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I probably shouldn't put this off anymore, so I'm just going to jump on it and improvise. I'm pretty sure the show is over. It was a ton of fun doing it, but with work and my son and my wife in school I simply don't have time to do it anymore.

Other folks have offered to take over but I don't really feel comfortable with that. Quit while you're ahead, sez I.

Anyhow, I payed for another year of hosting, so the archive of podcasts will be available for at least that long.

I really enjoyed podcasting, so I might do something again in the future. I'll keep you posted.

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Terrorist attack in Sweden, multiple deaths reported.

Started by Lauren Ell. Last reply by Lauren Ell Apr 9. 2 Replies

Hijacked truck plowed into people on one of…Continue

Tags: Islam, Stockholm, Terrorism, Sweden

Christian Jihad Poised

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Mar 4. 3 Replies

While Trump has flip-flopped on a variety of issues, Pence has been a reliable stalwart throughout his public life in the cause of Christian jihad.…Continue

Tags: US theocracy, government overthrow, Christian supremacist movement

Churches descend into politics

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 18, 2016. 0 Replies

Simon Brown posted this, as he left five years with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.…, I am especially saddened on a personal level by Trump’s…Continue

Tags: Johnson Amendment repeal

Humanist Marriage "Demonic?" - Angry Christian Rails Against Humanism — This Atheist’s Polite Response Is Perfect

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by kathy: ky Oct 26, 2016. 18 Replies

British TV Show The Big Questions showed Discuss Jesus founder Taiwo Adewuyi holding forth hilariously on how "humanist marriage," legal in Scotland but not in England, is demonic. He gets his…Continue

FABULOUS Article in US News!

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 9, 2016. 21 Replies

Good Without God in 2016 Media should…Continue

A straight up truth from Pope Frankie's mouth!

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Gerald Payne Dec 3, 2015. 12 Replies

Pope says fundamentalism is 'disease of all religions'Aboard the papal plane (AFP) - Pope Francis said fundamentalism is "a disease of all religions", including the Roman Catholic Church, as he…Continue

Tags: Fundamentalism, Catholic, Vatican

Valerie Tarico Interviews Chris Johnson, Creator of Atheist-Themed Book and Documentary Film, A Better Life

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Aug 31, 2015. 25 Replies

I hadn't run across the name Chris Johnson before reading this article from Alternet/Salon, but Johnson published A Better Life last year, a coffee table book in which he details the lives of various…Continue

Tags: morality, atheism

This Church Service In Tennessee Includes Everything But God

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 4, 2015. 8 Replies

There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church…Continue

Atheists Become More Visible and Vocal in Zambia

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Institute for Ethics and Emerging  Technologies. is a very religious nation... officially declared a…Continue

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Norway Accuses Catholic Church of Fraud.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 2, 2015. 11 Replies

We all know the Catholic Church is a fraud everywhere, and in many ways.  It's nice to see they were caught with their financial pants down, instead of the other kind.…Continue

Tags: Catholic Fraud

Brother Kills Brother Over Ramadan Fasting

Started by Pat. Last reply by Joseph P Jun 26, 2015. 9 Replies

Well, the religion of peace has shone its amity and kindness yet once…Continue

Warren city Atheist sues to set up alternative to prayer station at city hall

Started by Joe. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 16, 2015. 6 Replies

A Warren atheist filed a federal lawsuit today saying his free speech rights were violated when Warren Mayor Jim Fouts turned down his request to place what he called a “reason station” inside city…Continue

Previously Unpublished Interview with The Hitch

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ian Mason Feb 13, 2015. 1 Reply

Why Evolution Is True claims to have a 2005…Continue

Tags: Hitchens, Christopher

Lawsuit: State trooper preached about Jesus during traffic stop (

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 12, 2014. 51 Replies

I am just going to get out of the way of this one ... though when I saw the headline on…Continue

Tags: police, Indiana, proselytize

S.E. Cupp: I’m a ‘Better’ Atheist than Bill Maher

Started by Joe. Last reply by Regina Goodwin Oct 12, 2014. 45 Replies

In a new online video for Crossfire the pundit makes the claim that conservative atheists are actually “better” than liberal ones,…Continue

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Comment by Rob N on May 27, 2010 at 4:19am
@TNT, no way, I'm so disappointed; he's a JW and a conspiracy theorist! That's gonna take some serious cognitive dissonance to carry on enjoying his music
Comment by Susan Stanko on May 26, 2010 at 9:42pm
Well, he always was a little weird.
Comment by TNT666 on May 26, 2010 at 9:37pm
Aw dang, I never knew Prince was a witness, we have celebrtity atheist lists, do we also have celebrity religion lists?

Prince: I am a Jehovah's Witness
Comment by TNT666 on May 21, 2010 at 4:35am
Nice choice of words Amy. Interesting
Comment by Nikki Chaffin on May 18, 2010 at 9:01pm
Yes Rob, typical JW. They're the most lost of them all I think. Probably because there is no leniency, there's a constant indoctrination process going on not to succumb to the evil's of "worldly" people. There's so many hours a week spent in meetings and such, they can't associate with anyone outside of their religion unless they're in service. The blood thing is a big deal and one they don't deviate from. It's sad, no more sad I suppose than what goes on in other extreme reliigions. I think what makes JW's different, scarier, is that if you are a person who believes god exists and that the bible is the word of god, then it's much easier to succumb to the rest that follows with them, because the bible is taken so literally, piece by piece. If you know better though, you're safe, even though they're very trained in all the talking points for the door to door service. So glad I'm not on that side anymore.
And yes I fully agree with your comments of earthquakes and suffering. I pondered it a lot a few years ago, how people can claim that Oh god has a plan or whatever nonsense, when one person survives or many die. I don't think had I not gone through such an intense ordeal of suffering would I have ever arrived where I'm at now. It's the only good thing that came out of it.
Comment by Rob N on May 18, 2010 at 6:19pm
Wow, some really moving posts guys, Amy thanks for the considered response. Nikki, welcome to the group, I'm sorry to hear about your accident but glad you seem to have come through it stronger.

Amy, I know what you mean that you "WANT to see things as they REALLY are, not as I want them to be."

I think that's something all Atheists have in common, I agree that the best way to make people question their faith is to be a good person and an Atheist; two things which aren't supposed to go together. I find humanism gives me more of a moral direction, and also tells a person more about my life-stance; saying you're Atheist is fine, it says you don't believe in any god, but to say you're a Humanist says more, it says we don't need gods because there is majesty and beauty in humanity, we can take credit for the amazing things we've done; and keep striving to do more. We know what is right/wrong, moral/immoral, and we don't need scripture to dictate it to us, we can work it out for ourselves.

Nikki mentioned earthquakes, it always annoys me that if a child is pulled from the wreckage after two days, it is called a 'miracle', and god is thanked. Why are people thanking him for saving one when he's killed hundreds? Why not thank the rescue worker or whoever pulled the poor thing from the rubble? Whose determination when others had given up, paid off. To thank god for everything, and not ourselves is infantile.

Nikki, a Jehovah's Witness died in my city this week, he was 16 and was hit by a car, he refused a blood transfusion due to his religion; he had been canvassing at the time to spread god's word. Of course it makes no sense to us because 'The lord works in mysterious ways.'
Comment by Amy on May 18, 2010 at 4:12pm
Back to Rob's question of how to talk to an indoctrinated person without arguing.... I don't think there's any good textbook approach out there. Every situation is different, and there's no way to predict what (or who) will have an impact on a person. I have some Christian friends who I'm not even going to bother discussing anything with...there's no point. I don't think they're open to hearing about it, and I don't want to waste my energy and get frustrated (and misunderstood!) if I don't have to. On the other hand, I have a Christian co-worker who I've shared my story with (a former pastor, no less). He seemed genuinely interested, and believe me, if someone wants to hear about it... I'll tell them :)

So... I bring things up now and then, here and there...always watching to see if anyone seems open to a future conversation. I try to be sensitive to the Christian's response (including their body language), and don't push it beyond their comfort zone. Some people wouldn't "get it" if you banged them over the head with it...they're just not ready. The best way to effect those people is to be a good person, and love others. A non-believer being a good person is a walking contradiction to scripture :D

Trust the process. "When the student is ready, the teacher appears."
Comment by Nikki Chaffin on May 18, 2010 at 3:23pm
Thank you Joan, I'm as recovered as I'm ever going to be which is not fully, but it's not where I was. My neck was crushed and rebuilt with cadavor vertebrae, my face was crushed and rebuilt...amongst a slew of other things. I take it day by day.
It is interesting how once we see how the rest of the world and cultures behave and all the different religions, how simple it is to see the obvious. That was also part of my epiphany. Months on the couch laid up watching news, watching people blow themselves up on the other side of the world in the name of their god. Thinking of all the cultures and societies that have come and gone over thousands and thousands of years and how they each had a god of some kind that was "the only one". People walking in blind faith, simply because they are a product of their environment. If I'd been born in another time, another land, who knows what kind of veil I'd be living under, what kind of lie I'd be living. That for me is the hardest part of this realization, of being here now as an atheist, that so many are living this one life that they have in a complete utter lie, and then they die. And what was it all for? It's sad. It's why I'm so glad to have found this site, to know that there are people who don't live that lie, I'm not the only person who seems to know the truth, it's heartening.
Comment by Nikki Chaffin on May 18, 2010 at 3:11pm
That is interesting, the arrival at the title of Atheist. I think I only firmly arrived at it myself yesterday when I found this website. When I found myself attaching the badge to my Facebook profile. I've never called myself an atheist for I guess the same reason as your uncle, rather a non believer, free thinker, etc. But it's all the same, and I guess I realized that when I got here and read "A community of non-theists." Well, that's me, a nontheist, thus an Atheist. It seemed easy. I wondered how many people I'll lose from my friends list for having done this, but then didn't care. It's important to be true to me, not them. And since ultimately I can't have respect for the people who live in that bubble of "god", I guess it just dont matter. I need to surround myself with people I can respect or at least can enter a friendship with that part not having already been removed. :)
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 18, 2010 at 1:49pm
Nikki, I am so very sorry to learn of your tragic car accident and your profound injuries. I hope you fully recovered. My tradition was Methodist and Presbyterian, but the bindings were awful. It was while doing research in China and talking to women whose feet had been bound that I realized footbinding and mindbinding coexist. An old Chinese woman told me she had endured an assault on her physical body when she was four years old and her feet were bound. The really difficult assault was the mental binding of her mind.

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