I know I said I was going to post about something else first, but I've been thinking about this topic a lot lately.
As I'm sure most of you know, a few days ago, the Catholic Church offered something of a warped olive branch to the Anglican Church, saying that if any of their members were unsettled by the fact that the Anglicans were (gasp!) allowing women and gays to be ministers, they could simply defect back to the Catholics, where a warm and welcomed seat would be waiting for… Continue
Added by Jake on October 31, 2009 at 2:43am —
For those that may be interested, next weekend (6-8th) the Freedom From Religion Foundation is putting on a convention all weekend at the Red Lion on Fifth Ave. Go here
for more info.
For those that don't know, they fight for us on legal points on a regular basis and put out a pretty decent paper 10 times a year or so. There are few months that they take off. Their website
Added by Gaytor on October 30, 2009 at 2:14am —
Virtually everyone knows about the Salem Witch Trials
here in the US. People were accused of witchcraft due to benign reasons such as their family member falling sick which is always the action of a witch. Now it was just a matter of making the accusation and the game was on. 150 were arrested with 19 being executed for witchcraft. It's such a shame that virtually all of us today know of the story.
Teaching a… Continue
Added by Gaytor on October 17, 2009 at 10:58pm —
Dynamics of God, religion, the Bible, Koran (Qu ran), and Torah
When we believe in the Bible, we tend to overlook things on purpose, just to make them rational and logical.
We defend our beliefs and God to everyone.
I really had a hard time coming to terms with everything about religion and the Bible that went against what I truly believe in. I think any Christian with rational thought would be going through a similar… Continue
Added by Gypsy on August 10, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Ignosticism & Irreligion
* Dependence on a particular view concerning the word God:
Ignosticism, or igtheism, is the theological position that every other theological position (including agnosticism) assumes too much about the concept of God and many other theological concepts. The word "ignosticism" was coined by Sherwin Wine, a rabbi and a founding figure in Humanistic Judaism.
It can be defined as encompassing two related views… Continue
Added by Gypsy on August 10, 2009 at 12:30pm —
Insert fake shock here. Yet again, a conservative Christian who works constantly to force his unscientific and ineffective abstinence-only views is unable to hold himself to his own moral propaganda
Meet Tennessee state senator Paul Stanley. He's a solid conservative Republican and married… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on July 27, 2009 at 11:43am —
Up to now, I've had nothing to say about the nomination of Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health, mostly because, outside of his work with the Human Genome Project, I have little knowledge of his views and abilities. However, I have been keeping an eye on what skeptics and secular thinkers have to say about the man, and the reaction has been largely mixed.
On one hand, Collins' scientific background is exemplary and shows him to be a serious, dedicated man of… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on July 27, 2009 at 11:00am —
(via wikileaks and The Primate Diaries)
This 4-page document presents an oppressive waiver prospective Scientology cult members must sign. The document is formally titled the… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on July 26, 2009 at 7:05pm —
According to James Randi Educational Foundation
blogger Jeff Wang
, a Euless, Texas Denny's offered a 10% discount and a 10% donation to the church of any customer who attended that church. When Wang asked how a non-believer might take advantage of the offer, the Denny's crew was stumped. (… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on July 26, 2009 at 6:53pm —
(previously posted on FB, resulting from this article
about the Catholic Church excommunicating people involved with helping a 9-year old rape victim obtain an abortion, and a debate
I had recently with an in-law. I thought you all might enjoy.… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on July 22, 2009 at 7:30pm —
When we talk about relinquishing the world of religion, we should all realize that we are proclaiming war on a set of ancient ideas or thoughts, rather than groups of people. Richard Dawkins gave these sets of inheritable thoughts a name, Memes, which he defines as "a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation." These ideas, or memes, jump from host to host at such a rapid rate that it is nearly impossible to prevent or control, or even predict. The result of becoming infected by… Continue
Added by Melissa on July 11, 2009 at 4:54pm —
By Daren Butler
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a Buddhist monk in a room with 10 atheists?
Turkish television station Kanal T hopes the answer is a ratings success as it prepares to launch a gameshow where spiritual guides from the four faiths will seek to convert a group of non-believers.
The prize for converts will be a pilgrimage to a holy site of their chosen religion -- Mecca for Muslims, the… Continue
Added by Jodi B on July 7, 2009 at 2:25pm —
Tampa Bay is Adjacent to Clearwater Florida. In case you don't know, Clearwater is virtually the capital of Scientology. As a result Tampa has an interest is what is going on at the neighbors house. www.Tampabay.com has written a story
about the abuse of David Miscavige directed toward his staff. Miscavige is noted as the "worldwide ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion:" This is not the first report, and it… Continue
Added by Gaytor on June 22, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Reversing a lower court, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declared unconstitutional the eight-foot-tall religious display, which was erected at the local courthouse in 2004 after a campaign by a local minister and his supporters. Continue
This decision should send a clear…
Added by Dave Nichols on June 10, 2009 at 4:37pm —
I had posted something a long the lines of this on a random site asking questions about religion... and well lets say it was picked apart by um well everyone... but...
I think it is 100% wrong for children to be baptized and forced in to a religion when they cant even sit up on their own.
Choosing a religion is something that should mean something to the person choosing entering which religion they choose.
I was baptized in the Catholic Church because my Mother… Continue
Added by fixedentropy on June 6, 2009 at 8:30pm —
I am definitely a Sunny Deist. Best religion since... ever.
Added by Thunder Pumpkin on June 4, 2009 at 5:39pm —
My Catholic grandmother passed away recently and I was chosen to be a pallbearer along with other of her adult grandchildren. I wasn't particularly close to her and knew next to nothing about this side of my family. There were awkward greetings as I struggled to introduce my fiancee to family members whose names I could not quite recall now that I found a desperate need to. I worked out a deal with her after a couple of such greetings. I would play the uncouth and absent minded partner that… Continue
Added by Reggie on May 27, 2009 at 1:40pm —
As most of those close to me know, one of my biggest beefs with the Christian Bible and its doctrine is the story of God's demand of Abraham of a blood sacrifice of his son Isaac
. Not only is the Judeo-Christian God shown to be unbelievably cruel and sadistic, Abraham's blind faith in God leads him to the brink of an equally cruel and sadistic act: sacrificing his own son.…
Added by Dave Nichols on May 20, 2009 at 3:20pm —
It is good to see a well-balanced article in the News & Observer
about a local Raleigh parenting group which meets in a non-religious context.
On Sunday mornings, when many of their contemporaries are taking their seats in church pews, a group of young parents mingle in the living room of a suburban home while their children run around playing games. This congregation of Triangle… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on May 19, 2009 at 10:59am —
Victor Stenger makes an empirical investigation of the God Hypothesis and delivers a geek-fest of smack-down to the theory that God can be anything close to what most theists believe. From the outset, Stenger establishes a baseline of characteristics that the God(s) in his experiment will have, populated largely with the often-stated abilities and preferences of the Judeo-Christian God Yahweh.
A challenge is issued in the first chapter to those who say that science has no… Continue
Added by Dave Nichols on May 18, 2009 at 12:52pm —