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Islamic Censorship and the Growing Threat to Western Values



The below is taken from a Wall Street Journal article on the upcoming Durban II conference.



"The draft declaration… goes after the West’s freedom of speech and antiterror laws under the guise of protecting religion (read: Islam) from “defamation.” The entire West will be in the dock for allegedly persecuting Muslims. “The most serious manifestations of defamation of religions are the increase in Islamophobia and the worsening of the… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 10, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

How does atheism

im writing a piece on atheism and I got presented with these questions. How does it impact our physical world? How has it changed of sense of perception or space? Is it a place where we can live or otherwise exist? What would the media landscape look like without it? How does it impact the natural world? What is the next logical evolution of it?

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 7, 2008 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments

Materialism

A corollary to atheism is materialism, in the philosophical sense. I don't believe there is anything supernatural in the universe. Although there are of course many things we don't understand, I don't think there is any reason in principle why we can not understand them.



In particular, I don't believe there is such a thing as a soul, or a mind separate from the body. Our selves and our consciousness are solely the result of chemical and… Continue

Added by Sophie on December 7, 2008 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

1st Entry

Just found this site via twitter and Sophies pic of a baby atheist dragon (so thanks Sophie).

I am an atheist and I have been for some time. I am a rational person and I find it very hard to discuss religion with people as I find myself dealing with agressive people. I try not to be confrontational or agressive myself but I often wonder are people getting angry with me as I represent their doubts and fears.

Do that see in me what they deep down know to be true.

Added by Liam on December 7, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Ethics

When I discuss atheism with other people, which does not happen often, they sometimes bring up ethics. Some people even question how it is possible for an atheist to behave ethically. Of course, such a question implies that the questioner only acts ethically because they must, perhaps through fear of hell or a desire to look good for god. I doubt this is actually the case for most people.



It's true, of course, that atheism by itself does not address ethical questions. Nevertheless, I… Continue

Added by Sophie on December 7, 2008 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Proselytizing

It should be clear from my reasons for choosing to be an atheist that I have no interest in convincing other people to become atheists. I think people should choose to live in the universe which they prefer. I don't think that somebody who believes in god is wrong; they just follow a different faith. After all, many people who believe in different gods are able to live together comfortably, despite the clear contradictions between their faiths.



Of course, some religions include the… Continue

Added by Sophie on December 7, 2008 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

Religious Belief in General

I think that most people have an opinion about the overall nature of the universe and about the role which humanity plays in the universe. (I've met people who don't, but I think they are a small minority.)



What I mean by this is that most people have some sort of answer to questions like





Why is there something rather than nothing?



Why are we here?



What happens to us after we die?



How can we tell right from wrong?

Many people are… Continue

Added by Sophie on December 6, 2008 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Why Atheism Makes Me Happier



Atheism makes me happier for the simple reason that it means that I am responsible for my own choices in life.



I find the traditional Judeo-Christian god to be very paternalistic (hardly an original thought, I know). We can be good children and obey, or we can be bad children and rebel. We have no other choices, and we will never grow up—to god, we will always be children. Some people have told me that they find this to be comforting.… Continue

Added by Sophie on December 6, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

18 Year Old Parents Exorcise Demons from 1 Year Old



Blaine Milam, and Jessica Carson are accused of having murdered their 13 month old child, in order to drive the demons out of her. This deranged, 18 year old couple should never be allowed to have children ever again, and should be kept away from society until the have been properly rehabilitated. The gruesome details of the story include blunt trauma, and over 20 human bites having been inflicted upon the child.

Exorcism is an all too often… Continue

Added by Gina on December 5, 2008 at 1:05am — 5 Comments

Episcopalians prove that God is imaginary

This week we have witnessed the attempted creation of ANOTHER new branch of Christianity. The Episcopalians are splitting into a light and a heavy variety:



Conservative Episcopalians Vote to Create Alternative Branch



Conservatives from the Episcopal Church voted yesterday to form their own branch of Anglicanism in the United States and said they would seek new recognition in the worldwide church because of their growing disenchantment over the ordination… Continue

Added by Gina on December 5, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Bible: Primitive Nonsense



Occasionally, the Mormons or JWs will knock on my door and offer their Mormon Bible, the Watchtower, or whatever. I wanted something brief to trade with them, so I put together the following 2-pager.



The Bible as Primitive Nonsense



Christianity is based on the stories and claims of the Bible. If the Bible is not largely accurate history, then Christianity has no foundation. Thus, either the Bible is… Continue

Added by Kira on December 3, 2008 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Can it be so difficult to accept that...



Can it be so difficult to accept that fact that not everyone needs an omnipresent, vengeful father figure to make them be good? I find it depressing that Christians and other theists seem to be motivated to be good only by the idea that retribution will be visited upon them if they aren't kind and giving. What does that say about their true moral fiber? One more thing. If these people really possessed "Faith", they wouldn't be so offended by… Continue

Added by Kirstin on December 3, 2008 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Hell: As Explained by a Chemistry Student



From an email forwarded to me:



Setting: a college chemistry exam.



Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?



Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following:



First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on December 3, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Atheist dollar



I did this with a bunch of dollar bills, and they are now in circulation, maybe they'll bring some people in. According to Penn, it isn't illegal like many think. So hopefully he's right lol

Added by Atheist Ninja on November 29, 2008 at 11:20pm — 3 Comments

15 Simple Ways to Overcome Anger



Can you recall the last time you were really angry at someone? So much so that you were physically shaken just at the thought of them? Rarely does this feeling of anger help us in getting what we want. Often, it will work against us, resulting in more pain, unnecessarily.



Even the most gentle of personalities can temporarily turn into a vindictive rascal, if pushed far enough.



A friend of mine is going through a divorce… Continue

Added by Kirstin on November 29, 2008 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Explaining Why It's Not Just Déjà Vu (All Over Again)



No matter how many times you experience déjà vu in your life, it never ceases to be a bizarre occurrence. While science has pretty much explained all the mystery out of awesome and strange things like the Northern Lights, eclipses, and those Magic Eye posters, it has failed to come up with a thorough explanation for déjà vu. Anne Cleary, a psychologist at Colorado State University, decided to put to the test that strange feeling where you could… Continue

Added by Kenndy on November 28, 2008 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

The Arrogance Argument



Theologians time and again accuse Science and Atheists of arrogance, and worse, for questioning beliefs that are illogical or criminal. They take super-umbrage over the very idea that someone else may have an opinion, and that this opinion may not be based in faith. They're more accepting of contrary faiths, but only slightly.



The fact is that Atheism is ITSELF, as a matter of definition, contrary to faith and godhood. An Atheist has no… Continue

Added by Kate on November 27, 2008 at 10:24pm — 5 Comments

Welcome To The Dark Ages!

UN Bans "Defamation of Religion" in Islamic Bid to Curb Free Speech

Tuesday, 25 November 2008, 11:03 am

Press Release: UN Watch



UN Bans "Defamation of Religion" in Islamic Bid to Curb Free Speech but advocacy campaign reduces support from 108 to 85 votes



Geneva, November 24, 2008 - By a vote of 85 to 50, with 42 abstaining, the UN General Assembly today adopted a draft resolution calling on all countries to…

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Added by Kekerusey on November 25, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Genesis 3: God screws up the world, blames man



The Bible’s Answer



The Bible, like many myths, begins with answering how the world came to be and why it’s so screwed up.



The Bible tells us that God created everything in six days. He created Adam out of dust, and Eve out of Adam’s rib. (Woman, being the property of man, doesn’t get the dignity of her own mud spawning.) They were placed in the Garden of Eden and told they could eat of any fruit except one. If they ate that… Continue

Added by Kirstin on November 25, 2008 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More Americans Than Illegal Drugs

A report by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission has concluded that prescription drugs have outstripped illegal drugs as a cause of death.



An analysis of 168,900 autopsies conducted in Florida in 2007 found that three times as many people were killed by legal drugs as by cocaine, heroin and all methamphetamines put together. According to state law enforcement officials, this is a sign of a burgeoning prescription drug abuse problem.



"The abuse has reached epidemic… Continue

Added by Kirstin on November 23, 2008 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

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