So, with the holiday weekend, the lights dimmed a bit over here on the Bluegrass. Between the demands at work, home, and at my flea market booth, I thought it wise to take a small respite and only focus on a couple of things at a time instead of my usual million. I got out quite a bit and spent time with friends and lover, but at the end of the weekend, I…Continue
Looking back at growing up there was never a question of going to church on Sundays, attending Sunday School as a child and eventually graduating to the “adult” experience of sitting in pews, singing old songs and listening to a sermon. Beyond Sundays there was mid-week youth group of some kind,…Continue
I wrote this critical thinking paper in April of 2015 for my Critical Thinking 101 class.
My critical thinking inventory is what I use when I have to apply critical thinking in order to solve a complex issue or question. I use this inventory in order to weigh both the benefits and consequences of the decisions that I make. It is important that I use critical thinking and logic in the decisions that I make for myself. I have been assigned to analyze my critical thinking…Continue
Does God Exist? Evaluating the Evidence for God and the Bible. http://jayforrest.org/books/
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This week we hear another update from Jeff Stilwell on his lightning march.
We also cover the Oklahoma 10 Commandments, Christian Flags and In God We Trust.
And don’t forget the Mr. Potter Award.
We also touched on one of Robert’s other passions, The Original Motto Project.
Find us on Facebook, and …Continue
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Criticizing an ideology is often difficult, prone to hyperbole and notorious for, at least in the mind’s eye of the believer, being unable to differentiate ideas from the adherents themselves. When this ideology is a religion, all of these difficulties become like Bruce Banner when he gets angry.…Continue
The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case has been handed down and then expanded quietly. The immediate response has been nearly constant criticism, calls for women to rise up and declarations of impending religious rule. I've hardly been lacking in reticence for my own shrill…Continue
Would you like to have the company of fellow non-theists on Steam?
My Steam group is growing with new members joining daily.
Now we are over…Continue
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You know, I love mug shots where the perps have big grins on their faces. Specifically, the cat ate the canary kind of look. This week’s headlines managed to present one that couldn’t be missed, and dare I say, I think there are even twinkles in the eyes of these men. In the…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
On this episode we get an update from Jeff Stilwell and his Lightning March. We also cover the SCOTUS ruling on marriage and the reaction from the religious right.
Join us this weekend at the Freethought 4th of July Picnic. Bring a yummy dish to share, Play games and meet interesting people.
Learn about what the SCOTUS has to say about same Sex Marriage and how the right has reacted to it.
The Potter award…
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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…Continue
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 …Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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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.…Continue