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The Religious Right is Running Out of Sins to Condemn

In 1995, Ireland finally legalized divorce. After decades of living under the crushing rule of the Catholic Church. Malta, a country arguably more Catholic than inside the Vatican itself, managed by a very slim margin to legalize divorce in 2011. Are you as shocked as I was? Having lived in Malta, I can assure you that the tiny island which has often served as the crossroads of the world, has a long tradition of earnestness when it comes to The Church. I happened to…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on August 28, 2017 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Do We Have a Bible-Based Culture?

There was a time when the unspoken but powerful cultural expectations for a proper marriage went something like this. 

The woman shouldn't be taller than the man nor make more money than the man. They both must be racially matched. The man should be older than the woman. The woman…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on August 27, 2017 at 7:30am — 10 Comments

Nothing They Told Us Was Actually the Truth

 



I started challenging myths when I was about twelve years old. That’s right! I was a young skeptic, very…

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Added by Teresa Roberts on August 25, 2017 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

My daughter learns one of life's greatest lessons at her second day of college.

 Yesterday my daughter came home from her second day of college. On day two her history class started on the Epic of Gilgamesh, of which I was very impressed to hear. Then my daughter mentioned "the Jesus guy". She described a typical religious person in an outside area preaching. This of course was no surprise.

  What did come as a shock is when she said she listened to his stories and immediately recognized the stories in the Epic of Gilgamesh that had been written 2000 years before…

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Added by Compelledunbeliever on August 24, 2017 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

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 — 2 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 — 14 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

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