I'm not the most frequent or popular member of this forum, but I would express thanks and encourage the same among others for 'Sunday School.' I think it's a great feature of this site.

Many on this site share my view that religion reduces the quantity and quality of human life. Reg has kept us up to date on current affairs, and I think that deserves recognition. His 'Sunday School' reduces human suffering, even if I cannot point to all tangible results across the world and to our species.

Thanks Reg!!!

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Comment by Simon Paynton on June 8, 2015 at 4:57am

Yay for Reg!  As well as working hard each week to keep informed of current affairs, Reg is a really cool guy.  

Comment by Davis Goodman on June 8, 2015 at 5:26am

Rah rah rah!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Davis Goodman on June 8, 2015 at 5:31am

Many on this site share my view that religion reduces the quantity and quality of human life. 

I'm not sure I completely agree with this as it's a very broad statement. Some religions certainly grind their members down. Life expectancy is certainly lower in fundamentalist communities. But there doesn't seem to be any correlation between being a nominal Christian and living a shorter life or one of lower quality, nor for modern Bhuddists for that matter. A lack of religion doesn't necesarily do the opposite. Religion is delusion for sure...and much of it is very poisonous...but I think we should be careful making the broadest of statements.

Comment by Strega on June 8, 2015 at 9:11am
Nice post, Andy. So much work goes in to creating Sunday School, if there was a TA medal I'd be stapling it to Reg's shirt!
Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on June 8, 2015 at 4:25pm

Thanks you all very much. I was wondering why my ears were burning at work today :-) It is my pleasure to compile Sunday School and it is good to know you all enjoy it.

Back in the day Nelson used to publish Sunday School and I always looked forward to it. When he was no longer able to continue with it we were disappointed.  A few of us took turns doing it and now I suppose I have made it my own. While it does take time to compile, it is time I have no problem putting in as I would be reading those stories anyway. I already was a full time Atheist newshound!

I have discovered much myself while compiling it. I try not to post my own opinions on the links even if I do inject a little satire or even blasphemy into some of them. I do have to make judgement calls sometimes. I have read stories about the exploits of Christians or (equally) Muslims that are too gross or vile to expect people to read on a Sunday (or any other day) so I omit them.

I try to highlight the injustices done in the name of religion. Anything from the indoctrination of school children to overt religious displays (think 10 commandments outside courthouse) to the jailing or murder of atheist bloggers around the world.

I posted two stories in this weeks’ edition. I will be protesting outside the Saudi Embassy soon over the Raif Badawi case and will tell anyone that thinks his sentence is just that their religious views for thinking like that are a disgrace. However if I was on the flight where the stewardess insisted on opening the soft drink can before handing it to a Muslim woman I would be the first to jump to her defence. If I heard anyone disrespect her I would give them the same back (and then some).

I will look for stories that show how atheism is becoming more acceptable. We should never take our own freedoms of expression or association for granted. Atheism is on the rise as my regular Jehovah Witness callers keep telling me…lol. It is good to see groups like FFRF growing.  They do excellent work. What I like most about them is the “no broken windows” attitude they have towards taking cases against religious discrimination. It may seem unimportant to take a small restaurant to court over offering discounts to Christians but winning those “little” cases keeps the religious on their side of the Secular line. Again I would defend those same Christians right to pray or engage in their rituals but not when it is discriminating against people who do not believe what they believe. Getting them to understand that asking them not to discriminate is not militant atheism is not easy.

I try to find articles on (say) morality that will encourage debate. It is our discussions on such topics that help us develop a more objective morality and mature as people. It is the same with stories on Climate Change or those of minority human rights.

I have to watch myself when it comes to the Science links because I could post too many. I will also try to link articles that counter the BS of the anti-science brigade. I am all about teaching people to think critically and to use Reason. That is how we will evolve as a civilization and improve the world for all.

Ok Thanks again folks. Keep Thinking Atheist!

@Andy drinks on me!

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on June 8, 2015 at 4:32pm
Comment by Simon Paynton on June 8, 2015 at 4:40pm

@Reg - sounds sensible.  

@Davis - I agree.  

Comment by Belle Rose on June 8, 2015 at 8:11pm

Yaaayyy Reg!!! You know :-)...

Comment by Belle Rose on June 8, 2015 at 8:11pm

@Mods: Please feature this!!! lol

Comment by Strega on June 8, 2015 at 8:24pm
@Belle. Ok :)

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