"Nothing that has happened in my life since [I learned of my mother's death], nothing I believe and nothing I know, can provide consolation. This is why I suspect that I am in some way predisposed not to believe in God, because God is the only thing that could have provided solace... If I had felt that there was an afterlife, believe me, I would have killed myself then and there to join her." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's…
Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 9, 2013 at 1:47pm —
Here we go again, my second blog post. Woohoo!!! Anywho, life as i'm sure you all will know, is in fact, fragile. I'm sure we all have lost friends and family, and the point of this blog post is that this has been on my mind lately. On April 18, 2012 one of my fellow classmates died in a car crash on the road right out in front of our school. It hit our school really hard, and the next couple days after it happened the hallways were completely silent. There was an odd beauty in the silence.… Continue
Added by Kyle Barton on April 4, 2013 at 4:42pm —
A young saudi writer, Hamza Kashgari, has fled the country for fear for his safety after receiving many death threats through the social media (twitter, youtube, facebook...etc.) Hamza is now detained by the Malaysian government after the King of Saudi Arabia requested his extradition to Saudi. We beg of you to help us with all you can to prevent his extradition to Saudi, as this may threaten his life.
The story started on Saturday, when Hamza wrote three… Continue
Added by Hope on February 9, 2012 at 8:19pm —
(NOTE: I initially posted this on my Facebook page - you know, I've got to keep the outspoken, "out of the closet" atheist thing going ;) I decided I wanted to share it here as well, with people whom I respect and admire, friends and acquaintances whom I know are of like mind.)
I want to take a moment to honor an amazing man whom I greatly admired. Today, Christopher Hitchens died at the age of 62. He died from pneumonia, a complication of the oesophageal cancer he had. He… Continue
Added by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on December 16, 2011 at 9:00pm —
I'm lucky I suppose. I don't feel like there's anything wrong with me. Other people sometimes tell me there is. But from the inside I feel like I'm doing fine. I'm functional.
I mean, I have my "things". Like I feel uncomfortable hanging clothes on the line using two different coloured pegs, or cooking while someone else is in the kitchen, or being in my lounge with more than four other people, or making small talk with people on the street...
But nothing like… Continue
Added by Gordon Duffy on November 25, 2011 at 11:44am —
The Casey Anthony trial illustrates both… Continue
Added by Ezra T. Klatt on July 7, 2011 at 1:30pm —
It is well known that Jews consider their god to be 1.0, Christians have god 2.0 now with Jesus, and Muslims think they are 3.0 since their doctrine acknowledges and addresses both prior religions. So I got to wondering what 4.0 would look like.…
Added by Tim Brooks on March 7, 2011 at 11:00pm —
Here's what happened.
I was unloading the car full of beer and chicken wings and chili dog stuff for the next day's Super Bowl party when I got a burning in my chest that felt like really bad heart burn. After it didn't go away for about a half hour I asked my girlfriend to take me to the hospital to get checked out.
The EKG was fine and the nurses were pretty convinced it was acid reflux and were just checking some blood enzymes before they released me. I was feeling as good… Continue
Added by Mike Baker on February 11, 2011 at 3:15pm —
“When my husband died, because he was so famous & known for not being a believer, many people would come up to me — it still sometimes happens — & ask me if Carl changed at the end & converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see… Continue
Added by Monica McGee (Monicks) on October 27, 2010 at 1:00pm —
This morning, we buried a true son of Paskaloochee. His name was (is?) Earnest Hetman, but everyone knew him as Het. Everyone loved him as well, which explains why a particular incident of primary importance to the latter half of his life was curiously unmentioned by his official eulogizers. As expected, each in their turn – Het’s friends, two sons, and sole surviving sister – merely regaled us with the little, endearing moments that supposedly defined him.
There was, I suspect, some… Continue
Added by Buck O'Roon on October 19, 2010 at 8:30pm —
In the midst of our railing against religion, it can be easy to forget the human heart that lies within its crumbling machinery. I have long been a lover of traditional gospel music, particularly the kind that developed among African-American Protestantism. While I get nothing from the propaganda undercutting it, I am easily swept up in the emotion of the performance and those lyrics which speak of humanity's common longing for solace in this world of woe. Naturally, I am even more drawn to… Continue
Added by Buck O'Roon on October 11, 2010 at 5:30am —
And so, October is upon us again. Though the United States is largely divorced from its agricultural origins, for many, this month still marks the heart of harvest season. For the European ancestry that peppers many of our fellow citizens’ lines of descent, this earthly cycle of sowing, flowering, ripening, and reaping brought with it solemn reflection on the cycle of human life. If winter was the season of death, then autumn was the season of dying and Halloween the rough midpoint between them… Continue
Added by Buck O'Roon on October 1, 2010 at 11:30pm —
This is another one of those blogs that came from a forum discussion, but I thought that it was important to me. I want to use my blog to not only blab about what my experiences are, but also where I stand on issues and my philosophies.
we have a life filled with friendship, experiences that change your out
look on life, memories to celebrate, love, beauty and creativity . Who
could ask for more?
yes, we die after living our lives the best we can, and as an atheist we… Continue
Added by Jon Heim on September 13, 2010 at 3:57am —
Way back in the early 1900's when I worked on an ambulance as an EMT and was a newbee we delivered a Premie with very underdeveloped lungs. Kid was breathing but not to well. We hitem with some 0's and ran calling in a standby at the hosp. We get to the hospital hand off and report to the Nurse and leave. 15 minutes later we come back in to check on the Kid. The curtain is drawn. Maybe the kid bought it? I open the curtain and the baby is having agonal respirations with deep retractions and… Continue
Added by Nurse Reality on May 19, 2010 at 2:30am —
(This is taken from the Newsweek website, but I read it in my issue today and found it interesting. Take a look, he mentions that nations choosing to rule under religious doctrine fail and expands a bit on that.)
Christopher Hitchens: The Death of Theocracy
The term "theocracy" trips readily enough off the tongue and is an accurate description of a system where mortals claim the right to dominate other mortals in the name of God. But it is also a word that has… Continue
Added by Samantha J. on January 12, 2010 at 7:19pm —
I became a Christian just over a year ago now and although I had believe for most of my life before that (bar a few years as a "radical atheist"), I was never in the Christian community then and so I lacked knowledge of how to become a Christian and more specific knowledge about the faith.
One of those things that was explained to me then was the concept of forgiveness and salvation - now although I knew of this before, it was more the specifics that I didn't know - before you are "saved"… Continue
Added by Alison Rufus on October 13, 2009 at 1:58pm —
I was at a memorial service yesterday for my wife's supervisor's son. It's a small company so everyone still actually cares about each other. The Son was 33 and died of a sudden heart attack (congenital and undetected). He left behind a 1 year old daughter and a wife.
Some of the family is deeply religious. Louisiana religious. The fundies seem to be OK with death. Memorials are a celebration of the life and they find hope in seeing the family again in heaven. The father, whom I genuinely… Continue
Added by Gaytor on September 13, 2009 at 9:43pm —
I recently lost a relative, a cousin. I barely knew her, but we had been in the process of reconnecting after nearly 25 years. The circumstances of her life and sudden death are what make it especially poignant to me and are what made me decide to write about it.
First, she was young, only 31. She had a sister only one year older than her and they were very close despite the physical distance of living across the country from each other. They texted each other constantly and had… Continue
Added by Chris on August 8, 2009 at 3:15pm —
NEW YORK (ABP) -- A former Southern Baptist Convention officer who on June 2 called the death of abortion provider George Tiller an answer to prayer said later in the day he is also praying "imprecatory prayer" against President Obama.
Later in the interview, Colmes returned to Drake's answer to make sure he heard him right.
"Are you praying for his death?" Colmes asked.
"Yes," Drake replied.
"So you're praying for the death of the president of the United… Continue
Added by Gaytor on June 5, 2009 at 4:38pm —
Hello God, if that's really your true name.
Hear me! I have a bone to pick with you!
Where were you when I called, Oh God, your name?
Were you there beside me as said is true...
Or were you playing a stupid card game?
Where were you when the headache began that day?
Where were you when annurysm struck her brain?
When my screams bounced off the wall, what'd you say?
Still I called, but my mind was breaking down.
If you're all powerful,… Continue
Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on May 31, 2009 at 3:21pm —