I'm not the most frequent or popular member of this forum, but I would express thanks and encourage the same among o9thers for 'Sunday School.' I think it's a great feature of this site.
Many on this site share my view that religion reduces the quantity and quality of human life. Reg has kept us up to date on current affairs, and I think that deserves recognition. His 'Sunday School' reduces human suffering, even if I cannot point to all tangible results across the world and to our…Continue
Today Ireland has become the first country in the world to vote for Marriage Equality for all of it citizens irrespective of their sexual orientation.
The people were asked in a referendum to add a line to our Constitution that reads as follows:
‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with…Continue
I was recently diagnosed with stage III malignant Melanoma (it is in my lymph nodes) and yes it is difficult and of course I'm terrified that I might miss out on some amazing future events. The biggest problem I am having right now is dealing with people who want to "save" me and "pray" for me. I was actually told that without "god" I cannot be cured. I take solace in the fact that due to my belief system I live my life and fight to live rather than pray and hope for some imaginary…Continue
For anyone who hasn't read my blog posts, I am still a "closet atheist": I don't publicly identify as an atheist, and in fact, part of my income comes from church music. I am Director of Music at a small Methodist church in Nashville, TN. That's right...the buckle of the Bible belt! I honestly can't see myself admitting my atheism to anyone in the near future, as my family's harmony and financial security rely partly on my keeping my church job.
Being honest with myself, however, I…Continue
There is a lot that I don't agree with Sam Harris on. I have always loved his 'atheism is not a philosophy' quote though. He wrote it in Letter to a Christian Nation. I have met quite a few atheists and I certainly don't agree with them on everything. Hell, Irish and I don't even share the same exact…
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 10, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
I am Greg, husband of the recently deceased White Unicorn, Suzanne Olson-Hyde. We are/were both confirmed atheists of long standing - roughly 50 years each - we both gave up religion in our early teens.
But now that Suzanne has 'ceased to be', I am having an internal struggle between my logical self - still DEFINITELY an atheist, and my 'fantasy', wishful thinking self that would love to believe that Suzanne still exists somewhere and that she is being looked after.
Saudi Arabia has officially identified atheists as terrorists in sweeping new laws that threaten up to 20 years in prison for almost any criticism of the government or Islam.
The regulations place secular citizens who commit thought crimes in the same category as violent terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch and Saudi Hezbollah.
Under the new decree by King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia will jail for up to 20 years anyone who fights in…Continue
Wesboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dies…
I'm married to a conspiracy theorist.
I used to think like him.
I don't and can't anymore.
I can't help but be painfully aware of how his thinking has bled into our daily lives.
I consider divorce a last resort.
As uncomfortable as it is to be on the receiving end of his lack of trust and subtle paranoia, I imagine it must be much more difficult to live in his head, unsure of the people you live with and love most.
I am compelled to help, I love him, and I'd do…
This is a post about finding meaning. Also crossposted at thephyseter.wordpress.com.
Why do I call myself The Physeter online? My internet moniker is the name of a beautiful and majestic creature:
The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), or cachalot, is the largest of the…
In This Episode: (Warning! Potentially Offensive Content! As usual.)
Added by Facts Before Faith on January 2, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments
So I have this friend who keeps talking about how awesome her church is every time I see her...which is weird. I get it, you love your church. I'm sad that you're wrapped up in the lies of a religion, but relieved that you're not part of a particularly evil sect...and if you're happy, I'm happy for you. Can we not talk about this for a sixth time? I think she has this fantasy where I'm supossed to say, "Oh yea, they don't hate gays at your Church? The music is modern!? Your husband doesn't…Continue
As a former service member I wish to extend my thanks to all military members. Both current and retired.
Whether you are for a particular conflict or against it the troops are not the one to take your anger out on.
Added by Dan on November 11, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments
A bus driver for the Burnsville school district was fired last week for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus, even after he was warned to stop — a move he considers a violation of his freedom of speech.
George Nathaniel, 49, of Richfield, who is also a pastor for a…Continue
How did it happen?
I live alone on 10 acres and I have lots of time to think and weigh out how the world got so crazy. I watch news and when I see people who are in the highest positions of power talking about "God" and how he influences their decisions my stomach churns and I go into a cold sweat. I don't know about you but to me its scary, real scary, Its to the point where I don't want to even go out of the property unless its a absolute necessity. Why are people who seem to have…Continue
In the grand scheme of Christianity, The Ten Commandments are pointless.
If a serial killer can be allowed into Heaven simply because he repented right before his life came to an end, then Thou Shalt Not Kill doesn't mean sh*t as a commandment.
If every bad thing that we have ever done is wiped off of our records simply because we ask God for forgiveness, then commanding people not to kill or lie or steal is useless.
"Don't kill people...but if you do, just say you are…Continue
Thank you for existing, I have been a member for less than a day and I'm already proud and excited to be associated with such a great collaboration of (mostly) intelligent minds. Whoever runs and/or started this site, I would like to shake your hand and thank you in person, and if the opportunity presents itself, I will do so with gusto. Indeed, my point is not yet clear, I dislike the bullshit of social networking in most cases, blah blah, bitch bitch, but here people clearly express there…Continue