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Do Corporate Leaders Pay Attention to Their Bottom Line: Their Profits?

Started Nov 9 0 Replies

Customer protests have moved a few companies to quit ALEC (the most extreme of the many conservative lobbying organizations).Will customer protests move companies to reconsider their use of our…Continue

Tags: politics, corruption

Theodore Roosevelt, Like Many of America's Founders, Not A Theist?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Simon Mathews Sep 17. 3 Replies

My evidence is in the early minutes of Part Two of Ken Burns' documentary.On TR's first day in the Executive Mansion, September 23 1901, he denied Xianity's promise of immortality when he gave…Continue

Tags: founders, presidents, America, theism, deism

What's some of the evidence that supports the thesis that the "Intelligent Designer" was beyond stupid.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diane Aug 31. 45 Replies

Let me name the ways. (I will limit myself to three.)With any intelligence would he/she/it have designed:1) Tooth decay?2) An amygdala that when squeezed by cancer results in a young man's becoming a…Continue

Tags: design, evolution

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

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Tom Sarbeck replied to Cato Rigas's discussion 'Why religion still makes sense in the 21st century human experience'
10 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to CAPTAIN OBVIOUS's discussion 'Homosexuality'
"Consider bisexuality. When folks of that persuasion cruise, they are twice as likely to find partners. "
Nov 16
Tom Sarbeck posted a discussion

Do Corporate Leaders Pay Attention to Their Bottom Line: Their Profits?

Customer protests have moved a few companies to quit ALEC (the most extreme of the many conservative lobbying organizations).Will customer protests move companies to reconsider their use of our money?They take our money without our consent in the prices they charge and also without our consent give it to politicians who want our votes.We know what the winning politicians do: they make laws that favor those companies.The US Supreme Court majority are blind to this theft of our money.The…See More
Nov 9
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ed's discussion 'Colonizing Mars- Any Volunteers?'
"A costly suicide, at taxpayer expense. "
Nov 9
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Pope admits that God is not omnipotent and Big Bang and evolution are real... (WTF!)'
"Does not "can" imply capability? "
Nov 8
Tom Sarbeck replied to Unseen's discussion 'The Pope admits that God is not omnipotent and Big Bang and evolution are real... (WTF!)'
"Bob, you are clearly not speaking for the American bishops. They have allied themselves with the xian fundamentalists and literalists in the Republican Party. "
Nov 8
Tom Sarbeck replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Three challenging philosophical questions for Atheists (and agnostics, secularists, humanists, progressives)'
"Like the courts, I don't accept hypotheticals. Real cases and controversies only. "
Nov 7
Tom Sarbeck replied to Douglas Fo's discussion 'Here less than two hours'
"Writing your name in the snow is fun...if your ambitions are small. "
Nov 3
Tom Sarbeck replied to Douglas Fo's discussion 'Here less than two hours'
"Why haven't I seen any clitoris enlargement adverts?"
Nov 3
Tom Sarbeck commented on Anna Stein's blog post 'No Title'
"D. Brooks, thank you. Your words reminded me that several of the nuns in the Catholic schools I attended during the 1940s had  not taught the party line. I remember a few nuns warning that doubting our faith was sinful, but my elderly 12th…"
Oct 30
Tom Sarbeck replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Awe struck'
"There's lots of room in the canyon. According to SIRI on my IPAD: Its width ranges from four to 18 miles, and Its average depth is 4000 feet; its maximum depth is 6000 feet. "
Oct 29
Tom Sarbeck replied to Douglas Fo's discussion 'Here less than two hours'
"In the scammer's arsenal, along with religion, is patriotism. Those are two easy-to-recognize clues. Some years ago, in a really bad movie, I saw another clue; the villain was an exceptionally ugly guy. My mother, laughing, told me of the woman…"
Oct 29
Tom Sarbeck replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Awe struck'
"Douglas, your account of looking down from a precipice reminds me of the time I looked down from the south rim of the Grand Canyon and saw the upper surfaces of a tiny, tiny two-person airplane, maybe a mile below me! In a snapshot it would have…"
Oct 27
Tom Sarbeck replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Awe struck'
"I did a quick calculation and concluded that at about a tenth of the speed of light, the trip would take a few hundred years. During the trip, how many generations would be born, live, and die? How much water would they have to take with them? "
Oct 25
Tom Sarbeck replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Awe struck'
"In the first letter of Mark Twain's Letters from the Earth, Satan tells Gabriel and Michael of one of his banishments from Heaven and what it's like to travel the cosmos. "Law -- Automatic Law -- exact and unvarying Law -- requiring…"
Oct 24
Tom Sarbeck replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'Awe struck'
"Agreed, Virgil. The sci-fi talents of Big Bang cosmologists leave me asking if their outpourings will help me pay the rent on my home. As to people, my paid employments during my teens had me dealing with so many that I find it easy to take them at…"
Oct 23

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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
83-88
Relationship Status
Single
Why are you here?
In 1957 I chose agnosticism. In 2009 I came out atheist at a home for retired veterans. Many of the 1000+ residents are fallen-away xians; a very few are extremely conservative. About 70% are Dems. A few know I don't pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth; I tell them I will discuss the issue when they pledge allegiance to the Constitution. I enjoy the mental exercise I get in chats 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. I tell polite xians that were it not for 12 years in Catholic schools I might still believe a god exists. To xians who try to recruit me, I say religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. They stop trying.
Think Atheist Travel Network Couch Availability - Are you able to host anyone now?
No
How did you hear about Think Atheist?
When TA was a contestant in the About Contest.

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At 8:51am on August 4, 2014, Ed said…

Ah yes, we've come a long way since the Prohibitionists marched down the streets garbed in black and carrying placards bemoaning the evils of spirits

At 10:15am on August 3, 2014, Ari said…

Hey there, thanks for being my friend! :) I start school on the 27th and I really don't know what to do. I'm just going for computer science because I know it'll be useful but don't know if I'd enjoy it. I hope I do so I don't have to change my major, but it's a big risk. It's pretty stressful and scary thinking about it because of the expenses. :/

At 11:34pm on August 1, 2014, Ed said…

Tom,

Napa County huh? Wine country if I'm correct. I have a small vineyard here in Arkansas. En vino veritas.

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 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 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, 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. 

 
 
 

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