Religion is Weird. That is All.

Mithras 3

Stumbled across a new word today: Tauroctony.Wikipedia defines it: The tauroctony scene is the [central icon] of the Mithraic Mysteries. It depicts Mithras killing a bull, hence the name 'tauroctony', given to the scene in modern times, probably after the Greek word tauroktonos (ταυροκτόνος) "slaughtering bulls." The Mithraic Mysteries, now referred to as Mithraism, was a mystery religion practiced in the Roman Empire from about the 1st to 4th centuries AD. The name of the Persian god Mith … [Read more...]

Rare Giant Gemstone Sort of Wasted. Thanks, Religion.

BC-Jade-Budda

I'm okay with Buddhists, generally. But guys, really? A statue of Buddha (there are a few around, in case you don't know) was the best the human race could come up with for the largest single piece of jade ever discovered? ... a mammoth boulder of nephrite jade sourced in Northwest British Columbia, Canada. Dubbed the Polar Pride boulder when it was discovered in 2000, gem experts called the 18-ton specimen “the find of the millennium.” I'll admit I'm coming up short in figuring out what sho … [Read more...]

No, I don’t believe in God. I thought YOU did. Well, heck. Now what?

crazy

We're born to sanity. We instinctively feel that things should be reasonable. That it should all MAKE SENSE.Most of us, as we grow to adulthood, at least TRY to be sane and sensible. But we all know we share the world with some crazy-ass others.In my view, the biggest reason for rampant craziness in the world is religion. Religion is not only mistaken about basic facts of reality, it sets up a social field of acceptance to casual lies, deliberate falsehoods, even malicious acts, by both … [Read more...]

I’m Part of FreethoughtBlogs’ FTBConscience!

I'll be appearing on the "Atheism and Grief" panel at FTBConscience this Sunday, July 21 at 4 p.m. Central time.Other speakers will include Rebecca Hensler, founder of Grief Beyond Belief, plus Greta Christina and Nicome Taylor.Here's the entire convention schedule, and here's the page detailing just my panel.I'd volunteered to be on the panel regarding the future of atheism, hoping to talk about Beta Culture, but there were already plenty of panelists included there.Hope to see … [Read more...]

Free Online Movies, Including One on Atheism

Things to be found on this newfangled Internet:535 Free Movies OnlineIncluding this one: Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief With the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the emotional whiplash that followed, the monotheistic religions of the West took a more stridently political turn. It was in this context that Jonathan Miller, the British theatre and opera director, felt compelled to create a three-part documentary tracing the history of religious skepticism and … [Read more...]

Well, This Is Disturbing.

bill-the-cat

Before I started A Citizen of Earth, I blogged as The Blue Collar Atheist.The name was mostly intended to underline my lack of a college degree, or any great amount of advanced education, to make the point that giving up religion, become an agnostic or atheist, is not something you need a Ph.D. to do. You can be a complete doofus and still reason yourself free of it.Speaking of which, even *I* can see the gaping holes in some of the stuff from this site (hat tip to commenter Chris for … [Read more...]


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