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Atheists to start 1-800 hotline for doubters
The group Recovering from Religion plans to start a helpline for people struggling with religious doubts.
June 4th, 2013
03:08 PM ET

Atheists to start 1-800 hotline for doubters

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) – Who can people call when religious doubts arise, but they're afraid to talk to their faith leaders or families?

A group that helps people "recover" from religion says it's ready to pick up the phone.

Recovering from Religion, which has about 40 support groups in the U.S. and Britain, plans to launch a hotline that will offer doubters an anonymous place to ask difficult questions and find communities of like-minded nonbelievers.

The group plans to staff the help line 24 hours a day and is modeling it after services like suicide prevention hotlines.

Sarah Morehead, executive director of Recovering from Religion, told CNN that the mission is to help people, not convert them to atheism.

“A lot of the times they just need someone to talk to," Morehead said.

The 1-800 number has yet to be named. Recovering from Religion is trying to raise $30,000 by June 30 to fund "The Hotline Project" with up to 40 counselors.

Ideally, the help line would be live by the holiday season, said Morehead, which is often a difficult time for people struggling with religious doubts.

Photos: Famous atheists and their beliefs

The idea for the hotline sprang up after calls came in to the Recovering from Religion phone line from people who were questioning their faith and needed to talk to someone. Morehead said she gets a few calls every day and hundreds of e-mails a month from people seeking counseling.

From there, she said, it seemed a hotline that provided a permanent, anonymous place to talk to someone was the best option.

"Coming out" as a nonbeliever - or even a doubter - can often be extremely difficult, Morehead and others say. In addition to the existential worries, budding nonbelievers run the risk of alienating family and friends.

The help line’s volunteer counselors will be trained to not engage in religious debate, Morehead said. Instead, they will try to give callers “practical, action-oriented solutions.”

When someone first calls the hotline, the counselor will start by simply asking the caller to talk about his or her personal story, said Morehead.

Later, the counselor and the caller might work on an action plan. The caller's goals may concern formally leaving religion altogether, but Morehead said that counselors will also offer advice on finding a new faith or connecting with a local community of nonbelievers.

Some blogs have questioned the hotline, however, calling it a ploy to increase the number of atheists in America.

Headlines like “New 1-800 Number Funded By Liberals To Convert Christians to Atheists,” for example, have cropped up at a number of conservative blogs.

Morehead said her critics fail to grasp the point of Recovering from Religion.

“Most of the people who contact us are working their way towards disbelief, so of course we are very equipped to handle that,” Morehead said. “That is not the goal, though, or the job of the facilitators.”

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This hotline is not completely unique in the world of religious "nones" – people who either don’t believe in God or don’t affiliate with any religious beliefs. Atheists have long discussed disbelief in the comfort of online anonymity.

“We have seen how important the Internet is, especially young people questioning their faith, and this provides them with another resource with a different focus,” said Jesse Galef, communications director for the Secular Student Alliance. “For people who want more guidance, I think this resource will be very valuable.”

Services that help religious doubters have thrived recently.

The Clergy Project, an online community for preachers who no longer believe in God, has grown from 52 to nearly 500 people since its founding in 2011, said Teresa MacBain, the former executive director of the project.

MacBain, a former pastor who converted to atheism, called the help line "another way for people to contact someone anonymously and discuss the struggles they are having for their beliefs.”

“If this project had been around when I found the Clergy Project, I would have used it.”

MacBain said she plans to get training as one of the counselors and hopes to be answering calls when the service launches.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • United States

soundoff (3,878 Responses)
  1. aallen333

    Now this is special – a hotline for those who doubt their doubts so that they no longer have doubts about their doubts. Anyone else confused? I sure am. Can the doubters out there help me understand my doubts – I mean their doubts – I mean their faith in their doubts – or is it their doubt in their faith. Atheism is a bottomless pit whose very definition demonstrates its meaning has no meaning.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • lol??

      They even call it converting. I actually liked Dyslexic doG as a kitty before he had his change operation. A copykitty somehow seems more honest than a copydog but I guess he needed to be run across the copy editor's desk for approval.

      June 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      if you actually read the article, you would see that the hotline is for the myriad people who have been brought up Christian but now realize how silly it all is but are afraid to be free of the cult because all their family and friends are cultists. It is a support line for the "doubters" to talk to people who have actually broken free of the harmful addiction of Christianity.

      June 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • Austin

      who now realize?

      why bacuase of an Archeopteryx?

      I experienced the revelation of the Holy Spirit. Imaging how that makes me feel about my secular university.

      I wish I could do more. There is a God of is so good our flesh doesnt like it because we are out done by a righteouss God.

      June 10, 2013 at 7:59 am |
  2. Dyslexic doG

    Christianity is nothing more than a pagan religion that caught on. It has its roots in other, older pagan religions that were common in the Mediterranean region before the supposed life of Jesus. There isn't a single original thing about it. Every tenant, and every story is borrowed from other religions. From the Garden of Eden, to the Great Flood, to the virgin birth, to the miracles, to the resurrection – all borrowed concepts from other religions.

    Mark wrote the first gospel several decades after the supposed life of Jesus – yet he is able to quote him, word for word? How is that? He never met him. And the other three gospels were copied from Mark. Whether Jesus was divine, or just a prophet, was an item of debate amongst early followers, and wasn't decided for good until the council of Nicea in the fourth century. It was put to a vote, and "divine" won by a narrow margin! A vote!

    Christianity is no different than astrology, fairy tales, and psychics. It's nothing but a conglomeration of myths, perpetuated by those craving money and power.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
  3. Dyslexic doG

    Christians also need to know about (but will probably be in denial about) Horus from Egypt in 3000 BC (Jesus is a copy of Horus), or Attis from Greece in 1500 BC (Jesus is a copy of Attis), or Mithra from Persia in 1200BC (Jesus is a copy of Mithra), or Krishna from India in 900BC (Jesus is a copy of Krishna), or Dionysus from Greece in 500 BC (Jesus is a copy of Dionysus) .... or any of the DOZENS of other gods predating the bronze age book character Jesus who were born of a virgin on Dec 25, traveled as a teacher, had 12 disciples, performed miracles, was killed and lay dead for 3 days and was resurrected.

    You Christians are not even original! What a joke!

    June 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • lol??

      Quote some of their scripture for a look-see.

      June 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      lol, As you can see the Horus myths predate the Jesus myths by 2500 to 3000 years. Religious texts are rarer when a religion is out of fashion. Even in the recent news you see one type of religion destroying sites of another – the same would have happened to texts.

      June 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • doG catcher

      Post your source please!

      Most of these claims have been debunked.

      The only place you will find these claims is on (loonie) atheist web sites.

      That is the truth.

      Post where the Bible says Jesus was born on December 25th and I will donate $3,000 to this hotline.

      June 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Did he claim the bible said that, you moron? You can't even read, honey.

      June 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
    • doG catcher

      Nowhere does it say that Jesus was born on December 25th.

      Or for any of these other myths.

      Why do you let his misinformation slide? You just hate Christians so much you don't care about facts?

      June 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • doG catcher

      "or any of the DOZENS of other gods predating the bronze age book character Jesus who were born of a virgin on Dec 25, traveled as a teacher, had 12 disciples, performed miracles, was killed and lay dead for 3 days and was resurrected."

      This statement is just not true.

      Post a reputable web site that backs this up.

      All I can find are crappy atheist pages – and they have no sources.

      Lies.

      June 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      catcher, You'll be telling us next that evolution is not true. All you can find are crappy scientific sites and scientists, so how can that outweigh myths that are centuries old?

      June 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
    • doG catcher

      I believe in evolution. As do millions of other Christians. There are a lot Christians that know a lot more about evolution than you do. That is a fact, Jack.

      June 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • doG catcher

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithras_in_comparison_with_other_belief_systems

      Look at that site – I show that to the loonies that post lies about Christianity stealing from Mithras.

      It just doesn't add up. That doG lies. Don't listen to him!

      June 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
    • derp

      http://zeitgeistchallenge.com/

      Dd hasn't won just yet, but likes to keep posting nonsense.

      June 6, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • faith

      tolerance of religious idiocy is coming to a swift end...

      enough is enough.

      the AnViL™

      there is NO god.

      you are an idiot and should be sterilized.

      it is my sincere hope you have no contact with children – and if by chance you do – you should be restricted access to children immediately.

      tolerance of religious idiocy is coming to a swift end...

      enough is enough
      the AnViL™

      there is NO god.

      you are an idiot and should be sterilized.

      it is my sincere hope you have no contact with children – and if by chance you do – you should be restricted access to children immediately.

      tolerance of religious idiocy is coming to a swift end...

      enough is enough

      Darth AnViL
      ancient middle eastern slave cults are physically, psychologically, and socially dangerous to all of humanity.

      the abrahamic religions are predicate on ignorance, misogyny, fear, hate, division, bigotry, and intolerance.

      if one thing is clear, if history has shown us anything... it is the complete and total lack of divinity in xianity.

      it is impossible for any adherent of xianity to "be nice" and still remain faithful to the admonitions, instructions and edicts in their bibles.

      xians are virtually identical to their muslim cousins. they seek to control others and eschew liberty. they seek to restrict others and stomp on equality.

      xianity – being a slave cult, has instilled the slave mentality in its adherents. they literally desire to be eternally dominated by an unjust, megalomaniacal, vain, jealous, homicidal, infanticidal, intolerant, bigoted, hate filled, imaginary man who lives in the sky.

      they believe it is their moral, ethical, and divine duty to assert that if others do not believe as they do – they are damned to an eternity in a lake of fire. most of them, with great pride and glee are happy to point this out, and relish in the idea that those who do not agree with them will suffer infinitely. evidence of the malevolent nature of xianity

      June 10, 2013 at 7:43 am |
    • faith

      murdoch didn't provide proof when chad asked her to back up this garbage. she didn't when i asked her and bart erhman said she is an idiot for concocting this b u l l c r p

      Dyslexic doG
      Christians also need to know about (but will probably be in denial about) Horus from Egypt in 3000 BC (Jesus is a copy of Horus), or Attis from Greece in 1500 BC (Jesus is a copy of Attis), or Mithra from Persia in 1200BC (Jesus is a copy of Mithra), or Krishna from India in 900BC (Jesus is a copy of Krishna), or Dionysus from Greece in 500 BC (Jesus is a copy of Dionysus) .... or any of the DOZENS of other gods predating the bronze age book character Jesus who were born of a virgin on Dec 25, traveled as a teacher, had 12 disciples, performed miracles, was killed and lay dead for 3 days and was resurrected.

      You Christians are not even original! What a joke!

      June 10, 2013 at 7:47 am |
  4. Dyslexic doG

    Christians need to know that (but will probably be in denial about) he King James version of the new testament was completed in 1611 by 8 members of the church of England. There were (and still are) NO original texts to translate. The oldest manuscripts we have were written down 100's of years after the last apostle died. There are over 8,000 of these old manuscripts with no two alike. The king james translators used none of these anyway. Instead they edited previous translations to create a version their king and parliament would approve. So.... 21st century christians believe the "word of god" is a book edited in the 17th century from the 16th century translations of 8,000 contradictory copies of 4th century scrolls that claim to be copies of lost letters written in the 1st century.

    June 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
    • lol??

      Dogs only like bones they can sink their teeth into. Fetch, boy!

      June 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      foow,foow!

      June 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
  5. The game of philosophy

    It's always easier to come up with questions than to come up with answers.

    June 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
    • LinCA

      @The game of philosophy

      You said, "It's always easier to come up with questions than to come up with answers."
      If you want an answer that is correct, yes. Now, if you are a believer, then the answer is clear cut.

      June 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Marv

    I would imagine that doubters would require a great deal of support, doubting every move they make. As a believer in God and His Annointed (Yeshua), He has given me great confidence in life. I used to have doubts and wondered often about life and its meaning. Now, having received Yeshua/Jesus as Lord and Savior everything is amazingly clear to me. There is peace there for those who seek. Shalom

    June 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      It's for the religious who are having doubts; I wouldn't expect it is every move they make.

      June 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
    • sam stone

      marv: why did you feel that life must have some grand meaning?

      June 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
  7. Hey atheist, how much is your soul worth?
    June 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • Roger

      That reminds me, my tennis shoes are shot. Dress shoes in pretty good shape though.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • Hey atheist, how much is your soul worth?

      400 bucks according to an atheist who auctioned his soul on eBay

      June 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • Hey Christian, how much is your soul worth?

      ??

      June 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
    • Salero21

      you don't got no soul no brain neither

      June 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
    • Christian

      Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” The human soul is a priceless treasure; it is the real you. In fact, the Bible teaches that your soul is more valuable than the whole world! And yet, many people “sell their souls” for what surely are petty bargains.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • Chuckles

      How much will you give me for this "soul" you speak of?

      June 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      Who was the suck er who paid $400.00 for a soul?

      June 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Says the idiot Salero, who never met a punctuation mark he knew how to use. Dumbfvck.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • JWT

      I traded my soul in for great parkings spots at the malls.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
    • Why call the 1-800-lost soul?

      Why then would a Christian whose soul is priceless call an atheist whose soul is up for auctioning, can't fetch more than 400 measly bucks?

      June 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Salero sucks the big one daily.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • Huebert

      What are you offering?

      June 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
    • Why call the 1-800-lost soul?

      We don't bid for souls, if you belonged to Him, you would know better than not to offer your soul which is your intrinsic worth.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • Water_On_Mars

      I had an atheist tell me he has no soul.

      Poor thing.

      And then I remembered – he is a soul. He has a body.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
    • Huebert

      You can't determine what my intrinsic worth is. It doesn't work like that.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
    • violeteastwood

      Amen – Hard is the Road and Narrow is the way and few people will want to stay on this narrow road so therefore they will go on to the road that is broad because its Easier.... Im talking to Christians who are falling away here (just as in John chapter 6 verse 60 – 66) Remember this struggling brothers also – WHAT WOULD YOU EXCHANGE YOUR SOUL FOR?

      June 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • Bob

      Right on! @violeteastwood.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      soul and god, both imaginary.

      June 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
  8. Gay Marriage News

    We've recently seen delays of expected approvals for gay marriage in Illinois & Australia are temporary set-backs, BUT:

    Great news in the UK Tuesday night as the House of Lords passed the same-se-x marriage act. The bill has already cleared the lower house. There are some procedures that bill must still go through, one of which is receiving QEII's signature. Some senior clergy have expressed that the queen will be breaking her coronation oath by signing such a bill. But despite even a recent warning by the Archbishop of Canterbury, "The Telegraph" reports that the Church of England is giving up its fight against gay marrige:

    [ In a short statement, the established Church said that the scale of the majorities in both the Commons and Lords made clear that it is the will of Parliament that same se-x couples “should” be allowed to marry.

    The Bishop of Leicester, who leads the bishops in the House of Lords, said they would now concentrate their efforts on “improving” rather than halting an historic redefinition of marriage. ]

    June 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm |

    • (that are temporary set-backs)

      June 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      my fiance and i are straight against hate and fully support our g.ay brothers and sisters in their fight for marriage equality.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      F.alse pr.eachers are e.nsuring the c.ommands of God are d.iluted.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Sorry H.S. – all those "false preachers" use the exact same book you use to justify their actions.

      June 5, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      midwest rail, the difference is they are telling folks what they want to hear instead of what you need to hear. God Bless ALL the lost souls.

      June 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
    • midwest rail

      What a shock that you didn't address the point at all.

      June 5, 2013 at 10:24 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Who says that you know what anyone else "needs", HS? You got fired from a job because you couldn't stop telling others what to do and how to live. Didn't you learn anything?

      June 5, 2013 at 10:24 pm |
    • mama k

      says one of 40,000 (HS) about another of the 40,000,

      yawn

      June 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Dyslexic doG

    anyway ... I'm going off into my cave for a nap for ... oh, let's say 3 days ...

    If you don't find me there after my nap don't go making up any crazy stories about me going off to some magical land in the sky or anything, I'll have just ducked out for a nice enob and a drink of retaw.

    vaya con dios amigos.

    June 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • :(

      Get some rest. Thanks for playing. Be a good llil' doggie!

      🙂

      .

      June 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      foow 🙂

      June 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
  10. Dyslexic doG

    I don't believe I have any powers at all you curious lot. I am pointing out the fact that if your God could have done what you say he did, then it should be effortless for him to make this world a better place rather than the imperfect place that it is.

    He's either an imperfect God or he doesn't give a sh1t.

    June 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
  11. Susan StoHelit

    Love the idea of the hotline. I've seen many people talk about how hard it was to deal with their doubts and feelings while realizing they were atheist in highly religious communities where even their own spouse might not be willing to talk with them about it.

    June 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • Sit Com

      atheist: Hewwo, my feewing on huwt.

      penn & teller: watch an episode of my hilarious show – BS!

      atheist: oh. ok. Will that make me feew bettew?

      penn & teller: absolutely. thanks for calling.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • Zandie

      What two-year old calls a national hotline? Or is it a hotline for lispers?

      I find it hilarious that the only people on here who lisps in reality are the Goddies acting juvenile, because they cannot believe other people don't swallow the God thing.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @Sit Com

      It's better than talking to yourself and convincing yourself that god can hear you.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      agreed, susan. you can feel very alone when you come out as an atheist, rejected by family, friends and community. this support line is a great idea.

      ignore the christian haters. they're mad because facts and the internet are killing religion.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      I think of Jerry DeWitt when I read this story. The pentecostal preacher who was outed as an atheist and then shuned by the community. He even lost his secular job because of it. DeWitt needs a lot of support because of this trauma.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
  12. Bill Deacon

    The part I love about the hotline is that it has yet to be named.

    It seems there are 40,000 names and they can't agree which one reflects the true nature of the hotline.

    June 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Call it line of hinduism, ignorance, or of hindu Lucifer, crook self centered.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • uber alles

      Yes Billy but the Christians have had 2000 years to name their 40,000 different cults, all in good time. You know of course your myth would look a hell of a lot better if you jesus freaks could just learn to get along.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      All Catholics pray that unity may be restored.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • Science

      What unity is there Bill...........the old pope says there are NO angels at the nativity scene?

      June 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I think you've misread something Science. I've invited you to post the link to your delusion but you haven't so I suppose there isn't one. The unity exists within the body of Christ.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      "The unity exists within the body of Christ."

      So unity is imaginary?

      June 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Science

      Posted it many times billy it is on CNN the book billie I will repost it here again Billy ...........who where you that day ?

      Pope's book on Jesus debunks Christmas myths

      https://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/22/popes-book-on-jesus-debunks-christmas-myths/?iref=allsearch

      June 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • Science

      So who where that day Billy ?

      June 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • Science

      Oops forgot you.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Bill,
      "All Catholics pray that unity may be restored."

      How's that progressing?

      June 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • Science

      Come on Billy seems to me you have misplaced your fairy in the sky aye ................no angels Billy sort of shoots the deal

      all to sh-it does it NOT ?

      June 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
    • Science

      hey Bill the truth comes out about the angels after all these years Bill ................what does that teach the children BILLY ?

      June 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
    • Science

      Well Bill the chicken did cross the road ..................but bill can not it looks like ?

      June 6, 2013 at 7:16 am |
  13. Dyslexic doG

    If I was powerful enough to have created the universe, we wouldn't need a Recovering from Religion hotline because I would not allow any religion.

    So there, you whiny lot. On topic. Succinct. Not trolling.

    Do you have anything to add about the Bible because I think it's a second rate story book written by goat herders. It invites ridicule because of it's ludicrous content. How could any logical thinking person resist?

    June 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      So you wouldn't allow this:

      “Religion that God our father counts as pure and faultless is this, to look after widows and orphans in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

      June 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      that was written by a man, not your God.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      but it's a noble sentiment @Bill. Thanks for that one.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • Science

      Dyslexic doG....................life comes NOT from the nasty bible !

      Life On Earth Shockingly Comes from out of This World

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605144326.htm

      June 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I'll keep it over your blather

      June 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      There would be no widows and orphans in Dyslexic doG's universe.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • :(

      Do it! Don't just talk about it! Put your money where your mouth is, or shut the (*&(*& up! Create life and a better universe, show us you are better than God.

      Can you? What are you if you can't back up your words and claims?

      I think you are a coward.

      You are yellow.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      No death? Then how would evolution work?

      June 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • uber alles

      Secular in the dog's universe there could be no Bill Deacon as there would be no Satan, therefore no spawn of the devil, Billy.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • uber alles

      Secular in the dog's universe there could be no Bill Deacon as there would be no Satan, therefore no sp.awn of the devil, Billy.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • What IF

      Oh, get a clue, sad face.

      DD's banter consists of what he would do ***IF*** he had the whiz-bang powers that you fantasize about in your "God" character - not that DD *does* have them.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Only people who agree with you? Your screen name is apt.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      : ( is hysterical. She want's evidence to back up doG's claims but has no evidence to backup his/her's.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • :(

      Ok, *if* he was smarter... he would get paid for his opinions.

      Not troll.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      Bill, No death would not imply no breeding, so how does that negate evolution?

      June 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      And Bill wants a book on morals so he can know what a moral stance is!

      June 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      If I may be so bold, evolution is not an issue because everything is created perfectly in the beginning.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      @Secular Humanist from Ohio.

      You're awesome!

      June 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      and @sad face

      I do get paid handsomely for my opinions. 🙂

      June 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      Thank you doG. Same to you.

      June 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  14. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    A plain can not fly without being in constant, truth of its design, as specified by the designer, nor are human in existence, without being in following of truth absolute of their design, One in hindu atheism, ignorant self center ism is not flying in life, but a relic of a junk yard.

    June 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  15. Daniel Dennett talks to Google

    Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking (5/22/2013)
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q_mY54hjM0&w=640&h=360]

    June 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • Science

      Hey Vicky truth is found in fossil records NOT the NASTY bible ........some 40 million years ago where was the bible ?

      'Lizard King' Fossil Shows Giant Reptiles Coexisted With Mammals During Globally Warm Past

      June 5, 2013 — Some 40 million years before rock singer Jim Morrison's lyrics earned him the moniker "the Lizard King," an actual king lizard roamed the hot tropical forests of Southeast Asia, competing with mammals for food and other resources.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605090421.htm

      June 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
  16. Don't feed the Dyslexic llorT

    I expect for everyone that hates the trolls like Chad, Reailty or HS to agree that Dyslexic is no different than they are.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Pete

      doG is saying something original here, and actually makes makes a good point, unlike Chad et al.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Alias

      It's not that original, but he is making a good point.
      Over, and over, and over again,

      June 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • :(

      doG is full of resentment, hate and bitterness.

      He is doing more harm to himself than others.

      He'll grow out of it someday.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
    • He is doing more ham to himself than others.

      I agree! Wheres my Bacon DD?

      June 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • Don't feed the Dyslexic llorT

      So it's ok that he is an obvious troll as long as he is a troll you support Alias and Pete? Very well, hypocrisy noted.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Dyslexic is not doing anything but pointing out the absurdities of the bible. He's not more a troll than anyone else on this blog. And yes, we will support him...HeavenSent and her boy toy Chad have you and LoonyLamb to support them, Dysliexic has us! Some of us enjoy his posts, no-one is forcing you to read them.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Just Desserts...

      with whip cream on top!

      June 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • :(

      They are blind.

      They claim religious people are so horrible – but act just like them!

      Poor guys. 😦

      June 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • :(

      Truth Prevails 🙂

      What are grade are you in? 4th or 5th grade?

      Making up slurs for people's names?

      None of your 'atheist' friends will be honest with you, so I will let you know the truth:

      You are immature and your behavior on here reminds me of an elementary student starved for attention.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Pete

      Alias
      He's a lot more original than Chad. That boy keeps putting out the same 2 or 3 posts, over and over. Boring!

      June 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      Keep it coming 😦 !

      June 5, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      That's : (

      June 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • Cool Whup

      Just Desserts...
      "with whip cream on top!"

      It's "whipped cream".

      June 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • Pete

      Don't feed the Dyslexic llorT
      What errors do doG make that make him a troll? As far as I'm concerned he just makes insightful comments about how a perfect God should behave. Are his comments intentionally inaccurate? If so, how?

      June 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • Don't feed the Dyslexic llorT

      Truth Prevails, that has to be the lamest response I've ever seen on here. Dyslexic is a TROLL. If he wanted to point out what he sees as absurd he could do it with one or two posts. He is EXACTLY like Reailty, HS and Chad. Multiple posts without reference in many cases that covers not just one page on here but multiple pages.

      I don't support trolls on either side. Your hypocrisy is noted.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      What kind of limpdick adult uses an emoticon as a handle? A troll calling someone else a troll?

      June 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      thanks ladies and gents. my cup runneth over!

      Glad to make atheists happy and equally glad to upset the Christians. 🙂

      June 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • :(

      doG spams the comment sections with the same posts day after day after day.

      dog = spammer

      June 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Don't feed the Dyslexic llorT

      Pete, one definition of trol is, "someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."

      What does dog's multiple comments have to do with the hotline that this blog is about? None of his recent comments have a thing to do with the hotline. He is merely looking for an emotional response like HS, Chad and certain other on here.

      "Glad to make atheists happy and equally glad to upset the Christians"
      Thank you for the as sist troll, remember a troll's primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response.

      Good job dog.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      I do not agree that Dyslexic doG is the same a Chad, HS, or lionlylamb. DD makes sense.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • :(

      doG is ACTING like a troll, can you admit that?

      Or are you blind to that, too.

      Talk about DELUSIONAL people.

      You are one! We now have proof.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Don't: I didn't expect you to like it. Nor do I care. My comment is no more lame than your whining about Dyslexic's posts.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      @Secular Humanist ... thanks for the assist! my divine tail is wagging up here. 🙂

      June 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Your pedantic attempts to convince everyone that doG is a troll has successfully bored me tears... Ciao...

      June 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      You're welcome. Just please don't ask me to torture and sacrifice a dog for you, if I may be so presumptuous!

      June 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      no torture or sacrifice in my universe.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • X(

      He created robots that only do the right thing. they are perfect just like doG (snicker, snicker).

      no flaws.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • Don't feed the Dyslexic llorT

      If anything, this all shows very well how many hypocrites there are on here.
      The unofficial rule is that you are not a troll if people agree with you. That's why dog isn't a troll.

      So I guess that means if there is even one person that agrees with HS, Colin, Reality or Chad that they are not trolls either. It'll be fun to see how many atheist hypocrites there are on here.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • sam

      Are you just about done whining about it? Jesus, no one cares.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Don't feed the Dyslexic llorT

      Thank you for caring enough to post your comment sammy 😉

      June 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • The real Tom

      The only backward troll here is you, idiot.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
    • The real Tom

      He's quite different. He's on the other side of the debate, and that's what gripes your ass, isn't it?

      June 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
    • Don't feed the Dyslexic llorT

      No Tommy, I have no use for any troll on here.

      Do you support the trollish behavior of Reailty, Chad and doG? Or do you only support trolls that are on your side?

      June 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  17. Stephen Hawking is an Idiot!!!!

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LkZwwD1zpE&w=640&h=360]

    June 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Pete

      I somehow doubt that you have the IQ to consider Hawking an "idiot". I really, really, REALLY doubt it.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Worse than that...

      he doesn't even have the IQ to "consider" Hawking at all.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Hawking's an "idiot" because you have sh!tty taste in music and think this dreck proves something?

      What a lamebrain.

      June 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  18. Dyslexic doG

    If I was powerful enough to have created the universe, I wouldn't have a hissy fit and drown the world because people didn't do what I said. That’s the difference between me and your God.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
    • :(

      So if you loved your creation – and saw them following a path to destruction – you would just sit there and watch it?

      Booo!

      June 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • Secular Humanist from Ohio

      Don't stop DD. I'm laughing my a$$ off.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
    • Why

      Since when does "correction" involve mass murder, :(?
      I REALLY hope you don't have children.

      June 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      I wouldn't have allowed them to be bad in the first place. Why make them bad and punish them for it? sheesh!

      June 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Do you allow your children to be bad?

      June 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • X(

      dog created Robots that can only do good. He forces them to love him.
      (It isn't really love, they don't have a choice) -> don't tell him!

      June 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      It's interesting to give dog the chance to describe his perfect universe (We'll hold off on the prototype and production model for now) but he doesn't get very far before his model fails does he?

      June 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Where did the model fail?

      June 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
  19. Dyslexic doG

    If I was powerful enough to have created the universe, I wouldn't be so narcissistic that I would want people to worship me. That’s the difference between me and your God.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      Yea, it's like the germs in my body, worshipping me. I wouldn't even care....

      June 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • :(

      You are one of the most narcissistic personalities on here.

      Why are you such a hypocrite?

      You are worse than the God you profess to hate.

      BooooooO!

      June 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      @sad face

      you really are lame. Can't you add anything insightful to the conversation?

      June 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
    • :(

      Right back at you, doG!

      June 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
  20. AverageJoe76

    You have to ask this, "If God doesn't like sin, why'd he make a reality with sin?"

    I HATE BEETS. So I would not make a salad with beets. Seems simple enough.

    June 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Didn't god almost push them to screw up? He planted that tree there and when they ate from it is when they were punished...how were they to know not to eat from it if he didn't tell them not to?

      June 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Zandie

      Now, see, things would have been better if He never mentioned that tree at all. All I can think is that God was bored with his little goody two-shoes couple and wanted to stir things up...drama. He is a drama King. Of course, He knew what they would choose...so in reality, not much of a surprise.

      June 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
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