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Today Ireland has become the first country in the world to vote for Marriage Equality for all of it citizens irrespective of their sexual orientation.

The people were asked in a referendum to add a line to our Constitution that reads as follows:

‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 23, 2015 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

The Purpose of Atheism

What is it?

I currently view it as 1) an option for theists to consider, and 2) as a way to help mobilize separation of church and state movements.

When I first identified myself as an atheist, it was due to the "last straw" of GWB's pandering to the religious right, which I'm quite certain is what also enabled our knee-jerk invasion of Iraq; the righteous Cheney, et al kabal. Now look at the power of religion, as in ISIS! And the forced closings in some states of…

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Added by Pope Beanie on May 22, 2015 at 8:35pm — 3 Comments

Acceptance

I'm really struggling lately...

First, I want you all to know that I'm the healthiest I've probably ever been emotionally speaking...but I am also still healing.

Lately I've felt really sad at how my religion affected my marriage. When I think back on things, I realize how my thinking at that time affected things.

It's made me honestly wonder whether my ex-husband would have been different if I hadn't been so....religious. 

I know that me and him are not…

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Added by Belle Rose on May 16, 2015 at 4:14am — 4 Comments

Dealing with the unexpected

It's inevitable that any adult will tell you, life can bring unexpected problems that just....knock the wind out of you.



I'm facing a moment like that.



It's when you suddenly realize that everything you thought would protect you - won't. When you find out that your plans didn't work. When one moment you were on top of the mountain, and now you're at the bottom of an avalanche.



So I'm taking my 5 minutes of self pity...and then I have no choice but to get up and… Continue

Added by Belle Rose on May 1, 2015 at 4:25pm — 11 Comments

It's all Greek to me

My fiance is Greek Orthodox and, understandably, she wants to get married in her Greek church. Unfortunately, the church will not allow it because I am not Greek Orthodox.

I am of the opinion they are shooting themselves in the foot here because, again understandably, this has upset my fiance and as a result she is now distancing herself from the church. Surely they would be better to allow the marriage which would result in my fiance and our children attending the church rather than…

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Added by Simon Mathews on April 15, 2015 at 4:14am — 18 Comments

Free at last

I do not remember when my parents explained to me that I had been adopted. I grew up always knowing that I was. I think when they first introduced the topic I was about my son’s age (5). Maybe sooner…There was never a doubt in anyone’s mind that someday I would search for my biological family.

I remember when I was a teenager, there was a stage at which every sing day I longed and wished to know my biological mother…well, both of my parents really, but especially my mother. I felts…

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Added by Belle Rose on April 15, 2015 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Florida governor slaps state worker with disciplinary action for using "climate change" verbiage.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/gov-ricks-scott-anti-science-purge-begins-state-employee-banned-for-uttering-climate-change/

Florida governor Rick Scott is proceeding with his threats to reprimand state employees who use terminology such as "climate change" and "global warming." They even go so far as to say mental health screening may be…

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Added by Ed on April 13, 2015 at 10:21am — 4 Comments

An Honest Moment- My BPD

I'm going to admit something here that I can't discuss with my family: I suffer from borderline personality disorder.

I've tried explaining this to them, but it never goes well. They tell me I need to pray, that god will grant me peace...all the usual garbage that people who don't believe in therapy vomit out to people who desperately need it in order to keep the brain from lashing out against themselves.

If you've read my past blog posts you can probably see that my family is…

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Added by Carol Foley on April 8, 2015 at 9:33pm — 12 Comments

Standing Fast for Education

Once again this past week we have news of students and colleagues who have become the target of violence by the forces of rabid tribal ignorance. 

Garissa University College on the plains of Kenya is a small but growing school.  It was formerly a "normal" school, which is the old fashioned name for a teachers' college - a place where bright and service-minded young people could prepare to carry the light of knowledge to children and teens in towns and villages across the area.   More…

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Added by Dr. Bob on April 4, 2015 at 3:30pm — 19 Comments

The Rubber Band War and the Apple Box Fort

boxes1 My wife and I own an Adult Family Home where a team of caregivers provides for several elderly residents who are too fragile to safely care for themselves. Sometimes around the breakfast table they…

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Added by Brad Snowder on March 28, 2015 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Just A Little Curious..

       I've always had a fairly simple question: Why religion? Yes, it's nice to think someone's watching, but it really doesn't make sense. For one thing, why watch me?  It's not like I'm doing anything interesting.

         But to anyone who knows someone who thinks they have all the answers in a book, here are a few questions. Feel free to ask the crazies in your life. Insanity was meant to be analyzed.

     1. Did evolution happen?

     2. What is an…

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Added by Dante on March 28, 2015 at 9:26am — No Comments

Indiana Legislature Passes Discriminatory Anti-Gay Bill

Yesterday the Indiana governor signed the bill passed by their legislature that allows businesses the right to deny service to the homeosexual segment of their state. The so-called valid reason for the law is respecting religious belief. Our country continues to operate like it is still in the Dark Ages. There is certainly going to be lawsuits and probably loss of revenue when organizations decide to hold such things as conventions elsewhere.

Added by Ed on March 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Republican dominated Arkansas Legislature At it Again.

Today the Arkansas State Senate approved a bill 27-3 to allow a private firm, with private monies, to erect a monument on the Capitol grounds that would display the Xtian Ten Commandments. It now goes to the House. Since our state has been recently abducted by the Republican Party -attorney general, governor, Senate majority, House majority- there has been a plethora of legislation attempting to promote their god and make life hard on the likes of illegal aliens, the poor, college kids,…

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Added by Ed on March 25, 2015 at 11:47pm — 2 Comments

Timbuktu Manuscripts

Read an article in Smithsonian about the efforts of a secretive group in the African nation of Mali to rescue the large volume of ancient Arabic manuscripts that resided in Timbuktu. The Islamist insurgents (Al queda ?) who had force-ably taken over the northern territories of Mali were uncomfortable with the existence of the manuscripts. Why? Evidently anyone who studied the manuscripts discovered that the religion of Islam actually supported religious tolerance. It was evident…

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Added by Ed on March 22, 2015 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Like a baby learning to walk...

I am like a baby learning to walk...today I took many steps. It is a proud and humbling moment for me. It is also bittersweet, and it brings tears to my eyes.



To understand why it is such a big deal, you must know the context from which I am coming from. To understand the context of my journey, you must consider what I had once known as "normal." You see, my reality was shaped by a very dysfunctional, abusive, unhealthy world view. I honestly had no idea how bad it was until today.… Continue

Added by Belle Rose on March 22, 2015 at 2:27am — 8 Comments

Perseus and Andromeda

chair Cassiopeia the Queen

She was the very beautiful queen of ancient Ethiopia. By all accounts men were mesmerized by her perfectly chiseled features, like she had really nice thighs and stuff. But this was before…

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Added by Brad Snowder on March 21, 2015 at 12:59am — No Comments

Why Should Atheists Have to Show Respect For Religion?

'Among progressive and moderate religious believers, ecumenicalism is a big deal. For many of these believers, being respectful of religious beliefs that are different from theirs is a central guiding principle. In this view, different religions are seen as a beautifully varied tapestry of faith: each strand with its own truths, each with its own unique perspective on God and its own unique way of worshipping him. Her. It. Them. Whatever. Respecting other people's religious beliefs is a…

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Added by Mai on March 19, 2015 at 2:30pm — 50 Comments

One step closer to the origins of life

The origin of life on Earth is a set of paradoxes. In order for life to have gotten started, there must have been a genetic molecule—something like DNA or RNA—capable of passing along blueprints for making proteins, the workhorse molecules of life. But modern cells can’t copy DNA and RNA without the help of proteins themselves. To make matters more vexing, none of these molecules can do their jobs without fatty lipids, which provide the membranes that cells need to hold their…

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Added by Mai on March 16, 2015 at 5:43pm — 5 Comments

Teaching Doubt - Lawrence Krauss

Knew there was a reason I like this guy.

"One thing is certain: if our educational system does not honestly and explicitly promote the central tenet of science—that nothing is sacred—then we encourage myth and prejudice to endure. We need to equip our children with tools to avoid the mistakes of the past while constructing a better, and more sustainable, world for themselves and future generations. We won’t do that by dodging inevitable and important…

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Added by Mai on March 16, 2015 at 5:31pm — 3 Comments

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