There were so many to choose from but here's ten of the most influential atheists in history. Who would you have included?
Calling all atheists, agnostics and other heretics. Join us for a fun social on the winter solstice.
🗺️ 28 Currie Street, Unit 5, #BarrieON
📅 Thursday, December 21, 2023
🕖 7:00 p.m.
I wrote something for you! https://www.godlessmom.com/post/a-very-quick-and-quite-silly-history-of-atheism #atheist #atheism
“Of the 535 Members of Congress, only one is an out-of-the-closet atheist. His name is Jared Huffman, and he is a U.S. Representative from Northern California. He is also the co-chair (with Rep. Jamie Raskin) of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, a group all secular Americans should know about and support.” - https://overcast.fm/+TY0c4MZxc #atheist #atheism #NonreligiousNews #GoodWithoutGod #FreethoughtCaucus #SecularAmericans #SecularVoters #JaredHuffman #JamieRaskin
1964: In support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Buddhist Churches of America (Jodo Shinshu Pure Land) passed a resolution condemning the Ashbrook Amendment, which would permit job discrimination against atheists. The BCA said: "We feel that there should be no discrimination against any person because of his race, color, religion, sex or national origin." The BCA forwarded the resolution to their senator
I was at a friend's house tonight for dinner, and talking about folklore.
They mentioned that one of their roommates, who is the only non-atheist in the house, was bothered by an event that happened at their local church.
People in black robes came to their church on Halloween night and cast a hex on their church using a witchcraft ritual.
And I responded "THAT'S METAL AS FUCK! 🤘🤘"
The roommate was apparently behind me. I don't think they appreciated my enthusiasm.
#20yrsago Dell won’t help customers remove #spyware https://yro.slashdot.org/story/03/12/03/0257238/dell-to-techs-dont-help-customers-remove-spyware
#15yrsago #SpiderRobinson reads #JohnVarley’s “The Persistence of Vision” https://web.archive.org/web/20111215214809/http://hw.libsyn.com/p/b/f/e/bfea9a6569a591aa/SOTW057.mp3?sid=669e18ee3a02e91b0ddc3bc71878673a&l_sid=21159&l_eid=&l_mid=1970776&expiration=1323992876&hwt=f3158434ea94dcfa536ce7d3b1a49107
#15yrsago Interview with Harvard law prof who’s challenging the constitutionality of the #RIAA suits https://archive.blogs.harvard.edu/mediaberkman/2008/12/02/radio-berkman-the-pay-us-hotline-fines-and-the-riaa/
I thank Chrissy Stroop for teaching me, an atheist who will never read the whole bible, that Jesus was actually kinda wack in some ways, contrary to the mental gymnastics of liberal Christians. Her latest article points out that if someone who wasn't Jesus said that "people should gouge their eyes out to avoid 'lust'; to treat thought crime as just as wrong as harmful actions; to take a donkey without asking permission; to predict eternal torment for the people who refuse to follow him; to break up families, etc," we would rightly identify this person as an abusive cult leader.
The tiny little seed of thought, an embryo, is implanted in every human brain, and the pure diffusion of its essence throbs in every human heart. But alas when it first peeps from its frail tenement, it is the sport of circumstance and power and custom.
Mary C. E., "Why I Am A Freethinker," Blue Grass Blade, May 17, 1903
Rebecca Hale and Jenny Kalmanson:
While we'll never stand silent in the face of threats to the rights of nontheists to articulate our views freely, as a movement were reaching the critical mass where we can now accompany our historical individual activism with organizational action. By working hand-in-hand to improve the lives of our fellow human beings, and by actively working to increase the dignity afforded each one of us, we strive for a society in which humanist views are widely available and publicly respected.
It is ok to criticize #Judaism, #Islam, #Christianity, and #Atheism, intellectually, as perspectives on #religion, as long as we understand that these are diverse groups where adherents have vastly different ideas of doctrine and practice.
It is never ok to criticize someone for the arbitrary group they were born into, nor for what other supposed members of a group they're a part of do, or any other case where it's not a direct result of being members of said group.
Members of groups are individuals, and are responsible only for what they do and say, not for what others do and say. It does no good to ask someone to answer for the actions of another, unless they're actively advocating for that person.
Elie Mystal on Freethought Matters, the weekly show from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (starts at about 2:40) #FFRF #ElieMystal
#BookReview for "Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists" by Dan Barker
Powerful personal story, and a great deal of evidence against the Bible. Some of the arguments I found confusing or unconvincing, but most is very powerful and convincing. Once you get a scholar's perspective on the Bible, it's hard to see how anyone can take it seriously.
It bothers me when people think #atheism is a religion. I've had people tell me "that's just your belief."
No. It isn't belief. That's the point. Atheism - "non-theism"- is about NOT taking things on "faith," but about accepting whatever the weight of evidence supports.
Penn Jillette (Penn and Teller): "The question I get asked by religious people all the time is, without God, what’s to stop me from raping all I want? And my answer is: I do rape all I want. And the amount I want is zero. And I do murder all I want, and the amount I want is zero. The fact that these people think that if they didn’t have this person watching over them that they would go on killing, raping ram[pages is the most self-damning thing I can imagine." #atheism