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  Atheist sues Army

Oh sure, the Army's official stance is that "proselytizing or advancing a religious conviction is not what the nation would have us do and it's not what the military does", but we all know better. When X-tian groups are allowed to film promos inside the Pentagon with the participation of several generals, it becomes obvious why an Atheist is going to have a hard time.

Atheist soldier sues Army for 'unconstitutional' discrimination - CNN.com

He served two tours of duty in Iraq and has a near perfect record. But somewhere between the tours, something changed. Hall, now 23, said he no longer believes in God, fate, luck or anything supernatural.

Hall said he met some atheists who suggested he read the Bible again. After doing so, he said he had so many unanswered questions that he decided to become an atheist.

His sudden lack of faith, he said, cost him his military career and put his life at risk. Hall said his life was threatened by other troops and the military assigned a full-time bodyguard to protect him out of fear for his safety.

And 6% of Muslims, 7% of Catholics, and 28% of Jews are either atheist or agnostic in that they don't "believe in God or a universal spirit". This according to a strangely flawed Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Forum on religion in American culture. Somehow you can be an Atheist or an Agnostic and still believe in god. Like that makes any sense.

Call me crazy, but if you are an Atheist, you don't believe in a God or a universal spirit. And conversely, if you you don't believe in a God or a universal spirit ... my friend, you are an Atheist.

The Secular Coalition for America has an idea about this:

Pew reported that 21 percent of atheists in their survey said they believed in God or a universal spirit, that six percent of them considered it a personal god, and that 40 percent of agnostics feel certain that God exists. Conversely, among respondents who say they are affiliated with a religious tradition (Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Muslim, etc.), a surprising number said they actually do not believe in a god or universal spirit.

"When atheists are telling you they believe in God and Catholics are admitting they don't, that's evidence of the stigma our society puts on nontheists," said Lori Lipman Brown, Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "Americans repeatedly tell pollsters that an atheist is the last person they'd want their children to marry, the last person they'd vote for as President. This prejudice also appears in the widespread impression that atheists lack ethics and values."

However, I'm pretty sure either the questions were terribly misleading, or 1 in 5 Atheists are, in fact, not Atheists. It's also possible that they are vegetarians who also eat pork and/or fish.

  Eastboro Baptist Church

Finally a church that doesn't discriminate (per se).

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Eastboro Baptist Church Home Page

God hates EVERYONE except the Eastboro Baptists. This includes FAGS, black people, every other race except white people, fat people, unattractive people, cancer patients, children, babies, Mexicans, Swedes, Norwegians, Scandinavia in general, non-Americans, all other Americans except us, immigrants (illegal and legal), feminists, liberals, aborted fetusâ.. (for they have committed the ultimate sin), the cognitively disabled, deaf people, blind people, scientists, Darwin, environmentalists, Al Gore, Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Mormons, Muslims (except for the ones who hate the U.S.), Musselman's Applesauce, people who follow any religion other than our imaginative version of Christianity, citizens of whatever town we happen to be picketing in, victims of any tragedy that makes the national news and their family and friends, kittens, etc. --- You are all sinners in the eyes of the almighty God!

  Ken Ham is a ...

birdbrain, a blockhead, a bonehead, a boob, a bozo, a charlatan, a cheat, a chowderhead, a chump, a clod, a con artist, a crackpot, a crank, a crazy, a cretin, a dimwit, a dingbat, a dingleberry, a dipstick, a ditz, a dolt, a doofus, a dork, a dum-dum, a dumb-ass, a dumbo, a dummy, a dunce, a dunderhead, a fake, a fathead, a fraud, a fruitcake, a gonif, a halfwit, an idiot, an ignoramus, an imbecile, a jackass, a jerk, a jughead, a knucklehead, a kook, a lamebrain, a loon, a loony, a lummox, a meatball, a meathead, a moron, a mountebank, a nincompoop, a ninny, a nitwit, a numbnuts, a numbskull, a nut, a nutcase, a peabrain, a pinhead, a racketeer, a sap, a scam artist, a screwball, a sham, a simpleton, a snake oil salesman, a thickhead, a turkey, a twerp, a twit, a wacko, a woodenhead, and much, much worse.

(from Pharyngula)

Very interesting article about the Canadian United Church. In an increasingly secular society, where the United Church has become a "government-sponsored social club", there is some serious talk about just closing shop.

What's unfortunate is that, aside from the Unitarians, the United Church is pretty much the most liberal and sensible congregation around.

Will United Church 'throw in the towel'?

Says Reverend Connie denBok:

"We have a huge number of deeply demoralized clergy, congregations dwindling and dying, and either we say, 'Gosh, we've hit a dead end and should consider changing direction,' or we say, 'Our direction has been a good and righteous one and we're not getting anywhere with it and we should shut the whole organization down."

Am I the only one who thinks that weird psycho cult leader Yisrayl "Buffalo Bill" Hawkins sounds exactly like loveable deceased comic actor Don Knotts?

You decide:

I wasn't even going to post this, but it's important to keep a living record of these wackos. Yes, I'm looking at you.


TriStateHomepage.com - Texas Prophet Claims World Will End Tomorrow

Nuclear war will be declared either [yesterday] or [today].

At least, that's what self-proclaimed prophet Yisrayl "Buffalo Bill" Hawkins is predicting. He is the founder of the latest religious sect in Texas to make national headlines. ABC News reports Hawkins appeared recently on "20/20" to shed some light on how the world will end. His followers are standing by with hundreds of truck trailers loaded with food and water on the group's 44-acre compound in Abilene, Texas.

I haven't seen this kind of human shield action outside of a Tokyo subway groping video.

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Operation: Human Shield - Scientologyâ..s Latest Means of Suppressing Criticism - The Frame Problem

In the ... absolutely hilarious video, OT (Operating Thetan) level Scientologists create a human chain to block the view of other Scientologists of Tory â..Magooâ. Christman and her protest sign encouraging Scientology to stop destroying families.

Leave it to the godless Canadians to joke about this poll.

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God is Dying in Canada - The Frame Problem

Sophmoric and full of fallacies, the Atheism article on Conservapedia has been declared (by Conservapedia, of course) the "article of the year". I'm not sure what it means, especially since we're only part way through the year, but if better articles aren't planned, it's not going to be a very good year for them.

RationalWiki has made a companion article which (often humourously) refutes the ad hominem attacks and other fallacies of the Conservapedia article.

My favourite question answered is this one:

Q. What God or gods does the atheist deny?

A. One more than the Christian does.

Conservapedia:Atheism - RationalWiki

Atheism and Immoral Views

In regards to atheism and morality, the Barna Group also found that those who hold to the worldviews of atheism or agnosticism in America were more likely, than theists in America, to look upon the following behaviors as morally acceptable: illegal drug use; excessive drinking; sexual relationships outside of marriage; abortion; cohabitating with someone of opposite sex outside of marriage; obscene language; gambling; pornography and obscene sexual behavior; and engaging in homosexuality/bisexuality. [30]

Response to Atheism and Immoral Views

The alleged immorality of many of the activities listed is debatable - Illegal drug use is illegal by definition, but that doesn't make it immoral, The same with excessive drinking - alcoholism is considered a disease by the medical community. Sexual relationships outside of marriage are not necessarily immoral. Abortion is morally difficult for some, but not for all. Cohabitating with someone of opposite sex outside of marriage is not immoral to many if not most people in this day and age. Obscene language, well, shucks, darn gee willikers, it could be in poor taste sometimes, but that does not make it immoral. Gambling: like at church bingo? Pornography and obscene sexual behavior are left open and undefined, and what counts as sexual immorality for one may be a harmless kink for another as long as it involves consenting adults. Engaging in homosexuality/bisexuality - nothing immoral about that.

Atheism and Miracles

In regards to atheism and miracles, modern scholars are divided on the issue of whether or not David Hume was an atheist.[33] With that caveat in mind, Hume is well known for arguing that it is always more probable that the testimony of a miracle is false than that the miracle occurred.[34] Christian apologists William Lane Craig, Norman Geisler, C.S. Lewis, JP Holding, and others have shown the inadequacy and unreasonableness of Hume's position regarding miracles.

Response to Atheism and Miracles

Atheists don't believe in miracles (at least, not as anything more than a metaphor for a greatly fortuitous coincidence). The point of this particular section is lost on me, personally. The assertion that disbelief in miracles is absurd because a sophomoric apologist like C. S. Lewis says so is more absurd than the assertion it is trying to refute. The atheist world view, unlike the fundamentalist Christian world view, is built on facts. Science does not accept eyewitness accounts, for good reasons, and miracles are never more than eyewitness accounts.

In England, that is.

BBC NEWS | England | London | No charges over Scientology demo

The teenager held up a sign which read, "Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult", in May outside its headquarters in the City of London.

...

A Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) spokesman said: "In consultation with the City of London Police, we were asked whether the sign was abusive or insulting.

"Our advice is that it is not abusive or insulting and there is no offensiveness (as opposed to criticism), neither in the idea expressed nor in the mode of expression."

Poking fun at the raid in Texas on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Seven Reasons Why Iâ..m Becoming a Polygamistâ..s Wife

3. Nightly Orgies Iâ..m always down for some sexy-time. In the FLDS, I can get it on with multiple people at the same time. Iâ..ve always wanted to participate in an orgyâ..screw just a three-way, Iâ..ll be having a ninety-nine way. There will be so many unique orifices for me to stimulate and be stimulated in. True, Iâ..ll have to wait my turn, but after a certain age, it will be a good thing. Married people are always bitching about having to beat cheeks with their husbands anyways. After a certain point, I just wonâ..t have to anymore; my husband will trade me in for a younger version. Then, Iâ..ll be able to fulfill my lesbian fantasies with my co-wives.

Awww, too bad. Of the 117 other plates you can get, there are "Family Values" and "Choose Life" options. I guess the X-tians behind the "I believe" plate implicitly wanted to reject these. Granted, if you're going to have a dozen manitee license plates, along with every school, public and private, you should be allowed to pay your $25 and get whatever you want on a license plate. But maybe that's not what the "I believe" people had in mind... because that might lead to a "Pro Choice" plate, or an "Allahu Akbar" plate, or (gasp) a "Darwin" plate.

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I bet this plate would get in:

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'I believe' license plate fails to get Legislature's blessing -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

A license plate that would have become the first in the nation to prominently feature a religious symbol is unlikely to be on the road any time soon after state lawmakers did not include it in a bill Tuesday.

The plate, which included an image of a Christian cross, stained-glass window and the words "I Believe," is not in legislation passed late Tuesday that's now headed to the governor.

Opponents of the plate said approving it would result in a court challenge because it violated the separation of church and state and gave the appearance the state was endorsing a particular religious preference.

The ADL has issued a statement on Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Just so we remember who these guys are:

"For 95 years, ADL has been combating anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds."

So, presumably, they are authorities on stuff like the Holocaust. I'd like to hear what Ben Stein has to say about this. Or maybe I don't want to know.

Anti-Evolution Film Misappropriates the Holocaust

The film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed misappropriates the Holocaust and its imagery as a part of its political effort to discredit the scientific community which rejects so-called intelligent design theory.

Hitler did not need Darwin to devise his heinous plan to exterminate the Jewish people and Darwin and evolutionary theory cannot explain Hitler's genocidal madness.

Using the Holocaust in order to tarnish those who promote the theory of evolution is outrageous and trivializes the complex factors that led to the mass extermination of European Jewry.

Pretty bad situation here. It's even worse that 96% of the 5500 complaints received by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group, are from other Christians.

Soldier Sues Army, Saying His Atheism Led to Threats - New York Times

When Specialist Jeremy Hall held a meeting last July for atheists and freethinkers at Camp Speicher in Iraq, he was excited, he said, to see an officer attending.

But minutes into the talk, the officer, Maj. Freddy J. Welborn, began to berate Specialist Hall and another soldier about atheism, Specialist Hall wrote in a sworn statement. â..People like you are not holding up the Constitution and are going against what the founding fathers, who were Christians, wanted for America!â. Major Welborn said, according to the statement.

Major Welborn told the soldiers he might bar them from re-enlistment and bring charges against them, according to the statement.


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