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 —
Professor Richard Dawkins submitted the following to Edge.org annual challenge to thinkers, "What Will Change Everything?"
"Our ethics and our politics assume, largely without question or serious discussion, that the division between human and 'animal' is absolute. 'Pro-life', to take just one example, is a potent political badge, associated with a gamut of ethical issues such as opposition to abortion and euthanasia.
What it really means is pro-human-life. Abortion clinic… Continue
Added by Frank on January 10, 2009 at 3:23pm —
So today is my 21st birthday (you may pay your homage any time today, lol) and like any of you with Facebook can understand, my wall is now plastered with birthday wishes from friends. Some of these messages are from old church friends, including one from my old minister (it was a very small church, everyone knew everyone pretty much). While it was nice to hear from him, his birthday wish left me with a sad feeling. This was a man I had respected for his knowledge of the bible and his faith. I… Continue
Added by Sniz on January 10, 2009 at 1:21pm —
Atheism featured twice on Australian TV tonight.
First on the ABC nightly news where they discussed the UK Atheist Bus Campaign, and how the Australian one had been knocked back [by the advertising company, they could end up with heaps of flack because of this].
Secondly on SBS RocKwiz program, contestants reason he didn't guess "The Lords Prayer" by Sister Janet Mead - "atheist".
I've put the links to the on-line vids on my blog (shameless blog promotion)
Added by Oz Atheist on January 10, 2009 at 7:39am —
I suppose this could be revised, as my attitudes have changed slightly. But here is how i thought 2 years ago at least.
My meaning of life
First let me start off saying I don’t believe in a god or an afterlife. Therefore I don’t believe that humans were “created” or “designed” to have a purpose. I believe that humans are here by chance, by a beautiful coincidence, evolution. So, for all intents and purposes, human life, and all life for that matter, is meaningless. That is… Continue
Added by Brenan on January 10, 2009 at 2:25am —
Okay what if you find someone special and they are religious?
Seriously, what has your guys experiences been? I would love to know. I do not have someone right now but I kinda was thinking about this and kinda want some more input on the topic.
by the way
I thought I would show off morgans big fat face :P… Continue
Added by Sophie on January 10, 2009 at 1:30am —
Currently children (people under age 18) make up almost 60% of the population of the Gaza strip. With hundreds dead and thousands dying or injured, hospitals are filled up with people dying before they receive any treatment, there is no clean water or food, and Israel continues to escalate the conflict. Even with multiple agencies trying to bring in aid these organizations are always overstretched in what they have to do. So if you can feel free to help out.
NO ARGUING IN COMMENTS… Continue
Added by The Urban Spaceman on January 9, 2009 at 8:30pm —
I'm sick of Christians confusing Atheism with Satanism. Unlike religion, Atheism is based in science which is nothing more than unbiased observation of the universe around us. Everyone in the world, religious or not, "practices" science all the time just by observing their surroundings and forming an opinion.
Religion, on the other hand, is the magical mythology created to explain any gaps that we find in our observation. An Atheist would describe such a gap as "unkown", and wait for… Continue
Added by Dave on January 9, 2009 at 3:43pm —
Why do women stay in the church when this kind of shit is preached from the pulpit?
I realize brain washing is part of religion, but sometimes people just need to open their fucking eyes.
Added by Mike on January 9, 2009 at 3:25pm —
Today, Millions of Christian devotees celebrated the feast of the transplantation of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila that’s why we don’t have classes in school. Whoohoo! Has anyone heard about it?
It’s a yearly procession of the image. The statue has been placed on a golden red carriage and pulled through the streets of Quiapo by devotees dressed in maroon. People are all trying to climb to the statue because they believe that… Continue
Added by Luna Agimat on January 9, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Just added a new post on my blog
, in response to the idiocy on the Herald Sun blog
. Check it out and have your say.
Added by Oz Atheist on January 9, 2009 at 8:31am —
This is more a shout out to all the people that are apart of this community! The people I have been following/reading on chat/blogs are simply amazing. Rational discussions about certain topics do not get out of hand and people do not cry/pout about stupid stuff AND usually come to a certain conclusion that makes SENSE. It is such a rewarding feeling knowing that there are other people out there that really think and use their heads! I am excited… Continue
Added by Stacie on January 9, 2009 at 4:30am —
As I slip into darkness
I do not forget the chords
Which silenced the silence
And took its voice forever
As my foot leaves the path
I remember all the lessons
Which drove from my mind
My doubt of never asking
My soul is condemned but
My intentions were pure
My heart is forsaken but
All it asked for was love
All I can see is eternity
From here, all I hear
Is the song of angels
Voices laced with… Continue
Added by CJoe on January 9, 2009 at 2:20am —