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Religious Sleight of Hand

“Many people who seriously practice a traditional religious faith—be it Christian or other—have a divorce rate marked lower than the general population.”—The Christian Divorce Rate Myth, Glenn T. Stanton, Baptist Press

The above quote, taken from the website crosswalk.com, is…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 19, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

borderline

I’m too attractive to borderliners, I think. For the second time in six months a borderliner started to scream at me and attacked me with verbal abuse.

I never suspect a new contact to be a borderliner, but I make room for someone new, give them my attention and listen to what they want to tell me. Most of the time I listen and I don’t talk…

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Added by Plinius on August 17, 2017 at 4:29am — 15 Comments

OH HOW I WISH

Asides from the promotion of ignorance, the embrace of intolerance, the perpetuation of fantasy, the encouragement of external reliance, the insistence of basing thought on dogma rather than fact, abetting belief in ghosts, gremlins and ghouls, the blatant demotion of women and its continued history of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 15, 2017 at 9:42am — 7 Comments

A new school year.

So, this year is a little more than half over. And, I decided it is time for a change. 

The weight loss went well, and is still working out for me. Haven't gained any weight back, and have done things to make me healthier. Also, dropped a few additional pounds in the mean time.

I decided it was time for me to go back to school. I will be studying nutrition science. It sounds interesting to me. The healthier lifestyle made me decide this was a good career goal, so that's what I…

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Added by Rhonda Boyer on August 13, 2017 at 4:10pm — 4 Comments

Girls Trip/Dunkirk Movie Reviews

Girls Trip: Movie Review:

Where to start with this one is difficult. I was dragged to see it by my wife. Well, I’m glad she did. “Girls Trip” is an uproarious film filled with ridiculosity, nasty comedy and excellent performances by Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 12, 2017 at 11:17pm — 7 Comments

THE DARK TOWER: MOVIE REVIEW

Occasionally I write movie reviews when I see one that is hyped or recommended. This one that I saw the hype and made up my mind to see it and I wasn't sorry.

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim (Matthew McConaughey) to prevent O'Dim from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stak…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 11, 2017 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

Adultery is a Sin?

“The aura of the theocratic death penalty for adultery still clings to America, even outside New England, and multiple divorces, which looks to the European like serial polygamy, is the moral solution to the problem of the itch.”—Anthony Burgess

That adultery is a sin…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 8, 2017 at 10:00pm — 48 Comments

Silk Purses and Sow Ears

 

When explaining Biblical contradiction Christian apologists and their explanations range from the sublime to the ridiculous. An apologist is a defender of the faith, the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 1, 2017 at 8:10am — 5 Comments

Eisenhower was our last legitimately elected Republican president

The Past 5 GOP Presidents Have Used Fraud and Treason to Steer Themselves to Electoral Victory

Ford and Bush Sr. aren't directly accused here, just the benefactors of systemic corruption. Bush Jr.'s illegitimate  elevation is already widely known. The Nixon and Reagan treasonous deals with enemies surprised me.

History suggests – even if treason can be demonstrated –…

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Added by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 29, 2017 at 4:49pm — 10 Comments

Second Class Citizens: How the Church Contributes to Domestic Violence

 “One reason that men abuse their wives is because women rebel against their husband's God-given authority.” Bruce Ware, professor of Christian Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY[1]

Whether a husband holds “God given authority” over his spouse is open to question, but the results of spousal abuse and domestic violence are not. Nearly one out of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 28, 2017 at 9:00pm — 17 Comments

BE SURE OF WHAT YOU SPEAK

Recently, a friend on Facebook made a brave break by positing that Christianity hangs about the necks of African Americans like a millstone and is responsible for much pain and suffering. Of course, his claim was immediately rejected and shot down with some even saying that "My Jesus would never do such a…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 24, 2017 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

The world needs a newer, better religion. A religion based on evolutionary law.

This is the beginning of my attempt to create a religion based not on a god or gods, but on our understanding of the evolutionary forces that created us and what they can teach us about how to survive and thrive in our evolutionary universe. https://youtu.be/PdZhNSBbjaM

Added by Paul Tripp on July 23, 2017 at 6:32pm — 3 Comments

A Collision at the Intersection of Islam and Feminism

My article on Islam, Feminism, and how incompatible they are just got published by the Alt Left Journal. See it here: https://altleftjournal.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/islam-and-feminism/

Added by Paul Tripp on July 22, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Campaigning: Take Back Our Country

While campaigning I had a group (8-10) of protesters at my rally saying all sorts of things, which is their right. However, when they came to shouting “Take Back Our Country” I was deeply offended but I didn’t show it. Instead, I gave them a history lesson about “our”’ country starting with the genocide of Native American Indians through slavery. My trail is already difficult and my chances of winning are an…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on July 20, 2017 at 8:51am — 2 Comments

A Never-Ending Battle?

I have no illusions that there’s an endgame.  These problems never go away.  You have to educate every single generation about this and make sure it doesn’t creep back into our society.  There’s no sense in which the job is ever done.

-- Tim Gill



Just for the record, Tim Gill is a software engineer and rights advocate, who has been an integral part of the thrust for LGBTQ equality.  His influence spans from the 2003 Goodridge v Dept. of Public Health case to the…

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Added by Loren Miller on July 12, 2017 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

I Haven't Croaked

I've been so busy trying to get new Congresspeople elected for the 2018 elections that I haven't come past. I have a bunch of stuff I want to drop out here for opinions and reactions. I'm also busy running for City Council. I call it working from the inside. I will start again in a few weeks.

Don

Added by Donald R Barbera on July 11, 2017 at 1:50pm — 9 Comments

The Ten Commandments of Common Sense

  1. Thou shalt not need to fear a god or gods to practice morality. Were you raised by wolves or something?
  2. Okay this jealous god shit was more important than thou shalt not rape, thou shalt not beat and/or molest children, thou shalt not bully sexual partners, thou shalt not fuck relatives or beasts; and thou shalt not enslave? But yeah, don't buy a fucking Hari Krishna incense burner thingamajig because your god thinks it's worse than fucking the dog.
  3. What kind of god…
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Added by Jennifer Miller on July 9, 2017 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

How to transform our Irrational Society

There might be many ways of doing this, but my way is this. Forget some of the older people whose ideas are ossified & calcified. Let them wallow in their delusions as long as they are happy in their illusory world. But catch hold of your children, grandchildren at an impressionable age and do the following:

- To counter worshiping god(s) to fulfill their desires, teach them that human beings are capable of fulfilling their desires by their own honest effort. If desires are…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on July 8, 2017 at 11:51pm — No Comments

One reason for atheism is coming into contact with a variety of religions.

It isn’t unusual for an atheist to have been raised in a religious household and to have grown up living with the assumption that their religious tradition represented the One True Faith. However, after learning more about other religious traditions, this same person may adopt a much more critical attitude towards his own religion and even religion generally, eventually coming to reject not only the religion but also belief in the existence of any gods.

My own…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on July 8, 2017 at 4:50am — 6 Comments

Atheist Mary Kay Consultant working to make a difference

   I have been in Mary Kay cosmetics for 8 years now and when i originally wrote this blog i had been in for 3 years. I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian home. I have been an atheist for about 6 years now and have become LESS frustrated... i was VERY frustrated in the beginning of this change of life....i will leave the rest as it was 6 years ago and update at the end!…

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Added by Stephanie Moreno on June 23, 2017 at 1:30pm — 10 Comments

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