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Religion is but a myth and superstition
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Sam Harris & Objective Morality

Sam Harris argues that morality has to do with happiness and well-being of humans and other conscious beings. This is objective and can be quantified. We can also determine what changes this happiness. Actions that increase this happiness are moral. Actions that decrease this happiness are immoral.

For coming up with objective moral truths, I trust Sam far more than any gods or religious people. Science and philosophy can advance, while religions are stuck with old "holy" books often filled with torture and killing by the gods or in the name of the gods, and rules that decrease the happiness and well-being of many people.

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life. See his talk and article "Moral confusion in the name of `science'." And, read his new book The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

Recent videos:
Richard Dawkins: Darwin and the case for 'militant atheism'
New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior
Andy Thomson: Why We Believe in Gods

Latest Video Humor:
The Christian Music Hall of Shame
The Invention of Lying
Atheist Video Pulled by YouTube

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In the news:
"I think we should keep this clean, keep it simple, go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant. They’re quite clear that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments."
- Sarah Palin on "The O'Reilly Factor" 5/06/10

Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion

The real reason atheists have higher IQs

Republicans v secular America

In the Name of God: The Neuron Bomb of Terrorism by Michael Shermer

Blasphemy Battles Continue at the UN

Silicon Valley Coalition of Reason has been created as a community of atheists, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers in general.

The Angry Evolutionist by Richard Dawkins

Geography of No Religion 40% - 114 million people - claim no religious affiliation

New Study Links Religion to Immoral Behavior

Is Belief in God Hurting America? Prosperity is highest in societies where religion is practiced least

New study of the brain shows that facts and beliefs are processed in exactly the same way

God and Science Don't Mix by Lawrence Krauss

Born believers: How your brain creates God

Non-religious on the Rise in all Regions of the Country

Most religious groups in USA have lost ground, survey finds

Research Finds that Atheists are Most Despised, Most Distrusted Minority

“With respect to public acknowledgment of religious belief, it is entirely clear from our nation's historical practices that the Establishment Clause permits this disregard of polytheists and believers in unconcerned deities, just as it permits the disregard of devout atheists.”
- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 06/2005

“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers.”
- President Barack Obama, in his Inaugural Address

Christianity: The belief that a cosmic Jewish zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree. — unknown

"Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him.  Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98.  Could anything — anything — be more ridiculous?  And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in."
— Sam Harris, The End of Faith

"Religion is the process of unconscious wish fulfillment, where, for certain people, if the process did not take place it would put them in self-danger of coming to mental harm, being unable to cope with the idea of a godless, purposeless life."
— Sigmund Freud

* Useful Articles *
Guess Who Doesn't Believe In God?
(10% of Protestants, 21% of Roman Catholics, and 52% of Jews)
The Necessity of Atheism - Why not to believe
* Videos *
The Naked Truth with Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and many more
The War On Christianity

  Remember: Islam is a Peaceful Religion

Why Join an Atheist Organization?

In a 1999 poll, 48% of Americans said they would not consider voting for an atheist. Some dictionaries offer an alternate definition of atheist as “wicked.” The Boy Scouts membership form says, “no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing his obligation to God.”

How are people supposed to know that atheists in fact do grow up to be the best kinds of American citizens every day — if we aren't visible? Atheists of Silicon Valley is reclaiming the A-word in our community by encouraging local atheists to come out of the closet and be open with friends, co-workers, neighbors and family. We're standing up and speaking out. 14% of Americans and 19% of Californians identify themselves as some kind of non-believer.  We may be a minority, but we're sizable and growing.  According to the American Religious Identification Survey, Americans who answered "none" when asked to identify their religion numbered 29.4 million in 2001, more than double the 14.3 million in 1990.

Don't be afraid of the A-word! If you're godless, concerned with the increasing god-talk in government and their schemes to funnel our tax dollars toward religious projects, or just need a safe place to sound-off and tell your religious jokes — then join us and experience how much you have in common with other atheists. We need your help. For the latest news, see our Events page.

If you're looking for reasons to be a freethinker, then read this short article on having a free mind.

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Philosophy is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat.
Metaphysics is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat that isn't there.
Theology is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat that isn't there and shouting “I found it!”

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Virgin Mary seen in Chicago underpass

A recent Newsweek poll found that 26% of registered voters think that atheists are inherently immoral, only 29% would vote for an atheist, and only 3% called themselves atheists.

A recent Pew Forum poll found that 67% of Americans believe the false idea that America was founded as a Christian nation.

Five evangelical Christian leaders signed the "Land Letter" to George W Bush in 2002 affirming a Christian theological basis to invade Iraq.

87% of all white evangelical Christians in the U.S. supported former President George W Bush's decision to go to war.

80% of white evangelical Christian voters voted for George W Bush in 2004.

Read Wayward Christian Soldiers about how Christians backed the Iraq war

A recent Gallup poll shows that 68% of Republicans still don't believe in the biological fact of evolution.

A Washington Post poll found that 80% of Katrina’s survivors said that the event strengthened their faith in God.  (With a god like that, who needs Satan?)

44% of Americans believe that Jesus will return to Earth sometime in the next 50 years.

In the recent Gallup Millennium Survey of religious attitudes, 49% of Danes, 52% of Norwegians, and 55% of Swedes said God did not matter to them. 64% of Czechs regarded God as not mattering at all.  While 82% of Americans say God is very important to them, less than 20% of Europeans make such statements.  Source: Utne Reader, 2004

Religion in Spain is mostly becoming tradition.

A 2004 ICM poll found that 98% of Nigerians claimed always to have believed in God, while 90% of Indonesians said they would die for their God or religious beliefs.

A govt. study in Ireland found that 87% of the population believe in God.  19% said tragedies such as the Asian tsunami, which killed 300,000 people, bolstered their belief.

In Kuwait, doubting the existence of God or Islam is punishable by law.

58% of Americans believe that it is necessary to believe in God to be moral. By contrast, only 13% of Europeans agree.

A recent world-wide study shows that religion fosters bad behavior.

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Atheism is the simple, logical conclusion based on the fact that there's not a single bit of reliable, empirical evidence that any god exists — and certainly not the Christian god Yahweh.  An atheist is one who has no belief in any god or gods.  We are an atheist organization founded by atheists for atheists.  We want to live religion-free lives and promote our U.S. Constitutional right of freedom from religion.  We are affiliated with American Atheists, and are committed to:

  • Defending the separation of government & religion, and the civil rights of atheists
  • Promoting critical thinking, with science as our basis for knowledge
  • Understanding our love and compassion
  • Promoting respect toward all Freethinkers
  • Educating the public about atheists & atheism
  • Meeting other atheists for mutual learning and enjoyment

NOTE: Most of us are not “geeks.”  We've always considered our website’s name to be a little joke.

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