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ID on Trial - PBS Broadcast 2007

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jānis Ķimsis May 29, 2010. 1 Reply

I searched Think Atheist and didn't come across this topic and apologize if this has already been discussed. I ran across this article, with attached documentary today (see URL below). The video is…Continue

Tags: exclusion, schools, religion, ID

In Idaho - Judge dismisses lawsuit to use religious text in school

Started this discussion. Last reply by James May 18, 2010. 2 Replies

Who would have thought this would have happened in Idaho of all places? It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Has anything similar happened in other states to charter schools?BOISE — U.S.…Continue

Tags: Clause, Establishment

Atheist Dogma?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill May 7, 2010. 7 Replies

Recently I have heard that atheists have their own dogma. I have always responded to this comment with "the only thing that I am aware of that all atheist can agree on is in the disbelieve that…Continue

Tags: dogma, atheist

Epicurus God quote - theist response?

Started this discussion. Last reply by stanley w owens Sep 24, 2011. 29 Replies

How would a theist respond to Epicurus' God quote? "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and…Continue

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Michael R liked Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion Sunday School Nov. 17th 2013
Nov 18, 2013
Michael R replied to kOrsan's discussion 'Do any of us, however ill, have the right to die?'
"I fully support the 'right to die'. I have MS and currently take several pain meds for pain. If the pain ever got to the point where I couldn't take it any more, I would appreciate the option to leave this world with some dignity."
Mar 18, 2012
Michael R commented on Andrew Ives's blog post 'You're to young to be an atheist wait until your older.'
"Same age when I stopped having anything to do with religion and I'm now 52. I never looked back. You are not too young."
Jan 21, 2012
Michael R replied to Blake Herrington's discussion 'Why are you an atheist?'
"I think I always was. I never believed the stories that were told in Sunday school. I kept them in the same category as the stories of Odin or Mars. The people of history believed in their religions as much as people believe in their religions…"
Jan 18, 2012
John Luikart left a comment for Michael R
"Howdy No kidding. Saddly, we are scarce around here."
Dec 28, 2011
Michael R and John Luikart are now friends
Dec 28, 2011
Michael R replied to Danny Sanchez's discussion 'Is it ever right to use violence?'
"I'm of the attitude, and I've taught my kids the same, to not start a fight. However, If you cannot get out of it then you finish it quickly. In other words, put the person 'down hard'. In my experience this has prevented…"
Dec 28, 2011
Michael R replied to laila's discussion 'Can believer and non-believer be married for life?'
""They both turn into extreme. Believer and non-believer." I guess I can't get pass the 'extreme' part of this. To me that means non-accomodating. My wife and I have been married for over 32 years. She is a believer and I am…"
Oct 9, 2011
Michael R liked Nelson's blog post Sunday School OCT 8, 2011
Oct 9, 2011
Michael R liked Nelson's blog post Sunday School SEPT 25, 2011
Sep 25, 2011
Michael R replied to Ghost The Smoker's discussion 'When do you think people will finally start to understand atheism?'
"I've done the same thing in the past. I used to have fun with this. This does have the effect of putting you on the "do not return to this person's house" list. They don't come and play any more."
Sep 24, 2011
stanley w owens replied to Michael R's discussion 'Epicurus God quote - theist response?'
"People are in control not a god . There never was a god and no proof of one has existed. It's a fallacy and a illusion contrived by devious humans."
Sep 24, 2011
Michael R commented on Alejandro M's blog post 'Atheist does not mean liberal - 99% in this site do not see it that way'
"I recall someone on this site proposing an atheist political party. The overall reaction was something like "that would be like trying to herd cats" (to put it mildly). There is a huge diversity of political thought on this site. "
Aug 29, 2011
Michael R replied to Eric Rohn Estes's discussion 'Atheism and mind alteration'
"The "war on drugs" has been a complete failure...as it was when alcohol was illegal. I would rather see us spend our money on the problems we would see from legalization than what we are currently seeing (feeding the cartel machine, gangs,…"
Aug 12, 2011
Michael R replied to Michael's discussion 'If you are a non- believer, why be moral when no one is looking?'
"It appears that the atheists here have more integrity that you/theists. I know no one is watching but yet I do the right thing anyway."
Aug 3, 2011
Michael R replied to Deme Mo's discussion 'Afterlife'
"Being dead is something I have no control over...I'm dead. Therefore I don't worry about it. What does cause me to think a little is the manner in which I die. Would I like to die in my sleep or fade away with my family and friends around…"
Aug 2, 2011

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I'm 50 years old and married for 30 years. My wife considers herself a christian but does not attend church regularly. She knows my thoughts but we don't discuss too much. I have two kids, a son that is 28 and a daughter that is 26. My son hasn't mentioned it but I'm sure that he is an atheist as well. My daughter is married to a christian, and am not to sure about her current status (getting concerned). I have a beautiful 1 year old granddaughter and when the time is right I will be talking to her about my beliefs. Hopefully she will use her natural talents of reason/logic to come to the same conclusions that I have.

I have a BS in Math/Computer Science and an MS in Management. Unfortunately, I also have Multiple Sclerosis which is eating away at my cognitive abilities. Visiting sites like this keeps me as sharp as possible.
Why are you here?
Touch base with others that have similar viewpoints. Expand knowledge of atheism and religion.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
My parents brought me up as a generic protestant (army brat). I really enjoyed Sunday school but always thought of the bible stories as just stories. Nothing ever made sense to me. I always asked questions and didn't like the answers. I would then ask more questions and was labeled a trouble-maker so I began keeping my mouth shut. Luckily, my parents left my religious affiliation up to me at age 12, which I love them dearly for. No more religion for me.
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Irony in christmas eve service & elephant poop

Posted on December 26, 2010 at 4:03pm 3 Comments

I attended a christmas eve service with my wife, daughter, son-in-law, and grand-daughter at their methodist church. This service was "child friendly" and children and audience all participated (made animal noises, etc). I found one part particularly interesting. At the beginning, the pastor was discussing the nativity scene and explained that no really knows what animals were there. She then plucked an elephant from the scene and explained that she particularly liked the elephant. "As…


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At 5:17pm on December 28, 2011, John Luikart said…
No kidding. Saddly, we are scarce around here.
At 11:47am on December 31, 2010, Thew said…
Yes, I have gotten the "punishment" line before - from the same guy who I spoke of in my blog. He said it was probably a punishment for my pride. He deduced that bit of logic when I told him about all the things I used to be good at that MS had taken from me... My reply to him was, dare I say, the most blasphemous thing I've ever said...
At 5:42pm on April 5, 2010, Gaytor said…
That is dynamic! My Parents and Sisters are believers, but that's about it. None of them no anything about the Bible, so I'm safe. We got into a debate last summer by the fire outback with beers in hand. An hour and a half later they were out of questions to challenge me on so it was over. One of my sisters called me a Scientologist. Ummm... let me help you a bit with what scientology is. It's all good fun for us now and then. It hurts my Mom to see it though. I've only seen her in church during weddings and funerals, but she clams up quickly on the subject. Long story. Again, welcome to TA! No shotguns needed!
At 2:04pm on April 5, 2010, Gaytor said…
Welcome to TA Michael. It sounds like you have an interesting family dynamic there. If I can help you with anything here, please don't hesitate to ask!


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