Dan's Blog – December 2009 Archive (30)

Holy feet my ass.

Holy mans amazing feet







A bizarre holy man has been arrested on child torture charges after horrified parents found him stamping on their youngsters' throats to cure them of colds. Self-proclaimed demi-god Jamun Yadav, 50, told police his holy Hindu powers allowed him to transfer divine energy from the soles of his feet. He said the amazing feets of magic allowed him to fight all illnesses in Katihar, eastern India. "This is… Continue

Added by Dan on December 23, 2009 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Atheist author Philip Pullman 'disgusted' over claim Catholics blocked films



Sam Elliott, the American actor, has depressed Philip Pullman, the atheist author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, with his claim that a group of Roman Catholics managed to browbeat Hollywood producers into abandoning plans to film any more of his books.



"It's disgusting, but only the sort of behaviour I expect of these people," the best-selling author says of the campaign Catholics in America waged against The Golden Compass, the… Continue

Added by Dan on December 22, 2009 at 1:39am — 6 Comments

muslims Threaten To Kill Priest Over Swiss Minaret Vote...

muslims Threaten To Kill Priest Over Swiss Minaret Vote...



Slap to religious freedom in Switzerland leads to threat over church bell tower in Turkey.





ISTANBUL, December 15 (CDN) — In response to a Swiss vote banning the construction of new mosque minarets, a group of Muslims this month went into a church building in eastern Turkey and threatened to kill a priest unless he tore down its bell tower, according to an advocacy group.



Three Muslims on More..Dec.… Continue

Added by Dan on December 22, 2009 at 12:49am — No Comments

Found this little gem via stumble upon: The True Origin of Christmas



Every year after Thanksgiving, most people’s thoughts turn to Christmas. It is the time when professing Christians are supposed to focus on Jesus Christ. After all, it is the “Christ-mass” season!



Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, holly wreaths, decorated trees, mistletoe, season’s greetings, seasonal music, “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” and Santa Claus are all associated with this holiday. These all bring warm feelings to those… Continue

Added by Dan on December 20, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Chuck Norris: Public health care would have killed Baby Jesus

Chuck Norris: Public health care would have killed Baby Jesus 'Will Obamacare morph into Herodcare for the unborn?' Hollywood star asks







Movie star and Mike Huckabee booster Chuck Norris has dragged the "War on Christmas" into the health care debate.



Norris has penned an article in which he suggests that Jesus Christ would have been among many "great souls" who would have been "erased from history" had a health plan similar to the one proposed by the… Continue

Added by Dan on December 19, 2009 at 6:27am — 6 Comments

Scientists watch deep-sea volcano for first time

SAN FRANCISCO - Scientists have witnessed the eruption of the deepest submarine volcano ever discovered, capturing for the first time video of fiery bubbles of molten lava as they exploded 4,000 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean in what researchers are calling a major geological discovery.



A submersible robot witnessed the eruption during an underwater expedition in May near Samoa, and the high-definition videos were presented Thursday at a geophysics conference in San… Continue

Added by Dan on December 17, 2009 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

Did a Census Lead to Jesus Being Born in a Manger?





To help Hispanics overcome fears of participating in next year’s census, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) distributed to more than 7,000 churches posters depicting Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem … to take part in a census. NALEO claims this really did happen, citing Luke 2:1-4, which talks about Jesus being born during a census ordered by Caesar Augustus. Historians have questioned this biblical account, and some Christian leaders are… Continue

Added by Dan on December 17, 2009 at 2:56pm — 2 Comments

In Defense of Foxhole Atheists

It’s no secret that conservative Christians dominate the U.S. military, but when higher-ups start talking about conversion missions, it’s time to worry. The author meets a group of soldiers who aren’t having it.

By Christopher Hitchens

WEB EXCLUSIVE December 15, 2009

One Monday in May, I was setting off from Washington to Colorado Springs, home of the United States Air Force Academy. I had kindly been invited by the academy’s… Continue

Added by Dan on December 17, 2009 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Blogging on Think Atheist.

http://www.thinkatheist.com/group/helpcenter/forum/topics/blogforum-guidelines



ThinkAtheist.com requests that you follow a few simple guidelines when posting blogs.



*Apply this before posting.

Debate Guidelines for Think Atheist Discussions.



Debates are welcome but should be… Continue

Added by Dan on December 17, 2009 at 12:21pm — No Comments

4000 Members ...and climbing!

Just a quick blog to inform everyone that Think atheist just broke the 4000th member mark.





I joined back around Nov, 2008 and was member #347, In January I remember us celebrating member #500 And in less than 12 months we have had over 3500 members join.



Thanks to Morgan Matthew for starting this, and to everyone who has made this great site what it is today.



Here's to… Continue

Added by Dan on December 16, 2009 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Pioneering stem cell technique stops climber from losing leg

Andrew Kent

Andrew Kent underwent three operations to pin the bones in his leg back together

A man who faced amputation after he broke a leg while rock climbing spoke today of a revolutionary new stem cell technique which fused it back together again.

Andrew Kent's right leg broke in five places when a large boulder fell on him as he climbed with his son in the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District in…

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Added by Dan on December 15, 2009 at 11:23pm — 5 Comments

So I was called a nazi on twitter.....

I got this in a DM from @h8biblealsosays
@h8biblealsosays Nazis were atheists! Ur an atheist..hmmm?
I replied with the following article as a link~Dan

Were the Nazis Atheists?

Atheists were to blame for Nazism according to the Catholic bishop of Augsburg, Walter Mixa. Mixa warned of the dangers of rising atheism in Germany on Sunday, saying that the Nazi regime was an atheist one. In reality, it is simple to prove Mixa’s statement is a dangerous and… Continue

Added by Dan on December 15, 2009 at 12:39pm — 4 Comments

Good 'old facebook.

While it isn't a big secret to my family that I'm atheist I have never discussed it with them. Today I linked to my T|A profile on facebook. below is the single comment I got(so far).



Dan. I post this not to offend. I is who I is.

Dan's Page - Think Atheist

www.thinkatheist.com

Dan's Page on Think Atheist

7 hours ago



Sara P.

I'm sure you get this all the time,but what do you do for holidays?? :)

25… Continue

Added by Dan on December 14, 2009 at 10:48pm — 1 Comment

Herald de Paris Researchers have revealed the first images from the Caribbean sea floor of what they believe are the archaeological remains of an ancient civilization. Guarding the location's coordi…

Herald de Paris



Researchers have revealed the first images from the Caribbean sea floor of what they believe are the archaeological remains of an ancient civilization. Guarding the location's coordinates carefully, the project's leader, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, says the city could be thousands of years old; possibly even predating the ancient Egyptian pyramids, at Giza.





Previously undiscovered ancient city… Continue

Added by Dan on December 14, 2009 at 1:23am — 3 Comments

Men turn tables on regime by donning headscarves and dresses

Hundreds of pictures of men in women's clothing have been posted online by Iranian opposition supporters in mockery of what they say is a crude attempt by the authorities to humiliate and discredit a reformist student leader by photographing him in a head scarf and chador.





The student, Majid Tavakoli, was arrested after he gave a speech urging fellow students at Amir Kabir university to reject "tyranny," in protests which swept the… Continue

Added by Dan on December 14, 2009 at 1:22am — 1 Comment

...Then tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699

LANCASTER, Pa. – Police in central Pennsylvania arrested an Amish man on drunk driving charges over the weekend after he was found asleep in his moving buggy. Police said a 22-year-old man was slumped over and asleep in a slow-moving buggy on Sunday night.





An off-duty officer from nearby reported seeing the horse pulling the buggy at a walking pace as it straddled the center line.



Police said a breathalyzer test snowed the man's blood-alcohol… Continue

Added by Dan on December 9, 2009 at 10:40pm — 5 Comments

Christians Tips To Doing Battle With Evil Atheists

Stolen from @Monick's tweet.





Some things to keep in mind:







1. Remember that they are people, just like you are. Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, they are not some lower life form we share this planet with.







2. More than likely, they are smarter than you are. This can be difficult to come to grips with, but it does appear to be true and… Continue

Added by Dan on December 9, 2009 at 9:55pm — 3 Comments

Bishop may lose his job, but not his salary or his standing in the Church

Catholic bishops who resign over abuse scandals are well looked after by their Church. They usually keep their salaries (around $40,754) and are provided with accommodation by the Church.







Those who are forced to resign may see it as punishment but it is not punishment as the normal professional world understands sacking and disgrace.



The disgraced bishops do not actually resign from membership of the Catholic hierarchy unless they seek to be laicised,… Continue

Added by Dan on December 9, 2009 at 8:12pm — No Comments

I hear ya knockin....

MOSCOW MILLS — Russia's highest court has upheld a ruling that halts the activities of a regional branch of Jehovah's Witnesses and bans dozens of its publications.







In September, a court in Rostov-on-Don had outlawed the group's activities in the region, seized its assets there and labeled 34 of its publications extremist. The Russian Supreme Court upheld the ruling, court spokesman Pavel Odintsov said Tuesday.



The list of banned books includes a… Continue

Added by Dan on December 9, 2009 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Atheists at Christmas: Eat, drink and be wary

MINNEAPOLIS — Angie O'Neill recently moved into a new apartment complex for seniors and she's trying to make new friends. But Christmas is a tough time of year for an atheist.





"All the planned activities at this time of year revolve around the church," said O'Neill, a retiree and an atheist for decades.



O'Neill sought an escape this week, joining a group of her fellow nonbelievers for a weekly "Atheist Happy Hour" at a… Continue

Added by Dan on December 9, 2009 at 6:11pm — 7 Comments

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