Help My Daughter Tell Her Father Goodbye

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in 2014 | 0 comments

Help My Daughter Tell Her Father Goodbye

At Skepticon 7 in Springfield, MO Clary Rhyne came by the We Are Atheism table to see what we were all about. After hearing that we have a philanthropic extension that helps in “unforeseeable circumstances” she told us about how her daughter’s father had recently passed away but she had no way of getting her to the funeral. So, after filling out the Atheists Giving Aid application for Aid we called others to verify her story as well as talk to her daughter. We approved a $200 grant to help Clary with gas and food along the way. She knows that without the kind help from...

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Why remove public displays of religion?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Why remove public displays of religion?

What’s the big deal?  Why should religious symbols, quotes, adornments, and other forms of religious displays be removed from the public sphere?  I get this question a lot and recently in Grand Haven, MI a local patron of the city who lives in a nearby town, Mitch Kahle, decided to ask the city to remove this giant cross from the public land as well as refrain from putting up nativity scenes and other religious messages unless they make clear space for other forms of public information dissemination. See the original letter here.  I want to be clear that what Mitch Kahle and...

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A Thought Experiment About Personhood

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

A Thought Experiment About Personhood

This is a mini-post related to a (much) longer post discussing the argument from future deprivation. Briefly, the argument supposes that the ending of human life is wrong fundamentally because of its denying them of a future filled with the sorts of experiences that make a person’s life meaningful. Thus, according to the argument from future deprivation, aborting a fetus is wrong because it deprives a human life of its future. Now, the argument also asserts that the question of whether or not a fetus is also a person does not matter—that its mere biological humanity is enough to merit it...

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Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: The Argument from Deprived Future Part 2

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Abortion, Philosophy, and Godlessness: The Argument from Deprived Future Part 2

By: Brandon Christen (Part 2 of 5) One of the strongest arguments against abortion which I have come across has been the argument from a denied future. This argument is presented by anti-abortionists from within the secular community as a completely secular argument that, allegedly, philosophically showcases why we cannot allow abortion (except for certain circumstances, which we shall come to in due time). This argument is perhaps best articulated by a philosopher named Don Marquis from his article “Why Abortion is Immoral” in The Journal of Philosophy in 1989. I first read it in the...

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Everything Happens for a Reason…. or Does it?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Everything Happens for a Reason…. or Does it?

Everything Happens for a Reason: An Open Letter to My Friends and Others Who Believe This ©2014 By Martha Readyoff First of all, let me say that I love you and admire you. If you are my friend, I love you and you know who you are. If I don’t know you and if you believe that everything happens for a reason then I have strong evidence to think that you are like my friends who believe this and are therefore a good person and probably pretty pleasant to be around- other than having to listen to you say “everything happens for a reason.” Just kidding . . . sort of. I find this phrase and...

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