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Does the First Amendment Protect Atheism?

Started Aug 1, 2011 0 Replies

Amendment ICongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...The first phrase forbids Congress from creating a national…Continue

Let's Put Claus Back Into Christmas

Started Jun 19, 2011 0 Replies

I've put out a blog post making the proposal that, as a place to start being heard as atheists on a national scale, the creation of a "Let's Put Claus Back Into Christmas" Christmas card mailing…Continue

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Does the First Amendment Protect Atheism?

Amendment ICongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...The first phrase forbids Congress from creating a national church along the lines of the Church of England.  The second phrase guarantees the free exercise of religion. There is nothing here that would stop Congress from banning or severely limiting the free exercise of atheism.  The idea that freedom of religion implies freedom from religion is a comforting…See More
Aug 1, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Misty: Baytheist Living!'s discussion 'How does atheism affect your sense of personal safety?'
"I'm from a Red State and I'm scared shitless. The Tea Party is a hybrid of Eval/Fundies and Libertarianism.  These people have been stockpiling guns since the Sixties when the Survivalist Movement branced off from the more…"
Jul 31, 2011
Philip Jarrett commented on Ron's blog post 'Most insidious thing about religion'
"The most insidious thing about religion is it teaches people to fear death. Once you accept your own mortality, there is no need for God. Acceptance of mortality was the norm throughout recorded history and remained so for the common…"
Jul 31, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Pahu's discussion 'Science Proves God'
""Evidence that Demands a Verdict"?  McDowell's book has been around so long it's a wonder it isn't a part of the canon!  You really need to get out more often. The prophecies fulfilled in the Christian Bible? …"
Jul 31, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Skycomet the Fallen Angel's discussion 'Hating Religious People?'
"One of the most freeing things about being an atheist is not having to put up with that BS of loving your enemies...which is neither possible or desirable, it's just semantic double-talk. The better question is:  Are Christians our…"
Jul 31, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'The Burden of the White Male is the Responsiblity of the White Male'
"Rogert Karp wrote: Here's my opinion; We as white males, specifically who live in the United States, are in the highest position of power and more importantly comfort than any other group or demographic definitely in the country and arguably in…"
Jul 11, 2011
Philip Jarrett joined Morgan Matthew's group
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Columbus, Ohio Atheists

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Jul 2, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Sean's discussion 'Whats up everyone'
"Welcome, not my site, but I see no one else has said howdy yet.  I haven't been on this site long.  Duck out here, make a blog post and some comments then stick my head back in the sand. I grew up in a preacher's family in the…"
Jul 2, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Sassan K.'s discussion 'What is Exactly An "Atheist"'
"I believe an atheist is someone who doesn't accept unwarranted claims for the existence of a deity.  It's not that we don't 'believe in" God just like Christians do 'believe in" God.  We do not accept…"
Jul 2, 2011
Philip Jarrett joined Chris G's group
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Political Action

This is place for for Atheist to reference 'Take Action' web sites.See More
Jun 28, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Sassan K.'s discussion 'Why do Atheists tend to bash Christianity but give excuses for Islam??'
"Alas, don't look to the US as a 'secular democracy' anywhere but on paper.  When an open atheist can't rise to a political position above city government,  When Hilary Clinton made that shameful ad actually talking…"
Jun 28, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Sassan K.'s discussion 'Why do Atheists tend to bash Christianity but give excuses for Islam??'
"I find many UK atheists spend far too much of their time bashing Islam since 9/11. I find in many of their writings what could best be described as wartime propaganda Anyway, its like they told ume in Sunday school:  "Bloom where you…"
Jun 28, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Tanya Wells's discussion 'Do we need to abandon all moral ideologies because we are atheist?'
"Morality is a function of society, the rules developed by a society to keep their world from collapsing into chaos.  These rules come from living together as a tribe and were in place long before religion came along. Religious people want you…"
Jun 26, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Robert Karp's discussion 'Violence vs Non-Violence; Where do you stand?'
"Non-Violence is a political tactic that must be employed, it has nothing to do with sitting at home and worrying about whether the current struggles of groups and just plain mobs crying out for a change in their government are justified in your…"
Jun 20, 2011
Philip Jarrett liked Robert Karp's discussion Violence vs Non-Violence; Where do you stand?
Jun 20, 2011
Philip Jarrett replied to Russell Larden's discussion 'Unfair treatment'
"When my oldest son was in high school  there was a class where the instructor taught the Bible under the guise of literature.  He refused to participate and took a F instead. I'm so proud of my boy."
Jun 19, 2011

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
About Me:
Getting old and enjoying it. Poet, writer. Second wife, got it right this time. Five bio-children estanged by false accusations of first wife. One step-daughter with five grandchildren, also estranged because I won't shut up about her husband's abuse she accepts. Three dogs, three cats, two birds. No car, ride bus, rent an apartment. Working class poor.
Age
59-64
Why are you here?
Information, networking, getting myself heard to a wider audience. Interest in breaking the stranglehold of theism in the US.
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
I came to atheism through my religious experiences as a child in a Fundamentalist church and, later as an adult, in the Charismatic Movement. I did not experience a 'conversion moment' when I became an atheist, rather my studies in biblical criticism and religious history. The final break with theism came with the acceptance of my mortality. I found without belief in an afterlife the need to believe in God became superfluous.
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I May Have Created My Own Religion

Posted on June 19, 2011 at 9:20pm 0 Comments

Back in 1999 I found myself out of a job with time on my hands.  To amuse myself and, perhaps, contact others with my condition (Sleep Associated Altered States of Consciousness...night terrors, OBEs in the popular vernacular.  I had been troubled with these experiences for years but I stubbornly continued to believe that I was a competent judge of my own experiences. Ten years before I had decided that, rather than fight against these things, I would go along with…

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Let's Put Claus Back Into Christmas

Posted on June 19, 2011 at 6:36pm 0 Comments

Let’s Put Claus Back Into Christmas:

A modest proposal

 

Remember Christmas when you were a child?

The Season was a time to come together as family and friends...and even make Peace with your enemies for at least a few days.  Christmas was all about bringing people together.  Religious differences were just like social class or politics or even gender...every town was like Mayberry and had their…

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We Are the Insurgency

Posted on June 19, 2011 at 4:16pm 0 Comments

You'll pardon me; I've already made one long response on the subject of political activity by atheists, so I'm doing this as a blog post instead. 

I am responding to the post outlining the difficulties with organizing intellectuals and the statement:

"Can we overcome and find a way to remain relevant in the political arena without compromising our minds and conforming to the “majority rules” mentality?"

First, this is not an option.  If we don't do this, we don't…

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To update: I saw my P-Doc on Monday, she switched me from xanax,,,I'd been on them for so long she felt I might respond better to a change... to kolodin (not sure of the spelling) 0.5 twice a day as …

Posted on June 15, 2011 at 11:45pm 0 Comments

To update:

I saw my P-Doc on Monday, she switched me from xanax,,,I'd been on them for so long she felt I might respond better to a change... to kolodin (not sure of the spelling) 0.5 twice a day as needed , left the Zoloft in the morning at 200 mg and the traxedone at night at 300.

I had an appointment yesterday at, believe it or not, Creekside Counseling in Davis Creek, West Virginia.  The creek ran under one end of the house.  There was a long porch with wicker furniture…

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