Tag: Religion

Why (some) atheists are angry

November 23, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Why (some) atheists are angry

At least some atheists, some of the time. This is a long passionate piece by a woman who characterizes anger to to be a sign of health.

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PreCambrian Ephemera, Satan’s Snares, and Horse Dung

November 15, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
PreCambrian Ephemera, Satan’s Snares, and Horse Dung

Writer John Scalzi recently visited the Creation Museum.    He  has written his report, assessed his impressions, and concluded…well, you should read his conclusions for yourself, here. I do  not have Mr. Scalzi’s flare for describing expensive nonsense in such finely satirical, subversive, and somewhat detached a manner.  There is also a FlickR show attached worth a […]

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Ann Druyan’s advice: Use “subnatural” instead of “supernatural”

November 12, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Ann Druyan’s advice: Use “subnatural” instead of “supernatural”

Words have great power to frame thoughts. Here’s a good example reported by Ebonmuse of Daylight Atheism, reporting on the recent Secular Society Conference in NY: The conference organizers next played a rare audio recording of [Carl] Sagan reading the famous passage, Reflections on a Mote of Dust, from his book Pale Blue Dot. Afterward, Ann […]

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The Church of Shut Up

November 10, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More
The Church of Shut Up

Did you ever notice how evocative moments of silence are? I’m always emotionally moved when the PA announcer asks for a moment. The silence of tens of thousands of people is powerful, indeed.

American culture is usually out-of-control cacophonous. If we aren’t yapping with each other, there’s a TV or radio blaring. We are pummeled with noise everywhere we go, including waiting rooms, stores and airports. We even bring our yapping and music to “quiet” places, such as national parks. We just can’t help ourselves. It is getting much too hard to find quiet places anymore.

That’s why it’s such a joy to be reminded to shut up, even for a moment, even if once in a while. I also appreciated this simple attempt to remind the crowd to be quiet out of respect for Abraham Lincoln’s accomplishments.

Not that this sign worked very well. People still talked, almost as much as ever. Children ran around unrestrained by their parents. People shouted things like, “Hey Bill! Isn’t it about time to go get some hot dogs?”

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Wanna go to church? Tired of shopping? Go to “The Church of Stop Shopping.”

November 5, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Wanna go to church?  Tired of shopping?  Go to “The Church of Stop Shopping.”

The Church of Stop Shopping,” eh? What is this church all about? I’m not sure yet. This “Church” got my renewed attention, thanks to a friend who sent me a link today. Among it’s other activities, the Church is promoting a new movie (“The movie santa doesn’t want you to see”). The title of the new movie? “What Would Jesus Buy?”

On Friday, November 16th, the Shopocalypse ends. It is on that date that Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping set out across America in two bio-diesel buses, confronting with their singing and preaching the shopping frenzy of America. Travel with our harmonizing activists, as they invade the Mall of America, cast spells on the front-door of Wal Mart headquarters in Bentonville, wind up a whirlwind in a tent revival in Texas and hurls them all the way to Disneyland and the final Day of Judgment: Christmas.

Here’s a bit of information about the church itself:

The first job of a church is to save souls. Pulling out of the advertising/debt/waste cycle of Consumerism is our idea of deliverance. Our soul-saving mission work is dramatic rituals and plays inside retail environments. As you will see from the interventions that I sketch out below, in instruction manual form – our missionaries are sometimes completely invisible to management’s eye. And then sometimes the chaos and broad strokes — Inappropriate Behavior! Amen! – is the whole point and carries our message best.

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New “Beware of Dogma” billboards springing up

October 31, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
New “Beware of Dogma” billboards springing up

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is decorating Madison, Wisconsin with “Beware of Dogma” billboards this month. What is the FFRF? The following mission statement is from the FFRF website: The history of Western civilization shows us that most social and moral progress has been brought about by persons free from religion. In modern times the first […]

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The Journey: an outsider attends a different kind of church

October 30, 2007 | By | 56 Replies More
The Journey: an outsider attends a different kind of church

People have all kinds of hobbies.  Some people like to knit.  Other people like to collect stamps.  I like to go to church while playing the role of “anthropologist.” When I am thinking about visiting a church, my biggest decision is deciding what church to visit.  That was my decision three days ago. I had […]

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Scientist Retracts "Origin of Life" Paper that he Wrote 52 Years Ago

October 30, 2007 | By | Reply More
Scientist Retracts "Origin of Life" Paper that he Wrote 52 Years Ago

Why would a scientist pull a paper that he had out there for over 50 years? Because he is embarrassed that Creationists are eagerly citing parts of it as proof that life cannot have arisen spontaneously. Here’s the story. That is not because he objects to religion, he said… “Religion is O.K. as long as […]

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Max Blumenthal again takes his video camera behind enemy lines

October 29, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Max Blumenthal again takes his video camera behind enemy lines

On October 20 and 21st, 2007, Blumenthal attended the Value Voters Summit, “a massive gathering hosted by the Colorado-based Christian right mega-ministry, Focus on the Family, and its Washington lobbying arm, the Family Research Council.” I admire Blumenthal’s work.  He sticks his nose under the tent to allow us to see what ordinary and celebrity […]

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