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Houston, first take the cover off the eyepiece

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Stanko Oct 2. 2 Replies

I was mindlessly snooping the web today, trying to give meaning to my life, when I came across this article:…Continue

Teaching religion in the classroom? This approach is exactly what I'd like to see.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nerdlass Jul 1, 2013. 5 Replies

This will ultimately turn out to be a political issue so that's why I put it in that category. The moderator can correct that as he sees fit.…Continue

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Greg replied to jay H's discussion What the freakin hell is wrong with this country???
"I deleted the drivel I had previously typed. The more I thought about it, the more this situation distilled itself to the essential difficulty. This is nothing new. We are either free or not. We cannot pretend to be free while acting in ways that…"
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Greg replied to Pat's discussion Hello Dalai.., Err, Goodbye Dalai
"I think we should all nominate our own choice for the next Dalai Lama. No reason we should rely on the government for that service. I'm trying to come up with someone having as good a disposition as the current Mr. Lama. My dog does but…"
Greg replied to Pat's discussion Dan Barker and Diner Discounts - Daily Show Labels Him a DIck
"Joan, I've mentioned before that my family (wife, two kids, dog, bunny) say Thank Yous before meals. This is the compromise my wife and I came to. I couldn't stomach a long drawn out, religious prayer and she wanted something reflecting…"
Dec 12
Greg replied to Ficking Chucken's discussion Robert Ingersoll
"Oh, in that case the studios would definitely get Cruise."
Dec 11
Greg replied to Ficking Chucken's discussion Robert Ingersoll
"Naahhh...been done a million times before. But if we can get Robert Downey Jr., DeCaprio, Clooney or Pitt?? Actually, it's more likely the studios would put either Cruise or Cage in the lead. That would really be weird."
Dec 11
Greg replied to Ficking Chucken's discussion Robert Ingersoll
""Actually, he didn't consider himself an atheist, the most he'd commit to was agnosticism," Yup, there's that integrity thing cropping up again. ;-) I really wish more people would admit, just as you pointed out, that anyone…"
Dec 11
Greg replied to Pat's discussion Dan Barker and Diner Discounts - Daily Show Labels Him a DIck
"Usually that's what happens. Sometimes however, the interviewee is savvy enough to show a sense of humor. That can sometimes be a win in the bigger picture. "
Dec 10
Greg replied to Michael Penn's discussion The Oath Keepers
"I may have done a poor job of getting across my thoughts. At this point I'm not accusing either the organization or individual members of being racist. I really haven't done enough reading to know. I am a little worried about any…"
Dec 5
Greg replied to James M. Martin's discussion Show Me Four Baptists And I'll Show You a Fifth
"This should be a self correcting non-political system. When I read your post, I imaged the anarchist voting off the least anarchic (is that even a word?) of the group until only one was left. Rinse and repeat."
Dec 4
Greg replied to Michael Penn's discussion The Oath Keepers
"I don't want to be pessimistic about this because I think it's a good thing the businesses are NOT torched. I'm not sure how this actually works though as the only way I can see them helping is to call the police when something…"
Dec 4
Greg replied to James M. Martin's discussion Dawkins Ain't Atheist Any More, Website Announces in Expose of "Shrill" Spokesman for the Godless
" “machine elves” showed him a higher plane of existence, called him a supercilious cunt and told him to “stop being such a po-faced and certain dick-rocketeer” Umm...I suppose he coulda said it."
Dec 2
Greg replied to Deidre's discussion 12 Year Old Boy Fatally Shot by Police (in Ohio)
"I fully expect many more people to be killed. We'll wring our hands over it, hem and haw over the 2nd amendment and blame it all on liberal/multicultural politics. In the meantime the bodies will stack up like cord wood. Unfortunately, that 2nd…"
Nov 26
Greg replied to Deidre's discussion 12 Year Old Boy Fatally Shot by Police (in Ohio)
"Guns are legal (with some minor restrictions) and ridiculously plentiful in this country.  Police officers are all too often killed with those ridiculously plentiful guns in this country. As a result, police officers approach each contact wary…"
Nov 26
Greg replied to James M. Martin's discussion Officer Who Shot Brown in Ferguson Might Not Be Playing With Full Deck, Saying He Was Assaulted by "Demon"
"I didn't get the impression he literally believed Brown to be demon. He was just trying to ehem..."demonize" Brown to give people a reason to believe he felt threatened. That there was an unexplained struggle in the police car,…"
Nov 26
Greg replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion Why God makes more sense than atheism according to Deepak Chopra
"Chopra is not a physicist. His using quantum mechanics as an explanation is nothing more than modern trendy "god in the gaps" logic. He is a quantum mysticist. It's too bad he and I aren't young any more. I'd love to watch,…"
Nov 26
Greg replied to Daniel W's discussion Atheist Children's Hymns. "No One Loves Me This I Know"
"It's funny this should be brought up, especially in a song mocking atheists. One of the major reasons I started down the path of atheism had to do with this song (the original). Even at a young age, I had the creepy feeling I was being…"
Nov 18

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At 7:22am on May 16, 2014, Randall Smith said…

Appreciate your comment (with a chuckle). Few people grasp the magical 50% threshold, or any other percentage for that matter. If one person in 300 survived a mining collapse, for example, it would be a "miracle" from god (and "thank god" uttered). Bad luck for the other 299. Crazy.

At 3:16pm on March 12, 2013, Loren Miller said…

To try to encompass all of Robert Heinlein's philosophy by recommending one book is likely impossible.  I COULD be tempted to suggest Time Enough For Love, even though it (sort of) requires that you read Methuselah's Children first (it really CAN stand on its own, though). There is a lot of RAH's philosophy in Time Enough and in many of his other books.

If you want to have a hard, strong look at his attitude on religion, I have three suggestions:

Job: A Comedy of Justice. This REALLY gets to the heart of the matter ... and it should have been his FIFTH Hugo Award winner.
Stranger In a Strange Land. All you have to do is look at the gross parody which is Fosters "Church of the New Revelation" to see what he thinks of current-day organized religion.
If this goes on... from the collection, Revolt in 2100. One of the first pieces Heinlein wrote which dealt directly with religion and its leanings toward imperialism.

These are among my faves. We can talk about this if you like or you can go your own way. In any case, I'd be interested in hearing your reaction to whatever you do get into.

At 5:39pm on July 5, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 6:07pm on July 4, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, ! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Atheist Defense Network. 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 4:02pm on July 4, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi Greg

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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 3500 members.



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