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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

When I was a kid

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised God doesn’t work that way, so I stole
one and prayed for forgiveness.

Added by Kenndy on November 23, 2008 at 7:09pm — 3 Comments

PROOF THAT BIBLEGOD DOES NOT EXIST

According to Christians, God possesses three qualities: He is all-knowing, all-powerful and all-good. It is these three qualities that define Him as God, and it is these qualities that set Him apart from all the other false gods. Therefore, it logically follows that if Biblegod failed to possess these three qualities, he would not meet the accepted definition of God as proposed by Christians, and would be reduced to the rank of a false god. In other words, should Biblegod fail to meet the… Continue

Added by Kate on November 23, 2008 at 6:56pm — No Comments

My Morbid Musings

This morning I was talking to my mother and I mentioned that my ex boyfriend's grandmother had passed away yesterday. She inquired whether or not it had been sudden and I replied 'she was winding down for awhile'. My mother thought this was an... interesting way of putting it. But isn't that generally what death is? I mean, barring violence, accidents, sudden illnesses, etc., our bodies would eventually wind down, give out and we'd die. I'm not really all that fearful of my own mortality though… Continue

Added by Gina on November 21, 2008 at 1:42pm — 1 Comment

Why stop here on our evolution from the ape?

We share our genetic make-up with animals. So why be squeamish about using animal genes to enhance our species?



There was a time when the use of animal organs in medicine gave many of us an attack of the moral heebie-jeebies. It was considered bestial, degrading and, well, rather yucky. No longer. Even the conservative Senator Jesse Helms, suffering from a coronary condition in the 1990s, gratefully consented to having a pig's heart valve, and I suspect most of us, offered a choice… Continue

Added by Gina on November 20, 2008 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Blessed.

Blessed with all those who hate their guts ... because they love with all his heart. Blessed those who make the difference ... They are true to their nature. Blessed those who accept its darkness ... therefore appreciate the light of day. Blessed those who choose to be alone ... They are their own family. Blessed those who do not believe without asking questions ... because they will resist any lie. Blessed motherland those who do not have ... because his whole being is the home they need.… Continue

Added by Ofelia. on November 16, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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