June 2015 Blog Posts (89)

OH, Grow Up! Marriage Hypocrites

It is past time for American religionist to grow up. For decades, Christians used the  Bible to force their religion on others to conform to their beliefs while egregiously failing to follow their own beliefs, which they want to force on others. The US Supreme Court's decision to approve gay marriage across the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 30, 2015 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

If there were a god

If there were a god he/she/it would be giving the same message to each nation on every continent. The imperative would be to live in peace with justice for all. The purpose would be to create a world of people making the decisions in the interest of the health of individuals, tribes, communities, and nations. There would be no fight over doctrine. There would be an emphasis on community building. Voluntary population control would be part of the litany. The focus would be on cleanliness to…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2015 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

The Safety Of The Grave

America has an addiction to guns. So much so, we have the largest gun lobby in the world- the NRA -with members serving in our government. This heavily skews gun rights advocacy and regulation, often stunting bipartisan ties during critical legislation opportunities. How did our constitutional right to be armed if our government needs us, or…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on June 29, 2015 at 11:24am — 2 Comments

An Epicurean Answers Habakkuk's Questions

It's rare to encounter a prophet who acknowledges the powerlessness of his gods to bring good, destroy evil, and fix the world. Rarer still to find one who acknowledges the evils that religion brings upon humanity. Habakkuk is one of the lesser, little-known prophets from the Old Testament, and one who bore witness against his own god and questioned him about the existence of evil, injustice, and suffering in the world. His disappointment is typical of those who …

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Added by Hiram on June 29, 2015 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

The Week of Being Happy and Pissed Off

The week of 21 June, 2015 is likely one of the more momentous of the past several years or more that I am aware of.  It was a week of amazing and impactful news, incredibly GOOD news from where I sit, news which will be far more benefit than detriment in the long haul or so I’d be willing to wager.  Though all of those stories are important and worthy of comment, it is one in particular on which I wish to record a few thoughts.



And that is the confirmation by the United States…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 29, 2015 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Medicare and the American mistake.

Medicare and the American mistake                                                                                                            

While rising costs in healthcare are becoming a serious burden to European governments who pick up the bill for their citizens health, the fear of electoral suicide prevents them from considering any form of private sector involvement.  The provision of healthcare, free at the point of…

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Added by Gerald Payne on June 28, 2015 at 6:02am — 1 Comment

Whoa—Put on the Brakes!

Gay and lesbian couples around the nation can now legally marry. It is indeed a victory for equality, love and unity. It is a step in the United States moving into the 20th century. It is a potential financial bonanza for wedding planners, cake makers and flower shops. It’s all coming up roses. In…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on June 26, 2015 at 10:53pm — 5 Comments

Bigotry is Finally Losing Ground in the US.

Original version with pictures and hyperlinks to sources can be found here:

http://showmeskeptic.blogspot.com/2015/06/bigotry-is-finally-losing-ground-in-us.html

This past week has been a political whirlwind. One the equality front civil liberties are winning, but on the economic front, the nation took a blow. The New York Times has covered the Trans-Pacific Partnership quite well.…

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Added by Eric Biggers (Show Me Skeptic) on June 26, 2015 at 8:57pm — 3 Comments

DUI Story

Thanks, Judy. Here's a vignette about “DUI Story.”  I've always considered Shakespeare to be the greatest writer. Not just for great stories, but many of his verses are a pleasure to listen to, just like music. Romeo and Juliette's balcony scene, surely Hamlet's…

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Added by Rich Goss on June 25, 2015 at 1:21pm — 3 Comments

Abraham's Excellent Adventure (The Thinking Atheist)

Anyone who listens to The Thinking Atheist radio podcasts knows well what kind of storyteller Seth Andrews is - damned good!  That said, Opus 227 of his offerings is especially noteworthy.  In this specific piece, Seth relates a variation on the story of Abraham and Isaac.  This story was originally written by one Edwin A. Suominen, of Ed Suominen's Shitty Little Blog.  Edwin has about as much patience with the bible in general and the…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 24, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Charleston; Exactly What New Lesson Was God Imparting?

As any decent human knows the slaughter of innocent people in any gathering, be it a movie theatre, a food franchise, a school or a church is a crime where the death of the perpetrator does little to overcome the immensity of the deaths of innocents much less the mental suffering of family, friends, and society at large.



It may seem callous to ask why it is that God never seems to in any way intervene in dissuading the killer, warning the the victims or just preventing the whole… Continue

Added by Mojo on June 23, 2015 at 6:31pm — 11 Comments

Need for black atheists to speak out

This morning I posted a brief status update on Facebook about the fact I am black atheist mourning the deaths of nine people who were shot in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. I began this message to help contribute to the community of mourning and to distinguish myself from others. I actually began speaking out at work this past week when I first hear about the attack because I knew my co-workers and clients had probably heard the news and might have been affected by…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on June 23, 2015 at 5:51pm — 2 Comments

Good By Stars and Stripes

Good By Stars and Stripes

Added by Chris on June 22, 2015 at 8:32pm — No Comments

The Wizard of Oz, an Atheist Allegory. OR The Show Me Skeptic's Introduction to the Atheist Nexus.

The movie The Wizard of Oz, based off of L Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American classic.  The story is also often used in social studies classes as an allegory to the Populist era of the late 1800s.  Baum did not write Oz as an allegorical tale, but it fits quite well.  The Wizard of Oz can also be used as an allegory to an Atheists shedding of religion and superstition, on the Atheist's road to self-discovery.  I will use the…

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Added by Eric Biggers (Show Me Skeptic) on June 22, 2015 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

The Great Debate: EXTINCTIONS (OFFICIAL) - (Part 1/2)

The Great Debate: EXTINCTIONS (OFFICIAL) - (Part 1/2)

When I was teaching, my classroom consisted of chaos, many things going on at once, few sat in their chairs, some sat at drawing boards, others in discussion groups, many in reading areas, clay and paper and paints and chalk existed scattered throughout with no sense of order. I do not…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2015 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

Celebrate Your Kids This Father's Day

It’s Father’s Day, and to all my readers out there fortunate enough to be a dad, enjoy your day of recognition. Savor your specially made breakfast, awkwardly drawn markered portraits on construction paper, and totally needed extra set of screw drivers or packs of batteries. It’s a day of days for you during…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on June 21, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Holy Votes

The house of bishops, an unelected cabal given privileged seats in the House of Lords, has condescended to state the importance of their participation in politics. ‘’We belong together in a creation which should not just be used and consumed’’ was the progressive message as they plan to take the country forward into a brave new world.

Where these parliamentary shepherds plan to lead the flock (except maybe up the garden…

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Added by Gerald Payne on June 20, 2015 at 7:28pm — 2 Comments

Amazing Grace in the Workplace? Arrgghhh!

My worklife is intense and demanding. It is a high stress environment. I try to keep a low profile, do my best, and always have a professional demeanor, responsible temperament, and keep my nose to the grindstone. My retirement - or graduation, as I sometimes call it - is in early 2016. I am not going to make waves.



Like many offices, our workday begins with what management gurus call "The Huddle" - a brief meeting, mandatory for all, for disseminating info about workload,… Continue

Added by Daniel W on June 19, 2015 at 8:39pm — 21 Comments

God came to me in a dream last night

I think it was God that came to me in a dream last night. I never had a dream like that before. It was very dark, a blackness that was all encompassing, but then there was a point of light, a single and very distinct point of light that had no glow beyond its boundaries. The voice that I then heard was not like a human voice, it was English, my native language, and very precise, almost machinelike, with a vocabulary so familiar that I understood every word. I can remember pretty much…

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Added by Martin A. Moe, Jr on June 19, 2015 at 1:50pm — 13 Comments

Sexism in Jehovah Witness

Jehovah's Witnesses is a religion that preaches love and acceptance, but the reality is everything is conditional. Love and acceptance is only extended as long as members practice absolute obedience and question nothing, ever. Visit a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you might notice a few things about their meetings that seem a bit different. One is that all the women will probably be wearing either skirts or dresses. Jehovah’s Witness women can’t wear pants. Women are not, as a…

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Added by Damien Marie AtHope on June 19, 2015 at 3:29am — No Comments

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