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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 replied to Loren Miller's discussion The Common Thread Among Trump Supporters? (Matthew MacWilliams - Politico) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"And yet, if they stopped blowing up what remains of their shithole of a country and tried farming and commerce, they wouldn't have to flee and be a burden on the rest of the world.  The Israelis, love 'em or hate 'em, showed that…"
Jan 25
Alan Perlman replied to Loren Miller's discussion The Common Thread Among Trump Supporters? (Matthew MacWilliams - Politico) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Tom... Thanks for elucidating.  Given the broad sweep of history, autocracy and monarchy are the rule, liberty the rare exception.  That's why it's so disheartening to see Caesarism rear its ugly head in America, which was…"
Jan 25
Alan Perlman replied to Loren Miller's discussion The Common Thread Among Trump Supporters? (Matthew MacWilliams - Politico) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Agree with Loren.  Some sports promote fitness, but by no means all.  Team sports foster an unhealthy us. vs. them mentality (basketball could have a lot more distance shooting and less banging around), but so do tennis and fencing and…"
Jan 24
Alan Perlman replied to Loren Miller's discussion The Common Thread Among Trump Supporters? (Matthew MacWilliams - Politico) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I have read and thought a great deal about authoritarianism ever since I studied it for a college poli sci course paper, because I was genuinely interested in why the Germans were so damned obedient.  All of my sources mentioned this one trait…"
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Alan Perlman replied to Loren Miller's discussion Tom Monaghan, Ave Maria, Florida, and Religious Totalitarianism in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"I'm from Detroit (suburbs), so I know about Tommy the pizza king and would-be ayatollah.  Spurning his products was no sacrifice -- they were crappy."
Jan 16
Alan Perlman replied to Loren Miller's discussion The Brutalism of Ted Cruz (NY Times) in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"What is it about our system that the crap, not the cream, invariably rises to the top?  Sixteen years for stealing a calculator?  This is the guy who wants to see if sand glows in the dark.  He's as crazy as Trump, just smoother…"
Jan 14
Alan Perlman commented on Davey Lee's group Climate Concerns
"Let's hear all sides!  Seldom has science been so intertwined with politics!  I remember a 1970s Newsweek (RIP) cover about a coming Ice Age.  Can't we have the additional CO2 without catastrophic consequences?"
Dec 26, 2015
Alan Perlman commented on Davey Lee's group Climate Concerns
"I know, we're talking about a population in which large majorities believe in God, heaven, hell, and angels.  What do facts matter if men rode dinosaurs?  Evolution is just a theory, right?  So the climate scientists could just…"
Dec 26, 2015
Alan Perlman commented on Davey Lee's group Climate Concerns
"The basic CO2 process is Chem. 101.  Everything Joan says is poised to happen, barring an unprecedented effort by humanity (ain't gonna happen).  I just don't get why people deny it."
Dec 26, 2015
Alan Perlman commented on Davey Lee's group Climate Concerns
"I have to admit, I'm enjoying the mild winter, riding m bike on Xmas day -- but longer-term, it's nothing to be hapoy about."
Dec 26, 2015
Alan Perlman commented on Davey Lee's group Climate Concerns
"Are we going through a cyclic warming period, just as we had cold eras and Ice Ages?  And if the burning of fossil fuels is contributing to or even causing it, we're screwed, because the world will never agree on anything but the need to…"
Dec 25, 2015
Joan Denoo commented on Alan Perlman's blog post No, America is not founded on Judeo-Christian values
"I agree!"
Dec 22, 2015
Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post No, America is not founded on Judeo-Christian values
"Call me a "firebrand atheist" too.  Religion enslaves people to dangerous fantasies and is the cause of untold suffering in the world.  Why should one not be pissed off about it?  Atheists don't behead people or burn…"
Dec 22, 2015
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Joan Denoo commented on Alan Perlman's blog post No, America is not founded on Judeo-Christian values
"There are those who think atheists should avoid the word "atheist" and be gentle with christians. To the contrary, I agree with David Silverman - "In Defense of Firebrand Atheism" (FULL) "
Dec 20, 2015
Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post No, America is not founded on Judeo-Christian values
"Rob...Thanks for contributing.  Here is the actual verbiage:  ARTICLE 11. As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion..."
Dec 20, 2015

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No, America is not founded on Judeo-Christian values

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 9:29pm 22 Comments

As a secular humanist who was raised Jewish, I have learned to ignore the Christmas excesses and platitudes that inundate us for two months of every year. 

But one idea, especially on display at Yuletide, I have never accepted: America is founded on “Judeo-Christian values.”   This claim has no basis in reality.  “Judeo-Christian values” are either moral precepts so obvious (love thy neighbor) as to be ubiquitous among the world’s major religions, or they are rooted in the primitive…

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No, America is not founded on Judeo-Christian values

Posted on December 11, 2015 at 9:29pm 0 Comments

As a secular humanist who was raised Jewish, I have learned to ignore the Christmas excesses and platitudes that inundate us for two months of every year. 

But one idea, especially on display at Yuletide, I have never accepted: America is founded on “Judeo-Christian values.”   This claim has no basis in reality.  “Judeo-Christian values” are either moral precepts so obvious (love thy neighbor) as to be ubiquitous among the world’s major religions, or they are rooted in the primitive…

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Even the Pope has his bad days

Posted on October 30, 2015 at 3:31pm 2 Comments

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Posted on October 17, 2015 at 12:00pm 19 Comments

"Dear Alan and Elisha,

"We are planning to have the unveiling service for Belle [my mother, who died last year] on Sunday, November 22 at the Haym Solomon Memorial Park, Frazer, PA at 11am.  We would love to have you join us, but please – [there’s] no pressure."

[Invitation to brunch afterward.]

The above is an invitation from my brother and sister-in-law (Deb, although a New Hampshire Congregationalist, follows along…

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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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