Philip Jarrett
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Arizona et al

Started this discussion. Last reply by Philip Jarrett Apr 8. 7 Replies

The attempt in Arizona to pass a law permitting discrimination against gays and lesbians by Christians was thwarted by the overwhelming outcry of people in the 'real world.'   But the recent Duck…Continue

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Philip Jarrett replied to Bernardo's discussion 'Why we overdo death?'
"Hi, Bernardo. For someone's first post you like to get right to it, don't you? As many of you know, my mother ceased to exist on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 10:48 PM...I may have gotten the time wrong on my first post.  Her funeral…"
Apr 27
Mike Cole commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheist Eulogy'
"My mom was just diagnosed with leukemia and she's 68 - not a good combo (I'm also a physician).  I'm struggling with this very topic right now myself.  I keep wondering about asking everyone to send prayers and…"
Apr 21
Andy Hoke commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheist Eulogy'
"Hi Philip, I am very sorry for your loss. It's difficult to lose someone so close. With the chance of seeming glib, maybe your task is really very easy. Relate the wonderful things about your mother - the things that really had nothing to do…"
Apr 21
Ed commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'The Poet's Coroner: I Will Not Drink the Blood of a Fool'
"A poem for every religion- a lifelong task."
Apr 21
onyango makagutu commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheist Eulogy'
"I don't know. Sorry for your loss. I would celebrate her life, a moment to talk about those things that you found important, that you would miss plus what the others have said. And for further inspiration, Ingersoll made a final oration at his…"
Apr 21
Ed commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheist Eulogy'
"Ask yourself what your Mom would of been comfortable saying at your funeral. "
Apr 21
Gallup's Mirror commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheist Eulogy'
"Give a patronizing smile. Say thank you, but I don't believe in an afterlife. If they persist, drop the smile and say your mother's funeral service isn't the time and place to discuss their religious beliefs. If they still persist,…"
Apr 21
Unseen commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheist Eulogy'
"All I can tell you is how we handled my father's funeral. At my father's funeral, my younger brother represented the siblings and he recounted instances of my father's generosity, kindness, tolerance, and love for his children and our…"
Apr 21
Reg The Fronkey Farmer liked Philip Jarrett's blog post The Poet's Coroner: I Will Not Drink the Blood of a Fool
Apr 21
Philip Jarrett commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheist Eulogy'
""Let's give the loved one(s) who have died the eternity they deserve by keeping them within our memories". That's beautiful, Ari, thanks."
Apr 21
Ari commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheist Eulogy'
"If I were to say something at the funeral, I'd want it to be like "Let's give the loved one(s) who have died the eternity they deserve by keeping them within our memories". I'm sure I wouldn't be able to actually have…"
Apr 21
Philip Jarrett commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheist Eulogy'
"I appreciate your input, Steven. But this is my mother and with her death I can speak freely without worry about how it might reflect on her.  I will be polite solely to honor my mother.  This is all that is important to me.   But…"
Apr 21
Steven Dorst commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Atheist Eulogy'
"While I confront people who assume that their beliefs will comfort me often, I don't at funerals. People need to find their comfort where they can. I say "I'm glad that belief brings you comfort as we remember , but I don't share…"
Apr 20
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Apr 20
Philip Jarrett commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'Zella Mae Jarrett'
"Thank you all.  Mom's funeral will be on Tuesday.  I'll put out another blog post tonight. "
Apr 20
Philip Jarrett commented on Philip Jarrett's blog post 'I am tired'
"at the liberal end of the libertarian spectrum.  Unseen That's about where I am.  Speculating with the term 'Libertarian Socialist' but that may be oxymoronic."
Apr 20

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
About Me:
I'm a poet and public speaker. My experiences with religion go way back into the hollers of West Virginia and continue on until around 2010 or so when I made peace with my mortality and discovered once I had acknowledged that one day I would die and cease to exist like... everything else that lives I will die...I discovered I hgad no need to God or supernaturalism.
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59-64
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Married
Why are you here?
I'm afraid and alone. I need people to talk to and I'm looking for some new input. I am about to retire this summer and I hope to find a cause I can dedicate myself too now that I will have the time to concentrate.
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
I was born in a preacher's family. From the very beginning I had an insider's view of religion. I knew the men who stood in the pulpit and I knew what they were like when they were around another preacher and his family and they could be as natural as preacher's ever are. I left Christianity because I knew it too well.
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The Poet's Coroner: I Will Not Drink the Blood of a Fool

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 9:42pm 1 Comment

i will not drink the blood of a fool

when the glory of the lord shall shine

and blind men to his crimes

as the lies that he had promised me

would nail me to his tree

when all the angels in the dark

would brand me with the devil’s mark

i’d curse and cry with my last breath

‘i’ve still a half a bottle left!’

leave me alone, save someone else

i love my sinful, wicked self

take off of me this pit bull’s leash

save it for a…

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Atheist Eulogy

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 9:34pm 10 Comments

My mother's funeral is Wednesday, 4/23/2014 and I'll be giving at least a part of the eulogy.

A little help here...and maybe an opportunity for discussion in general on the subject.

What is an 'Atheist Eulogy'?  What can my differing view of death bring to the table at a Wake?

I know it is totally inappropriate for me to try and convert the audience...I just wish Christians would give me the same respect.  Having God on your side is no excuse for being rude...but then,…

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Zella Mae Jarrett

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 11:35pm 4 Comments

My mother, Zella Mae Jarrett of Boone County West Virginia ceased to exist at 10:58 PM on Saturday, April 19th, 2014.

I'll write more later.

Dead man's Switch

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:29pm 0 Comments

Dead man’s Switch

i had a dollar in my pocket

at least, i did before i spent it

on some trinket or some locket

that now is lost and i resent it

there is nothing quite as gone

as a dollar when it’s spent

nothing leaves you as alone

wondering where the dollar went

a dollar anticipated

is a great treasure for a man

but a dollar dissipated

grates on your soul like sand

to owe a dollar to another

is a dollar spent on guilt

a…

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