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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2017 at 5:35pm

I am unable to post quotes, so I am posting here. 

Loren, thanks for your quote: 

"A hallucination is a fact,"

Belief and faith are like that; they are facts. "what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it (them)."
-- Bertrand Russell 

Bertrand Russell. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017, from BrainyQuote.com Web site: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bertrandru385737.html

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2017 at 9:53am
Illinois currently has legalized medicinal marijuana use. And the city of Chicago has the same decriminalization law as you mentioned, Kathy. I'm not sure if that policy is state-wide or just in Chicago. The media headlines here in Illinois are discussing the legalization issue as a matter of when, not if.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2017 at 9:07am

I agree with Carl.  The laws against marijuana should be repealed for the same reasons prohibition was repealed, especially because marijuana appears to do far less harm than alcohol.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 16, 2017 at 9:01am

I haven't smoked marijuana since my college days and I can't say that I have any current interest in the stuff for my own use.  That said, I've heard both enough disciplined and anecdotal evidence to think that treating marijuana as a Schedule One narcotic is ridiculous and foolish.  I DO see it as a drug and one needing some manner of control, but nowhere near the kind of draconian measures some state governments wish to take.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 16, 2017 at 8:52am
Marijuana is one of the oldest and most reliable meds we have. It's not legal in ky but it was decriminalized here several years ago. That just means if a person is caught with less than eight ounces and it's not packaged for resale you only get a misdemeanor citation and can walk away with a small fine or nothing at all. That's up to the officer who stops you.

My husband has recently been diagnosed with liver cancer and it's the only medicine he uses so far. It works for him. And another friend with breast cancer has been using it for pain treatment for two years now with good results.
It should be legal every place for medical reasons.
Comment by Randall Smith on April 16, 2017 at 7:21am
Yeah, Easter. And I'm joining my son-in-law's family for dinner. His dad is a preacher, so you know what that means. I need ear plugs for his pre-meal "grace". Horrors!
Comment by Plinius on April 16, 2017 at 4:17am

Don't forget that many people use it as pain medication. They don't want to be compelled to buy it illegally, without guarantee of what they're buying.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2017 at 3:03am

Yes, Chris, marijuana should be legalized.  Legislation has just begun here in the state of Illinois to legalize recreational use.  Let's hope our Republican governor can make a rational decision about signing such a bill.  

Our state is in a dire fiscal crisis.  Many people, including myself,  believe that the legal regulation of marijuana will make a huge improvement to our finances and will also lessen crime and significantly bring down the jail population.  It will also free up police resources so they can focus more on legitimate and serious crimes.  One only needs to look to Colorado to see how financially and socially successful their legalization has been.

Law enforcement agencies here are against legalization, at least right now.  In my opinion, the only valid point they have is that there is no current field test to confirm whether drivers are under the influence.  To be honest, I'm not sure how Colorado has handled this issue.  And of course marijuana can remain in your system for days or a week or more, so I'm not sure how a test would confirm the current "under the influence" condition for a driver.  

I've recently heard about shoddy and unreliable portable tests being used out in the field by police to test questionable substances to see if they are actually drugs (cocaine, meth, etc.)  It's my understanding that these tests may give a high percentage of false positives.  

So back to marijuana, I would want to see a reliable driver field test for police to use so we don't start wrongly locking up people 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 16, 2017 at 3:02am

Good ones, Carl.

Comment by Plinius on April 16, 2017 at 2:47am

Hahaha!

 

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