Joan, despite a change looks, your smile is the same. And, of course, your insights and wisdom continues to shine through your comments. Stick with us. Losing Daniel was hard enough. We'd hate to lose you. What Loren said about you goes for me.
Do you know of any Conservative Atheists in your area?
I know of only two in my area. They are young men in their twenties, who are Liberarian Atheists. Nice guys, but not always easy with which to talk.
I do not communicate through social media in a regular, consistent manner. I do better via telephone, or in person. It seems, to put what I want to say in writing, takes me four times longer than to speak it. So I tell my friends, "If your topic is time sensitive, tell me, and I will check with more frequency." And now you know too.
We are experiencing are first couple of thirty degree days of the Autumn. It will bounce back up to the fifties in the next day or so. I have my yard tucked in for the winter. How is your place?
OK. Raised RCC and it still remains a mystery to me why or how my long dead parents managed to raise four heathens given they were, in fact devout RCC. Being, as I am, Irish, an atheist Irish man is somewhat of an isolate position. A majority here are what I would term functional atheists but nobody wants to admit that, in a fit of denial. Few will actually 'fess up to the reality. Thus, I reach out to other like minded folks at will.
Here's the link to my "How to Do It" post on putting up videos. Problem is: YouTube has changed their layout (AGAIN!!!), though the SHARE link is pretty easy to find. The problem is that, so far as I can tell, they don't offer automated sizing when generating the embed code, so you have to do it by hand.
The default width looks to be 560 and the height is 315 in their code. Change these to 385 and 217, respectively when you're putting code into the comment section of a group and you should be in shape. The larger size works for posts and "root" comments on posts. If you have any further problems, please give a shout.
Thanks, Joan. It is funny, but in all my years as a theist, I never had a clearly defined purpose for my life. This, despite working as an actor, a magician, and an author. Suddenly, without the pressure of fulfilling some "divine purpose," I realized my aim in life is to bring joy to people. It has been for a long time. I just couldn't see it.
Now that I'm seventy I feel I should be more outspoken about atheism. Years ago, I stupidly got into a religious discussion with one of my kid's teacher. When I pointed out the many atrocities, including genocide, that has been performed in the name of Christianity, she told me she wasn't "that kind of Christian." "What kind is that?" I asked. She replied, "the kind that forces others to believe as I do." Once again I had to display my utter stupidity by making a joke of her response. I told her that I thought that being a Christian who doesn't push their religion is like being a Hells Angel who doesn't drink, fight, or ride a motorcycle. After I experienced the helplessness of being told by a police officer to, "sit down and shut" up in my own home, while a representative from social services conducted a welfare check, I shelved the idea of so sharing my beliefs.
Those who worship the heavenly rapist may be in charge but that don't make them right! They can peddle salvation door-to-door, disturbing whoever they wish to, but if we try to point out the illogic of it all we're told, "No talking religion!"
Don't they claim that he got a girl pregnant without her permission? Without her even knowing about it! If that isn't rape I don't know what could be. Why was she delivering the kid away from home and in a barn? Because she was drummed out of her hometown for being a pregnant tramp that's why. Forced into a loveless marriage for survival, she hung in there, she raised that child of rape. Then, after everything that poor girl went through, he has him tortured to death right in front of her. What in the hell could that girl ever have done to deserve that?
Makes me kinda understand why Catholics make such a big deal out of how cool Mary was.
Thank you for welcoming me to this forum. Untill yesterday I didn't know that it existed. Regarding your comment on my profile.
I have grew up in a communist country Romania and I emigrated to Israel when I was in high school. The communist regimes had two advantages:
a) It was atheist. The reason for that is that they wanted communist ideology and personality cult of the leaders to replace religion (see today's North Korea) .
b) Books +education were cheap
Nowadays, with the comunism gone for almost thirty years , I am stunned that people in Romania got religious again and that they are longing for the monarchy days.
Regarding Israel and the Palestionian conflict, I could politicize a lot. It seems that the Palestinians do not want to compromise. To them it is all or nothing. Meanwhile Israel is an advanced hi tech hub which is growing in population and wealth in spite of its regional challenges. There are also internal challenges like the political power of ultra-orthodox religious parties and the national religious parties. They want to impose their way of life on a majority of atheist and non-observant population who happen to be the engine of progress and development.
I think Meth is the most damaging drug to individuals and society there is. California made meth posession a misdemenor. Of all the illegal drugs Meth is the one that that needs the most intervention.
I used to live in a farmland area where farmers use anhydrous ammonia for fertalizer. Meth cooks set up shop on the hunderds of acres of farmland the farmer owns, using the fertalizer to cook the drug.
Something has to be done to prevent meth use and production.
The Oregonian had an indebth piesce about the danger of meth.
Yes I am a 10 minute bus ride from the Sydney CBD. Is there a way for me to change my profile on the site to a user nom de plume rather that Dale Cleary?. I was called Banjo over at TTA. A theist troll began to mess with me and the admin' did not support me but supported the xian. At that point I decided I needed a safe area.
I at into my fourth year fighting a deadly cancer, for which I had 256 chemotherapy treatments and spent over 1 1/2 years in hospital. Than 19 months on an experimental mind damaging drug. I feel quite frail.
Is this a safe haven for a lifelong atheist to be?
thanx for the warm greeting. I don't really know how to proceed from this point as re discussions etc. Too, i think i mentioned(somewhere here) about meeting atheists here specifically in my area. So far the only reply(ies) received have been from folks way far away . Typing is a real chore for me for a variety of reasons and it would just be nice if i could meet locals and engage in discourse in a more direct and personable fashion. oh sht..wait i just noticed my reply to of Feb 27....so i already said alot of stuff endagering to repeat myself....so.....what happens next? wanna bash some theists? just kidding...for am not quite sure how to initiate a conversation in this situation or if that is even required !
Failing all that i'm home all day doing laundry....if u wana chat or something gimme a buzz k?
Joan, thanks for the note. I've been struggling / researching religion for most of my life. My parents raised me (mostly, but that's another story) in a pretty secular environment, and I eventually came to the view that skepticism was a normal way of thinking and being. I now realize that families who went to church regularly and embraced the dogma were a bit foreign to me. Anyway, long story short, I have gotten older and wiser, and believe that I better see religion in general as a regressive and corrosive impediment to the advancement and progress of humanity. I hope to share my thoughts with other like minded people who are just tired of all the BS.