Atheism Rising

Atheism Rising

There are 767 comments on the Houston Press story from Dec 5, 2012, titled Atheism Rising. In it, Houston Press reports that:

It's a warm fall morning near the Texas State Capitol's south steps, and there's a fight brewing.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Houston Press.

Since: Mar 11

Scottsburg, IN

#304 Mar 22, 2013
Great video kitten, You gotta love those guys!

Here's a good one I found today.



Why are some atheists so angry? An interesting watch from Skepticon 4.
KittenKoder wrote:
Read the bible, we could use more atheists:
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#305 Mar 22, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Great video kitten, You gotta love those guys!
Here's a good one I found today.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =GUI_ML1qkQEXX
Why are some atheists so angry? An interesting watch from Skepticon 4.
<quoted text>
Penn and Teller, bringing humor to reality. I love them.

Skepticon is awesome as well.

Since: Mar 11

Scottsburg, IN

#306 Mar 22, 2013
I own all seasons of bullsht.

Hey check this out, pretty damn cool and took a lot of time and effort.



I would love to attend the next Skepticon.
KittenKoder wrote:
<quoted text>
Penn and Teller, bringing humor to reality. I love them.
Skepticon is awesome as well.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#307 Mar 22, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
I own all seasons of bullsht.
Hey check this out, pretty damn cool and took a lot of time and effort.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =4qsWFFuYZYIXX
I would love to attend the next Skepticon.
<quoted text>
Love those kind of videos. Both the nostalgia and the art is excellent.
JOEL

Mumbai, India

#308 Mar 22, 2013
Kitten is a lesbian.

Since: Mar 11

Scottsburg, IN

#309 Mar 22, 2013
That was made with lego blocks, millions of still shots and 1500 hours to complete! The part near the end where it looks like two guys playing Nintendo and pushing each other just about takes the cake.

Yes it takes me back to being a kid playing Super Mario and all that.
KittenKoder wrote:
<quoted text>
Love those kind of videos. Both the nostalgia and the art is excellent.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#310 Mar 22, 2013
JOEL wrote:
Kitten is a lesbian.
Wishful thinking on your part?

Since: Mar 11

Scottsburg, IN

#311 Mar 22, 2013
Lesbians are heartwarming and to be cherished! Cute as babies!



:sniff: Bless them!
JOEL wrote:
Kitten is a lesbian.
CunningLinguist

Winter Garden, FL

#312 Mar 22, 2013
JOEL wrote:
Kitten is a lesbian.
So What?
Does it matter?

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#313 Mar 22, 2013
Why all of the focus on KK's gender and sexuality? What does it have to do with anything germane to any of our topics? Why not take her at face value and focus on the subjects at hand? Perhaps those who attack her personally do so because they can't rise to her level in more serious discourse, hmmm?

Disagree, KK detractors? Prove me wrong by posting something substantive for once.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#314 Mar 22, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
I own all seasons of bullsht.
Hey check this out, pretty damn cool and took a lot of time and effort.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =4qsWFFuYZYIXX
I would love to attend the next Skepticon.
<quoted text>
8-bit fun!

:)

Langoliers

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#315 Mar 22, 2013
CunningLinguist wrote:
<quoted text>You are stuck on a word, learn a new one 'IRRELIGION' ;)

IRRELIGION Includes atheism, agnosticism, ignosticism, antireligion, skepticism, freethought, antitheism, apatheism, non-belief, secular humanism, and deism, varies in the different countries around the world.

Sixteen percent of the world population (1.1 billion people) are considered non-religious.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irreligion_by_co...
We're talking about the religion of atheism not baby's.

athe·ist\ˈā-thē-ist\
noun
: one who believes that there is no deity

Langoliers

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#316 Mar 22, 2013
NightSerf wrote:
<quoted text>Not really. Fact is, the sources I rely on are also ones that many of your sources do. That's often the way of it with such secondary or tertiary sources as encyclopedias or "factbooks." It also tends to come up when you decide what's true and then go hunting for sources to support your beliefs rather than using the best available sources to find out what's true. The latter approach is self-correcting. The former almost guarantees persisting in error.
So your point? 2% is off by how much?

And all those big named surveys are wrong? You think you're superior to these?
"CIA", "Encyclopedia Britannica", "PEW", "University of Minnesota",
"American Association for the Advancement of Science".

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism#sectio...

A 2010 survey published in Encyclopedia Britannica found that is atheists at about 2.0%.

Another study assessing religiosity among scientists who are members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science found that "just over half of scientists (51%) believe in some form of deity or higher power.

Sociologist Philip Schwadel found that higher levels of education are associated with increased religious participation and religious practice in daily life.

According to a 2012 report by the Pew Research Center, people describing themselves as "atheist" were 2% of the total population in the US.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_o...

According to the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, an academic journal, "about 80,000 new Christians every day, 79,000 new Muslims every day, and 300 fewer atheists every day."

Another survey attributed to Britannica shows the population of atheists at around 2.4% of the world's population

While there are more atheists than ever before as global population continually increases, the atheist percentage of the total population seem to be declining

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religi...

Sources outside of Wikipedia give differing estimates:

The CIA's World Factbook gives the world population as 7,021,836,029 (July 2012 est.) and the distribution of religions as Christian 33.39%(of which Roman Catholic 16.85%, Protestant 6.15%, Orthodox 3.96%, Anglican 1.26%), Muslim 22.74%, Hindu 13.8%, Buddhist 6.77%, Sikh 0.35%, Jewish 0.22%, Baha'i 0.11%, other religions 10.95%, atheists 2.01%

persecution. A 2006 study by researchers at the University of Minnesota involving a poll of 2,000 households in the United States found atheists to be the most distrusted of minorities,

In 2012, an article entitled Atheism in decline by Nigel Tomes declared:

In 1970 atheists (those avowing there is no God) numbered 166 million worldwide; that was almost one-in-twenty—4.5% of the globe’s population. By 2012 atheists’ number is estimated at 137 million. That’s a decline of almost 30 million. Since world population is growing, atheists’ share declined to less than one-in-fifty—under 2% in 2012. Put differently, every 24 hours there are 800 fewer atheists in the world! Atheism is in decline.

Langoliers

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#317 Mar 22, 2013
NightSerf wrote:
Why all of the focus on KK's gender and sexuality? What does it have to do with anything germane to any of our topics? Why not take her at face value and focus on the subjects at hand? Perhaps those who attack her personally do so because they can't rise to her level in more serious discourse, hmmm?

Disagree, KK detractors? Prove me wrong by posting something substantive for once.
"can't rise to her level". RISE?
You can't be serious?

KK Intelligent's on these threads are at whale sh:t levels.

Since: Mar 11

Scottsburg, IN

#318 Mar 22, 2013
Makes me get all nostalgic and wanna break out the old school console for some contra and super Mario 3.
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>8-bit fun!

:)

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#319 Mar 22, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
<quoted text>
"can't rise to her level". RISE?
You can't be serious?
KK Intelligent's on these threads are at whale sh:t levels.
Well, at least I can spell "intelligence."

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#320 Mar 22, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
<quoted text>
We're talking about the religion of atheism not baby's.
athe·ist\ˈā-thē-ist\
noun
: one who believes that there is no deity
So you again post only a small portion of the definitions in another attempt to be dishonest. Why must you lie?
Jimmy

East Barnet, UK

#321 Mar 23, 2013
Langoliers wrote:
<quoted text>
We're talking about the religion of atheism not baby's.
athe·ist\ˈā-thē-ist\
noun
: one who believes that there is no deity
Atheism is not a religion. Why do theists lie and then tell us that they have higher morals?

its depressing.

Richardfs

“Formerly "Richard"”

Since: Mar 12

In the beginning e=mc^2

#322 Mar 23, 2013
Jimmy wrote:
<quoted text>
Atheism is not a religion. Why do theists lie and then tell us that they have higher morals?
its depressing.
It's called hypocrisy.

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#323 Mar 23, 2013
KittenKoder wrote:
<quoted text>
So you again post only a small portion of the definitions in another attempt to be dishonest. Why must you lie?
According to Wikipedia:

Webster in early life was something of a freethinker, but in 1808 he became a convert to Calvinistic orthodoxy, and thereafter became a devout Congregationalist who preached the need to Christianize the nation.[41] Webster grew increasingly authoritarian and elitist, fighting against the prevailing grain of Jacksonian Democracy. Webster viewed language as a tool to control unruly thoughts. His American Dictionary emphasized the virtues of social control over human passions and individualism, submission to authority, and fear of God; they were necessary for the maintenance of the American social order. As he grew older, Webster's attitudes changed from those of an optimistic revolutionary in the 1780s to those of a pessimistic critic of man and society by the 1820s.[42]
His 1828 American Dictionary contained the greatest number of Biblical definitions given in any reference volume. Webster considered education "useless without the Bible". Webster released his own edition of the Bible in 1833, called the Common Version. He used the King James Version (KJV) as a base and consulted the Hebrew and Greek along with various other versions and commentaries. Webster molded the KJV to correct grammar, replaced words that were no longer used, and did away with words and phrases that could be seen as offensive.

The definition that Langoliers cites comes for the Merriam-Webster site, which still reflects Webster's religious biases along with the nationalism that caused him to establish a different standard for American English than for British. It was, in my opinion, an approach flawed by intellectual provincialism, but it has nevertheless remains the standard to this day. Language used to "control unruly thoughts"? I see manipulative efforts to control the thoughts of populations, unruly or otherwise, as distinctly oppressive and un-American. Until Merriam-Webster purges its works of the bias that still lingers from its founder, those flaws will continue to mar its usefulness, and its definition of "atheist" can be legitimately discarded and disregarded.

Other dictionaries give broader definitions for the word, defining "atheist" as on who denies OR disbelieves in the existence of God, gods, or deities of any kind. In this context, the definition of disbelief is simply a lack of faith.

All atheists lack faith in deities. Some go further, but in doing so, they become specific types of atheists within that more general definition.

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