rammed another car at high speed outside San Antonio last week told police that Jesus had told him to do so because the other motorist was not "driving like a Christian."
In my experience, He is usually satisfied if you just give a lousy driver the finger, but in this… Continue
Added by Mike on January 22, 2009 at 2:09pm —
At the end of my post I asked the question, what is the solution...?
Today I came across one solution that makes a lot of sense. The authors of a paper in the next issue of Nature (Jan 22, 2009) have gone on the offensive.
"We have already seen misleading interpretations of our results in the popular press and the blogosphere, and so we thought we would nip such speculation in the bud."
To be published in Nature is to have survived rigorous, fact checking, data… Continue
Added by Arron on January 22, 2009 at 1:10pm —
I work at a Walmart, sucky job, but it's a way to get by as a college kid. A few weeks ago an older couple came through my line (I'm a cashier) and after paying, there was no one behind them, and they gentleman said "Son, have you heard lately that God loves you?" I was caught off guard, tired, and had heard this opening line before. I have heard this, surprise, so I said yeah, hoping he'd give me a smile and say something about God and leave. Instead, he asks "if you were to die today, would… Continue
Added by Dan on January 22, 2009 at 7:24am —
So i was thinking about Madalyn Murray O'Hair. I bet most of you are too young to remember her (as i scan the demographics, a significant portion of you are in your mid 20s and younger). And a number of you aren't American.
I hope I'm not repeating a post if any of you mentioned O'Hair already.
Madalyn Muarry O'Hair was the founder of American Atheists. Founded in 1963. When this country was knee deep in Christian dogma. Good grief, in my history class I learned people… Continue
Added by Jay E on January 21, 2009 at 11:33pm —
So, like usual on my downtime, I was Stumbling about the internet, and I came across this article. It talks about some Muslims in Britain that want to include certain religious laws in with British Law. In it, the author lists some of these Muslim laws. Some are pretty common sense, but others...
* the right shoe should be put on first, followed by the left;
* you should lie on your right when sleeping;
* you should sit down to eat.
Ok, so I know the focus of the… Continue
Added by Sniz on January 21, 2009 at 2:46pm —
A far cry better than the quote by former president George HW Bush back in 1987
. President Obama pointed out that “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers.”
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a… Continue
Added by Johnny on January 21, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Well it's a new year (yes I know it's a bit late) and I guess I've just been procrastinating, so here is the list:
1) The new president does a serious public relations overhaul with the rest of the world. Get the rest of the world to accept Americans again and not see them as natural resource wasting and war hungry people. I am moving to Europe in March and I want to go into a pub and not have to tell them I am a Canadian. There's nothing wrong with being a Canadian but I would not… Continue
Added by Frank on January 21, 2009 at 9:38am —
These photos where taken just last year. Hmmn. This re-enactment of the suffering of Jesus is done every holy week in my hometown in Pampanga. I know you guys know... This became an attraction for tourists both foreign and local because it is done only here. But I’ve been here only once. I got curious so I went there.
Every Lenten season, you will see naked people, full of blood all… Continue
Added by Luna Agimat on January 21, 2009 at 8:44am —
When and if you get into a civilized discussion with a theist, this question seldom fails to arise sooner or later: "What if you're wrong?"
This question always makes be smirk because of the condescending tone that usually accompanies the question; which to me implies “I know I’m right and you’re wrong.”So how do you handle this question?
My answer (more-or-less):… Continue
Added by Johnny on January 19, 2009 at 3:44pm —
In my previous post, I mentioned my issues regarding Jesus being "the way" and all the people who live(d) in countries where the Christian message is not heard. Here are some others:
1. If God created us in his image, and he is perfect, why are there so many genetic disorders?
2. We would generally consider a person who needed to be "praised" (beyond normal gratitude) as an egomaniac. If it's a personality flaw in a human being, why is it perfection in a supreme… Continue
Added by Karen Davis on January 19, 2009 at 1:24pm —
Morgan can you give us a rundown on your road to Atheism(were you always an atheist)?
I was always an atheist, I just did not know it. My parents tried to get me baptized as a baby and found out quickly that the church wanted all kinds of money to get a splash of water on my head. Growing up as a young tyke my parents were agnostic. Which means I never grew up with any religion at all. I did the all the holidays and never knew… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on January 19, 2009 at 4:00am —
i found this somewhere, its hilarious.
10. No one will kill you for not drinking Beer.
9. Beer doesn't tell you how to have sex.
8. Beer has never caused a major war.
7. They don't force Beer on minors who can't think for themselves.
6. When you have Beer, you don't knock on people's doors trying to make them drink it.
5. Nobody's ever been burned at the stake, hanged, or tortured… Continue
Added by Audio on January 18, 2009 at 4:30pm —
I just read some posts on "coming out" and wanted to share my own history.
I was raised Episcopalian, the best description of which I've heard was comparing to Catholicism - "All of the pageantry, none of the guilt" (St. Elsewhere TV show). My family and I were involved in the church in many non-trivial ways: Dad was on the vestry (the members who actually *ran* the church business), both parents were in choir, Mom was periodically involved in helping in the church office, my sister… Continue
Added by Karen Davis on January 17, 2009 at 10:38pm —