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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?

Started Apr 17 0 Replies

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 k.h. ky's discussion Edward Snowden
"Folks who repeat the slogan "We are a nation of laws, not of men" have stopped thinking. They have closed their minds to at least three realities: Laws are written by men, interpreted by men, and enforced by men. That slogan does what…"
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Tom Sarbeck replied to k.h. ky's discussion Edward Snowden
"If the folks here who question Ed Snowden's motives will read James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me, they will understand America better. First published in 1995, it reached and remained on best seller lists. About his 2007 Second…"
Tom Sarbeck replied to Christine's discussion What exactly is "sin" anyway??
"Exactly????? "
Jul 24
Tom Sarbeck replied to Joan Denoo's discussion My gravesite inscription
"Michael, I like it. I might say "Don't You Dare Add Water!" "
Jul 24
Tom Sarbeck replied to Sentient Biped's discussion Homosexuals are possessed by fart demons. in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Heck, I tried vegetarianism for a few weeks and farted more than usual. And, the Flaming Herald? Try touching a lit match to a fart. "
Jul 24
Tom Sarbeck replied to Sentient Biped's discussion Homosexuals are possessed by fart demons. in the group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"Then Revelation and Quantum Mechanics do have something in common. Kinda thought so."
Jul 24
Tom Sarbeck replied to Pandarius's discussion When the solution is simple, God is answering. - Albert Einstein
"Has anyone heard xians using Einstein's quote for their nefarious purposes? If so, Einstein made it possible. We can excuse him; many people of science are naive about politics. "
Jul 24
Tom Sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's group Politics, Economics, and Religion
"That major success for Obama had competition: an airliner shot down over Ukrania and a flare up in the war between Israel and Hamas. In politics shit sometimes happens. Don't get conspiratorial about it. "
Jul 23
Tom Sarbeck replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"The answers such tests yield vary with the knowledge and skills of the people who write the computer code. Trust computers for ordinary stuff, like doing arithmetic. They don't do spell checking well enough to trust them with important stuff. "
Jul 23
Tom Sarbeck replied to Christine's discussion Finally attended an atheist lecture!
"The opposition of JWs and others to life saving medical care isn't so weird. If they die, they get to where they want to go sooner. In the Catholic schools my dad sent his kids to, nuns and priests spoke of celebrating their deaths. They were…"
Jul 22
Tom Sarbeck replied to matthew greenberg's discussion Post Hobby Lobby
"Right, Matthew! So very right! And thinking Americans see its nonrecognition as an essential human right as a result of an attitude in those who run America toward those who don't run America. Wake up folks, and smell the coffee that has been…"
Jul 22
Tom Sarbeck replied to matthew greenberg's discussion Post Hobby Lobby
"Methinks Freethinker doesn't know how to use commas or simply omitted these two: Addressed to Jay H, the post would make sense. Proofreading helps, F...31. Your bad. "
Jul 22
Tom Sarbeck commented on Rick Springfield's blog post Satan extended
"Compare Islam's 14 centuries with Xianity's 17 centuries (counting from the 4th century deal that made Xianity Rome's official religion): Followers of Islam killed other followers of Islam. Ditto for followers of Xianity. Would…"
Jul 21
Tom Sarbeck commented on Joseph Hilton's blog post Demythologizing Science and Religion
"Joseph, I find your post most interesting and especially like your reversing the myth-making process. I will study your post further.I majored in math and science and worked in computer manufacturing but not as a professional scientist. In science…"
Jul 21
Tom Sarbeck replied to Christine's discussion Finally attended an atheist lecture!
"That sounds like the Unitarians I've known. Not quite 40 years ago I went to a discussion group before the service at a UU church for a couple of years. One day a church member said the minister had said Unitarianism is for people who…"
Jul 21
Tom Sarbeck replied to scott martins's discussion IS EVERYBODY 100% POSITIVE THERE IS NO GOD?
"I have no faith in that."
Jul 19

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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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