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God - Class of 2010...

OK, so I was at my sister-in-law's high school (public) graduation the other day and was disappointed to see God brought into the mix. So I wrote the principal, vice-principal, superintendent and local newspaper the following message:



Good day,



I was in attendance at the graduation ceremony at CASHS to witness my… Continue

Added by James on June 15, 2010 at 12:35am — 8 Comments

Life matters... All life. Period.

So I was listening to a song today, and part of it includes the audio of a preacher. The preacher states that "We find it easy to crush a worm we see crawling on the earth, so it is easy for God to cast his enemies down to hell".



To me, this seems to address the moral stance of unending torture. (IE: How could a loving God torture people forever?) To the preacher in question, we are like worms to God, and he doesn't think twice about torturing us lowly Atheists. This says something… Continue

Added by James on May 29, 2010 at 10:22pm — 17 Comments

Yeah, it really is that silly...



I was reading the comics as usual, and the past three days Frazz has caught my eye. I can not help but replace the Pythagorean Theorem with the Big Bang or Evolution. In doing that, this comic beautify illustrates the mindset of those that blindly dismiss these facts, based only on sheer faith. When represented in this manner, I feel it shows how childish and ungrounded their…

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Added by James on May 15, 2010 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

With age comes wisdom?

Hardly...



After a long morning of yard and house work, I decided to treat myself to lunch. Adjacent from the booth I was sitting in was a group of four elderly people. Every now and again I would catch bits an pieces of their conversation; diet, keeping active, etc. Normal innocent conversation.



As I finished my meal, and was on my way out, I heard one of the women utter these 'pearls of wisdom'. The topic of conversation had turned to the oil spill in the gulf. One of the men… Continue

Added by James on May 2, 2010 at 9:16pm — 15 Comments

Catholic Defection

Well, this weekend is my nephews Baptism (which I refuse to attend on principal) and it reminded me of how I defected from the Catholic Church a few month ago. You see, I was raised Catholic and while I know that Baptism is a meaningless ceremony, I also disliked that having my name listed in the Baptismal records still counted me as a member. I was a statistical figure that, while I was no longer a believer, I was being counted in their totals that they use to secure power and influence. I… Continue

Added by James on April 27, 2010 at 9:09pm — 8 Comments

God & Heaven: the end of the religious rainbow

This comparison is a day late, but I didn't have time to post it yesterday.



It seems that for many, all it takes is the desire for there to be a God and all his rewards for belief. They want this to be true with all their heart. In fact, over time, many convince themselves that they know it is true. In fact, I've been asked by many, "But don't you want to live forever/go to Heaven?". As if the desire for this translates to causing it to be… Continue

Added by James on March 18, 2010 at 10:11pm — 7 Comments

Religions tangled web - Or how Atheism made me a better person

Obviously we are Atheists now. But some of us had to shake off the spell of religion before taking a firm grasp on logic and reason. These are the people this post is mostly directed toward. I was one of those people that actually bought in to the superstition in my youth. When you are a follower, you obviously believe in God, but on other issues there is a 'party line' so to speak that followers also have a group consensus toward. For some a differing opinion in these areas may have been part… Continue

Added by James on March 14, 2010 at 1:41am — 5 Comments

Atheism and Faith

All to often I hear Xtians saying that that it takes faith to be an Atheist, just as religion requires faith. They typically state that the claims of the big bang or evolution are incredible and require incredible faith to believe. But to me these statements show a total ignorance or misunderstanding of the scientific method.



I will grant them this. The claim alone that the entire universe was born from the burst of pure energy and that we evolved from simpler organisms are pretty… Continue

Added by James on September 5, 2009 at 1:38am — 7 Comments

Having meaning without a meaning.

Recent conversation on here has caused me to write this blog. My apologies if someone has already covered this, but I haven't been on as much as I'd like lately.



Religious people often state that their religion gives their life a meaning. It is then the obvious counter claim that they say that we as Atheists must feel life is worthless since we don't have religion behind us. There is some truth there, but the answer is not what they claim it to be. I do in fact think that there is no… Continue

Added by James on August 18, 2009 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Religious belief prevents animal adoption

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?storyID=93639



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Religious belief prevents animal adoption

Originally published August 08, 2009



By Patti S. Bord

News-Post Staff



Religious beliefs and public policy are keeping at least one of the many cats at the Frederick County Animal Control Center from finding a home.



Tammy Rippeon, of Braddock Heights, said she went with her 20-year-old son, Jonathan, who goes… Continue

Added by James on August 8, 2009 at 7:04pm — 9 Comments

Responsibility, the lost virtue.

OK, so my bosses are horrible parents, and a while back they were talking about the fact that they will be going of of birth control for a few months and see what happens before he gets snipped (two kids too late). But then my one boss was saying that they were going to just see what happens. "If god means for us to have another child, that's okay. If not, that's fine too." Um these idiots were having money troubles already. Yet they want to chance another kid on the mantle of 'gods will'?… Continue

Added by James on July 20, 2009 at 10:53pm — 8 Comments

Convert me not.

The other day my fiance came home from work and was telling me about her day. She mentioned that toward of the day a coworker (floater) and herself were were talking and religion was alluded to slightly. That's when this conversation occurred...



Coworker: So, what would I need to do to get you back on our side? (Christian) You already know the Bible really well. (Fiance helped teach Sunday school years ago)



Fiance: Well, I'm really devoted to my God and Goddess and it… Continue

Added by James on July 4, 2009 at 12:44pm — 9 Comments

How intelligent is intelligent design, really?

All of us here obviously know that there's nothing intelligent about 'intelligent design'. But let's take a look at what that implies. It states that things were created by an intelligence far superior than we can ever hope to grasp. A being that is so perfect that we call it God and worship him. I often here the complexity and perfection of the human body and nature and the cosmos as examples.



Well, what's so perfect about any of it. Beautiful, amazing, complex... sure. But not… Continue

Added by James on May 4, 2009 at 11:34pm — 5 Comments

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