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 I… Continue
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
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
* 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 —
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 —
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
(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
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
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
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.
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
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.…
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…
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
We all know Glenn Beck has the critical thinking skills of a screwdriver (but isn't nearly as useful), but he goes off the deep end (again) in claiming that gay marriage will naturally lead to polygamy:
He does not address how exactly this happens except to say that 'changing the formula' will make any number of other marriage arrangements legal (it would not). He also conveniently forgets the numerous examples of traditional marriage's Biblical ties to… Continue