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
Added by Frank on May 27, 2009 at 3:24pm —
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
Added by mrs kelligurl on May 16, 2009 at 2:30pm —
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
Added by Gaytor on May 14, 2009 at 12:00pm —
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
Added by Gaytor on May 7, 2009 at 9:59am —
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
Added by Gaytor on May 5, 2009 at 2:35am —
Added by Sophie on April 2, 2009 at 2:45pm —
The pot of the gold at the end of the rainbow. Why is it there that everybody seeks? Its not about the end result, but the journey getting to the metaphorical pot of gold. The pot of gold seems to be religious in nature, to me at least. Some simply want facts to assure them that they will get that pot of gold. Those people never find it...[they find logic]. I think the pot of gold is there to keep the faith. A promise
of something wonderful to come. Faith alone is a controlling factor.… Continue
Added by Theresa on February 19, 2009 at 9:35pm —
I saw this CD set at a book store a while back for over $20. It caught my eye, but didn't seem like it would be worth the price. But when I saw it for way cheaper on iTunes, I decided to give it a go.
Sweeney's background is typical is some ways. She was given a very strong religious upbringing. Although she sees the hypocrisy behind the rules of her faith as a child, she still believes in god. This illustrates the mental pounding her parents gave her, in an effort to "instill… Continue
Added by Dan Snell on February 14, 2009 at 12:10pm —
I keep a lot of very religious friends around because I really enjoy debating topics. As a scientist, I feel it helps keep the mind sharp and lucid regarding understanding the world around us. However, I am always puzzled by other scientists who are religious, very active and strongly religious or even mildly. I feel this world view is untenable, and does not match with the ideas of science, scientific process or a functional and pragmatic way of viewing the world or interacting with the… Continue
Added by Gregor Mendel on February 9, 2009 at 12:29pm —
I chiefly write this note for Christian readers in hopes they will take 5 minutes to read it all, but I know 5 minutes is much to ask, especially for what might be considered offense or arrogance in the following paragraphs. Read if you'd like.
I took a screenshot of facebook's "Religious Views" pull-down menu the other day and noticed that there are way too many choices. Then I realized how unbelievable it is that there are still this many variations of Christianity. Then
Added by Kevin on February 8, 2009 at 6:02pm —
[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 —
I got into an online scrap with a couple Mormons who insist "proselytize" isn't a word. I abandoned all hope of winning the argument when it dawned on me that I was potentially dealing with murderous psychopaths. Some Christian from youtube has finally stopped messaging me after I left a comment on a Rick Warren video. I said "Bless You" today when someone sneezed, losing my principles entirely for a moment, then added "You're so good- lookin' '". Someone added me as a friend today, my first on… Continue
Added by Batty on January 12, 2009 at 4:05pm —
[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 —