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Internet memes for atheists

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. 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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Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
""I think it wiser not to open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered." Robert E. Lee, on not building…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Joan...yes, but with evidence.  When language becomes unhinged from reality (as with most religious blather), then things become true by virtue of repetition. Goebbels knew that - knew that most people were too lazy or docile to look for…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Daniel, I was just going to post this Goebbels gem, which is still my all-time favorite quote on persuasion: "The truth is what most people believe.  And they believe that which is repeated most often." In this age of "alternate…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Great quote from Arendt -- in this age of "fake news" and "alternative facts," frighteningly prophetic."
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""All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent." Tennessee Williwms"
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Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Thanks, Joan.  I could never employ my skills for any but a libertarian politician, because all R and D political speeches are sloganeering BS or excuses for more government.  Corporate speechwriting was relatively innocuous, sometimes fun…"
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""Please enjoy your only life." - Jakusho Kwong"
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Joan Denoo commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Speechwriting for the Pope: Suggested Draft, Farewell Remarks
"Rereading this post re-energizes me; the original by Alan, written so powerfully and beautifully, gives me hope that reason, careful and unbiased thought, and decisive action will make a difference in our religiously-weakened world.  The…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Thanks, Daniel.  When I look back on my life, it's appalling how much time and energy I devoted to other people's agendas.  But hey, everything I did seemed like a good idea at the time.   My few remaining days are…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Great quotes from Ingersoll!  He was a giant.  Questions: If he was so powerful, why hasn't his influence been more lasting?  Why isn't Ingersoll Day nationally recognized? Did any of his followers spread the word?  Or…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Thanks, Cat.  Writing "if only" speeches is a form of therapy sometimes.   "THEOLOGY -- An effort to explain the unknowable by putting it into terms not worth knowing."   H.L. Mencken"
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Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"I've been a speechwriter for 25+ years -- I love quotes. "I am afraid. Not of life or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been." Daniel Kelly"
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"Well, Alan, there are just so many examples I can't remember them all.  I left out the Armenian genocide, too."
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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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The real source of Muslim violence?

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 9:00pm 19 Comments

I’m going to start publishing this post after every act of Muslim fanaticism, suicide, and murder. 

I felt like starting it after the Ft. Hood massacre.  A psychiatrist(!) with openly Muslim fanatic leanings cold-bloodedly murders dozens of soldiers in one of their own facilities (where they are prohibited from carrying guns).  Surprise! It’s called a workplace incident and buried forever.

WHEN will we call the enemy by its right name?  And I don’t mean the argument about…

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Blowing themselves up for raisins, not virgins

Posted on April 24, 2016 at 9:30pm 7 Comments

I heard this well-documented etymological error explained again on Fareed Zakaria's CNN show, which told me that a lot of well-informed people aren't aware of it, and I wanted to be sure that my fellow heretics are.

Armies of crazed, angry young Muslim men, who never had a job, an education, or a date, are blowing themselves up every day because they expect a paradise of 72 virgins, but the holy text uses a word that could very likely mean "raisins," which makes sense -- fruit was…

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Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

Posted on March 26, 2016 at 4:00pm 14 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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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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