I have a curious fascination with religion in the same sense that someone could have a curious fascination for a festering sore on your arm that you repeatedly pick at. There are a lot of things that absolutely infuriate me about the willful ignorance of these followers. One that often crosses my mind is the tendency to thank god for anything and everything that happens.
I am reminded of this from a recurring memory of an encounter I had while working at a school for severe autism. A… Continue
Added by Teri G on February 5, 2014 at 1:35pm —
Added by Pierre H. Vachon on October 15, 2011 at 1:30pm —
I've begun a series of video-essays on YouTube titled "Welcome to our Semi-Dark Age". The first episode is now up (in three parts, due to time-length restrictions by YouTube) - hopefully, my skills at video recording/editing will improve as I make more videos. Similarly, my pronunciation of English words remains a work in progress ... In any case, I've embedded herein the three videos of this first episode of the series, titled… Continue
Added by Pierre H. Vachon on September 8, 2011 at 7:56pm —
On my blog, I discussed the topic of how religion relies on human ignorance and fear of the unknown to thrive.
Here's the complete blog post:
Religion: the anti-fear pill
In a society of mass consumption like ours, marketing is a key player. Consumers usually base their purchasing decisions upon marketing campaigns aimed at making them succumb to the latest products. Pharmaceutical companies brag about their… Continue
Added by Lord Gaytheist on June 26, 2011 at 9:08am —
I decided to do a survey on Facebook to see how people felt about 1) the phrase 'Under God' being removed from the Pledge, and 2) creationism being taught in schools.
Here are the two questions I asked:
1. Should 'under God' be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?
2. Should creationism be taught in public schools?
Both answers should include why or why not, not simply yes or no.
Here are some of the answers I… Continue
Added by Merlin Mercer on June 14, 2011 at 12:57am —
I love Christmas time. The general kindness from people around me makes me feel all warm and fussy.
I'm the only atheist in my family, but it really hasn't bothered me, since they've never seemed fundamental or intrusive in any way. I announced my atheism about a year ago, and all I got was a "why", which I answered as well as I could, and then an "ok", and that was pretty much it. I've always lived a pretty secular life, so my lifestyle didn't change much, but my way of looking at… Continue
Added by Kris on December 22, 2010 at 1:00pm —
My recent blog piece "At the edge of knowledge"
spawned an awesome amount of feedback… Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on May 17, 2010 at 12:30am —
I watched the SNL parody on the television of ICP's song Miracles before I was aware of the actual song. After discovering the source of the parody, I was beside myself at how little SNL had to do to parody this. It is so ridiculous, that it is its own parody. But it also worried me in that I know far too many people who not only embrace ignorance, but seem to celebrate it as a virtue.
The religious right is in the mainstream pushing their anti-intellectual and anti-science agenda. I… Continue
Added by Reggie on April 22, 2010 at 12:30pm —
“It won’t be long until this is a communist country,” it was said today during a business meeting. The conversation was in regards to a Chinese supplier and their ability to expand space and operations. One co-worker jokingly stated that the government could just throw out the neighbors and raze the building, allowing the supplier to expand. The reason for this, my co-worker explained with a chuckle, is because they are communists. I retorted that it happens all the time here in the United… Continue
Added by Reggie on March 19, 2010 at 8:00pm —
Friend: Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.
Me: Also, believing what you know is not so.
Friend: Is it your mission in life to make everything a religious debate?
Me: Yes, I was hired by the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation to reply to your status.
Ok so I was sarcastic rather than serious. I could have come up with, it is your… Continue
Added by Jake W. Andrews on March 14, 2010 at 5:12pm —
I appreciate all your comments. I want clear up a few things and there is no need to respond…unless you want to carry on a mature discussion other than…”I must be stupid or ignorant”. First let me say I have been educated…have a BS degree in Medical Microbiology and a masters in Theology. So…I have done my research…I stumbled on this website doing research and It was never my intention to ruffle feathers. But sense you have commented…I will too…It is my opinion that most atheist hide behind… Continue
Added by brian on November 19, 2009 at 4:44pm —
Its amazing to me that atheist say, "Christians must prove there is a God..." when there is revelation all around us. Just look at nature and how amazing each species and creature operates, look at the human body and how incredible and complex it is... I think it is harded to prove or comprehend that we have evolved from some primal ooze than a master creator. Acutally there is more unanswered question with evolution today that when Darwin originally theroized this concept. In other word, more… Continue
Added by brian on November 18, 2009 at 10:33am —
Kingsville Texas is the county seat of Kleberg County; in January of 1997 county commissioners unanimously designated "heaven-o" as the county's official greeting.
Okay, I know that's not really breaking news; but I've been on a bit of a separation of church and state kick, so when I stumbled on this I thought I'd share.
So what is wrong with using "hello?" Well it turns out that Leonso Canales Jr. thinks "hello" is a negative greeting due to its… Continue
Added by Johnny on June 15, 2009 at 6:00am —
Published in The Socialist Party of Great Britain
, Paddy Shannon points out that what motivates many on the side of religion to appose science is fear
. Cliché but true: "People fear what they do not understand." In a recent survey (New Scientist, 27 Sept 2008, p.76)
people were asked about a substance that can corrode iron and even kill humans if inhaled, known… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 2, 2009 at 3:00pm —