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Is government a more powerful force than love?

I didn't join this site to take other people's words out of my mouth.

I attempted to emphasize the importance of love amid the current trend of legalized gay marriage. I'm not anonymous, so anyone can go to Facebook to verify my support of my gay friends' new marriage intentions.

Marriage is a much older religious institution than a governmental one, and marriage is younger than love. Tell me ThinkAtheist, does law matter more than love?

Added by Andy Hoke on May 25, 2014 at 1:00am — 14 Comments

The Dream and Reality of organised religion

The dream  of religion is worshipping God and going to heaven.

The reality of religion is to over power people and single out everything else.

This includes not thinking for yourself, constantly fearing the unknown, and controlling what people do, and giving then only 2 choices which is obey or die.

It defeats the purpose of freewill, and confuses people on right and wrong.

Added by Legion Of Rott on May 22, 2014 at 1:28am — 1 Comment

Random Chropra quantum-woo generator

http://www.wisdomofchopra.com/

I was still laughing after the 25th random generated Chropra-woo line. My favourites were:

"Eternal stillness results from a symphony of joy"

"The ego transcends karmic creativity"

"Your consciousness projects onto universal mortality"

http://www.wisdomofchopra.com/

Added by Davis Goodman on May 17, 2014 at 12:02pm — 10 Comments

The American Neitzsche

"To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride."

  • "Coda" from Smart Set (December 1920)

H.L. Mencken…

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Added by Andy Hoke on May 17, 2014 at 11:01am — 5 Comments

Intelligent Life

The significance of the "Copernican Revolution" is that as soon you embrace the Sun as a star, you are immediately faced with the possibility that when you look out into space, someone or something is looking back. Before Copernicus most people thought the Earth was pretty much the whole Universe so the idea of aliens on other planets really creeped them out. The Jesuits had enough trouble deciding whether or not Native Americans had souls, let alone ET. Did each planet…

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Added by Brad Snowder on May 17, 2014 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Atheist TV -coming soon!

American Atheists will be launching a TV channel in July that will be a 7 day a week/24 hour format:

 http://www.religionnews.com/2014/05/07/atheist-tv-coming-soon-television-near/

This is a long overdue event that hopefully will help further the exposure to the atheist cause in America. It is my sincerest hope that they do well.

Added by Ed on May 17, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Sobre "Coming out Atheist"

He estado leyendo el libro de Greta Christina "Coming out Atheist" y me encanta su manera de expresar los sentimientos que encontramos los ateos al relacionarnos con personas religiosas y "salir" o descubrirnos como ateos ante las personas.

Especialmente estoy muy entusiasmado por el capítulo sobre "Crear comunidades"; y es por eso que estoy regresando a ThinkAtheist para postear en el Blog.

Tengo algunos amigos ateos de carne y hueso en la ciudad y me parece que podríamos…

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Added by Jaime on May 13, 2014 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Will AI end our species?

I disregard prophesied apocalyptic scenarios (except for recurrence of known natural catastrophies), but I'm increasingly interested in the probability of AI taking on a life of its own, at humanity's expense.

Few would argue that, over time, AI will become increasingly enmeshed with our lives. Many believe that we'll always retain control, with preemptive capabilties in cases that would otherwise head out of control. Some argue for unlimited "progress", no worries.

I'm afraid…

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Added by Pope Beanie on May 7, 2014 at 10:26pm — 28 Comments

Instruct and Forbid the Same, with Exceptions

The holy doctrine I and so many others were asked to swallow says I must do certain things that are forbidden. Confusion, right?

There's killing and stealing, love but also hate your family and friends. Good deeds get you into heaven, but no, you just have to really believe. You're responsible for your behavior, no you're not because Jesus takes that away.

Confusion brings fear, that brings hatred, that brings suffering.

For it's several thousand pages, the Good News…

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Added by Andy Hoke on May 7, 2014 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

Origin of Religion, a Wikipedia Entry

Origin[edit]

See also:…
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Added by Andy Hoke on May 6, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

What a Douchebag

Has anyone seen this article?

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Believes 1st Amendment Only Applies to Christians

What a douchebag!  The dude is wrong in so many different ways, it's ridiculous. Not only does he have very little idea about comparative religion (he apparently thinks Buddhists believe Buddha created everything, and Muslims believe…

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Added by A. T. Heist on May 5, 2014 at 1:48pm — 5 Comments

I invite anyone to beat me to the punch on this idea

Simple: a Family Tree of Religions

You start with ancient Greek, Egyptian and Zoroastrianism stuff, show the (basically) separate beginings of the Bhagavada Gita, Upanishads, all the eastern stuff. Other early religions in other places, yes include those.

I'm talking about an illustration of the EVOLUTION of religion. A picture is worth 1,000 words, and I think such a thing would in general reduce the chances of thermonuclear eschatology. 

Added by Andy Hoke on May 5, 2014 at 11:34am — 3 Comments

Mystery and Music

I love mystery. It stimulates the mind. It keeps us busy, makes us useful and therefore meaningful.

I'm reminded of the fact that most numbers are irrational. Most of human experience is irrational, and only a small amount may ever make sense to us.

I've made music since I was 5, and now I'm 44. What keeps it interesting? What keeps it interesting is that one can always improve; the only limit is the ability to be honest about shortcomings. You must be able to honestly assess…

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Added by Andy Hoke on May 5, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments

It is impossible for anyone to be a Christian

When you consider that the Bible is above all, contradictory, it's actually impossible to be a Christian.

A passing thought...

Added by Andy Hoke on April 30, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Luke 14:26

"If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple." ~ Jesus

This explains a lot of the occidental self loathing.…

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Added by Andy Hoke on April 30, 2014 at 11:59am — 7 Comments

Model of the Divine Certain to Dissatisfy EVERYONE...

So lets see if I can come up with a conception of God that will irritate the hell out of everyone. OK. Assuming God exists what do I think It/Him/She/They is/are? I think that God is the 99%. By that I mean the 99% of you that is actually running your body and mind right up from creating new red blood cells to most of your "higher" brain functions. Another way to think of it is whenever you refer to yourself as "I" you are referring to less than 1% of the total of what "you" actually are.…

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Added by Vincent on April 24, 2014 at 5:25pm — 7 Comments

Do people Benefit from having a religious period?

This is an interesting point. I was raised Roman Catholic and went to Catholic schools right up until college. Religion is a community builder, I'll give it that. We knew who we were, why we were, and where we were and there was no questioning any of these things. I think that is a good place to start for way more children than not given the gargantuan uncertainties built into the world of even the most secure child. My sense of it is that religion provides a stabilizing force to the mental…

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Added by Vincent on April 23, 2014 at 2:19pm — 4 Comments

Family sues N.J. district over 'under God' in pledge

FREEHOLD, N.J. — A family is suing the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District and its superintendent, seeking to have the phrase "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance that students recite every day.

A lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Monmouth County on behalf of the…

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Added by Dan on April 22, 2014 at 10:34pm — 10 Comments

Sick.

I feel like I am about to boil over and burn.

Some back story...because I don't know if I've mentioned this before, though I'm certain I have.

I was molested by my grandfather when I hit puberty, so was my older cousin...so were many of our friends before it happened to us, and after. My grandfather felt up a little girl at my grandmother's memorial service.

When he died I was thrilled. Not relieved, not filled with the urge to forgive, not at peace...

I rejoiced…

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Added by Carol Foley on April 22, 2014 at 4:38am — 2 Comments

Homophobic Coworkers Trolling--To Get Me To Come Out

Gah, this is so jacked up. I don't know what to do. I need some advice guys, because I can't loose this job too. I haven't been on here in a while because I've been pretty wrapped up in finding a decent job, but I hope some of the regulars are still around with their usual wit and wisdom. This blog post is going to be a rant, but please give it a look-see.

My new coworkers are obsessed with the sexuality of the guy I just replaced and they've been talking about 'how it totall…

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Added by Kairan Nierde on April 22, 2014 at 1:04am — 15 Comments

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