James M. Martin
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Faith and Free Will or Blind Belief and Wishful Thinking?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leon Gretsky Jan 12, 2015. 15 Replies

Quitting A|N in '15: YOUR SITE IS BUGGY

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leon Gretsky Dec 29, 2014. 45 Replies

At Last: The Ultimate Obit Absurdity!

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Idaho Spud liked James M. Martin's discussion Documentary: "8: The Mormon Proposition"
Aug 31
Bertold Brautigan commented on James M. Martin's group Atheism & the Law
"A reasonable question: Why Is the Catholic Church Lobbying against Statute of Limitations Reform?July 6, 2016 by Libby Anne ( Hint: Bill Donahue's doing what he does best - twisting the truth.)"
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Atheism & the Law

Legal issues involving atheism, agnosticism, and freethinking, including discussion of the constitutionality of laws or policies that violate the 1st Amendment, how atheism affects marriage and divorce, and anything else of a legal nature.
Apr 25
Bertold Brautigan commented on James M. Martin's group Atheism & the Law
"Greta Christina just wrote a nice essay in Raw Story: Here are 4 ways Christianity sneaks into our secular government — and why it matters GRETA CHRISTINA 07 MAR 2016 AT 05:47 ET "
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Loren Miller commented on James M. Martin's group Atheism & the Law
"Joan, what that statement tells me is that the priests want to behave as though they are not answerable to the communities they live in.  They think they're above us, better than us, yet they do crap like this.It is so far past time they…"
Feb 13
Joan Denoo commented on James M. Martin's group Atheism & the Law
"Oh my goodness! Here are two voices from the past that we will not read again, James Martin and sk8eycat!. Death may silence them even as their words live on.  As to the statement "saying instead that the decision to take such claims…"
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Bertold Brautigan commented on James M. Martin's group Atheism & the Law
"And meager shreds they were."
Feb 13
Grinning Cat commented on James M. Martin's group Atheism & the Law
"On the Roman Catholic Church telling bishops they are not obligated to report child sex abuse to civil authorities: they have just destroyed whatever shreds of "moral authority" they may have had remaining."
Feb 13

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James M. Martin's Blog

An Imperfect Start and Beautiful Finish to a Lovely Day of a Lovely Week in Paradise

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 9:54pm 8 Comments

I am a fan of Christopher Marlowe, the Elizabethan poet, dramatist, rogue, and (in all likelihood) espionage agent, whose Doctor Faustus inspired everyone from the American poet, Hart Crane, to the Welsh stage and screen star, Richard Burton. Goethe's version of the Faust legend was remarkable for its time, but I love Marlowe's better. And legend it was, too, for, apparently, there really was such a person roving about Western Europe with a black dog many…


Many are Called but Few are Chosen: My Belief -- Yes, Belief -- in Euhemerus

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 2:00pm 3 Comments

This is essentially a piece I originally wrote in one of my occult fanzines either late 80s or early 90s, when I was still in the thrall of Crowleyanity (also known as Thelema) and began to really wonder why man makes deities in his own image. I consulted many works on mythology and god-making, learning that all religions begin as cults, so it is redundant to call, say, Scientology a cult of Old Mother Hubbard. It's a religion we could even call Hubbardism. I read of an ancient Greek…


"Justin Bieber is Gay" -- 12-Year-Old Fan

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:16am 2 Comments

When my little friend Lilia told me of her heartbreaking shift in affections from Justin to One Direction's Harry Styles, it simply broke my heart. I had just begun to appreciate Justin. Who is this Styles guy? A name like that, you'd think he was a fashion model, but he comes off as a scruffy kid with a lot of energy. About the only thing the two have in common is tattoos. Harry does not have that fabulous Bieber chest, abs, and tattoos. Justin has more of them. I guess. Lilia, when asked…


George Will and the IRS: Conservative Ideology Blinds Pundit to the IRS's Biggest Problem: Underfunding Their Watchdog Operations

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 10:37am 2 Comments

It is a talking point on Fox and at the conservative caucuses that the IRS should be abolished or replaced with a more equitable taxing system such as ad valorem, no matter that institution of the latter would result in many if not most of us sleeping on discount off-brand mattresses while the Koch Cabal buys the major mattress factories (if they do not already own them). My interest in George Will as a spokesman for the Cabal (my word for the 1% owning 40% or more of the wealth) was dormant…


Meeting William S. Burroughs

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

A friend took me to a dinner at the home of a Manhattan dowager who turned out to be the agent there for the paintings of Brion Gysin, Burroughs' co-conspirator in magickal displacement of time and space known as the cut-up (slicing pages of a manuscript in half or quarters, then, John Cage-like, rearranging the pieces in such a way that they create in a kind of Flash Gordonesque, Hegelian manner, new messages, some actually predicting future events. I had long been fascinated by Burroughs,…


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At 11:10am on January 7, 2016, Loren Miller said…

James, obviously, you will never read this, but I want to say thank you for your participation in this space and your contributions to it.  You made A|N BETTER, and that is no small thing.

At 10:22pm on April 4, 2015, Daniel Wachenheim said…

James, are you OK?

At 7:30am on December 5, 2014, Bertold Brautigan said…

Hey James, top o' the morning to you. Ran across an article on cliches I thought you'd enjoy. Mainly I thought you'd enjoy it because of this entry, remembering what you said earlier:

3. "No problem"

We're all striving to delight customers, right? So when you ask a server for your dressing on the side, does "No problem" make you feel delighted or like you're kind of a pain but the server is gracious enough to overlook it?

Your customers and employees feel the same way when you say "No problem" to their requests.

The entry on "with all due respect" is well worth checking out too.

At 10:48am on June 3, 2013, Wazir Zulfiqar said…

Self-expression is individuality, and our individuality is our self, which ought to be our chief concern.

At 12:04pm on April 21, 2013, Wazir Zulfiqar said…

I appreciate your comment.

Hope you're doing well.

At 9:44pm on March 7, 2013, Deepak Gupta said…

Thanks for the comments James.

Good to know about Osteen, the #1 Fraud in America today. Can we call Chopra #2? Pun intended.

At 12:16pm on October 16, 2012, Joan Denoo said…

I appreciate and value your comments and thoughts. Thank you for friendship.  

At 12:24pm on March 22, 2012, Daniel Wachenheim said…

James, in case you are interested in discussions on this topic:

Justice For All

Justice For All

Atheists have our own ideas about what is just and what is unjust.  This group will explore the elusive concept of justice.  Topics include racial injustice, death penalty, imprisonment, crime, and other aspects of justice in modern society and in history.  Without gods, what is the basis for justice?  What do humanists and others say about justice?  What do you think about current controversies and cases regarding justice or injustice?

At 7:43pm on March 8, 2012, Aria Royce said…

I just posted my question up for duscussion. 


I'd be honored if you answered this. Thank you

At 7:41pm on March 8, 2012, Aria Royce said…

Can I ask you a question, privately? I added you as a friend. Please accept so I can message you. I think you are a great mind. I would like to know what you think about a simple question



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