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Mental health in the age of violence: Dr. Elliott Ingersol

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith 7 hours ago. 1 Reply

I literally just discovered Dr. Elliott Ingersol yesterday, as a part of a discussion I had with other members of the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  Dr. Ingersol is a licensed psychologist and clinical counselor in Ohio, as well as a professor…Continue

Tags: talk, psychotropic, therapy, psychology, Elliott Ingersol

maggie and milly and molly and may (Edward Estlin Cummings & Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 20. 2 Replies

It's amazing what you discover when you go looking for something you had no idea you'd find.  On an impulse, I pulled up Eric Whitacre's website to see if he had created any new pieces.  It would seem that he has: a song cycle called The City and…Continue

Tags: e e cummings, Eric Whitacre

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISIS

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18. 1 Reply

There Is Only One Way to Destroy ISISGrowth in population, policies and practices that create a gap between the typical person and the wealthy,…Continue

Passive and Active voices

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 16. 1 Reply

Have you noticed that much of the discussion in families and with friends, in the print media, on TV, and now on the internet is in the Passive Voice? Many people whine, complain, gripe, accuse, blame, call names, ridicule, grumble, bitch, rebuke,…Continue

Tags: and, behaviors, communication., attitudes, learned

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 14. 2 Replies

Detroit Businesswomen Team Up to Get Rape Kits Tested"In 2009, a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney noticed…Continue

Tags: women, Enough, SAID, black, victims

Something Beautiful – Nathan Phelps & Seth Andrews

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 10. 7 Replies

And it is beautiful, too, indeed, I think some of Seth Andrews' best work.  Interesting point: rather than Seth's dulcet baritone doing the narration, this piece presses Nathan Phelps' deep bass intonation into service, bringing a different flavor…Continue

Tags: Nathan Phelps, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, beautiful, something

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2012 at 10:38pm

@ Sylvia, this is a manifesto I wrote for myself. You may get some ideas for yourself. This helped me clarify my position and face the hate mail I get on a regular basis. I also get a lot of affirmative responses as well. 

"I am one face among many before me. I am a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a best friend, an activist, I am 76 years old and I have participated in civil rights movements, marched, picketed, lobbied, debated, and worked for women's health and rights. 
I am also a face and a victim of religious hatred as a woman and as an ATHEIST. 
I will not concede to the Christian majority's opinion about what I should think or do as a body, a female, a human on this pale blue dot of a planet.
Religion lost the power to make me feel guilty when I was abandoned by the superstitions of religion. 
I am good without god, and I do believe in something. I believe in humanity."

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 7:11pm

I will see you all tomorrow! I'm out! 

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 6:50pm

sk8eycat and Paula, Thanks for the reply. I agree!!! I am looking at the video now!!! It's funny! 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 30, 2012 at 6:30pm

"...not everyone has been called to believe..."???!  So it's already been set up, who will go to Heaving and who will go to Hail (where all the fun people supposedly go).  What's the point of proselytizing, then?


God has already decided to send you/me to hell. "But he LOVES you! And he needs MONEY!" Check out George Carlin's number about religion on You Tube, and post the link on your FB page.


If anyone says to me that their imaginary fiend (yes, I spelled it correctly!) is real, just toss two words at them: "Evidence, please."  There isn't any.  The buybull is not evidence. 

The same thing goes for Jesus...The Roman era in the Middle East has been thoroughly covered by scholars and historians who lived in Jerusalem and Galilee in those times, and there is NOT ONE single comment about a miracle-working, rabble rousing, self-appointed rabbi...overturning money-changers tables,  a trial in front of Pilate, anything. Or a crucifiction (again, my deliberate spelling).

"Faith" is a cop-out.

That last post is just Pascal's Wager all over again.  Old.

If you get tired of dealing with these crazies, DUMP them!  I know they "mean well," but George Bernard Shaw said that was the worst thing you can say about a person.

PS: I tried FB 3 years ago and unsubscribed after a week.  I couldn't handle it...all the crashing bores from my past seemed to crawl out of the innertubes to pester me, and the people I really like were already in touch via e-mail.  More personal, and private.

Comment by Paula T. on July 30, 2012 at 6:24pm
Request sent, Sylvia, thanks! :) I can't wait to see the religious-type posts in the future.

You know, when people say there is a difference between religion and a relationship with christ, I never get a coherent explanation. It's all circular BS, a always. And how do you have a 'personal' relationship with a being that has never been seen? ugh!
Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 6:20pm

I don't have FB - or I would friend you guys.

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 6:12pm

If anyone else would like to become friends on FB just send me a request. I need all the allies I can get!

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 6:11pm

I got it girl!!!! I seen the post you were talking about also! Did she take you off her list? 

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 5:58pm

She is the most religious person I know. Every FB post is about God or Christ!!! She says there is a difference between religion and a relationship with Christ!!!  

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 5:54pm

She was inviting me to a church for a recovery program. I was addicted to pills years back and have been clean almost 3 years, with NO help from anyone. I was going through a lot with my husband at this time also! 


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