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Sexual Abuse in the Jehovah's Witnesses - Don't let them past your doorstep!

This article is from ThinkProgress, although there are others reporting on the same issue.  The particular abuse is in Australia, but there are reports in USA as well.

"The Jehovah's Witnesses' Massive Sex Abuse Scandal"…


Added by Daniel W on July 27, 2015 at 11:02pm — 1 Comment

Just When You Thought It Was Safe . . .

Just when Former Texas Rick was beginning to fade into the seas of ignorance after his blunders in the Presidential Debates, he rises from the depths of stupidity to land on the shores of absurdity. Recently, Perry stated he thought trained gun owners should be allowed to carry guns into…


Added by Donald R Barbera on July 26, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Book Special! Free For Prime and Kindle Users, or 99¢ For All Others

Get it cheap while you can!

Badge of Survival is on special until 6/26 for only 99 cents, and if you’re a Kindle owner, or a member of Prime, you can get it for free!!! Grab it while it’s discounted. Short read that can occupy a short flight or bus ride.

This collection of short remembrances are in no particular order. These are some of my…

Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on July 24, 2015 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Whose Watch Did This Happen On?

I recently watched two movies which, at least on the surface, have nothing to do with each other, yet have EVERYTHING to do with each other.  Yesterday, for a reason I can’t give you (because I don’t have one), I dragged Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911 from my library to peruse, and then this evening, I pulled out the HBO Pictures classic, And the Band Played On, based on the book by Randy Shilts.  I was maybe a quarter into the second film when I realized that both pieces had a…


Added by Loren Miller on July 24, 2015 at 12:07pm — 9 Comments

Values Manifest As Behavior

Culture wars. Clash of civilzations. Family drama. These areas of conflict inspire a host of social commentaries, ideological debates and calls for immediate dining-room meetings. At the heart of each is concern over just what values should be of focal interest. Not only of interest, but precisely how they are to be manifested in societal relationships. It is all well and good to speak of valuing life or equality, but speak to a conservative or liberal, neither of whom deny the…


Added by David Teachout on July 21, 2015 at 1:53pm — 6 Comments

Pastor Jeffress: Jesus Wasn't a Law-Breaking Hippie, Condemns Fellow Churches

I normally make an effort to go out of my way to avoid any news stories coming out of FOX news. I also do what I can to not bother responding to any discussion panels either. There is one draw that will get my attention, and keep it, in a FOX news article. Pastors, politics, and biblical scripture.…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on July 21, 2015 at 6:18am — 6 Comments

The Pareto Principle and Christians

When the behavior and belief of Christians in the United States, an economic theory developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Paretto may hold the answer as to why in a majority Christian nation adherence basic dogma of their philosophy seem unrecognizable. Paretto posited that in nearly every situation the…


Added by Donald R Barbera on July 20, 2015 at 8:11am — 4 Comments

Once again, folks: It's about RELIGION .

Once again, a Muslim targets the military and slaughters Americans.  Once again, motives are sought.  He was such a nice guy.  He came back from the Middle East, and he was somehow different. I am still waiting for someone (why not a secular organization?) to have the courage to say that yes, he was different: his mind was taken over by a vile, heinous, psychotic RELIGIOUS fantasy.  

On CNN, law officers in impressive uniforms vow to find out why he did it.  The closest that the media…


Added by Alan Perlman on July 19, 2015 at 2:30pm — 11 Comments

Jesus H Christ, according to the Church of the Latter Day Dudes

Bearded prophet of the meek and early archetype of the 1960s hippie.

Jesus was born Jewish, but then converted to Dudeism after he realized that the Romans and the Pharisees were fucking fascists. Today lots of people think he’s the son of the guy who created the universe and that our life is in his hands. But probably he was just a dude who thought people should mellow out and stop getting so worked up about stuff. Sadly, few of his followers seem to actually realize that.…


Added by Hiram on July 18, 2015 at 7:21pm — 4 Comments


Everyone sleeps.  Every person, every mammal, probably every bird and reptile.

I was thinking about sleep last night, as I was thinking about going to sleep.  I don't like sleep.  For me, sleep is an interlude of death.  I usually have no memories of dreams.  No recollections of thoughts, or sensations. They say, everyone dreams. Not just a few dreams, but many.  Every night.  If that's so, either I'm unusual, or my sleep is so deep that no dreams escape into the world of day.…


Added by Daniel W on July 18, 2015 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Cast Aside Original Sin and Be Free

The manner in which we live our lives, the form our actions take, is based on our biological/relational existence and the principles governing the ways in which value manifests in behavior. Those principles include the view of free-will, the determination of causation and its influence, and the…


Added by David Teachout on July 15, 2015 at 12:09pm — 26 Comments

Episode 10 Invocation Dislocation

On this episode we cover prayers in government meetings.  We feature an interview with David Williamson the founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community based in Orlando Florida.  He is also a co-plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against Brevard County Florida regarding their…


Added by Robert Ray on July 13, 2015 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Athletes (and Atheists!) in Action

I had thought this was going to be yet another quiet Sunday, where the most I might do is watch CBS Sunday Morning, make breakfast for my wife and myself, perhaps watch some auto racing or golf and enjoy the company of my step-grandson when he and his mom came over in the evening.  It was almost true, right up to when my inbox alerted me with a note from a friend at the Northern Ohio Freethought Society.  It referred to a recent piece from The Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta, who had…


Added by Loren Miller on July 12, 2015 at 1:30pm — 15 Comments

The quiet lull of the womb quickly and forcefully gets opened by the real world. The noise, the vague sights, all come barging down neuronal paths, blazing trails that will help determine the future …

The quiet lull of the womb quickly and forcefully gets opened by the real world. The noise, the vague sights, all come barging down neuronal paths, blazing trails that will help determine the future of emotion, thought and the stories that bind them all together. For most this is the beginning of a…


Added by David Teachout on July 10, 2015 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Transformer, Transition—Transgender

Growing up in a medical household certainly had its advantages as my brother, sisters and I had opportunities many kids never had chance to do. We were up to date, well educated and consciously modest because of those things. Yes, coming from that medical household also…


Added by Donald R Barbera on July 9, 2015 at 12:32am — 13 Comments

Struggling With Codependency Issues

So, with the holiday weekend, the lights dimmed a bit over here on the Bluegrass. Between the demands at work, home, and at my flea market booth, I thought it wise to take a small respite and only focus on a couple of things at a time instead of my usual million. I got out quite a bit and spent time with friends and lover, but at the end of the weekend, I…


Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on July 8, 2015 at 10:32pm — 3 Comments

My Journey from Faith to Freedom

Looking back at growing up there was never a question of going to church on Sundays, attending Sunday School as a child and eventually graduating to the “adult” experience of sitting in pews, singing old songs and listening to a sermon. Beyond Sundays there was mid-week youth group of some kind,…


Added by David Teachout on July 8, 2015 at 10:22am — 8 Comments

Critical Thinking Paper

I wrote this critical thinking paper in April of 2015 for my Critical Thinking 101 class.

My critical thinking inventory is what I use when I have to apply critical thinking in order to solve a complex issue or question.  I use this inventory in order to weigh both the benefits and consequences of the decisions that I make.  It is important that I use critical thinking and logic in the decisions that I make for myself.  I have been assigned to analyze my critical thinking…


Added by Scott DeLong on July 8, 2015 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

My Book

Does God Exist? Evaluating the Evidence for God and the Bible.

Added by Jay Forrest on July 7, 2015 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Epidsode 9 Monu"mental"

This week we hear another update from Jeff Stilwell on his lightning march.

We also cover the Oklahoma 10 Commandments, Christian Flags and In God We Trust.

And don’t forget the Mr. Potter Award.

We also touched on one of Robert’s other passions, The Original Motto Project.

Find us on Facebook, and …


Added by Robert Ray on July 6, 2015 at 12:24pm — No Comments

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