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Shiia/Sunni Islamism, Malaki & ISIS, Oil, Empires & Caliphates, Bush II's Iraq

Trying to catch up on current events, I watched PBS/Frontline's The Rise of ISIS. I wasn't even aware of how Malaki (Shiia) stoked the fire for the rise of ISIS, but I think we can still blame ourselves for Iraq's destabilization that's led to the current ISIS. Sure, there are percentages of fault to consider, and I won't try to prove that the current atrocities would have been completely avoided if Bush II hadn't…

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Added by Pope Beanie on November 2, 2014 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

William James

Has anyone read "The Varieties of Religious Experience" (circa 1902) by William James?

If so, comments.

http://www.psywww.com/psyrelig/james/toc.htm

Added by Ed on November 2, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

Animal Emotions

I'm an atheist that feels there's too much invalidation of other people's emotions in the name of atheism. Or maybe a better way to say this is that science discourages emotion from affecting rational thought, and therefore many science minded people discount emotion as empirically measurable, and therefor is irrelevant in discourse about scientific realities.

But human emotions are animal emotions, engaging us with our most fundamental survival needs. Many people even discount that…

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Added by Pope Beanie on November 1, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

My Open Love Letter to Our Times

I'm trying to write a letter to the times we live in. The times that you, I and everyone we know or meet are going through. These are times like no other in our lifetimes.

A time when hunger, torture, poverty, injustice and genocide are as common as when we were children.

But what makes these times so much harder to live with is the vile extremes of religious divide that compel believers to carry out acts of such brutal violence as to make a mockery of what human life should be…

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Added by Billy Franks on October 31, 2014 at 2:24pm — 1 Comment

I am a Catholic school teacher. I am an atheist. I value honesty as one of the most important moral virtues in life. Yet, I live and breathe dishonesty for 7+ hours a day 5 days a week. I cringe when…

I am a Catholic school teacher. I am an atheist.

I value honesty as one of the most important moral virtues in life. Yet, I live and breathe dishonesty for 7+ hours a day 5 days a week. I cringe when I walk past the kindergarten classroom and hear, “The reason animals aren’t special and you are is because YOU are made in the image of God.” I bite my tongue when a high school girl says she’s writing a paper on how cohabitation prior to marriage decreases marriage’s “sanctity.” I mumble…

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Added by Anna Stein on October 24, 2014 at 7:47pm — 9 Comments

coexist

naturally the human brain and body are made to exist with other being other anomalies and such things

we can adjust to just about everything .

coexistence is not a new thing . we as humans have learned to live with such things as other race other genders other religions other species . 

but have we ever really learned how to live with ourselves the foreign matter of our mind

coexisting with depression is the struggle i have had since before i could even remember .…

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Added by aubrey knows nothing * on October 23, 2014 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

Life Condensed

I deleted the other blog posts because I soon realized that I had gone off on a massive tangent. So I'll explain how I got to where I am as briefly as possible to give context to my conundrum. I had to leave home at a young age and had my high school diploma mailed to a P.O. box. I headed out to California and from there, moved to Japan. I lived and worked in a restaurant owned by an abusive man with a family held financially prisoner to the restaurant and thus him. I also started fighting…

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Added by Cato (Kaito) Rigas on October 19, 2014 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments

Cool Vehicle Inspection!

http://i.imgur.com/ebwcs4P.jpg

Salvation comes in the strangest places.

Added by Ed on October 18, 2014 at 9:03am — 2 Comments

Fruit of the Womb

Only something as actively ignorant as religion could come up with the concept of men giving birth to women. It takes a keenly stupid mind to look upon the biology of mammals across the globe and come to the conclusion that in the instance of humanity above all other creatures, man came first, birthed women into existence and then passed the buck on to her along with the pain of childbirth. Mixed in with this slight, also comes the dominion over women because of the belief that gods created…

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Added by Carol Foley on October 16, 2014 at 5:58pm — 12 Comments

Introduction

I'm not usually one to burden a stranger with my problems.  Nor am I keen on sharing personal information with, anyone really. But it was suggested to me by an associate of a colleague to start a blog. I think my life is fairly interesting. I do not however think it a good use of another's life to read about my own unless there is some point to it. I kept a journal once, long ago. However, once I looked back on any previous entry I was incredibly disappointed with my past self and dearly…

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Added by Cato (Kaito) Rigas on October 15, 2014 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Still kicking.

It's been months since I posted here but now that my personal life has reached a sort of equilibrium again, I have more mental energy. I hope things haven't changed that much on TA. TA is six years old!? Woot, woot!!

Added by Kairan Nierde on October 10, 2014 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Looking to interview an Athiest. Please Help?

I'm currently in a sociology class and have chosen to do a report on Atheism and was wondering if anyone who is one and knows a ton about it could help me out?

Thank you to anyone that replies

Added by Haley Gallardo on October 9, 2014 at 1:52pm — 3 Comments

Response to religious discussions at work

I work in a very religious, but also very geek-friendly, area.  Bad-with-the-good.  While troubleshooting an issue today in a superior's office (whom I do not directly report to) religion somehow came up.  I must point out that this guy is awesome, energetic, friendly, intelligent, but also very... well... conservative and "local".  That's just what it is.  So I respect him but at the same time, it's like every other religious conversation at work:  I want to show my atheist colors, perhaps…

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Added by Chuck C on October 7, 2014 at 12:57am — No Comments

Atheists in Narcotics Anonymous

So, just to give you a little background on where I'm at in life, I am currently staying at a Christian-based homeless shelter in Washington Pennsylvania. I was arrested at the end of October 2013 for violating probation with drug charges that included a felony. I spent just over 9 months in the Washington County Correctional Facility and was released at the end of July of this year. Being that I burned all bridges in my addiction to heroin, I had no where to reside and the Washington City…

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Added by Paul David Phillips on October 4, 2014 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

Stardust

DustBuster2a What is the nature of interstellar dust? How does it affect the starlight that passes through it? What can be done to locate and catalog the numerous, small, tenuous dust clouds that populate our galaxy at the higher latitudes? Is it possible to somehow vacuum under my refrigerator without moving the damn…
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Added by Brad Snowder on September 27, 2014 at 7:32pm — 2 Comments

Atheist Group to Give Invocation at City Council Meeting in Huntsville, Alabama

I'm sure they will get hate mail, but it sounds like this city council wants to do the right thing.

In an email between the invocation coordinator and the atheist leader, the coordinator says, "We recognize that your drawing from the Free Thought Tradition will mean there will be no references to God, but in your own words, 'will offer some inspiration, ethical principles/norms, challenges for civic virtue, wisdom, and/or something else that will help those present…

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Added by John Gibbs on September 24, 2014 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Mr Happy's Bible Primer

This is a nice little gem on Uncyclopedia

Check out the full Children's book…

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Added by Davis Goodman on September 24, 2014 at 2:51am — 5 Comments

What do you do with the anger?

My family and I left Christianity for 4 years ago.  The main reason was/is the hatred being constantly on display at our church.  This hatred wasn't visible to us before Barack Obama was President, but now it's evident in so many other areas besides politics.



My wife and kids are doing well as Atheists.  I, on the other hand, am probably not.  I find myself constantly dealing with anger issues.

I'm angry that my family had to go through this rejection by the people we…

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Added by dataguy on September 20, 2014 at 5:12pm — 7 Comments

PI = 4

Added by _Robert_ on September 16, 2014 at 8:53pm — 6 Comments

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