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March 03 2014

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June 06 2013

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“Honestly, you should respect religions.”

While the tumblelogger quotes Salman Rushdie, instead of answering to the comment, and shows an implicit contempt, I don't think this is an apt response. The person who posted the message doesn't say you should refrain from criticizing religion; he or she only says you should pay the minimum respect for it. I guess there are only two types of race in this blogger's biology — scientific and religion-hating atheists, and bigots. Too stereotyped. Is this the reality of the so-called free thinkers?

May 24 2013

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【Twitter】 “Evolution is an unscientific religion”

  • @AtheistQ: "Religion is the antithesis of science, an anaesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought." -P. Z. Myers

  • @robertrutger: [in reply to @AtheistQ] Evolution is an unscientific religion based entirely on faith.

  • @AtheistQ: [in reply to @robertrutger] I sure hope you are joking.

  • @robertrutger: [in reply to @AtheistQ] You are a hardcore religious extremist who has faith in the non existence of God although you have absolutely zero evidence.

  • @atheos4313: [in reply to @robertrutger and @AtheistQ] it is regrettable that proven fact is difficult for you. Religion gave you nothing to trust. Quite the opposite.

  • @robertrutger: [in reply to @atheos4313 and @AtheistQ] Prove to me that a Creator does not exist otherwise own up to being a hardcore religionist based entirely on faith.

  • @AtheistQ: [in reply to @robertrutger] You do realize it takes zero faith to not believe in something. How much faith do you have in not believing in Zeus?

  • @AtheistQ: [in reply to @robertrutger and @atheos4313] Proof lies with the person making the claim. You say there is a god, now prove it to me.

  • @robertrutger: [in reply to @atheos4313 and @AtheistQ] Over 5000 years of recorded history and not one example of macro evolution ever having occurred.

  • @AtheistQ: [in reply to @robertrutger and @atheos4313] You obviously know nothing about macro evolution if you think 5000 years would elicit some results.

  • @atheos4313: [in reply to @robertrutger] nor is there reason to indicate macro evolution was required. This isn't a video game.

  • @ZeeFortyNine: [in reply to @robertrutger] what evidence do you have to prove that God exists?

  • @robertrutger: [in reply to @ZeeFortyNine] Just open your government school brainwashed eyes.

  • @DingleTingle: [in reply to @robertrutger and @AtheistQ] Robert is trying way to hard to troll at this...

  • @robertrutger: [in reply to @DingleTingle and @AtheistQ] I have an open challenge to any evolutionist to debate me publicly including Richard Dawkins.

  • @AtheistQ: [to @davidcsmalley] Read this. @robertrutger I have an open challenge to any evolutionist to debate me publicly including Richard Dawkins.

  • @AtheistQ: "Atheism has never been any sort of 'belief'. Never has been, never will be. Disbelief isn't any kind of 'belief'." -Anonymous.

May 23 2013

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“If you want to worship something, worship the planet that gave you life.” — @AtheistQ

Culte de la Raison, next?

Reposted byriceballmonkeyhead

May 16 2013

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While you're apologizing to God for behaving badly toward someone, an atheist is apologizing to the person they wronged.
— David G. McAfee (via Science is a candle in the dark)

May 07 2013

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For religious people, atheism is spiritual suicide. For atheists, religion is intellectual suicide.
— @AtheistQ

May 05 2013

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If all the Atheists & Agnostics left America, they'd lose 93% of The National Academy of Sciences & less than 1% of the prison population.
— Ricky Gervais (via Twitter)

March 10 2013

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Types of Agnosticism (from en.wikipedia.org)

Agnosticism can be subdivided into several categories, some of which may be disputed. Variations include:

Agnostic atheism
The view of those who do not believe in the existence of any deity, but do not claim to know if a deity does or does not exist.
Agnostic theism
The view of those who do not claim to know of the existence of any deity, but still believe in such an existence.
Apathetic or pragmatic agnosticism
The view that there is no proof of either the existence or nonexistence of any deity, but since any deity that may exist appears unconcerned for the universe or the welfare of its inhabitants, the question is largely academic.
Strong agnosticism (also called "hard," "closed," "strict," or "permanent agnosticism")
The view that the question of the existence or nonexistence of a deity or deities, and the nature of ultimate reality is unknowable by reason of our natural inability to verify any experience with anything but another subjective experience. A strong agnostic would say, "I cannot know whether a deity exists or not, and neither can you."
Weak agnosticism (also called "soft," "open," "empirical," or "temporal agnosticism")
The view that the existence or nonexistence of any deities is currently unknown but is not necessarily unknowable; therefore, one will withhold judgment until evidence, if any, becomes available. A weak agnostic would say, "I don't know whether any deities exist or not, but maybe one day, if there is evidence, we can find something out."

February 14 2013

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February 02 2013

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I guess Japanese Christians are going the same way too. When I have a talk on religion with them, I'm often surprised at their lack of knowledge on Bible. Their understanding of faith is heavily dependent on the church to which each of them belongs.

January 29 2013

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“Read it because we need more atheists and nothing will get you there faster than reading the damn Bible.” — Penn Jillette

January 17 2013

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If the belief in a god were natural, there would be no need to teach it. Children would possess it as well as adults, the layman as the priest, the heathen as much as the missionary. We don’t have to teach the general elements of human nature;-the five senses, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling. They are universal; so would religion be were it natural, but it is not. On the contrary, it is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that all children are Atheists, and were religion not inculcated into their minds they would remain so. Even as it is, they are great sceptics, until made sensible of the potent weapon by which religion has ever been propagated, namely, fear-fear of the lash of public opinion here, and of jealous, vindictive God hereafter. No; there is no religion in human nature, nor human nature in religion. It is purely artificial, the result of education, while Atheism is natural, and, were the human mind not perverted and bewildered by the mysteries and follies of superstition, would be universal.
— Ernestine L. Rose, A Defense of Atheism (Boston, April 10, 1861) (via The Perplexed Observer)

January 15 2013

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It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.
— Albert Einstein, letter to an atheist (1954), quoted in Albert Einstein: The Human Side, edited by Helen Dukas & Banesh Hoffman (via The Perplexed Observer)

December 13 2012

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Instead of looking to an outside source for the solution to humankind's problems, we see that responsibility as [our own]. We have to reach out and support each other. We can't say a prayer to an invisible being somewhere and expect that to be the solution. The solution has to be when one human reaches out to another.
— Teresa MacBain, American Atheist's public relations director (from Christian Post's July 11, 2012 report Ex-Pastor Turned American Atheist Director Tells How She Lost Faith)
Tags: Atheism Ethics
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  • Winter Billboard Launched in Times Square (American Atheists, Dec. 11 2012)

    [David Silverman, President of American Atheists, said] “We encourage people to be honest with themselves and their families this year. If you don't believe in god, tell your family—honesty is the greatest gift, and they deserve it.”

    Teresa MacBain, Communications Director and a former pastor stated, “The true beauty of the season—family, friends, and love—have nothing to do with the gods of yesteryear. Indeed, the season is far more enjoyable without the religious baggage of guilt and judgmentalism. Dump the myth and have a happy holiday season.”
  • American Atheists' NYC Billboard Calls for Christmas Minus 'Myth' of Christ (The Christian Post, Dec. 11 2012)

    During last year's Christmas campaign, the secular organization released a billboard in New Jersey that compared Jesus to Satan, Santa Clause, and the Greek god Poseidon.

    A New Jersey mainline congregation pastor who chose to remain anonymous told CP that the ad was "ignorant and vulgar" and lacked knowledge about the conventions of world literature, among other things.

    "Jesus is different. Only the most dense and simple-minded person would put him in the same category as the other three. Clearly, even those who lack a personal commitment to Jesus recognize that there was in fact some historical figure by this name – religious leader and teacher – around 2,000 years ago," the pastor said.

December 11 2012

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You don’t have to be brave or a saint, a martyr, or even very smart to be an atheist. All you have to be able to say is ‘I don’t know’.
— Penn Jellette (via quotes from the godless)
Tags: Atheism

December 07 2012

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God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.
— Francis Bacon (via Twitter)

November 23 2012

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