Mark Johnston
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Regina Goodwin replied to Mark Johnston's discussion What Texas towns have atheist meetups ? in the group Texas Heathens
"Have you checked on Meetup?"
Apr 18
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We are a family-friendly community of freethinkers from all backgrounds who encourage each other to make a positive impact in Dallas by engaging in critical thinking, ethical contemplation, social activities, and community service.
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Mark Johnston replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Dislike for Religion
"Thank you for your replies, booklover."
Apr 9, 2013
Mark Johnston replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Dislike for Religion
"I agree that there is a lot of trash-talking -- I would say that there is too much of it. This post was specifically about the topic so I felt free to voice my (unpopular) opinion. Trash-talk is not done in a vacuum. Believers see it and dismiss us…"
Apr 9, 2013
Mark Johnston replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Dislike for Religion
"I do not think that you have to hate someone in order to engage in hate speech.  I am not saying that the person trash-talking believers actually "hates" them, just that he is trying to get people in his in-group to see them as…"
Apr 9, 2013
Mark Johnston replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Motives of the Religious
"Yes, though it is not universal, kindness does indeed exist among the religious.  SeeSocial Gospel."
Apr 9, 2013
Mark Johnston replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Dislike for Religion
"That is my problem.  If you intend for theists to see the ridicule, then it would potentially (but not likely) help them to see the light. If that were the case, then I could see a role for ridicule.   If the audience for your ridicule is…"
Apr 9, 2013
Mark Johnston replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Dislike for Religion
"There would be nothing wrong with it only if it were actually possible. Pointing out the foibles of hypocrites or absurdities in dogma or scripture will only cause the faithful to become defensive.   If you seriously want to help people see…"
Apr 8, 2013

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Meet the Pastor

Posted on April 6, 2009 at 6:27pm 4 Comments

The Frisco Atheists will be sharing their meeting with a local pastor.

This post is actually for Frisco Atheists but I thought that other groups might enjoy trying the same thing.



A local pastor has tentatively agreed to meet with us on Thursday, April 16, 2009. All of the Frisco Atheists are urged to come out and:

1) have fun

2) be seen

3) do something constructive for atheists everywhere.

This is a great opportunity for us to influence the way that atheists… Continue

Reason #1 for joining your local atheist group - It's for the children

Posted on March 14, 2009 at 10:10pm 1 Comment

It's probably just puberty.



Something happens to just about everyone some time between the ages of 9 and 14. The religion in which they're raised starts to look a little silly. Maybe the weight of accumulated life experience just gives the poor kid enough perspective that it becomes obvious that it's only the wishful thinking of his or her parents that is supporting their belief system.



Maybe.



Maybe not.

I'm thinking it's really just puberty.

Think… Continue

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At 10:28pm on December 18, 2011, Jason Testerman said…
Mark, thank you so much for the brain dump. Great stuff, thank you! Sorry, I've been out of state for awhile.  Keep in touch!
At 6:13pm on December 2, 2011, Jason Testerman said…

I look forward to hearing back from you!

At 8:57pm on October 19, 2011, Steph S. said…

Hi Mark! Thanks for replying to my discussion. I notice you are a Texan too.

There's a Atheist Cycling group that I'm a member of. You could talk about unicycling there.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/atheistcyclists

At 8:53pm on October 1, 2011, james schafer said…
Thank you for the welcome. Could you send me a link to the meetup? I am interested in joining.
At 2:01pm on May 7, 2011, James Dlime said…
Thanks for the welcome Mark!
At 11:04am on September 11, 2010, Burke McDavid said…
Thanks for the Welcome ! Happy to see there are other like-minded folks here in Frisco.
At 3:12pm on August 22, 2010, Bren Warren said…
Hi Mark, thanks for the welcome!

Your advice is very sound. I would much rather have a new friend than an argument. Many of my closest friends believe things I do not. We respectfully disagree, but we don't have to be angry about it. We can laugh with one another and not at one another.
At 6:28pm on August 5, 2009, A Former Member said…
Mark please consider joining my new group HERCULANEUM: A PLACE FOR MEN. Herculaneum is a group where men can discuss and explore the ideas, goals, demands, ethics, sexuality, and nature of manhood and masculinity. It is a place where we are free to be ourselves, and discuss the issues most important to our identities as men.

I have already started two discussions to get us going: How do we define manhood in the 21st century? and Rites of Passage: A Lost Ritual?.

This is a private group, and discussions can be viewed by members only. Membership is open to men only. Please check it out.
At 5:50pm on July 26, 2009, Sentient Biped said…
Impressive response to Nate's recent discussion. Thank you for sharing your compassionate point of view.
At 2:17am on July 26, 2009, Becky said…
hahahhaha no way, right-click, save.
 
 
 

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