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Atheists Should Not Pledge Allegiance to the American Flag

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Allan H. Clark Jun 20. 3 Replies

My minimalist explanation is:The words "under God" were added to distinguish America from the godless, communist Soviet Union.The Soviet Union fell 25 years ago.Communism has died in some countries…Continue

Tags: allegiance, flag, patriotism, jingoism, communism

Have You Read Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide? I want Ed Snowden to get a Medal of Honor.

Started May 28 0 Replies

I started the book and almost couldn't stop.So what if the Medal of Honor has been for battlefield bravery. Change the rule; we owe Snowden a lot.The American government has become a Public Enemy,…Continue

Tags: privacy, politics

As Women Grow Their Economic and Political Power, How Will Morality Change?

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In the mid-1970s Congress sent the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) out to the states for ratification and a political battle ensued. Due to my then-deceased mother's influence in my life, I was active…Continue

Tags: rights, women, pay, patriarchy, matriarchy

Free Will and Determinism Provide Philosophy Professors with Job Security. Free Will Provides Religionists with...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Apr 11. 5 Replies

...Free will provides religionists with a means to inculcate guilt and shame, and to gain control.Is it possible to not remember having been told you have free will?While chatting with a friend a few…Continue

Tags: religion, reality., academia, determinism, will

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Tom Sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"Plinius, are you referring to England's sending prisoners to its southern colonies in America before the American Revolution? During the 1980s I was studying Parliament and I read of high unemployment in agriculture because raising sheep for…"
10 minutes ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Čenek Sekavec's blog post One nation under God
"Freethinker31, you appear unwilling to compare the reality with the promise. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg compared the 227-year-old US Constitution with the more recent South African Constitution and said she would model a new one…"
4 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity in the group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"America -- now a government of, by and for corporations and the 1%, . . . It truly is exceptional. "
5 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Andrew Bradford Hoke's blog post Religion as Mental Disorder
"Take an emotion, fear for instance. Is there anyone who doesn't occasionally feel fear? It varies along a spectrum from minimal to maximal. Near the minimal end it has little or no part in people's lives. Somewhere out near maximal it…"
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck replied to James M. Martin's discussion The Religious Beliefs of Ludwig Von
"Listen to Beethoven's Rage over a Lost Penny. Then decide."
yesterday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Dustin Roy's discussion Islam and Nazism
"In my last semester in college, I needed three electives not in my major and chose one on modern European history. In the section on Germany a question asked why the German people had obeyed Hitler. The answer acknowledged…"
Friday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Russell Pangborn's discussion Atheist Reasoning on Gun Control in the U.S
"Allan, despite the monetary support the NRA gets from gun manufacturers, many members don't agree with its leaders' extreme rhetoric. Factor in the rest of the American people and you can be more optimistic. BTW,…"
Friday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Why Atheists can't be Republicans
"Hi, New Atheist. I agree; getting money out of political campaigning has to be a goal. People who become active soon learn its importance, but if they become partisan their main priority might become beating the other party by all…"
Friday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Carrot Hare's discussion Atheists around the world! ASSEMBLE!
"Robert, welcome to AN. I baked during eight Phoenix summers and spent many weekend days (waiting for October) on an inner tube floating down the Salt River east of Scottsdale. Finally, before the downtown smog turned the air yellow,…"
Friday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Russell Pangborn's discussion Atheist Reasoning on Gun Control in the U.S
" There's lots of atheist emoting on gun control. If anyone finds any atheist reasoning, please post it. "
Thursday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Russell Pangborn's discussion Atheist Reasoning on Gun Control in the U.S
"How many atheists, who like to say we think more clearly than many others, are interested in the reasons for violence in America? We could also be interested in the reasons for our using more presently-illegal drugs per person than any other…"
Wednesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to k.h. ky's discussion Edward Snowden
"Most of the replies prior to this one are from people who know little, if anything, about America's foreign policy.Do they know how many democratically elected governments America's CIA has overthrown, many by violent means?Sure, Western…"
Wednesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Why Atheists can't be Republicans
"Joan, thanks for your speedy reply. Am I reading it as you intend. that taxes should be hidden from we who pay them and we should just suck it up and pay them? "
Wednesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Ruth Anthony-Gardner's discussion Why Atheists can't be Republicans
"Joan, do folks on the political left think it best if taxes are hidden? I ask, not because I have any sympathy for conservative positions, but because taxes on business income are added to the retail prices of the goods and services they…"
Wednesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Carrot Hare's discussion Atheists around the world! ASSEMBLE!
"Hi, Silvia. Welcome to AN. I'm curious about the play Evita. I understand that some of the history it tells is suspect but I like the music. How do today's Argentinians see it? "
Wednesday
Tom Sarbeck replied to Dustin Roy's discussion Islam and Nazism
"Michael, I didn't know Hitler's SS troopers had rings with the words "Gott Mit Uns". I'm not surprised. In a history of WW1 I read that German army belt buckles had those words, and Americans who fought in Europe in WW2 told…"
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At 8:41am on May 18, 2014, Richard Goscicki said…

Thanks, Tom.  About Nappy, I know I'm a controversial writer with views not everyone agrees with.  I take it all with a grain a salt.  We need a thick skin since we're the minority.  

At 10:56am on July 28, 2013, William Grant said…

Hi Tom,.. I am having a blast with Joseph Who?,.... Need some readers !!!!  Nice to know you !

At 7:18am on May 23, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Yeah Tom, I admit to laughing at Foxworthy's spot on humor. I could learn from that way of "attacking" the other side. 

At 8:20pm on May 3, 2013, franky said…
hi tom!
At 8:34am on April 23, 2013, Madhukar Kulkarni said…

Hello Tom,

What a pleasant surprise! Glad to be your friend.

At 7:40am on March 8, 2013, Randall Smith said…
You actually lived through the depression years! I've learned many things on how NOT to act from my father, but lessons on money isn't one of them. (if that makes sense)
At 9:26pm on March 3, 2013, Joan Denoo said…

Tom, I am very glad to see you in this group. 

At 7:33am on March 1, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Fishwrap! Good one. I felt obligated to take the newspaper and "be informed". No more. And oh what a relief it is!

At 12:32pm on February 5, 2013, Asa Watcher said…

Thanks for the friending.  I will make every attempt to keep my posts friendly yet uncompromising.  You've provided good mental exercise.

From one geezer to another, and to all:

Happy Chinese New Year

At 9:40am on March 20, 2012, Steven Gibson said…

Really! My first visit and comment to Atheistnexus in two years. Well, you win. I will leave you to it. Enjoy yourself. I will be back in two years.

 
 
 

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