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Hey guys.

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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A Christian Nationalist Blitz (Katherine Stewart - NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Jun 3, 2018. 7 Replies

America’s Christian nationalists have a new plan for advancing their legislative goals in state capitols across the country. Its stated aim is to promote “religious freedom.” Not shy, they call it…Continue

Tags: New York Times, Christian Nationalism, Project Blitz, Dominion

Churches descend into politics

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 24, 2018. 6 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

'No promo homo' laws affect millions of students across U.S. (NBC News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 10, 2018. 6 Replies

Annabeth Mellon said the sexual education lessons she received at her rural Alabama middle school were inadequate at best. “They separated men and women in two different rooms,” she told NBC News.…Continue

Tags: alternative, homosexuality, Alabama, LGBTQ, education

Thousands of teens will undergo 'conversion therapy' in near future, study estimates (NBC News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever Jan 28, 2018. 7 Replies

Tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth currently between the ages of 13 and 17 will undergo gay "conversion therapy" from a licensed health care professional, religious adviser or spiritual leader before…Continue

Tags: conversion therapy

Poland moves to end Sunday shopping

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Nov 29, 2017. 1 Reply

Religion-specific blue laws aren't just a relic of the past, unfortunately. Catholic Herald …Continue

Tags: church and state, Sunday shopping, blue laws

Terrorist attack in Sweden, multiple deaths reported.

Started by Lauren Ell. Last reply by Lauren Ell Apr 9, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

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

Started by Daniel W Jul 3, 2015. 0 Replies

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

Tags: skepticism in Africa

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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 25, 2018 at 4:02pm

That last item is a pretty thin bright side, Tom.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on January 25, 2018 at 3:52pm

Don’t be disappointed that the Mississippi legislator who introduced the Ten Commandments bill is a Democrat.

He might be pandering to Republican voters, so be disappointed only if the voters who elected him are Democrat.

Note also that the bill says TEACHERS AND STUDENTS who don’t want to recite the Commandments will be excused without penalty.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 25, 2018 at 3:43pm

I have to believe that the FFRF, Americans United, American Atheists and the ACLU will be all over this like white on rice.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 25, 2018 at 3:33pm

Separation anxiety!

Mississippi Bill Would Force Teachers to Recite the Ten Commandments Every Day


Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 25, 2018 at 2:14pm

The 'Underground Railroad' To Save Atheists
A vision to protect those persecuted for non-religion


The Atlantic

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2017 at 11:39pm

Joan, thanks so much for your interesting and thoughtful reply.  I asked my question because I was curious how you viewed the different religions and practices you encountered as you traveled around.  It sounds like the personal stories of the women you met who suffered horribly as a result of religion made a big impact on your road to reason.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 8:10pm

Carl, Part two of my response: 

The mother sewed up the labia so that the girl not only lost her clitoris; she was closed too tightly so that menstrual flow could not escape her body and was absorbed. She developed an infection that nearly took her life. She survived, married, and her husband forced his penis through her scarred labia, tearing it open. She developed further infections. She was barren, could have no children, so her husband threw her out as did her parents. These were the customs of her tribe. 

Somehow, she ran into the group, Women Helping Women, they gave her health care, food, housing and an education. She became a teacher and this day we sat in the shade of the beautiful temple at Cape Sounion.

From these two discussions, I came to my "ABCTVs" "Attitudes, Beliefs, Customs, Traditions, and Values. 

From where do VALUES  come and how can one identify them? Individuals, born into a society with ATTITUDES  about women that place them in second class citizenship or personhood, with BELIEFS  that they have the rights and responsibilities to take actions that may be detrimental to a person's mental or emotional being. Join these factors with CUSTOMS  that come from ancient sources, sometimes from primitive tribes, and TRADITIONS deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of people, there is no escape. From the time a child is born, parents, family, and society indoctrinated him or her into their tribe. 

Observe the behavior, listen to the words people chose and one can deduce their value system. 

Attitudes + Beliefs + Customs + Traditions, = Values.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 7:50pm

"Were you still a religious person when you visited Turkey and the other countries you've been to or were you already a non-believer?"

Carl, I just wrote a long response to your question and by some dumb move on my part, it disappeared. So I am giving you my short answer: Yes and No,

I began my Heros Journey as a believer and returned home as a nonbeliever, confident that I am on a healthy path to complete my life's journey. I am comfortable in saying, loudly and clearly, "I am an atheist!" There is not a spark of doubt and I am able and willing to take on any debate. 

Seeing the old woman in China sitting on a hospital bed who was suffering from back problems caused by her mother binding her feet when she was four-years old so that the little girl would grow into a woman with feet small enough to fit into the mouth of a man so that he had sexual pleasure. Her mother didn't think it was immoral to deliberately cripple her daughters' feet. Things didn't change for wealthy women in China for a thousand years until women stood up to their husbands, parents, society, and culture refusing to intentionally bring women to their emotional knees. 

Talking to an African woman while sitting on the steps of The Greek Temple of Poseidon where the poet Lord Byron, in 18ll, chiseled his name on a column and wrote a poem about the view from the temple of Cape Sounion.

Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I,
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep.

She was a teacher in Africa on vacation and we shared our stories. I told her I was looking for stories of women from different cultures in order to understand family violence. 

Her story was as wrenching as was the Chinese woman. She was born into a society with tribal rituals, one was to remove the clitoris of a girl before she started menstrual periods. The mother did the cutting with other women of the tribe holding her down. They used broken glass, sharp stones, knives that were not sterile, or any sharp object they had available. These were African traditions. The family had accepted Christ as their Savior and were born-again Christians. Even though they had responded to an evangelical before this teacher was born, the old tribal customs survived.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 26, 2017 at 4:08pm

Joan, I'm curious.  Were you still a religious person when you visited Turkey and the other countries you've been to or were you already a non-believer?  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 2:52pm

Spud, yes, the twirling dervishes went into a trance, and they then heard the words of god and who gave them wisdom. 

Notice that the heads are tilted with one ear toward heaven to hear more clearly whatever unseen power told them. 

One hand was palm up, the other, palm down. The hand positions symbolized joining heaven and earth through their actions. 

I didn't talk to the dervishes and they continued twirling for hours; I went on my way to see a mosque, where I was allowed. 

It is said in the Ruba'iyat:
Oh daylight, rise! atoms are dancing
The souls, lost in ecstasy, are dancing
To your ear, I will tell you where the dance will take you.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert,
Let is be known, are like madmen.
Each atom, happy or miserable,
Is in love with the Sun of which we can say nothing.

(Vitray-Meyerovitch 43)

"Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), a Sufi poet and mystic, established the dervish order of the Mevlevis and started the whirling dance of the sema. Rumi's life was changed the day he met a wandering dervish named Shams of Tabriz. Shams had a revelation to go to the Asia Minor where Rumi was studying in college. There are several different tales of their encounter but in all of them the meeting of Shams deeply influences the thoughts of Rumi."

I enjoyed reading Rumi's poetry, even though I do not enjoy reading most poetry that uses too many obscure words to be able to read quickly. 

An example of a Rumi poem:


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