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Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Mar 25. 4 Replies

My stepson found the following online:"I call my weed the Koran, 'cause when I burn that shit, I get stoned.""Having a religion is like having a penis: it's OK to have one, it's OK to be proud of…Continue

Just when you thought...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patricia Mar 15. 6 Replies

...America was making some progress towards becoming a secular nation, what with all our many secular/atheist organizations, you realize what an uphill climb the progress of reason will be.  The…Continue

Tags: Constitution, Bible, state, and, church

Article alert: It's about RELIGION, stupid!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craigart14 on Thursday. 36 Replies

I recommend to all my fellow heretics the cover story of this month's Atlantic.  "What ISIS Really Wants" makes it eminently clear that defining motivation of ISIS is indeed religion, the most…Continue

Tags: Quran, Islam, religion

Does Obama love America?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 8. 51 Replies

The media are all ablither about Rudy Giulani's recent accusation that the President does not "love America."  What does it mean?  It must mean something -- or more than one thing -- because so many…Continue

Tags: patriotism, America, Obama

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"Trying to winnow it down to the dumbest thing Trump has said, even thus far, is like trying to determine the most cornball, goofy, groan-out-loud joke Moe, Larry and Curly ever used. Executioner: "You can either get beheaded or be burned at the…"
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“It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.”- Sophocles “Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason.”- Ben Franklin Preface: On the surrealness of the Trump candidacyThe Trump candidacy is giving me a creepy reality-warping experience.  Some portion of my brain, the business-as-usual, pattern-seeking lobe, believes that a typical Presidential election is underway, as the candidates jockey for position and poll numbers, bloviating about jobs, pretending to be…See More
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"OK, you're a racist ;=)  There are also a lot of minorities in the South, particularly African Americans.  Many are "raised in the church" and many still struggle with poverty.  African American churches tend to be…"
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"Point taken,  I've seen him serious and he can be as incisive and persistent as Mike Wallace.  Plus, he's smarter than most of his guests -- and Trump."
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Alan Perlman replied to Loren Miller's discussion Change.org Petition - Jon Stewart Should Host a Presidential Debate in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"With Trump's presence, the debates will be comedic enough.  I wouldn't want to see it devolve into an exchange of one-liners between Stewart and Trump.  How about we bring Jon back for the three months before the election, for…"
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"Part of the problem of the unwillingness of people to question their beliefs could be the connection of their belief with their cultural identity, resulting in them considering it as part of who they are, and consequentially…"
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On the rhetoric of The Donald and the stupidest thing he’s ever said – so far

Posted on August 27, 2015 at 9:26pm 7 Comments

“It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.”

- Sophocles

 

“Here comes the orator, with his flood of words and his drop of reason.”

- Ben Franklin

 

Preface: On the surrealness of the Trump candidacy

The Trump candidacy is giving me a creepy reality-warping experience.  Some portion of my brain, the business-as-usual, pattern-seeking lobe, believes that a typical Presidential…

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Once again, folks: It's about RELIGION .

Posted on July 19, 2015 at 2:30pm 11 Comments

Once again, a Muslim targets the military and slaughters Americans.  Once again, motives are sought.  He was such a nice guy.  He came back from the Middle East, and he was somehow different. I am still waiting for someone (why not a secular organization?) to have the courage to say that yes, he was different: his mind was taken over by a vile, heinous, psychotic RELIGIOUS fantasy.  

On CNN, law officers in impressive uniforms vow to find out why he did it.  The closest that the media…

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Who is a Jew?

Posted on June 7, 2015 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

A non-Jewish friend writes in an email:

"The Harry Potter film series star is Jewish. Radcliffe’s mother is Jewish, which makes Radcliffe a Jew in the eyes of the Halacha [Jewish law]. Plus, Radcliffe considers himself a ‘Jewish atheist.’  Willard is convinced I have Jewish ancestry. He's scheduled a DNA blood test to prove it.”

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The question of "who is a Jew?" is right up there with "What do women want?".  Womb doctrine is the most enshrined and…

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Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 3:55pm 34 Comments

I have often said that Judaism is a religion for the obsessive-compulsive, with rule after rule, hundreds of them, interpreted and extrapolated to the finest nuance by generations of rabbis.  It could easily keep you busy most or all of your waking hours.

Nowhere is Jewish OCD on more florid display than in the 24 hours called Shabbat, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. (NOTE: The following is about truly observant Jews; practitioners of Judaism Lite, like my family,…

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At 6:30am on July 14, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks for you comment. "Disrespect" is a pretty strong word, and, although I'd like to think I respect other opinions (religion, in this case), deep down I think "believers" are foolish and illogical.

At 9:18pm on December 10, 2012, Wyatt said…
Thanks Alan, I agree that the education system could do with a major overhaul. Speaking of education, if you haven't seen it already, check this out: "Texas is the large hadron collider of denying science - All God, no particle"
Stephen Colbert with the Word:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/416535/july-17-2012/the-word---on-the-straight---narrow-minded
At 8:04pm on June 22, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Well, you and I both know there are plenty of BOOBS out there ... enough to form a class, for sure!

At 12:48pm on June 22, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Ummm, the "booboisie"?!?  That be a NEW one on me.  Care to elucidate?

At 7:38pm on May 30, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Alan! Glad you could join us. :D Did you hide your groups? Perhaps I'll suggest groups to which you already belong. It's great to see the way you jumped right in with a blog.

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Jewish Atheists

and LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS. After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 5:05pm on May 30, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 3:01pm on May 30, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Alan
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you well know as a life long atheist and freethinker. 
  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and over 3400 members.
 
 
 

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