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  1. 16strong

    Hope Pennington, atheist

    I've had the feeling for awhile that she was learning and growing, and moving in a more inclusive direction, but this is a change I never would have predicted. And no, this is not her sister, Alecia Faith, legal rebel, that I'm talking about. I occasionally peruse the Pennington kids' social media accounts because I'm a shameless stalker, and because this family fascinates me (in both good and bad ways). Anywhoo, Hope just wrote a message about her conversion to atheism. She says her family is supportive. Wonder if it's another finger in AF's direction, or if they really have loosened up in their rigid beliefs.
  2. nomoxian

    Dawkins Scale

    Where do you fall on the Dawkins Scale? Strong Theist: I do not question the existence of God, I KNOW he exists. De-facto Theist: I cannot know for certain but I strongly believe in God and I live my life on the assumption that he is there. Weak Theist: I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God. Pure Agnostic: God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable. Weak Atheist: I do not know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be skeptical. De-facto Atheist: I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable and I live my life under the assumption that he is not there. Strong Atheist: I am 100% sure that there is no God. I am a De-Facto Atheist.
  3. nomoxian

    Are you...?

    Are You Atheist, Agnostic, Pantheist, Deist, Pagan or what? My results: Atheist / Secular Humanist (100%) Scientific Pantheist (70%) Agnostic Pantheist (67%) Idealist Pantheist (58%) Dualist Pantheist (56%) Deist (45%) Literal Pagan / New Age / Animist (36%) Panentheist More Information (36%) Regular Monotheist (36%) Agnostic (7%)
  4. OK, new here and really struggling with finding my way around but think I'm in the right place - Atheist Club? If not, oops. Has anyone else watched Captain Fantastic? Got to say, we loved it. Noam Chomsky day, now there is a concept I can get behind! And secular homeschooling.
  5. More at link https://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/calif-school-district-bans-atheist-scholarships-but-allows-them-from-scientology/
  6. http://godlessmama.com/2016/01/05/ten-contradictions-theists-just-cant-stop-making/ So many good points in this article!!
  7. and we wonder why DD is so lame. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/07/07 ... dar-video/
  8. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/2 ... val-guide/
  9. From the Friendly Atheist http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyat ... ing-lunch/ News article http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/n ... /18217503/
  10. The Friendly Atheist posted this story http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyat ... n-atheist/
  11. A friend of mind shared this with me on Facebook last night and I thought my fellow Freejingerites might be interested in it as well. The survey was made by the Pew Research Center, who isn't affiliated to any religious group. According to this research Evangelical Christians mistrust Atheists the most and Atheists mistrust Evangelical Christians the most. How wonderful! Overall, everyone is on the same page right? Here is one link: pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/07/16/u-s-evangelical-christians-are-chilly-toward-atheists-and-the-feeling-is-mutual/ And another link here. The overall survey is analyzed in a more complete way: pewforum.org/2014/07/16/how-americans-feel-about-religious-groups/ Apparently, Evangelicals love Jewish people, but Jews seem a bit more skeptic. Also, Atheists seem to rate non-christians groups (Buddhists, Hindus, etc.) higher than most Christians. None of these results are very surprising for me, and I don't even live in the US. Nonetheless, it's interesting to have all this information gathered up.
  12. man this guy has a huge target pained on his back. But this is not a part of the world where you announce you are different. http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268812/conten ... d=9nNZfsfE LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - A Nigerian atheist released from the mental ward to which his Muslim family committed him by force said Thursday he is getting death threats for blaspheming against Islam. Mubarak Bala, a 29-year-old chemical process engineer, said he is in hiding in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria where Shariah law holds and some interpretations have blasphemy punishable by death. "People are threatening me, I mean life-threatening threats," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. He said he was too frightened of drawing attention and wouldn't allow an AP video journalist or photographer to come to his hiding place. Bala said that since he renounced Islam and declared himself an atheist, he has not only lost the trust of his father and elder brother, but many friends. "Most of my friends condemn me and tell me I am bound for hell and that in an Islamic state, I would be killed. Blasphemy is a serious thing here," said Bala, who describes himself on his Twitter page as an ex-Muslim. Northeast Nigeria is in the throes of an insurgency by extremists bent on turning all Nigeria into an Islamic state under Shariah law, though half of Nigeria's 170 million people are Christian. The uprising has killed thousands and increased tensions between Muslims and Christians in a country where adherents of both faiths are passionately religious. Bala said he wants to leave northern Nigeria but first is trying to reconcile with his family, especially the father, two uncles and older brother who beat him up, drugged him and committed him to the psychiatric ward of Kano city's Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. News of his plight came through tweets that he sent on a smuggled telephone from the hospital toilet. Businessman Bamidele Adeneye, who had been corresponding with Mubarak about humanism through social media before he was committed, saw one of his desperate SOS messages and mobilized help through the #FreeMubarak Twitter campaign and the London-based International Humanist and Ethical Union. Adeneye said he has also been getting death threats. "I'm getting calls from people who say 'Where do you live, we are coming to get you.'" But he said he would continue to help Mubarak because, "That man is intelligent, his only sin is being honest about what he believes." He helped organize help from Kano lawyer Muhammad Bello Shehu, who said he had been preparing to take Bala's case to court when the doctors discharged all patients because of a strike.
  13. CNN recently posted a story about the current attitudes towards atheists. Less than half said they would be fine with a close family member marrying an atheist. This is surprising in some ways but in other ways it's not not surprising at all. It is always a surprise, at first, when I hear that people still hold archaic views. But then when I think about the current state of society in the US, I'm not surprised at all. A very good friend of mine has been all but dis-owned by her parents for dating someone who is agnostic. They tell her she is sinning and displeasing God. It's very sad. I have also known people who think that being a good person is a prerequisite for being a good person. This person has stated that before the Christian missionaries brought their religion to the native populations of Africa and the Americas there was no hint of morals in their society. She said this with no hint of sarcasm. She actually believes it. It would be interesting to see how attitudes have changed on this topic from a generation ago and how it will be a generation from now. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/2 ... tstorylink not breaking link because it's CNN.
  14. I am tired of self self righteous Christians that think they own marriage or much of anything else. of course the judge agrees. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/30/v ... t-married/ A court-appointed official in Virginia refused to perform a wedding ceremony for a couple because they don’t believe in God. Tamar Courtney and Morgan Strong planned to get this married after six years together, and they’d hoped a friend would be able to officiate, reported the Friendly Atheist blog. But that friend had trouble obtaining his license, so the couple turned to Franklin County – where a judge referred them to two court-appointed officiants. The first official they called, Bud Roth, said he would not perform the ceremony at the courthouse, although he didn’t specify why, but said he would marry them at his church. Although neither of them believes in God, the couple agreed to go through the legal portion of the ceremony at Roth’s church and then planned to celebrate later with friends and family. After they agreed on the cost, location, date, and time, Roth asked Courtney about their religious denomination. She admitted she was agnostic and Strong was an atheist, and she said Roth told them they didn’t have the right to marry because they “didn’t know where God was.†Strong was so incredulous he set up a recording and called Roth himself to ask why they’d been denied service. “Because she’s agnostic and you’re an atheist,†Roth said on the recording. “I will not marry you. You don’t believe in God.â€
  15. In his book, "God, No!" (2011) atheist magician Penn Jillette tells how he was challenged by conservative radio host Glenn Beck to come up with an atheist's version of The Ten Commandments. Here's his list: 1. The highest ideals are human intelligence, creativity and love. Respect these above all. 2. Do not put things or even ideas above other human beings. (Let's scream at each other about Kindle versus iPad, solar versus nuclear, Republican versus Libertarian, Garth Brooks versus Sun Ra— but when your house is on fire, I'll be there to help.) 3. Say what you mean, even when talking to yourself. (What used to be an oath to (G)od is now quite simply respecting yourself.) 4. Put aside some time to rest and think. (If you're religious, that might be the Sabbath; if you're a Vegas magician, that'll be the day with the lowest grosses.) 5. Be there for your family. Love your parents, your partner, and your children. (Love is deeper than honor, and parents matter, but so do spouse and children.) 6. Respect and protect all human life. (Many believe that "Thou shalt not kill" only refers to people in the same tribe. I say it's all human life.) 7. Keep your promises. (If you can't be sexually exclusive to your spouse, don't make that deal.) 8. Don't steal. (This includes magic tricks and jokes — you know who you are!) 9. Don't lie. (You know, unless you're doing magic tricks and it's part of your job. Does that make it OK for politicians, too?) 10. Don't waste too much time wishing, hoping, and being envious; it'll make you bugnutty. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2011-10-28/penn-jillette-ten-commandments/50978982/1
  16. Am I the only one who finds stories of the highly religious turning atheist fascinating? I think the common thread in all the stories is the nature to ask questions. With this in mind which fundie/fundie light person would you be the most suprised by if they rejected Christianity? Which person in the families we follow do you think would be most likely to leave religion completely?
  17. I can't blame the guy and it is so true. tdhDq5mgkx4
  18. of course there re always Nasty full of hate Christians in any church but this is Christmas day the day Christians are supposed to be celebrating their reason for Christmas. http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/12/28 ... help-them/ A poor Christian family in Oklahoma had a very special Christmas this year. Not because their church helped them, but because of the kindness of atheists. An Oklahoma Christian church turned away a poor family on Christmas Day. Tiffany Wait, her husband, and their seven month old child sought help from Bible Baptist Church on Christmas morning. They waited in line in an effort to get toys for their little boy so that he could have a Christmas like other children. But the Toy Shop charity refused to help them because Wait wouldn’t let the volunteers hold her son. As Wait told the Chickasha News - “I am poor and would not be able to celebrate Christmas this year without their charity. I went last year and it was a life saver. This year however, I was treated shockingly bad. I stood there, fighting back tears and asked, ‘You would turn a baby away on Christmas?’†And that’s exactly what the “Christian†charity did. Outraged and feeling abandoned, Wait told her story on social media. And when it seemed as if all hope had been lost and their Christmas would be canceled this year, atheists saved the day. After hearing of their situation, Oklahoma Atheists saved Christmas for the Wait family. Oklahoma Atheists learned of the family’s plight and promptly came to the rescue. “We had several people donate things and send her money through a PayPal,†organization director Red McCall said. “Her Christmas was ruined. The big message here is Tiffany was discriminated against, and if someone needs help we are going to help them. It doesn’t matter what their beliefs are.â€
  19. What a jerkwad. Of course he wants to change history and claims this is a christian nation. Of course he should be the one leaving since he feels so threatened. He is talking about the majority ruling this nation but I bet he is part of the 2% http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/26/p ... e-country/ Texas megachurch Pastor John Hagee this week advised atheists who didn’t like Christmas to “leave the country†or “take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears.†In a sermon at his Cornerstone Church on Sunday, Hagee warned that “Christmas is under attack in America†because government offices were greeting people with “Happy Holidays†instead of “Merry Christmas.†“Humanists are now making the claim that Christmas was originally a pagan holiday,†he said. “Hey, dummy, look at the word: Christ-mas.†“To all humanists and atheists listening to this telecast: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will not be in danger in any way if someone says ‘Merry Christmas’ around you.†Hagee noted that some would argue that “Merry Christmas†was really a Christian prayer. “Well, yes it is,†he said. “And this is the United States of America that was founded by Christians on Christian principles according to the word of God.†Hagee also had some advice for those atheists who found themselves in proximity of a Nativity scene. “If you pass a manger scene and someone is singing ‘Joy to the World,’ you can take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears,†the megachurch pastor recommended. “Or you can call your lawyer. Or you can just exercise your right to leave the country.†“Planes are leaving every hour on the hour. Get on one!†Hagee exclaimed. “It’s time for the majority to rule this nation!†Watch this video from GETV, recorded Dec. 22, 2013.
  20. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ans ... s-atheist/
  21. Ooh, the fundies aren’t going to like this… http://www.alternet.org/belief/surprise ... 1#bookmark
  22. My daughter in Connecticut told me about this yesterday. The Upstate (SC) Atheist group has been trying to volunteer at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen for about a year, but have been told by the director that they are not welcome. The director has said that she would not feed the hungry rather than allow the atheist group to help out. No other group has ever turned down the atheists' help before. The Upstate Atheists will be volunteering at the Greer Soup Kitchen on November 16. I think I may go help them. http://www.goupstate.com/article/201310 ... ?p=2&tc=pg http://www.opposingviews.com/i/religion ... eer-group# Didn't Jesus say something about feeding the hungry in those pesky Beatitudes?
  23. good old fox news. Hey we don't want atheists living here. Because was Christians are such good and nice and god loving people. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/0 ... 82597.html Freedom of belief doesn't appear to be important to Fox News host Dana Perino, who suggested that if atheists don't like having "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, well, "they don't have to live here." Massachusetts' highest court is currently hearing a case against the Pledge brought by atheist parents, who feel that due to its religious wording, atheist children "are denied meaningful participation in this patriotic exercise." The case specifically involves the phrase, "under God," which was not actually a part of the original phrasing of the Pledge. Regarding atheists, Perino said during a live segment, "I'm tired of them." She continued, "I remember working at the Justice Department years ago when I first started right after 9/11 and a lawsuit like this came through, and before the day had finished, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives had both passed resolutions saying that they were for keeping ‘under God’ in the pledge." "If these people really don't like it, they don't have to live here," she concluded. Co-host Bob Beckel agreed, "Yeah, that's a good point."
  24. Arthur Shelton shot an killed the Devil...well actually an Atheist... patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/09/05/yes-a-christian-shot-and-killed-an-atheist-but-theres-more-to-the-story/
  25. This makes me ill. Where was this "caravan" when tornadoes nearly wiped Cullman and other towns in AL off the map in April 2011? You stupid assholes want a prayer caravan, but you won't come to Cullman to help after a natural disaster. I hope they succeed in blocking the caravan from doing their thing on school property. Why not host the even in your own backyard Sup. Coleman? Why won't some good Christian from the area open up property for this event? Sup. Coleman, you have an agenda as do most school systems in AL! Anyway, full article can be found here: christiannews.net/2013/07/27/alabama-school-superintendent-to-defy-atheist-demands-to-cancel-prayer-caravan-event/
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