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Definitions:

Freethinker: a person who forms opinions about the world on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority, or established belief. Freethinkers include atheists, agnostics and rationalists.

Atheist: One without a belief in a god or gods.

Agnostic: One who believes that god is unknowable and/or unprovable.

A Rationalist supports free inquiry and critical thinking about the nature of the universe and human societies, emphasizes the importance of the scientific method, and explores ethical and intellectual alternatives to supernatural belief systems.



An Introduction to Atheism (Infidels.org)

LOGIC: Review the basics of logical reasoning (Infidels.org)


"A clergyman is a man who undertakes the management of our spiritual affairs as a method of bettering his earthly ones."
Ambrose Bierce

Leaving Religion
Leaving Christianity (with many, many more links and references)
Refutation of Jesus (a long read but well worth the time.)
Leaving Mormonism - A site for those who are Questioning their faith in the Mormon Church (exmormon.org)
Mormon Think - A site for answers about the Mormon Church and the religion.(http://ww2.mormonthink.org/)
Leaving Islam - Secular Islam
Leaving Islam - Freethought Mecca (Also includes Judaism, Christianity and Heterodox)
Leaving Jehovah's Witnesses.
Scientology - You definitely should check out this site if you're thinking about joining Scientology.

"Well, why did the Puritans come to this country?" a teacher asked his history class.
"To worship in their own way and to make other people do the same" was the reply.
Frank Zindler

Freethought Internet Radio
Rational Video
Rational Radio
The Infidel Guy
The Atheist Network

Traveler: I see that God has been mighty good to your fields, Mr. Farmer.
Farmer: Well.. You should have seen how he treated them when I wasn't around.

De-conversion Stories
Christian De-Convertion Stories: Read about how others came to the "Change"

Based upon the principles found in the book, Meme, by Sean Sinjin

Julia Sweeney's personal story of deconversion (Audio MP3, 27 MB, 30-Min.) is a part of this Public Radio broadcast on "Godless America"

"What amazes me and makes me feel rather ashamed is that I remained a believer in the supernatural for so long. Perhaps it's because religious people have countless opportunities to put over their beliefs and use those opportunities whilst most atheists don't even try." - Jim Haigh

Bumper Stickers







"The pursuit of happiness belongs to us, but we must climb around or over the church to get it."
Heywood Broun (1888-1939)

Freethought Organizations


Atheists Community of Austin
Skepticality.com: Truth in Podcasting
American Atheists
Internet Infidels
The Rationalists of East Tennessee (Knoxville). Join us at our get-togethers!
Atheists United
"Americans United For the Separation of Church and State" Home Page
Religious Tolerance Organization
Freespeech T.V. Home
FFRF - Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.
The Secular Web
"Mankind, indeed the planet itself and all life on it, have two 'saints' and one 'savior'. The saints are named Logic and Reason. The savior is known as Science. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately if you're clergy, no religion has ever made the aquaintance of these august personages.
Jeff Irick

Institute for Humanist Studies
the Foundation of Australian Atheists
Unitarian Universalists - The only church that embraces reason and celebrates diversity. "We don't do dogma, we don't do guilt."
The Church of the one Miracle
Secular Student Alliance
The Atheist Party of America
Center for Inquiry on Campus
Council for Secular Humanism
Atheists Anonymous Site
"If the lord had meant us to have faith, he'd have given us lobotomies."
Zlatko

Freethought Publications
- Truth Seeker.com Freethought Publishers Since 1873
Reason On-Line
Freethought Today, Main Page
Skeptic.com
New Humanist Magazine (UK)
The Canadian Atheist On-Line
The Skeptical Reveiw - a Bi-Monthly 16-Page Newsletter by a former Church of Christ Minister

"Until it is proven, God is a theory, and the burden of proof of a theory is on those positing the theory --not on the world to disprove the theory."
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"All humans are brothers. Religion turns brothers against each other."
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"Religion is an extremely divisive force in society. There is a fine line between religion and ethnic pride. There is an even finer line between ethnic pride and racism."

Quotes by Harold A. Meyer III

Atheist Quote Sites
Even MORE Atheist Quotes
Daily Atheist Quotes
Celebrity Atheist List
"The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around."
Herb Caen (b. 1916), U.S. columnist, author. San Francisco Chronicle (20 July 1981)

Evolution
Evolution Resources by Kenneth R. Miller
The Talk.Origins Archive Exploring the Creation-Evolution-Intelligent Design Controversy
Massimo's Skeptic Web
The Church attacked the habit of the bath on the ground that everything which makes the body more attractive tends towards sin Dirt was praised and the odor of sanctity became more and more penetrating. 'The purity of the body and its garments,' said St. Paula, 'means the impurity of the soul.' ( Havelock Ellis, Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Vol. IV, p. 31.) Lice were called the pearls of God, and to be covered with them was an indispensable mark of a holy man. (M. M.p48/9) Bertrand Russell

Founding Fathers

Few of the Founding Fathers Were Christians. "The Christian right is trying to rewrite the history of the United States as part of its campaign to force its religion on others. They try to depict the founding fathers as pious Christians who wanted the United States to be a Christian nation, with laws that favored Christians and Christianity."

"This is patently untrue. The early presidents and patriots were generally Deists or Unitarians, believing in some form of impersonal Providence but rejecting the divinity of Jesus and the absurdities of the Old and New testaments."

Also, be sure to check out the Christian Founding Fathers Myth page for more information on how to debunk this re-writing of American History.


"When we accept the Bible as human history, we are denying our true history, the actual human story. Homo Sapiens have endured for a 150,000 years and have survived global catastrophes like three Toba Eruptions, The Yellowstone Caldera Eruption, and an Ice Age. We have battled the Neanderthal, the Woolly Mammoth and the Saber-Tooth tiger. Still, in spite of this and in spite of being constantly plagued by superstition and religion, we have managed to develop our Reason and have brought the Scientific Method to it's present, illuminating form.
That is a history to be proud of."
Larry Rhodes.

Personal Freethought Pages
Richard Dawkings.net
Dangerous Talk.net
JuliaSweeney.com
Atheistar: Carrying the Torch of Freethought into the Murky World of Religious Madness
Godless Heathen Homepage
The Case Against Religion, James Hervey Johnson, 1949
Atheists.net
The Assertive Atheist also.. check out the Full Realization Atheism there.
Tennessee State Constitution

ARTICLE I
Declaration of Rights

Section 4. That no political or religious test, other than an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and of this state, shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under this state.

HOWEVER...

ARTICLE IX
Disqualifications

Section 2: No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.

And there are 8 other states that constitutionally prohibit Freethinkers from holding public office.

Like Arkansas:
Article 19, 1 of Arkansas's constitution provides:

No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any court.

And South Carolina:
Article VI, 2 of South Carolina's constitution says this:

No person who denies the existence of the Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution.


Historical Atheist Writers
Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)
"And then my heart was filled with gratitude, with thankfulness, and went out in love to all the heroes, the thinkers who gave their lives for the liberty of hand and brain--for the freedom of labor and thought--to those who fell in the fierce fields of war, to those who died in dungeons bound with chains--to those who proudly mounted scaffold's stairs--to those whose bones were crushed, whose flesh was scarred and torn--to those by fire consumed--to all the wise, the good, the brave of every land, whose thoughts and deeds have given freedom to the sons of men. And then I vowed to grasp the torch that they had held, and hold it high, that light might conquer darkness still."


Be sure to read "The Gods" and Some Mistakes of Moses"
Bertrand Russell's Writings
"The Theologian is an owl, sitting on an old dead branch in the tree of human knowledge, and hooting the same old hoots that have been hooted for hundreds and thousands of years, but he has never given a hoot for progress."
Emmet F. Field

Charles Bradlaugh
"I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true."
Carl Sagan, The Burden Of Skepticism

Bible Resources
Site designed to spread the vicious truth about the Bible
SEX, DRUGS, VIOLENCE AND THE BIBLE
The Blue Letter Bible
The Brick Testament - Illustrated Stories from the Bible
Need a quick reference to look up something the the K.J.V. of the bible?
Skeptic's Annotated Bible
A Case Against the Bible and Christianity. Especially Fundamentalist Christianity by Johnny Skeptic
Biblical Errancy by Dennis McKinsey
Biblical Nonsense by Dr. Jason Long

"One might be asked "How can you prove that a god does not exist?"
One can only reply that it is scarcely necessary to disprove what has never been proved."
David A. Spitz

General Freethought Links:
Rational Responders
Theocracy Watch.org LogoDOMINIONISM
Theocracy Watch: Be sure to view the Videos.
World Dominion (Dominionism) is the religious right's avowed goal.


20 Reasons to Abandon Christianity
Many Theists quote "Pascals wager" to try to get unbelievers to believe.. Here is what I have to say on the subject. (animated video)
Bushes $40 Billion Dollar "Faith Based Initiatives"
Graveyard of the Gods
"God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed."
Luis Buquel

Evolve Fish stickers/pins/emblems
State V. Scopes - UMKC Law School Famous Trials Series
"The first religions were created by shamans and witch-doctors, and we're still answering to them!"
Unknown

Invisible Pink Unicorn
Atheists On-Line
What is the difference between someone who is convinced and one who is deceived? None, if he is well deceived.
Nietzsche

Landover Baptist Site (Religious Satirical Site)
The Age of Reason
Make your own Church Signs! :)
"I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood".
George Carlin

Stupidity Prevails

"No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God."
George H. W. Bush

"As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children."
Anita Bryant, 1977

"If we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education."
William Jennings Bryan

"There should be absolutely no 'Separation of Church and State' in America."
David Barton, president of Wallbuilders and a close ally of the Christian Coalition, 1994 Anti-Defamation League Report

"All the ills from which America suffers can be traced to the teaching of evolution."
William Jennings Bryan

"To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin."
Cardinal Bellarmino 1615, during the trial of Galileo

"Our culture is superior. Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that makes men free."
US Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, speech to the Christian Coalition, Sept. 1993, as reported in ADL Report, 1994

"The parents have a right to say that no teacher paid by their money shall rob their children of faith in God and send them back to their homes skeptical, or infidels, or agnostics, or atheists."
William Jennings Bryan, testifying at the Scopes trial, July 16, 1925

The Implausibility of Satan
Holy Smoke.org

Creationism Pages at HolySmoke.org
The Riddle of Epicurus
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
(Translated and paraphrased by a PAM volunteer, name withheld.)

The Atheists-in-Foxholes Monument at Lake Hypatia, Alabama
Antichrist, Jesus Myth, Selected Quotes & Pics

"The best defense against Christianity is a good Christian Education"
Psycho Dave

Positive Atheism Magazine Main Page
Salem Witch Trials
Equal Time for Freethought Lot's of links, streaming audio, and MP3 interviews.
"My skin still crawls when I hear the wondrous complexity of the modern world ascribed to the wisdom of some god or other. I find myself thinking, it is such explanations that dull us, quiet us, prevent us from looking further. This world is here, let us explore it. Let us not make such banal exultations that subtly put it beyond our potential understanding."
An Anonymous Atheist

Hypatia, a Martyr for Knowledge, who was flayed and killed by Christians who then burned the Great Library of Alexandria in 415 AD. Cyril, the leader of the Christians, was later made a saint for his actions.

Dan Barker
(preacher turned atheist) Quotes

"The very concept of sin comes from the bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?"
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"I never knew real joy until I regained possession of my own mind."
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"How happy can you be when you think every action and thought is being monitored by a judgmental ghost?"
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[On prayer] "To think that the ruler of the universe will run to my assistance and bend the laws of nature for me is the height of arrogance."

Reason Works Home Page
In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
Nietzsche November 1887-March 1888 11 [153] (The Will to Power, 871)

Atheist/Citizen/Patriot New Jersey
The Ex-Christian site!
Atlanta Freethought Society
"The established religions should be rejected as the work of power hungry men, not higher powers.
Religion is and always has been a tool for mass population control." James Casey

Restore our Pledge of Allegiance
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
Carl Sagan

The Evil Atheist Conspiracy (A satire! :)
"Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think."
Arthur Schopenhauer

Red Falcon Media Group: "In Lieu Of Heaven" - Kevin Archer... also you can Read a review!



"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality."
George Bernard Shaw

Become Ordained in the Church of Spiritual Humanism
The Atheists Empire

"If, as they say, God spanked this town For being much too frisky,
Why did He burn His churches down And save Hotaling's Whiskey?"
Poem on 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, in which
the city's largest whiskey distillery was left unscathed


Religion is Bullshit.net Site
United Universists

"Atheism is a requirement for a complete human being. Religion is a crutch that is shackled to you, one you never really needed in the first place, but were convinced by others that you couldn't live without. Once you discover it's only an illusion, that it's not even a real crutch, you discard it gladly." - Brent Yaciw

False Witness: Unpacking myths, slipups, scams and lies in American religion
The Brights Network
True drafts of the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln showing that the words "under God," are missing from the phrase "that this nation [under God] shall have a new birth of freedom...."

"Faith is the commitment of one's consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof. A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition. Faith is the equation of feeling with knowledge. " Ayn Rand

Get your God Detectors
"You conquered us, not fairly in battle but by infecting us with your foul diseases; you stole our land and shut us up into open-air cages; you trapped the animals and burnt the forests we depended on for food and shelter; worst of all, you robbed us of our Great Spirit and put your own horrible scarecrow in its place."
Montreal Expo, Canadian Indian exhibit (Paraphrased)

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