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Quitting An Authoritarian Religion Was Part Easy and Part Not Easy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Paynton Jun 1. 2 Replies

First, what I found necessary.The ability to say "I like" and feel okay.The ability to say "I don't like" and feel okay.The ability to set limits and feel okay.I now find these abilities helpful…Continue

Tags: assertiveness, passive-aggressive, catholicism

Many Americans Want the Under (Submissive) Place in Over/Under" (Dominant/Submissive) Relationships.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 26. 2 Replies

In WW1 and WW2, the words Gott Mit Uns (God [is] With Us) were on German soldiers' belt buckles.In a recent (2008) book, Masters and Commanders; How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945,…Continue

Tags: church and state, pledge of allegiance, under god

As Women Grow Their Economic and Political Power, How Will Morality Change?

Started Apr 17 0 Replies

In the mid-1970s Congress sent the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) out to the states for ratification and a political battle ensued. Due to my then-deceased mother's influence in my life, I was active…Continue

Tags: rights, pay, equal, matriarchy, women

"Say 'Amen' one hundred times each day." WHAT!?!?! Say 'So be it' a hundred times each day?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kairan Nierde Jun 23, 2013. 7 Replies

At the first religious service I've been to in about six years -- a funeral service for "Hank", a religious friend, the minister asked the attendees to say "Amen" 100 times each day. (That…Continue

Tags: rebellion., obedience, passivity, religion

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Tom Sarbeck replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Five things to remember when talking with atheists'
"Diane, her praying for you gives her life a purpose. I hope I've given purpose to a few believers' lives. "
11 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Five things to remember when talking with atheists'
"Paedocommunion, I had to look that up. Ditto. OED says 'paedo' is British for 'pedo' and some of America's Catholic priests know what that means. If 'communion' is a British euphemism for 'philia', I can…"
12 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"Your words stir a memory. I found an Einstein quote that said (as I recall it, not as he said it) "Do what you love most, and for however long you are able to do it you will love life." It worked wonderfully for me. (Details available upon…"
12 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Gallup's Mirror's discussion 'Five things to remember when talking with atheists'
"A leaders most onerous duty is pandering. It's doubtful that Sproul believes what he says. "
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"Strega, thank you for the multiple opportunities you gave me. There is an understandable joy in having been able to influence events, especially when doing so interferes with folk who intend evil. "
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ed's discussion 'Redirecting One's Life'
"Yeah, Ed!!! Congrats on your upcoming retirement! You will soon have time to do all the stuff you do not now have time to do. RE: So if I decide to "tune out" and withdraw from all the negativity am I failing my fellow humans? YES!!! But…"
Tom Sarbeck commented on Dylan Blaine's photo

I Will Not Stay Silent

"In this land of the free and home of the brave, if you want to be free you have to be brave. That's a bit of wisdom I heard while doing politics in Arizona. "
Tom Sarbeck replied to RobertPiano's discussion 'Signs of the Lord'
"Xians can be so much fun!"
Tom Sarbeck replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'World conflict and problems other than Israel-Palestine.'
"I will take a path between idealism and cynicism, I call it realism, or sometimes pragmatism. Folks, our distant ancestors -- pond scum, blue green algae, cyanobacteria -- dined on each other. The big, strong and fast ate the small, weak and…"
Tom Sarbeck replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'World conflict and problems other than Israel-Palestine.'
"I understand that researchers are studying how flora and fauna communicate. What do flora (flowers) communicate when fauna (bees) steal their nectar? And what do fauna say when flora (cactuses) defend themselves? "
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'How should Israel deal with the missile onslaught?'
"Hey, get real. It was with much enthusiasm for centuries that England's Catholics killed England's Protestants and vice-versa. So bug off and let folks in other parts of the world do the same. England survived and became a world power. "
Tom Sarbeck replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion 'FROM THE WORD OF GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT'
"It's satire, Glen. Conservatives don't know satire when it slaps them silly. Do you still have some conservative in you? "
Tom Sarbeck replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion 'FROM THE WORD OF GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT'
"Yeah, Derp; I'll join. For six days the totally fucking blitzed Derp didn't know what he was doing. On the seventh day he might have rested. "
Tom Sarbeck replied to Stephen Gunn's discussion 'FROM THE WORD OF GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT'
"Thanks loads for that, Physeter. It's been decades since I last  heard it. Religion is only 99.9999999999 percent harmful. "
Tom Sarbeck replied to Glen L's discussion 'Lobby'
"Glen, if you were king, which three of those would you shut down? "

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About Me:
Korean War veteran, was an electrician aboard a US Navy destroyer. BA in math and economics from the University of Florida. Married for 6 years to a freethinker, and for reasons too complicated to tell here we chose to remain childless. Retired from computer manufacturing. Running for election to Arizona Legislature was another education; I learned a lot but happily the incumbent won. Now living in SF Bay Area's Napa County and loving it.
Relationship Status
Why are you here?
For 16 years I've been one of a very few out atheists at a home for retired veterans. Most here are xians, some of them extremely conservative. Most here are Dems and they give me no flak. They all accept my refusing to pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth; I told them I will discuss the issue when they pledge allegiance to the Constitution. I enjoy the mental exercise I get in conversations on atheist websites.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
When my parents told me I was going to college because I was too lazy to get a job, I threw them and their god out of my life. Several years later I made a peace of sorts with my parents. In April of 2012, in a Toastmasters Club here, I told of my leaving Catholicism for agnosticism and 50 years later leaving agnosticism for atheism. There are many out xians here. Very few try to recruit me; I tell them that but for 12 years in Catholic schools I might still believe one or more gods exist. To the very few who try to recruit me, I say religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. They stop trying.
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How did you hear about Think Atheist?
When TA was a contestant in the About Contest.

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At 2:35pm on June 17, 2014, Abdulrahman Aliyu said…
That's right friend, if we can really rely on the unseenism we will be free from internet's brain damage.
At 9:22pm on May 12, 2014, Ari E. S. said…

I'm sorry that you and your brothers had to go through that.

At first I was thinking along the lines of a huge steal. Sorry, that I misunderstood. :(

At 1:27am on May 12, 2014, Ari E. S. said…

Wait a second. I compared the message you've sent here to the initial one I received by mail about my discussion and I find it funny but scary at the same time. You stole things in the past? I appreciate your advice but what was left on the e-mail is very questionable. I would find it very scary to come back to see my home a mess and I'd feel very violated. I really don't know what to think about to this. I guess what is done is done, but I wouldn't see stealing as necessary unless your life of yourself or someone you love is at high risk. :s

At 8:28pm on July 16, 2013, archaeopteryx said…

RE: "arch, your posts have shown me that you are a worthy debater" - only because I'm out of vodka.

As for Google, you seem to be more popular than I - try,

At 2:25am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Hi Tom!  Just joined so I only have said hello!  Hello!

At 2:32pm on June 9, 2013, Simon Paynton said…

Thanks Tom.  I'm glad to hear it.  Yes I am. 

At 11:05am on December 16, 2012, Denise M. Purtell said…

Dude, all I was saying is that religion, or the lack there of, rather - has nothing to do with some nutcase and killing children. Holy rollers have been seemingly blaming the fact of "no religion in school" is the cause. It is an observation I've made. So all I was doing was trying to make a point that it is nothing to do with that and it has everything to do with the individual idiot just being a crazy bastard. 

That is all I was saying. 

At 8:42am on February 27, 2012, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Tom! Join us in the chat on the bottom right of the screen and feel free to ask questions and get involved as much or as little as you want! If you would like to, add me as a friend and I'm also on twitter as RSAnative if you care to follow. Welcome again and make yourself at home!



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