Friday, September 26, 2008

Atheist? Take this survey

Take this survey, it's open for everyone (well if you're an atheist ;) )

(via Friendly Atheist)

Sarah Palin, Thomas Muthee and witchcraft


I hope the Salem witch trials got rid of all witches in the US if Sarah becomes the VP

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Winner: Hitchens

God 0, Atheism 2: Hitchens Eats Another Religious Figure for Lunch

Daily Show with Christopher Hitchens

Found on Emancipate Yourselves From Mental Slavery

Part 1


Part 2

Dodelijk arbeidsongeval aan kerk in Laken

Heel erg dat dit gebeurd is en ik hoop dat die man er wettelijk werkte zodat de nabestaanden ten minste niet met die problemen te maken hebben.
Maar er zit hier toch ook een beetje ironie in, de man was aan het werken om een kerk te renoveren, en Pools zijnde was waarschijnlijk diepgelovig Katholiek, en dan gebeurt dit?
Zijn god hypothese heeft toch duidelijk niet gewerkt volgens mij ...

Een Poolse arbeider viel van een stelling bij renovatiewerken aan de Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Thought experiment

This post and a YouTube video I saw recently got me thinking.

Suppose that today on all screens and on all street corners, even inside all houses for every person on this earth their particular version of god or concept of supernatural entity would appear (Jesus for the christians, Vishnu for hindu's, even Zeus for those few that still believe in them, cosmic energy beam for the new agers etc.) and those characters would all tell the believers that actually they are all from the same alien race and that starting all those religions was a sociological experiment and that this alien race lives very prosperous without religion, even then I still think a large portion of the world's population would kindly take that information, put it aside and continue going to church and believing in their god much the same as before that revelation, and if they did not return to church by them self then any priest putting even a little twist on what happened would have his church full of believers again.

I'm 100% certain of this, I could not believe that the first answer by Lindsey in that Friendly Atheist post was made by a believer, I kept reading thinking that she was being humorous but no, that answer really is enough for her to cast aside all rational explanations of modern science (look at the horses answer!).

Unbelievable, there are books with titles that claim the writers do not believe in atheists, well I do not believe in theists, I have to think that in the dark of the night when she's all alone she is laughing at us atheists that we believe that she actually believes that stuff.
I have believe this to because to me the theory of evolution would crumble, no sane person who can use a computer could be so daft, it just cannot be, evolution should have naturally selected against such really, really gullible people by now!

(BTW that last paragraph was satire)

Angels exist

This is art


Ayaan Hirshi Ali on The Colbert Report

Seona Dancing

Ricky Gervais REALLY was in a band in the '80 !!!







Friday, September 19, 2008

Just the link

It is not a recent story and I don't wanna comment on it ...


But there is hope

Ricky Gervais on the Daily Show!!!!

HumanLight Design Contest

I kinda like the christmas atmosphere and ignore the supernatural stuff, (if I send christmas cards they're sans religion) but this sounds like a better idea, if the winners are good I'll probably order some if I can.

 
CALLING ALL NON-BELIEVERS: Express yourself in a HumanLight Design Contest

HumanLight is a holiday celebrated around December 23rd specifically to acknowledge reason, family, friendship, and other shared, secular values of humankind. To learn more, visit the website: http://www.humanlight.org

The HumanLight Committee is hosting a HumanLight Holiday card and ornament design contest for secularists of all ages. Contestants should design an artistic expression to positively address these questions or some aspect of the HumanLight holiday.

What do we have to celebrate during the winter holiday season? What do you hope for in the future? What's the Humanist view/perspective?

ELIGIBILITY: All are welcome to enter!

Category 1: Ages 11 and under.
Category 2: Ages 12-17.
Category 3: Ages 18 and up.

One entry per artist. All media, (painting, printmaking, collage, digital art, photography, or perhaps something even more creative?) is accepted.

TO APPLY: Email the image as a high resolution (at least 300 dpi) JPEG
to humanlightcontest@gmail.com. In the body of the email, include the artist's name, age, what country and state (if it applies) he or she is from, and what method he or she used to create the image.
DEADLINE for entries is November 1, 2008.

Judge: Martha Knox is a fine artist, Humanist celebrant, art teacher, and Director of the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

Prizes: Three images will be selected, 1 from each age category. Cards and ornaments displaying all three winners will be available for purchase at the HumanLight merchandise webpage. Each prize winner will receive an ornament and set of cards with their image, as well as some HumanLight candy! The winners and their designs will also be featured on the main HumanLight website www.humanlight.org.

All images in this contest are owned by the artist. By submitting images to this contest, the artist agrees to grant the HumanLight Committee the right to print or otherwise re-publish the submitted images in marketing or web materials for the purpose of promoting HumanLight so long as credit is given to the artist as the original creator of the image(s). All proceeds from HumanLight merchandise sales will go toward further promotion of HumanLight.

Spread the word!

An atheist under (legal) attack

by an insane theist of course, there's no doubt he'll win the case but even so those things actually cost money (so help him out a bit if you can) but things like that also carry a cost for society at large and should be stopped!


This is just insane

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Religion, always running behind science

Always trying to limit it ...


Famed physicist Stephen Hawking said Thursday that Pope John Paul II tried to discourage him and other scientists attending a cosmology conference at the Vatican from trying to figure out how the universe began. 
 
The British scientist joked he was lucky the pope didn't realize he had already presented a paper at the gathering suggesting how the universe was created. 

There's a clip about this too:

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I have to go back to Nantes

Just to be sure

Has The Large Hadron Collider Destroyed The World Yet 

It gave me a nice calm feeling, not unlike when I first read "Don't Panic" written in large friendly letters on my HHGTTG ...

Interesting

The catholic league continues to be offended by abuse directed towards a little food item.
They are crying babies, really, and to show us they have responded to the deluge of hate mail that PZ Myers got by posting a selection of what they them self got:

http://www.catholicleague.org/catalyst.php?year=2008&month=September&read=2452

One must assume that those are the worst of the worst that the catholic league got, do notice the lack of death treats, threats to do physical harm, only one is in all caps, most are even reasoned messages that want to engage in honest discussion, even profanity is not over abundant.
Really if that is the worst they got then I'm proud of my side ;-)


Friday, September 5, 2008

I have to make a pilgrimage to Tennessee !!!

Settlements Reached in Chicago Clergy Abuse Case

I think Hitchens once said something like:

It is not the abuse itself that shows the failing of religion but that a life devoted to religion does not stop the abuse.



Also this article, it boggles the mind that even with the apparent need for such measures people still think their churches are morally superior.
Definitely have a look at the second comment by Sister Maureen Paul Turlish:
Should priests give kids piggyback rides?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

TV reminder, today, BBC2 9pm

God on Trial
This evening on BBC2!
Sound interesting
Here's the wiki not much there, perhaps after tonight ;)

My PVR is set and ready

Chrome

Posting this with Google's new browser Chrome.
Looks really clean but I have so many useful add-ons in Firefox that I use all the time I do not think I'll be switching. The one thing I'd really like to see in Firefox is the tearing away of tabs into their own window, that is just so awesome and useful.