"Well, I'm afraid not, since this is a call for Americans to call our President to do the right thing. But if you know Americans you can influence get them to sign as your proxy. post it on FaceBook, anything. Time is running out!"
"Wonderful, Nate. Tell your friends and spread the word. If the signature rate increases by geometric progression we'll make the deadline goal of 25000 signatures, but that means you'll have to influence others to sign. This is a fantastic…"
"How uncivilized of those Indonesian muslims. They are still living in the dark ages. I could hardly believed that this is still happening in this 21st century. I trust the authority will put him in prison and release him after 30 months. Sharia law…"
"Thanks for posting the petition text. Please sign and let us know here that you did, so this thread will show up in the current discussion list. And spread the word. This is an opportunity to have world recognition for the free voice of all people,…"
"Call upon the Indonesian government to respect the freedom and dignity of all its citizens and to free Alexander Aan.
Earlier this year, Indonesian civil servant Alexander Aan posted on Facebook that he doubted the existence of God. He was then…"
"Evidence is always king. I have never seen anything with my own eyes but my mother, also an athiest/skeptic, called me one recent morning telling me about the ones she saw. She gave a detailed drawing and watched them with…"
"Hayley, that's certainly good judgment to vow to being without an intimate companion over having one and launching into a family hood that's really not your own dream. If you indeed live up to the commitment of parenthood your life…"
"Hayley, seems like it would be easier to find men who don't want to sign upto parental responsibility than the other way around. The evolutionary fingerprints are all over the place, that the females have evolved to take (sexual) relationships…"
I love the process of understanding this remarkable Universe and what it means to be sentient. I understand why believers could opine that it seems so impossible for humans and consciousness to come into existence without careful design. But all we have come to know about the history and evolution of life on Earth, the randomness of human “catastrophe”, and the suffering flatly displaces the god concept. Consistently, there is nobody there to save us. But “with ignorance all things are possible.” This is the heart of my atheistic frustration at religion.
I have felt this way since early adulthood. My parents both fled fundamentalist religions, sheltering me from our culture’s indoctrinational forces. Thankfully, they provided a thoughtful and contemplative environment for me to develop the courage to accept reality for what ever it turns out to be. I am still on a quest to understand what that is. Frustrating to me is religion’s empty simplistic promises that send would be friends pretending to rereat to an ultimate shelter from suffering and disappointment, and being staunchly amazed by it. How does one enjoy the quest of figuring out how best to live this life with companions who will ultimately bail out for this fantasy? That so many people are like this, sadly, thwarts the size of my friendship circle. I’m encouraged by this and many other sites that promote interconnection of people who will not abort into fantasy just when the conversation is getting somewhere! If this strikes a chord with you, let me know!
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