I got my first purity ring on my own, when I was still a Christian, in 2010. I understood the basics of the pledge involved---no sex before marriage, basically. I didn't take any classes, as I was away from both home a church to call home at the time, but I still wanted a purity ring. So one Farmer's Market outing later, I found a ring that was perfect---a plain band with a design on it (I later figured out that it was of elephants following each other). I printed out a Purity Pledge, and…Continue
This story has been all over the online tabloids in seems. There is a bakery in Northern Ireland who have point black refused to bake a cake for an LGBT rights organisation advocating for marriage equality. The indended cake would have had a picture of Bert and Earnie from Sesemy Street with the slogan…Continue
After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation - a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety.
The blockers of the light lingered and adjusted themselves and finally put knuckle to…Continue
I think it's time to call religious beliefs what they are; theories. Just as Christians continually harp on the fact that evolution is "just a theory", without any real understanding of the term, I think we should start referring to their beliefs as simply a theory. Yes, I know that religious beliefs are not even close to a scientific theory; they are more like a simple hypothesis at this time, but let's just use the term in the way that the theists insist on using it.
Please not that…Continue
So I stumbled across a Platonic writer by the name of Celsus from the 2nd century who wrote a damning critique of Christianity back in his day. It turns out many of the problems with Christianity have been around as long as the religion itself! Unfortunately, the original work was lost, but a Christian writer, Origen, wrote a counter argument where he quoted Celsus extensively. Those quotes have been translated into…Continue
Added by Sagacious Hawk on July 27, 2013 at 9:27pm — No Comments
I don't know about you, but that sure sounds like a guy I'd want to worship!
No. My thoughts are more similar to this point of view:
Really, it's more like a dad who drowned all of his children except for one kid and was like, "Don't worry. I won't murder you or any of the kids I have from here on out! Well, at least not by drowning all of them in a massive flood... You know I mean it too because I made you a pretty painting."
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Religious freedom is being killed in Mississippi. It has been for a few years now. And Christian fundamentalism is the murderer.
Mississippi is ground zero for religious anti-abortion fanatics. They’ve literally nearly…Continue
One argument that I tackled in an earlier post was the fine tuning argument. I thought about it for a while, and I thought of one of my interests: Astronomy. I realized that there are thousands of galaxies and millions of stars and planets out there. So are we really "fine tuned"? Why us and not any one of the other millions of planets? Why haven't we found life on other planets? For those of you who do not know much about cosmology or astronomy there is a certain Goldilocks zone that a…Continue
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In America, religious liberty is disappearing, or at least that is what Denny Burk would have you believe. In a …Continue
Added by Jeremy Barger on January 1, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments
A narrative essay by – Heather Spoonheim
Christianity is an intellectually repugnant worldview. To subscribe to it is to abandon all reason – and that is why it is so difficult to extract from the psyche of those infected by its doctrines. Once one has thoroughly abandoned reason, they are no longer sentient beings in any meaningful sense of the phrase; they become nothing…Continue
I am an Atheist, though I'd rather be considered an Rationalist. Recently I have decided to "come out" as an Atheist and, so far, it has been a real positive experience. I have found a number of people who share the same thoughts and views and I have been fortunate in that my family (Christians), have not removed themselves from my life.
I am a fan of posting, as they say in politics, "controversial" images and posts on Facebook. After posting an, I will admit, over generalized…Continue
Recently, Representative Todd Aiken (R -- Missouri) caused a furor when he stated that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant. Soon, he was on his heels, backtracking and trying to save his race for a senate seat. Sharon Barnes, a member of the Missouri Republican committee tried to explain his comment. Ms. Barnes "echoed Mr. Akin’s statement that very few rapes resulted in pregnancy, adding that 'at that point, if God has chosen to bless this person with a life, you don’t kill…Continue
The other day I was reading Michal Moore's book, Stupid white men. In one chapter he said the women ratio is out numbering the men, and then going on on about how men deserve to be whipped out and all. But then I was thinking about the women ratio in the future and what it'll do to Christianity with in the next 40 years or so. I'm thinking that it'll come to three conclusions:
1. It'll raise the lesbians to a large majority in the world.
2. Or that Christianity will have to…Continue
Added by Cathy Cooper on May 13, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
Lets say we removed all non Christians from and area of the US. What do you suppose would happen? I think Christians have some crazy notion that everything would be just peachy. Life would be paradise! There would be no violence, no differences and peace for all. Right? Does history show otherwise? Without something for them to disagree on would they slowly divide and destroy themselves over time? What do you think would happen?
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A common tactic that I have seen religionists use is the claim that Atheism is Nihilistic. The basic premise is that living this life with no purpose just to have it end is a waste and that simply hoping for more gives meaning and purpose. I reject that argument and propose that living life for a deity, especially if one does not exist could be made into a cartoon and substituted for the definition of Nihilism.
I ran across a quote today that got me thinking about this. "Isn't it…Continue
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