Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
It is refreshing that atheist columns are getting attention. Perhaps people are tired of being bamboozled by spiritual charlatans. Perhaps people are escaping the darkness of religious superstition and spiritual obfuscation. Perhaps people are moving into the light of reason.
A new postmodern hero is emerging. A hero who challenges dogma and rejects magical thinking. Will you be a postmodern hero? Be brave, be strong, be an atheist!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Strong, strident, evangelical atheism is a political strategy to force thought and discussion. The more atheism is brought out of the darkness and discussed openly the more people will be willing to identify as an atheist. In this way hearts and minds can be brought to the truth.
As an atheist I want to recruit people. I do not want any important public decision made by anyone who believes in superstitious non-sense. The stakes are too high to tolerate and humor such ignorance.
Religion is the problem. It has always been the place where cowards and bullies take refuge. Christians are no better. Religion's m.o. has always been to scapegoat one group - progressive women, progressive blacks, non-believers, etc. Religion is the place where ignorance and superstition is given comfort and nurture.
If you are religious, you are part of the problem. There is blood on your hands. I encourage all good people of sound mind and strong character to stand up and say "no" to religion. Let us end the ignorance and madness once and for all.
Be brave, be strong, be an atheist!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Adams was beginning a run for mayor in 2007 when rumors of the affair began to surface. At the time Adams denied any sexual contact with the intern. Adams, the first openly gay mayor of a top 40 US city, now admits the lies he told about the affair were a mistake. In addition to apologizing to the city at large, Adams went out of his way to apologize directly to the Portland gay community. Nevertheless, the question remains: Should Sam go?
Most agree that it is not the homosexual nature of the affair that is troubling. Rather, it is the deceit around the affair; and, to a lesser extent, the age of Beau Breedlove at the time of the affair. Rumors persist that the affair began before Breedlove turned 18, although both the Mayor and Breedlove deny this.
Should Sam go? The political truism holds true: the cover-up is worse than the crime. Why did Sam lie? Why did he not simply utter a “no comment”? Why, oh why? Now Portland is left with a mess. What looked to be a young, dynamic Mayor, with enthusiasm and ability; is but now another dirty politician, awash in scandal. And Portland weeps for what might have been.
Prohibition does not work; prohibition is a historical and contemporary failure.
Marijuana should be legalized, taxed and regulated for medical and recreational purposes.
Drug use and abuse should be treated as a medical problem, rather than a criminal problem.
All those incarcerated for non violent drug violations should be released immediately.
The war on drugs is a war on Americans. Let us end the assault on our friends and neighbors.
The Bible is a huge document with many authors, many strands, and indeed two distinct volumes - old and new testament.
To say the bible is true or false is a meaningless claim. The bible is a multiplicity and can not be reduced to a singular, binary, true/false proposition.
The short answer is this: there is no god, no heaven or hell, no life after death. There is only this natural world, which is much older than the bible claims. Man evolved from lower species; there was no creation and no creator.
Jesus was a man, albeit a great moral teacher, as was Socrates and Buddha.
Ultimately the bible and it's supporters encourage ignorance and fear and shun reason and knowledge. Hence, religious superstition is responsible for much of the worlds pain and suffering.
I encourage all good people to step out of the darkness of religious superstition and into the light of reason. Be brave; be strong; be an atheist!
Monday, February 2, 2009
What do we do about the population problem? How do we address the problem without infringing on human rights? Perhaps more to the point, is it a human right to have as many kids as you please?