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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 Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Thanks, Loren. Today's: "Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived." -Isaac Asimov"
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Alan Perlman commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"And in that spirit, "I am convinced now that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the Christian religion...if the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
""Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the philosophers as false, and by the rulers as useful." Seneca the Younger And now let's all sing a rousing chorus of "God Bless America.""
Oct 10
Alan Perlman commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Loren, thanks for kind words.  The quote applies to the  New Age cosmologies and "medical" therapies that so fascinated my last wife.  And now, just for fun: "I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come into…"
Oct 7
Alan Perlman commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"Here's another from Mencken: "God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable.  They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos,  He will set…"
Oct 6
Alan Perlman commented on Loren Miller's group Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful
"I've posted his before, but I keep coming back to it: I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been." Daniel Keyes Loren, wise words on quotes, well-said.  "
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Quotations – Momentous, Memorable, Meaningful

A place to share the words of others (or your own!) which have been impactful in your life, whether they're serious, poignant, humorous, or just something worth noting.See More
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Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Thomas Szasz had these guys figured out:"If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. If the dead talk to you, you are a spiritualist; If you talk to the dead, you are a schizophrenic."Thomas…"
Sep 24
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""Civilization will not attain to its perfection, until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest." Emile Zola"
Sep 15
Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"'"To profess to be doing God's will is a form of megalomania." Joseph Prescott A quote for 9/11, which was motivated by religion -- specifically, the fact that American soldiers were in Saudi Arabia, stationed on Muslims'…"
Sep 11
Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Loren, your comment reminds me of Wm. Buckley's "I'd rather be governed by the firs 2000 names in the Manhattan phone book than by the faculty of Harvard." Today's: "Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread…"
Sep 10
Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
""I say to the moment: 'Stay now!  You are so beautiful!'" Johann Wolfgang von Goethe"
Sep 7
Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
""Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with out natural wishful impulses." Sigmund Freud"
Sep 6
Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Cat, Apt comparison.  Despite all the weepy liberal arguments to the contrary, I believed that we have laws that define who can come here and live here.  If the govt. figures out a way to let them stay, then anyone who sneaks in can become…"
Sep 5
Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"To Joan, Thanks for the invitation to write a speech that will never be given.  It presupposes two impossibilities - an atheist President and a country willing to listen to him.  In other words, a congenial setting.  No one would be…"
Sep 4
Alan Perlman commented on Daniel W's group Quotation Of The Day
"Thanks, Spud. "A church is a place where clergymen who have never been to heaven preach about it to people who will never get there." H.L. Mencken"
Sep 4

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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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