Tennessee Atheists

A refuge for the godless in the heart of the Bible belt.

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Tennessee Atheists group of Atheist Nexus Dead ?

Started by Anthony Jordan. Last reply by Gerald Payne Jun 14, 2015. 4 Replies

Middle Tennessee Social

Started by Sheila Varga. Last reply by Melanie Apr 9, 2015. 1 Reply

Any good things going on in Memphis?

Started by Sicile. Last reply by Jacob Alan Ross Oct 17, 2013. 5 Replies

East Tennessee Atheists

Started by Anthony Jordan. Last reply by Our Daily Train blog Jul 3, 2013. 1 Reply

Introductions - tell us about yourself!

Started by Brad Feaker. Last reply by Jenny Jun 6, 2012. 54 Replies

Did YOU enjoy your 4th of July?

Started by Robert Moore Jul 11, 2011. 0 Replies

New Information!

Started by Brad Feaker May 22, 2011. 0 Replies

New To Group

Started by Jeff Foster. Last reply by Greg Anthony Apr 27, 2011. 1 Reply

Anyone live near Cleveland / Chattanooga?

Started by Godless Glen. Last reply by Godless Glen Jan 7, 2011. 4 Replies

A talk by Victor Stenger!

Started by Brad Feaker. Last reply by Emily H Jul 23, 2010. 1 Reply

It is time to liven this place up!!

Started by Joseph. Last reply by Sicile Jul 22, 2010. 9 Replies

My favorite picture from "The Onion."

Started by Joseph. Last reply by jim jones May 19, 2010. 4 Replies

Banned Books Week

Started by Joshua James. Last reply by jim jones May 19, 2010. 1 Reply

Richard Dawkins

Supreme Court to weigh free speech, discrimination in wedding cake case

By Lydia Wheeler The Supreme Court has a tough question ahead: Where do you draw the line between free speech and discrimination? The case headed to the high court in the new term that begins next month centers on Jack Phillips, the owner of the Colorado-based Masterpiece Cakeshop who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. Phillips claims he shouldn’t be forced to under the state’s anti-discrimination law and gained a strong ally this week when the Trump administration filed a friend of the court brief on his behalf. Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall and DOJ attorneys claim there is no clear line between Phillips’s speech and that of his clients when he designs and creates a custom wedding cake. “He is not merely tolerating someone else’s message on his property; he is giving effect to their message by crafting a unique product with his own two hands,” the administration said in its 41-page brief. Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

High-energy cosmic rays come from outside our Galaxy

By Davide Castelvecchi The Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina finally has solid evidence that the most energetic particles in nature come from sources outside the Milky Way. Scientists have suspected this for decades, but weren’t able to confirm it — until now. “For the first time, we have proof that the highest-energy cosmic rays are of extragalactic origin,” says Alan Watson, a UK astronomer and co-founder of the observatory. The result comes as a relief to the researchers, after previous claims regarding their origin made ten years ago by the Pierre Auger Collaboration subsequently turned out to be premature. The international team analysed 12 years’ worth of data, and found that particles in the upper range of energies were more likely to come from a region of the sky outside the Milky Way’s disk. That asymmetry is roughly consistent with the distribution of neighbouring galaxies, the researchers report in the 22 September issue of Science1. Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef from encroaching farm pollution

By Alice Klein The sky above is grey and drizzly, but the wetlands are still beautiful to behold. Flocks of magpie geese settle on the glassy water, honking and nibbling at bright green tufts of sedge. I’m at Mungalla Station, a cattle property in far north Queensland. Here, a large-scale conservation project is underway. Its aim: to help save the Great Barrier Reef 20 kilometres away, out at sea. The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Site, and one that is known to be in dire trouble. The obvious threats are climate change and coral bleaching, both of which could kill swathes of the corals. But another major problem is agricultural run-off. About 10 million tonnes of sludge from farms wash onto the reef each year, smothering the coral, says Mungalla’s director Jacob Cassady. Cassady is a member of the local Nywaigi people, who took over Mungalla when it was returned to them by the Indigenous Land Corporation in 1999. At that time, the property had been damaged by more than a century of cattle farming. Overgrazing had caused soil erosion, native vegetation had been cleared, and the wetlands along the coast were choked with invasive weeds. Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

GOP rep on paying for flood loss: ‘At some point, God is telling you to move’

By Julia Manchester Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said on Thursday that it’s unreasonable for taxpayers to repeatedly pay for homes that have flooded, suggesting that homeowners move out of at-risk houses. “We have these repetitive loss properties. So, for example, we have one property outside of Baton Rouge that has a modest home worth about $60,000 that’s flooded over 40 times. The taxpayers have paid almost half a million dollars for it,” Hensarling said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “At some point, God is telling you to move,” he added. “If all we do is force federal taxpayers to build the same home in the same fashion in the same location and expect a different result, we all know that is the classic definition of insanity,” he continued.  Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

Roy Moore Defends His Use of Racist Slurs by Claiming They’re From the Bible. (They’re Not.)

By David Badash Over the weekend “Judge” Roy Moore referred to Native Americans and Asians as “reds and yellows.” The leading candidate in the runoff race to be the Republican nominee to fill the seat in the U.S. Senate vacated by Jeff Sessions, Moore has a lengthy history of racism, homophobia, and religious extremism. And Moore tried to defend his use of the racist slurs by taking to Twitter and claiming they’re from the Bible. They’re not. “Red, yellow, black and white they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world. This is the Gospel,” Moore tweeted. No, it’s not, according to CNN, which notes the phrase he tweeted is a Sunday School hymn. Either way, Moore’s racism is showing. Moore is a virulently anti-gay activist who once instructed Alabama judges to refuse same-sex couples marriage licenses – after the Supreme Court had ruled so doing was unconstitutional. Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

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Comment by One Manic Ninja on January 13, 2011 at 12:41pm

Hi, I was already a member but I had to delete and recreate my profile... so here I am again!

Comment by Darrell on September 12, 2010 at 5:47pm
Don't forget about the Picnic happening next Sunday 9-19-10.
Comment by Darrell on June 27, 2010 at 5:01pm
Third Annual

Regional Atheists Picnic

Sunday September 19, 2010

at Lake Julian Park in Asheville, NC

The success of this picnic depends on all of us
Sign-up on-line for what you will bring (food and supplies,alcohol not permitted ).
Examples (sodas, chips, cups, plates, prepared foods, grilling items).

Remember, we have a variety of people coming with a variety of tastes/dietary requirements (everything from Junk-food Junkie to Vegan)
The list is started in a sub-forum on the WNCAtheists Forum and can be accessed directly here: Regional Collaboration
(This list is only accessible through the direct link above,unless you are logged-in as a registered user, so use the link above if you are not registered.)

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From North of Asheville, take I-26 East to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

From South of Asheville, take I-26 West to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Right on Long Shoals Rd.

From East of Asheville, take I-40 West to exit 46A (I-26 East). Follow I-26 to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

From West of Asheville, take I-40 East to exit 46A (I-26 East). Follow I-26 to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

The entrance to the park is @1.3 miles down on the right across from Overlook Rd.

We Plan to meet @12:00 at Picnic shelter #2 in the center of the park. and we've got the place until 7:30 PM.
Comment by Joshua James on May 31, 2010 at 7:46am
Checking in again.
Comment by IAmTheBlog on March 7, 2010 at 9:39am
I really messed up my post on here, didn't I? Yes, it's Dr. Darrel Ray (not Ray Darrel) and it's at 1 pm today (which I forgot to mention). Sorry about that! Should have just copied and pasted from my blog I guess.

@One Manic Ninja, he sounds like a nice guy; glad you got the chance to talk to him more. I'm still not "out" as an atheist (for job- and family-related reasons) so I won't get to hang out. I might go up to try to meet him briefly, though, like I did with Dan Barker. Hopefully the folks from the MFA (Memphis Freethought Alliance) are planning something with him afterwards.
Comment by IAmTheBlog on March 6, 2010 at 4:07pm
For anyone near the Memphis area, thought this could be of interest: Ray Darrel, author of The God Virus, will be speaking tomorrow in the area: Sunday March 7) at Neshoba UU in Cordova, TN (right outside of Memphis). More info here.
Comment by pixie on February 26, 2010 at 7:02am
Hey Greg! Welcome!
Comment by pixie on February 11, 2010 at 10:09pm
I am SO GLAD I to find this group! I live in Middle TN and the only other atheist I know is my younger brother...
Comment by Charlotte on January 24, 2010 at 3:17pm
Putnam County here.
Comment by IAmTheBlog on November 29, 2009 at 9:53am
I recently moved to west Tennessee, around the Memphis area. I've never seen so many churches in my life, it's crazy.

I thought I'd let you all know that Dan Barker (from FFRF) is coming to Memphis this week: Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 pm at the Rose Theatre. Among other things, he'll be talking about the church-state violations in Memphis. More info here: Please spread the word!

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