Atheism Rising

Dec 5, 2012 Full story: Houston Press 765

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

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LJV

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#776 Apr 26, 2013
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks, I couldn't resist. I had to read it all, for me some of it was a replay, but I'm happy that his life has turned out so well.
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>I'd bet they wouldn't like it, but I have said it to thier faces. They once exorcized me (I was 13), and they are forever having special prayers asking good to take me from the devil's hands.

Note: No woman wore pants at our church. That was a man's attire, dresses only, they rode up so much better when the woman was struck down by the lord.
For the guys it was good as porn. Imagine dresses below the knee, no elbows showing, and no, none, not a inch of cleavage, ever!
"They once exorcized me (I was 13), and they are forever having special prayers asking good to take me from the devil's hands."

Well that explains a lot!!!

Nuff said. LOL

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#777 Apr 26, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
To better make the titillation all the more pleasurable when it occurs.
;)
Uh-huh, ;)

I'd bet that you have seen them staring too.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#778 Apr 26, 2013
So you were switching screen names and royally screwed your own name eh?

Omfg lmfao!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahaha!
LJV wrote:
<quoted text>Reason Personified wrote, "<quoted text>I'd bet they wouldn't like it, but I have said it to thier faces. They once exorcized me (I was 13), and they are forever having special prayers asking good to take me from the devil's hands.

Note: No woman wore pants at our church. That was a man's attire, dresses only, they rode up so much better when the woman was struck down by the lord.
For the guys it was good as porn. Imagine dresses below the knee, no elbows showing, and no, none, not a inch of cleavage, ever!"

"They once exorcized me (I was 13), and they are forever having special prayers asking good to take me from the devil's hands."

Well that explains a lot!!!

Nuff said. LOL

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#779 Apr 26, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
On opposite edges of Copley Square, separated by the makeshift memorial to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, two oases of calm reopened Wednesday and lured hundreds of visitors from the crowded plaza and surrounding streets.
The visitors knelt or sat in the majestic sanctuaries of Trinity Church and Old South Church, many alone, reflecting on the meaning of the mayhem that took three lives and ­injured 264 people only steps away.
They had come to pray.
So you are impressed by superstitious mumbo-jumbo, are you? There is meaning in mayhem and murder? Tell me why they pray? Do they expect a re-do?

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#780 Apr 26, 2013
Snevaeh legna wrote:
<quoted text>
Not at all, I 'had' respect for this poster because in the past, I liked the way she presented such things...Scientifically. If she had wanted to make her point, or talk to me nicely, I would have listened, but as it stands now I have no time for this poster at the present...
But, your post specifically made this about her beliefs, which are in this context "nothing"(non-existe nt), there are no beliefs in being atheist.

Read back through it, it was never an insult

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#781 Apr 26, 2013
LJV wrote:
<quoted text>
<quoted text>
"They once exorcized me (I was 13), and they are forever having special prayers asking good to take me from the devil's hands."
Well that explains a lot!!!
Nuff said. LOL
Damn, you poor thing. It's like watching the village idiot parade around with a torn flyer from a concert tour, playing like he knows the (for him) unknowable.

Let me make it into a real celebration for you. Never settle for a discarded feather when you can have a whole flock of birds. I am so used to being to object of somebody's attention, and it bothers me so little, that I am giving you tickets to every venue on this tour

In the second set of apostrophes, remove the word "stalker", and add in that space any words you think I may have typed somewhere. And you will get every teensy bit of anything of mine, that may be in some way pertaining to that word.

Enjoy, obsession is fun, and you picked one hell of a great target. So, what else do you need to scratch your little itch?

site:topix.com "ReasonPersonified" "stalker"

“Citizen_Patriot_ Voter_Atheist!”

Since: May 09

Earth,TX

#782 Apr 26, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
So you were switching screen names and royally screwed your own name eh?
Omfg lmfao!
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahaha!
<quoted text>
Those two, are far from being the only socks in that raggedy basket.

“ IT'S A CHOICE !!!”

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#783 Apr 26, 2013
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>But, your post specifically made this about her beliefs, which are in this context "nothing"(non-existe nt), there are no beliefs in being atheist.
Read back through it, it was never an insult
It felt like one to me... can we move forward?

Since: Mar 11

Lawrenceville, GA

#784 Apr 26, 2013
His religion helps him get through the day instead of dealing with reality. His Christianity is like make believe for adults.
Reason Personified wrote:
<quoted text>So you are impressed by superstitious mumbo-jumbo, are you? There is meaning in mayhem and murder? Tell me why they pray? Do they expect a re-do?

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#785 Apr 27, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
His religion helps him get through the day instead of dealing with reality. His Christianity is like make believe for adults.
<quoted text>
Yes.... apart from the fact that his maturity has not passed that of your average 2 year old's....

.... what with the egocentric need to be Cosmically Significant™.

;)

Since: Mar 11

Lawrenceville, GA

#787 Apr 27, 2013
Like Tracy on the atheist experience once said, we are made up of star dust billions of years old. What could be more amazing and awe inspiring than the reality of it all?

:)
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>Yes.... apart from the fact that his maturity has not passed that of your average 2 year old's....

.... what with the egocentric need to be Cosmically Significant™.

;)

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#788 Apr 27, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Like Tracy on the atheist experience once said, we are made up of star dust billions of years old. What could be more amazing and awe inspiring than the reality of it all?
:)
<quoted text>
Damn right-- we are StarStuff. There needs be no more "magic" than that.

We are made of the stuff of which the Universe is made-- the 4 most common elements, make up the majority of >>our<< elements.

In fact? The representation of the various elements in our bodies is a pretty good approximation of the distribution of the elements in the universe itself, in order of rarity.

And that's pretty cool too.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#789 Apr 27, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Like Tracy on the atheist experience once said, we are made up of star dust billions of years old. What could be more amazing and awe inspiring than the reality of it all?
:)
<quoted text>
I love way someone else said it: We are star stuff.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#790 Apr 27, 2013
That's cool.

There is a sublime beauty to the nature of reality that often is missed by the theists who think some Jewish sky wizard poofed everything.
KittenKoder wrote:
<quoted text>I love way someone else said it: We are star stuff.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#791 Apr 27, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
That's cool.
There is a sublime beauty to the nature of reality that often is missed by the theists who think some Jewish sky wizard poofed everything.
<quoted text>
I think it was Neil deGrasse who first said it. One Dawkins said that I also like:

Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you.[paraphrased]

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#792 Apr 27, 2013
Carl Sagan used the expression repeatedly in the PBS production, "Cosmos."

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#793 Apr 27, 2013
Nicely put indeed :)
KittenKoder wrote:
<quoted text>I think it was Neil deGrasse who first said it. One Dawkins said that I also like:

Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you.[paraphrased]

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#794 Apr 27, 2013
NightSerf wrote:
Carl Sagan used the expression repeatedly in the PBS production, "Cosmos."
Sagan had too many quotables to list in one post, he had a great way with words and poetic concepts. Drugs may not be a good idea, but they sure gave him some inspiration. lol

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#795 Apr 27, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Nicely put indeed :)
<quoted text>
People can disagree with Dawkins all they want, but he has a very wonderful view on the real world that most theists simply cannot fathom, stuck in their dark caves huddled about that tiny little candle called religion, they simply do not see the beauty and grandeur in the real world. It's no wonder why Dawkins enjoys reading from Darwin, the two share a passion for the wonder of nature.

I see the beauty and wonder in even the human-made world, especially our technology. The connections, timelines, and tree of technological evolution is almost as complex and glorious as that of biological evolution's tree of life. The way our technology works though, even more complex and grand than the systems of life, something no religious nut would ever admit to, in the matter of organized poetry and systematic beauty, our technology beats nature a million times over. The efficiency in which our computer technology works is absolutely amazing, when you understand it. I have a very difficult time believing that our machines do not yet count as living, we have created a marvelous new world within the natural world, and it's a world that contains almost as many worlds as our own galaxy. We can now fit all the information the human brain can hold in the palm of our hands, a single SSD storage device can hold as much as any human can memorize, not because of how many bytes it can store, but because of how much more efficient our technology is in storing this data. Our video technology can display images ten times faster than the average eye can see, and we could even go faster, just no need to. We can produce, detect, and analyze sounds that our ears cannot even hear using a common, household, computer now.

We may be a pretty stupid and easily scared species, but we do one thing right, and we do it better than nature, we can build better than anything in nature.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#796 Apr 28, 2013
KittenKoder wrote:
We may be a pretty stupid and easily scared species, but we do one thing right, and we do it better than nature, we can build better than anything in nature.
Without a doubt-- in many ways, "nature" is the low-hanging fruit.

Of necessity, too: what else from a random process blindly flailing away?

But if one can see ahead? There is no need for blind thrashing around in the ignorant darkness.

And I agree: religion is a stone-age idea. Long past time to put that childish silliness aside, in favor of adult philosophies.

Were it not for people willing to ignore the prohibitions of religion? We humans would >>still<< be huddled around wood-fueled campfires, quaking in our rawhide boots, afraid of the noises in the outer dark.

Fortunately? There exists in each generation a group who is not gullible enough, nor satisfied enough to be content with religion's non-answers. Rather instead, grabs up that flaming branch, and ventures into the outer dark, away from the dubious safety of the wooden campfire, to ...

.... SEE.

Religion would keep us huddled around the dimly lit campfires; living in perpetual fear of the unknown.

Science? Wants to light the dark, and SEE-- rendering the unknown... known.

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