The Mayans Were Wrong! Why The Hell Am I Still Here???

Another excuse for boobs.Actually, the geniuses who seem overeager for the world to end were wrong. The Mayans never predicted that the world would end yesterday. Like so many other things, some jerk made that up. And a bunch of you fell for it.

Not that it’ll make any difference. Cash money says someone will come up with an explanation for this failure of nonexistent prophecy by inventing some new date based on the Mayan calendar and claiming that was the real date all along. Millions eager to see the world end will believe them.

Why? Because people are smart. [Irony detected.]

I wonder how many went nuts last night and sold all their stuff or drank themselves into needing a new liver?

Don’t be that kind of smart, kids. Please.

You should have been getting laid. Amateurs. Learn from your mistakes!

News And Links For Atheists: Intelligent Design is Stupid-by Neil deGrasse Tyson

VIDEO: Intelligent Design is Stupid: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson describes the absuridity of “intelligent design”. Sorry folks, the universe was not designed for us. Accept it, we’re nothing special.

A longer version of the video appears here.

VIDEO: Creationists End Civilization

It’s Tyson day on Atheist Geek News!

Introducing Islam’s 12th century Kent Hovind – Hamid Al-Ghazali . A warning from history by Neil deGrasse about what happens when a creationist is allowed to overule scientists.

VIDEO: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on UFOs – YouTube

This one’s hilarious AND informative!

10 Reasons You Should Never Have a Religion

While consciously pursuing your spiritual development is commendable, joining an established religion such as Christianity, Islam, or Hinduism is one of the worst ways to go about it. In this article I’ll share 10 reasons why you must eventually abandon the baggage of organized religion if you wish to pursue conscious living in earnest.

Since Christianity is currently the world’s most popular religion, I’ll slant this article towards Christianity’s ubiquitous failings. However, you’ll find that most of these points apply equally well to other major religions (yes, even Buddhism).

“Closed-minded”: the phrase that loses every argument

Here then, in a Cracked-y kind of list, is why you will always, immediately lose any argument you’re in, the instant the words “closed-minded” pass your lips (or your keypad).

Finally, news that’s too good to wait on. Truth Be Told (the documentary about ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses) is ready to roll! Now all they need is a distributor. Man, I can’t wait to see it!

News And Links For Atheists: A New Strategy

VIDEO: A New Strategy.

VIDEO: In God We Trust

Student Faces Town’s Wrath in Protest Against a Prayer

For Jessica [Alquist], who was baptized in the Catholic Church but said she stopped believing in God at age 10, the prayer was an affront. “It seemed like it was saying, every time I saw it, ‘You don’t belong here,’ ” she said the other night during an interview at a Starbucks here.

Believers after the rapture

Often people join extreme cults not because they are convinced by them but because they need something that the cult provides. That something may be fellowship, self esteem or even physical necessities such as food and shelter. No amount of persuasion will get them to change their mind until that more basic need is met. Remember, as Ben Goldacre said in his excellent book, ‘Bad Science’:

“You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.”

Once Again, Believers Have it Wrong: Atheists Don’t Just Want Sex, Drugs, and Lack of Morality

Religious apologists want to begin the debate with the presumption that their moral rules are divinely inspired, that their supernatural wisdom should be taken for granted, and that no human being could possibly be qualified to dispute them. Clearly, such a staggeringly enormous claim has to be proved, not just assumed. There are thousands of different religions in the world, each with their own, mutually incompatible moral codes, and each one claiming supernatural sanction. They can’t all be right, so even if you believe in a god who communicates with humans, there’s no reason to assume a priori that any one person or group claiming to have divine revelations is telling the truth. No matter what, the apologist who wants to claim supernatural warrant for his personally preferred morality can’t escape the need to give real evidence of a deity’s influence in its production. Mere appeals to faith are a poor and inadequate substitute.

A Facebook Page called Evolution vs. Creation – How did Life Get here?

Go there. It’s beyond awesome. Just not in a good way.

Juliane Collins: Atheism is Cult-Like

Juliane writes:

Many people think that Atheism is not a religion because it is defined as “Disbelief in the existence of God or gods”, but to me it seems to go far beyond that. I have yet to meet a single atheist who did not have a soul purpose it was to attack the fundamentals of established religion.

Why women convert to Islam

Writer carefully tackles question of sacred LDS undergarment

News and Links for Atheists: Dawkins, Tyson, Druyan, Stenger, Grothe’ by CFI

VIDEO: ‘Dawkins, Tyson, Druyan, Stenger, Grothe’ by Center For Inquiry

God vs. Science

Francis Collins versus Richard Dawkins. Let’s get ready to ruuuuumble!

Atheists sue to keep ‘In God We Trust’ off Capitol Visitor Center

Christian group’s billboards denounce separation of church, state

Creationism question in ‘misleading’ science GCSE

Thousands of teenagers sitting a test last month were required to outline how the controversial theory is used to explain the origins of life.

They were asked to place the strict Biblical theory alongside Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

The folly of pretence by Daniel Dennett: We must not preserve the myth of God – it was a useful crutch, but we’ve outgrown it

A response to this follows…

You’d better believe it by Carlo Strenger: Daniel Dennett argues that many religious people don’t truly believe. But though I sympathise, it’s a case of wishful thinking

And finally…

The comfort of your convictions by Julian Baggini: Anyone who values the truth should be wary of throwing a protective cloak over ideas, making them immune from criticism

Why the “New Atheists” are Right-Wing on Foreign Policy


The Trouble with the New Atheists: Part II

If you’re familiar with the argument used by Dawkins and other (in)famous atheists–that even moderate religion and intolerance of criticism of religion allows safe harbor for the extremists–the above articles take on a more interesting light.