Religion-oriented Items (or Why I am not religious)

God made me an atheist...
From ieet.org.

The picture above is intended to be humorous and/or thought-provoking and is not to be taken as a sign that I believe in any gods.


Random Freethought Quote

A non-Random quote, inspired by the earthquakes in Haiti

"The idea that God is a worthy recipient of our gratitude for the blessings of life but should not be held accountable for the disasters is a transparently disingenuous innovation of the theologians."
- Daniel Dennett


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Some links


Some websites about atheism and/or separation of church and state

Freedom From Religion Foundation

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

American Atheists

Atheists United

The Internet Infidels

Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. Yes, there are and always have been atheists in foxholes.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation shows us many examples of Christian proselytizing in the US military. If you are in the military and are not a Christian, you had better watch out!

“Alabama Atheist” attempts to explain what atheism is and is not. He also has an extensive list of recommended books and a link to Operation Foxhole Atheists.

Cliff Walker’s Positive Atheism magazine.

The Happy Heretic (Judith Hayes) writes a monthly column.

Adrian Barnett once had an introduction to atheism as well as numerous other writings on atheism (and other topics). Perhaps his website will be back someday.

The Rational Atheist.

Pat Condell has numerous videos criticizing religion.

Evolution vs Creation Science

No Answers in Genesis. John Stear has a very extensive website.

Bob Riggins has several essays on real science, and how “creation science” is the complete opposite of it. Here are some of those essays.

A few Atheist Groups

Atheists of Silicon Valley. San Francisco Atheists.

East Bay Atheists.

Kansas City Freethinkers.

Freethinkers of East Texas.

Atheist Foundation of Australia.

Atheist Association of Uganda.

Other links

The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible contains the text of the King James Version, annotated from a skeptic’s point of view. This site also includes the Skeptic’s Annotated Qur’an and the Skeptic’s Annotated Book of Mormon.

A list of many videos on evolution, creationism, atheism, and more.


Quotes

The concept of religious liberty is “meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohometan, the Hindoo, and the infidel of every denomination.”
-- Thomas Jefferson, in his autobiography (writing about religious freedom in Virginia)

“This tragedy [the September 11 attack on the US] only reinforces our disbelief, and the response of the religionists only reinforces our disdain for faith.”
-- Cliff Walker

“The gods offer no rewards for intellect. There was never one yet that showed any interest in it.”
-- Mark Twain, “Notebook” (1900)

“Atheists are the true American Patriots. We love our country more than any god.”
--Pete Hance, of Secular Humanists and Atheists of Lehigh Valley


A Brief Note about Biblical Prophecy

The following verse is one of the many alleged prophecies in the Bible:
Even my close friend whom I trusted, he who has shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.
Psalms 41:9
In other words, “I was betrayed by someone I trusted”. This is said to be a prophecy about Jesus being betrayed by Judas. However, there is nothing about the verse or the surrounding verses that indicate that a prediction is being made about a future event. The author of the psalm is simply making a statement about himself and a (perhaps former) friend.

The vast majority of Biblical “prophecies” follow this same rule: Hey, this verse applies to Jesus, therefore it must be a prophecy! However, this is not a valid method for finding prophecies, since it allows “prophecies” to be found about almost anyone. For example, how could the Bible contain such accurate prophecies about Napoleon? (There was once a similar page about Tiger Woods, but it seems to have gone away.)


Miscellaneous Stuff


evangelists=evil's agents
Thanks to Jim Huber for the graphic.

Religion Ruled the Dark Ages
From EvolveFish.com

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This page was last updated on May 7, 2011.