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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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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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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 k.h. 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


Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2017 at 2:19am

It's the Big Day, everyone!

Comment by Chris on April 15, 2017 at 2:05am

 To throw it into another direction.

Should Marajauna be legal?"

Methaphetaphine is a scourage which results in social problems.

Methaphetamine seems to me to be the worst illegal drug in the U.S.

How is the DEA going to stop it?

Comment by Plinius on April 15, 2017 at 12:10am

I love that Chicago woodpecker but I also think it behaves unusual because it doesn't feel well. Nice taxi driver!


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