The first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law “respecting an establishment of religion “. The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment has been interpreted by the Supreme Court as erecting a separation of church and state. This seems simple enough to anyone who thinks free, no laws regarding religion. Yet, everyday, I see laws already on the books, that have nothing to do with religion, not… Continue
Added by TDM on January 10, 2011 at 9:40am —
I was sitting in my office today. I was alone as almost everyone else has taken off for the holiday. I had Pandora on Christmas music. I listen to a lot of Baroque, Renaissance, medieval, celtic and new age music anyhow and that was the flavor of my Christmas music. I also had Trans-Sibrian Railway and Manheim Steamroller. I really enjoyed it.
I like Church. I don't mean the religion. Or The Church.
I like the Christmas Service Happy Music… Continue
Added by Cathleen Sessions on December 22, 2010 at 11:00pm —
I'm so sick of hearing about "the war on christmas" and seeing any
non-christian (or anyone willing to stand up for any non-christian)
being vilified in the news. Tonight there was a segment on one of my local news affiliates (WTAE Pittsburgh) about a nativity scene being moved from in front of the borough building
in a local town after one woman (bravely) wrote in and asked that it be moved. It was moved a whole 20 yards from it's original… Continue
Added by Amanda Artman on December 8, 2010 at 6:56pm —
John Knudsen, a Danish pastor at the Løkken Free Church in Vendsyssel,
has dealt the first blow against an enemy that he believes to be one of
greatest threat to Christmas. It is, of course, the Elf.
Many people imagine elves as Santa's little helpers making toys for
children or magical folk from Germanic and Norse Folklore, but not John
Knudsen. He believes that they are "poltergeists that come from the devil and make children sick"
and that the decorating… Continue
Added by David Kenneth Craggs on December 8, 2010 at 6:30pm —
Imagine receiving this pitch from the American Cancer Society:
"Donate $100 today, and $15 of it will go directly to cancer research and to alleviate the suffering of cancer patients! Better still, $50 of it will be used to pay a lecturer who holds weekly meetings to explain why cancer is bad, why donating to the Society is good, and what cancer patients did to give themselves the disease! The other $35 will pay for our building, our other staff, general overhead, fundraising costs and… Continue
Added by Henry Ruddle on December 6, 2010 at 5:00pm —
Can't make this stuff up, folks. You think if this happened in Rome the Vatican would give him sanction?
Father John Fiala, 52, was arrested last week in Dallas County after he was caught on tape by investigators trying to hire a hit man to kill the teen who's accused Fiala of sexual abuse.
Attorney Tom Rhodes said as shocking as the… Continue
Added by Ryan E. Hoffman on November 28, 2010 at 2:08pm —
The day the Church dies there will be no sounds of joy among the godless: Continue
No horns blown or parades thrown,
Rejoicing in the streets or marching to the beat,
No angels from Heaven to smite us down,
No Devil to laugh at our descent.
The end of the world will still belong to the sun,
When the Church takes its final breath
On a day no different than today
In a world with problems unfit for gods.
Where a frock is suitable only for Halloween;
A relic of a…
Added by Ryan E. Hoffman on September 22, 2010 at 4:43pm —
I'd like to immediately get some demographics out of the way so you may have a better grasp of my situation. I'm 29 years old. I am a computer technician at a small company. I am happily married with two kids, ages seven and nine. I have always lived in Alabama. My hometown is located in south central Alabama, deep in the bible belt. Now that that is out of the way...
I want to thank the atheist community and the creators of this site for give people a place to… Continue
Added by Wayne Edgar on August 19, 2010 at 12:26pm —
Fortney Hillman "Pete" Stark, Jr
. (born November 11, 1931) is an American politician from the state of California. A Democrat, he has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1973 (37 years), currently representing California's 13th congressional district in southwestern Alameda County. Currently he is the sixth most senior Representative as well as 8th most… Continue
Added by Rick on June 20, 2010 at 5:39am —
I am an American.
On top of that I am also a Texan.
I was born in Texas and can trace my family coming to Texas in the 1850’s.
Most of my family came from the United Kingdom. The rest came from Europe.
Some have been in the United States since the early 1700’s. Some fought in the American Revolution against England.
For what I can tell, they all were “Christians” of some sort or another.
I am an Atheist.
I’ve been an Atheist since the age of six.… Continue
Added by Rick on June 9, 2010 at 8:19am —
Yet again, I'm proud to be from Connecticut. We have gay marriage and rational judges.
A local public high school attempted to hold graduation in a church recently. A few parents and students sued and the judge declared the high school's actions unconstitutional. Reading the comments section might give you all a kick too. There are a few nut-jobs on there, but they're getting owned by rational thinkers.
Added by Regan40104 on June 6, 2010 at 12:42am —
This is the latest action alert from the Secular Coalition for America. Click here now to write to Congress!
Join the official SCA Think Atheist group here. …
Added by Paul Fidalgo on May 25, 2010 at 10:14am —
I live in Romania, Europe and I continue to be amazed by the irrationality that seems to govern this country. The Romanian Constitution stipulates that Romania is a secular state, but it certainly doesn't act as it should.
Let's start with the religion that is being taught in schools. No, not private, faith schools, but public schools. Romania, a secular state, preaches students religion, not for one or two years, but for... twelve. I said "preaches" and not "teaches",… Continue
Added by Radu Andreiu on March 17, 2010 at 9:00am —
Found on Yahoo! News
DALLAS – Court records say books on demons and atheism as well as rifles and knives were found in a home linked to one of the suspects in a string of church fires in eastern… Continue
Added by Kristi on February 24, 2010 at 5:45pm —
It's been 19 days now since the tragic earthquake that hit the poor and ravaged country of Haiti. We've all been horrified by images of the wounded and watched as families buried their dead relatives. By now, the hope of finding anyone alive is pretty much next to none. Throughout the last two weeks even up to the 15th day, we've heard stories of miraculous survival as occasionally workers would pull someone alive from the rubble, defying the odds once… Continue
Added by Kevin (Idolizing Reason) on February 1, 2010 at 3:00pm —
Here is my situation, I am divorced and the mother of my three year old is very religious. She knows my stance on religion and is okay with it but doesn't want me to teach our son my world view. I don't think what she asks is fair. I told her that I wouldn't directly teach him anything but would answer any questions he might ask. He is extremely intelligent and my main goal in life is to teach him how to think for himself. I don't want him to believe what I believe or what his mother believes… Continue
Added by Keith A. Szilagyi on December 10, 2009 at 7:04pm —
During the Years of Creationism, that is, my theist years, I've shied away from science, executing the classic Just-Barely-Passing maneuver in all of my classes. Just recently, however, I've found that science, especially Biology, fascinates me to no end. I recently purchased three (old and "outdated", but still accurate) textbooks on Biology and Biochemistry. Upon reading through the first Biology textbook (haven't finished it, but I love it so far) I find I'm learning more about the human… Continue
Added by Samantha J. on November 29, 2009 at 7:52pm —
I was raised in a Christian 'Church of God' church.
The sect was actually called "Pentacostal Holiness".
Speaking in tongues, dancing and other mystical entertainment was a weekly experience for me. We were taught that this was a necessary step to really be close to god and have him speak through you.
We were put into a room on Sunday mornings to hear and memorize stories and verses. The women didn't cut their hair and they wore long dresses. No jewelry. The men… Continue
Added by Daley on November 2, 2009 at 3:04pm —
The online edition of the Chicago Sun-Times tells us that a church in the area is trying to boost attendance through the use of a raffle system that awards cash prizes among those who show up to church.
According to the story
For the last three weeks ... Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip has raffled a combined $1,000 to attendees at… Continue
Added by Nix Manes on October 26, 2009 at 9:07am —
Added by Stephanie A on October 14, 2009 at 3:34pm —