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Shhh, here they come!

If God Is Your Co-pilot...

Some Atheist Fundamentalists Are So Offended They Issued Death Threats!!!

It's really refreshing to see where DU as a whole actually stands.

39 rec's in one day, and positive comments from those who normally don't participate in the Other group.

When it comes to the growing trend of non-belief and making society more secular, reason is winning.



Huzzah! my fellow heathens. Have a great weekend! I love you all.

On being offended...

I'll place this here for future use. It was needed today in the Other group, for the usual, nonsensical reasons.





That thread was well recieved, highly rec'ed, and noticeable absent were the usual suspects.

A Really Good Thing: Why we should celebrate the rise of atheism and secularity

Yes, the growth of atheism, agnosticism, skepticism, humanism, and other various manifestations of secularity in both the USA and around the world over the past 25 years is a decidedly good thing, for the following reasons:

1. We need more humans guided by reason rather than faith. We’re facing serious problems in the world today: global warming, increasing inequality, growing forms of fundamentalism, extensive human enslavement, international sex trafficking, impending genocide in places like the Central African Republic, corporation-led corrosion of democracy, violence against women, depletion of the rain forest, human rights violations, etc., etc. — and all of these problems can only be solved through rational understandings of their causes, solutions based on unbiased data and empirically-sound mechanisms, human creativity and compassion, international cooperation and willpower, and smartness, ingenuity, and know-how.

Ten million people praying ten millions hours won’t do shit. Pleading to magic deities and invisible gods, or beseeching the spirits of dead ancestors, or fondling rosaries and misbaha, or anointing with oil and lighting candles, or performing exorcisms and slitting the throats of goats, or driving away the devil and ostracizing witches won’t help at all. Not one bit. So the more people we have who live their lives without such notions or entanglements, the better.

We need a humanity that relies most readily and most heavily upon scientific understanding, rigorous/critical thinking, and utterly sound reasoning, not faith. Now don’t get me wrong: religious faith has its place; it comforts many who have nothing else to rely upon, and it infuses the world with a mystical, spiritual, or, at least, quaint vibe. But it doesn’t help address social problems. For that, we need clear thinkers who don’t look to imaginary gods for assistance.

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As a direct product of human culture, human psychology, and human experience, religion contains much that is noble, altruistic, just, and inspiring. It reflects many of humanity’s best aspirations and hopes. And the rituals, music, holidays, social bonding, family traditions, and all around heritage that one finds within religion are often wonderful, enriching, and enjoyable. But the actual tenets of faith of most religions — the supernatural beliefs, the gods, the messiahs, the prophets, the miracles — the sooner these wither and fade, the better. And so the fact that we see this happening today, in varying degrees, is a really good thing.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-secular-life/201407/really-good-thing

Polythesism

Dad, What Religion Are We?

Cartoon: Bible Stories for Newly Formed and Young Corporations

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Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1218&pid=140029





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