July 2009 Blog Posts (206)


Suffering the loss of a pregnancy, the Coleman family decides to adopt an older child, an orphan from Russia. Orphan strains to make benign scenes frightening, consequently asphyxiating the truly scary moments.

Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) want to add another child to their family, but after the still-birth of their child and family tragedy, pregnancy wasn’t an option anymore. They decided to adopt a child from a Catholic orphanage. There, they meet Ester, a young girl… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on July 24, 2009 at 8:02pm — No Comments

They gave Bill Maher the Richard Dawkins Award?

Here's an excerpt from my latest Examiner article: "I wanted to believe that Maher was only a little wacky when it comes to modern medicine but I really had no idea how much of that Kool-Aid he drank. But Orac has opened my eyes to Maher’s beliefs when arguing why Maher should not receive the Richard Dawkins Award, an award that is intended to not only celebrate one’s promotion of atheism but one’s commitment to science and reason..." To read more,… Continue

Added by Michael Rosch on July 24, 2009 at 4:13pm — 19 Comments

North Korea 'executes Christians'

North Korea 'executes Christians'

A cross and candle (file image)

North Korea views religion as a threat to its state ideology

Human rights groups in South Korea say North Korea has stepped up executions of Christians, some of them in public.

The communist country, the world's most closed society, views religion as a major threat.

Only the founder of the country, Kim Il-sung, and his son, Kim Jong-il, may… Continue

Added by Dan on July 24, 2009 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment

Jurors convict evangelist on 10 sex-abuse counts

TEXARKANA, Ark. – Tony Alamo, a one-time street preacher who built a multimillion-dollar ministry and became an outfitter of the stars, was convicted Friday of taking girls as young as 9 across state lines for sex.

Alamo stood silently as the verdict was read, a contrast to his occasional mutterings during testimony. His five victims sat looking forward in the gallery. One, a woman he "married" at age 8, wiped away a tear.

"I'm just another one of the prophets… Continue

Added by Morgan Matthew on July 24, 2009 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Holy Book Morality or Anarchy...I Choose Neither.

This discussion got me thinking:


I have been having some trouble reconciling something in my mind. I do NOT think we need god(s) to keep us moral, but I DO think we need government and laws to do so. Someone once challenged me on this and said I may as well be an anarchist. I couldn't come up with a satisfactory response to explain why that was false at that moment.

Finally, this morning, it dawned… Continue

Added by Matthew on July 24, 2009 at 12:07pm — 6 Comments

Re-Blog: Believing in God is Not the Problem

I've long come to the conclusion that theistic belief is merely one symptom to a wider problem with humans. Chris Zerhusen at The Pile System blog has deduced the very same and has managed to articulate the point quite well, so I will let his words carry this post.

"As an atheist and skeptic, I am constantly fighting the battle (on a very small… Continue

Added by Reggie on July 24, 2009 at 8:26am — 7 Comments

Modern take on medieval method falls flat

Modern take on medieval method falls flat

How on earth was it that people believed the world was flat? Dr Karl wonders whether they ever did.


Added by Dan on July 24, 2009 at 4:07am — 1 Comment

Two appear in court over sulphuric acid 'honour attack'

This was sent to me from Gaytor.

Two appear in court over sulphuric acid 'honour attack'

Two men appeared in court today charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed, beaten with bricks and had sulphuric acid forced down his throat during an apparent "honour" attack.

The 24-year-old victim, believed to be a Danish man… Continue

Added by Dan on July 24, 2009 at 12:42am — 4 Comments

We're on the F****ing Moon!

I know this is late, but it's one of my favorites from The Onion.

Added by Matthew on July 23, 2009 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Triumph Of Modern Science Over Medieval Superstition

Johannes Kepler And The Triumph Of Modern Science Over Medieval Superstition - Best Of Carl Sagan's Cosmos.

Carl Sagan, Ph.D. (1934-1996) was an American astronomer, astrochemist, author, and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

He is world-famous for writing popular science books and for co-writing and… Continue

Added by Sophie on July 23, 2009 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Get your Fresh Hot Kidney and a Dradle!

Adam Carolla used to have a bit on his radio show called "Not a Jew" where Non-Jewish people doing insane or criminal things would be talked about then it would be announced that they were, "Definitely, not a Jew." Today a story out of New Jersey will put some heat on the notion that Jews don't commit crimes.

44 people have been alleged to be… Continue

Added by Gaytor on July 23, 2009 at 6:34pm — 7 Comments

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5 TED Talks on Science That Will Blow Your Mind

July 22nd, 2009 | by Andrew Maynard6 Comments

science imageAndrew Maynard is a scientist and emerging technology adviser. He blogs at 2020 Science and tweets as @2020science.

Some of the most entertaining, informative and mind-blowing science videos on the web come from TED – the Technology, Entertainment, Design… Continue

Added by Monika on July 23, 2009 at 2:12pm — No Comments

For those who want evidence not superstition

For those who want evidence, not superstition

I welcome the new TV show, The Skeptologists and look forward to viewing it. Now more than ever, as even much of the Western world seems to be descending into new Dark Ages of superstition and faith without rationality, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. It is encouraging to see that many people are still carrying illumination to the world.

One of the people behind this program is Brian Dunning, whose… Continue

Added by Monika on July 23, 2009 at 2:03pm — 2 Comments

Meet the Baptists! Part 1: Are You A Good Person?

Earlier this year I went to a wedding outside of Kansas City, Missouri. It was a Hell and Brimstone Baptist Church and their literature was nothing short of amazing! So I helped myself to everything they had to offer and now I want to share it with my fellow atheists. So join me in this series of posts as we get to know the Baptists together. I only ask that former (or current) Baptists do not post spoilers. We don't want to know how it ends. Personally, I think the devil will win and there… Continue

Added by Reggie on July 23, 2009 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

BBC 3 Bullshit Detors expose 3 Mediums


Added by Monika on July 23, 2009 at 1:24pm — 2 Comments

God May Become Part of Kissimmee(FL) Logo

God May Become Part of Kissimmee Logo

KISSIMMEE (FL)| City commissioners in the Central Florida city of Kissimmee are considering changing their logo to incorporate the motto “In God We Trust.”

Commissioner Art Otero proposed the addition. He said he suggested the change because he disagrees with the direction the country is going under President Obama.

The town’s logo currently includes a Brahman bull and palm trees against a lake and setting… Continue

Added by Dan on July 23, 2009 at 1:09pm — 3 Comments

What happens when your kid’s an atheist and you send them to Sunday school…

Mom thought she’d jerk a knot in her young atheist son’s tail so she sent him with the neighbors kids to Sunday school. The subject was going to be Moses and his taking his people to safety.

The kid comes home and mom asks, “Well, what did you learn today?”

“Well mom”, the boys starts,

“There was this heavy hitter ‘made” man named Rambo Moses who went off to Egypt to free some people.

He humped a 100 pound rucksack across the burning desert sands and went behind… Continue

Added by Rick on July 23, 2009 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

The Religious Scientist: A Frustration

I blogged this a few months back, and I realised that it might be right at home here. It's really about my frustration at religious scientists, who by necessity, compartmentalise:

This has been my topic of frustration this week. Maybe I'm being a little bit unreasonable but I would like to clarify and justify my position on this.

I find it really frustrating when a scientist has a religious belief. This is maybe not quite accurate. What I should probably say is that… Continue

Added by Brian Colquhoun on July 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

"Why Do You Hate God/Believers So Much?"

Hello everyone, it's been quite a while. Stupid real life infringing on my blogging and video gaming time. Grrr.

Anyway, things have finally begun to slow down again at work and home and I'm hoping to be able to get back to blogging more regularly here on T|A as it's been an excellent release for me since I found the site. The topic of my first blog in my return is a question (or rather two variations of a question) that I get asked quite a bit both online and off. If you haven't… Continue

Added by SabreNation on July 22, 2009 at 7:53pm — 7 Comments

Literal Interpretation Fallacy: A Rant

(previously posted on FB, resulting from this article about the Catholic Church excommunicating people involved with helping a 9-year old rape victim obtain an abortion, and a debate I had recently with an in-law. I thought you all might enjoy.… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on July 22, 2009 at 7:30pm — 5 Comments

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