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Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Mar 25, 2015. 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, 2015. 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, 2015. 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, 2015. 50 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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Alan Perlman replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Christianity Founded by a Murderer in the group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Joan, Interesting and ghastly info, more the rule than the exception in those times. Religion was intermeshed with politics and war.   I know, the myth has Constantine as some kind of enlightened emperor, converting the Empire to Christianity…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Another Passover: Jews indulge in food and fantasy
"Vine, Thank you so much for your kind words.  To make sure I knew what I was talking about, I actually read the Torah (in authoritative translation), which most Jews do not. Primitive (8th century BC). Nothing there! Wrote a book about it…"
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Vine commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Another Passover: Jews indulge in food and fantasy
"I so enjoyed this informative essay, along with your companion piece about Easter. I'm a mere computer programmer and lack your erudition in matters of history and theology, but I did once have the privilege of attending the Passover Seder of…"
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"Loren...and yet they behave as if it's true.  Cognitive dissonance is not a problem for children (Santa, Easter Bunny) -- or for the grown-up children that religion produces."
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Another Passover: Jews indulge in food and fantasy
"Cat, As it turns out,I went to many Humanistic Seders at the Birmingham Temple, founding congregation of the movement.  Knowing the founder himself -- Rabbi Sherwin Wine -- was a great privilege.  The story was indeed told, in abbreviated…"
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Grinning Cat commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Another Passover: Jews indulge in food and fantasy
"It would be of interest to see how Humanistic Jewish haggadot, that wouldn't mention a God at all, present the mythology of the exodus story; whether they claim any connection to actual history."
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"I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest.  Up comes a theologian and blows it out."Denis Diderot“Imagine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.”David HumeThe Non-EventAnother Passover is upon us. Jews around the world celebrate their founding myth, the central reason for their identity, and very importantly, because its bloody repercussions…See More
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"Loren, You're right, a lot it is about the fear of death.  That's the biggie. Maybe all of adult life contains an element of preparing for the end, one way or another, and some people, early in life, flee into superstition, and…"
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Loren Miller commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"Why do they buy this bullshit?  C'mon, Alan, you know why: because they're SCARED.  They started out being afraid of death, because that NOTHINGNESS was intolerable to them ... so they invented an afterlife where they could go on…"
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Another Passover: Jews indulge in food and fantasy

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 12:30pm 6 Comments

"I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest.  Up comes a theologian and blows it out."

Denis Diderot

“Imagine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.”

David Hume

The Non-Event

Another Passover is upon us. Jews around the world celebrate their founding…

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Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

Posted on March 31, 2018 at 10:00am 6 Comments

“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…

On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”

Irving Berlin

“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”

Marquee outside church in Massachusetts

Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman…

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RIP Billy Graham, merchant of delusion

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 5:00pm 14 Comments

My stomach has been roiling with nausea, my eyes perpetually rolling, at the outpouring of religiosity that accompanied the passing of the most successful fantasy merchant of the last century, perhaps of all time.

His message -- God loves you -- is absurd. George Carlin first described religion's visions of the tortures of hell -- then ended with "...but he LOVES you."  So much for God's love.  

I'm really sorry that major secular organizations didn't speak out -- or speak out…

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The Battle for Zachary’s Brain XII: Logical Fallacies

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 11:30am 3 Comments

“There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be

firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to

instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it

with an air of great seriousness.”

 

-- Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will recall that they are a narrative not of a horror movie…but of something equally disturbing: the…

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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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