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
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
Religions, based on Abrahamic faiths, operate in terms of dominion, ownership, hierarchy, exploitation, and manipulation.We see it all around us in the policies and practices of the institutions of our lives. I see it in my family. One grandmother came from a long line of Puritans with a very strong sense of patriarchy. Her husband, my grandfather came from a rigid Roman Catholic background with a strong sense of patriarchy. As I observe my family as a participant observer, I see a lot of…Continue
"I'm going to Kurdistand in March. I'm going to fight ISIS."
Not something you want to hear from a long time friend. Especially when it is followed up by, "This is something I believe in." Plenty of other platitudes followed. Empty assurances of safe zones he…
Every time I hear, "How can you be moral without god?", I know what the bible tells of god's behaviors and the behaviors of followers of religion. I see those who preach, teach and practice hate. Battered women who try to live under the influence of religion, Christian and Islam, learn the things that will maintain and perpetuate family violence. If you have doubts, just look at the morality of god's acts in the bible and morality of families living according to biblical teachings. I want…Continue
Promises that Jesus makes about prayer in the Bible:
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. [Matthew 21:21]
If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. [John 14:14]
Ask, and it will be given you. [Matthew 7:7]
Nothing will be impossible to you. [Matthew…Continue
As you are well aware, I express my thoughts and feelings as honestly as I can, and it gets me into more problems than need to occur. In my 78 years of living, I gained nothing by remaining silent in face of what confronts me. I paid a terrible price for remaining silent when I should have screamed at the top of my lungs, and sadly, my kids paid the price for my cowardice.
I don’t mean to imply that remaining silent is cowardice in all…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2014 at 9:07am — No Comments
Have you all checked out "Awkward Moments Children's Bible" yet? It's an Amazon award-winning book and concept. No, I don't own shares of this book or are related to it's creators but I really, really LOVE the whole concept asnd I often share the illustrations on my Facebook page. I'd like to see the author put the art+verse on the backs of T-shirts (large design so easily read) as I'd proudly wear that in public to get people to think - I'd even purposedly stand in lines and position myself…Continue
Added by LBGT Atheist/Secular Humanist on July 1, 2014 at 1:52pm — No Comments
Violence after violence impacted my development. Those episodes developed defenses in me and impacted the ways I think and feel and act. Why? Who benefited by the violence? Who paid the price for each experience? Do other families have such memories? What makes a family healthy?
I am a citizen of the United States of America, a questioner, doubter, thinker, dreamer, visionary. I know the feeling of fear and helplessness.…Continue
Not half an hour ago, I called 911 for only the second time in my life. Was there a car accident nearby? Someone staggering around clutching their chest? Screams in the night? Blood?
Nope. It was just my neighbors,exercising their Second Amendment rights as they do nearly every nice day or weekend, and, as irritating as listening to a couple of hours of target practice may be, it's nothing compared to the alarm of hearing assault weapons fire at night.
by Donald R Barbera
Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the…Continue
wow! indeed the byproduct*s of... culture? System? gov!? traditions?
impressive do share:
From the DN url found this:…
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on January 23, 2014 at 5:45am — No Comments
Chickens Come Home to Roost
Note: I wrote this piece in 2010 because of US involvement in constant war. I knew about many of the wars via the movies (World Wars I & II, Korea). I was in the Army during Vietnam and witnessed several other US "interventions since then. This piece is only here because of one paragraph, which I highlighted in red. I will say up front that it took no…Continue
Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on March 9, 2013 at 10:25pm — No Comments
Although the rate of black on black homicide dropped from the rates of crack-fueled 90's, according to FBI statistics murder of black males under 20 is still the number the number one cause of death, nor is it any surprise that the majority of those numbers are…Continue
With the recent shooting at a school in Newtown Connecticut and the shooting in Aurora Colorado violent video games are in the news again. The old men in the old media are blaming violent video games as they always do when a shooting hits the national news.
Violent video games have been the target of old media and conservatives for years. They will spout dubious studies and claim there is a link. They will blame any act of violence on violent video games even if the perpetrator never…
Added by William Burns on February 28, 2012 at 4:15pm — No Comments
I have seen nothing on the news about the psychological history of the latest VT shooter. It makes me wonder if we ever will. I understand there is a lot of suffering going on and I do respect the privacy of the people who are victims of this horrific tragedy. I am just wondering what motivated this killing. My motivation to learn more is to see how this campus is targeted once again. My suspicion is that the shooter was bullied or felt some kind of injustice. Was there a violence…Continue
Added by Earther on December 19, 2011 at 9:18pm — No Comments
Despite being 11 years into the 21st century, in the United States the train of ignorance rolls on and shows no signs of slowing down. Before, I start in on this rant (yes, it is a rant) I must admit that I am highly disgusted by the colossal amount of misinformation the black church passes along. I am incensed by the ignorance it encourages and more importantly, I am frightened by the amount of, what else can I call it, bullshit the community actually…Continue