So you happen to be one of those very unfortunate tornado victims who crawled out from under what was left of their home. Only to be greeted by a network news reporter who asks how you feel about what just happened. If that reporter ended the conversation with so much as a "Well, God Bless You!" it would require every last iota of restraint to not grab them by the jugular. The idiocy of people to not stop for one miniscule second, engage their brain, and think about what they just…Continue
I am trying to understand the rational behind the catholic church's stance against both abortion and contraception. I understand the abortion issue from their point of view but what is their problem with preventing a sperm from fertilizing an egg? This planet already has in excess of 8 billion people and our natural resources are dwindling away. Population control would seem to be an important concern for our civilization. Abstinence is no longer a valid option in today's modern sexual…Continue
Many a good atheist have experienced the futility of presenting logic and reasoning to a devout theist. As I have just completed P. Boyer's Religion Explained -The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought my viewpoint of religion and the theistic mind has been changed dramatically. Why?
My new understanding of the theistic mind from a cognitive perspective has forced me to realize that tools such as science and logic and even religious scriptures are not that important to the average…Continue
So over the holidays my sister and her husband come from out of state to visit with Mom and the rest of us. During that time we had a private discussion about theism and my lack of participation. Then my sister says "I really wish you would stop talking to Mom about your atheism. She loves you and can you imagine her hell that she won't see her boy in the afterlife because of your belief." I was a little annoyed that she made a comment like that. So now I am stuck between a rock and…Continue
As an atheist I often ponder the peculiar absence of evangelical zeal in 99% of monotheists. To me the realization of the existence of an absolute power & creator would generate an uncontrollable zest to "get the word out." If I awoke everyday and remembered that there really was this supernatural power monitoring mankind's existence how could I not be provoked to seek out and tell EVERYONE? Having this sort of motivation would be predicated on the fact that…Continue
Last night on PBS NOVA aired a new showed entitled "What Darwin Never Knew." It is 2 hours of fascinating insight on recent scientific developments into the "how to's" of evolutionary biology. Explanations on homo sapien's brain expansion, DNA switches, analysis of the human genome, and genetic mutation are clearly and graphically presented. I really can't recommend this particular programming enough. The god equation loses great "face" in the process.
I am a little worked up right now. I just viewed a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about a Catholic hopital in Phoenix, Arizona involved in the termination of a pregnancy by a mother of four. Apparently the woman developed severe complications and was facing heart failure and imminent death. The chief surgeon of the hospital decided to save her life and performed the abortion after consent from the staff ethics board headed by a sister nun. The board approved the procedure and the woman's life…Continue
CBS announced his death earlier today. Andy's commentaries were entertaining in the same manner as Paul Harvey's "Rest of the Story." I don't envision myself still employed at 90. Some folks just love their job I guess.
Added by Ed on November 5, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
It seems the liberal Dutch are having second thoughts about their lax drug policies. The government is making a move to re-classify marijuana with high THC levels as a drug equivalent to cocaine and ectasy.
"The decision means most of the cannabis now sold in the Netherlands' weed cafes would have to be replaced by milder variants."…Continue
Hey everybody! I know TA's members are suave and sophisticated lovers of that magic elixir of life -VINO!
Join the group and support one of the most rewarding pastimes possible. Whether you keep a personal collection or even have your own vineyard, pop a cork and come onboard.
If you must worship a god then make it Bacchus -the God Of Grapes!!!!!
A world w/o vinifera is truly unimaginable......
Added by Ed on October 22, 2011 at 7:41pm — No Comments
OK, I admit I have a few odd habits I give myself the pleasure to delight in. One of which is the yearning to "nose hit" (a 70's hippy term) a just opened virgin bag of chips; preferably sour cream, doritos, or barbecue flavor Lays. I pull the plastic seal open only about two inches or so, cram my nose in, and immediately inhale deeply. So far I have avoided actually sucking a chip up my nose so it is quite exhilarating for just a moment.
Anyone else experience similar diseases of…Continue
I found the link below somewhat disturbing because I believe the individual is possibly serious in her rantings.
If her viewpoints are held by many other Americans then I think we are in serious trouble. If she has offspring that are led to the same conclusions as herself our country is in deep trouble. At one time is was OK to possess a work ethic. Where and how did we lose that?
Why is it that people no longer want to be…Continue
I am curious as to what are some of the reasons members decide to screen and possibly censor blog posts. Outside of obscene, profane, or vulgar language I don't see the necessity for it unless someone absolutely cannot accept a differing viewpoint on whatever they're posting about. To me it is necessary to accept all dialogue even if it is at odds with your own personal position on a subject. This allows everyone to consider all sides of a topic and make the decision to agree or not. To me…Continue
My mother and I have been talking, sometimes heatedly, about the existence of god. I have made several points with her but I am loathe to make her feel defensiveness about her theistic beliefs. Today I stopped by and she showed me her latest book she acquired. She is a very prolific reader and devours a couple hundred books a year easily. I wish I had that much time to devote to reading.
The book is authored by a former atheist who has reconverted to christianity and the subject…Continue
So I head to the head in the local grocery store to take care of bizness. Plop down on the porcelain throne and lo and behold there it is. The Jehovah Witness must of used this same shitter and accidentally dropped a tract! Hell I can't even take a decent dump w/o some religious whacko beatin' me over the head with their propaganda. It just doesn't stop -ever.
Added by Ed on August 10, 2011 at 9:54pm — No Comments
Murphy's is a gas station chain owned by Walmart. Today I pulled up a local one to fill up my motosickle.
In addition to the annoying gas additive commercials they try to subject you to they also have other commercials. What blares out of the speaker?
"God bless America. Captain America that is......"; it was a promo for the new action hero movie.
It's not a big deal but a little poke in my atheistic belly nonetheless.
Fox News and others made a point to illuminate the fact that the video montage NBC ran during the US OPEN golf game deleted the part of the children's recital of the pledge of allegiance that said one nation under god. OH Boy..... What a shameful thing for NBC to do. They were trying to do the right thing after many requested the edit. But the backlash by god-fearing do gooders make an apology necessary.
What a crock of shite!
Here in the Ozarks I am beset with God & America country music stations and Christian radio broadcasts. I listen to a local oldies channel and without fail there is the ever present commercials to "Come pray with us and visit the Lord at XYZ church." I was wondering what the reaction would be if I called and asked about buying a "spot" to voice my atheistic stance. Could they refuse my request? If so, on what grounds? I mean it would almost be worth the $500 or so bucks to get some…Continue
It has to be a little embarrassing to the parishioners that tornados don't give a damn about their church, synagogue, or temple.
Tornados are indiscriminate and no respecter of religion. The monster twister that ravaged Joplin yesterday wiped out the local catholic church. So if someone was inside praying to the Almighty at crunch time they would of been a goner. I guess god takes a lunch break at the wrong time. Religious people amaze me that they can thank god when they survive…Continue
It is certainly true that there are numerous inconsistencies in all religious belief systems. As to Christianity and Catholicism specifically there seems to be a high incidence of pedophilia. Members of the Catholic clergy, especially priests, seem to have a high propensity to commit this crime. Living a celibate existence is no excuse to commit these atrocities. But what really blows my hair back is that these pathetic individuals who fondle and abuse children and young men do so with the…Continue