Secularist organizations promote the view that moral standards should be based solely on concern for the good of humanity in the present life, without reference to supernatural concepts, such as God or an afterlife .
Outward displays of belief in God have become a proxy for trustworthiness in the US. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP Issues of personal faith can be a source of respectful debate and discussion.
A parody religion or mock religion is an imitation belief system that challenges spiritual convictions of others, often through humor , satire , and/or burlesque . Often created to achieve a specific purpose related to another belief system, a parody religion can be a parody of several religions , sects , gurus , cults , and or new religious movements at the same time or a parody of no particular religion, instead parodying the concept of religious belief .
A comment from Mike in the " Do Evangelicals 'Hate Jesus? '" post got me thinking. He winningly bemoans his use of doomsday statistics to build his case in sermons or lectures. His comment makes me wonder about the value of spending too much time thinking about allegedly "objective truth" at all. There's a certain treasonous quality to a pastor saying this.
World nonreligious population by percentage, Dentsu Institute (2006) and Zuckerman (2005) [ 1 ]
Intolerance is a bitter beast. There are many groups in America that are subject to discrimination and prejudice, but none are more hated than atheists. Research conducted a couple years ago at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis found that atheists are more distrusted than muslims or homosexuals in the US. Austin Cline from about.com writes, “Every single study that has ever looked at the issue has revealed massive amounts of bigotry and prejudice against atheists in America. The most recent data shows that atheists are more distrusted and despised than any other minority and that an atheist is the least likely person that Americans would vote for in a presidential election. It’s not just that atheists are hated, though, but also that atheists seem to represent everything about modernity which Americans dislike or fear.
This past year at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, famed American cognitive scientist, philosopher and atheist, Daniel Dennett, delivered a speech entitled “How to Tell You’re an Atheist.”
The protests come every day from the religious, and they go something like this:
"In the 'bullshit department' a businessman can't hold a candle to a clergyman." - George Carlin
Author: Howard Bloom
Atheism and agnosticism remain poorly understood, and confusion continues even among some who call themselves atheists or agnostics. This diagram (source unknown) puts all the pieces together perfectly and illustrates that the agnostic-gnostic dimension deals with certainty while the atheist-theist dimension focuses on belief and has nothing to do with certainty . I am an atheist in that I lack belief in god(s).
Why Militant Atheism is Necessary Apr 4, 2011 Militant Atheism is necessary as a force to counteract the unbalanced political and social power that popular religious belief systems have wielded for too long through their powerful standardising of beliefs.
Leesha Mckenny The Sydney Morning Herald Mon, 23 May 2011 00:00 CDT Faith can open your mind but it can also cause your brain to shrink at a different rate, research suggests.