| The Ice Age Is Coming! Solar Cycles, Not CO2, Determine Climate
Zbigniew Jaworowski (03-08-2008)
|Get out the fur coats, because global cooling is coming! A world-renowned atmospheric
scientist and mountaineer, who has excavated ice out of 17 glaciers on 6 continents
in his 50-year career, tells how we know. Read..
| Jesus Camp: A Children's Boot Camp for the Culture Wars
Bernard Katz (30-03-2008)
|"Extreme liberals who look at this should be quaking in their boots," declares Pastor Becky Fischer with jovial satisfaction in the riveting documentary "Jesus Camp." Ms. Fischer, an evangelical Christian, helps run Kids on Fire, a summer camp in Devils Lake, N.D., that grooms children to be soldiers in "God's army." A mountainous woman of indefatigable good cheer, Ms. Fischer makes no bones about her expectation that the growing evangelical movement in the United States will one day end the constitutional ban separating church and state. And as the movie explores her highly effective methods of mobilizing God's army, that expectation seems reasonable. Read..
| The Martyrdom of Wickedness
Andrzej Koraszewski (05-03-2007)
|The Jews knew that flight from their Polish, Ukrainian, Belorussian or Russian neighbors could be a leap from the frying pan into the fire. Some naively chose communism, believing in the promise of brotherhood without racism; others escaped to America; still others tried to assimilate, showing thousands of examples of their patriotism. The great majority simply tried to live side by side with their Polish neighbors, hoping that somehow things would work out. Only very few believed in the utopia of rebuilding an Israeli state in Palestine. Read..
| A Winter Solstice Gift For You
Kaz Dziamka (02-01-2007)
|Without music I would probably not be able to live sanely. Like Vonnegut, I think there is something magical, something supra-rational, something ultimately mysterious about music. If I ever believed in a god, it would have to be a god of music, music being the only evidence that there might be somewhere a being, who although indifferent to our fate, is benevolent enough to give us the consolation of a heavenly melody. For years now, over three decades in fact, I have been collecting gems of music. I have collected hundreds, and I listen to them obsessively, compulsively. My music collection has given me endless hours of pleasure. I hope these gems will also give you pleasure. Read..
| Humanist media in Poland
Adam Cioch (20-11-2006)
|In Poland we have about five percent of non-believers, which is about two million people. Moreover, we have a handful of humanist and freethinker organizations as well as some magazines. The biggest of them appears in about two thousand copies every second month. The magazines are: a periodical "Bez Dogmatu" (Without a dogma) (one of the editors, Andrzej Dominiczak, is present at this conference), the biggest periodical "Res Humana" and "Forum Myśli Wolnej" (Forum of free thought). Polish humanists do not have any access to public radio and TV and no private radio or TV stations see any interest in broadcasting humanist programmmes. Humanist activists have also created websites. The most successful is racjonalista.pl (The Rationalist), visited by about fifteen thousand people daily. This makes the website racjonalista.pl the biggest humanist medium in Poland. Read..
| With our backs toward agnostic
Andrzej Heyduk (13-11-2006)
|Philosophers have been tackling the question of God's existence or non-existence for centuries, invariably to no avail. It became painfully obvious to many great thinkers that it was virtually impossible to construct a strict proof of God's existence while maintaining the rigors of standard epistemology. Frequent attempts to disprove divine presence have been equally frustrating. Given this history, it is nothing short of amazing that in very many instances of public discourse in the United States God's existence is simply assumed as confirmed knowledge. In a country strongly controlled by Christian fundamentalists atheism is not only a bad word, but also "non-scientific" or "naďve" while agnostics are often viewed as weird, confused, hesitant people who do not know what they believe. Read..
| European pact for separation of Church and State and for an open society (25-01-2006)
|The "NEUTRUM" Association and the Polish Association of Rationalists (PSR) invite all European non-governmental organizations that support the ideas of separation ofChurch and State and of the secular character of public life on our continent to form an agreement to work together to this end.
We append below a proposal for the wording of such a Pact which can form the basis for discussion about the final text. The final Pact would then be presented to a Congress of NGOs for acceptance.
It would have a symbolic significance if the place to meet and sign the pact was Poland, as it is an EU country where standards of separation of Church and State and of the openness of society are most often violated. Strategically Brussels - the center of EU - would be the best place for the administrative office.
We are prepared to organize such a meeting in Warsaw in 2006, given enough interest. Read..
| Introjection of fear - a significant change
Weronika Kosińska (14-12-2005)
|We do understand people of other époques, but not because we are the same. We need the same ability to understand, but for the need to understand to arise, first a difference needs to occur. And this difference definitely had occurred. Read..
| In Praise of Consumerism
Andrzej Koraszewski (14-10-2005)
|Consumerism does not enjoy a favourable press, never mind a pulpit. Scholars, journalists, and priests are feverishly engrossed in their laptops looking for words of condemnation for people who instead of bowing humbly before "values" and giving sacrifices to gods are rushing to a "temple of Satan" and buying material things. Priests are thundering the loudest. But scholars do not let the grass grow under their feet either. "What contemporary thinkers describe as consumerism seems to be something more than merely a modern modification of hedonism and utilitarianism. The consumer model is based on an anthropocentric, secular vision of the human being, a conqueror and master of nature," writes Antonina Sebasta, an associate professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Papal Academy in Krakow. Read..
| A nation with a Pope of its own
Andrzej Koraszewski (14-08-2005)
|In the native country of late Pope John Paul II the cult of his person has acquired forms which stretch far beyond respect for a religious authority. If we were to look for an idea or a symbol which unite most Poles, I am convinced that it would be the image of John Paul II. Poland is not a happy country... Read..
| ONZ: World Calendar Reform (25-03-2005)
|The plan for the reform of the Gregorian Calendar proposed by the World Calendar Association, Inc., is of great importance to the nations of the world. Memorandum on the question of World Calendar Reform Read..
| The Moron in the White House
Dr William Harwood (22-08-2004)
|Probably the most damning indictment I, as a Canadian, can level against the moron (IQ 70-84 SB) in the White House is this: He is America's Stockwell Day. Read..
| The Fruitcake Cults of Hollywood Actors
Dr William Harwood (17-08-2004)
|That actors are not necessarily possessed of functioning human brains was demonstrated graphically when Ronald Reagan became the stupidest (to that time) president America had ever had. Reagan's Protestant fundamentalism rejected the discoveries of astronomers and geologists... Read..
| AR Cover (03-06-2004)
|The American Rationalist: An Alternative To Superstition And Nonsense. Issue May/June 2004: Table of contents... Read..
| “Under God” or not?
G. Richard Bozarth (01-06-2004)
|As an Atheist and a Freethinker, I hope the U.S. Supreme Court does its duty to preserve, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution by ruling "under God" is a violation of the law known as the First Amendment. Read..
| Seven Mistakes of the Messiah
A.J. Mattill, Jr. (26-05-2004)
|In three verses of the Luke and Matthew gospels, we find seven mistakes of Jesus the Messiah. Read..
| Same-Sex Marriage
Bernard Katz (10-05-2004)
|Heterosexuals like the President claim that they are protecting the sanctity of marriage. If this is so, why are there so many divorces? The high divorce rate shows that straights are as committed to marriage as a 9-year-old kid is to practicing the piano! Read..
John Chuckman (14-04-2004)
|I am heartened by Zapatero's step onto the world scene speaking truth.... [after] Bush and his grotesque band of armchair killers ... have lied countless times... Read..
| AR Cover (04-04-2004)
|The American Rationalist: An Alternative To Superstition And Nonsense. Issue March/April 2004: Table of contents... Read..
| A Story of Violent Faith
Andrew Johnson (02-04-2004)
|On July 24, 1984, in American Fork, Colorado, an attractive, outgoing young mother, Brenda Lafferty, and her baby daughter Erica were brutally murdered.... It becomes clear that these murders cannot be dismissively pigeonholed as the incomprehensible acts of a pair of lunatics. Read..
| Jesus Christ: Born a Jew, Died a Heretic
Bernard Katz (16-03-2004)
|Those who maintain that Jesus was Jewish to the core have been and are mistaken. Although Jesus was born a Jew, he certainly died a heretic! Read..
| The Autobiography of God (#1)
Dr William Harwood (15-03-2004)
|Of course, I, God, am insane. The mythologians who created Me were insane, although not all as insane as Jesus, thank Me, and they created Me in their own image. Read..
| An Enemy Of The People
John Chuckman (03-03-2004)
|American monster corporations are destroying freedom and democracy: "George Orwell's fictitious world of 1984 seems to me no more sinister than what is gradually emerging in America." Read..
| Nature and the Universe Are My God
Maurice T. Cowles (26-02-2004)
|We should not worship Nature as a religion or God as the Universe in the form of praying to them for forgiveness of our sins or pray to them for Santa Clause type gifts. But we must worship them in the form of reverence and respect due to the fact they give us everything we need to survive. Read..
| Review of Ecohumanism
William Harwood (09-02-2004)
|Not a good book. As Harwood argues, "I have no idea whether
Ecohumanism's first four chapters are written in psychobabble, sociobabble,
theobabble, Faculty-of-Education doubletalk, or Etruscan. Perhaps they were
intended as a primer for Gibberish 101?" The book makes no reference to the
project "Ecohumanism," initiated by the American Rationalist as early as
1998, and it is likely that its editor, Prof. Robert B. Tapp, intentionally
or unintentionally plagiarized the term, coined at the time by the editor of
the American Rationalist, Dr. Kaz Dziamka. Read..
| Hey Limbaugh-Bimbaugh!
Kaz Dziamka (29-01-2004)
|Rush Limbaugh, the "Dirigible of Drivel," on a mission from a Jewish tribal deity, may be in serious legal trouble. And very well should be. Read..
| Bush: a Failed Oilman
John Chuckman (24-01-2004)
|Thinking people aren't surprised that George Bush qualifies as a moral and intellectual dry hole. Bush's halting words come from a mouth so long smugly-set it can scarcely form the shapes of vowels, but enormous ignorance also manages to come through. Read..
| AR Cover (24-01-2004)
|The American Rationalist: An Alternative To Superstition And Nonsense. Issue January/February 2004: Table of contents... Read..
| Almighty Abba
A. J. Mattill, Jr. (15-01-2004)
|Honest to God, there is no god. There's pointlessness, parasites, pain, yes, but no Almighty Abba. Read..
| Terrorism, Then And Now
Bernard Katz (15-01-2004)
|If Muslims believe that Islamic believers are the only ones willing to sacrifice themselves in terrorist activities, they should pay close attention to the Jewish/Christian Scriptures... Read..