The benefits of tax evasion enjoyed by the freeloading preachers, ministers, rabbis, & imans of the United States will continue after the 7th district Appeals Court overruled a previous finding that the "longstanding clergy housing allowance was unconstitutional." The Appeals Court once again brought up the issue that the plaintiff (FFRF) has no "standing" in the matter and therefore the case amounts to nothing but a grievance. Bullshit.…Continue
The Rosetta spacecraft that successfully landed on the comet, known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, was off the mark by one kilometer. Not bad when you consider the distance involved to get there. But now it sits on the comet in a location that doesn't allow the sun to recharge the solar array. Game over for now.…Continue
Added by Ed on November 15, 2014 at 10:15am — No Comments
Well the Obama administration managed to gain freedom for the two American bozos detained and in prison in North Korea. Bozo #1 was trying to spread the gospel of Jeebus and arrange for the overthrow of the current regime. I am sure the current Korean god/dictator was not amused.
After his arrival Bozo #2 tore up his visa and announced his desire to repatriate to North Korea. Huh? Seriously?
I can only hope others around the world not judge the sanity of Americans by the dim…Continue
Let's see..... if you are a conservative in Arkansas you are very happy right now.
Republicans won the Governor's race, Senate race, and more.
State wide liquor sales: defeated.
Keep Term Limits intact: defeated
Stricter measures required to get measures on ballot: Passed.
Minimum wage increase: Passed!!!!
We were one of four states that had minimum wage lower than federal limit.
I expect to see many legislative…Continue
1. Agnosticism is of the essence of science, whether ancient or modern. It simply means that a man shall not say he knows or believes that which he has no scientific grounds for professing to know or believe.
2. Consequently Agnosticism puts aside not only the greater part of popular theology, but also the greater…
Added by Jason Kristian Clark on November 4, 2014 at 12:31am — No Comments
Trying to catch up on current events, I watched PBS/Frontline's The Rise of ISIS. I wasn't even aware of how Malaki (Shiia) stoked the fire for the rise of ISIS, but I think we can still blame ourselves for Iraq's destabilization that's led to the current ISIS. Sure, there are percentages of fault to consider, and I won't try to prove that the current atrocities would have been completely avoided if Bush II hadn't…Continue
Has anyone read "The Varieties of Religious Experience" (circa 1902) by William James?
If so, comments.
Added by Ed on November 2, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments
I'm an atheist that feels there's too much invalidation of other people's emotions in the name of atheism. Or maybe a better way to say this is that science discourages emotion from affecting rational thought, and therefore many science minded people discount emotion as empirically measurable, and therefor is irrelevant in discourse about scientific realities.
But human emotions are animal emotions, engaging us with our most fundamental survival needs. Many people even discount that…Continue
I'm trying to write a letter to the times we live in. The times that you, I and everyone we know or meet are going through. These are times like no other in our lifetimes.
A time when hunger, torture, poverty, injustice and genocide are as common as when we were children.
But what makes these times so much harder to live with is the vile extremes of religious divide that compel believers to carry out acts of such brutal violence as to make a mockery of what human life should be…Continue
I am a Catholic school teacher. I am an atheist.
I value honesty as one of the most important moral virtues in life. Yet, I live and breathe dishonesty for 7+ hours a day 5 days a week. I cringe when I walk past the kindergarten classroom and hear, “The reason animals aren’t special and you are is because YOU are made in the image of God.” I bite my tongue when a high school girl says she’s writing a paper on how cohabitation prior to marriage decreases marriage’s “sanctity.” I mumble…Continue
naturally the human brain and body are made to exist with other being other anomalies and such things
we can adjust to just about everything .
coexistence is not a new thing . we as humans have learned to live with such things as other race other genders other religions other species .
but have we ever really learned how to live with ourselves the foreign matter of our mind
coexisting with depression is the struggle i have had since before i could even remember .…Continue
I deleted the other blog posts because I soon realized that I had gone off on a massive tangent. So I'll explain how I got to where I am as briefly as possible to give context to my conundrum. I had to leave home at a young age and had my high school diploma mailed to a P.O. box. I headed out to California and from there, moved to Japan. I lived and worked in a restaurant owned by an abusive man with a family held financially prisoner to the restaurant and thus him. I also started fighting…Continue
Salvation comes in the strangest places.
Only something as actively ignorant as religion could come up with the concept of men giving birth to women. It takes a keenly stupid mind to look upon the biology of mammals across the globe and come to the conclusion that in the instance of humanity above all other creatures, man came first, birthed women into existence and then passed the buck on to her along with the pain of childbirth. Mixed in with this slight, also comes the dominion over women because of the belief that gods created…Continue
I'm not usually one to burden a stranger with my problems. Nor am I keen on sharing personal information with, anyone really. But it was suggested to me by an associate of a colleague to start a blog. I think my life is fairly interesting. I do not however think it a good use of another's life to read about my own unless there is some point to it. I kept a journal once, long ago. However, once I looked back on any previous entry I was incredibly disappointed with my past self and dearly…Continue
It's been months since I posted here but now that my personal life has reached a sort of equilibrium again, I have more mental energy. I hope things haven't changed that much on TA. TA is six years old!? Woot, woot!!
I'm currently in a sociology class and have chosen to do a report on Atheism and was wondering if anyone who is one and knows a ton about it could help me out?
Thank you to anyone that replies
I work in a very religious, but also very geek-friendly, area. Bad-with-the-good. While troubleshooting an issue today in a superior's office (whom I do not directly report to) religion somehow came up. I must point out that this guy is awesome, energetic, friendly, intelligent, but also very... well... conservative and "local". That's just what it is. So I respect him but at the same time, it's like every other religious conversation at work: I want to show my atheist colors, perhaps…Continue
Added by Chuck C on October 7, 2014 at 12:57am — No Comments
So, just to give you a little background on where I'm at in life, I am currently staying at a Christian-based homeless shelter in Washington Pennsylvania. I was arrested at the end of October 2013 for violating probation with drug charges that included a felony. I spent just over 9 months in the Washington County Correctional Facility and was released at the end of July of this year. Being that I burned all bridges in my addiction to heroin, I had no where to reside and the Washington City…Continue