This past Sunday I had the pleasure of hearing Massimo Pigliucci give a presentation titled, “What’s Science got to do With It? When Scientists talk Nonsense about Science and Religion”. Pigliucci is a professor of ecology and evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is an outspoken critic of creationism, an advocate of science education, and has a doctorate in genetics, a Ph.D. in botany, and a Ph.D. in philosophy. He writes for the Skeptical Inquirer,… Continue
Added by Pam on April 8, 2009 at 8:13am —
I recently got into a fairly heated debate with one of my children's aunts regarding religion. She was apparently appalled by the fact that I've been doing my best to shield them (ages 4 and 2) from religion and that I took issue with her teaching them about the Bible while watching them one day. When I learned about it I told her, pretty bluntly, that I did not want her shilling her religious beliefs off on my children and if she wished to babysit them in the future to please respect those… Continue
Added by SabreNation on March 20, 2009 at 2:43pm —
Hey gang, here are some highlights from my column at Examiner.com
over the past week!
* I insist that it's okay to be judgmental
about things really are bad
* I worry over… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 7, 2009 at 8:48pm —
Things are getting interesting at my Examiner.com column (the DC Secularism Examiner
). But of course, aren't they always? :)
the atheistic adventure as I...
Added by Paul Fidalgo on March 2, 2009 at 12:29am —
Here's my latest at Examiner.com
, under my new title, "DC Secularism Examiner." It's a brief history of what brought me to writing about atheist activism.
As I put my career in professional theatre temporarily aside (populated by a generally liberal and socially tolerant demographic) and toward politics, I came to realize that while my own… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on February 27, 2009 at 3:56pm —
I haven't checked back at Think Atheist in a while, and partly this is because I have been busy working on my new column
at Examiner.com where I am the "DC Political Atheist Examiner
If you haven't been by, I'd love for everybody to check it out.
Here are some recent highlights:
Added by Paul Fidalgo on February 25, 2009 at 11:26pm —
I am an atheist because it logically makes sense. I am an atheist because science matches it. I trust experiments that have been correctly conducted and are unbiased. I am an atheist because it is the only thing that gives me hope that a secular America (blasphemous, I know) would be full of sensible people. I am so tired of this religious shit. Religion is used to manipulate millions of young and old thoughts, dreams, hopes, and expectations. Religion is only a tool of control. Nothing more,… Continue
Added by Aurie Elizabeth on February 17, 2009 at 7:08pm —
Even as a young child, I despised church. Church meant itchy dresses, uncomfortable pews, and two hours I could have better spent playing outdoors. Being a child, I never understood gOd in the way Christians want gOd to be understood. To me, gOd was like a friendly old man in the clouds, the same way Santa Clause was a friendly old man in the North Pole. And I don’t remember a thing about Jesus. As far as I knew, Jesus was Starbuck to gOd’s Ahab.
Religion was never my turn-on.… Continue
Added by Pam on February 1, 2009 at 10:19am —
bear with it.
Added by Samantha on January 30, 2009 at 1:30am —
Conservation, Laws of Physical -laws stating that some property of a closed system is unaltered by change in the system; it is conserved. The most important are the laws of conservation of matter and energy. Mass and energy are interconvertible according to the equation E = mc2; what is conserved is the total mass and its equivalent in energy.
((Matter/Energy cannot be lost or destroyed. It is simply converted)
I've always figured that even if there was a god, he'd have to work… Continue
Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on January 28, 2009 at 2:27am —
[From Bloc Raisonneur
I am interested in the Christian Broadcasting Network's take
on the Newdow Pledge suit
, because even though they will have a naturally built-in bias, they are a significant player in terms of niche media, and their political reporting… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on January 13, 2009 at 10:00pm —
[From Bloc Raisonneur
Radley Balko at the Agitator and Jason Kuznicki at Positive Liberty wonder at the wisdom of Michael Newdow and other atheists' attempts to strike "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. Their beef? Per Balko
Seems to me that the real problem here—whether you’re atheist, agnostic, or devout—is the idea that we’re forcing school… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on January 12, 2009 at 10:00am —
Atheism featured twice on Australian TV tonight.
First on the ABC nightly news where they discussed the UK Atheist Bus Campaign, and how the Australian one had been knocked back [by the advertising company, they could end up with heaps of flack because of this].
Secondly on SBS RocKwiz program, contestants reason he didn't guess "The Lords Prayer" by Sister Janet Mead - "atheist".
I've put the links to the on-line vids on my blog (shameless blog promotion)
Added by Oz Atheist on January 10, 2009 at 7:39am —
I'm sick of Christians confusing Atheism with Satanism. Unlike religion, Atheism is based in science which is nothing more than unbiased observation of the universe around us. Everyone in the world, religious or not, "practices" science all the time just by observing their surroundings and forming an opinion.
Religion, on the other hand, is the magical mythology created to explain any gaps that we find in our observation. An Atheist would describe such a gap as "unkown", and wait for… Continue
Added by Dave on January 9, 2009 at 3:43pm —
Just added a new post on my blog
, in response to the idiocy on the Herald Sun blog
. Check it out and have your say.
Added by Oz Atheist on January 9, 2009 at 8:31am —
David Waters of WashingtonPost.com's On Faith blog takes a mostly-fair look
at Michael Newdow's inauguration lawsuit
by seeing what effect the messengers have on the substance of the case.
. . . I suspect the lawsuit would have generated less condescension if it had been filed by the… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on January 7, 2009 at 1:31pm —
Michael Newdow's case against God-invocations
at the presidential inaugural is going to court. No, really. It's getting a real live hearing. Per the Washington Examiner
A D.C. District Court judge announced late Monday… Continue
Added by Paul Fidalgo on January 7, 2009 at 12:15pm —
I'm new to the community. Running on little sleep, lots of post-holiday annoyances, and a handful of sodas that should have been diet and caffeine free. Regardless, I stumbled here... took in some great reads and made a handful of replies. I've got a bit of a formal dash to my writing as I'm polishing off the last year of a liberal arts degree. <-- I'm boring, but my story is interesting.
Having come back to my hometown from about 90 miles away, I was glad to see my friends. Of… Continue
Added by Drew on January 5, 2009 at 12:35am —
A atheist friend brought this up and I thought I would share it. "Atheists need to come up with a fake religion and convince hundreds of thousands of people to join it. When we gain hundreds of religious members, we pull the curtain and let everyone that joined know that it was all made up, and show people how easy it is to be convinced to live a certain reality, even if that reality is not real. Just a thought."
Added by Morgan Matthew on November 6, 2008 at 8:00am —
Due to a minor infraction at MySpace.com (ie. being an atheist and speaking out,) my account was deleted. I opened another account, just to keep in touch with old friends, and marked it 'private'.
So far only a few have accepted my friend request.
While this could be a coincidence, I can't help feeling that some of them just couldn't reconcile my beliefs .. or, non-beliefs. I was never critical of them directly, but I made quite a few anti-evangelical postings (usually… Continue
Added by Benji on October 23, 2008 at 12:12pm —