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"Atheism for Dummies" is not for dummies!

Started Aug 7 0 Replies

Few of us will finish Dale McGowan's Atheism for Dummies without having learned important advantages of non-belief. Some of us will have had our beliefs challenged.For instance, how many of us know…Continue

Tags: christians, answering, apatheism, agnosticism, atheism

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

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Tom Sarbeck replied to roland707's discussion Are known atheists more likely to be convicted of violent crimes?
"When I was in Catholic schools (for which I don't thank my dad who paid to put his five kids there) I often heard nuns say the purpose of discipline, such as fasting, was to strengthen us for attacks by the Church's enemies. Does saying…"
3 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to roland707's discussion Are known atheists more likely to be convicted of violent crimes?
"Charles Colson, of Nixon-era Watergate infamy, found jeebus while in prison and started an organization to reward incarcerated folk, including kids, who find jeebus. The issue has been taken to court, by the ACLU I think. I heard of one case the…"
3 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's blog post My research on family violence and training programs of non-violent interactions
"Joan, check out the following The Political Consequences of Child Abuse by Alice Miller The Journal of Psychohistory 26 (2) Fall 1998  At the website you might recognize some names. "
5 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Andrew Bradford Hoke's blog post The Pennsylvania Atheist/ Humanist Convention 2014
"Andrew, if you see this in time, ask around for people who took part in turning back the xians who tried to put Intelligent Design creationism into science courses at Dover (PA) schools. If you haven't seen the PBS program on the trial, some of…"
5 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Deidre32's blog post Are you a spiritual atheist?
"Postscript. Some people say that for them spirituality includes a feeling of oneness with the world. While hiking and floating in Arizona I realized how utterly indifferent the desert is to humankind. I don't envy the many people who in the…"
5 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Deidre32's blog post Are you a spiritual atheist?
"Deidre, your title question reminded me of a man I know who, like me, went to RC schools. He teases me with "When did you last go to Confession?" and I reply "About 55 years." I tease him about his inability to "leave the…"
6 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to Luara's discussion Nonbeliever's equivalent of wearing a cross
"1. Turning a GOD pin upside down, or on end, may get you a question you can answer. 2. Anything that inspires the response, "I like it. What does it mean?" Whatever you choose, wear it on your right side. When people have seen it they are…"
8 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to ShroudedAtheist's discussion How rude of me!
"Shrouded, are house rabbits more tyrannical than house cats, which my mom said were sovereign kingdoms with tails (and btw self-emptying mousetraps)? "
8 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck replied to k.h. ky's discussion Guns, Children, and Death
"Yeah, his picking her was a disaster. The Repubs nominating him was also a disaster.No Repub with presidential quality wanted to lose because George W. had screwed up. He left a mess so big that American racists couldn't elect a Repub.Leaving…"
23 hours ago
Tom Sarbeck commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"Three centuries later, during my 12 years in Catholic schools, I heard lines such as Pascal's He will only be perceived by those who seek Him with all their heart. Did Pascal add what many nuns and priests added -- predictions of eternity…"
Tom Sarbeck replied to k.h. ky's discussion Guns, Children, and Death
"While in Arizona, I heard Illinois and Arizona described as the only states that had blind trusts for landowners. Like Swiss bank accounts, blind trusts conceal their owners' identities and enable political corruption. Soon after I left AZ, the…"
Tom Sarbeck commented on Ian Bowes's blog post The Answers
"Generalizing from "I" to "we" is a way of drawing the reader in, without the reader's consent. It's also a way writers conceal themselves among their readers. "
Tom Sarbeck commented on Joan Denoo's blog post Followers of Christ faith healers bury their dead children
"Given SCOTUS' recent craziness, the following is possible. Faith healing parents withhold medical care and their sick child dies. The parents are prosecuted and a jury convicts them. They appeal, claiming that prosecuting them violated their…"
Tom Sarbeck commented on Deidre32's blog post Pascal's Wager -- Your Fate is a Crapshoot
"Corrections are possible and easy -- if you use the tiny X in your post's upper right corner. It works best when you see your typo immediately: 1) select your post and paste it to a word processor (Word, Notepad, whatever), 2) click on the tiny…"
Tom Sarbeck commented on Ian Bowes's blog post The Answers
"Ian, freedom is indeed wonderful. I found some after I quit Catholicism. I found more after I learned "I-speak". Three edits to your post will illustrate. "
Tom Sarbeck replied to Cory "The Fox"'s discussion Society is slipping back into the medieval ages
"Cory, thinking positive can help: "

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At 4:32pm on August 20, 2014, Freethinker31 said…

What a surprise  Tom....You have been so critical of me in the past, but I must admit  I enjoyed  our  back and forth....I look forward  to our  future  debates...Glad  we are friends now..... 

At 6:49pm on August 18, 2014, Deidre32 said…

thanks for your comment on my profile, haha made me smile! :) have a nice night.

At 7:58am on August 11, 2014, Bertold Brautigan said…

I know what you mean about how the responses can make you sad. It's disconcerting to see how many people are so wrapped up around utter bullshit. I also wonder why they're so afraid of anyone questioning what they believe that they have to deny that we even exist. Their "argument" that it "takes more faith" to believe in the big bang or evolution than it does to believe in Jesus, THEREFORE there are no true atheists is just pathetic. It's not all, "Oh these poor victims of bad programming" though. I'm reading a pretty disturbing book titled Religious Right - the Greatest Threat to Democracy by A.F. Alexander. There are tons of unscrupulous people out there raising billions of dollars and stealthily plotting to install old testament law that wouldn't be all that different from sharia law. If we don't collectively watch it, the dark ages could be back with a vengeance.

At 12:37am on August 11, 2014, Chris G said…

Hi Tom,

I didn't know "Hi. You perhaps know of the Vallejo Navy League's raising money to make the Iowa a museum. They didn't succeed and the ship went to SoCal.

I'm all for making ship monuments where their history can be told about the vessile and war.

It's a shame that Vallejo didn't aggressively persuade the museum. I don't know what's wrong with Vallejo and it's terrible handling of Mare Island.


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)

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