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 —
I picked up this tea from the store yesterday called Good Earth. It is amazing!!!
Anyways, I was making myself a cup about 10 minutes ago. I sat down and was doin' the little "bobble the bag up and down" and noticed there was a little quote on the paper at the end of the string. It said:
The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
This just struck me to the core. I don't know why. It was this feeling that I, and all of us, are the freethinkers… Continue
Added by Sniz on January 17, 2009 at 4:13pm —
There are several of these "suggestions for the new president" sites out there, and its tough to keep track of them all. The main ones I've seen though are:
Weather-or-not chiming in on these sites will make a difference, or weather-or-not the ideas will even make it to… Continue
Added by Johnny on January 16, 2009 at 3:51pm —
I am 45yr and have 4 grown kids, my oldest lives in China with his girlfriend. Crystal lives about 1 mile from me with her husband and daughter. Linda lives about 5 miles away with her in-laws and stepson. Tim lives with me. Patrick is four, I adopted him,he is mine now so I have 5 kids in total. Pink is my favorite color and I live on chocolate. I love the little town I live in. I have mountains on three sides and it is beautiful!!!. I have a large extended family with 5 siblings,grown nices… Continue
Added by Pink mom on January 16, 2009 at 3:16pm —
The answer is, of course, "Unicorns don't exist." I would like to pose a similar question that requires just as much consideration as the one in the title of this post: "Why did God flood the earth, choosing only Noah's family and two of every animal to survive?" The question is irrelevant because there was no godly flood. There was no Noah, no heathens to be drowned because of their sin, no unicorns to be left behind as the Ark floated away to safety.…
Added by Kevin on January 16, 2009 at 2:21am —
Well, I did it. I really did it! I told my parents that I am atheist. As some of you have known that I was deathly afraid of coming out to my parents about atheism. When I joined the site I was was acting like a child and being generally dumb but this was because I was lying to myself. This site threw me over the edge. But the problem in my head is that I can not be a atheist until I tell my family because I do not like to lie to people.… Continue
Added by Kate on January 16, 2009 at 12:00am —
Well I just so happen to be in a particularly foul mood when I stumbled upon this web site so you guys will have to bear with me while I step up on my soapbox for a moment here. For my first blog I guess I'll go ahead and show you how accurate that little "what kind of atheist are you" test result on my page is. It will be short, sweet, and overflowing with anger. I've spent the last couple weeks reading about the insanity in Gaza as a bunch of irrational fanatics kill not just each other but… Continue
Added by SabreNation on January 15, 2009 at 7:50pm —
when i last saw you
now i cry
when I first met you
it's hard to beleive
that you are not here
it's hard to know
that you had to go
when i first told you
now i cry
it's hard to beleive
that you are gone
it's hard to see
that you are not around
Added by jose freaxx on January 15, 2009 at 2:09pm —
So, this I think acts as my official outing as an atheist. I don't think I've ever really been anything but this or an agnostic, but I think over the past couple of years and Dawkins books, et al, I've moved firmly into the atheist camp. Whilst I have a huge amount of time for the good Professor, especially his more scientify writings, e.g. The Ancestor's Tale, I'm not in the militant wing, so if people want to stay with their imaginary friend and his book, as long as they don't get fundie and… Continue
Added by Ian on January 14, 2009 at 10:09am —
The link between spirituality and happiness is pretty well-established for teens and adults. More spirituality brings more happiness
Now a study has reached into the younger set, finding the same link in "tweens" and in kids in middle childhood.
Specifically, the study shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships — both measures of spirituality, the researchers claim — are… Continue
Added by Pam on January 14, 2009 at 8:00am —
One of the most popular misconceptions I've encountered is the idea that atheists don't think that "good" and "bad" exist, and that we think everyone should be allowed to do as they please because deeds are not good or bad.
What are some of the other biggies?
Added by Gina on January 13, 2009 at 11:44pm —
[From Bloc Raisonneur
I am interested in the Christian Broadcasting Network's take
on the Newdow Pledge suit
, because even though they will have a naturally built-in bias, they are a significant player in terms of niche media, and their political reporting… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on January 13, 2009 at 10:00pm —
For those who weren't born with this monkey on your back, "count your blessings." As I read some of the posts of former thumpers on exchristian.net and some of the testimonials here, it is gut-wrenching. What amazes me the most are the hardcore religionists who grew up in the Bible Belt. Their backgrounds are heart breaking. They go through their whole lives promoting and defending these Biblical stories and then one day they wake up not being "in love" with the idea anymore. One great example… Continue
Added by Jay E on January 12, 2009 at 10:06pm —
Today I stumbled upon a transcript on the National Public Radio site. It was a speech made by John F. Kennedy, given to a group of Protestant ministers a few months before the election. JFK was a devout Catholic, but he was also a big proponent of the separation of church and state; this speech has some excellent excerpts that exemplify this. JFK was the first Catholic elected president, and during the elections other religious groups (primarily the Protestant group) were concerned… Continue
Added by Johnny on January 12, 2009 at 4:30pm —
I got into an online scrap with a couple Mormons who insist "proselytize" isn't a word. I abandoned all hope of winning the argument when it dawned on me that I was potentially dealing with murderous psychopaths. Some Christian from youtube has finally stopped messaging me after I left a comment on a Rick Warren video. I said "Bless You" today when someone sneezed, losing my principles entirely for a moment, then added "You're so good- lookin' '". Someone added me as a friend today, my first on… Continue
Added by Batty on January 12, 2009 at 4:05pm —
[From Bloc Raisonneur
Radley Balko at the Agitator and Jason Kuznicki at Positive Liberty wonder at the wisdom of Michael Newdow and other atheists' attempts to strike "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. Their beef? Per Balko
Seems to me that the real problem here—whether you’re atheist, agnostic, or devout—is the idea that we’re forcing school… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on January 12, 2009 at 10:00am —
Death comes to us all in some form or another. The differences among humans in how we view this unfortunate circumstance is interesting. Religious people welcome death; it is their journey to the afterlife, their face-to-face meeting with God. They look forward to the end of this life, pray for the next life, and live so that they may receive the maximum benefit in God's kingdom. Oppositely, naturalists like myself see death as nothing more than the unconscious state we all experienced before… Continue
Added by Kevin on January 12, 2009 at 7:00am —
Rationalism- the practice and promotion of reason above all else;
rejection of religion on the grounds that it is illogical.
All over the world, people are seen chanting prayers, whispering pleas, joining their hands and staring up at the sky. They are stoically against the realization of the futility of this act, of the actual waste of time. In all, an average god-fearing man probably wastes half his life just murmuring prayers. To turn to an illusion and live your life deluded is no… Continue
Added by Ananya Ray on January 12, 2009 at 3:27am —
Added by Heath on January 11, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Why is it that using your brain has become a thing to be embarassed about? What is wrong with people showing intelligence and expressing intellectual points of view?
I have noticed a lot that if you shift a conversation away from the normal everyday stuff, last nights game, the latest soap news, celebrity, which are all very entertaing topics (I hope Chelsea beat ManU today!!!) that you get castigated and called a nerd, smart arse, or know-it-all.
I read a lot of… Continue
Added by Liam on January 11, 2009 at 4:31am —