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Why Liberal Christians Annoy Me

Liberal Christians seem so benign. They hold many of the same political points of view as I do. To one degree or another they also support a secular society. Unlike the conservative Christian or even worse the radicalized Christian, the liberal Christian is less strident, more open minded, less dogmatic and more accepting of other belief systems. Do they do less harm than the more militant fellow Christian soldiers? I contend that in some ways they actually contribute much harm to…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on October 20, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Atheist Foundation of Australia are at it again!

I'm beginning to think that the AFA is a little anachronistic organisation desperately trying to make itself seem relevant. It appears to be joining the ranks of the theists in making all sorts of unsupported scientific claims. Is it not enough just to be atheist? Is it not enough just to state that they lack belief in god(s)? Unfortunately for us besieged Australian atheists, it is not enough for them. The particular statement that sticks with me is the following:

"No personality or…

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Added by Vangelis on October 17, 2017 at 6:25am — 34 Comments

THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP

THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP



This is must reading for anyone concerned for the country's well being under the leadership of Donald Trump. Twenty seven psychiatrist specifically look over almost 30 years of tapes, newspaper articles and social media to evaluate Donald Trump as Commander-In-Chief and the picture isn't pretty. What they write is hardly a surprise for any watching his first 297 of Trump's time in the Oval Office. Already there are doubts regarding Trump's stability… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on October 15, 2017 at 5:55pm — 13 Comments

The Bronte Sisters and the Evolution of Societies

I have long loved the works of the Bronte sisters, Emily, Anne and Charlotte. Such disturbing stories like Jane Eyre provided me with endless hours of entertainment as a young person. I was forbidden the reading of fiction in my devout Christian home, but I managed to hide books from the library and read them after dark with a flashlight under the sheets of my bed. As a young person, I related with the bleak outlook that the Bronte sisters captured in their books.…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on October 13, 2017 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

NONBELIEVER'S READING LIST

Don’s Abbreviated Reading List

Many of the books I'm going to list you’ve read. Nevertheless, many haven’t read them and this overview might be of interest to those who haven't had the opportunity or time to read any of them.

The first book, I’m going to suggest is King James Version Bible.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on October 10, 2017 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Anti-Aristocracy

There is an evil strain permeating American culture and that is the culture of aristocracy. It has been eroding the egalitarian values this country was founded on. I fear liberals who believe that all humans are equal are loosing the argument by those that want to divide humans into class to protect the status quo. These aristocrats argue from the vantage point of power, that they are where they are due to some sort of superior character trait and it is equal opportunity that allowed them…

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Added by James on October 8, 2017 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

The Unholy Alliance of Gods and Countries

America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. Sounds like a song. Oh, wait a minute, it is a song. And, patriots everywhere in this exceptional country sing it, stand for it and well up inside whenever they hear it. Patriotism, a manufactured cultural response to wherever a human is born, still rings loud and clear in most countries. I've never been anywhere in the world, and I've been lots and lots of places, that lacked this feeling of love for country. The commitment to a birth…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on October 8, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Religiosity & peak mental health

A mentally healthy person has to have these nine characteristics: -- -

- Self interest,

- Self direction,

- Tolerance,

- Acceptance of Uncertainty,

- Flexibility,

- Scientific thinking,

- Commitment,

- Risk Taking, &

- Self acceptance.

The non-believing intelligentsia could lack some of these traits but most of these characteristics are CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT in Religious people.

Religion is directly opposed to the goals…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on October 8, 2017 at 2:13am — 2 Comments

FREEDOM 'FROM' & FREEDOM 'TO'

Sreeni: Prof. Kumar, one of my religious friends asked me about the real benefit of an Atheistic & Secular outlook. All I could think of and say was this: “The journey toward Atheism is a quest for the truth, truth which can be empirically tested and for which you can gather evidence, however distressing & frightening the truth might be. It could be the discovery that we humans are all alone, there are no souls, no afterlife & no god(s) to help us”.

Me: That is correct.…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on September 30, 2017 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day!

Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day!

To celebrate, I wrote a column for Daily Kos:

“It’s Time to Give Blasphemy the Respect it Deserves” http://bit.ly/2kcOULg

Blaspheme for the…

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Added by Richard E. Wackrow on September 30, 2017 at 1:31pm — 14 Comments

Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day!

Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day!

To celebrate, I wrote a column for Daily Kos:

“It’s Time to Give Blasphemy the Respect it Deserves” http://bit.ly/2kcOULg

Blaspheme for the…

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Added by Richard E. Wackrow on September 30, 2017 at 1:31pm — 2 Comments

Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day!

Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day!

To celebrate, I wrote a column for Daily Kos:

“It’s Time to Give Blasphemy the Respect it Deserves” http://bit.ly/2kcOULg

Blaspheme for the…

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Added by Richard E. Wackrow on September 30, 2017 at 1:31pm — No Comments

My Wordpress Post

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Added by Patricia on September 29, 2017 at 8:57pm — 8 Comments

Ain’t No Such Thing

A “Holy War” is the same as being “pretty ugly”, it is an oxymoron used as a fancy suit to dress up a pig of human behavior that under any circumstances would be viewed as primitive, animalistic and bloodthirsty.

This high-sounding term is…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 29, 2017 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

The trajectory of my beliefs

All my working life I was an atheist in the closet simply because my bosses & colleagues were of the religious kind, intolerant of atheists and I didn't wish to rock the boat.

But fast-forward to 2017 CE.

Place is Mysore, India and I am 80 years young. I can now safely call myself an atheist morphed into a secular humanist, after 40 years of deep study of cosmology, biological evolution, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, comparative religion,…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on September 29, 2017 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Gods are just a Type 1 (False positive) error

I am comfortable with not having answers to everything. By temperament, I have a high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty. But many people suffer cognitive dissonance when they face uncertainties and probabilistic world models, and they feel the need to close that loop with a definitive answer, regardless of how intellectually indefensible it may be.

This low tolerance for uncertainty in many others probably has an evolutionary origin related to the fact that in the Paleolithic…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on September 29, 2017 at 3:58am — No Comments

The Gargantuan Delusion called Soul

Our Hindu scripture "Bhagavad Gita' says that "the soul is invisible, inconceivable, immutable, and unchangeable. Knowing this, you should not grieve for the body".

Since many millenia, many religious Hindus when hearing this on their deathbed have drawn a lot of solace from this.

Yet.

The question of whether or not the soul exists has also been debated for centuries, and is one of the key elements in theistic belief.

In order to ascend to some heavenly realm…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on September 29, 2017 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

Fear and the Preachers, Pimps and Politicians

We're witnessing the politics of fear — AGAIN

There is something marvelously predictable about human behavior when under duress or living with general anxiety. If day in and day out you're worried about your job or your safety, if every time you open the door a new BIG problem is there to greet you, if you can't keep up with the onslaught of drama, if you don't even understand a good bit of what is being said…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on September 28, 2017 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

A Fictional Dialogue

"I don't believe in gods."

 

"You're not Christian?"

 

"No."

 

"But you were baptized. Your parents are Christian."

 

"Yes, I was baptized and my parents were Christian. I am an atheist."

 

"So you don't believe in anything?"

 

"..."

 

"What made you turn away from God?"

 

"What made you turn away from leprechauns?"

 

"Leprechauns aren't…

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Added by Milo Coots on September 26, 2017 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

GET THAT SON OF A BITCH OUT OF OFFICE

Normally, I stay out of politics but Saturday Donald Trump jumped into an area that he has no understanding of and as a black man I was peeved enough to write this. I hate to bother you with it but I've posted it…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 26, 2017 at 10:40am — 16 Comments

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