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In Uncategorized on October 26, 2012 at 12:11

God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.

Paul Brown, a US Congressman, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology…

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2012 at 20:28

… people of a theological bent are often chronically incapable of distinguishing what is true from what they’d like to be true.

Richard Dawkins

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2012 at 08:39

We have a choice. We have two options as human beings. We have a choice between conversation and war. That’s it. Conversation and violence. And faith is a conversation stopper.

Sam Harris

A response to Spufford, F. 2012. “Dear Atheists. . .” New Humanist 127:34-36.

In ethics, moral issues, religion on August 30, 2012 at 13:16
I find it a bit difficult to understand whether you defend religion on the whole or just your particular version of Christianity? If you ask me a question “Do you know for sure that there is no invisible powerful beings affecting our lives”, – of course I would have to say: “No, I don’t know”. But real religions are precise. They have sacred books which content could be proven historically incorrect, they’ve got creation myths which could be shown to be just myths and shouldn’t be told at schools instead of science, they got moral code which could be shown unkind. Religions can have rituals which my moral duty could be to declare cruel and ideas which I feel I must warn people as of potentially dangerous. For me Atheism is not about abstract unknowable things, it’s about concrete details.
People are very different in respect of what they cherish the most – hence their understanding of their own religion vary. For you, the emotions are the most important things, for others they will be something else: dogmas, rituals, moral, sacred texts, model of the world, power, hierarchy and so on. Please don’t make all believers to be just like you.
Atheists are not a political party or a club, it’s just all sort of independent people who don’t subscribe to any religion while you subscribe to just one of them – this is why there can’t be much emotions involved in the idea of Atheism. “I probably hurt your “atheist” feelings,” – sarcastically said one Christian to me. I don’t have any “atheist” feelings. I am human and I have human feelings. I can’t understand why having ordinary human feelings (which of course could be hurt) counts by believers as something less important than them having their “religious” feelings… By the way that praised by you highly emotional state that many religious people experience, together with non-questioning, dogmatic thinking, may be responsible for horrific things believers sometime commit. We all got natural empathy of social beings – towards other human beings and some animals, but there are situations when it could be overridden. On the mass scale – by feelings and ideas provided by religion, nationalism or ideology.
You are saying that a lot of Christians were atheists at some point. A lot of atheists were Christians (me included) so we know what we are talking about.
I noticed that believers like to say “we are so similar to atheists” or “atheists are really believers too” – like they feel some sort of insecurity, the fear of being left behind.
I love the comparison with Stamp Collectors and use it all the time myself. If all believers were like Philatelists I don’t think you would had much opposition at all! Just minding your own business…Philatelists (and atheists too!) never knocked on my door, approached me on the street, came to my kids’ school to teach their ways without my consent… Stamp Collectors (as far as I know) never claimed that all non-Philatelists are perverted sinners, lost souls and will burn in hell forever, they never invented a law punishing non-Philatelists for not bothering about stamps… They never executed anybody who said that stamps are rubbish. If you reject barbaric things like that it doesn’t mean that all believers do!
It is not the pleasure to oppose religion and humiliate religious people which moves atheists like me but the desire to warn of the dangers of religion, especially of the dogmatic set of mind – listed above and others, sometime much less obvious.

Honestly, which side, religious or non-religious, exhibits throughout the World and exhibited through the History more aggression and intolerance?

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2011 at 06:24

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities

Voltaire
French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 – 1778)

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2011 at 05:26

nonplussedbyreligion:

As someone who lived this I could not agree more.  Praying for understanding and receiving none, eventually turned to praying for the strength to lean not on my own understanding and to trust His word.  When you’ve hit your knees begging for an answer, a sign, a revelation, anything to help erase the doubt from your mind and heart, only to hear silence, you finally realize it’s not you.  There simply was no answer, because there is no God. 

In Uncategorized on October 1, 2011 at 07:44

It’s been a long road
Getting from there to here
It’s been a long time
But my time is finally near
And I will see my dream come alive at last,
I will touch the sky
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No, they’re not gonna change my mind
Cause I got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I got faith to believe
I can do anything
I got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I got faith
Faith of the heart…

Faith of The Heart

written by Diane Warren and sung by Russell Watson

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2011 at 05:36

Christ was only crucified once, and for a few hours. Think of the thousands he has been crucifying in a quiet way ever since.

Samuel Butler

Schools Told Not to Teach Creationism

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2011 at 05:09

helvetebrann:

Sir David Attenborough, perhaps the world’s most famous naturalist, has called for the banning of creationism and intelligent design in UK schools.

Sir David, known for his popular nature documentaries, has teamed up with prominent atheist Richard Dawkins and various nobel laureates in calling for more teaching of evolution. They made the statement on their website, evolutionnotcreationism.org.uk.

“Creationism and ‘intelligent design’ are not scientific theories, but they are portrayed as scientific theories by some religious fundamentalists who attempt to have their views promoted in publicly-funded schools,” the site reads.

‘Creationism’ is the idea that life, the universe and everything were made by an omnipotent creator, ie God. ‘Intelligent design’ is the idea that life on Earth is irreducibly complex and could hot have come about through chance. It is seen by most scientists as a faux-scientific cover for creationism.

“We need to stop calling evolution a theory,” says Dawkins. “In the ordinary language sense of the word it is a fact. It is as solidly demonstrated as any fact in science.”

In the UK, schools are instructed not to teach creationism and intelligent design, but it is not against the law to do so. The group says it should be.

“If creationism is discussed, it should be made clear to pupils that it is not accepted by the scientific community,” says science education expert Revd Professor Michael Reiss, one of the signatories.

The campaign is being run by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and is supported by the Association for Science Education, British Science Association, Campaign for Science & Engineering and leading theological think tank Ekklesia; and by 30 leading scientists, including three Nobel laureates.

Schools Told Not to Teach Creationism

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2011 at 17:59

Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction — faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.

Thomas A. Edison
US inventor (1847 – 1931)

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