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Pledge of Allegiance - REALLY?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Apr 10. 1 Reply

Here’s an idle thought or two that T.A. readers might want to ponder: America’s “greatest generation” never had to say “under God” when they recited the Pledge of Allegiance in school.  I certainly…Continue

religion = insanity

Started Apr 3 0 Replies

Merriam Webster definition of insanity:“extreme folly or unreasonableness; something utterly foolish or unreasonable"I rest my case.Continue

Deporting Christians

Started this discussion. Last reply by Davis Goodman Mar 30. 12 Replies

If, as Donald Trump asserts, it is legitimate to deport and ban people from the U.S. based on the religion of potential terrorists, perhaps we should start with the Christians, since most of the…Continue

Goodness from God?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Apr 11. 14 Replies

A common refrain amongst religionists is the specious claim that, without God to direct us there is no reason to be good and to obey the law.  I can't answer for anybody else, but I find that it…Continue

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Dale Headley replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"Belle & Unseen: I apologize if my pointing out your error was insensitive, Belle, because I have always found your posts among the most literate on this site.  There are some on this site who are almost completely illiterate and I never…"
Apr 23
Dale Headley commented on proudAthiest's blog post 'Science vs Religion'
"The fear of God instilled by the Catholic Church in the first millenium was so pervasive that, to this day, even our most secular institutions are too timid to confront it forcefully.  The American public school system is, by virtue of the…"
Apr 22
Dale Headley replied to Unseen's discussion 'Trump or Cruz? Cruz or Trump?'
"Agree completely."
Apr 22
Dale Headley replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The ethics of a profession'
"I think you should concentrate on your education so you could learn that the word is "conscience," not "conscious."  Seriously, though, it would be a no-brainer for me.  My conscience is much more important to me than…"
Apr 22
Dale Headley replied to Riley Blair's discussion 'Creation??? Evolution????'
"Zenith: I disagree.  While applying the Theory of Evolution to each and every living organism on Earth may appear “complicated,” the theory itself is NOT.  It is an incredibly simple, problem-free, PERFECT, scientific…"
Apr 13
Dale Headley replied to Riley Blair's discussion 'Creation??? Evolution????'
"Neither God NOR evolution created the world.  Leaving aside what created the universe, the Earth was created by the gravitational agglomeration of dust and particles that had been expanding and swirling since "The Big Bang".…"
Apr 11
Michael replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Goodness from God?'
"We're better off listening to drunken gibberish. " signs must include everything!"
Apr 11
Michael replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Goodness from God?'
"If the goofy gibberish is all that they exhibit then, stone them!!"
Apr 11
Dale Headley replied to Robit's discussion 'Would like some help regarding a disscusion between a theist'
"I don’t know if it’s even possible to untangle this incoherent load of poppycock, since it is not based on anything evidentiary, but just a lot of wishful thinking.  But I’ll give it a shot. “...to assume the universe is…"
Apr 10
Unseen replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Pledge of Allegiance - REALLY?'
"I pledge allegiance to a rag."
Apr 10
Dale Headley posted a discussion

Pledge of Allegiance - REALLY?

Here’s an idle thought or two that T.A. readers might want to ponder: America’s “greatest generation” never had to say “under God” when they recited the Pledge of Allegiance in school.  I certainly didn’t.  The McCarthyite Republicans stuck it in there in 1954.George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and many of history’s greatest Americans never recited ANY pledge of allegiance.  The “pledge” was instituted in 1892 by an earlier group of right wing politicians.Also, I believe the last…See More
Apr 9
_Robert_ replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Goodness from God?'
"It's Friday nite, I have had a double shot of whisky...can't decide If I'd rather cast out devils or speak in tongues. Decisions, Decisions !"
Apr 8
Michael replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Goodness from God?'
"Because it was Jewish people that said stone false prophets. It was Jewish that said healing the sick, casting out devils and raising the dead will follow true believers. Thus there are no true followers that I am aware of all priest require stoning…"
Apr 7
Dale Headley replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'I now endorse Donald Trump for POTUS...Here is why...'
"Good for you, Belle!  I wouldn’t go so far as to vote for Trump, but you are 100% correct: Americans blindly call America “The greatest country...”  Despite the mountain of evidence that we are far from it.  The…"
Apr 7
Davis Goodman replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Goodness from God?'
"How did you draw this conclusion? I'm not aware of any non-biblical texts that comment on this."
Apr 5
Michael replied to Dale Headley's discussion 'Goodness from God?'
"Both the Religous and the Atheist come to absurb conclusions based on the text. The Jewish people were not following cunningly devise fables and following and imaginary play mate in the Tabernacle. Nor does the Hebrew text claim that the world begin…"
Apr 4

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About Me:
I am a retired teacher. I taught science. I taught evolution. I never met another teacher who either taught or understood evolution. I never met another PERSON who understood evolution. But I've met plenty of people who believe there's an old white, bearded man in the sky who controls their lives. Go figure.
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71-76
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I would like to share my disrespect for all religions, but most especially my extreme distaste for Christianity.
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Was never a part of one
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scriptural favorites

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 5:50pm 1 Comment

I am occasionally asked to explain when I became an atheist.  I have several stock answers, but one of my favorite is, “When I read the Bible.”  

Here are a few selected verses from both the Old and New Testaments that pretty much explicate both the “morality” and “compassion” of God.  Choose one, some, or all of them at your leisure.  If you only have the energy to choose one, I recommend my favorite:  2 Kings 2:23-24. 

Or if you’re too lazy to bother looking them up at…

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flawed education

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 7:42pm 16 Comments

Here is a question many of you would probably consider a bit whimsical, if not heretical; but I assure you, it has a dead serious intent.  If you were education czar, what would YOU require be taught (or not taught) in American schools?

Let me get you started.  Here are three things that I believe SHOULD be taught but AREN’T: metric system; evolution; critical thinking.

And here are three that ARE being taught, but SHOULDN’T: spelling; long division; propaganda.

My full…

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Making God

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 6:59pm 10 Comments

Imagine that there is no God.  So your species has a meeting and decides it wants or needs at least one god.  What kind of god would you propose?  What would be its attributes?  Its powers?  Its motivations?  I have definite ideas about that, which I may post here later; but the purpose here is not to debate MY conception of an ideal god, but to give you the opportunity to describe yours.  Details, please!  

the ultimate prayer

Posted on February 12, 2011 at 3:49pm 3 Comments

   I just read Richard Raymond's atheist prayer.  Here's mine, verbatim.

   Dear God.  Kill me.  Please!  I have lived a full life with no (well, a few small ones, maybe) regrets.  I'm ready to terminate my existence.  I'm waiting, God.  Nothing's happening.  I'll try a little harder: please, please, pretty please, oh great God.  I know you have the power to kill me; so why don't you?  It shouldn't be too hard; after all, I'm 75 years old. You could just give me a heart attack.  God,…

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At 7:43pm on June 5, 2011, Stephen Charles said…
Hey Dale, all I was saying is that it saddens me greatly how people can still get away with dishonouring the bill of rights in the western world. Especially when it's children. I mean, I thought beating and restraining a child in an uncomfortable position as well as subjecting them to mental and verbal abuse was illegal, but maybe that's just me.
 
 
 

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