Faith is belief without, and against, evidence and reason; coincidentally that’s also the definition of delusion. – anonymous
Can omniscient God, who
Knows the future, find
The omnipotence to
Change his future mind?
– Karen Owens
What happens when an atheist goes undercover to attend a major Southern evangelical church’s ‘Encounter Weekend’ retreat? Matt Taibbi tells us exactly what happens in this excerpt from his new book, The Great Derangement, about his experiences at a Hagee’s boot camp for new converts. And it’s not very pretty.
Apart from the grim descriptions and assumptions about various church goers, there’s not that much in here that really surprised me. If you’ve seen Jesus Camp and know what these kinds of people put their children through at these retreats, then it should come as no surprise the adults get it just as bad. In fact I think its a little worse. The kids are just being misled and abused. These idiots should KNOW better.
I guess I’m just asking too much of these folks to stop thinking an imaginary god wants them to worship it so their imaginary souls can get into his imaginary heaven.
If you haven’t heard by now, atheist activist Rob Sherman of Buffalo Grove and Ill. was testifying before the House State Government Administration Committee when Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) interrupted and began lashing out at him for nothing more than being an atheist.
What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous, it’s dangerous … It’s dangerous to the progression of this state. And it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists! … Get out of that seat!
Sherman was there to testify against Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s legislature that would send a million dollars (of Government money) to benefit a Baptist church.
Barry Duke at the Freethinker draws an interesting parallel between Rob Sherman and Rosa Parks, who were both instructed to “Get out of that seat” and both of which refused. A parallel only reenforced by comments made by Mr. Sherman himself on his blog…
Now that [African American] have political power, it seems that they have no problem at all with discrimination, just as long as it isn’t them who are being discriminated against.
This kind of bullshit has got to stop! If you live in Chicago, write Rep. Davis and let her know that atheists are Americans too, that we will not be discriminated against and that she has officially lost both your respect and support.
Via: The Freethinker
What a great bit of news to read before bed. I won’t re-post the entire story here. I’ll just tease you a bit …
President of Rationalist International Sanal Edamaruku accepted a challenge on live Indian TV to be killed by Tantric Black Magic. (cue creepy theremin sound) And, of course, nothing happened. Or rather, Sanal, who proclaimed on the show, “No, I am an atheist” must have had a very powerful god protecting him.
Now, go read the whole scoop.
Via: The Rogues Gallery