I just got back home about an hour ago from the group photo at the Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason billboard. The estimated number of people is 50, but I don't have an exact count. The crowd that turned out for it was such a great mix of age ranges...and most of them brilliantly pulled off a look of normalcy.:-P (I'm not exactly sure what some people think an atheist looks like, but I know I wouldn't be able to pick one out of a crowd.) Two… Continue
Theism (As per Dictonary.com) is “the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation”. Those who follow this age old belief are, as I call them, 'Theists'. What good has 'Theists' offered to the world? Well, they have offered only destruction to this world. They have killed MILLIONS over petty, 'Religious Wars'. They stoop to under-handed attempts to block out any thought that goes against anything they say, under their false banner of… Continue
Christians believe that without God, Atheists have no morality, and therefore the Root of All Evil.
Really? Do they believe that Atheists are immoral? Well, Let's take a look at the Christians own morality.
Once upon a time, there was a man, about 5' 6". He lead a revolution for the sake of his people, with the extinction of the old monarchy. He later crowned himself 'Emperor' and lead a war, which his empire almost stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arctic… Continue
(This is taken from the Newsweek website, but I read it in my issue today and found it interesting. Take a look, he mentions that nations choosing to rule under religious doctrine fail and expands a bit on that.)
Christopher Hitchens: The Death of Theocracy
The term "theocracy" trips readily enough off the tongue and is an accurate description of a system where mortals claim the right to dominate other mortals in the name of God. But it is also a word that has… Continue
Added by Samantha J. on January 12, 2010 at 7:19pm —
I got this video from the website www.symphonyofscience.com. I have to say it's bloody brilliant! My favorite part is Bill Nye's scene with the camera looking up at him as he comes down with a rock'n'roll climax of "Billions and billions of stars, billions and billions of specks!!" A beautiful work of art indeed. There are 2 other videos on that site and they're just as amazing. Worth checking… Continue
OK, lets do this one more time. Look up the symptoms of Schizophrenia, paranoid type. Read the story of Abraham in the Bible. Notice that Abraham displays almost every symptom. Hears "God" talking to him, auditory hallucination, sees a burning bush that is not consumed, visual hallucination. Has Ideas of reference, he is special God chose him of all people to talk to. Receives command hallucinations to kill people. Believes he is in a personal relationship with the creator of the universe,… Continue
I just got done answering a poll about whether the US should omit "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, and naturally I said that it should be omitted. To me it isn't just the fact that I don't believe and God or religious figure has a place in the US government but the fact that the general population feels that the current pledge is the original. After proving to the many other people that answered this poll that "Under God" was in fact added in 1954 and showing them what the original… Continue
It has been a crazy couple of weeks and writing has not come easily so I just threw together these short reviews of GI Joe, Julie and Julia, Away we Go, and Aliens in the Attic as well as a complete review on District 9.
Aliens in the Attic
After an hour of dimwitted dialogue, the alien planet the antagonists hail from becomes a viable option to escape the mind-numbing effects of this movie.
Away We Go
A surprisingly mature look at love,… Continue
The anti-ontological argument for God: God is that which nothing lesser than, can be conceived. If you can imagine a god that is impotent, but only exists in your imagination, that is not the least of gods that can be imagined.
A God that really exists, but is impotent is conceiveably the least of all Gods! Ergo, God exists, but he's totally irrelevant!
God exists outside of space and time. Since, in this universe; for something to exsist it must occupy space for… Continue
Throughout my few years of existence, I've pondered about which is worse: eternal unconsciousness or eternal consciousness. A Christian (or any other person that believes in an eternal afterlife) would say that eternal unconsciousness (what most atheists have accepted) is far, far worse.
But is it really?
Consider this- imagine existing for an eternity. Eventually, you would have experienced and/or thought about everything possible, and impossible.… Continue
I don't know how many people here follow a lot of blogs (I know Nelson does, and Syn, and some others), but for those who may not, I thought I'd point out a blogging event known as the Carnival of the Godless.
The Carnival moves from blog to blog, being hosted at a different one each time. It consists of a collection of links to various blog posts, submitted by bloggers to the host. It servers a couple worthwhile… Continue
When a subway car is taken hostage, it’s left to the dispatcher to save the passengers from the gunmen. Packed with action and sprinkled with emotion, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, based on a book of the same name by John Godey, is a satisfying action-packed escape.
Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is directing motormen through the tunnels of the New York Subway when armed men take control of a train. Ryder (John Travolta), the leader of the team of gunmen, reaches out to Garber… Continue
Dr. Rick Marshall, bent on proving his crack-pot theory, is literally dumped into a land with dinosaurs, distant primates and evil alien overlords. Land of the Lost suffers from a lack of comedic timing, outdated effects, pitiful editing, and painfully shallow writing, but offers plain silliness as a consolation prize.
Disgraced and outcast, Dr. Rick Marshall (Will Farrell) is inspired to finish his work by graduate student Holly Cantrell (Anna Friel). Using the newly finished… Continue
So this idea just sort of hit me. We the Atheist community are against the attempted theocracy that the religious lobby's attempt to create day in and day out. I think we need to join other fights other than just the basic ones. Many of us, I have gauged from discussions posted on this site, support things such as Gay rights. It doesn't have to be just Gay rights. Anything that you feel like protesting, if you go to these events we need to get… Continue
I am a straight man, with a big gay chip on my shoulder.
A while back on my Twitter page (yes, I know how ridiculous it sounds), I mentioned that, if I believed in the devil, Pat Robertson might be him.
Being a fairly liberal-leaning guy with either liberal friends or Republican and Christian friends who don't believe that being one has anything to do with the other, I was surprised at how many people took offense… Continue
I re-enlisted this past Thursday (14May2009). I have been in the military for over 6 yrs now, so I know I had to have said the words before....I guess I didn't pay that much attention to the entire oath previously. Now it has just been eating away at me!! Everything was fine until the very last sentence "So help me God". I cringed at the thought of saying this, however, I was on a stage in front of my entire battery and chain-of-command. I paused briefly, glanced at my husband, and uttered the… Continue
Abiogenesis is the explanation (theory) of how chemical compounds could form Ribonucleotides which then become life. Creationists assume that you are talking about Evolution, but this is the step before Evolution. To the point, it has now been replicated in the laboratory.
According to Sutherland, these laboratory conditions resembled those of the life-originating “warm
little pond” hypothesized by Charles Darwin if the pond “evaporated, got heated, and then it rained… Continue
Harvard professor Robert Putnam has conducted research into the religion of Generation X and Y. The results were what we on TA would expect, 30 to 40 % of the respondents selected None as their religion. The reasoning for the change surprised me. The study claims that over the last 20 years the conservative movement has tied in religion and made it appear intolerant.
I find it a great irony that the hardliners have driven away their future base. The bigger story is that when you drive away… Continue
Creationists like to admit that Micro-Evolution is real and deny that Macro-Evolution exists. They cite that we've never seen Speciation, we have no transitional fossils, and some will throw up a picture of crocodile crossed with a duck and look for that. If we never find that fossil they have won, at least in their minds. Without going into that, I want to take on the Bible and even Micro-Evolution. They set up the timeline with Genesis, and I'll be glad to play their game.
First off, the… Continue