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"I'm Christian and I vote."

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Cox on Monday. 40 Replies

Yesterday, in the parking lot of a small town grocery store in rural southern America, I spotted a bumper sticker that proclaimed "I am Christian and I vote." This seems like a simple enough…Continue

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Why mandatory minimum sentencing is a bad idea.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Oct 6. 5 Replies

Mr. Wollard, a 59 year old Florida state resident with NO criminal record, is serving a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years for the simple act of protecting his family. No one was injured in…Continue

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American Atheists National Convention -2015

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Well it appears that the 2015 American Atheists national convention will be held in a city not too far away - Memphis, Tennessee. And it happens to coincide with my birthday! …Continue

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Redirecting One's Life

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Aug 1. 21 Replies

As I approach retirement there has developed an undercurrent of change in my philosophical perspective of life, reality, and, most of all, what constitutes happiness. I had always felt a compulsion…Continue

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"Welcome on board Karlee. Does your community have a considerable number of freethinkers like yourself? Is organized religion a formidable force like here in America?"
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"Haha!! That wouldn't be so risky in (say) San Francisco. I keep wishing I could post a sticker or sign like this: ISIS LOVES YOU GA$ GUZZLER$ "
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"Atheist culture? The ONLY commonality of atheists is our rejection of the belief in supernatural beings. There are rich atheists, poor atheists, conservative atheists, liberal atheists, etc. Having one common mode of thought does not constitute a…"
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Ben Berube replied to Ed's discussion '"I'm Christian and I vote."'
"I always assumed that saying was intended to inform the reader that the driver intends to influence policy based on their Christian beliefs, so watch out, atheist!"
Virgil replied to Ed's discussion '"I'm Christian and I vote."'
"I Think I need a bumper sticker that says "I'm gay and I sleep nekkid.""
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"Excellent. A member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (praised be His Noodliness) sticks to his beliefs in the face of religious discrimination."

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Cool Vehicle Inspection!

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Salvation comes in the strangest places.

Death With Dignity -the Gillian Bennett story.

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Deadatnoon.com is a website created by Gillian Bennett, 84, diagnosed with dementia (Alzheimer's) three years ago. Her disposition about choosing the right time to terminate is both admirable and sobering. I truly hope her blog can be an inspiration to others who feel it important to die with a morsel of dignity. 

U.S. Air Force Does Away With Enlistment Oath Option.

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 8:26am 2 Comments

Until October 30 of last year there was an option to omit the words "so help me God" from the enlistment oath required by recruits/re-enlisting veterans of the USAF. Now they have dropped this option and made it statutory to pay homage to a god during enlistment/re-enlistment.


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Atheist gives 'historic' invocation in Greece

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 7:29am 0 Comments

Dan Courtney of Hamlin became the first atheist to deliver a secular opening invocation before the Greece (New York) Town Board.


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At 12:23am on August 3, 2014, Tom Sarbeck said…

Napa County is indeed wine country, Ed, as is Sonoma County just to the west.

My dad and his friends made beer and wine during the Prohibition years when we lived in Ohio. He was in the grocery business and I heard him tell people they can make wine from anything that rots. My wife and made wine during our marriage but not from grapes. I now make my own liqueurs.

At 8:54am on July 2, 2014, Seraphina said…

Thanks, Ed!

I'm up the walls with study this week but once my exam is over I intend to be more active in these parts :D

At 2:24am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Thanks Ed!  

At 10:04pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks for the message.  I will definitely check out that book.  I am always looking for a new read.  You seem like you might have a good opinion on this; Do you think that as a race we are de-evolving by catering to the ignorant masses by creating welfare states for people who are too stupid or lazy to do for themselves and then give them tax credits which equates to thousands of dollars just for having children?  This is going to sound really bad, but wouldn't it be better for our species if we neutered anyone with an IQ under say 100?  There are too many people on earth anyway.  Why is it someones human right to reproduce?  I think it should be a privilege that is earned.  Only the best and the brightest should be allowed to carry on their genetic lineage.  Also there should be a strict guidelines and quality requirements for parenting.  I realize this will never happen.  People are to corrupt by nature to use a system like that for good.  Sometimes I think we are all doomed.

At 6:25pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

Thanks :) I'm enjoying it already.  It's nice to be able to communicate with people even if every thought is not seen eye to eye.  The internet is full of people trolling and sniping at one another, its good to finally find a place for civil correspondence.

At 6:08pm on January 12, 2013, Samuel Cheshire said…

"Indifference to the needless suffering and plight of the very beings it (god) is supposedly responsible for creating is testament to the convoluted thinking of it's followers. "

I'm sure that it is, but not only followers of a specific ideology but the human race as a whole.  For that matter every species and the whole of nature.   It's a dog eat dog world.  When a lion commits infanticide its not evil its just the natural order of things.  Human beings are fickle emotionally unstable creatures.  For some reason we have the ability to think abstractly and outside of the basic survival instincts if only for a moment or two.  The formation of religions over the coarse of human history was only natural for a creature with this capability in order to reconcile its advanced cognitive status to a deaf playing field.

At 10:41pm on December 7, 2012, Heather Spoonheim said…

I'm surprised we weren't already friends on here.  Anyway, if you don't use a copper bowl then you need to add a little cream of tartar - essentially to drop the PH a little.  You also need to ensure you don't have a single drop or smear of yolk in those whites.  After that it should be easy.

At 11:17am on December 28, 2011, bob spencer said…

got it cheers



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