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Campaign for Free Expression

The right to freely express oneself is vital in a modern society.
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Campaign for Free Expression Video Contest

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Campaign for Free Expression Video

Participation is easy: create a short public service announcement style video about the importance of free expression, upload the video to YouTube, and tag it with “Campaign for Free Expression Video Contest”. Videos must be submitted by September 20th, 2010, and on International Blasphemy Rights Day, September 30th, 2010, we will announce the top three winners.

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News And Links For Atheists: From Hitchens on Cancer Diagnosis-”Why not me?”

VIDEO: Hitchens on cancer diagnosis: ‘Why not me?’

AUDIO: Atheist Experience Podcast

They talk about this somewhat disturbing article at length in the podcast, which discusses the (supposed) agnostic views on atheism. Note that the article’s title and subtitle go as follows: An Agnostic Manifesto-At least we know what we don’t know. Yes, kind of a smart ass about it. The folks in the podcast point out that many people totally get atheism wrong. The author of the article is one of them.

I’ve noticed that some agnostics have a problem with atheists, especially since many of us consider them to be atheists or wimpy atheists. Dudes … chill. Most atheists aren’t rabid bulldogs, ya know.

VIDEO: A Conversation Between Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking

VIDEO: Theory of Mind – Robert Seyfarth, the Richard Dawkins Foundation

The Associated Press: Far from ground zero, opponents fight new mosques

Muslims trying to build houses of worship in the nation’s heartland, far from the heated fight in New York over plans for a mosque near ground zero, are running into opponents even more hostile and aggressive.

And, on a similar note… Fla. church organizing Sept. 11 burning of Quran

American Christianity is not well, and there’s evidence to indicate that its condition is more critical than most realize — or at least want to admit.

From Debunking Christianity: My Best Substantive Posts So Far in 2010

Belief is about truth, not feelings

Belief isn’t a wormhole to knowledge about God – it’s a cognitive function that should be flexible and open to correction

Debunking the Myth that Atheism is a Religion

It is suggested by many people that Atheism is a religion. Applying the definition of religion toward atheism is an oxymoron and I concur with others who have come to the conclusion that the religious are are so caught up in their own beliefs that imagining another person without having any religious beliefs is largely incomprehensible to them. Either that or they simply don’t care that what they are stating lacks any sense. Those who claim that atheism is a religion do not have a clear understanding of what atheism is, and when religious terms are used to describe atheism, it is the always the beginning of the end of a sensible argument.

From Austin Cline’s Mailbag: Childish Atheism

It takes maturity and experimentation to move past the childish and immature arguments of atheism. Atheist are the “living dead” for the most part. You can stay if you like, it’s ok.

The living dead? Sweet! Let’s say it together: braaaaaaaaaaaaaaains!

The Art of Misdirection

I have my Google News page set to capture articles on Atheism, among other things. Every day I get as many articles as I can stand about Atheism, among other things. Over the months I have noticed a trend among the Atheist related articles, towards labeling Atheist as “angry”. This trend is followed closely by soulless, depressed, monsters and variants – you can guess which type of “news” sources these come from. Mr Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins are often the targets of the accusation “angry Atheist.”

I have watched many an Atheist debate that included Mr. Hitchens and Dawkins, so I am pretty familiar with their approach and demeanor. After giving this allot of thought and going back over how I personally debate, I have come the conclusion the accusation is overall (only a fool claims to never get angry), without merit. What also became clear to me is the reason behind the accusation.

Deceptive Apologetic Strategies

Have You Signed Up for Skepticon?

Protest the Pope Film Season 13

A Letter From A House Divided: Atheist vs. Christian

I’ve been asked many times about the dynamics of being an Anti-Theist married to a Christian and I’ve written about my personal experiences a few times in various venues. I’ve received a lot of letters, emails and comments from many of you describing your experiences in “unequally yoked” marriages and they ran the gamut from living a peaceful co-existence to what amounts to a war zone. Unfortunately, most of these stories reveal an unpleasant reality and some of you have written to me to tell that the end result had been divorce. The reasons that many of you have given in your communications are not surprising, but they are no less disturbing. This brings me to Randy. He sent me a rather long letter a few days ago that took me quite a while to get through, and after asking his permission, I will tell you his story.

Psychic Offers Up Vatican Tabernacle for a Mere $22,000.00

Drakar Druella just wanted a palm reading, but later down the line after paying out the starting fee of $265.00 to psychic Cathy Stevens, he found himself paying for his own personal tabernacle, direct from the Vatican. And it only cost him $22,000.000! What a steal. Drakar is now bankrupt to the tune of somewhere near $150,000.000 and going on record to warn others not to waste their money on phony psychics. Good for you Drakar!

News and Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: How I obtained my personal files from Bethel…

How I obtained my personal files from Bethel using the Australian Privacy Act 1988

The Watchtower Society collects and stores a variety of records regarding its followers which are retained even after a member requests to be no longer considered a Jehovah’s Witness. Included are publisher report cards, pioneer applications, and letters to the body of elders when a person moves congregation. In particular, records of judicial committee cases are stored regarding the investigation and discipline of “sins”. This account is divided into two parts. The first details the lengthy process I undertook to gain access to my personal records from Bethel, including scans of the legal correspondence. The second part includes scans of the information Bethel holds on file, with a brief description of the background behind each form or letter.

Recovery from Mormonism – the Mormon Church

A site for those who are Questioning their faith in the Mormon Church And for those who need support As they transition their lives to a normal life. We are not affiliated with any religion and we do not advocate any religion.

MP3s !!! 2010-2011 DC TALKS (1), WatchTower SocietyJWD Real Deal on Watchtower Properties

The Real Deal looks at the Watchtower’s Brooklyn Heights real estate holdings and speculates how much the organization could make once it decides to put its remaining properties here on the market:

How Jehovah’s Witness Help Battered Wives

Spiritual Abuse 12 question checklist

Prince – world exclusive interview: Peter Willis goes inside the star’s secret world

For those who are into famous Jehovah’s Witnesses…

And, to a fellow ex-Witness turned atheist blogger, Moxie, best wishes to you. Sorry for the bad news. (She knows why…) Luckily, you have a lot of friends online to help you get through the tough times. For everyone else, if you’re a former Jehovah’s Witness and haven’t been to Moxie’s ex-Witness site, check it out. There are plenty of new friends over there waiting for you.

Finally, a side note for the regulars: Faabo (one of those news/”buzz” sites) has added Atheist Geek News to their list of atheist sites. Cool. Well, for me it is…

Review: Inception

Inception movie poster
DiCaprio’s gonna
need to change
his Huggies if
he stands there
much longer!

Like most of you, I was hooked by the buzz over Inception. Shots of Leonardo DiCaprio talking about entering people’s dreams, dudes fist fighting while floating in air, and buildings colliding over a cool soundtrack made my eyebrows go up. It was all very Matrix-like. Only Inception reminded me of the first Matrix, not the crappy ones that came later. So, despite the lack of a stripper pole or hot leading ladies (Ellen Page looks like an underdeveloped 14 year old to me) I wanted to see it. Hell, even my wife wanted to see it. Then the reviews finally came in from Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes. Both showed that the critics loved it. That put it over the top: we were go for Inception!

So, with the sun just 6 inches from our heads and nothing to protect us from its blistering rays save my beloved Chrysler, we headed off to the movies. All I could do was hope that it was worth it. Well, I was also hoping the car’s air conditioner would cope with the 5,000 degree heat. But that’s beside the point.

Bet I know what you’re thinking. Was Inception worth the sweltering heat, or did it suck like that family get together at the state prison last year?