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I probably shouldn't put this off anymore, so I'm just going to jump on it and improvise. I'm pretty sure the show is over. It was a ton of fun doing it, but with work and my son and my wife in school I simply don't have time to do it anymore.

Other folks have offered to take over but I don't really feel comfortable with that. Quit while you're ahead, sez I.

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Lawsuit: State trooper preached about Jesus during traffic stop (Indystar.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 12, 2014. 51 Replies

I am just going to get out of the way of this one ... though when I saw the headline on…Continue

Tags: police, Indiana, proselytize

S.E. Cupp: I’m a ‘Better’ Atheist than Bill Maher

Started by Joe. Last reply by Regina Goodwin Oct 12, 2014. 45 Replies

In a new online video for Crossfire the pundit makes the claim that conservative atheists are actually “better” than liberal ones,…Continue

Anti-Islam ads coming to NYC buses, subways (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat Sep 20, 2014. 1 Reply

NEW YORK -- Anti-Islamic ads will begin appearing on a hundred New York City buses and at two subway entrances next week.The six ads include an image of American journalist James Foley, just before…Continue

Tags: islam, ads, American Freedom Defense Initiative, Islamophobia

Pennsylvania teen faces two years in jail for Facebook photo of "desecration"

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 13, 2014. 21 Replies

A 14-year-old in Everett, Pennsyltucky Pennsylvania has been charged with…Continue

Tags: trespassing, photos, stupidity, 'right' not to be offended, Facebook

Judges rule that Ground Zero Cross can stay at 9/11 museum

Started by Joe. Last reply by Luara Aug 3, 2014. 4 Replies

In 2011, the American Atheists – a group dedicated to fight to “protect the absolute separation of religion from government and raise the profile of atheism in the public discourse” - sued to keep…Continue

Atheist TV Officially Launches; David Silverman Criticizes History Channel for Presenting Bible as History

Started by Joe. Last reply by Pat Aug 1, 2014. 5 Replies

The world's first ever all-atheist TV channel officially launched Tuesday, with American Atheist president David Silverman declaring it is geared toward all atheists, everywhere.…Continue

Atheist Philanthropist Makes $10,000 Donation to Support Right Wing Watch Blog

Started by Joe Aug 1, 2014. 0 Replies

People For the American Way and Right Wing Watch do critical work uncovering the vicious language the Right uses to attack anyone whose religious beliefs differ from their own — especially those with…Continue

On this day in history - July 30th, 1956

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 30, 2014. 1 Reply

On this day in history - July 30th, 1956 - "In God We Trust" is adopted as the official motto of the United States.…Continue

Pierce County Council approves displaying “In God We Trust” after volatile debate

Started by Joe Jul 30, 2014. 0 Replies

After more than two hours of volatile debate, the Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to display the national motto “In God We Trust” in the Council Chambers.…Continue

Ireland: Atheists not hopeful of ‘blasphemy’ referendum, in spite of UN pressure

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 29, 2014. 2 Replies

The offense — controversially re-introduced in 2009 — states that a person found guilty of the publication or utterance of “blasphemous matter” can be fined up to €25,000.…Continue

This Church Service In Tennessee Includes Everything But God

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 29, 2014. 5 Replies

There is, however, one rather fundamental missing ingredient that sets this congregation apart from the hundreds of others turning out to worship this Sunday morning in Nashville: this is a church…Continue

Not Just the Adults – Secular Kids’ IQs also Higher

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 28, 2014. 2 Replies

Not one major news outlet has brought attention to the fact that peer-reviewed studies have been ongoing and consistently show the IQs of Atheist to be higher than those of Christians.…Continue

GOP candidate claims fossil record proves humans lived with dinosaurs

Started by Joe. Last reply by Pat Jul 25, 2014. 5 Replies

Frey, a Michele Bachmann ally, testified before the Minnesota Senate Education Committee, speaking against the inclusion of the theory of evolution in proposed state science education standards.…Continue

N. TX Atheist group makes appeal to Hispanic non-believers

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joe Tomberlin Jul 25, 2014. 1 Reply

The group behind the billboard, the DFW Coalition of Reason, has targeted Christians and African Americans in the past, but it’s especially making an appeal to Hispanic non-believers now.…Continue

Atheist TV Channel Will Launch by the End of the Month

Started by Joe. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 25, 2014. 6 Replies

After first mentioning the idea this past spring, American Atheists has announced that a TV channel dedicated to Atheist programming will launch on July 29th.…Continue

Warren city Atheist sues to set up alternative to prayer station at city hall

Started by Joe. Last reply by Future Jul 25, 2014. 4 Replies

A Warren atheist filed a federal lawsuit today saying his free speech rights were violated when Warren Mayor Jim Fouts turned down his request to place what he called a “reason station” inside city…Continue

Atheists End Teacher-Led Prayer in Indiana School District

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 24, 2014. 1 Reply

A prominent Atheist organization has convinced an Indiana school district to end teacher-led prayer at area public schools following a complaint from an anonymous parent.…Continue

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

Started by Joe. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 23, 2014. 2 Replies

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.…Continue

Calvary Chapel Creation Conference Starts Today But Draws Atheist Protesters Thursday

Started by Joe Jul 23, 2014. 0 Replies

Stirring things up, according to "Orange County's most famous atheist" Bruce Gleason, will be members of his group Backyard Skeptics, Riverside Atheists and Free Thinkers (RAFT) and the Freethought…Continue

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Comment by Jo Jerome on September 14, 2010 at 12:17pm
@Joan - So very sorry about your many losses. Mine comes in the form of a generation gap. Parents old enough to be my grandparents, siblings all old enough to be my parents. Have had to face the fact that I will almost certainly outlive all of my immediate family (and have already lost most of them). It can't be easy when you reach the age where you start losing so many of your own age group. ((( Hugs )))
Comment by Jo Jerome on September 14, 2010 at 12:13pm
@Susan - Yes you can block games like Farmville/frontierville. But there are a thousand little individual apps associated with them that each need to be blocked individually. I'm guessing the app providers do this intentionally so they can keep getting through. It's ok; I just keep blocking.

@Joan - If you mouse around to the right of someone's post there's a hidden "X" that will appear when you mouse over it. Click on it and if the post came via an app it will give you the option to block the person 'OR' block just the app.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 11:05am
@NoSacredCow, I knew you were a person I wanted to know better; I guess it was your passion, your conviction. And, I do like the more reasoned correspondence better. Thank you for your kind words.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 11:02am
So sorry, you got a double dose! I could not get into Atheist News and thought my first article was erased.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 10:59am
It appears my last comment did not get posted; if that is true, I shall write it again. If you have already read this, sorry!

At my age of life (74) many of my closest and dearest friends die. In August, a friend, an elderly fellow with white flowing hair and a long white beard died of old age. We had tea and biscuits every week with his beloved dog Molly. He was an atheist, a Shakespearean actor, an environmentalist and avid conservationist. He taught me how to farm worms and make better composts. He died knowing that means the end ... no heaven to expect, but the end of pain came as a willing friend.

Another of my closest friends, a young woman, a fine chef who trained under Jacques Pépin, held cooking classes in her home and I attended for the last five years, not because I am a slow learner, but because she taught more than cooking, she taught about life. She also died in August; Her dying was a long and hard one from ovarian cancer that would not stop spreading. I shaved my head when she lost her hair the first time and loved the cut, thus, my short haircut.

Another of my dearest friends is quadriplegic from M.S. and can no longer feed herself. We meet every Wednesday morning for brunch and talk politics, religion, and whatever else comes to mind. She finds great comfort in her faith and prayers. I have no interest in changing her beliefs, and I do want to share, both of us, about whatever topic, even faith and no-faith in religion. As best of friends we can be open, honest, compassionate.

And finally, my longest and dearest friend, in the last stages of lung cancer, turns to the hymns of her childhood for comfort, and the community in her church, even as she does not believe the stories of ancient times. To her, community is the important part of her faith.

I have absolutely no interest in changing other peoples minds about ... whatever ... until and unless they impose their beliefs on me or on the institutions of government or education or family planning. Then, I am able and willing to fight hard and long.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 10:24am
I am at an age in life (74) when many of my friends are dying. In August, two of my dearest and most precious friends died, one an atheist, the other a Roman Catholic. In each case they turned for comfort to the beliefs that they lived. Another very close friend is quadriplegic from M.S., is a devout Christian and finds great comfort in her prayers and her hope of being with loved ones. We have brunch together every Wednesday morning and I now have to feed her. I make absolutely no attempt to speak "reason" to her. She needs all the comfort she can muster. Another of my dearest and closest friends is in the last stages of lung cancer and is failing very fast. She gathers her church friends around her like a warm quilt during winter, and faces the end of life is the end. To her, church is community. The rest is stories told by ancient people who did not understand the movement of the stars or the workings of the world.

The one thing I shared with all these friends is my honest understanding of life and death, not to change their beliefs, but to be an honest and true friend. I withheld nothing of myself from them. I would not make that choice in every case, but my intent is not to change other people, but to stop the abuses of religious people who impose their beliefs on me.

And keep creationism as a science out of our public schools! for that and other issues, I am able and willing to put up an honest fight.
Comment by Glenn Sogge on September 14, 2010 at 9:47am
Joan -- you can block individual applications or games but leave the person unblocked now. Of course, in some cases that means you never see them post anything :-)
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 9:45am
%Jo, I share your opinion of "farmville/frontierville/like this/like that/copy-and-paste-this-or-else ..." A dear and precious friend sends such nonsense and I block them, which means I have, in effect, blocked her. I am smart enough to figure out other ways to communicate with her without all that twaddle.

It seems to me that some time ago, one could block that garbage and still have correspondence with the individual. I don't know when it changed, but I don't like it.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 9:38am
Nick, living behind a mask smothered me to the point I thought I would die. Revealing my honest beliefs, experiences and acquired knowledge feels very liberating and I really don't want to spend time building walls around me. There are 6,868,777,572 human beings on this planet and I should be able to find one or two who share my understanding. The rest don't matter ... until they start trying to put creationism as science into public schools. I have taught comparative religion and I like the subject, but I teach it as history.

I have a relative who cannot stop talking about his Christianity and how superior it is to my anti-theism. The fun part is, I am able to define my position in a way that he cannot refute. His Pascal's wager was a really fun one to challenge. He always leaves the room and his wife always tells me not to talk religion with him. "Why not?" I ask, "It brings me so much pleasure!"
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2010 at 9:22am
@NoSacredCow: You provided useful information and I agree 100% with each of your points. Much better than name calling and non-specified criticism. Now we can get a good conversation going. Thanks. I knew there existed intelligence behind your diatribe and I like this most recent message because I have something to consider. By the way, I am one of those who likes to talk about the things I am doing and thinking. Why? because I have an interesting story to tell and one I think you might appreciate.
 

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