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Why Can't You Just Respect My Beliefs?

Oct 23, 2012 7:50:11 AM
Oct 23, 2012 7:50:32 AM
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It was inevitable that the theist brigade, the God Warriors, the apologist acrobats would find my latest video about the Creation Museum. And again, I'm simply stunned at the number of times these people trod out the same arguments.  The most prevalent protest runs along the lines of, "Why can't atheists just respect my beliefs?" FOR THE RECORD, FOLKS. A belief doesn't automatically earn respect just because you hold it. James Randi put it best when he said, "No amount of belief makes someth...

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Myths About Islam

Sep 23, 2012 9:42:45 AM
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Another contribution from guest-blooger Meg on the issue of Islam.  Worth reading and sharing.  -Seth____I wanted to clear up a couple of wide-spread myths as well as share this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1lZnXUe0qY  Only 0.8% of the US population is Muslim. European countries have much larger Muslim populations, however Muslims still constitute a tiny minority within the general populace. There are about 1.2 billion (with a "b") Muslims on this planet. The voices you hear from...

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Ten Questions About God

Sep 19, 2012 7:26:52 AM
Sep 19, 2012 10:49:50 AM
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As a former Christian, I look back upon my religious days with a genuine fascination.  What governed my thinking?  How did I approach, examine, rationalize and ultimately accept the tenets of Christianity?  How well did I really know my bible?  Was I examining those verses with a rational mind?  Did I practice my faith or merely give it lip service?  How far would I have been willing to go if God had tested me like so many of the characters in scripture? Did I really believe what I beli...

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Islam Must Be Scrutinized

Sep 14, 2012 2:15:11 PM
Sep 14, 2012 2:22:22 PM
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My friend and fellow activist Maryam Namazie posted this today.  It's worth your time to read and watch. -Seth______ Dear Friend,The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain would like to make public its support for Tom Holland’s Channel 4 documentary 'Islam: The Untold Story."  We are indignant to learn that due to threats made on Holland, Channel 4 has cancelled a repeat screening of the historical inquiry into the origins of Islam similar to the kind of inquiry that has been applied to other r...

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9-11-12: Don't Let Cynicism Win The Day

Sep 11, 2012 6:34:42 AM
Sep 11, 2012 7:17:43 AM
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My hope on this 9/11 anniversary is that we do not let cynicism win the day.  For every one of us who remembers vividly those dark events and again feel the cold chill and the muted grief over the memory of the dead and wounded, there are who will mock and jest, assert that the attack was a non-event, or worse yet, it was deserved. In my mind, I see the attacks of September 11th to be the ultimate faith-based initiative, religion once again motivating humans to destroy each other to appease ...

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The Drama Free Zone

Sep 6, 2012 8:54:04 AM
Sep 6, 2012 8:56:56 AM
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I have this thing I say around the house from time to time...as a reminder to Natalie and the kids that our home is a safe place, a peaceful place, a haven free from chaos and craziness.  I call our home a D.F.Z. - Drama Free Zone. And I have this little sign on my home office desk. Drama feeds on itself. It's a self-replicating virus that spreads exponentially unless checked early. It also causes great damage that, in many cases, cannot be undone.  Whoever said that "Sticks and stones may...

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What Do You Want in a President?

Aug 30, 2012 5:26:51 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:56:41 AM
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This is a transcript from the TTA video, "What Do You Want in a President?"  The video is obviously a broad stroke on a very complicated issue, but it speaks largely to the isolated, insulated and often opportunistic persons and personalities that we so often see in public office.  Representatives of the Common Man who know little about the Common Man.  Regulators of business who know little about the real business world.  Implementors of foreign policy who often know little about the wor...

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I'd Like a "C" for the Win, Alex.

Aug 17, 2012 7:33:32 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:57:04 AM
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Well, I fell into the same trap that Jerry Coyne and others have fallen into. I agreed to do a recorded Skype interview for a show called Skeptiko.That's Skeptiko, NOT Skeptico.Had I done due diligence, I would have realized that Skeptiko is a podcast focused mostly on pseudoscience, and its host, Alex Tsakiris, is an advocate of things like parapsychology, ESP, quantum (insert fancy word here), out-of-body consciousness and all manner of Weapons-Grade Woo. Alex invited me as a guest to talk...

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Louisiana Politics and The "Christian Nation" Myth

Jul 6, 2012 8:16:15 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:57:50 AM
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More proof that you don't need knowledge of 1) the constitution or 2) the founding fathers to be elected to public office.Louisiana Rep. Valarie Hodges voted for the governor's voucher program that would allow state funds to be used to pay for religious schools. Apparently, she hadn't been informed that there were (wait for it!) other religions in the U.S. besides Christianity ("America’s Founding Fathers’ religion" - her words.)  http://m.livingstonparishnews.com/mobile/news/article_6c2...

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Lies, Damned Lies, And The Claim Jesus Would Have Loved You

Jun 30, 2012 12:49:14 PM
Sep 5, 2012 3:58:15 AM
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Page admin and guest blogger Meg put together a perspective on the beloved Christian "savior" that many haven't yet heard.  This is her article, entitled:   Lies, Damned Lies, And The Claim Jesus Would Have Loved You   Jesus did not want you in his club. Unless you were a Jew, Jesus thought you were a filthy animal. Yes, even if you are Christian. It is all in the Bible.   Unless you spend much time on The Thinking Atheist Facebook page where you might have already seen me discuss this t...

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