Just want to correct you on one small item: the qur’an says nothing about “loving thy neighbor,” unless that neighbor happens to be muslim. All religion is silly, but islam is a particular creed of nastiness.
October 31, 2013 at 5:20pm
It depends what is being tolerated and what is being empathized with. I think honesty is a much more endearing quality.
 October 31, 2013 at 1:50pm
Atheism isn’t a religion. Whether intentional or not, asserting that atheism is a religion is intellectually dishonest. The only belief shared by atheists is a lack of belief, otherwise there is no canon, no dogma, no liturgy. Absence of religion is not itself religion; the very assertion is a non-sequitur.
No canon or dogma? Then what is your reference for morality? Oh wait, it's all relative.
That is not Atheism. Atheism has nothing & can only go towards NIHILISM....not Marxism or Humanism or anything.
Stop trying to redefine Atheism by evolving the meaning of words.
Religion is the Cause of the Individual
Entertainment is the Opiate of the Masses
Church is the Organization for that Cause
Theaters & Clubs are the Business for that Drug.
There is a difference between Function & Fashion.
One is Original. The other is Evolved.
I don't have to wonder about which is right or wrong.
 October 31, 2013 at 1:45pm
 October 31, 2013 at 1:40pm
They missed #6, religious belief does not conform to the rules of logic, discovered history, or the proven observations of science.
October 26, 2013 at 12:24pm
The silver lining is that no one would know who Russell Brand was in a communist system. Name one famous communist entertainer… A jack@ss like Brand would be just another cog in the machine.
October 26, 2013 at 11:58am
How horrible. You want to leave the dude a note to tell him you don’t approve of his lifestyle, that’s your business (stupid, bigoted, and inconsiderate, but your business nonetheless), but to deny him a tip for his good service reflects more upon you than him. “God told me not to pay you,” basically. How stupid…
there can be no doubt, Mac users exist solely for the amusement of the 99%.
He just did!
Mac user: Just remember to turn off the browser's Java plugin first - almost no sites need it, and it's a potential security hole - it can take months to find fix and close newly discovered vulnerabilities in Java; so, best to leave it off, at least in the browser, by default.
If a questionable site want's you to download and install an app/exe, don't do it.
Just because Macs are less likely to get infected, doesn't mean they can't be: about a 80 OSX viruses (mostly Trojans) for Macs vs 8,000 Windows viruses (+ millions of variants) for PC, and even a few for Android; but, that's not the whole story.
A number of infections target apps: like Microsoft Office, or Acrobat reader. In those cases, it may not matter if they're on Mac or PC.
As a general rule of thumb, use Open office to view newly arrived documents, instead of Microsoft. Use Preview (on OS X) or Firefox instead of Acrobat Reader to view PDFs (yep FF can view most PDFs natively).
Using FF or Chrome, with Ghostery, Ad Block+ and WOT installed, instead of Safari or IE, can really improve browsing quality and security. Using latest version of Thunderbird (or another non MS app), instead of Outlook or Entourage, can do the same for e-mail.
No matter the OS or app, always keep it up to date - most updates include security fixes. A virus that can infect FF 21 can't touch FF 23.
ps: FF has a private browsing option ;)
September 17, 2013 at 2:57pm
PAULSFAM: It’s not a “refusal” to believe; it’s an inability. I am unable to believe in any religion because no religion can stand up to the microscope of scientific scrutiny or the scalpel of logical thought. I was raised a Bible-believing Evangelical Christian, and at one point had over 300 verses memorized, but like DEAVONREYE, I never felt “Christian;” some things within the Bible just never held up. Did you know, for example, the the Bible does not even truly say that Jesus was born of a virgin? That was added later due to a deliberate mistranslation of the original Greek. Christians celebrate a deliberate lie that was propagated to lend further credibility to Christ’s fulfillment of prophecy, thus the divinity of Christ. The original Greek word simply means “young woman,” not “virgin.” One of the many problems I had with my former faith…
September 16, 2013 at 7:44pm
Please stop propagating this canard. Atheism is not “self-worship,” it just a lack of belief in any deity or religion. Furthermore, it is also not a “cult,” and by labeling as such, you make yourself seem rather ignorant, since cults require dogma.
September 16, 2013 at 7:36pm
That’s ridiculous. Atheists believe in neither God nor Satan, and therefore worship neither; actually, “worship” is not even a word in most of our normal lexicon. Personally, not believing in God does not mean I worship myself either, it just means I don’t believe in your myths–it’s really that simple. Beyond that you’d probably find myself and most other atheists to be just like you: we eat, we work, we take our kids to school, some of us even vote against democrats.
September 16, 2013 at 7:27pm
As an atheist, I find the premise of an “atheist” church to be ridiculous.
September 16, 2013 at 6:14pm
God, the stupidest fricking person we could have ever elected as President. This clown has no clue!! Christ, when are we going to get a grown-up in the White House?
September 14, 2013 at 1:33pm
Another reminder about why I left Christianity and became an atheist. While I do lament the dropping birth rates in Western countries, women contribute much more to society than their ability to birth children. I would like to think that my two daughters could contribute something more profound than merely the next generation.
This is not why you "became an atheist". This not biblical teaching. If you had questions about what you were being taught and modeled, a trip to the Bible would have quickly revealed the truth. God and the church are not the same thing. You can leave religion...and this is definitely religion...but you aren't leaving God when you do. Fortunately, the path of faith...a path we are all on...is a circle. Eventually, walking clockwise or counter, we end up coming face to face with God.
September 14, 2013 at 10:27am
All religion is stupid and fallacious, but only islam threatens to kill those who point it out.
July 24, 2013 at 4:08pm
Indigoraven–not true. I went to anger management counseling during my Army career and it never went on my medical record (I know because I have my medical record). It only makes its way to your medical records if your therapy goes beyond “shrinking,” e.g. prescriptions, which is not something chaplains do anyway.
Seriously though, why do people claiming to be non-religious need some sort of proxy for religion? I know I don’t. Makes no sense to me…
July 24, 2013 at 4:03pm
I’m agnostic, and I too see this as an oxymoron. The military has counseling services available to all soldiers, not just the religious. Chaplains are, by definition, for religious people, just like churches and pastors, etc. The whole focus of being non-religious is a rejection of religious dogma and the beliefs that go along with that. Why would I then, as a non-believer, seek to create an artificial edifice to replace religion? It makes no sense; it’s like bacon-flavored tofu (i.e. if you’re not going to eat meat, why would you eat something meant to taste like meat?).
July 13, 2013 at 1:25pm
Crap, it’s no wonder I became agnostic. Narrow-minded, overly judgmental cretins seem to pervade the Christian faith. If there is a heaven–which I highly doubt–I’d rather not go there if it’s full of the likes of skippy. “Rock music is the DEVIL,” indeed–beyond retarded.
LOL Like I said, I'm a Christian and cannot stand people like Skippy who call themselves Christian. I do believe in heaven, but you don't go there if you were a good little Christian. Good or bad when you die your soul returns to god, and you cease to exist... Which means I also do not believe in hell. During the resurrection those who do/did have love for god in their heart, and or accept it- are resurrected. There are many people who even when they are shown great things, will still reject it, or just have hearts so evil they want nothing to do with it, they won't be resurrected or remembered.
June 24, 2013 at 3:22pm
Seriously, you’re doing a good job of alienating people simply because they do not share your religious beliefs. Not believing in god or religion does not make one a statist. In fact, I can hate Obama and his ilk without guilt, because there is no consequence for thinking ill of another person.
June 24, 2013 at 3:17pm
Actually, most atheists worship nothing. I am agnostic (I believe there is likely no god), and I am a libertarian who cannot stand “the state,” so I find it rather silly that you would think that anyone who does not buy what religion is selling is therefore a “state-worshipper.” You’d probably find a good many of us have opinions about the state that similar to those you hold. There is as much homogenization of thought among atheists/agnostics as there is among religious people–probably less, to be honest.