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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 — 17 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

Propter Hoc: Religion

Propter Hoc: Religion

By Elli Leimone

     

         I will not…

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Added by Elli Leimone on March 16, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

A job for the Pope

Was just randomly thinking...if the pope was out of a job suddenly, say by some selfless miracle they sold the Vatican to fed the world. What could he do for a living?

Added by Mai on March 13, 2015 at 7:16pm — 14 Comments

Seeking plaintiffs for challenge to "In God We Trust"

A message from Mike Newdow ...

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There have now been three Supreme Court cases dealing with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as it pertains to federal laws. A review of the opinions show that RFRA was strongly supported by 8 of 8 justices in Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita  (2005), by 9 of 9 justices in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby  (2014) and by 9 of 9 justices in Holt v Hobbs  (2015). Thus, the time is…

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Added by Julie W on March 11, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Murdered Charlie Hebdo victims are given a special award by a special Islamic Human Rights group

Islamophobia is one of the stupidest terms ever invented. Almost nothing intelligent every follows that word but instead comes ignorance and a powerful tool to shut people up and close down debate.

Islamophobia certainly exists and there are those who would generalise every Muslim as a hysterical fanatic seeking…

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Added by Davis Goodman on March 11, 2015 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Nothing: From absolute zero to cosmic oblivion

Zero, zip, nada, zilch. It's all too easy to ignore the fascinating possibilities of emptiness and non-existence, and we may well wonder what there is to say about nothing. But scientists have known for centuries that nothing is the key to understanding absolutely everything, from why particles have mass to the expansion of the universe - so without nothing we'd be precisely nowhere.

Absolute zero (the coldest cold that can exist) and the astonishing power of placebos, light bulbs,…

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Added by Mai on March 10, 2015 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

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