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For all their sanctimonious talk of pro-life, the Evangelical Right likes nothing better than a good war. When the bombs start falling and the bullets flying, the Christian Right becomes orgasmic at the prospect of death and destruction as many believe that war with North Korea will lead to Armageddon predicted the…


Added by Donald R Barbera on September 12, 2017 at 1:00pm — 20 Comments

My story Part 1

I will tell my story to complete strangers because  I have no one else to tell it to:

After having a near death experience for the 9th time I decided to stop playing Russian Roulette with my life and leave Syria. 

I was in Damascus at that time, all my papers were in Daraa, and sadly, the Army had the city under siege while the rebels were bombing it nonstop.

I managed to get my family out of it (parents and sister).


All my papers were in my…


Added by Imaginary Cat Owner on September 11, 2017 at 4:41pm — 3 Comments

Only In America?

If you've never been to Spain and you like to travel, put it on your bucket list.

I've been returning to Spain for twelve years, often staying for my 90-day limit on my passport. There are loads of reasons why I fell in love with Spain, but one that I often fail to remember is that  like much of Europe, Spain is far more secular than the US. That's no small accomplishment considering their crushing history…


Added by Teresa Roberts on September 11, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Canaries and Coal Mines and What to Do About Them

... your Earth was crumbling all around you. You've got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation. Explain that one! Bees and butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, algae blooms.  All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won't take the hint!  In every moment there's the possibility of a better future, but you people won't believe it.  And because you won't believe it you won't do what is necessary to make it a reality. So, you dwell on this…


Added by Loren Miller on September 11, 2017 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

Where Were You?

Where were you when 150 mph winds and record rains visited Houston. Where were you when people drowned when the water created currents strong enough to sweep away pickup trucks. Where were you when 52 inches of water destroyed homes and killed more than 70 people. Where were you when two-week-old babies drowned or…


Added by Donald R Barbera on September 10, 2017 at 12:56pm — 17 Comments

Do We Really Learn from History?

I've been thinking about Spain today and an acquaintance of mine who I've known for almost 12 years. He happens to own a beautiful family run hotel with a million dollar view perched high in the mountains of southern Spain. He is old enough to remember the Franco era. For those of you who may not know, Francisco Franco was the facsist dictator of Spain who rose to power during the Spanish Civil War in 1939 until his death. After his death Spain became a democracy.…


Added by Teresa Roberts on September 7, 2017 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

Empathy, Christianity and DACA

I'm an empath. In fact, I register rather high on the empathy spectrum. That means that I was born with the capacity to not only sympathize with the pain of others but to FEEL the pain and suffering of complete strangers in my own body. It's a mixed blessing. Often, even as a child, I was confounded, perplexed and infuriated by the apparent lack of empathy and compassion that many people of faith seemed in desperate need of, especially if they were to follow in the…


Added by Teresa Roberts on September 5, 2017 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

God Bless Texas?

I was driving home after celebrating my wife’s twin sons’ 32nd birthdays, having enjoyed excellent lasagna, salad, and homemade ice-cream-cake, in the company of some very good people.  Cruising north on Ohio I-77, the powerful, easy grace of my Mustang GT thrilled my senses as we charged north toward Cuyahoga County and home.  What was totally unexpected was the display proffered by an electronic billboard, off to my left.  In bold primary colors, it displayed the Lone Star flag…


Added by Loren Miller on September 2, 2017 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

Back Again, after a long bit of fun Trolling Right Wing groups like Prager University. :D

Trolling is like debating, I learn a lot from trolling, so I've been Trolling Prager University as myself since the time Trumpty Dumbty started his run for presidency.

Since then I've learned a lot about American History,  Economics, The Constitution, the history of Fascism and Nazism along with Mussolini's biography and other things I was clueless on before I started trolling.  

There are lots of Creationists and people with less than a year 10…


Added by Dyslexic's DOG on September 1, 2017 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Why can't the Bible be this accurate in prophecy?

When I first read the following line by H.L. Mencken I could hardly believe how accurate it was (at the time. W. Bush had just been elected.) But now it's even more accurate than ever.

"On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

Added by Rich Goss on September 1, 2017 at 10:32am — 7 Comments

What If I'm Wrong?

What if I'm wrong?

That question has been asked by many believers with the intent of haunting me into submission out of fear. Fear is a great way to control people. We see it all the time, not only coming from believers trying to save nonbelievers from hellfire and brimstone, but also from politicians trying to convince us that some imminent horror is almost on our doorstep and we best do what they suggest in…


Added by Teresa Roberts on September 1, 2017 at 10:30am — 12 Comments

Intelligent Design?

I did something I rarely do at a debate—I lost my temper. Normally, I can let ignorance roll like water off a duck’s back, but sometimes there are such stunning and dazzling displays of dunce-hood that make it hard to catch your breath or focus clearly.

I debate regularly at a local “higher…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2017 at 4:00pm — 11 Comments

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…


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…


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…


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…


Added by Compelledunbeliever on August 24, 2017 at 7:00pm — 5 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, is…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 19, 2017 at 7:30am — 2 Comments


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…


Added by Plinius on August 17, 2017 at 4:29am — 14 Comments


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…


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…


Added by Rhonda Boyer on August 13, 2017 at 4:10pm — 3 Comments

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