I found this video while sorting through my G+ stream yesterday, and found it too alarming to not blog on the subject. This is surely enough to get your hackles up, and it should concern not only atheists, agnostics and skeptics, but every thinking human on the planet. This is surely going to be of concern in the future.
The video opens with this statement:
"In what has become one of the greatest deceptions of our day, radical environmentalism… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 18, 2011 at 8:40pm —
I was just at the airport waiting for a family member to arrive and a group of these Christians (they had t-shirts on about Christ) and were part of some group...and they came to me and passed out a small flyer about "Christ" and said "can we talk to you about Christ" (about two young girls) and I said, "I don't think I am the right person you want to talk to) and she said "why" - I said "because I'm atheist" and she said "why?" and I said something in the terms of "while I think Christianity… Continue
Added by Sassan K. on July 18, 2011 at 8:30pm —
Being an apostate amongst religious zombies is no easy task. Especially if you're trapped by modern artificial border protection that pretty much renders any form of escape impossible.
Every dawn you're woken up by the mosque's loud speakers calling for prayer, and it makes no sense to you. And you remind yourself that it's also Ramadan, and you hate the fact that you have to eat and drink in hiding, and that doing so in public with result in a mob stoning you to death, and that even… Continue
Added by Sal The apostate on July 17, 2011 at 2:00am —
Growing up, the biggest motivator tossed out to motivate me to find Jesus was the notion of Hell. I'm sure that I'm not alone. Religions like to toss it out as a threat like friggin' confetti. Saturday, at a wedding, an older couple gave me a pamphlet about how Jesus' Blood Donation would save me. I'm not sure how it happened because religion hadn't come up and I was respectful. But even in my late 30's the threat of the boogie man is my motivator to find the loving God. If God wants to draw… Continue
Added by Gaytor on July 12, 2011 at 1:06am —
There's one thing I can never understand, and it's the perceived dichotomy between the "all-loving God" and the "vengeful God". Apparently God is to be feared, because he is all-powerful and could exact all sorts of damages upon us and our souls if he so chose to. But on the other hand he loves us with a more pure and generous love than anything else can offer. It doesn't sound like a very nice relationship to enter into willingly.
This month, Outreach Media have gone with this… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on July 4, 2011 at 11:07pm —
I'm still new to TA, but really really appreciate the warm welcome I've had.
But I have a little trouble.
My fiancé is extremely Christian, pentacostal at that. And while we can have civilised conversations about most other aspects of religion and how it will effect our future, but there's just one thing that we cannot settle on; children. It's a long way off yet, but he is adamant that they WILL go to church from a young age until they are old enough to make their own… Continue
Added by Hannah Cutts on July 4, 2011 at 2:58pm —
Every denomination of every religion sits on their branch pointing out things from the book they use as a guide and say "I'm on the right branch over here so come join me." and on some branches people will say "Hey really everyone is just on the same tree and if you just get on this tree anywhere you feel comfortable then you will be OK." I have no interest in climbing the tree and testing the different branches when I can walk on the ground and get… Continue
Added by Kristian David Gore on June 26, 2011 at 11:03pm —
My cat, spooky, has gone missing. He's been gone for 5 days now, and while I am quite worried he may have been hurt, or worse, killed or caught by the cat-catcher, I still hold hope that he's about, and that he will return soon. He's done this before, but never for so many days, and I suspect he may have another home out there somewhere. Damn cats and their curiosity! It never comes to any good! Whenever he goes missing, I can't help but think of the saying "Curiosity killed the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 14, 2011 at 12:26am —
Much of what people do is done in the name of God. Irishmen blow each other up in his name. Arabs blow themselves up in his name. Imams and ayatollahs oppress women in his name. Celibate popes and priests mess up people's sex lives, and allow the molestation of young boys in their churches, in his name.The achievements of religion in past history has only been bloody crusades, torturing inquisitions, mass-murdering conquistadors, culture-destroying missionaries, repression of women and… Continue
Added by Ethan Lofing on June 5, 2011 at 12:10pm —
Contemplating Jesus on the cross it is hard to miss how violent religion really is. For all its talk about the “peace that passeth all understanding” religion, at least in its Western constructs, is one gigantic blood-letting. Before one finds peace and unification with God there must first be blood, destruction and death. This violence occurs at all levels personal, institutional and societal.
Violence can be self imposed suffering on one owns psyche and violence to the body… Continue
Added by Ezra T. Klatt on June 3, 2011 at 1:30pm —
Some people like to make the claim that Islam is a “peaceful” religion, that the acts committed by a few radicals do not represent the religion in any way. In a claim to support their rhetoric, they give examples of a few isolated cases in which Christians have used their religion in the name of “god”. Such examples include Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City Bombing, and Christian… Continue
Added by Sassan K. on June 2, 2011 at 11:02pm —
This "From the Mailbox" is a little different than what I usually receive, as you'll soon see. I won't use any names, except my own, and the spelling and grammar comes directly from the messages received. There were three in total, staring with this rather innocent and short one:
"Hi Martin Did anyone ever tell you that Jesus loves YOU!"
At first I thought this was a joke from one of my atheist readers, as sometimes we all get a little… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 30, 2011 at 8:43pm —
One of the biggest issues with the NSCP is that we don't know the level of qualifications held by those who will be teaching SRE in schools. This is an example of religion being held in distinction from the rest of society, as a thing of morality and trustworthiness. All we need to do is look at the Catholic church and its ministers to know this is not the case.
According to the government discussion paper supplied on the government's website about the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:45pm —
Humans can believe some pretty strange things. I have met people who claim to be able to see my "aura", and that depending on the "colour and shape" of this aura, they can make a determination of my physical or mental health. I've met others (actually sometimes the same people) who claim that by laying their hands on me, they can cure me of whatever ails me, from sore muscles to an upset stomach. Even stranger, I have met people who claim to be able to see into my future by "interpreting the… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:43pm —
This is a phrase I have started seeing online more and more. People (in general and on both sides of the spectrum) are griping about the "new Atheists" and how they seem to be shoving their non-beliefs down other peoples throats.
I understand the problems that people may have with "In your face Atheism" as I like to call it, however, in this day and age I honestly thing the main goal of people who do this (myself included) is to inform others. It took me 10 years to "come… Continue
Added by Autumn_in_jeans on May 27, 2011 at 12:18pm —
For those who have not yet had a chance to view this film. I recommend it. It is truly life changing. I'd also recommend keeping a tablet and pencil handy to take notes if you have questions or doubts so that you can do some googlefu afterwards if you wish. The contents are very controversial and will challenge the majority of things you hold to be true.
Added by Atwas911 on May 21, 2011 at 7:30am —
Found this via twitter -
Do atheists have better sex? Yes. According to science, that is -- and more specifically, according to the recently released "Sex and Secularism" study.
In January 2011, organizational psychologist Darrel Ray, Ed.D. (psychologist for 30 years and author ofThe God Virus as well as two books on psychology) and Amanda Brown (undergraduate at Kansas University, focused on sexuality and sex therapy) conducted a…
Added by Akshay Bist on May 19, 2011 at 2:51am —
What other history books do people buy with the Bible?
Added by Andreas Grech on May 14, 2011 at 10:33am —
Every religion says it is the right one, and there is no way that they can all be correct. In fact, I'd go so far to say that they are all wrong. But... science is wrong too. (!?)
In science and other practices that view and measure the natural world people readily admit that they have only some of the answers to the mysteries of the universe. When new information presents itself, that information is added to the knowledge already gathered, an if it means altering the information we… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:32pm —
Since the most holy of weekends in the Christian calendar has now passed, the folks at Outreach Media
have decided to shift their focus form worshiping the death of Jesus, to look at the topic of birth and conception. This month's poster reads:
"You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13"… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:31pm —