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Monthly Archive: March 2010

Mar 23 2010

Why “Life Has To Have Been Designed” Is a Terrible Argument for God

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. “Just look around you. Look at life, and the universe, and everything. Doesn’t it seem like it had to have been designed?” A lot of arguments for religion are very bad indeed. A lot of arguments for religion aren’t even arguments: they’re deflections, excuses for why the believer …

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Mar 23 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: “I just believe in one fewer god”

I’ve decided to make it Quotations Week on the Atheist Meme of the Day. Here’s today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or make up your own. Enjoy! “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you …

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Mar 22 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: “Of course we should ask that question”

I’ve decided to make it Quotations Week on the Atheist Meme of the Day. Here’s today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or make up your own. Enjoy! “I listen to all these complaints about rudeness and intemperateness, and the opinion that I come to is that …

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Mar 19 2010

Tears

Please note: This piece discusses my personal sexual fantasies and tastes in erotica, in a whole lot of detail. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that stuff — you really don’t read this one. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. As promised earlier: my exegesis on crying in …

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Mar 19 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Religion Does Not Confer Morality

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! Religion is not necessary to be a good person. If it were, religious believers and authority figures would be better, kinder, more socially responsible, and less likely …

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Mar 18 2010

“But Everyone Else Does It!” Andrew Brown and the Defense of the Catholic Church Child Rape Scandal

If everyone else jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it too? And if everyone else raped children, would you defend it? The child rape scandal in the Catholic Church (like Stephen Fry, I am no longer willing to call it pedophilia or molestation or child abuse) has been heating up lately, with new …

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Mar 18 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Religion Is Not Exempt from Criticism

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! The idea that it’s rude to criticize religion is one of the central pieces of armor protecting religion against legitimate questions. Religion is a hypothesis about the …

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Mar 17 2010

Some Evolving Thoughts About Weight and Sex

I swear: This is the last I’ll be writing on this topic for a while. But I promised that I’d write a piece about the effects of weight loss on my sexuality… so here it is.) I want to start by saying this: I am just talking about myself here, and what’s true for me. …

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Mar 17 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Don’t Start Arguments You Aren’t Willing to Have

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! It is not fair or reasonable for religious believers to get into debates with atheists about religion… and then accuse atheists of being rude, intolerant, negative, or …

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Mar 16 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheism Is Not About Absolute Certainty

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! Atheism is not the absolute certainty that there is no God. It’s the willingness to move forward with the reasonable conclusion that there is almost certainly no …

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