Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Short Review Of The Bible

The Bible is a fantastic story about the rise of a fictional Hebrew storm god named Yahweh, and his wife, Asherah. Through a series of well-planned maneuvers, and a little coaxing from the wife, Yahweh manages to usurp control of mankind from the Elohim, a consortium of gods that created the universe. So cunning and…

To Serve Man

Humanism is a philosophy of joyous service for the greater good of all humanity, of application of new ideas of scientific progress for the benefit of all – Linus Pauling I’ve receive a lot of mail. Most of it positive, but there is a significant amount that is not. I often get accused of being…

The “War On Pot” And The Religious Right

Bad facts make bad law, and people who write bad laws are in my opinion more dangerous than songwriters who celebrate sexuality. – Frank Zappa One of the many aspects of marijuana that separates it from other drugs and narcotics is that it’s a naturally growing plant, requiring no outside intervention or manufacturing processes to…

Abortion Is Not Murder

The moral truth here is obvious: anyone who feels that  the interests of a blastocyst just might supersede the interests of a child with a spinal cord injury has had his moral sense blinded by religious metaphysics –Sam Harris One would be hard-pressed to find a subject that brings out the worst in Christians than…

Historical Revisionism, Politics And The Religious Right

“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…” – The Treaty of Tripoli , ratified by the Senate, June 7, 1797 It’s not just startling, but frightening.  The sheer number of people who are ignorant about the precepts, concepts and motivation behind the founding of…

The Goodness Of God – A Perplexing Paradox

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. – Steven Weinberg If something is good simply because a god has commanded it, then anything that a god commands could be considered good. Of course,…

We’re Just Like Them, Only Different…

“non se·qui·tur [non sek-wi-ter-toor; Lat. nohn se-kwi-toor] noun. (1) Logic.  An inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premise. (2) A statement containing an illogical conclusion” – The English Language I often wonder why there are so many Atheists (yes, I am one of those people who capitalize “Atheists” – get over it) try so hard…

Why Don’t You Just “Believe?”

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because notice it always coincides with their own desires – Susan B Anthony I get many different reactions from people who discover that I’m not a religious man, which is an understatement. These words are uttered in a gamut of emotion from surprise…

Don’t go there…

Why the religious often claim to be offended, and why atheists should continue to critique them anyway, by Steve Martin, Guest Columnist As a recently “out” atheist, I have begun more frequently to engage in discussions in public forums about beliefs in god/s.  When I question or challenge my friends about their beliefs, they often pull…