All Blog Posts Tagged 'religion' (332)

Great Story On Time.Com About Kara Neumann Tragedy

""The law must recognize that the right of children to live supersedes the rights of their parents to free expression of religion.""



When Parents Call God Instead of the Doctor



Just read this story a few minutes ago and thought those of you that have been following this case might be interested. That quote above really sums up the whole argument as well as anything I've read about it. What else… Continue

Added by SabreNation on February 9, 2009 at 8:40am — 2 Comments

Violence, and its more disturbing and horrific cousin, SEX

To people who have been tainted by the insidious hand of religion, the human body is a monstrously evil thing that can only be contained by conservative clothing and tamed by marriage. Entertainment containing scenes of gratuitous sex get an "NC-17" or “X” rating. However, just as the Bible is brimming with acts of genocide, rape, murder, and other various atrocities, so are half of the movies we all go to see. Minus snuff films, violent movies and video games get a measly rating of "R" or… Continue

Added by Andrew the Fluffer on February 8, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

My earliest Atheist thought

When I was five years old I remember getting dressed for church and standing in the large walk in closet with my mom talking to her in normal jabber that kids usually annoy parents with when they are working on something. I was talking to my mom about the bible and what it all meant. I kept asking her about different things that the church did every sunday and what they meant. I remember asking her "What is a bag-tism?" yeah it took me forever to get it right back then. She explained the… Continue

Added by Dema on February 6, 2009 at 3:40am — 1 Comment

The Fallout

Even as a young child, I despised church. Church meant itchy dresses, uncomfortable pews, and two hours I could have better spent playing outdoors. Being a child, I never understood gOd in the way Christians want gOd to be understood. To me, gOd was like a friendly old man in the clouds, the same way Santa Clause was a friendly old man in the North Pole. And I don’t remember a thing about Jesus. As far as I knew, Jesus was Starbuck to gOd’s Ahab.



Religion was never my turn-on.… Continue

Added by Pam on February 1, 2009 at 10:19am — 3 Comments

Religion is a Virus

Daniel Dennett Tufts University professor Daniel Dennett compares “religious ideas to viruses, which thrive by replicating and passing themselves from one generation to the next.”



Dennett is the co-director of Tufts’ Center for Cognitive Studies. On Tuesday he lectured at Dartmouth Hall on his recent study: Religion as a “Natural Phenomenon.” He… Continue

Added by Johnny on January 22, 2009 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Spirituality, Not Religion, Makes Kids Happy

The link between spirituality and happiness is pretty well-established for teens and adults. More spirituality brings more happiness.



Now a study has reached into the younger set, finding the same link in "tweens" and in kids in middle childhood.



Specifically, the study shows that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships — both measures of spirituality, the researchers claim — are… Continue

Added by Pam on January 14, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Rationalism

Rationalism- the practice and promotion of reason above all else;

rejection of religion on the grounds that it is illogical.

All over the world, people are seen chanting prayers, whispering pleas, joining their hands and staring up at the sky. They are stoically against the realization of the futility of this act, of the actual waste of time. In all, an average god-fearing man probably wastes half his life just murmuring prayers. To turn to an illusion and live your life deluded is no… Continue

Added by Ananya Ray on January 12, 2009 at 3:27am — 10 Comments

Science is NOT a religion!

I'm sick of Christians confusing Atheism with Satanism. Unlike religion, Atheism is based in science which is nothing more than unbiased observation of the universe around us. Everyone in the world, religious or not, "practices" science all the time just by observing their surroundings and forming an opinion.



Religion, on the other hand, is the magical mythology created to explain any gaps that we find in our observation. An Atheist would describe such a gap as "unkown", and wait for… Continue

Added by Dave on January 9, 2009 at 3:43pm — 6 Comments

New Post

Just added a new post on my blog, in response to the idiocy on the Herald Sun blog. Check it out and have your say.

Added by Oz Atheist on January 9, 2009 at 8:31am — No Comments

"So Help me God" - 4 words that presidents have added after the oath at their Inauguration since Roosevelt

The founding fathers made it a priority to make sure religion didn’t make its way into our politics and justice system. They knew that if an individual received their morals and lived their life according to a faith based system, they would allow that influence to spill over into the way they govern their population.



I never paid attention to the inauguration of any president to date, so finding out that this phrase has been added by every president since Roosevelt struck me as sort… Continue

Added by JJ on January 4, 2009 at 11:05pm — 1 Comment

How one Bible story (NOAHS ARK) proves the Bible is full of crap.. and why the heck is it so popular among kids?



While often thought of as a "Children's Story", this is far from it. Loaded with contradictions to what we have been told about God, this story raises some interesting questions.



Warning – this view might disturb some readers, but please read the full article to understand to context of the points being made before jumping to conclusion.



The well known story of Noah's Ark is often listed as a favorite, and often considered as… Continue

Added by Gina on November 16, 2008 at 12:02pm — 1 Comment

Pull the curtain...

A atheist friend brought this up and I thought I would share it. "Atheists need to come up with a fake religion and convince hundreds of thousands of people to join it. When we gain hundreds of religious members, we pull the curtain and let everyone that joined know that it was all made up, and show people how easy it is to be convinced to live a certain reality, even if that reality is not real. Just a thought."

Added by Morgan Matthew on November 6, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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