Scripturient: Godless – The Truth Beyond Belief

“Godless – The Truth Beyond Belief” investigates one of the last frontiers in civil liberties and human rights: Atheism. So reads the opening sentence on the website of a new film about atheism and society. It asks, “can you be good without god?” Well, yes, you can. That’s the whole point of secular humanism, philosophy and ...

Scripturient: Electing atheists

A recent story on Religion News discusses the DNC’s concerns about former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ religion. Not that he was Jewish, but that he might be a closet atheist. And that send the DNC-crats over the roof. Scary, eh? You can’t elect an atheist in America. You can elect liars, cheats, adulterers, misogynists and ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice

I’m always slightly amused when my atheism gets me categorized as a follower of satan.  I mean, it is like the easter Bunny crew getting all wound up and calling out the tooth fairy for just being a children’s story.  So we wind up with this: Yeah.  I have to admit, I’m flagging when it ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – What is Life?

Rather than referring to a one musty-tomb or another why not consider what life actually is and base our questions about existence (or not) on that basis? This video asks some great questions.  What is your take on the questions it asks?     Filed under: Atheism, Philosophy, Religion Tagged: The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Big Bang

It is always nice to find a well put together video, and this one titled ‘The Beginning of Everything’ does a wonderful job of laying down the fundamentals of how our universe began. Filed under: Atheism, Science Tagged: The Big Bang, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Ridiculous Claim

How untruth becomes truth; a good bit of insight into how religion become codified into society.       Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Religion and Society, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, truth

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – The Regressive Left and Islam

A good talk on some of the problems facing people who wish to debate sensitive topics in society.     “No idea is above scrutiny and no people are beneath dignity. And what I mean by that is that no idea in Islam, like any other religion and any other philosophy and political thought and creed, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Summation of How I Deal with Sunday Door Knockers.

Filed under: Atheism, Cute Tagged: Dogma and Doorknockers, The DWR Sunday Disservice

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Arguing With Ghosts

When arguing with religious, one runs into many interesting aspects of the human character.  Close to the top of the list is Confirmation Bias – or the idea that we tend to cultivate and seek out views and standpoints that we agree, often at the expense of the truth of the matter. Qualia Soup illustrates ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Born A Skeptic

Amanda’s story of leading the life of a skeptic while surrounded by the forces of the great ooga-booga. Love this quote – “Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for Atheism ever conceived.” –  Issac Asimov Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Atheism, Skeptical, The DWR Sunday Disservice

wmtc: in which i continue to hate christmas even though i can’t be bothered right now

Right now I’m so busy, between work and union, that I barely have time to hate Christmas. As I’ve found in recent years, a combination of circumstances – getting out of the office worker environment, streaming-only TV and movies (ad-free!), discovering the authentic meaning many of my colleagues find in the holiday – has taken ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – The War on Christmas (TM) 2015

It has come to the attention of credible journalists and serious Christian scholars, that Starbucks – owned by a JEW!!! – hates Baby Jesus, Christians, and Christmas, and has been trying to subvert and destroy Christian America(TM)’s sacred Christmas traditions, by gradually removing Christian imagery from its Holiday CHRISTmas red cups!  Clearly the End Times ...

Dead Wild Roses: Needless Suffering Even Before the Fall

So I was perusing a Christian’s blog, as I am sometimes wont to do, and she was discussing the Biblical creation story (version 2, which contradicts version 1 from a few verses earlier, but anyway…)  In this creation account, Yahweh creates everything else, then places one man (Adam) in the Garden of Eden.  He sends all ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Meta-Thoughts on Conversing with the Deluded.

  The authors here at DWR have a mean atheistic streak.  There is no denying that.  I mean we have a whole day of postings that deal specifically with religion and the goofiness that ensues when you allow magical thinking into your wheelhouse.  My readership mostly knows that believing in religion is seen by most ...

Terahertz: “I’m glad it’s over”

Canadian Atheist blogger Veronica Abbass emailed me a couple days ago to say: More than three years ago, I wrote a post on Canadian Atheist about prayer in Peterborough municipal council meetings.  In the comments you suggested I contact CFI Canada. I did and CFI connected me with Dan Mayo and Secular Ontario. Thank you ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Cows! Milk! Rape! RPOJ! – Christian “Morality” On Display

Usually we get to watch loopy christians say loopy stuff in support of their sincere belief in magic here on the the Disservice.  Not so much fun today as we are going to look at how belief in magic can warp the moral fibre of people into condoning rape and the abuse of women.  Let’s ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Generation Jihad on the BBC

Religious fundamentalism of any creed, is a threat to peace, secular societies and evidence based decision making.  Lets take a closer look at one strain of the radical fundamentalism – radical Islam with the BBC as our guide. Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: BBC, Fundamentalism, Radical Islam, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Terahertz: 10 reasons the Saguenay ruling establishes Canada as a secular country

It’s been only 5 days since the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously that the prayers said by the City of Saguenay discriminated against atheists, and already cities across Canada are reviewing their own practices. But I suspect (although caveated with the standard, I am not a lawyer) this ruling will have wide reaching consequences ...

Terahertz: On PZ Myers and Atheist Ireland – what she said

I can’t add much to this statement from Secular Woman on the recent “public dissociation” controversy. I will admit that this blog was briefly listed as one of the Secular Policy Institute’s affiliates though (because they literally asked everyone they could google). But after they issued their bizarre statement about “shock bloggers” I dissociated myself (though ...

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Conrad Black: Off the Rails

I generally read Conrad Black‘s columns for their entertainment value, but I also read them for the language. Black is the best tosser of pithy epithets since Spiro Agnew*. And like the former US VP, he’s a pompous git who puffs up his intellectual feathers like a pigeon in heat – that puffery of sound ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Ode to Yahweh

I’m glad to report that NonStampCollector is at it again.  This collaborative effort with 43Alley is a wonderful return to his old form.  Enjoy all the benefits that “An instant, fruit-based moral education” has to offer. Filed under: Atheism, Humour, Religion Tagged: Fruit based moral education, NonStampCollector, Ode to Yahweh, The DWR Sunday Religious Disserivce

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Another Sterling Example of Egregious Religious Behaviour

When you believe in magic you can just stow your moral and ethical compass in your back pocket and whistle while you do God’s work. “Estimates suggest that anywhere between 60 and 80 percent of migrant women and girls are raped on their journey as they travel across the southern United States border. But many ...

Terahertz: Republished: There’s no ‘God’ in graduation

This was the first article I wrote for a student newspaper and in a way it’s somewhat historic. In 2008, the University of Alberta Atheists & Agnostics started campaigning for a secular convocation charge. When our initial request was ignored, I raised the issue with the student newspaper, The Gateway, and they recommend I write ...

Dead Wild Roses: Logic: How to PWN an argument, without getting the RPOJ

If you want to take down somebody else’s argument, a certain familiarity with the nature of intellectual or philosophical (as opposed to playground) argument is required, so that you can construct your own counter-argument.  In an intellectual argument, the person putting forth an argument sets out a number of premises (statements of facts), which, when ...

wmtc: in which my annual noncelebration of christmas causes my jewish cultural roots to reappear, a tiny bit

Two years ago, wmtc’s annual “i hate christmas” post declared: “i hate christmas is slightly less hateful this year“.  Working in the library, as opposed to an office environment, I found getting through the holiday season much less trying.  No more co-workers – at their computers, able to talk while they work – going on ...