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On the need for a strong atheist community

I've written on the subject of an organized atheist movement for years now. The response so far, overwhelmingly from many atheists, is such a movement would violate the notion atheism is not a religion, but rather a particular viewpoint about the non existence of God. Over this same period of time, however, a number of individuals have emailed me expressing their feelings of isolation and loneliness at not ...

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The LA Times believes Digg has an atheist agenda

I frequently use Digg.com. I'll admit I am partial to the left wing slant most of the articles seem to have, but if I am to believe the LA Times, the site has some kind of atheist agenda. Call me crazy, but since when has expressing your opinions become equivalent to trying to spark a revolution? Yes, it's true a large proportion of Digg users appear to be atheists, but so what? Is it some dark agenda, or m ...

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One step forward, two steps back

A few weeks ago, I was contemplating whether or not I should continue trying to write my book on atheism. Part of my hesitation came from the fact there are already so many books on the subject, and everyone with a soapbox believes they have something to say on the issue. It can make a person's own opinion on the subject feel small and relatively unimportant. Still, events seem to conspire to force me into ...

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You gotta see this…

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how bigotry, homophobia, and racism are often hidden in plain sight, often under the guise of religious faith. This video should galvanize any American to take the issue of Prop.8 very seriously, and how religion is attempting to usurp the rights of others in order to fulfill their dogmatic convictions. ...

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A waste of time

If you want to know how to waste your time, then how about trying to prove to a rich creationist that transitional fossils exist. Adnan Oktar is a wealthy writer who is the Turkish equivalent of Richard Dawkins (in light of the country's failure to accept evolutionary theory, he's as good as it gets). He's supposedly put up a trillion lira up (that's roughly 7 million dollars), daring anyone to provide evid ...

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Banned book week!

Yep, it's banned book week, and one person who has an opinion on the subject is author Philip Pullman, whose book Northern Lights (turned into the movie The Golden Compass) is high on the list of books in the crosshairs of religious institutions. Here are his thoughts on the subject, care of the Guardian: In fact, when it comes to banning books, religion is the worst reason of the lot. Religion, uncontamina ...

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More on the Temple of Science

We talked a little bit about the Temple of Science a few weeks back, and now Wired has an interview with the creator. Artist Builds Temple of Science | Wired Science from Wired.com Keats' conception of that idea took shape as a two-story building complete with stained-glass windows patterned after cosmic microwave background radiation and a liturgy based on the sounds of the Big Bang. The Atheon opened Sept ...

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Economic fundamentalism

I'm not one to normally write about economic issues. Although I do hold very specific and, as some would say, rather radical economic views, I have noticed a trend in economic thought which mimics the fundamentalism found in religion. I am referring to The Church of the Free Market. I've recently been studying the economic trends of the past 40 years, and found it to be quite enlightening. It gave me a glim ...

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An atheist church

Jake caused quite a stir with the concept of atheism as an organized religion (a much better article than my random link posts). Now an artist in San Francisco is converting a building into something of an atheist church as part of an exhibition for the Judah L Magnes Museum. From Boing Boing: Instead of telling the story of baby Jesus, the Atheon's stained glass windows will show cosmic microwave backgroun ...

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Obama talks about our god: science

As ripe and low hanging a fruit as it would be to pick, I'm trying to stay away from a few topics on this blog: people killing over religion abroad, and ignorant politicians believing in ignorant things. These two topics are so overdone you can't really look at a news site without reading about it, so I'll leave it alone. Yes, I'm aware Sarah Palin is the atheist equivalent of the anti-christ (well not real ...

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