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Religion's Prohibitions Inhibit Even Long-time Atheists. And Our Inhibitions Consequences...?

Started May 17 0 Replies

Those prohibitions are powerful.Federal Appellate Court Judge Richard A. Posner would agree. Here is the opening paragraph of his book, Sex and Reason.Anyone in our society who wants to write about…Continue

Tags: talk., sex, religion, politics

Will An Xian State Legislator Introduce A Bill to Secede from Today's Union?

Started May 6 0 Replies

South Carolina was the first state to secede in 1861 and six more states quickly followed.In recent decades, Xian legislators have introduced thousands of bills on evolution, reproductive rights,…Continue

Tags: century, 21st, secession, church-state, religion

Ted Cruz's Closing Remarks in Indiana.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel W May 4. 3 Replies

1) He's quitting, and2) Trump is a "pathological liar" and a "narcissist".Continue

Tags: 2016, trump, cruz

Atheist Epitaphs

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Flying Atheist May 6. 23 Replies

Alas, no more sex; no more beer.It's not original; a paleontologist found it in ancient Egypt.Hm-mm, if I want people to see it, I won't want an ocean burial.Continue

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tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Difference between beliefs of one religion and another is more than difference between an atheist and a theist
"...and believers knew of a resurrection of the body.... When I was a kid in Catholic schools (1936-1949), I heard nuns use this as an argument against cremation. They tried to persuade me to fulfill their god's purpose and failed. Since…"
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tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion FerFAL: Understanding Societal Collapse Warnings we should heed from Venezuela's crisis
"Joan, I'm reading and slowly digesting the Wikileaks story of America's drive for empire. As I'm sure you know, the three I remembers you listed above tell only a small part of the story. I've been reading that ancient…"
3 hours ago
tom sarbeck replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion New New Atheism? in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"...the one sociopath I met.... He was the US House minority leader. The 1800 votes I'd won in a state primary election earned me a half hour of one-on-one time with him. Returning to my car, I wasn't sure if I had a knife in my back. If…"
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The Financial Invasion of Greece
"Ditto, Donald."
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The Financial Invasion of Greece
"Donald, you gave us your definition of oligarchy, not a dictionary definition. In America, oligarchy will end when Congress can accommodate more than three hundred million people. "
tom sarbeck replied to Bertold Brautigan's discussion New New Atheism? in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Cheryl Crow said it well. It's a high that few can enjoy, although some people do it better than I did. "Of all the defense mechanisms, intellectualization is the toughest one to break," said a young candidate for a PhD in psychology…"
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The Financial Invasion of Greece
"Bert, if you have no bananas Donald will say you're wrong. "
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The Financial Invasion of Greece
"Donald, in an oligarchy a few rule the many. In America a few (about 535) rule the many (more than 300 million). Your "democratic republic" is an oligarchy. "
tom sarbeck commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post CROTCH WATCH: NORTH CAROLINA & SOUTH CAROLINA
"The law's purpose is to frighten conservatives into voting for the GOP."
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion The Financial Invasion of Greece
"Pain, dammit, makes people pay attention. Pain is why, instead of a wealthy white English male oligarchy, America has since the 1770s had a wealthy white American male oligarchy. "
tom sarbeck replied to Sassan K.'s discussion How does one go from atheism to religion?
"Hypothesis: She met a Catholic and likes her/him. "
tom sarbeck replied to eric stone's discussion Ryan bringing back McCathyism and the 1950s HUAC?
"Some months ago, I think last year before the Beaner quit Congress and Ryan took his place, Frankie in Rome said the GOP social program wasn't Christian. They, though Catholic, ignored Frankie. "
tom sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Koch brothers turn their attack machine on Feingold in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Joan, saying the Koch brothers' minds are weak provides a few moments of emotional satisfaction to people who briefly feel powerless. I hope it does not foreshadow the powerlessness of post-election apathy. PS. Their minds are not weak but they…"
tom sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Know this as well as you know anything: The Democratic Party's superdelegates and the Electoral College serve exactly the same purpose: to protect the establishment from the voters. How does the Republican Party protect the Establishment?…"
tom sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Hey, folks, you're not seeing something that's real important. Suppose Bernie beats Hillary and wins in November. Suppose too that Dems win control of both House and Senate. As president, Bernie will be able to do only what a Congress…"
tom sarbeck replied to Sarah's discussion Weird ads
"Altar boys probably have the best numbers on how many of the collared ones are asexual. We exes have no limits and might be trying to catch up. "
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Born Dec 1930. Atheist 6yrs; Catholic 20yrs; Agnostic 52yrs; Atheist 6yrs; Materialist.
Cincinnati until 1947, St. Pete FL until 1950, US Navy until 1952, St. Pete until 1954, Gainesville (UofF) until 1961, Tallahassee (FlaStUniv) until 1962, into computers where I became a migratory worker (St. Pete, Daytona Beach, Houston, Austin, Phoenix). Retired to San Francisco then Yountville.

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At 2:10am on May 16, 2015, Gerald Payne said…

That's true. I've looked on the internet but it's all a bit general. I'll take a stroll into town on Monday and check it up in the library.

At 3:54pm on May 15, 2015, Gerald Payne said…

HI Tom I've been thinking about that theory of yours regarding childhood happiness and political leanings. There could be more to it than I initially thought. In a couple of weeks I'll be visiting the library i'll see what I can dig up.

At 4:28pm on May 3, 2015, Gerald Payne said…

That electric Universe will blow a fuse Tom.

At 10:00am on March 2, 2015, Mojo said…
Tom thanks for extending the invite. I've been an athiest since the 70's and have become more so since.

I see religion as the handmaiden of fascism and oligarchs.

I find it absurd and pathetic that so many still embrace the superstition and denial of real humanity that religion demands.

You and I will be long gone before the world will be free of the bonds of theocracy, but every movement has to start somewhere.
At 10:22pm on February 28, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks, Tom.  It isn't that well written, but I think I get my point across.

At 1:52pm on February 20, 2015, Donald L. Engel said…

Thanks for the invite, Tom.  Hope to have some good discussions with you.  Since we are close to the same age, there probably won't be too many disagreements though..

At 9:56pm on February 4, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Thanks for clarifying. The reason I used the collective 'we' instead of the singular 'I' was because I was aiming for something inside the comfort zone of the reader. Hoping to rattle cages enough that maybe I get some folks to reconsider their stance on self-ownership. Sorry about misunderstanding your comment.

At 12:54pm on February 2, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

The place where you left the comment is at this link:

If you could let me know who I plagiarize I'd appreciate it. I didn't mean to.

At 11:55am on January 21, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

You wrote as a comment on my blog titled 'personal responsibility':

"Consider the words you borrowed from someone you didn't acknowledge:

As long as we are living the only power over us is that which we allow."

Tom, The idea is hardly new but from whom did I plagiarize?? I take it seriously, and I looked online to double check and found no quote that I failed to attribute.

At 12:52pm on January 15, 2015, Čenek Sekavec said…

Hey Tom, you said I borrowed words without acknowledging their source. From where??

I'm asking here instead of bumping an old post. I only just read the comments.


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