This morning I posted a brief status update on Facebook about the fact I am black atheist mourning the deaths of nine people who were shot in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. I began this message to help contribute to the community of mourning and to distinguish myself from others. I actually began speaking out at work this past week when I first hear about the attack because I knew my co-workers and clients had probably heard the news and might have been affected by…Continue
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The movie The Wizard of Oz, based off of L Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American classic. The story is also often used in social studies classes as an allegory to the Populist era of the late 1800s. Baum did not write Oz as an allegorical tale, but it fits quite well. The Wizard of Oz can also be used as an allegory to an Atheists shedding of religion and superstition, on the Atheist's road to self-discovery. I will use the…
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When I was teaching, my classroom consisted of chaos, many things going on at once, few sat in their chairs, some sat at drawing boards, others in discussion groups, many in reading areas, clay and paper and paints and chalk existed scattered throughout with no sense of order. I do not…Continue
It’s Father’s Day, and to all my readers out there fortunate enough to be a dad, enjoy your day of recognition. Savor your specially made breakfast, awkwardly drawn markered portraits on construction paper, and totally needed extra set of screw drivers or packs of batteries. It’s a day of days for you during…Continue
We are talking this week about the shooting in Charleston and the culture around it.
In case you missed it on Wednesday night a lone gunman entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and after sitting with the congregates for almost an hour, he opened fire on them with a handgun at close range. He…
Added by Robert Ray on June 21, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
The house of bishops, an unelected cabal given privileged seats in the House of Lords, has condescended to state the importance of their participation in politics. ‘’We belong together in a creation which should not just be used and consumed’’ was the progressive message as they plan to take the country forward into a brave new world.
Where these parliamentary shepherds plan to lead the flock (except maybe up the garden…Continue
I think it was God that came to me in a dream last night. I never had a dream like that before. It was very dark, a blackness that was all encompassing, but then there was a point of light, a single and very distinct point of light that had no glow beyond its boundaries. The voice that I then heard was not like a human voice, it was English, my native language, and very precise, almost machinelike, with a vocabulary so familiar that I understood every word. I can remember pretty much…Continue
Jehovah's Witnesses is a religion that preaches love and acceptance, but the reality is everything is conditional. Love and acceptance is only extended as long as members practice absolute obedience and question nothing, ever. Visit a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you might notice a few things about their meetings that seem a bit different. One is that all the women will probably be wearing either skirts or dresses. Jehovah’s Witness women can’t wear pants. Women are not, as a…Continue
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June 17th, after about an hour of service, Dylan Storm Roof slaughtered nine unsuspecting church members at Emanual A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. There were not any obvious signs of his intentions, nor any reason to suspect him of ill will. The 21 year-old simply decided to kill members of this church for what now appears to be racially motivated reasons. Seeing how he was just…Continue
I am not pro guns or anti guns.
I am for gun rights and I am for gun laws.
I want sensible laws for all things guns are in no way special.I would like gun laws to be like vehicle license laws, such as different classes A, B, C. “A” Being full auto machine guns. "B" being pistols and semiautomatics, and "C" being shotguns and hunting rifles. Just like driving licenses it should be easier to get a class "C" gun license and the hardest and have extra requirements…Continue
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We live in a time of significant change. Living out of balance economically and politically for the past 40 or 45 years with a growing gap between family wealth of rich and poor, and with changes occurring because of people around the world wanting to increase the living standards of working people, and because we in the US lose purchasing power each year, the people demand change.
How do we bring about the kinds of change we want? In this kind of environment, it would be very easy…Continue
Humanity can be so obstinate when it finds a cause to support. I deal with this stubborn natured characteristic all the time whenever I discuss politics, religion, or economics with the locals in my current home town. In particular, my next door neighbor Chuck epitomizes the title of this article in the very literal sense. Yes, this man has said to me…Continue
In this special extended episode we interview Jeff Stilwell, a humanist thinker and illustrator. His illustrated work, Here and Now: A Whimsical Take on God hit #1 on Amazon Kindle's Hot New Releases for Religious Humor its first week back in June of 2014.
Jeff is going to go on a Lightning March from Stevens Pass to Old Faithful. Find out more on at…Continue
Added by Robert Ray on June 14, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
There is a school of thought which says that atheism offers no comfort to those who hurt, who mourn the unfairness of life, the proverbial “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” and cling to religion on the chance that the next life will be a marked improvement on this one. I submit that this is a mistaken concept, that there can be comfort in the absence of a deity and indeed, a demonstrably better existence in the one life we have. The four points listed below give some expression to…Continue