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A Matter of Faith
A Matter of Faith
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1.0 out of 5 stars so bad. In the debate about creationism v evolution in ..., April 16, 2016
This review is from: A Matter of Faith (DVD)
Wow, so bad. In the debate about creationism v evolution in the end, they hardly even debate about the actual subject. The creationist debater does every strawman argument such as that scientists teach evolution because they don't want this supposed god looking down at them. No, it is about following the evidence. Arguing evolution isn't true because it would be so dandy if a god existed for whatever reason is not an argument for or against evolution. It is pointless and has nothing to do whatsoever with the subject. Evolution should be examined on its' merits and based on its' scientific merits, the evidence for it is overwhelming. The makers of this film are arguing the earth is 6000 years old and everything in the universe. There is recorded history older than that! There are trees older than that! This movie is beyond awful.


The God Haters: Angry Atheists, Shallow Scholars, Silly Scientists, Pagan Preachers and Embattled Evolutionists Declare War Against Christians
The God Haters: Angry Atheists, Shallow Scholars, Silly Scientists, Pagan Preachers and Embattled Evolutionists Declare War Against Christians
by Don Boys
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1.0 out of 5 stars This might be the worst book ever written by anyone, anywhere., October 23, 2015
This is simply a ranting diatribe against atheists who dare criticize the religion of the writer. First of all as another commentator states, atheists by their very definition do not believe in a god, so they cannot hate a god. A god exists no more than Darth Vader. Now, like most atheists, I dissent with the power of Christians or others to force laws (such as banning my gay sister from marriage based on the bible) on the rest of society.

Though the writer states so, atheists have no more desire to persecute Christians than we do to persecute Hindus or Buddhists, in other words, none. Hearing a differing opinion does not make for persecution, anymore than I am not persecuted as an atheist for reading the rantings of this book. Don Boys, who for some reason wants to take credit as the writer of this book, says that in "Dark times, all atheists wonder about God." BS. This is a takeoff of that lie that theists like Boys tells that atheists don't exist in combat or "no atheists in foxholes." Usually told by people whose closest to combat they get is watching a John Wayne movie.

Boys writes that atheists will prohibit Christians from teaching their children or other's people children about Jesus. I must give him credit for being clever. He acts as if not forcing his religion on the children of non-Christians is some form of persecution. That if there aren't bible readings in schools he is being persecuted? Frankly, teach your kids whatever you want but just know that by the time they reach intellectual maturity they often will reject religion because it is built on a house of cards. This Boys hack must live in some alternate universe where Christian churches are burned down by atheist mobs. To say he is delusional, is an understatement.

He says that we trust medicine bottles or signs & than says why don't we assume the Bible to be as true as them. What?! First of all, he doesn't assume the truth of the Quran or any of the hundreds or thousands of other religious books. Second, a medicine bottle is built on years of research into a drug. Using science. The bible has light created before the sun, doesn't get Pi right, and gives the wrong number of legs to insects. The Bible screams out it isn't true just by simple examining. No atheist becomes an atheist by assuming it is untrue, they become one by opening it up and reading it. Frankly, I could probably write a whole another book in how this book is drivel. It is even worse than I thought it was going to be, which was hard to do.

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The God Haters: Angry Atheists, Shallow Scholars, Silly Scientists, Pagan Preachers and Embattled Evolutionists Declare War Against Christians
The God Haters: Angry Atheists, Shallow Scholars, Silly Scientists, Pagan Preachers and Embattled Evolutionists Declare War Against Christians
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5 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the worst Book ever written, ever, on anything. Yes, even worse than the BIble itelf., October 23, 2015
This is simply a ranting diatribe against atheists who dare criticize the religion of the writer. First of all as another commentator states, atheists by their very definition do not believe in a god, so they cannot hate a god. A god exists no more than Darth Vader. Now, like most atheists, I dissent with the power of Christians or others to force laws (such as banning my gay sister from marriage based on the bible) on the rest of society.

Though the writer states so, atheists have no more desire to persecute Christians than we do to persecute Hindus or Buddhists, in other words, none. Hearing a differing opinion does not make for persecution, anymore than I am not persecuted as an atheist for reading the rantings of this book. Don Boys, who for some reason wants to take credit as the writer of this book, says that in "Dark times, all atheists wonder about God." BS. This is a takeoff of that lie that theists like Boys tells that atheists don't exist in combat or "no atheists in foxholes." Usually told by people whose closest to combat they get is watching a John Wayne movie.

Boys writes that atheists will prohibit Christians from teaching their children or other's people children about Jesus. I must give him credit for being clever. He acts as if not forcing his religion on the children of non-Christians is some form of persecution. That if there aren't bible readings in schools he is being persecuted? Frankly, teach your kids whatever you want but just know that by the time they reach intellectual maturity they often will reject religion because it is built on a house of cards. This Boys hack must live in some alternate universe where Christian churches are burned down by atheist mobs. To say he is delusional, is an understatement.

He says that we trust medicine bottles or signs & than says why don't we assume the Bible to be as true as them. What?! First of all, he doesn't assume the truth of the Quran or any of the hundreds or thousands of other religious books. Second, a medicine bottle is built on years of research into a drug. Using science. The bible has light created before the sun, doesn't get Pi right, and gives the wrong number of legs to insects. The Bible screams out it isn't true just by simple examining. No atheist becomes an atheist by assuming it is untrue, they become one by opening it up and reading it. Frankly, I could probably write a whole another book in how this book is drivel. It is even worse than I thought it was going to be, which was hard to do.
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God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy
God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy
by Mike Huckabee
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Mike, even the Bubbas of America starting to support their Gay Friends & Family the right to Marry., May 14, 2015
Mike Huckabee seems to be of the opinion that if you support Marriage Equality for gays & lesbians, you must live in either WashingtonDC, New York City or Los Angeles. These are the so called "bubble" cities, everyone else is the "bubba" cities. The fact is even if everyone in those cities did support gay rights there would be enough people to achieve 59% support in recent polls (or just under 3/5) of Americans supporting the right of their gay family and friends to marry. One doesn't have to be a wealthy elite (as he seems to believe) who lives in a big city to believe in equal rights for gays in this regard or to question the bible. There are supporters of equal rights in the most rural parts of Alabama or Mississippi.

Look, I get it, people are starting to question the foundational beliefs of fundamentalist Christians like Huckabee and they aren't used to it. There was a time that these beliefs demanded automatic respect from politicians (largely still do), the media and the public in general. Not so anymore. Someone disagreeing with a belief based on the bible or from the bible is not persecution. Huckabee seems to believe that if his beliefs aren't granted automatic deference than he will have to live in some underground bunker to practice his religion. Sigh. No, what it means is that the government isn't showing favor to your religion (like organized prayers/bible readings in schools) anymore. I know Mike, it's tough, but you can manage.


God's Not Dead
God's Not Dead
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Strawman Arguments and attacks against Atheists, March 28, 2015
This review is from: God's Not Dead (Amazon Video)
Wow, how bad can this be I thought before I started watching it, and I wasn't disappointed. You have the humanist reporter badgering the poor Ducky Dynasty star about duck hunting, You have the atheist lecturer who for someone reason makes everyone sign a note agreeing "God is Dead." The student who refuses to sign, Josh Wheaton, it later tells some pastor that of the 80 or so people in there, none of them have really heard about Christianity? Really? None of them have heard about Christianity and Jesus? Did they wake up from a 2000 year coma?

Wheaton in his debate about a god states that the Big Bang is evidence that the Bible got it right, because the Big Bang has a beginning to the universe and the Bible has a beginning. But Genesis is not about a Big Bang 13.7 billion or so years ago. It is a story of about 6000 or so years ago a deity making a flat earth that rested on pillars. A story where the sun and stars are made after light. Where insects don't have the right amount of legs. Hardly a representation of Genesis.

Second, those fundamentalist Christians who like this movie, do not believe there was a Big Bang. So is Wheaton arguing for an old earth Christianity or even Deism (a god as a first cause) and if so, doesn't that go against the beliefs of those who pay to watch this movie?

Josh Wheaton by the way, is asked by a fellow student, who created or what caused the bible? An excellent question by the way. Of course the response to this by theists/Christians is always, their god is uncaused. Really, what evidence for this exists? None. Wheaton asks, well aren't atheists burdened by the same question, what created the universe, just as Christians/theists are burdened by what created or designed a god?

This is a part where I feel like slapping my head with my hand. We know a universe exists. It is there. It is all around us, in fact, we are in it now. We don't have the same knowledge of a god. One can always put in place of a god and say greenish invisible pink elephant with the paws of a lion. If someone says, who created this strange being, I guess someone like Wheaton could always respond, well doesn't the universe (which we know exists) need a creator, just like the greenish invisible pink elephant with the paws of a lion? See how silly this gets?

Wheaton later states that Stephen Hawking is using circular thinking when Hawking writes, "Since there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself out of nothing." No, that isn't a circular argument. It is stating that a cause, that being gravity, inevitably leads to a universe. Maybe Hawking should have stated it that way, but the way he wrote it is more poetic, but means just the same.

Wheaton, quoting a Christian apologist states that evolution happened to fast at one point, which I think he means the so called Cambrian Explosion, though that is not mentioned in the movie. Actually the Cambrian explosion still took many, many millions of years for its' relative quick pace of evolution. Changes in the environment plus competition can favor great evolutionary change. For example faster antelopes lead to faster lions which lead to faster antelopes. If antelopes had no predators it wouldn't matter how fast or slow they might be. The competition in the early Cambrian favored fast (in terms of millions of years) change.

The "evil" atheist professor, played by Kevin Sobo has a great line in the movie. "The most committed atheists were former Christians who took the blinders off". I was never a Christian, but a lot of atheists were Christians and like Neo from the Matrix, they come to understand that the Matrix (like a god) is a delusion.

Of course Wheaton states in one of his debates that without a god, there can be no basis for morality. Leaving aside that the bible tells of a very, very, very immoral god who commands killing disbelievers and even so called disobedient children, there can be no basis for morality with a god. Is morality the whims of a god? If so, no absolute basis. Does a god use reason & empathy to derive moral rules, than a god is not necessary. Just any being who can utilize those tools.

The professor in the end, Kevin Sabo, is basically killed by Jesus/God. See a car hits Sabo and a guy demands that Sabo find Jesus before he dies, than instead of say, give first aid. See Jesus put this guy who prays with Sabo by Sabo after he gets hit. Maybe Jesus could have placed a paramedic there instead, but that's just me.

The fact is that every atheist in this movie is an Jerk who finds religion before they die. It is just a strawman attack on atheism and atheists. Kevin Sobo seems not to be able to answer the weakest arguments by this student. But I am sure the movie was beloved by many on the Christian rightwing.


I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes
I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes
by Hemant Mehta
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4.0 out of 5 stars Straight forward advice for churches, May 30, 2014
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I read Metha's blog, the Friendly Atheist, daily. I recommend to anyone who hasn't read it, to google it. It is full of stories of church/state violations by local governments, and wacky things that fundamentalist types say. I use his posts as sources for my own blog. Now, this book does what it says, it reviews churches. I agree for the most part on his recommendations, though I don't think I would have the patience to sit through all these church services.

Mehta is a nice guy, I think I would have been a bit more sarcastic if I had written the same book, but he is straight forward in his advice to these churches.


An Atheist Manifesto
An Atheist Manifesto
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece in support of the atheist position, and humanism., March 28, 2014
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Excellent, as true today as it was over half a century ago. I highly recommend reading it, if you haven't already done so. Would award more stars if I had the option. Modern groups that support church/state separation and humanism, such as the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association, would be proud.


Christmas with a Capital C
Christmas with a Capital C
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1.0 out of 5 stars Full of strawman arguments against atheists, February 14, 2014
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Awful, simply awful. The atheist who returns to the town after 20 years, seems like an embittered and angry man, out on a personal vendetta against the heroic Christian mayor.The premise is that the mayor is building (and using some city funds) to build a stand outside of the town's city hall, for Christmas. There will be Christian decorations displayed along with more secular Christmas decorations. So this evil atheist type files an injunction to stop work on this stand.

Now, atheists aren't the only people who support keeping government and religion untangled, many Christians (though usually not evangelical types) also favor that. Atheists aren't out on personal vendettas against some Christian mayor or politician when we do so. Also, the "Merry Christmas" banner is moved because of this injunction. Frankly, no atheist has ever objected to a "Merry Christmas" sign, even in front of a courthouse.

In fact, I don't know if any church/state or atheist group would even object to this stand, unless it solely has Christian symbols. Atheists just want neutrality or at least, an open forum. Have Christian symbols such as a nativity scene, fine, but allow a display of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The Christian mayor in one scene recites the free exercise clause of religion, which for some reason makes this evil atheist type, say touché. That seems to imply the atheist knows he is violating the free exercise rights of the residents, but there is of course no free exercise right to have the government put up a display, even if not centered around Christian images solely.

This movie was produced by people who seem to have never met an actual atheist in their lives. Full of fear and strawman. If I could give a negative star, I would.
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Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas
Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas
by Sarah Palin
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2.0 out of 5 stars Palin, wrong on atheists, once again., November 15, 2013
Palin writes:

◾An angry atheist with a lawyer is one of the most powerful persons in America.
◾Atheism’s track record makes the Spanish Inquisition seem like Disneyland by comparison.
◾I bet Charles Darwin never understood this: If the world could be described as truly survival-of-the-fittest, why would people collectively be stricken with the spirit of generosity in December?
◾It is Christ who empowers every act of goodwill toward men in our otherwise fallen hearts.
◾Let’s think this through: Without God as an objective standard, who’s to say what’s wrong and what’s right?
◾Many on the left see faith and family as oppressive, but the right sees them as indispensable.
◾The logical result of atheism, a result we have seen right in front of our eyes in one of the world’s oldest and proudest nations, is severe moral decay.
◾There are few things that anger a secular liberal atheist more than a horizontal plank intersecting a vertical plank — a cross — on public land.
◾The war on Christmas is the tip of the spear in a larger battle to secularize our culture, and make true religious freedom a thing of America’s past.

O.K. for the first part, atheists only hire lawyers to ensure that politicians (and people like Palin when she had power) aren't using the government to endorse their religious beliefs on public lands such as on courthouses.

Second, atheism isn't a set of morality, just non-belief in a god. While there have been horrible atheists (like horrible Christians) nobody has ever murdered, that I know of, because of atheism. People have committed murder and slaughter because of and in the name of Christianity.

Third, she doesn't know anything about evolution. Natural selection (or survival of the fittest) is simply the traits that enhance survival of an individual/gene/group are most likely to pass on. It is not only being the strongest or fastest animal but also about cooperation. Individuals in a tribe, be they humans or chimps or wolves, are more likely to survive and pass on their related genes. The Moral Animal is a great book on this fact.

Fourth, a god can't be an objective moral standard. Moral dictates from a god are either his whims or they supersede a god. They would have to be based on reason and reducing harm. If not, then again, his whims.

Fifth, the best nations on earth are the least religious. Where would you rather live in secular Sweden or devout Saudi Arabia? Non-religious Australia or fundamentalist Nigeria? Enough said.

Sixth, I don't see family as oppressive. Along as both partners are equal in marriage. Marriage where the man is in charge, is yes, oppressive to some degree. Faith is just silly.

Seventh, see First above.
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Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
by Mark Schlabach
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete ignorance of the Constitution, September 28, 2013
What is it with the ignorance of our nation's Constitution that so many on the religious right-wing seemm to share? This author makes his observations on religion. They are wrong. He states that prayer was taken out of school. Now, if he meant only organized prayer readings by the school/government and its' officials hoping to convert the children of non-Christians and less then devout Christians, through these prayers, he is in fact correct. But, he does not. He seems to believe, as almost everyone on the Christian right-wing, that children can't pray at all. Of course children can pray, the government just can't get in the deity/religion business. Though of course, especially in certain parts of the nation, that still happens. Coaches using their position of authority to convert children through prayer before a game or a practice.

Yes, there are no 10 Commanndment displays in schools because it is not the business of the governnment to tell school kids to have no other gods or to honor the Sabbath. Any moral rules on theft etc can be covered with appeals to reason and universal ethics.

Lastly, the most absurd thing he wrote, that WalMart (the biggest reason we lost millions of factory jobs in the U.S. over the last 30 years) is not allowed to publicize Christmas? What?!? Really, no WalMart Christmas decorations in their stores or ads? There is some government censor arresting WalMart executives if they put a picture of Santa in a flyer? How absurd. Having your own reality show, or even starting a business, doesn't mean you know anything about Constitutional issues, and the Duck Commandere proves it.
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