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And about 50 students. We shall struggle to survive in this wilderness.
Not shown in the photo is the cafeteria to the right. Yes, we shall survive.
Wisconsin Atheist group appeals decision on Montana Jesus statue
A Wisconsin-based atheist and agnostic organization is appealing a federal judge's ruling that a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus can remain on Forest Service land on a northwestern Montana ski hill. The Flathead Beacon reports (http://bit.ly/1daqvL8) the ...
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Atheist Group Appeals Decision On Jesus Statue
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(AP) - A Wisconsin-based atheist and agnostic organization is appealing a federal judge's ruling that a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus can remain on Forest Service land on a northwestern Montana ski hill. The Flathead Beacon reports (http://bit.ly/1daqvL8 ...
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Atheist group appeals decision on Jesus statue
KALISPELL — A Wisconsin-based atheist and agnostic organization is appealing a federal judge's ruling that a 6-foot-tall statue of Jesus can remain on Forest Service land on a northwestern Montana ski hill. The Flathead Beacon report the Freedom From ...
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Feds Offer Tax Breaks to Influential Atheist Who Fights Against Benefits for ... - Christian News Network
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Feds Offer Tax Breaks to Influential Atheist Who Fights Against Benefits for ...
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MADISON – The U.S. government is seeking to give a prominent atheist tax breaks for leading a secular organization, even though the same atheist believes such taxing policies are unconstitutional. Annie Laurie Gaylor is the 57-year-old co-president of ...
Atheists Refuse Tax Exemption Granted to ClergyAllGov
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Atheists Refuse Tax Exemption Granted to Clergy
Government lawyers have thrown a curveball at atheists suing over a tax exemption afforded to religious clergy, saying the plaintiffs are entitled to the same break. But the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), which brought the lawsuit, says it ...
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First service of Brighton atheist church
Brighton's first ever Sunday Assembly will take place on September 22 at 11am at St Andrew's Church in Waterloo Street, Hove. The first guest speaker will be Mark Stevenson, author of An Optimist's Tour of the Future. There will also be lively songs, a ...
Classes start next week. I should be working away at prepping for them, but tomorrow I join our Bridge to Biology Program and accompany a mob of incoming students to the Itasca Field Station. It’s not just for the students that I’m going; I’ve lived in Minnesota for 13 years and this is the first time I’ll have visited the headwaters of the Mississippi (yeah, it’s our river, downstreamers: we get to pee in it first).
All summer long I’ve been indoors, in this nice shiny air-conditioned building, so it’s going to be a shock. I hear there is deadly radiation sleeting out of the sky that can incinerate my skin, and swarms of flesh-eating, blood-sucking arthropods that will try to devour me, and that when it gets hot out you just have to carry out filthy biological functions like sweating to cool off. I’ll try to survive and get back by Sunday.
Wait…there’s wifi at the field station, right? It couldn’t possibly be so barbarous that I’ll be offline for a weekend? Whew, just checked — they’ve got wireless and a T1 connection to the main campus. Crisis averted. I guess I can go after all.
I’ll post pictures.
The least we can do…Nirmukta has a tribute to Dr.Narendra Dabholkar.
An atheist's guide to the good life
Washington Post (blog)
It was supposed to be about how to be an atheist, but I realized that that wasn't right. Atheism is the default position. You don't have to do anything to be an atheist, but you have to work awfully hard to not be one — atheism strips away a lot of ...
Since my daughter works in and is a student of computer science, I figured I’d better do what I can to make that field a better environment for women.
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I just got a comment on twitter about this post:
@Miserere22: @pzmyers hopefully she gets raped. no offense.
Hopefully their account gets reported by people all over the world. No offense.
That kind of asshole is what we oppose — you might also donate to the Ada Initiative to spite him and all of his fellow misogynists.
Atheist Wins Case to Ban Bible Distribution in Canada Schools
Gideon Bible Bibles have been banned from being distributed in some Canadian schools after an atheist complained. (Arvind Balarman/Free Digital Photos). Schools in a region of Canada have been forced to change their policies on distributing Gideon ...
Feds say OK to Madison-based atheist group on religion tax break
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Annie Laurie Gaylor, left, president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and foundation member Rodney Hinds protest outside Reliant Stadium where The Response, a day long prayer and fast rally is being held Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Houston.
It's all about feminism says atheist Girl Guide volunteer in God row
“Now we live in a society where [a significant proportion] of people say that they are agnostic or atheist, it is good that the Guiding movement themselves have recognised this,” she said. “It is just unfortunate that there are little bastions left of ...
The Girl Guides: Bishop backs Guide leaders who refuse to drop promise to God ...Daily Mail
Christian Girl Guide leaders risk expulsion for refusing to drop God from promiseChristian Concern
Girl Guide unit sticks with original God oathChristianToday
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This has been a brief example of easy answers to stupid questions. For the longer version, take a look at Dr. Phil’s recent excursion into JAQing off over rape, where he asked if it’s OK to have sex with a drunk girl.
What’s also awful about that notorious tweet is that his twitter history shows what he’s doing: he’s trolling for story ideas for his ghastly little show. If you think that stupid question was bad, just imagine an hour of folksy Dr Phil trying to sympathize with a rapist who uses drugs to remove women’s ability to deny them.
Remember when TV was called a “vast wasteland”? That was in 1961. They hadn’t seen anything yet. If the FCC had seen Dr Phil coming then, they would have shut down all the networks on the spot.
Tzortzis has learned that claiming miraculous knowledge in the Qu’ran has “become an intellectual embarrassment for Muslim apologists”. Progress!
Regrettably, the scientific miracles narrative has become an intellectual embarrassment for Muslim apologists, including myself. A few years ago I took some activists to Ireland to engage with the audience and speakers at the World Atheist Convention. Throughout the convention we had a stall outside the venue and as a result positively engaged with hundreds of atheists, including the popular atheist academics Professor P. Z. Myers and Professor Richard Dawkins. During our impromptu conversation with Professor Myers we ended up talking about God’s existence and the Divine nature of the Qur’ān. The topic of embryology came up, and Professor Myers being an expert in the field challenged our narrative. He claimed that the Qur’ān did not predate modern scientific conclusions in the field. As a result of posting the video of the engagement on-line we faced a huge intellectual backlash. We received innumerable amounts of emails by Muslims and non-Muslims. The Muslims were confused and had doubts, and the non-Muslims were bemused with the whole approach. Consequently, I decided to compile and write an extensive piece on the Qur’ān and embryology, with the intention to respond to popular and academic contentions. During the process of writing I relied on students and scholars of Islamic thought to verify references and to provide feedback in areas where I had to rely on secondary and tertiary sources. Unfortunately they were not thorough and they seemed to have also relied on trusting other Muslim apologists. When the paper was published it was placed under a microscope by atheist activists. Although they misrepresented some of the points, they raised some significant contentions. I have since removed the paper from my website. In retrospect if this never happened, I probably wouldn’t be writing this essay now. It is all a learning curve and an important part of developing intellectual integrity.
Of course, he now has a new strategy:
The Qur’ān allows multiple and multi-level meanings.
Our understanding of natural phenomena and science changes and improves with time.
The Qur’ān is not inaccurate or wrong.
In the case of any irreconcilable difference between a Qur’ānic assertion and a scientific one, the following must be done:
Find meanings within the verse to correlate with the scientific conclusion.
If no words can match the scientific conclusion then science is to be improved.
Find a non-scientific meaning. The verse itself may be pertaining to non-physical things, such as the unseen, spiritual or existential realities.
#1 and #2 are correct. #3 is assuming what they want to demonstrate. #4 is an exercise in rationalization, and cannot generate new knowledge; it’s an admission that science will drive progress and understanding, while the religious apologists will follow along behind and try to steal the credit.