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The myth of religions

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 3 Replies

The creation myth of civilizations instructs men to dominate, to conquer, to go forth and multiply. No reasonable person would pay attention to such a god. No hunter-gatherer receives such a senseless message from wise elders.However, that idea…Continue

Tags: masculine, violation, imperative, go forth and multiply,, conquest

Winter Driving, Preparing for the worst

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 1. 2 Replies

Now that we enter the time the Celtics called Imbolc, a pagan celebration of the beginning of spring and season of new life, I ran across this video on preparing for winter driving. It offers reasons for each thing he puts in his vehicles to be safe…Continue

Tags: prepare, driving, winter

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19, 2017. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2011 at 9:52pm
Hello Kit! Hopefully someday rational and Texas will fit together.  If more people who were rational thinking were to more here -- it would be wonderful.  Yes, it's really good to see many Texans on this website -- very encouraging.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 9:46pm

Steph S---do the words rational and Texas really fit together?  Having doubts.  Though seeing so many here is so encouraging.

 

Not a problem - links are easy if you phase the search right. One of my occasional skills.

Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2011 at 9:42pm
Yes, please join us Sentient - we need more rational people here. : )
Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2011 at 9:29pm
Hey Kit!  Thanks for the Austin bumper sticker links.  : )
Comment by Julie Carter on July 19, 2011 at 9:17pm
And Kit, that's good news! More of us are coming out!

 

 

Is anyone in DFW (and its environs) a member of an atheist book group? I was just telling a friend of mine about Candace's bumper sticker (he has a t-shirt that says the same thing) and he mentioned that there are several groups on Meetup (we met in a book group on meetup), including an atheist book group.

 

 

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 9:14pm

Did any one see that last poll in NYTimes about the number of people that openly admit as atheist?  We my friends are now at 16% of the population and those are the ones "outed" as Dawkins would say. 

Yes, Gary we have a meetup group here in Denton as well.  Ages range from college freshmen to a few in their 70's - so maybe we are living at the buckle of the bible belt, we still have our voices.

Bumper sticker links: (for Austin)

http://www.zazzle.com/austin+bumperstickers

 

http://www.keepaustinweird.com/home.html

 

Comment by G Smith on July 19, 2011 at 8:52pm

I'm in Phoenix, AZ.  Through www.meetup.com I found the Phoenix Atheist Meetup Group.  We have a discussion site like this one, and about 1,070 members.  We have perhaps eight meetups a month at restaurants, bars, planetariums, etc., plus public service activities, such as park cleanups and food distribution centers for the poor/homeless.  

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 8:32pm
Dr kellie - hope springs eternal.  I have been working to organize a group in this area.  I am hoping for a good turn out on the 16th for the moveon meeting.
Comment by Julie Carter on July 19, 2011 at 8:28pm

Dr Kellie, that definitely is a conservative area! (Was it you who posted that San Angelo article about the exorcist? Ree-diculous.) At least you have some trees and hills and rivers! And it's not Houston!

 

I have been really surprised by how many Texans there are on this forum, though! Really glad, because I don't know a whole lot of atheists around me. I'm getting more and more vocal about it, and not really hiding it, but I'm definitely still in a tiny minority here in the bible belt!

Comment by dr kellie on July 19, 2011 at 7:56pm
Maybe yall haven't noticed, but I live 160 miles south of Dallas.  It doesn't get more conservative, except maybe east Texas.  We stick together and organize well because we have to.  We have a great group called Brazos Progressives.  It is not uncommon to have more than 50 people at potlucks, and more than that at other functions.  Of course, we are rife with professors and the like.  This town only has 90,000 people, so I think we are doing well.  So keep trying, everyone.  There are people out there!
 

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