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Chomsky and the end-times

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 6. 12 Replies

I have a longer familiarity than most people with Chomsky, since I too was trained in linguistics. I haven't always agreed with him, but this assessment seems right on.  …Continue

Tags: nuclear, war, change, climate, end-times

Snake-worship and death: what to make of it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Feb 25. 2 Replies

Another snake worshiper dies of snake-bite.  Hew refuses medical treatment.  It's against his religion.See …Continue

Tags: religious, freedom, psychiatry, atheist, worship

Basic Torah facts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Jul 6, 2012. 21 Replies

Unlike 99% of all non-clerical Jews, I read the Torah (first 5 books of the Bibole, sacred to Jews) in its most authoritative translation. The first thing to note, once you get past the notions that…Continue

Tags: Exodus, Bible, Torah

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Alan Perlman replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Ebola: much worse ahead in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Ruth, this scares me -- Barring a massively produced and distributed successful vaccine, by 2016 the whole world will be infected, with consequent economic collapse and social chaos.   --- because I can't see how the "massive…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"Michael, Thanks for your thoughts and advice.  I expect that family relations will go smoothly; there are few hard-liners. They all know how I feel, and not one of them has the wits or guts to talk about religion with me, especially not now.…"
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Freethinker31 commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"Alan,  considering everything....He did write  a  consoling  note and  he seems  to respect  your mother  quite a bit......He  seems  like an understanding Rabbi who takes his  religion…"
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Michael Pianko commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"Are you going to tell your family that there is no god and davening or reciting the Jewish liturgies while sitting shiva is a bizarre waste of time or are you going to keep quiet and try to read a novel try to pay no attention to the davening while…"
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Michael Pianko commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"It's not specifically that the Jews care only about Money: all religions put a certain anoint of effort into getting people to give them money, whether the effort is in the form of plaques in the shul or synagogue in memory of a relative, or…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"Thanks, guys.  Joan, I appreciated your beautiful words.  Pat, seriously, how can any thinking person take that stuff seriously?  (Don't get me started on my wife's brother-in-law, a Sephardic rabbi, a glib true believer who…"
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Grinning Cat commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"What Carl, Joan, and Pat said!... It's good to read that the rabbi takes supporting your mother and you seriously. I hope she and you find strength and peace."
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Pat commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"Alan, you're right. The guy is a mensch. More power to him. I suspect that you're correct in that- he knows that you know that he knows it's all bullshit, or at least that he has seriously considered that possibility.   But at…"
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Joan Denoo commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"Alan, I hope you can rest easier knowing that you, your mother and rabbi understand each other. Being tolerant of non-believers is appropriate and to be expected. The stories that comfort and do not interfere with healthy functioning has its…"
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Michael Pianko commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"The rabbi's job is to make you have to give money to his shul or synagogue or reformed temple in order for you to avoid feeling too guilty with yourself due to the possibility of you not supporting the rabbi or not paying lip,service to the…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"The rabbi bent the rules a little and read my email.  Wow.  And he turns out to be tolerant!   Let's hear it for liberal Judaism, tolerant even of nonbelievers.  He says he'll do his best to put up with me (not punch me…"
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Freethinker31 commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"Sorry  about your mother Alan.....What the Rabbi is doing  just  shows  how  religious  custom  can get in the way.....Hopefully your Mom will live long enough  so the Rabbi  can help...Best wishes..."
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booklover commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"I'm sorry, Alan.  You're so right about religion traveling in an endless circle."
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The Flying Atheist commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"Alan, I hope your mother is not in any distressing pain and that she is able to leave us quietly and peacefully.  I know this is a difficult and stressful time, so take care of yourself as well. "
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Michael Penn commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi
"I'm sorry of more bad news, Alan, but we all know that religion does travel in an endless circle. I hope your letter does get through before your mother's passing."
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Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 3:00pm 16 Comments

Thanks to all who read my previous post.  I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited.  Done and done, right?  Not so fast.  Here's the auto-reply:

Thank [sic] for your email.

I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.

I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…

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Letter to Rabbi Rosin

Posted on October 5, 2014 at 8:30pm 17 Comments

FELLOW HERETICS: I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO SEND THIS LETTER (OR SOME VARIATION OF IT) TO THE RABBI IN MY MOTHER’S (AND MY FORMER) HOME TOWN. COMMENTS WELCOME.

Oct. 5, 2014

Dear Rabbi Rosin,

Thanks so much for visiting my Mother today. I know you’re really busy with the High Holidays. As in my youth, it’s still the only time everybody shows up, as if God doesn’t notice their non-observance the rest of the year, so you have to make the most of it. I do appreciate the time you…

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Can we please call the enemy by its real name?

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:30pm 36 Comments

We now face a new menace in the Mideast: a body of fanatics (armed with weapons we left) who will kill anybody who gets in the way of their turning the clock back to 1500.  They're openly threatening the US.

Once again politicians dance around the real problem.  It's not terrorism.  It's not even Dubya's "evildoers."  

No public figure has the guts to call the enemy by its real name: RELIGION.  A vicious, ineradicable set of shared beliefs that is responsible for 90% of the…

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The Battle for Zachary's Brain, IX; "Can I show that to Daddy?"

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a Gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.

His step-mother,…

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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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