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Humor: De-Baptism [Aug. 21st, 2008|07:27 pm]
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jazzonia
Where can I attend one of these?
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The Genius of Charles Darwin: Presented by Richard Dawkins [Aug. 17th, 2008|10:04 am]
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Atheist/Agnostic contest [Jul. 24th, 2008|12:30 am]
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zoda12321


That guy is definitely a joke though.

summary:

-If someone created video games then someone must have also created us.
-We can say for certain that the sun will rise tomorrow.
-Christians have always believed in gravity?

It's obviously a contest which cannot be won, because it's judged by the wrong people.. But, it's certainly funny to watch.. The entire website is a joke. GodTube?


EDIT: Sorry, the embedded video didn't work! here's the link:
http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=8eac64eb46ea47490279

Should make alot more sense now..
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Pat Condell [Jul. 2nd, 2008|10:17 am]
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Why Are Atheists So Angry? [Jul. 1st, 2008|08:46 pm]
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hambydammit
"Why are all atheists so angry?"

I hear this question all the time. In fact, my Rambo-Kitty avatar is partially inspired by the question. Anyway, today I was reading an article about the debate between Sam Harris and Rick Warren, and was struck by Warren's statement, "I've never met an atheist who wasn't angry."

My first reaction was denial. Many atheists, myself included, are happy most of the time. My atheist friends are great fun to hang out with. We laugh and joke and drink beer, and hardly ever mention religion.

My second reaction, I confess, was anger. How dishonest of him to try to discount atheism by labeling us all as angry malcontents! This is exactly why people like him make me angry!

That's when it hit me, square in the forehead. He's not being dishonest. I don't doubt that every atheist he's met has been angry. If I met him, he'd almost certainly make me angry, too. That's just it! HE makes atheists angry, so they're all angry around him. So, I forgive him for thinking that all atheists are angry. I understand how he made the mistake.

Anyway, I'd like to reflect on "Atheist Anger" for a few minutes, and ask a couple of questions.

First, why is it a bad thing to be angry? The suffragists were quite angry, and for good reason. New Zealand had granted women equal voting rights in 1893, and America, supposedly the land of equality, was violently opposed to the idea twenty years later. There are still plenty of women who are angry because women make less money doing the same jobs as men in many industries, and women are often not even considered for promotions when they're equally (or better) qualified for the position. Are they wrong for being angry? Should they just sit quietly and wait for men to realize the error of their ways? Some people think so. I've noticed that the majority of them are men.

Am I making a valid comparison? Is it reasonable to compare life as an atheist in America in 2007 to life as a woman in the early 20th century? Clearly there are significant differences. Atheists can vote. They can, in theory, hold public office. They can get married, sign contracts, work wherever they're qualified. So, do we atheists have a right to be angry in the same way suffragists had?

To answer that question, I'll recall some more history. In Mosaic law, as we all know, women were slightly better than slaves. They had no property rights. In Roman law, women were completely dependent on male relations for all legal matters, and when they were married, it was a matter of purchase between two families.

Here, we can ask a pointed question. Do women have the right to be angry that they're not making as much as men in the workplace? After all, they can vote, own property, divorce their husband, sue him for child support and alimony, and live quite happily on their own. This country is one of the best places in the world to be a woman! What right do women have to be angry?

If your skin prickled a little bit when you read the previous paragraph, good for you. You're halfway to understanding why atheists have a right to be mad. The reason women still have a right to be mad is that things are still not equal. They have no obligation to remain silent simply because they have it better than someone who lived a hundred, or a thousand years ago. The reason women have it better now is that people were angry all through history, and made small gains here and there over many generations. Without the fuel of anger, women would still be property, and wouldn't even have the opportunity to be mad about making less money in the workplace.

So, what about us atheists? Do we have a right to be mad? Actually, yes. Did you know we've had atheist presidents? We have. I'll let you do your own homework on this, but it might surprise you to learn that many of the leaders of the U.S. throughout history have been openly atheist. Is this possible today? One congressman in California recently admitted to being atheist, and it caused a nationwide stir! It remains to be seen whether he'll be reelected. To be sure, he'll be attacked for being godless and amoral when election time comes around.

Until the McCarthy Era, the pledge of allegiance didn't have the word "God." Money didn't have "In God We Trust." Until the 70s, Christians were not actively involved in politics for the purpose of legislating religious values. Clearly, America is more theist than it used to be, at least politically. So, are things getting better for atheists? I dare say they're not. Unlike women, our situation is not improving. We are not being afforded more respect. Rather, we are being legislatively pushed farther into the margins where we have been quietly lurking for sixty years since the Red Scare.

To bring things back around, recall my comment about my atheist friends and I sitting around having beers and laughs. This is a good picture for you to hold in your mind's eye when you think of me, or any other atheist. This is what we want. We don't like being angry any more than women who'd like to be paid more. I'm sure all the angry feminists would rather things were better for women so they wouldn't have to be angry anymore. It's the same with atheists. If we were a bit less hated, vilified, and marginalized, it would be a lot easier for us to be in the presence of theists and not get angry.

Why are atheists so angry? Because things could be better, and we don't like being marginalized.
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Sam Harris Belief / Disbelief survey [May. 5th, 2008|02:00 am]
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pathofreason


We are preparing to run another fMRI study of belief and disbelief, and we need volunteers to help us refine our experimental stimuli. This promises to be the first study of religious faith at the level of the brain. By responding to the four surveys I have posted online, you can make an enormous contribution to this work.

Please answer as many of the surveys as you can. If you only have time to answer one, please choose at random (otherwise, we will have many more responses to the first than to the others).

Feel free to post this message to your blog or to forward the relevant links to your friends. We especially need Christians to respond, as one of the goals of these surveys is to design stimuli that a majority of Christians will find doctrinally sound.

Please note: Each survey starts with the same first page of questions.

Belief Survey A

Belief Survey B

Belief Survey C

Belief Survey D

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(no subject) [Apr. 20th, 2008|03:21 pm]
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tea_with_remus
[mood |curiouscurious]

I'm curious about the backgrounds of other posters here. Were most of you raised within a particular religion, which you eventually abandoned, or did you have a primary secular upbringing? Just interested in where others are coming from. :)
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We are never Accepted [Apr. 12th, 2008|04:04 pm]
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mayspromise
 Why is having no religion never socially acceptable? 
Are people just afriad to embrace the truth because they are scared of it? Because they are afraid that nothing comes after this life?
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Iconage [Apr. 11th, 2008|01:17 am]
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orbitaldiamonds
[Current Location |Fort Wainwright, Alaska]
[music |Gin Blossoms -- Hey Jealousy]

Hi! I just joined the community so I could join in the conversation. I have a question: Where are the best places to find atheist icons?
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12 Questions [Apr. 3rd, 2008|10:41 am]
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direwolf23
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |Passenger - In Reverse]

Recently on Youtube a user named Jezuzfreek777 posted 12 questions for Atheists, inviting all Atheists to answer. These are my answers:

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