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Jan. 24th, 2009

dax riggs;;


Texas?! ^^

""In a major defeat for social conservatives, a sharply divided State Board of Education voted Thursday to abandon a longtime state requirement that high school science teachers cover what some critics consider to be 'weaknesses' in the theory of evolution. Under the science curriculum standards recommended by a panel of science educators and tentatively adopted by the board, biology teachers and biology textbooks would no longer have to cover the 'strengths and weaknesses' of Charles Darwin's theory that man evolved from lower forms of life. Texas is particularly influential to textbook publishers because of the size of its market, so this could have a ripple effect on textbooks used in other states as well."

Article: dallasnews.com && news.slashdot.org

May. 30th, 2008


Does anyone post to this community?

Does anyone ever post to this community anymore?

Dec. 9th, 2007



Anti-Tolerance Holiday Email

Here's a gem that keeps popping up in my inbox from people I know from various clubs.

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X-posted to antitheism, atheism, and atheist.

Sep. 1st, 2007

dax riggs;;


Have you said your pledges today?

Well, I'm sure many school children in our grand educational system have. :)

God added to the Texas pledge.

I personally thought the Texas government had more shit to deal with than whether or not we should add god into the pledge.

Apr. 7th, 2007



Openly Atheist

Out of curiosity, how open is everyone about being an Atheist? Are you out to your relatives? Neighbors? Friends in TX? At work?

Feb. 13th, 2007



Has anyone heard any news about the activity of UTSA's Atheist Agenda? I remember some time ago they had a "Smut for Smut" campaign and that it was very controversial... Unfortunately I don't remember exactly what they did on that occasion. Anyone know about this?

Dec. 2nd, 2006

science, religion


A Call for Names

I'd like to put together a list of confirmed, famous Atheists/Agnostics/Skeptics (current & historical). For confirmation, I'm going with a direct quote stating such or stating opposition to religion. Does anyone know of any great websites to visit on this topic or can list off some for me? If you know which they are (Atheist, Agnostic, etc.), please note that too. Thanks everyone!

Here's what I have so far:

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X-posted to atheist & tx_atheists.

Resources being used to make this list:

Dec. 1st, 2006

science, religion


Jonathan Miller's Brief History of Disbelief

I haven't finished watching these, but thought I would share. This originally aired on the BBC Oct. 31st - Nov. 14th, 2005.

Shadows of Doubt
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, & Part 6.

Noughts and Crosses
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

The Final Hour
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5


Quotes of famous Atheists/Agnostics


Oct. 8th, 2006

science, religion


Richard Dawkins

I've been searching around online to find out if Richard Dawkins is going to visit Texas during his book tour ("The God Delusion"). About all I've found is the following schedule:

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Has anyone seen or heard about any stops in Texas or nearby?

For all the Dawkins fans out there, he was on NPR's Talk of the Nation Science Friday this week.

X-posted in atheist & tx_atheists

Oct. 6th, 2006



Atheism Quotes

I've been collecting Atheism-related quotes for awhile now, and figured I would share with everyone. Feel free to comment with any I've missed or saying which is your favorite. Also, feel free to use these quotes anytime some chritian claims that our founding fathers were all christians, all Atheists are fools, or some other BS. I've tried to list that dates for each person and the source of each quote, but there are still a lot of holes that could be patched up if anyone knows that off hand or wants to help with some web searching.

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I'm going to leave this post public for a little while to let a few people snatch from quotes, but will make it F-locked within a few days if you want to comment, but don't want it public.

Oct. 1st, 2006

science, religion


Magic Mushrooms

This makes more sense now! The Book of Relevelations was inspired by "magic" mushrooms


(Snatched from a post in atheist.)

Sep. 30th, 2006



The Essential Atheist Library

Here's a list of books, movies, etc. about atheism (or just discussing religion skeptically) that I've compiled. If anyone has any items to add, please do. I've included the Amazon (or other) link where available in case anyone wants to buy them.

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If anyone has read/watched any of these, feel free to leave a review (either here or on Amazon). I'll edit this with any ratings (0=horrible, 5=excellent) people want to give on any of these.
science, religion


The Eye Argument

Ever had a christian use the old "a god must exist because we have complex organs like the eye that could not have just evolved by itself"...? Well, just about any advanced biology/zoology student would laugh at that argument, but not all atheists have that training. So, next time they use that argument, show them this video. It's missing some details and would be better if it showed examples (nematodes with eye spots, protofish simple eyes, etc.), but this is the best straight-forward explanation I have found. It also features Gould (a superstar in the world of evolutionary biology) and Liam Neeson's voice (Qui-Gon Jinn from Star Wars Ep. 1).

If there are any other common christian arguments that you'd like ammo to counter, just let me know and I'll do my best.

Other atheist multimedia:
http://www.youtube.com/v/fdVucvo-kDU&search=atheist (Atheist video)
http://thegodmovie.com/cd.php (soundtrack downloads from the movie "The God That Wasn't There")

If you haven't seen "The God That Wasn't There", it is excellent and a must for all atheists (especially those who were raised christians).

Sep. 16th, 2006

science, religion


Pope's remarks piss off Muslims, Pope upset that Muslims are upset...Why isn't this all surprising?

Last Tuesday (Sept. 12th), Pope Benedict spoke at the University of Regensburg in Munich, Germany (where he used to teach). In his lecture, he brought up the topic of Islam (mainly holy wars & jihads). He quoted the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus (14th century), "He said, and I quote, 'Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.'" [translation from German]

The reaction from Muslims has been strong to say the least. There are outcries in Cairo for an apology, official condemnation from Pakistan's parliament, and a comparison to Hilter by an official in Turkey. Because of this reaction, the Pope may be forced to cancel a trip to Turkey scheduled for November and the Vatican has released a statement that the Pope did not mean to offend Islam with this "academic" quote, but an official apology has not been made.

Exerpt from the second NPR article linked below:

Khaled Fuad Allam, a Muslim professor of sociology at Trieste University, acknowledged that Benedict had touched the delicate issue of the two faces of Islam: peaceful and violent.

"The problem is not what he said, but how he said it," Allam said in remarks translated from Italian. "Too often, Westerners stress only the issue of fundamentalism in Islam. The result is that they lump all Muslims into the cage of violence."

NPR articles/newscasts to get the full story:
Sept. 13th
Sept. 15th
Sept. 16th

Sep. 10th, 2006

science, religion


The State of Atheists on the Anniversary of 9-11

A News Week article to be published in this week's issue (the September 11th issue). It discusses the rise in religin after 9-11 and how various famous atheists have reacted to it. The author seems to be a bit of an arse when talking about Dawkin and misses a lot of the points Dawkins makes. It seems to start out well, but be warned that it ends fairly anti-atheist.

I'm curious what others think about this article. Does it seem to anyone else that the first and last pages were written by different authors? Does the end of the article seem to be proof of how people discriminate atheists? What do you think about the timing of the article?

Jan. 1st, 2010

science, religion


Invitation to Support, Discussion, and Debate

The tx_atheists community is currently on invitation-only for joining. If you would like to join this group, please comment below (comments are screened). Please briefly state why you'd like to join (i.e. atheist in texas, etc.). Most entries in this community will likely by f-locked, so you'll need to become a member to join in the discussions.

Sep. 9th, 2006

science, religion


Food for Thought

Starting out this community with an article on Atheist groups and the myths surrounding atheists. (Snatched from a post on atheist.) Please share your thoughts.

I also wanted to mention for anyone interested that I'm making "Ask-An-Atheist" posts from time-to-time on my personal journal. The links are posted at the top of my entries page.