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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 Aug 27. 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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"Reply to Grinning Cat: ostracism, scapegoating, and ethnic cleansing are as old as humanity itself.  We just keep getting better at it and never unlearn it. The Nazis were the best, tho Mao and Stalin killed more.  But the Nazis had better…"
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"It's ironic that christian conservatives are deserting their biggest panderers - Cruz, Rubio, Jindahl, Carson, Santorum - for a known adulter and serisl marryer eho can't wuote the bible. In the case of the first 4, it could be racism and…"
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Daniel W commented on Alan Perlman's blog post On the rhetoric of The Donald and the stupidest thing he’s ever said – so far
"It's temporarily not politically correct in many circles, to vilify African Americans or gays. Someone is needed, and Mexicans - I mean Immigrants - are a momentarily convenient scapegoat for the demogogically inclined. It least Cruz, Rubio,…"
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"Thanks for sharing the video, Daniel (I think; keeping breakfast down will be a daunting task.) I'm oozing with sympathy for BOTH Donald and Sarah over all those nasty "personal gotcha questions" all those nasty "radical…"
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"Thanks for the warning Daniel. Life imitating art. Projectile vomit. Words can not convey..."
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Daniel W commented on Alan Perlman's blog post On the rhetoric of The Donald and the stupidest thing he’s ever said – so far
"Loren - giving the Trump presidency over to his vice president, means we'll have the Trumpette as president. And I think Dubya showed how low Americans are willing to sink themselves. No one is too vapid to be elected president in…"
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"Alan, Trump doesn't care.  I suspect that, at some level, he thinks he can run America like he runs his corporations.  In that regard, he is in for a massively rude awakening, especially as regards the Democratic party.  If Obama…"
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"Reply to Michael, So why has no member of the press, much less a member of his fawning audience, have the balls and common sense to ask just that?  Mr. Trump, you do realize that many of your superhero quick-fixes are unconstitutional and…"
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"Trump may have a lot of clout (and a big mouth) so to say, but if he ever was elected POTUS he would find out that there are many of his ideas that he could not do legally. Right now he is like the one in a western movie who comes out with a gun and…"
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"I must say you've probably nailed it in a lot of ways. It's too bad that his ideal are so shallow, because the one thing he has that is lacking in the field, is the willingness to say something and stick with it. Compare that with…"
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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 22 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.”

My response:

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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