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Mormonism

Posted in Radio Show, religion with tags , , , , on March 16, 2009 by scatheist

img_01181Tonight on the Atheist & Theist Radio Hour, Phil and I will be discussing Mormonism.  The Mormons and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been in the news lately because of a controversial episode of the HBO series Big Love which aired last night.  In this episode, one of the main characters is portrayed going through the “secret” temple ceremony.

Personally, I love the show.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a family that practices polygamy and they  believe that they are practicing the true principals of Mormonism.  They have been outcast by their family and the LDS church because of their lifestyle.  Anyway, I strongly recommend it.

I am fascinated with this relatively new religion and their prophet Joseph Smith.  It’s much easier to observe the outrageous falsehoods and claims that Mormon’s make when the real history of Joseph Smith can be studied and examined by secular historians.  My knowledge of the Mormon’s is very limited, so we’re going to have a guest on our program tonight that goes by the name of Baura Kale.  Baura was raised in the religion and now considers himself an atheist and ex-Mormon.  We will also have Art Bulla on the show.  Art is a Mormon and believes that he is “the One Mighty and Strong” that Joseph Smith prophesied would come to set the church in order.  Whoa!  Art has a show on BTR.

I attempted to speak to a member of the local LDS Church to learn about the basic tenets and get a Book of Mormon, but they would not return my calls.  I even went to the church and found an empty parking lot.  All I have to say is they had their chance to convert me and blew it.  🙂

Tonight’s show airs live at 11pmET.  The chat room will be open at 10:30 and we will be taking question from the room or by phone.  See you there.

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The Atheist & Theist Radio Hour 11pmET

Posted in Radio Show, religion with tags , , , , on February 2, 2009 by scatheist

3a3f68e6-20ab-4c48-9693-3ca61c4f8551sunset-space-pacific-ocean-thumbTonight February 2nd, 2009 on the Atheist and Theist Radio Hour, Phil and I discuss the doctrine of Hell.  Is it a real place?  Is there a Devil, or Satan, or Beelzebub, or Lucifer, or the Boogieman?  Or is all of it just made up by religious hierarchy to keep the sheep herded.  You know where I stand.  I wonder what Phil is going to bring to the conversation.  Join us tonight at 11pmET in the chat room or call in at (646) 716-4689.  The chat room will be open at 10:30.  If you can’t make and you have a question or a comment, leave it here and we’ll try to address it.

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South Carolina Among Most Religious States

Posted in religion, surveys with tags , , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by scatheist

In a recent Gallup Poll South Carolina ranked third in the top most religious states.  No shit?   Only Mississippi and Alabama ranked higher.  xw2kcfv_-uoaf5qxy-ygbwThe question that Gallup asked was, “Is religion an important part of your life?”  Vermont ranked highest in the least religious state category with all of New England in the top five.  It’s too bad my wife can’t stand the cold.826a77t2-uiaboqv6hkdugWhat amazes me (not really) is look at the comparison between Gallups religiosity map and the presidential red state/blue state map. ztx77iknqkk8tksbouojiwstatemapredbluer512Draw your own conclusions.

The Atheist and Theist Radio Hour 11pmET

Posted in Radio Show, religion with tags , , , on January 25, 2009 by scatheist

3a3f68e6-20ab-4c48-9693-3ca61c4f8551sunset-space-pacific-ocean-thumbTonight January 25th, 2009, on the Atheist and Theist Radio Hour, Phil and I ask the question, What is sin? We discuss Original Sin, the Seven Deadly Sins, and Venial Vs. Mortal Sins.  Of course I will ask Phil and the listeners if it’s all nonsense.  I certainly think it is.  Check out the show live at 11pmET.  Call in at (646) 716-4689. The chat room will be open at 10:30.  If you can’t make it and you have a question or something that you would like us to address, leave a comment here.  

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Pro-Atheist Ad Coming to Charleston

Posted in atheist, religion with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2009 by scatheist

6a00d8341c51c053ef010536e4758b970b-450wiOn Monday, the Secular Humanists of the Low Country, the same group that brought us the “In Reason We Trust” license plates, along with the American Humanist Association are putting up a pro atheist billboard in Charleston, SC.  The ad will read “Don’t believe in God?  You are not alone.”  The campaign will definitely be controversial and hopefully go a long way to promoting dialogue. Secular Humanist Vice President Herb Silverman says, “We expect it to generate a mix of reactions from surprise, curiosity, and even uplift.”  The billboard will be placed on highway I-26 near the Spruill Avenue exit.

I am extremely excited about this even though Charleston is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from here.  If anybody sees it in person, send me a picture and I’ll post it.  Hopefully this is just the beginning.

President Obama stated in his inaugural address that this was also a nation of non-believers (the first time the words non-believers were said in an inaugural btw.) Now it’s time to give people the opportunity to see that atheists and/or non-believers do live in the bible-belt and their are a lot of us.

obama_atheist_adFrom the American Humanist Association website

The Atheist & Theist Radio Hour 11pmET

Posted in Radio Show, religion with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by scatheist

3a3f68e6-20ab-4c48-9693-3ca61c4f8551sunset-space-pacific-ocean-thumbTonight January 19th 2009, on the Atheist & Theist Radio Hour, Phil and I discuss the inauguration of President-Elect Obama.  Can all Americans, theists and non-theists alike, come together and move this country forward?  Will dogma get in the way of progress?  Check out the show live at 11pmET.  Call in at (646) 716-4689. The chat room will be open at 10:30.  If you can’t make it and you have a question or something that you would like us to address, leave a comment here.  

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Can’t We All Just…No, I Guess Not

Posted in religion with tags , , , on January 12, 2009 by scatheist

not_religion11I considered writing a substantive post on  the Israel Palestine conflict, but this sums it up perfectly.