We F*cking Love Atheism, a huge Facebook page for atheists, has been shut down… and no one seems to know the reason. WFLA was unpublished, and the administrators weren’t even told which post violated Facebook’s terms and conditions, but admins – only identified as LJ and Kat – have already started a Change.org petition to reverse the decision. 773 people have signed that campaign already, and you can do the same here.We Fucking Love Atheism ( https://www.facebook.com/WFLAtheism/ ) is a large atheist community page with over 690,000 followers. The page represents more than 6 years of daily hard work, tears, sacrifice, and energy, countless hours spent creating and sourcing content, news, and more for our following. On November 4th, Facebook unpublished our page, giving us no reason why except for a generic message stating that we had violated their community standards. No specific infraction was given. We have appealed the decision, but have not been given … [Read more...] about We F*cking Love Atheism, Major Resource for Non-believers, Shut Down by Facebook
Tweet [Note: This is a long post. It is the draft text of an article I wrote some time back about Richard Dawkins's claim that 'death makes us the lucky ones'. I originally planned on publishing this in an academic journal, but after receiving some negative feedback from peer reviewers, I decided that it wasn't worth it. They complained that the article wasn't sufficiently original in its main line of argument and on reflection I decided they were correct. Nevertheless, I don't think that means the article is devoid of all value. I figured it would be worth posting here for anyone who is interested in the topic. It also corresponds, roughly, to the contents of talk I gave at McNally Robinson books in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the 3rd of November 2016, hence the poster at the top of this post] 1. Introduction Richard Dawkins opens his 1998 book Unweaving the Rainbow with the following, arresting passage: We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never … [Read more...] about Does Death Make us the Lucky Ones? Existential Luck and the Consolations of Atheism
Your Stories of Atheism are heartbreaking, triumphant, angering and inspiring. They are written by you, for you in this ongoing series about how you came to identify as an atheist. If you want to send me your story, you can email me here. Please note that by doing so, you give me permission to publish it here as part of the series. If you wish to remain anonymous, please say so in your email otherwise, I will use just your first name. To read other stories, click here. Our first and very brief story this week comes from Edward, The combination of education and working in law enforcement seeing the horrible things humans beings do to each other, especially children. Many of those children prayed for the abuse to stop, but their imaginary friend did not protect them.Here’s Jake with his story: My first experience with religion came at a very young age. My mother’s parents were Mormon and my stepfather was Baptist. When I was with my maternal grandparents, we would attend … [Read more...] about Your Stories of Atheism: God Will Not Protect You
The Orthodoxy in the 20th century had its share of problems with the Soviet government. TASS; Sputnik/Getty Images With thousands of priests killed or arrested, Russian Orthodoxy still managed to reach compromises with harsh Soviet leaders and survive the brutal Bolshevik years. The Russian Empire entered the 20th century as the biggest Orthodox state in the world. Around 90 million people out of total population of 125 million identified themselves as Orthodox in the 1897 census and there were approximately 50,000 churches in Russia. People attending a church in the Urals, pre-revolutionary Russia. russiainphoto.ru At the same time, the Russian Church had persistent troubles. Since 1721, the Church had had no elected Patriarch (the highest-ranking bishop in the Orthodox Church) and was run by the Most Holy Synod, which was de-facto a government body. Part of the intelligentsia criticized the Church both for its apparent dependence on the state and its alleged lethargy. … [Read more...] about How did the Russian Orthodox Church survive 70 years of atheism in the USSR? (PHOTOS)
What if I told you my truck runs on wishes? When I hopped in the cab this morning, I closed my eyes really tight and muttered, “I wish this truck could get my kids to school” and when I turned the key, sure enough, it started. I successfully drove my kids to their respective schools and made it back home on one wish. Later, I have to take my little boy to the orthodontist in town, which is 20 minutes away, and again, I’ll sit behind the steering wheel, hope out loud, and we’ll get there and back no problem all on a single, solitary wish.What if I told you that so far, this year, I’ve saved close to five grand running my truck on wishes instead of gas? With any luck, I have religious people reading this. People who put their faith in the existence of a god or even a self-sacrificing prophet. I would like to know, specifically of believers like this, what would it take for you to believe my truck runs on wishes? Is it enough for you that I have insisted this … [Read more...] about 3 Questions That Defeat Modern Day Atheism?