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Pledge of Allegiance: Information, History, Arguments

Was the 1950s addition of "under God" unconstitutional? Not only that, it's fundamentally immoral because it tells people that there is an inherent, officially supported connection between American patriotism and belief in a particular sort of god.

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Parapsychology: Belief, Statistics & Coincidence

Saturday April 19, 2014
One of the reasons people believe in psychic phenomena is not because of experiments which purport to show something statistically significant - these results only serve to bolster beliefs which already exist. People's beliefs are instead based upon their own personal experiences. The more such experiences a person has, the stronger their belief will be.

 

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Is Godless a Slur? Is it Slander, Libel to Accuse One of Godlessness, Atheism?

Friday April 18, 2014

Who is more of an immoral bigot, the person who uses "Jew" as a slur or the person who files a lawsuit against having that label applied to them? Is it the person who uses "homosexual" as a slur or the person who goes to court over it? That's a hard question to answer, and the same is true when comparing someone who uses "godless" or "atheist" as a slur and the person so offended by the label that they file suit in court for damages when the godless label is applied to them.

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Existentialism: Existentialist Psychology

Thursday April 17, 2014
Although the influence of existentialism on literature, art, and philosophy is not very surprising, its influence on psychology might be to some people. Understanding it better should help make it clear, however, that existentialism is less a philosophical school than a broader cultural movement that has involved a number of intellectual pursuits - all focused on the existence and importance of the individual human being.

 

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Forum Discussion: Religion as a Drug

Thursday April 17, 2014
To what extent do people join a religion or just remain in a religion because of the positive, even pleasurable, feelings it provides? This is an interesting question from the perspective of religious psychology, but it also has every practical implications for atheists. After all, if pleasurable feelings play a significant role in religion, then reasoned arguments and evidence will likely play a correspondingly smaller role.

Put another way, if people the more pleasurable religion is, the less relevant counter-evidence and counter-arguments will be -- but this is exactly what atheists rely so heavily on in their critiques of religion and theism. Are we, then, just wasting our time? Read More...

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