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Best state in the US to move to?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ann Nov 2, 2011. 49 Replies

Hi All I am considering moving to the United States. I've had an offer of employment from a company that I do occasional consulting for, and they support telecommuting, which means I can choose where…Continue

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Southern Skeptic replied to Dot's discussion 'Recommended books for Secular Parents and their children' in the group Parenting Hellions
"One additional book: The Magic of reality by RIchard Dawkins. I bought it for my 6 year old and it is still a bit advanced, I would imagine it would work really well for a 9 or 10 year old. I really enjoyed reading it too!"
Jan 25, 2012
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"I am now very confused. I went to the source site, and it seems a bit hinky I find it very difficult to believe that its for real, especially if you go and look at the children's art section. If it is a Poe, it's very well done. If not,…"
Jan 21, 2012
Southern Skeptic replied to Jason Silva's discussion 'Giving Bibles to students'
"Love it! I haven't been on their site for a while, this gave me a giggle: "
Dec 28, 2011
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Dec 27, 2011
Southern Skeptic replied to Jason Silva's discussion 'Giving Bibles to students'
"I would encourage my children to take one every day. How many uses can we come up with for a stack of orange bibles? - Building bricks - Kindling - Emergency toilet paper Any other suggestions?"
Dec 27, 2011
Ann replied to Southern Skeptic's discussion 'Best state in the US to move to?'
"You want to stay far away from Indiana.  People are not tolerant at all here."
Nov 2, 2011
David Missingham replied to Southern Skeptic's discussion 'Best state in the US to move to?'
"Brilliant summary!"
Oct 30, 2011
Atheist Exile replied to Southern Skeptic's discussion 'Best state in the US to move to?'
"Lawton!  I haven't heard that city mentioned since I lived there in the mid 1960s.  My Dad was stationed at nearby Fort Sill."
Oct 29, 2011
Richard C. replied to Southern Skeptic's discussion 'Best state in the US to move to?'
"Yea true, but just don't get drunk and talk about religion ... hehehe trust me on this.. you might get lucky in Florida .. all the really crazy people live here (the ones born here, not transplants) Florida is all ways in the news at least once…"
Oct 29, 2011
Rick replied to Southern Skeptic's discussion 'Best state in the US to move to?'
"Stay away from New England if you don’t like long, cold winters, hot and humid summers, abysmal diversity, generally cold people or bland food. Although, if you can put up with that stuff and rather rural living, Vermont is ideal for atheists.…"
Oct 28, 2011
James replied to Southern Skeptic's discussion 'Best state in the US to move to?'
"Yup, I'm to the west in Hagerstown, MD. :)"
Oct 28, 2011
Cara Coleen replied to Southern Skeptic's discussion 'Best state in the US to move to?'
"Hey Adam, can you tell me what that tree with the crescent moon on the backs of everyone's cars there is about?"
Oct 28, 2011
Cara Coleen replied to Southern Skeptic's discussion 'Best state in the US to move to?'
"I'm so jealous! Maybe someday I live there, too <3"
Oct 28, 2011
Reed Byers replied to Southern Skeptic's discussion 'Best state in the US to move to?'
"I can attest that Oregon IS both beautiful, and liberal. Oregon's central Willamette Valley (the Corvallis/Albany area) is an hour from the Coast, an hour from the mountains, an hour from Portland, an hour from Eugene, and only half an hour…"
Oct 28, 2011
Nick Lavalley replied to Southern Skeptic's discussion 'Best state in the US to move to?'
"Growing up in Vermont, I can tell you that it is a great place to live.  I will admit that the cost of living is pretty high, mainly from rather high property taxes.  The weather can also be pretty rough if you're not used to living…"
Oct 28, 2011

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I am an atheist, a rationalist, secular humanist

I have recently opened my eyes more aboute religion and currently identify strongly with the gnu atheists (Dawkins, Hitchens, Meyers et al)
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31-35
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The purpose driven life (a review) - Chapter 7 - The reason for everything

Posted on July 7, 2011 at 5:12pm 0 Comments

Welcome to yet another episode in my quest to review the whole TPDL.

 

In this chapter, we are told that everything is for the glory of god. Then we are told how this is manifested. All creatures except for Man and fallen angels bring glory to god by default. We don't so we have to be saved before we can bring glory to magic sky man. I'm not sure what the poor demons have to do to bring glory to god. Learn to sing maybe?

 

Now rick tells us how to bring glory to…

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The purpose driven life (a review) - Chapter 6 - Life is a temporary assignment

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 5:07pm 0 Comments

Welcome to another episode in my quest to review TPDL by Rick Warren.

 

In this chapter, he hammers on and on about how we are only on earth for a short time, and the real life is once we are dead, in heaven. This poisonous idea is I think the cornerstone of religion and religious thought, which is why I imagine he spends a whole chapter on it.

 

A couple of things caught my eye in the chapter:

- He speaks about how in California there are people from other…

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The purpose driven life (a review) - Chapter 5 - Seeing life from God's view

Posted on July 1, 2011 at 1:26pm 3 Comments

Hello readers, welcome to another installment of my review of TPDL

 

In this chapter, Warren says that people have a metaphor for their life. He says he has asked people to describe their lives and he has gotten some responses like "life is a roller coaster", "life is a dance" etc.

 

He says that the image that you have in your mind when you visualise your life is your life metaphor, and you have to replace this with god's view of your life. 

 

I…

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The purpose driven life (a review) - Chapter 4 - Made to last forever

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 1:50pm 0 Comments

Welcome to another instalment of my attempt to review the entire TPDL by Rick Warren. Today we get to the details of the Believe or Burn(tm) thread made in the last chapter.

 

According to Mr Warren this life is only the dress rehearsal for your "actual existence", also known as an eternity in god's fellowship. Apparently, if you know that the end of this life will not be the end of you, you will somehow live a better life. According to Warren, if you don't think that some…

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