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

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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

"Once We Free Ourselves of the Shackles of Religion, and Bible-based Big Bang Theology...

Started this discussion. Last reply by archaeopteryx Sep 20, 2013. 45 Replies

...the living universe is revealed for what it is: infinite and eternal. A universe which consists of infinite space that has no beginning, and no end."So say the authors of The Big Bang: A Critical…Continue

Tags: bang, galaxies, big, Hubble, infinite

Is your life after religion what you expected?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lewal Apr 20, 2013. 1 Reply

If I had put my expectations into words I would have said "Life can't get any worse!" (Before college I was a Catholic.)Life couldn't get any worse than that of the only Catholic I knew well: my…Continue

Tags: freedom, quitting, religion, atheism

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Tom Sarbeck replied to Gary's discussion 'Dogmatic Atheist or Respectful Husband?'
"Have you considered shock therapy? Tell her "God fucked up" and identify some of his many fuckups. The fuckup I most like to identify? Practically every boy discovers orgasms and very few girls do. "
Friday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"Do mothers, without knowing it, teach their daughters that a falling intonation is aggressive? "
Friday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"U, I didn't know you are a conservative: ...gives people rights.... In a constitutional law book you will read that the Big C gives certain powers and duties to the government (i.e., Art 1Sec 1: All legislative powers herein granted....) and…"
Friday
Tom Sarbeck posted a discussion

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

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 in that effort and spoke with hundreds of men.Most men supported it. Some balked but came around when I pointed out that if they became ill, their families would have to get along on their wives' incomes, which were then about 60% of mens' incomes for similar work.A few men knew things would change…See More
Friday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Reg The Fronkey Farmer's discussion 'Sunday School April 6th 2014' in the group Sunday School
"A famous woman opera singer once said I've been rich and I've been poor. Being rich is better."
Thursday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Gary's discussion 'Dogmatic Atheist or Respectful Husband?'
"I'm way out of the closet and the best way I know to deal with believers is to be a happy atheist. Being even a little dogmatic would interfere with my happiness. I like the saying Changing dogmas is easier than giving up the need for a dogma."
Thursday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Devlin Cuite's discussion 'Things you hate.'
"U, I've studied the Constitution and recently, in order to become a member of a county commission, took an oath to preserve/protect/defend it. In what way is it the problem? A solution to someone's not wanting me to die of old age? Finding…"
Thursday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Jesus Christ's discussion 'The need for knife control'
"Did the see the cartoon shortly after the event? It showed several Taliban folk, and one was collecting on a bet that he could make Americans take off airline passengers' clothing."
Wednesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Logicallunatic's discussion 'Woo and conflict in the workplace'
"There has long been a lot of quackery in health care. There is still a lot. Chiropractors (DCs) and medical doctors (MDs) have always competed for patients. For decades the laws favored the MDs because they had politicians on their side. Twenty…"
Apr 13
Tom Sarbeck replied to Gary's discussion 'In need of an believer to atheist "conversion kit"''
"Three books in a university library opened my mind. The first compared the main christian denominations, the second compared the world's major religions, and the third described the many origin-of-the-universe stories. My Catholic dad had sent…"
Apr 13
Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'Men raising kids'
"On behavioral issues, my mom and dad were "old-world German tyrants". I was 41 and divorced, with no kids, when a woman I was dating occasionally told me that she and her four kids, their ages from 9 to 13, made family decisions in…"
Apr 13
Tom Sarbeck replied to Jesus Christ's discussion 'The need for knife control'
"No one in those times would have violated a law against stoning? Assuming the truth of the biblical account of the incident, I'm impressed. "
Apr 13
Tom Sarbeck replied to Jesus Christ's discussion 'The need for knife control'
"A wonderful goal. If money weren't buying the services of so many politicians, we could move in that direction by replacing our predatory capitalism with a more humane form or by increasing greatly the number of businesses owned and managed by…"
Apr 12
Tom Sarbeck replied to Jesus Christ's discussion 'The need for knife control'
"Gregg, if I were prescient I would have a few billion dollars in overseas tax havens. I just continued with the metaphor you chose when you said you call them as you see them. I hope your macular recovers from any degeneration it has begun. You then…"
Apr 11
Tom Sarbeck replied to Lewal's discussion 'Women'
"A woman once asked me what I'd learned about love when I was a kid. I told her I hadn't learned anything about love but a lot about duty. She was hunting; she IMMEDIATELY and without a word turned and left. I was in my 30s when I first…"
Apr 11
Tom Sarbeck replied to Lewal's discussion 'Women'
"For xmas one year I gave a woman I knew a vibrator. She phoned a week or so later and said she might fall in love with it. "
Apr 11

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
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.
Age
77-82
Relationship Status
Single
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
Catholic
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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No
How did you hear about Think Atheist?
When TA was a contestant in the About Contest.

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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, http://in-his-own-image.com/2010/01/24/-in-his-own-image-.aspx

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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