December 2017 Blog Posts (10)

The Bible is Behind the Times

I didn't grow up celebrating Xmas.

My religious parents considered it a pagan holiday, along with Easter and all other holidays. We did, however, get a small gift for our birthdays. One year, my annual gift was a bible with my name engraved upon it. I had waited all year for my one gift and this was what I got, a bible. I must admit, I was a tad disappointed, but I smiled and graciously accepted it…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on December 29, 2017 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

Compelledunbeliever MIA?

I have not been as active lately here at my first home as an atheist. Rest assured I am not gone.

There are a couple of reasons for this. Primarily my 16 year old son has a rare bone disease and has had to have the first of two total knee replacements.

The second reason that the people here have given me new confidence. I regularly post on Facebook and other sights answering questions about atheism and Christianity. When I first started here I was afraid so I used…

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Added by Compelledunbeliever on December 24, 2017 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

A Real Christmas Story

Anyone who knows me reasonably well knows about my best friend.  I first met Rich at Hoffman’s House of Stereo in Cleveland, back in 1978, when I was taking my first look at investing in high-end stereo equipment.  As you doubtless have already guessed, he was the salesman who met me and showed off the wares his shop specialized in.  I became quite the regular visitor to Hoffman’s over the next several months, even after sinking my hard-earned cash into a Kenwood turntable, Goldring…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 22, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Germany The Land of Discrimination

Even after 2 years in Germany I'm still shocked by how discrimination is integrated into the German culture and laws,

Your shock starts when you arrive and get bombarded by questions in  official forms which ask you about your Faith example: the Work Agency "Agentur für Arbeit" forms

I attended a course on how to write the German CV AKA Lebenslauf, and that was a very disturbing time:

Mandatory things in the German CV: your photo, your country of birth, your Gender, your…

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Added by Imaginary Cat Owner on December 22, 2017 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Outrage Addiction

        Experience has taught us that people will often employ outrage and hyperbole, often in the form of public shaming, to convince others rather than construct a sound argument. There may be several reasons for this. The research suggests that people generally find it easier to remain in the brain's equivalent of autopilot (system 1) than to employ slow, deliberate, analytical reasoning (system 2). [See Kahneman, "Fast and slow Thinking"] It seems that system 1 is the default. It may…

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Added by Wyatt on December 17, 2017 at 9:44am — 7 Comments

Traveling a Different Financial Path

In an effort to share a post that I published recently on Creative Paths to Freedom, my travel website, I offer a link to it on my Atheist Nexus blog. Having lived an unconventional lifestyle growing up in a cult, I went out into the world and pursued a different unconventional life of my own choosing. Although I resented the religious restrictions of my childhood, I was also not impressed with conventional mainstream life. It all seemed to fall short…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on December 15, 2017 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Jerry Brown – Fear of the Lord or the Here and Now?

On Sunday, 10 December, 2017, CBS News 60 Minutes interviewed California governor Jerry Brown.  This interview, while dealing with multiple subjects, led off with Brown’s strong disagreement with President Trump regarding climate change.  Brown’s attitude, considering the current spate of wildfires ravaging his state, and the correlation to causes associated with climate change,…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 11, 2017 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

On Truth

I've been gone for a while searching for experiences to enlighten myself in search of answers. My wife and I went to Jerusalem, Eygpt, and Tunisia. Talking with the people was exciting and at the same time sad. We have it so good in the United States.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 6, 2017 at 10:32am — 3 Comments

Republicans Hate Social Security and Medicare

If there’s one person out there who didn’t get the memo over 10 years ago that privatizing medicare and social security was high on the republican agenda, I’d like to have them tested for dementia.

The repubs have never made a secret of this.

Ultimately, what they want is to gut the two, gamble with the money until we end up with another…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on December 6, 2017 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Life In Spite Of Everything

As I awoke this morning, my first thoughts were of the Republican budget which was passed last night and our country's powerful plutocracy. If there has ever been a true representation by the people, which is highly questionable, we certainly have no voice any longer. I must admit that I felt deeply anxious. Anxiety is rife in our society these days and I had to remind myself not to join the feeding frenzy of fear, anger and despair. Why? Because that's the only…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on December 2, 2017 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

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