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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. 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 Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of Muslim violence?
"Spud, where would we be if religious people all took their holy books literally?  Jews would be killing Christians. There has to a ton of whitewashing, selective reading, clever semantic reinterpretations, etc., for modern people to live with…"
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Idaho Spud commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of Muslim violence?
"I enjoy all the comments here, especially Glen R's first comment, and my favorite sentence is ".you as a theist can only be good if you deviate from the text that is the guiding letter of your life.""
23 hours ago
Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The Battle for Zachary’s Brain XII: Logical Fallacies
"Michael, sorry the adjustment process took so long.  I never accepted theism but clung to a Humanistic variety for some years. I came to regard it as a failed, back-sliding compromise.  Eventually, and late in life, I abandoned the whole…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of Muslim violence?
"Thank you so much, ObscureAtheist.  That Muslims would reject my proposal as heretical just proves I'm on the right track!   I agree with you that much Muslim violence is political as well as sectarian. All so unnecessary. I also…"
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of Muslim violence?
"The edited New Quran would be a step toward tolerance, but I think it has to come from within the Muslim community, not from an Atheist."
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Amit Malik commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The Battle for Zachary’s Brain XII: Logical Fallacies
"keep presenting him with real explanations...at the worst he may become one of the "I go to the church and all but don't believe everything they say" types..good luck!"
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Amit Malik commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of Muslim violence?
"I was watching a doc. by Vice which shows a group in Yemen which fights Al-Quaeda but are equally angry at U.S. coz' their govt. bombed them with U.S. support and weapons..they are supposed to be next in line after IS."
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ObscureAtheist commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of Muslim violence?
"As an ex-Muslim I generally agree with you but I think the "real" source of Islamic violence is not just Quran. Islamic violence has been intensified in this century especially in the last decade and especially in recent years but Quran…"
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Michael Penn commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The Battle for Zachary’s Brain XII: Logical Fallacies
"I would say just keep working with him. As interesting as this all is, he's going to favor the beliefs of those who have him the most. All you can do is keep planting rational seed until he starts thinking it out for himself. It took me over 60…"
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The Battle for Zachary’s Brain XII: Logical Fallacies

“There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to befirmly planted in the human head as long as you begin toinstill before the age of five by constantly repeating itwith 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 religious programming of a child.Zachary, my stepson, now 10, lives most of the time with his father and…See More
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of Muslim violence?
"I have always questioned the need for human involvement in the issue of whose god is stronger. How come gods always need us to fight their battles for them?  If the gods aren't just invisible wimps, just let them fight it out by…"
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Glen Rosenberg commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of Muslim violence?
"Cant prove it but am willing to bet that religion predisposes the indoctrinated to us and them thinking to a far greater degree than nontheists. So not only is the particular object of religious hate at risk of harm but also the theist is more…"
Jun 18
Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of Muslim violence?
"Craig, don't forget the slaughtering of Muslim infidels by the Christians in the US military (George Carlin said that we're really good at "bombing brown people").  Whether the rational is "blood" (Holocaust) or…"
Jun 18
Craigart14 commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of Muslim violence?
"What was the conquest of Canaan but the killing of infidels?  What were the Crusades but the killing of infidels?  What was the Armenian genocide but the killing of infidels?  What was the Holocaust but the killing of infidels?…"
Jun 18
Glen Rosenberg commented on Alan Perlman's blog post The real source of terrorism?
"I have no doubt that John is essentially correct. I have my own term for it. Overidentification.  But unless I miss the mark parts of Europe have made dramatic changes and I at least want to see the experiment play out to see whether…"
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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 18 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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