Freethought

Introduction to AtheistTV featuring Dr. Madalyn Murray O’Hair…

This video was the first-ever broadcast on Atheist TV, the world’s first TV channel dedicated to atheism-friendly content. Atheist TV is available free via Roku or free online at http://www.atheists.tv Click the settings “gear” wheel to view in HD 720p Subscribe to this YouTube channel | Support Atheist TV at http://www.atheists.org/donate
~~

Thumbs Up for AtheistTV…

a1

From FreeThoughtBlogs
AtheistTV on Roku

Ken Ham hates it! He’s actually pretty clueless.

The new channel brags of having “superstition-free programming,” which implies that religion is just silly superstition but atheism is rational and logical. However, laws of logic and rationality only makes sense if God, who is logical, created them and made us in His image so that we can understand them! Laws of logic shouldn’t exist in a completely random materialistic universe that the atheists believe in —and yet they do!

But god is illogical. There is no reason to believe in any deity, let alone the bizarre one Ken Ham worships, who is little more than a tribal warlord writ large, promoting archaic ideas like blood sacrifice.

Substitute Teacher Fired for His Music Video Mocking Religion Finally Gets Some Justice…

Last year, I posted a delightfully funny video about two parents teaching their daughter about different religions, only to have her respond with “That doesn’t make sense!” to all of them:


That video was made by guitarist Jonathan Hurley and actress Whitney Avalon (who played the parents) and they even won an award for it last month. Yay! Happy ending, right?

Turns out that wasn’t the case for Hurley.

Living the “Ex” in Ex-Muslim…

x
From ExMuslim Blogs

Dear Abujee (father),

I am writing this letter to you to explain why the value of a God in the twenty first century is deteriorating. By looking at the history of the human race one can notice a pattern of evolution. We have evolved in every aspect and nothing is as it was a hundred years ago. As a computer programmer you have single handedly experienced the evolution of technology in your field. You once told me that you worked on creating an instant messaging software as an undergraduate in the 1980’s. You told me it was remarkable to send one message from one computer to another. Now just thirty years later this technology has exponentially progressed to something even greater. This is just one simple example of human progression with ideas through time. This progression is a common trend amongst our species. This trend also exists with the concept of God. By looking at our history one can see that the concept of a higher power has evolved to what it is today. It started with a concept of a spirit and eventually turned into the concept of a single almighty creator of the universe. The evolution of God did not stop there. The concept of a God even existing is being questioned and deteriorating slowly. I believe that the increasing discoveries in science undermine the reason for God’s existence. One day God will play no role in an individual’s life and this day will come sooner than one can imagine.

How Americans Feel About Religious Groups…

p

From PEW

Jews, Catholics & Evangelicals Rated Warmly, Atheists and Muslims More Coldly…

Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public. When asked to rate each group on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100 – where 0 reflects the coldest, most negative possible rating and 100 the warmest, most positive rating – all three groups receive an average rating of 60 or higher (63 for Jews, 62 for Catholics and 61 for evangelical Christians). And 44% of the public rates all three groups in the warmest part of the scale (67 or higher).

ExMuslim: A Conversation With My Mother…

m
From ExMuslim Blogs
ExMuslims of North America

This week, my mother dragged me along with her to visit a shrine. She wanted to pay her respects to an Islamic Saint buried there. Apparently, he was well known locally for his preaching efforts and his so-called ‘Supernatural Talent’. On our way, my mother took great enthusiasm in filling me in regarding his life and all the miracles that he performed. How great he was. How he was a pioneer in preaching Islam to our country. How he had so much spiritual power and influence. How incredibly pathetic, I thought. I had to stifle my laughter as my rebuttals and questions were already poised on my tongue. I swallowed them and nodded away instead. What else could I do?

As I entered the mosque, a blatant distinction manifested before my eyes.

Gender Segregation.

Best Cure for Christianity…

t

From Debunking Christianity

“Whether Christianity was particular in its mistreatment of women, it never overcame the culture and showed where the culture was wrong…in this or any other regard. The same goes for all religions. Their gods never seemed to be able to break out of the culture. If slavery was the “thing,” the gods and holy men told ‘em how to do slaves. If dominating women was the thing, god and the holy men told ‘em how to do women. If the culture hated homosexuality, then their god hated it too. If they were ignorant about science, their God didn’t know science either. If the culture superstitiously thought blood had some special magical powers, then god used blood to mark doorways and wash away sins. If the culture thought diseases and mental illness was due to sin’s curse or demons, then their god acted like that was true too. Why do their gods never tell them anything they don’t already know?” ~~ Dr. Daphne Hampson
~~

Freethought: “Love is Not Obedience, Conformity, or Submission”…

a

Mubarak Is Free: An Atheist On Activism, Human Rights & Getting To Know Heroes…

m
From Godless Mom

[Original Story here]

I don’t believe in fate. That much is probably obvious.  I do think that a mind that believes something strongly enough will work, sometimes subconsciously, to make things happen. I think when like-minded people suddenly find themselves amongst each other, the reality is, their like-minds brought them there. Fate… fate is just a cop-out.

My whole life, I’d been less than thrilled with small talk. I don’t like chatting about the weather, talking about make-up or hair, or wasting my precious and limited breath on vacuous subjects that drain me of valuable energy better used for other things. I’m not one to hang around the shallow and collect friends just to up my numbers. I’m choosy. I’m picky. I like a certain type. Other types of people literally exhaust me.

Without an Afterlife, How Do You Deal with Grief?

g
From Godless In Dixie

When my children were smaller we lived too far away from their grandparents to just pop over on Christmas morning to exchange presents, so we would typically cram ourselves together with all the cousins and aunts and uncles into the grandparents’ place for the whole week of Christmas.  That way, when the kids woke up at the crack of dawn (and not before, do you understand?), all the presents and stockings and puffy-eyed grown-ups with cameras would be right there, waiting for them.  It was equal parts stressful and fun, as Christmas traditions usually are.  But there was one major downside to this tradition for my family:  One set of cousins always got much bigger presents.

Talk about a letdown!  My poor children would wake up and rush into the living room to see what they got, but before their eyes could even find their own presents, they’d see some huge driving toy or dollhouse or indoor playground that took their overly-zealous parents hours to assemble sitting right there in front of the fireplace, taunting our puny little presents.  Inevitably our kids would see the gargantuan gifts and get excited, ever so briefly thinking those were theirs.  But then it would occur to them thatthey’re looking at the wrong side of the fireplace.  Their presents are over there, taking up far less space and virtually hidden, dwarfed by the sparkling, sound-making childhood-dreams-come-true towering over them.  That moment always put a knot in my stomach because the presents my girls got were usually exactly what they wanted, but their juxtaposition beside the Megatoys from Wonderland always made them look a little sad and disappointing.  To my girls’ credit, they usually adjusted to reality pretty quickly, and we always worked hard to teach them to be happy with what they got.

Alan Watts: The Difference Between Belief and Faith…

wat
From Brain Pickings

How to master the delicate dance of unconditional openness to the truth.

A century and a half before Carl Sagan explored the relationship between science and religion, Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, contemplated the subject in a beautiful letter. Two centuries later, Alan Lightman crafted an enchanting definition of secular spirituality. This question has also been addressed by Albert Einstein in answering a little girl’s question about whether scientists pray, Flannery O’Connor in considering dogma, belief, and the difference between religion and faith, and Jane Goodall in her exquisite conversation with Bill Moyers on science and spirituality — and yet the question is, and perhaps is bound to remain, an open one.

One of the most articulate and lucid attempts to answer it comes from Alan Watts, who popularized Eastern philosophy in the West, in his fantastic 1951 book The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety (public library) — the same treasure trove of insight that gave us Watts on happiness and how to live a full life and his prescient admonition about our modern media gluttony.

Watts writes:

Richard Dawkins: Think for yourself…


~~

Sam Harris: Morality and the Christian God…


~~

Cosmos is a fantastic show about ideological conversion more than it’s about science…

From Geek

Like Carl Sagan before him, Neil deGrasse Tyson is constructing a cult of personality. Also like Sagan, that personality is not his own. In both its versions, Cosmos has had to serve a number of masters — they’ve both had to educate, to entertain, and to bring in advertising. By far their most defining goal, however, the one that most differentiates them from both the Planet Earths and Bill Nyes of the world, is ideological. Cosmos was, and very thankfully still is, an unabashed attempt to exalt the scientist and to advance the scientific worldview in its entirety, with as few tactful omissions as possible. The series’ educational and awe-inspiring content ultimately serves to illustrate and support the real mission: straight up ideological conversion.

In many scientifically inclined circles, that’s a borderline offensive accusation, and the nervousness has only become more acute since Sagan’s day. Science is, to many people, the antithesis of ideology and totally apolitical — to suggest otherwise would be to threaten the sort of diplomatic immunity that scientists have cultivated for so long. These people worry that science will become a loose nail in need of hammering down by more powerful societal groups. Since the time of Bertrand Russell, this view has been giving way to one summed up quite succinctly in a recent quote from Tyson himself: “Some myths deserve to be broken apart out of respect for the human intellect.”

Atheism explodes in Saudi Arabia, despite state-enforced ban…

a

From Salon

In the “cradle of Islam,” a growing number of people are quietly declaring themselves nonbelievers…

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — In this country known as the cradle of Islam, where religion gives legitimacy to the government and state-appointed clerics set rules for social behavior, a growing number of Saudis are privately declaring themselves atheists.

The evidence is anecdotal, but persistent.

“I know at least six atheists who confirmed that to me,” said Fahad AlFahad, 31, a marketing consultant and human rights activist. “Six or seven years ago, I wouldn’t even have heard one person say that. Not even a best friend would confess that to me.”

I write about my deconversion from fundamentalist Christianity because of its real-life ramifications which cause harm in people’s lives…

g

From GodlessInDixie

I deconverted nearly five years ago now but still not everyone in my life knows that I’ve left the Christian faith.  Whenever someone new finds out, it seldom goes well.  As a side note:  I have a few choice words I’d like to share with the people who insist that everyone should “come out” about their skepticism because what are you afraid of, right?  Surely everyone will understand and won’t hold it against you, right?  Clearly you know nothing of my context.  People lose jobs, families, and all their friends over this where I live.  So stop being so smug.  Some of us have really good reasons to keep this to ourselves.

This past weekend I had “the talk” (not that one, the other one) with two more family members and once again I was threatened with nebulous warnings about how bad things are going to happen to me because of my unbelief.  It was strongly implied that I now suddenly have no moral compass (despite getting only positive evaluations from them all the way up until this moment) and that my speaking up publicly about my atheism was offensive, hurtful, and wrong.  “I listened to your manifesto,” one of them said, and I could scarcely believe my ears because as I recall, the thrust of the talks he heard was positive and constructive, urging my listeners to connect and support one another, promoting things like scientific progress, education, and charitable causes.  What I had to say about being an atheist in those talks was mainly about how atheists are misunderstood and misrepresented.

Drugs and the Meaning of Life…

p
From SAM HARRIS

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person’s thoughts. Every waking moment—and even in our dreams—we struggle to direct the flow of sensation, emotion, and cognition toward states of consciousness that we value.

Drugs are another means toward this end. Some are illegal; some are stigmatized; some are dangerous—though, perversely, these sets only partially intersect. Some drugs of extraordinary power and utility, such as psilocybin (the active compound in “magic mushrooms”) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), pose no apparent risk of addiction and are physically well-tolerated, and yet one can still be sent to prison for their use—whereas drugs such as tobacco and alcohol, which have ruined countless lives, are enjoyed ad libitum in almost every society on earth. There are other points on this continuum: MDMA, or Ecstasy, has remarkable therapeutic potential, but it is also susceptible to abuse, and some evidence suggests that it can be neurotoxic.[1]

Muslims should be ashamed of Islam…

i
From Taslima Nasreen
No Country For Women

All religions are nonsense. All religions are fairy tales, to fool people.

All religions were born out of ignorance. But it is only Islam which is still shamelessly showing its barbaric behaviour all over the world. Blind believers of Islam have no intention to stop persecuting people, humiliating humanity, stoning women, banning conscience, burning books in the name of protecting their God and prophet.

I hope you know that Saudi humanist Raif Badawi is facing 10 years imprisonment and 1000 lashes for calling an end of religious domination over public life. The reality is, if you want to stop Islamic oppression to save humanity, authorities will accuse you of insulting Islam and punish you. It is not limited to Saudi Arabia. Way too many countries in the world believe in the same insanity.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,536 other followers