Results tagged “atheism” from onegoodmove

Maher's New Rule: Atheism And Religion Are 'Not Two Sides Of The Same Coin'

Atheists and Agnostics Scored Highest in Survey of Religious Knowledge

Survey: Americans don't know much about religion

Respondents to the survey were asked 32 questions with a range of difficulty, including whether they could name the Islamic holy book and the first book of the Bible, or say what century the Mormon religion was founded. On average, participants in the survey answered correctly overall for half of the survey questions.

Atheists and agnostics scored highest, with an average of 21 correct answers, while Jews and Mormons followed with about 20 accurate responses. Protestants overall averaged 16 correct answers, while Catholics followed with a score of about 15.

Read the AP Article

Pew Report on Study

"He's Not With God, He's Fucking Dead"

I hope someone will say this on my funeral, cause I already foresee the fucking priest and other assholes claiming the dead is with God, same as they did with one of my close friends when we were 16 and pretty much any other person that I know that has passed away. The asshole priest even used the word "saint" and he had said to him in confession that he wanted to become a priest himself. Nothing further from the truth, as we have come to expect from Liars for Jesus. This kind of crap still angers me after all these years.

So I was cheering when I caught this on Maher's show on Friday. Action starts at around 5:30.

Richard Dawkins' Speech at Protest the Pope March

Keith Olberman Questions America’s Religious Tolerance

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Mr. Deity and the Psych Exam

(tip to Joel)

Christianity Debate

Religion

Links With Your Coffee

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How can people who claim to be followers of Jesus be political conservatives?

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are tapping into the biochemistry of one of the world's most damaging insect pests to develop a biocontrol agent that may keep the pest away from gardens and farms.

How about this possible solution to the Aphids problem, would it pass muster with the organic crowd?

tip to Nick

A fairly balanced article from the mainstream press.

John Innes Centre scientists are working on a way to screen crop plants for a toxic accumulation. The genetic screen will be particularly useful for crops grown in tropical and sub-Saharan Africa.

Thirty years ago I was living at my Dad's in Yakima, going to college. That Sunday was a beautiful day, and Dad was outside in the garden as I was getting ready to go to work. I worked for a photographer, who had a studio in the Yakima Mall. I liked working Sundays. Sundays were always quiet, especially when the weather was nice.

I heard a loud boom, but didn't think much of it. Yakima was right next to a military training center, and it's wasn't too unusual to have a hot dog pilot break the sound barrier. Some minutes later, my Dad yelled for me to come outside. I ran out, and we saw this ugly dark brown/black cloud rolling towards the town. We knew that Mount St. Helen's had erupted.

The underlying crisis derives primarily from persistent rural poverty in Africa and South Asia. Ironically, most of the world's hungry people are farmers who produce food for a living. More than 60 percent of all Africans, for example, work in the countryside, growing crops and herding animals, and earning less than $1 a day. These farmers' crop yields are only about 20 percent as high as in Europe and the United States because they lack access to all the basic necessities for productive farming: improved seeds, fertilizer, water, electrical power, education, and rural roads to connect them to markets. Most of these farmers are women, two thirds are illiterate, and one third are malnourished. When food prices fall, these farmers can actually be hurt because agricultural products are what they have to sell.

The United States' favorite response to global hunger in recent years has been to give away its excess food. In response to the 2008 price spike, the U.S government spent an additional $1.4 billion to ship domestically produced food abroad as aid. This move was generous, but it offered no solution to the problem of low farm productivity. What's more, free food arriving from Iowa or Kansas can actually hurt farmers in Kenya or Ethiopia by reducing demand for their own market sales.

It's a Load of Bullshit

Links With Your Coffee - Sunday

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I tend to read things about quantum physics and stuff like that — I don’t have a background in it, I try to understand it, I grapple with it. I don’t read for entertainment, I can’t see the purpose of that. Science is such an interesting area. It’s so fascinating to have lived in a period when religion has taken the thrashing it deserves. Not that it has entirely; we still have a few religions knocking around, doing exactly what they’ve done through the ages — which is f* up everything.

If you’ve been reading the evolution websites, you’ll know about the very nice paper in this week’s Nature by Douglas Theobald. (You may remember Theobald as the author of one of the greatest creationism-refuting websites of all: 29+ Evidences for Macroevolution: The Scientific Case for Common Descent. If you haven’t seen it, you should). In the new paper, Theobald makes a few conservative assumptions to show that the probability that all living species descend from a universal common ancestor is infinitely higher than any other hypothesis, including those of multiple origins of the kingdoms (Bacteria, Eukarya, and Archaea) or of rampant horizontal gene transfer betweeen species that would, by mixing genomes, make life look as though it had a single origin when it didn’t.

A REPORT by the National Research Council last monthgave ammunition to both sides in the debate over the cultivation of genetically engineered crops. More than 80 percent of the corn, soybeans and cotton grown in the United States is genetically engineered, and the report details the "long and impressive list of benefits" that has come from these crops, including improved soil quality, reduced erosion and reduced insecticide use.

It also confirmed predictions that widespread cultivation of these crops would lead to the emergence of weeds resistant to a commonly used herbicide, glyphosate (marketed by Monsanto as Roundup). Predictably, both sides have done what they do best when it comes to genetically engineered crops: they've argued over the findings.

Lost in the din is the potential role this technology could play in the poorest regions of the world -- areas that will bear the brunt of climate change and the difficult growing conditions it will bring. Indeed, buried deep in the council's report is an appeal to apply genetic engineering to a greater number of crops, and for a greater diversity of purposes.

  • Genetically Engineered Purple Tomatos Could Fight Cancer

    Using a gene from a snapdragon flower, researchers have created a purple tomato rich in antioxidants, and a new study has shown that cancer-prone mice that were fed the altered tomatoes had significantly longer lifespans than those that dined on regular tomatoes. The tomatoes’ purple hue was a side effect of the type of antioxidants produced, called anthocyanins

The Internet: Where Religions Come to Die


(tip to Chris)

God's Word

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Great Cartoons from the Current Issue of The New Yorker

Hitchens - Reasons to Doubt Theism


Thanks to Josh for the link.

Mr. Deity and the Baptist

Signs You're Not A Religious Accommodationist

There are those who want to give special privilege to religion. They want it to have protection from criticism not afforded other domains like politics or science.

They say that being civil and polite in your dealings with religious people and institutions is a sign of accommodationism, they're wrong.

However, there are some certain signs that you're not being an accommodationist.

The following are clear indications that you are not an accommodationist and are offered in the hope that even the religious among us have a sense of humor.

  1. You say superstitious bastards instead of people of faith.
  2. You volunteer to baptise the neighbor's kids at Niagra falls.
  3. You laugh when people ask you what church you belong to.
  4. You cheer for the lions in the movie "The Ten Commandments."
  5. If in the hospital you prefer cash in lieu of prayers.
  6. You say nice costume to the Pope on Halloween.
  7. You say, are you batshit crazy instead of, oh you're a Catholic, that's nice.
  8. You try to convince the priest there is no god at confession.
  9. If your neighbors don't invite you to church anymore.
  10. If you returned your Templeton Prize.
  11. If you wear an atheist t-shirt
  12. If when you look at the moon you see a celestial body not a smiley face.
  13. If you keep wondering why church goers are always talking to the ceiling. (redseven)
  14. If upon finding an image of the Virgin Mary on your cheese sandwich you snap her head off on your first bite.
  15. If you give up Jewish zombie meat for Lent." (inwit)

Morality Without God


(tip to Josh H)

Deconversion: The End

Thanks to Jackie for the link, she found it at Andrew Sullivan's Blog. Really, Andrew Sullivan posted this?

Oldskool New Atheism

Atheist Media Blog posted this gem. Reminds us that when Atheism is called "New" its not because we are saying anything different than countless others before us. It's that so many have wanted to delude themselves that dissent has not existed and when it has it was quiet and private.

North Carolina Democracy

Some lovely institutional Bigotry has reared its ugly head in N.C.

Critics of Cecil Bothwell cite N.C. bar to atheists

"I'm not saying that Cecil Bothwell is not a good man, but if he's an atheist, he's not eligible to serve in public office, according to the state constitution," said H.K. Edgerton, a former Asheville NAACP president.

Article 6, section 8 of the state constitution says: "The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God."