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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 Blowing themselves up for raisins, not virgins
"BTW, what's the big deal with virginity?  I would prefer experienced. women. Gary, thanks for thoughtful comments.  I still marvel at the mindset that sustained the the 9/11 hijackers through their long prep period.  Those guys…"
May 20
Daniel W commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Blowing themselves up for raisins, not virgins
"Gary, your thoughtful reasoned approach is appreciated. Loren, I would run from nuns with guns."
May 20
Loren Miller commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Blowing themselves up for raisins, not virgins
"Well, there's also the matter of WHAT 72 virgins you get.  I mean, considering the trickster which Allah / Yahweh apparently is, we could easily be talking about:"
May 20
Gary Clouse commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Blowing themselves up for raisins, not virgins
"the "promise of 72 virgins" as the motivation for suicide attacks is a well known bit of anti arab propaganda.    There are many different motivations for suicide bombing and the promise  of getting laid in the hereafter is…"
May 20
Alan Perlman commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"I was citing the definition used by New Agers in the suburbs (mostly white Jewish women).  So it does work, but only for good?  So much of literature turns on the bad guy getting what he deserves.  People want to believe in the…"
Apr 28
Alan Perlman commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"I know, at some point it makes no sense, but then we're arguing that the Holocaust was unique (sorry, broke Godwin's Law) and that German guilt is eternal (just the kind of racial guilt they accused the Jews of). PS. Forgot to add that…"
Apr 27
Alan Perlman commented on Rich Goss's blog post The Evil We Do Lives After Us
"I've pondered "karma" for many years, and I've seen SOBs punished for the fraud and ill will they've created (Bernie Madoff).  Make enough enemies, and one of them will find a way to get you.  Yet many of them get…"
Apr 27
Alan Perlman commented on Jennifer Hancock's blog post Atheism isn't enough - and it isn't very satisfying
"Excellent discussion of issues that we all face and have to work out.  Every principled atheist has to find some satisfying, realistic substitute for religion's false comforts, bogus promises, and Imaginary Friends.   I made an early…"
Apr 26
Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Blowing themselves up for raisins, not virgins
"Good suggestion, Michael.  I can almost hear the imam announcing it: "Ahhhh, you know, guys, about that part where we promised you 72 virgins...well, we're going to have to make a sight word change.  Turns out that the holy book…"
Apr 26
Michael Penn commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Blowing themselves up for raisins, not virgins
"The female suicide bombers might be promised 72 virgin males, but why would they care or how would they possibly know? On the other hand, females are looked at as a commodity like a full bottle of wine. Men don't like wine that has been…"
Apr 26
Daniel W commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Blowing themselves up for raisins, not virgins
"You don't have to blow yourself up to get raisins.  They are in the dried fruit section at Safeway."
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Blowing themselves up for raisins, not virgins

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 such a…See More
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Michael Penn commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"In my area we hunt them and eat them. Money was more limited when I was a kid and people ate more squirrel. Today some still do. I used to know a man that was so good at hitting them with a car as they crossed the road. His accuracy was uncanny.…"
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Daniel W commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"I ran over a squirrel today. Tried not to, but there are limits to our choices in traffic. It was not an Easter squirrel. Maybe during the night, a carnivore will have an easy treat. We have owls, Hawks, cats, and coyotes."
Mar 29
Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Happy Easter, Bloody Easter
"Somebody's killing rabbits? Religion is immune to ridicule, or so they think.  That's why they get so angry -- you're not allowed to make fun of my god.  In Religulous, Bill Maher gets this very reaction simply by…"
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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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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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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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