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Dear Senator Portman: Regarding Gun Control...

Don't ask why it's taken so long for me to write. Stipulated that I've been involved in "clicktivist" petitions about gun control and perhaps written my representatives here and there in the wake of past mass shootings. Somehow, this last incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High just GOT to me. That and learning that Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman has an "A" rating with the National Rifle Association pretty well broke my camel's back.



In any case, the following just went out…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 18, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Berlin Wall - A Melancholy Anniversary

“Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.”

― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

This month marked what should be a joyous anniversary of the Mauerfall - the fall of the Berlin Wall.  For on the fifth of February the Wall had been down as long as it had been up;  precisely…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 17, 2018 at 7:33pm — 4 Comments

Ides of March - Git Diggin! - Vernal Equinox

Recharging the Galaxies & Planets magnetic shields

Exhuming, Universal magnetic reversal, Recharging…

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Added by Garry Denke on February 17, 2018 at 8:40am — No Comments

Meditations on "Jonah"

They say Jonah, he was swallowed by a whale,

But I say, there's no truth to that tale.

I know Jonah, he was swallowed by a song.


-- Paul Simon, "Jonah"



I was going to save that quote for an entry in the Quotations group, but it and the music that accompanies it really captured me this morning ... or “swallowed” me, as Paul put it.



I really admire that – being so consumed with a skill, talent, or desire that it utterly occupies your life, as…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 13, 2018 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The human species – a naturalist conjecture

One question still unanswered in biology and one that is of special interest to me is what happened to our evolutionary branch that made us so different than our nearest relatives on the evolutionary tree, the chimpanzees and bonobos? Putting aside supernatural explanations as well as wild speculation about aliens doing genetic experiments on our race as something to do while taking a break from construction of the pyramids, the correct explanation will be provided by science.

An…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 11, 2018 at 7:55pm — 2 Comments

Review: The Faith of Christopher Hitchens by Larry Taunton

I had read a lot of vitriol from the secular community regarding this book and made a point of re-reading Hitch-22 since Taunton referenced it in his opening description of Christopher Hitchens. So armed I was looking forward to reading it to see if all the ruckus was justified. As it turns out, the book is rather anti-climactic. There is nothing in the book that would lead one to think there was any deathbed conversion. I have respect for Taunton insofar as any discussions of conversion he…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 7, 2018 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

Life does begin at conception – a secular view

A recent article from Newsweek was making the rounds in social media this week reporting on the new strategic draft issued by the Department of Health and Human services.  The draft includes language that defines life as beginning at conception.

"HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 4, 2018 at 10:19pm — 5 Comments

Review: Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens

“I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.”

― Christopher Hitchens

I started to read Larry Taunton's book, "The Faith of Christopher Hitchens" and he begins the book by painting a picture based on "Hitch 22", Christopher Hitchens' autobiography. Having read "Hitch 22" when it first came out I was struck how the impressions that Taunton was getting and the seemed importance he was assigning to them were not jibbing with my recollections so…

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Added by Richard Lawrence on February 1, 2018 at 8:40pm — 5 Comments

How I became a Fundamentalist extremist in my childhood, its affects, and how I got out.

  Lately I have been describing myself as a former Young Earth Creationist, Fundamentalist, wacko. At first I thought that the addition of the word "wacko" would cause much backlash. I have not had one negative comment even in Christian forums. I think this is due to a number of reasons. First of all, I am calling myself this and not pointing fingers at anyone else. What is interesting about this is, I can describe beliefs others still have yet they probably think "yes I belive that but I'm…

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Added by Compelledunbeliever on January 27, 2018 at 8:30am — 6 Comments

If I Ever Hear God's Voice, I'll Shit My Britches

 Let me begin by saying that I’ve never heard the voice of any god, demon or angel.

Never! Trust me, I’ve never even gotten a phone call from one. I’m just as relieved to tell the you the truth, because if I ever did hear the voice of a god, any god, I’d shit my britches. On the one hand, it would be the most earth shattering conversation I’ve ever had, assuming that god would let me ask a…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on January 23, 2018 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

What If You had to Dance the Polka to Get to Heaven?

Once again, I'm bringing Debunking Christianity, a website belonging to John Loftus to my blog. I am now a regular guest writer on John's site and proud to be part of his continuing dedication to debunking religion and its harmful effects on humankind.

This week, I wrote an article about the persistent belief in heaven and hell. Although often full of conflicting ideas about what these two places might be…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on January 19, 2018 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Religion is pure poison disguised as hope. How has religion harmed you?

I personally haven't been harmed by religion. I have been an Atheist all my life, but didn't have the label Atheist till I was an adult. I have heard many stories where Atheists were harmed because of their lack of belief in the supernatural. I was wondering how many of you here have been harmed by religion and how you were harmed?

Added by Cane Kostovski on January 18, 2018 at 5:26pm — 12 Comments

Five Things I Wish God Had Told Us Long Ago

I started pestering my parents when I was just a kid with questions about why god as our heavenly father would withhold life-saving information from his creation. Needless to say, they never had an answer that satisfied me even back then. Those questions linger, popping up from time to time in adult conversations that I have with friends. To this day, no good answers have been provided. So, I wrote an article for Debunking Christianity where I listed…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on January 13, 2018 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

What Would It Take to Believe?

How many times have we heard it:



“What would it take for you to accept that god exists?”



Answers from atheists to this question have been many and varied.  In an interview with Randy Frazee of the Oak Hills Church of San Antonio, Texas, Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta said that a personal experience might convince him.  Various others, including Matt Dillahunty, have proposed that Yahweh himself knows what it would take to dissuade him from his apostasy, but as of yet has…

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Added by Loren Miller on January 9, 2018 at 8:10am — 18 Comments

Traveling Light

 One morning, I woke up and said to myself, “I want to travel the world.”

So, I sold everything that I owned and traveled the world for several years. That decision changed my life. Thirteen years later, I winter in Spain and am still crossing off places to explore from my bucket list. As an “untourist” I’ve learned so much about other countries, things I never would’ve known if I’d merely…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on January 4, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Religion Has Been Harming Children for Centuries

I'm honored to have been invited to be a regular contributor of Debunking Christianity, a website belonging to the sensational Christian apologist turned atheist, John Loftus. John has published many books. He's a religious myth buster extraordinaire. My first article was published a few days ago. It's entitled:…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on January 4, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Faith (especially Religious Faith) = Ignorance, by all definitions.

Faith in all its definitions, even non-religious definitions is a form of deliberate ignorance. 

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Faith:  (Oxford Dictionary).

NOUN

1> Complete trust or confidence in someone or…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on January 2, 2018 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Greed is an Obsessive-Compulsive Neurosis

ARE HUMANS NATURALLY GREEDY?

Short Answer:

Yes. Many humans have a desire to accumulate things more than what they need or deserve.

Long Answer:

It can not be denied that some people are more ‘Greedy’ than others. People act in a greedy way for different reasons. Of course there are the megalomaniacs and narcissists who are completely self-obsessed, just as there are the completely selfless martyrs.

For every Vijay Mallya there is a Mother Theresa ( Taking…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on January 1, 2018 at 10:16pm — 3 Comments

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