Where was god on 9/11? – Ten years later

We can't go back in time, but we can educate the world and strive for a better future in a world without religion.

We can't go back in time, but we can educate the world and strive for a better future in a world without religion.

You must have heard that line hundreds of times; especially from atheists and skeptics; but when was the last time you heard a believer ask this question to an atheist, and expect an honest answer?

Today I was addressed by a sweet catholic lady, an elder woman, she had one question for me: “Where was god on 9/11?” Continue reading

God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales.

 

God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

Penn Jillette, on the introduction of his new book God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, states that he is “a loud, aggressive, strident, outspoken atheist, and I’m an asshole–but what I’m claiming is in no way arrogant. it couldn’t be more humble. It’s just ‘I don’t know.'”, as a response to the typical claim that atheists are know-it-all arrogant people who disregard god because they have it all figured out. Penn’s proposition is very simple, if you “don’t know” about god, you may already be an atheist.

God, No! is an honest and laid back narrative, written in Penn Jillette’s well-known unrestrained style and language; it covers many topics, like terrorism, the reasons why he is Libertarian, and includes many anecdotes and adventures. In his chapter “I also couldn’t get laid in a women’s prison with a fistful of pardons”, Jillette tells a hilarious story about his trip to a gay bathhouse in San Francisco. Not all of these stories are related directly to atheism, but are well embroidered into Jillette’s leading path to his main goal: The Penn Commandments.

Jillette says God, No!  is the result of Glenn Beck having asked him to entertain the idea of an atheist Ten Commandments, which he does with a well organized and fresh account of events. Each chapter consists of stories, some of them personal, that illustrate Jillette’s suggestion for each of his Ten Commandments.

His suggested commandments are quite practical. For instance, the biblical third commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the lord thy god in vain; for the lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”, becomes the atheist suggestion “Say what you mean. Even when talking to yourself.”

Later into the book, Penn tells about when he described himself as a “hard-core atheist” while on some show on CNN. “What’s a hard-core atheist?”, asks someone next to him, Penn says, “I don’t even believe that other people believe in god.”

In God, No! Penn calls all atheists to come out and be outspoken.

“Atheists are also morally obligated to tell the truth as we see it. We should preach and proselytize too. We need to help believers. Someone who believes in god is wasting big parts of his or her life, holding back science and love, and giving ‘moral’ support to dangerous extremists.”

With a little rambling, discovery, humor, wisdom and irony, an overall enjoyable book.

In Penn’s own words: “It’s a pretty funny look my life and all the goofy things that are important to me: skepticism, truth, atheism, our show, my family and friends, Libertarianism. I share funny stories about those things and talk about my beliefs and even tell one about the skin falling of my scrotum.”

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for contacting me, and providing the book for this review.

Buy God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

xPenn Jillette’s upcoming appearances:

August 16 — Washington, DC — Lisner Auditorium — sponsored by CFI DC

August 25 — Corte Madera, CA — Book Passage — sponsored by Book Passage

August 18 — Los Angeles, CA — Writer’s Guild Theater — sponsored by Writers Bloc

 

 

Great Atheistic Quotes

Posted this video originally over at my childsite gawd.me , but I think this one deserves its own space here.

Some great well-known quotes, by famous thinkers. Hope you like them.

Oh, that “Monicks“? yeah, that’s me.

Thanks to my awesome friend Morgan Matthew, founder of Think Atheist, for making this video and including me.

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Am I the only one seeing the irony here?

Hey Rratzinger, that’s a good one, reality is important, I couldn’t agree more. But you forget a few more “realities” that you should mention:

How about not lying about condoms and AIDS?

Better yet, what about NOT COVERING UP THE RAPING OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD?

Yes, your concern is totally commendable! Thank you.

New technologies confuse reality and fiction: Pope

October 13, 2010 – 9:21AM

Incense smoke surrounds Pope Benedict XVI as he leads a solemn mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2010.

Incense smoke surrounds Pope Benedict XVI as he leads a solemn mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican January 1, 2010. Photo: Reuters

Pope Benedict XVI said today that the media’s increasing reliance on images, fuelled by the endless development of new technologies, risked confusing real life with virtual reality.

“New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality,” the pope said.

"I always knew God would rescue us" Chilean miners rescued.

This is priceless. Chilean Miner completely disregards the months of straining, relentless efforts by the real heroes – the rescue staff – after finally getting freed; God rescued him, thank God! Right.

Of course, he never asked why God let him get trapped in the first place. Wonderful!

The 15th man trapped for more than two months in a Chilean mine was pulled to safety Wednesday as the sounds of rejoicing filled the camp in the Chilean desert where hundreds of international media were holding vigil along with family members of 33 gold and copper miners entombed half a mile below ground.

“I never doubted. I always knew God would rescue us,” Mario Sepulveda, the second miner to be rescued, said in a television interview.