All Blog Posts Tagged 'prayer' (43)

Bus Driver Fired After Forcing Prayer on Students

A bus driver for the Burnsville school district was fired last week for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus, even after he was warned to stop — a move he considers a violation of his freedom of speech.

George Nathaniel, 49, of Richfield, who is also a pastor for a…

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Added by Dan on November 7, 2013 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

Prayer Fails AGAIN

[Okay, I'm gonna try this again. The first time I did this post, everything disappeared except for the first paragraph.]

A couple days ago, a 7-year-old girl in Illinois went missing. Of course, a Facebook friend (a Christian) posted a plea for prayers for the missing girl.  The next day, a body was found, and it turned out to be the murdered little girl.  Her uncle is being held in custody, presumably as a suspect in her murder.  So the Christian Facebook friend…

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Added by A. T. Heist on September 11, 2013 at 10:01am — 12 Comments

Payers in school bill has passed in my state.

On August 9th in Wayne county of Missouri, (My home town). Missouri voters approved prayer issue. I voted against this, and at least I tried to do something good in my state. But the majority has spoken, but I remember something that Bill Maher once said: "Just because the majority out weights the minority, doesn't mean the minority is wrong. The majority once thought that the world was flat, but that didn't make them right."  It's tough to do something right, when everyone else is against…

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Added by Vince James Abernathy on August 14, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

What Good Are You to Me?

There’s an image floating around on Facebook of what appears to be an African man holding his emaciated son in his arms. The caption says something about God and prayers being unanswered, and how this is proof there is no god. It’s not the only image like it floating around, so I’m sure you get the gist. God answers the prayers of indulgent, greedy Americans yet ignores the pleading of starving children everywhere else in the world (well, and even right in the United States). Of course, a…

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Added by Cara Coleen on June 6, 2012 at 11:30pm — 62 Comments

Churches resorting to Prayer when court cases and petitions fail.

New York Times

They have tried letter-writing, petitions and a lawsuit, all to no avail. So now the Christian congregations that are weeks away from…

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Added by Rob Klaers on March 19, 2012 at 2:48pm — 4 Comments

Submitting an complaint to the FL ACLU

Dear members:

I have been trying to submit a complaint to the FL ACLU and need "witness (people who have heard the complaint)"  which includes their full contact information. I'd also like your input, information from anyone who has dealt with the ACLU before, and contact information from anyone who…

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Added by Dan Z on November 6, 2011 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Paradox of Prayer

Prayer doesn't make sense. We Atheists know it doesn't work. But The thing is, it couldn't possibly work.

I'm going to be arguing as if the Christian god actually exists here. It's purely hypothetical, I'm not arguing for his existence, merely trying to refine how he could possibly exist. Before I begin, let me lay out a bit of the view of the traditional Christian god so you can see what exactly what I'm talking about. First, god is all knowing. Second, god has a plan. The second…

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Added by Nathaniel Summers on October 2, 2011 at 1:38am — 5 Comments

"Ordered" to pray?

This morning, as a serving member of my countrys' Navy, I participated in "Ceremonial Divisions",  a formal parade where a visiting dignitary inspects the troops, medals are awarded, speeches are made. At one point during "Divvies", we are ordered to "Remove Headdress" while the School Chaplain recites a prayer.

 

Anyone have an opinion on what is essentially being ordered to participate in a prayer?  While I direct this question to serving or former members of the Armed…

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Added by Boatman on September 22, 2011 at 12:11pm — 14 Comments

Should the 9/11 ceremony be religious?

This is a sample post from my blog: Foxhole Atheism

 

The Huffington Post currently has an article describing some controversy over the exclusion of religious clergy/material from the 9/11 memorial service. Bloomberg has pledged to maintain his position despite conservative religious group protests. A spokesperson for the…

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Added by Michael Gage on September 2, 2011 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

An Atheist's prayer?

I was thinking about all the little prayers that religious families recite throughout the day, such as: "Praise the Lord!", "god is watching", "bless you" & etc. and how they offer comfort to each other.  And, I realized that my family of ardent atheists, does pretty much the same.  But we don't acknowledge some deity.  Our prayer, nevertheless, is uttered to comfort each other in tough times, it's uttered when we're laughing, we say it when we're scared, and most times we just say it…

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Added by Doug Reardon on August 17, 2011 at 2:50am — 2 Comments

Damon Fowler- An Atheist Hero

Damon Fowler, a high school senior at Bastrop High School in Louisiana, is being called an Atheist Hero in many forums and blogs this morning. Damon called for his school not to use a Christian prayer during their graduation ceremony, citing Louisiana law. Due to a threat of the ACLU, the school district decided to remove the prayer from their graduation program...but things only got worse for Damon. He has received death threats from other students, been slandered by his teacher, and has…

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Added by Scarlette Blues on May 20, 2011 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

My Response to, "I'll Pray for You"

The "I'll Pray for You" is the ultimate conversation ender, or useless phrase thrown in which can be used in a variety of variations: goodbye, you're a fool, oh you're sick that's so sad but I'm not going to do anything of value, (while struggling with demon inside the collar of your shirt) you're... threatening... me... with reason... and I need... a way... out, you're going to war and i'm your honey. It pisses me off. They use it for everything and then what is a normal non-believer…

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Added by Ryan E. Hoffman on May 16, 2011 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Is it appropriate for a governor of a state to do a public "rain prayer"??

Unbelievable...the governor of Texas, Rick Perry openly did a "rain prayer"....where the hell is this world coming to when the governor of one of the most powerful states in the union does a "rain prayer"....does this violate the 1st amendment?? What the hell is going on with our country??

Texas governor calls for prayers for rain amid fires…



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Added by Sassan K. on April 21, 2011 at 11:30pm — 17 Comments

Oddly sinister promo for the 2011 National Day of Prayer



 

Completely over the top, utterly ridiculous video for the 2011 National Day of Prayer. Like what is the message here supposed to be? That Christians can somehow stave off the Apocalypse and natural disasters by praying? I thought the end of the world and Jesus coming back were the whole point? Now I’m confused.

And what’s with the shitty bombastic music?…

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Added by Morgan Matthew on April 6, 2011 at 10:53am — 31 Comments

What's a day without Facebook drama?

Wow, I guess I haven't made it as "known" as I thought. I need to redo my whole profile on FB to exclaim my atheism. I'm getting really tired of having to deal with this constantly. 

 

My aunt and her son (my cousin) are going through an extremely rough time in their lives. My cousin has been wrongly accused of child molestation. I've reviewed all the information I have been given and I have came to the conclusion that he really is being wrongly accused. (The…

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Added by Scarlette Blues on April 1, 2011 at 12:00pm — 11 Comments

The Problems With Prayer

I was quite surprised at the level of response to the Hopi Indian response video which included messages from the family of the elder who created the statement.  What I find amazing is the level of anger towards me questioning the validity of prayer and asking people to donate instead.  Besides being called evil, narrow minded, one dimensional and a douche bag, this to me shows the level people are at when it comes to their so called… Continue

Added by Paul Sheppard on March 26, 2011 at 10:24am — 3 Comments

It makes me want to scream!

These are some really sweet people and some of them, I have known for a long time. It just makes me want to shake them and scream, "WAKE UP! It's has all been a lie!" I'm hesitant though because these are the type of people that their faith runs so deep, any deviance will send them crying and praying. I really wish that they would put this passion toward something productive for our society, instead of just wishful thinking.. which is what I'm doing too, when I say…

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Added by Scarlette Blues on March 25, 2011 at 4:35pm — 10 Comments

feeling a need to rant

So reading a few posts made by friends on Facebook, I came across this:

A volcano has erupted in southern Japan.... SERIOUSLY?!?!!

Then, a few responses down:

Shit!! What the fuck did the japanese do to piss god or whatever u wanna say off?

 

Seriously? There has…

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Added by Scarlette Blues on March 15, 2011 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

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