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Monthly Archive: December 2009

Dec 24 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Feel Wonder About Life

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheists feel transcendent wonder at the magnificence of life, as much as anyone. The idea that, out of earth and water and sunlight, living beings have evolved …

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Dec 23 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Are Compassionate

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Atheists feel compassion, empathy, and social responsibility as much as anybody. We don’t think those feelings come from God — most of us think they’re part of …

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Dec 22 2009

Seven Reasons for Atheists to Celebrate the Holidays

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. It’s often assumed that the atheist position on what is politely termed “the holiday season” is one of disregard at best, contempt and annoyance at worst. After all, the reasons for most of the standard winter holidays are supposedly religious — the birth of the Savior, eight days …

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Dec 22 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Science Is Not A Belief System

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Science is not a belief system. For atheists or anyone else. Science is the exact opposite of a belief system: all scientific hypotheses are provisional, and a …

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Dec 21 2009

Spiritual Piracy and Lousy Jewish Christmas Songs: Garrison Keillor and Christmas Bigotry

This is either really ineptly done satire… or some of the ugliest bigotry I’ve seen from a beloved icon of liberal culture. Or else it’s the latter, thinly disgused as the former. I’m talking about Garrison Keillor’s recent screed in the Chicago Tribune against atheists, Jews, pagans, and others who would dare to besmirch the …

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Dec 21 2009

All Boy-Boy Action

(Note: This piece discusses my personal sexuality and tastes in porn. Family members and others who don’t want to read that, please don’t.) The topic for today’s sermon: Women who like gay male porn. And people who are surprised by this. We’ll start with the facts: There are some women who like gay male porn. …

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Dec 21 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Unfalsifiability

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Most religious beliefs are unfalsifiable — there’s no possible way to test whether or not they’re true. And unfalsifiable hypotheses should be rejected on that basis alone. …

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Dec 18 2009

Sexual Optimism and a Changing World

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. Today, I am putting on my Incurable Optimist hat. I want to talk about the sexual world we have today. And I want to talk about how vastly, immeasurably better it is than it used to be. Not that long ago, either. I want to point …

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Dec 18 2009

Atheist Meme of the Day: Reason and Evidence

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Reason and evidence aren’t the only ways to understand the world. But since they minimize our biases and tendencies to believe what we already believe, they are …

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Dec 17 2009

“But The Apostles Died For It!”: Religion and the Argument from Conviction

“But the Apostles believed that Jesus was God! They were so convinced that this was true, they were willing to die for it! Doesn’t that persuade you that they were right?” Since I’ve been working my way through the “bad arguments for religion” catalog, and since someone mentioned this particular one in a recent email …

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