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Made Up Stories

I've been talking to my mom about a med change for my wife, and how I can convince the doctors to put her back on certain meds that work. My mom says my dad was given a shot to help him, but it in fact it turns out that it made him really sick and took and month to recover. That next month, the doctor wanted my dad to take another shot. My parents explained to the doctor that the shot had made him sick, like he had had the flu, but the doctor, my mom said, was determined it was the right med…

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Added by Richard M. Thomas on June 10, 2017 at 7:03pm — 2 Comments

Make believe

Isn't it good that we, as atheists, understand that none of the Judaeo-Christian/Islam religions are true; in fact, that no religion is "true." What a discovery we have made! 

Added by Richard M. Thomas on June 10, 2017 at 6:19pm — 5 Comments

Are the Religious Entitled to Special Treatment?

I think not.

Further, religious "moderates" and "liberals" have enabled our creeping theocracy.

See: http://bit.ly/2rrlw6B

Added by Richard E. Wackrow on June 9, 2017 at 5:04pm — 7 Comments

Are the Religious Entitled to Special Treatment?

I think not.

Further, religious "moderates" and "liberals" have enabled our creeping theocracy.

See: http://bit.ly/2rrlw6B

Added by Richard E. Wackrow on June 9, 2017 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Dreaming of Utopia while a Dystopia prevails

THE UTOPIA I DREAM OF 

 1. Imagine a world where 99% of the population is voluntarily atheistic - where rampant belief in supernatural (SN) agency is not socially supported. Where the political leaders do not invoke the names of deities at the conclusion of speeches or use the blessings of such deities in justifying state-sponsored wars and the captains of competing cricket teams, when asked whether their team will win the game, will not feel compelled to say "Insha…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on June 7, 2017 at 3:21am — 3 Comments

Living beyond your Lifespan

When people learn that I'm a secular humanist, one of the most frequent questions they ask is, "What do you believe happens after death?"

So that there's no confusion, let me make my position on this clear. I don't believe that there is any such thing as a soul/mind/atma that survives the death of the body. I believe that the mind is a physical process, arising from and produced by the activity of the brain, and so when the body ceases to function, the mind ceases as well. Thus, I…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on June 7, 2017 at 3:17am — 9 Comments

Morals without Religion

I met with a pastor the other day. It was in response to a critique I sent him of his sermon. I'm sure he's probably never received such a thing:) He was civil and polite though and replied by saying "Thanks for the feedback!" My concern was him preaching that the Bible is the inerrant word of God. Now, I know it is a lot of things and people are real sensitive to it, but the truth is that there are errors, as I have learned from the wonderful evangelical Christian turned atheist, Dr. Bart…

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Added by Richard M. Thomas on June 4, 2017 at 7:36pm — 11 Comments

Holy Books – All Things to All People

These are puzzlements!

-- King Mongkut of Siam (allegedly)



How is it that Christianity and Islam are both sources to claims of peaceful intent and despicable savagery? Jesus Christ is regarded by some as the “Prince of Peace,” yet the religion bearing his name spawned the Crusades, the Inquisition, the usages and practices of the Malleus Maleficarum, and too many other atrocities to count. Muslims worldwide declare that Islam is “a religion of peace,” yet…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 1, 2017 at 8:00am — 16 Comments

My Christian Wife

It is difficult sometimes for me since I am an atheist and my wife is a devout evangelical Christian. We met 7 years ago Sunday, and she asked me when we first met if I was “saved.” I told her I had been, thinking I was. As it turns out I wasn’t. What happened was one day I went to church with a friend of mine’s mom. At the time I was pretty much homeless and her and her husband were letting me stay with them temporarily. I went to church with my friend’s mom, and at the end of the service…

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Added by Richard M. Thomas on May 30, 2017 at 7:14am — 19 Comments

Why are the religious folks disturbed by non-believers?

I was wrong. I used to think that ignorance of the scientific origins of the universe, life and mankind was behind the faith of the believers. And I used to recommend to my fellow atheists & Secular humanists that they should read the introductory literature on cosmology, astrophysics, evolutionary biology, anthropology & Evolutionary psychology so that they can convince the believers of the natural causes of origins (Universe, Life & Man) & hence persuade them to stop…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on May 23, 2017 at 8:50am — 10 Comments

Happiness and Success. A perspective from North Korean defectors.

I was watching this video series, which contains interviews with defectors from North Korea.  These people underwent ordeals similar to the Underground Railroad, except they were leaving mental enslavement and starvation in North Korea, for the uncertainty of freedom, first as illegal immigrants in China, then ultimately to South Korea where they were welcomed with open arms.  What do they day about happiness?

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Added by Daniel W on May 16, 2017 at 12:14pm — 8 Comments

Why Humanism Matters in Politics

I promote Humanism for a reason.



The Atlantic had a great article about how the secularization of the electorate is impacting politics.  If you are unfamiliar with the term, let me translate. More and more people lack religion. Because our beliefs impact our politics, larger groups of…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on May 16, 2017 at 8:17am — 23 Comments

The World's Water Crisis Is Solvable

What was the first thing you did when you woke up this morning? Chances are you used water. Try to imagine life without water. It's tough,…

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Added by Johnny Landers on May 13, 2017 at 6:59pm — 4 Comments

How the Election of Donald Trump Defined True Christianity

Have you ever noticed how believers handily redefine Christianity to fit their personal agendas, prejudices and circumstances? I have.

 

For numerous examples of this practice, see the comments about my piece for Daily Kos:…

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Added by Richard E. Wackrow on May 9, 2017 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Grover's Corners and Dancing in Hurricanes

Back in college, I was invited to participate in a production of Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, which was being put on by the drama department of Notre Dame College.  It was a nice diversion from my engineering studies for one thing, as well as causing me to gain two really good friends from the then-all-female enrollment of that school.  I don’t recall ever actually reading for any one particular role, but I wound up with the part of George Gibbs, who starts out as a wide-eyed kid…

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Added by Loren Miller on May 8, 2017 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

Are Religion and Science Compatible?

A perennial claim made by the moderately religious and religious apologists alike is that religion and science are somehow compatible, and that religion need not be an impediment to the advancement of human knowledge and the welfare of mankind. However, try as we might to reach this accommodation, we find that faith and reason are ― now more than ever ― anything but best…

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Added by Richard E. Wackrow on May 4, 2017 at 10:57am — 8 Comments

People pressing senator during town hall for Universal healthcare.

I absolutely love this. In Town Halls across the USA, people have been stepping it up.



In Las Vegas during a town hall, Senator

Catherine Cortez Masto was getting pressed about Universal healthcare. After skating around it a few times, people were not satisfied with her answer.



Link here:

https://youtu.be/rC0Homdo9Hs

https://youtu.be/rC0Homdo9Hs



Her number…

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Added by Jennifer W on April 24, 2017 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Dear Mr. President: Regarding Climate Change...

Rigorous science is critical to my administration's efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection.  My administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks. As we do so, we should remember that rigorous science depends not on ideology, but on a spirit of honest inquiry and robust debate.

-- President Donald Trump, commenting on the March for Science…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 23, 2017 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Happiness. Positivity. Avoiding Negativity. Social Media. News.

Over and over again in life, things happen.  Things that don't make us happy today, and won't make us happy tomorrow, or probably, ever.  Hearing about those things, or reading about the repeatedly, won't make us happy, today or tomorrow, or the next day.

Depression is contagious. …

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Added by Daniel W on April 22, 2017 at 7:37pm — 7 Comments

Revealing my "Raison Detre"

Srikanta Swamy (SS): What do you say to someone who is struggling with the pain of withdrawal symptoms of leaving his religion and coming to the realization that this is all there is and that there are no personal Gods - Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva, speaking in the context of our Hinduism?

Me: Deal with it. It's a fact of life. Look at the bright side. You no longer have to worry about eternal punishment. Your life is now your own, not governed by external forces except for those imposed…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on April 17, 2017 at 2:15am — 3 Comments

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