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Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Mar 25. 4 Replies

My stepson found the following online:"I call my weed the Koran, 'cause when I burn that shit, I get stoned.""Having a religion is like having a penis: it's OK to have one, it's OK to be proud of…Continue

Just when you thought...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patricia Mar 15. 6 Replies

...America was making some progress towards becoming a secular nation, what with all our many secular/atheist organizations, you realize what an uphill climb the progress of reason will be.  The…Continue

Tags: Constitution, Bible, state, and, church

Article alert: It's about RELIGION, stupid!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Mar 24. 34 Replies

I recommend to all my fellow heretics the cover story of this month's Atlantic.  "What ISIS Really Wants" makes it eminently clear that defining motivation of ISIS is indeed religion, the most…Continue

Tags: Quran, Islam, religion

Does Obama love America?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 8. 51 Replies

The media are all ablither about Rudy Giulani's recent accusation that the President does not "love America."  What does it mean?  It must mean something -- or more than one thing -- because so many…Continue

Tags: patriotism, America, Obama

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jlaz commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"Hi - Like the topic and some of the points.  My knowledge is only a small fraction of others', but a few points, fwiw:I see the Sabbath as an interesting and worthwhile innovation (arguably, as Alan phrased it, a "good…"
4 hours ago
Michael Pianko commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"When people say a language is part of a certain language family, this entails a theory about the history of the language. English is usually considered a Germanic language.the theory is that there was a language we now call old Germanic or Porto…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"Spud...it's a very complicated process.  Here is more than you want to know: http://www.westga.edu/~dnewton/engl2000/dialect_history.html ;"
12 hours ago
Idaho Spud commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"Alan, I hope you don't mind an off-topic question.  As someone who knows English well, can you tell me if English speaking people always failed to pronounce the "r" in words, and added an "r" on the ends of some words…"
14 hours ago
Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"Michael...comment from Emo Phillips: "I prayed to God for a bicycle, but then I realized that God didn't work that way, so I stole one and begged for forgiveness.""
15 hours ago
Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"Cat...As a linguist, I'm always interested in new language forms and usages. Way back in the day, the Shabbos goy was often a Catholic girl who was not above kidnapping the kid, turning him over to priests, and converting him."
15 hours ago
sk8eycat commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"It's all so ridiculous.  I remember reading that Orthodox Jews in New York used to hire a shabbes goy to come in and turn on lights, and do other little chores.  Maybe they still do. That line from Exodus says, "....and that your…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"cat.. Great story.  I'm sure the rabbis have already answered your questions.  After all, if they can devise a Shabbos toothbrush -- see http://www.kosherimage.com/toothcare2.html -- contact lenses should be a no-brainer."
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sk8eycat commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"Another nutty thing...about 10 or 15 years ago there was an uproar in Van Nuys because the City of Los Angeles installed a pedestrian signal on a VERY busy street that separated a small Orthodox community from their synagogue....to prevent people…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"Hey, thanks for the info.  I'm a linguistics major too (English and Slavic; we never talked about Yiddish)!  Never investigated the origins of Yiddish.  On what basis are languages assigned to branches?.  The relevant…"
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Michael Pianko commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"One odd thing is that my aunt bought me a set of tefilin for my bar mitzvah, and she got me a bicycle, but she made me promise that I would put on the tefilin everyday if I was going to get the bicycle... So I put on the tefilin every day until the…"
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Michael Pianko commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"Mi want to briefly say something about Yiddish (I took 3 yiddish classes that counted for college credit...) This linguist named Max Weinreich clains Yiddish is form of German, he claims that jews migrated from Italy and France to towns along the…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"PS. to Michael: Same thing happened in my wife's family: her father drifted farther and farther into Orthodox fantasy-land and would have nothing to do it the rest of his family, who did not follow the same path."
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"Michael, You came up with some nutty customs that I hadn't heard of, probably because there's no end to them.   Ah yes, the eruv -- a wire separating make-believe from reality.  The city of NY spends $80,000 a year to maintain…"
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Michael Pianko commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high
"It is always nice to see other lapsed jews observing how obsessive-compulsive judaism is. One of my aunts, My aunt on my mom's side, converted from reform/ "ambivalent" judaism to Orthodox Judaism when I was 8 to 9 years old. She…"
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Jewish Sabbath nuttiness hits a new high

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 3:55pm 24 Comments

I have often said that Judaism is a religion for the obsessive-compulsive, with rule after rule, hundreds of them, interpreted and extrapolated to the finest nuance by generations of rabbis.  It could easily keep you busy most or all of your waking hours.

Nowhere is Jewish OCD on more florid display than in the 24 hours called Shabbat, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. (NOTE: The following is about truly observant Jews; practitioners of Judaism Lite, like my family,…

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Readings from the Quran: infidels beware!

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

“The Bible.  That is what fools have written, what imbeciles command, what rogues teach, and young children are made to learn by heart.”

Voltaire

 

In my continuing efforts (I’ll be writing letters to the editor on this subject) to confront liberal Westerners, especially PC mealy-mouthed apologists like Obama, with the vile truth of what Muslims are required to believe, I provide a few quotes from Sam Harris’ The End of Faith.

I cringe when I…

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Suggested Obama speech draft: "The Real Enemy"

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 2:30pm 9 Comments

My fellow Americans,

Tonight I speak from the heart.  My words are not ghostwritten or focus group tested.  This is what I, as leader of the free world, truly believe.

Let me talk about the real nature of terrorism (the kind that most affects us, since many different terrorist groups wreak havoc around the world).  And let me call the enemy by its real name.

Violent Muslim attacks on Western countries -- and let's face it, they ARE Muslim, and I apologize for my verbal…

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The meaning of "Groundhog Day"

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 11:59am 6 Comments

“Now that I’ve shed my skin completely,

One true reality alone exists.”

Zen saying

 

Amid the twin excitements of Super Bowl and blizzard, we vaguely recall that today is also Groundhog Day, which was nothing more than a rather witless locally-oriented celebration until Harold Ramis’ brilliant movie of the same name.  It was and is my all-time favorite message film.

Groundhog Day explores the everydayness of life with an ingenious premise…

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At 6:30am on July 14, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks for you comment. "Disrespect" is a pretty strong word, and, although I'd like to think I respect other opinions (religion, in this case), deep down I think "believers" are foolish and illogical.

At 9:18pm on December 10, 2012, Wyatt said…
Thanks Alan, I agree that the education system could do with a major overhaul. Speaking of education, if you haven't seen it already, check this out: "Texas is the large hadron collider of denying science - All God, no particle"
Stephen Colbert with the Word:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/416535/july-17-2012/the-word---on-the-straight---narrow-minded
At 8:04pm on June 22, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Well, you and I both know there are plenty of BOOBS out there ... enough to form a class, for sure!

At 12:48pm on June 22, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Ummm, the "booboisie"?!?  That be a NEW one on me.  Care to elucidate?

At 7:38pm on May 30, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Alan! Glad you could join us. :D Did you hide your groups? Perhaps I'll suggest groups to which you already belong. It's great to see the way you jumped right in with a blog.

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Jewish Atheists

and LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS. After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 5:05pm on May 30, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 3:01pm on May 30, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Alan
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you well know as a life long atheist and freethinker. 
  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and over 3400 members.
 
 
 

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