Flowchart on the Futility of Prayer

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Mass Murder and Atheism

I’ve been thinking about the relationship between religion and morality again. I recently read yet another editorial that blames atheism for the mass slaughters committed by Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung, and so forth.They have a point. While it is entirely debatable whether Hitler was an atheist—I tend to think the evidence indicates that Hitler believed in some sort of non-Christian god—I’m not aware of a good reason for doubting that the other individuals were, in fact, … [Read more...]

Reason Being: The Catholic Dilemma

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Secular News Daily: Texas Symposium on theism and public policy

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How to Think About the Objectives of Organized Atheism

In response to my last post on the American Atheists billboard ads, two people posted comments about the goals of organized atheism. Both of these comments show why organized atheism would greatly benefit from thinking about its fundamental objectives. Before I get into that, however, let me quote the authors. First, here is Chris Hallquist.The problem here is that we're trying to do several things at once. We're trying to convince people we're not evil. We're trying to have our legal … [Read more...]

American Atheists Billboards and Ridicule of Religious Ideas

Prior to my earlier posts on American Atheists's billboards, an atheist, whose opinion I respect, mentioned his support for the ads. To paraphrase, his argument was something like this.Religious beliefs should not get special protection from ridicule and doubt. They have had this protection for far too long and this needs to stop. Our society needs to get used to cherished religious beliefs being subject to the same kind of criticism and ridicule as that faced by any other belief. For example, … [Read more...]

Potential Hypocrisy in American Atheist Billboard Campaign?

It seems like virtually every atheist site with a focus on the culture ways has been happy to report an increase in the percentage of Americans willing to vote for an atheist for President. Presumably virtually all atheists would like all Americans, atheist or not, to be willing to vote for an atheist for President.Now consider the following statement by American Atheists' Dave Silverman."Presidential conventions are for ideas, not ideology – platforms, not platitudes," Silverman said. "If a p … [Read more...]

American Atheists Doesn’t Speak for This American Atheist

CNN.com this morning reported on the latest billboard ads paid for by American Atheists. Here are the ads.What was the purpose of the ads? Here is Dave Silverman, President of American Atheists."Presidential conventions are for ideas, not ideology – platforms, not platitudes," Silverman said. "If a person believes stupid things, we have every right to question his or her judgment, and that directly impacts how the nonreligious voter votes.”I am no expert on politics, but it seems to me that pr … [Read more...]


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