Rick

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Houston, TX

United States

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Your Religious Status
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist
About Me:
College educated, been an atheist since age 6 or 7. Traveled a bit but want to do more. Enjoy smart people.
Why are you here?
Here to associate with other non-believers and free thinkers.
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
Why you left your religion.
Been an atheist since age 6 or 7. Did try it when I was a kid but it just didn't make sense.

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  • Rick

  • Frink

    welcome to the site!
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  • Rick

    This is from Maddow's show on MSNBC. SCHAEFFER was one of the founders of the "Christian Coalition" way back when. But, the man has since come to his senses. I use to be a Republican until the "Republican" party "left" me and others back in 1992. I guess they just fell in love with the idea that some idiot preacher could provide them a wad of money from a PAC and a block of votes from a bunch of church going sheep.


    MADDOW: How do you work to move people off of that position? It doesn’t seem like facts are relevant [to them] in trying to move people away from these beliefs.

    SCHAEFFER: You don’t work to move them off this position. You move past them. Look, a village cannot reorganize village life to suit the village idiot. It’s as simple as that. And we have a village idiot in this country called fundamentalist Christianity…. There is no end to this stuff. Why? Because this subculture has as its fundamentalist faith that they distrust facts. They believe in a young earth 6,000 years old with dinosaurs [living at the same time as] human beings…. This is la-la land.
  • Rick

    Jesus walks into a hotel
    He goes up to the desk clerk and hands him three nails.
    He looks at the desk clerk and says, “Can you put me up for the night?”
  • Whitney

    I saw you posted a link to the freethought convention. Are you going? I added it as an event on TA a while ago:
    http://www.thinkatheist.com/events/2nd-annual-texas-freethought

    Are you involved in any of the Houston Groups? I was just at the Houston Church of Freethought last weekend to help spread the word about Camp Quest Texas. I can't tell by your profile pic if we met or not.
  • Whitney

    Great! See you in November.
  • Rick

    Wait for the very last...it's priceless

  • Rick

    The Internet has helped us come together. BUT, just to let you know there are others like us who are well known.

    Celebrity Atheists

    A
    Forrest J. Ackerman
    Douglas Adams
    Phillip Adams
    Brandy Alexandre
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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    Woody Allen
    Shulamit Aloni
    Thomas J. Altizer
    Natalie Angier
    Lance Armstrong
    Liv Arnesen
    Madison Arnold
    Isaac Asimov
    Peter William Atkins
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    Kevin Bacon
    Russell Baker
    J.G. Ballard
    Iain M. Banks
    Clive Barker
    Dan Barker
    MC Paul Barman
    Dave Barry
    Richard Bartle
    Bill Bass
    Steve Benson
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    John Byrne
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    Dean Cameron
    Mike Carey
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    Adam Carolla
    John Carpenter
    Asia Carrera
    Fidel Castro
    Stephen Chapman
    Dov Charney
    Vic Chesnutt
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    Robin Christopher
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    Alexander Cockburn
    Billy Connolly
    John Conway
    Alex Cox
    Wayne Coyne
    Francis Crick
    David Cronenberg
    David Cross
    Alan Cumming
    Justin Currie
    D
    Ron Dakron
    Rodney Dangerfield
    Julia Darling
    Russell T Davies
    Mark Jonathan Davis
    William B. Davis
    Richard Dawkins
    Jeff Dee
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    David Deutsch
    Ani DiFranco
    Micky Dolenz
    Amanda Donohoe
    Phil Donahue
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    Roddy Doyle
    E
    Christopher Eccleston
    Dean Edell
    Jonathan Edwards
    Paul Edwards
    Greg Egan
    Barbara Ehrenreich
    Paul Ehrlich
    Bret Easton Ellis
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    Warren Ellis
    William Empson
    Garth Ennis
    Brian Eno
    Hugh Everett
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    Oriana Fallaci
    Diane Farr
    David Feherty
    Jules Feiffer
    Larry Fessenden
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    Richard Feynman
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    Dave Foley
    Peter Fonda
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    Robin Lane Fox
    Stephen Fry
    G
    Noel Gallagher
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    Bob Geldof
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    Ricky Gervais
    Prabhir Ghosh
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    G cont.
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    Rachel Griffiths
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    Robert Heinlein
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    Angelina Jolie
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    Nick Mason
    Armistead Maupin
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    Ian McEwan
    Todd McFarlane
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    Antonio Mendoza
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    Frank Miller
    Jonathan Miller
    Mike Mills
    Tim Minchin
    Marvin Minsky
    Warren Mitchell
    John Money
    Hans Moravec
    Desmond Morris
    James Morrow
    John Mortimer
    Markos 'Kos' Moulitsas Z
    Frank Mullen
    Cillian murphy
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    Taslima Nasrin
    Ramendra Nath
    Ted Nelson
    Randy Newman
    Mike Nichols
    Jack Nicholson
    Kai Nielsen
    Oscar Niemeyer
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    Robert Nozick
    Gary Numan
    Ronald Numbers
    O
    Bob Odenkirk
    Madalyn Murray O'Hair
    Patton Oswalt
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    Camille Paglia
    Andy Partridge
    Mark Pauline
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    Paul Pfalzner
    Julia Phillips
    Joaquin Phoenix
    Ferdinand Piech
    Steven Pinker
    Brad Pitt
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    Vladimir Pozner
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    Robin Quivers
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    Daniel Radcliffe
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    Irvin D. Yalom
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    Frank Zappa
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    Nick Zedd

    Agnostic

    A

    * Amy Alkon
    * Martin Amis
    * Piers Anthony
    * Margaret Atwood
    * Richard Avedon

    B

    * Michelle Bachelet
    * Antonio Banderas
    * Nick Becker
    * Burton C. Bell
    * Monica Bellucci
    * Sir Harrison Birtwistle
    * Lewis Black
    * Susie Bright
    * Warren Buffett
    * Gene Burns
    * Kurt Busiek

    C

    * Dick Cavett
    * Winston Churchill
    * Helen Clark
    * Robert X. Cringely

    D

    * Charles Darwin
    * Alan Dershowitz
    * Richard Dreyfuss

    E

    * Umberto Eco
    * Zac Efron
    * Bart Ehrman

    F

    * Timothy Ferris
    * Carrie Fisher
    * William Friedkin
    * Robbie Fulks

    G

    * Bill Gates
    * Candace Gingrich
    * Stephen Jay Gould
    * Matt Groening
    * Bob Guccione

    H

    * Robert (Bob) James Lee Hawke
    * Stephen Hawking
    * David Horowitz
    * Thomas Huxley

    I

    * Ibn Warraq

    J

    * Robert Jastrow
    * Matt Johnson

    K

    * Jack Kevorkian
    * Larry King
    * Tony Kushner

    L

    * Gypsy Rose Lee
    * Rick London

    M

    * Dave Matthews
    * Ron Moore
    * Scott Mosier

    N

    * Larry Niven
    * Bill Nye

    P

    * Neil Peart
    * Sean Penn
    * Brad Pitt
    * Roman Polanski

    R

    * Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
    * Keanu Reeves
    * Ed Robertson

    S

    * Carl Sagan
    * Dan Savage
    * Robert J. Sawyer
    * Adrienne Shelly
    * Michael Shermer
    * Rod Steiger
    * Al Stewart

    T

    * James Taylor
    * Charles Templeton
    * Uma Thurman
    * Ted Turner

    W

    * George Will
    * George F Will
    * Robert Anton Wilson
  • Rick

    Sam Kinison for those of you who don't know, was a comic who died in an auto accident in the early 1990's.
    He was known as the "Screaming Comic"
    He was once a preacher and made his living doing "revivals" across the US.
    He left that to do comedy.
    Sadly, had just remarried, and his career was going strong.
    Nothing was safe from Sam.
    Even religion...


  • Rick

    This is from the movie Back to School. Kinison played an American History college professor who was a Vietnam vet.
    While not trying to be political it does tend to make me think of how to react to people like G.H.W.Bush, Dick Chaney, Paul Wolfowitz and other such politicians.


  • Rick

  • Rick

    I came across this news item today and thought I'd share it with you. But first.......

    Let me clear the air here for anyone who just does not get my stand on this issue.
    I don’t need no god damn priest or bishop sticking their nose in my personal business.
    I don’t need no god damn pope sitting on a throne in Rome Italy telling me what I can or cannot do.
    If I do, then I’ll become a Catholic.
    What happens between me and my doctor is none of their God Damn Business so
    BUTT THE HELL OUT!
    This is how I feel about abortion.
    1. It is a PRIVATE matter.
    2. It is between a women and her doctor.
    3. It’s no bodies business and that includes any man, women, child, Nun, Sister, Novice, Monk, Priest, Bishop,
    Minister, Preacher, Cleric, Mulla, Iatolla, Imam, or Rabbi or any other religious “leader.”
    4. It’s never been any of their “business” and never will be.
    5. So, MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS.
    6. No where in the Bible or Koran or any other “religious” book does it say you can stick your nose in other peoples
    business and that INCLUDES THEIR PERSONAL MEDICAL ISSUES.
    7. Where these religious idiot get off thinking they have the “right” to stick their noses in other people’s personal and
    private affairs, I have no idea.
    8. I don’t see these so called “Pro Life” clowns offering any child support AFTER the baby is born.
    I don’t see them offering any financial support.
    I don’t see them offering any medical support.
    I don’t see them offering anything.

    WHY IS THAT? Can someone please tell me? I’d like to know. Others would too.
    9. They don’t want:
    Birth Control
    Sex Education or
    Condoms

    10. They don’t want their “Tax Dollars” to be spent on abortions. Well guess what,
    I DON’T WANT MY TAX DOLLARS SPENT ON FAITH BASED INITIATIVES.
    We’ll cut that right off at the bat. I’m sure they won’t complain at all….And I’m sure the religious leaders won’t mind giving up free money from the government.
    If they don’t like it then here is what they can do:
    MOVE TO ANOTHER COUNTRY WHERE IT IS EXPECTED THAT YOU SPY ON YOUR NEIGHBORS AND PRY INTO THEIR PERSONAL AND PRIVATE BUSINESS.
    I might suggest the following countries:
    Saudi Arabia (The most sexually repressed country in the WORLD)
    Iran (Now there’s a fundamentalist country if there ever was one…)
    Communist North Korea
    Communist Main Land China
    Communist Cuba
    Vatican City (you can worship the Pope all day long..)
    Any Country with a DICTATOR. They'll feel right at home.



    THE INFLUENCE GAME: Bishops shape health care bill
    AP Associated Press

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091111/ap_on_bi_ge/us_health_overhaul_...


    By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, Associated Press Writer Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer – 1 min ago
    WASHINGTON – Catholic bishops have emerged as a formidable force in the health care overhaul fight, using their clout with millions of Catholics and working behind the scenes in Congress to get strong abortion restrictions into the House bill.
    They don't spend a dime on what is legally defined as lobbying, but lawmakers and insiders recognize that the bishops' voices matter — and they move votes. Representatives for the bishops were in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Capitol suite negotiating with top officials last Friday evening as they reached final terms of the agreement. Earlier in the day, Pelosi, a Catholic and an abortion rights supporter, had been on the phone to Rome with Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Washington's former archbishop, on the subject.
    It wasn't the first time a high-ranking Catholic had weighed in with a key player on writing strict abortion curbs into the health measure. Boston's Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley personally appealed to President Barack Obama about it near the church altar at the early September funeral for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. Bishops quietly called their congressmen and senators to weigh in.
    "The Catholic Church used their power — their clout, if you will — to influence this issue. They had to. It's a basic teaching of the religion," said Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., a leading abortion foe and architect of the health measure's restrictions.
    It was Stupak who told Pelosi last Friday that if she wanted a deal on the health bill, she'd be well advised to invite the bishops' staff, who were already in his office, to her table. "I said, 'Well, they're here, and they're one of the key groups you want to have on your side, so why don't we just bring them in and work this out," Stupak said.
    Pelosi did, and the result was a final measure that — much to the outrage of abortion rights supporters — bars a new government-run insurance plan from covering abortions, except in cases or rape, incest or the life of the mother being in danger, and prohibits any health plan that receives federal subsidies in a new insurance marketplace from offering abortion coverage. If women wanted to purchase abortion coverage through such plans, they'd have to buy it separately, as a so-called rider on their insurance policies.
    The outcome has put Obama and Democratic leaders — already struggling for consensus on the complex and politically tricky health measure — in a tough spot. Democratic abortion foes in the Senate vow they won't support health legislation that omits the strict restrictions approved by the House, while abortion rights champions say they can't possibly vote for a bill that contains them.
    Obama suggested Monday that he wants to strike a balance that doesn't allow backdoor federal funding of abortions but preserves women's insurance choices. For now, however, no such middle ground has been identified, and the bishops have served their notice that they will be a player — perhaps the dominant one — in the final outcome.
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the church's Washington-based advocacy organization, which is staffed by more than 350 lay people, derives its power in large part from the sheer number of Catholics in this country — 68 million — but also from the special moral and religious standing of its members. Many of them are in regular contact with lawmakers, weighing in on issues from immigration policy to benefits for low-income people.
    The group distributed fliers to every parish in the nation asking people to pray for abortion restrictions and to call their congressmen and senators asking them to "fix these bills with pro-life amendments."
    And in recent days, the conference staff got elbow-deep in the legislative machinations on the health measure, even having bishops intervene with Republicans — who were loath to help Democrats pass their bill — to make sure they supported the abortion provisions.
    Kathy Saile of the conference said Democratic leaders were willing to listen to the group because it has been in favor of Democrats' broader push for a health overhaul.
    "We stayed in the conversation until the end, because the bishops have always been adamant about the need for genuine health care reform and want to see health care reform happen," Saile said.
    Another factor that undoubtedly helped: Democrats are keenly aware of the power of Catholic voters, more than 50 percent of whom embraced Obama in the 2008 election. That was a substantial swing after Catholics had eschewed the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who is Catholic.
    Said Saile, "This was a lot of members of Congress listening to their constituents."
    The outcome left abortion-rights supporters, who couldn't muster enough votes in the House to head off Catholic abortion foes' intervention, fuming.
    The bishops "essentially got signoff. They dictated this, and it's totally inappropriate — it's blatant interference between church and state," said Eleanor Smeal of the Feminist Majority. "The women's movement and the pro-choice forces feel like they were had."
    Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., a leading liberal, suggested Tuesday that the IRS should investigate the conference's tax-exempt status, given its intense lobbying on the health measure.
    And Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., a prominent abortion rights supporter who has gathered the signatures of more than 40 representatives who refuse to back a health bill that contains the restrictions, said the bishops had been allowed to overstep their bounds.
    "No one group should get to dictate the outcome of legislation in Congress," DeGette said. "Every group should be listened to, but I don't think one group should be given veto authority over what we do."


    What are your thoughts on this matter?
  • Rick

  • Skycomet the Fallen Angel

    Hi! ^_^
  • Skycomet the Fallen Angel

    Nice to meet you! ^_^
    Funny thing about Mt. Washington, before I became an atheist, I went to Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church every Sunday. My family still does this... but I no longer join them.
    It's good to meet someone who know the Anderson Township Area! ^_^
    It's so HARD to find "out-of-the-closet" atheists in Cincinnati.
  • Skycomet the Fallen Angel

    Thanks for the links! ^_^
    I would add this one to your list:
    http://atheists.org/
  • Rick

    Saw this on YouTube and just had to share it with you all. In this instance, Penn SPEAKS FOR ME!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa2UDXAB31o
  • Rick

    Yes I am a Democrat. I became one in 04. Prior to that from 1992 until 2004 I was an Independent.
    Before the year 1992, I was a Republican. Then the Religious Taliban took over the party. I watched it be destroyed from within from 1984 to 1992.
    Now I watch the so called "Republican Party" tear itself apart.
    But I knew that was going to happen.
    You see, one thing "Religious" people will do, it turn on one another.
    If you look back when Jim Baker fell from "grace" how Falwell and others quickly attacked him.
    It was not pretty.
    Here is a video with Frank Schaeffer being interviewed by MSNBC.
    It is worth watching.

    Remember, who Schaeffer is talking about honestly believe that they have "God" behind them and they can do NOTHING WRONG. EVEN MURDER.
    Let me know what you think.
  • Rick

    REMEMBER!
    ALWAYS LOOK TO MAKE SURE THERE IS TOILET PAPER BEFORE YOU SIT DOWN!