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...And What If I'm Wrong?

I am an atheist. I do not see any compelling evidence that god exists. The evidence presented to me by preacher, teacher, friends and family refers me to expressions of personal feelings, of euphoria, or some tell of how elevated they feel.

Response to my questions about other evidence usually results in referral to miracles they heard about; the reports turn out to be second or third hand. Too many claim recovery of some bad thing in their life in answer to prayer. All too often,…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Resisting Win-Win

Just some off-the-cuff thoughts here. I've particularly been noticing when people in my life are resisting win-win solutions. My reaction is that I want to scream "Why do you resist that? It is best for everyone and particularly great for you! Are you insane? What is your malfunction?"

But this flits through my mind in a quarter second and then I return to normal. I remember the long process that I went through in learning how to think.

There is a latent but ever present fear…


Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 19, 2014 at 10:15pm — 1 Comment

Land of Nice Atheists

This Sunday's blog post is about atheism and Christianity in Denmark. Very different from here in the States.

Added by Jonathan Tweet on October 19, 2014 at 9:45am — 8 Comments

Grandma Irene Jacot's former home

"This picture was taken looking north on Cedar and Fourth near downtown Spokane, when runoff water was still choking catch basins and storm sewers from a flash flood in May 1957. In June of that same year, President Eisenhower declared Washington’s Grant and Lincoln counties and Idaho’s…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 6:06pm — 1 Comment

Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come

Why ice sheets will keep melting for centuries to come

Most of my family and friends live away from ocean coast lines and will not be affected by rising sea levels. The processes of ice sheets forming and melting have been occurring throughout history. My home in Spokane, WA was shaped by the flash…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Compost, black gold

Every snippet of growing things, except diseased or pest ridden or with seeds or with plants that have runners that spread, go into my compost. The result is priceless mulch better than money can buy. 

Several years ago I bought Encapsulated Earthworm Cocoons™ and buried them in my compost bins and into my box raised beds. I have an abundance of worms working my soil…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments

How Did We Become a Society Suspicious of Science?

How Did We Become a Society Suspicious of Science?   Thanks to Dave Schey. 

~ "Senator James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, openly denouncing the findings of climate scientists as a hoax."

~ "The Texas State Board of Education, which is dominated by religious…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2014 at 7:34pm — 18 Comments

Our Irish ancestry

I am a strong advocate of knowing one's historical, cultural and genetic background. History matters in spite of all the efforts to leave traditions behind. For me, understanding my ancestor's Irish background helps me understand our familial hatred of anything government. Our family descended from Irish immigrants who left Ireland in the 1840s because of the Irish famine. It was a political famine, caused by British landowners not allowing the Irish farmers access to the grains they grew…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2014 at 5:39pm — 4 Comments

Preaching On Social Media - via

We’ve all been there at some point. You log onto your favorite social media website like Facebook, and as you scroll through the many status updates in your news feed with highlights about your Aunt Martha’s cat, or your friend’s son that lost a tooth, you see this:


If you are irreligious like myself, all you see is this:…


Added by Amanda Ashcraft on October 16, 2014 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

Sauerkraut made in a toilet reservoir

When my three kids were 10 years old we started the tradition of sauerkraut making, outside, on a long table. We would pick the cabbages, put them in a large galvanized steel tub of water. One kiddo cut away the bad parts and weighed them. One started shredding on an antique shredder we found at a second hand store. Another child added the salt and several kids smashed it, working together in unison. The shredded and salted and smashed cabbage went into a big…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2014 at 9:43am — 22 Comments

Flu Pandemic 1918-19

When the Plague Hit Spokane,  By Kenneth Knoll

September 5. The first case of the flu reported in Boston.

October 1, the Spokane City Health Department declared that some cases might be in Spokane but saw no need for alarm. The Department recommended covering the mouth and nose while sneezing and using antiseptic sprays and gargles to prevent infection.…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2014 at 3:20pm — 10 Comments

Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi

Thanks to all who read my previous post.  I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited.  Done and done, right?  Not so fast.  Here's the auto-reply:

Thank [sic] for your email.

I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.

I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…


Added by Alan Perlman on October 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

Secular Societies Fare Better Than Religious Societies

Secular Societies Fare Better Than Religious SocietiesIf religion withers, does society rot? Clearly not.


Added by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2014 at 1:21am — 3 Comments

The list of authors denouncing the myth of Jesus Christ continues to grow

"The "Jesus mythicist" position is regarded by Christians as a fringe group. But after my research I tend to side with Remsburg—and Frank Zindler, John M. Allegro, Thomas Paine, Godfrey Higgins, Robert M. Price, Charles Bradlaugh, Gerald Massey, Joseph McCabe, Abner Kneeland, Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Harold Leidner, Peter Jensen, Salomon Reinach, Samuel Lublinski, Charles-François Dupuis, Rudolf Steck, Arthur Drews, Prosper Alfaric, Georges Ory, Tom Harpur, Michael Martin, John Mackinnon Robertson,…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2014 at 2:44am — 16 Comments

Four Decades Being Here

So as I title it "Four Decades Being Here" that it relates something that I have to tell you.

I have progressed four years here and all that I have learnt is 'Friendship'. Having this a site of Atheism and its views, I would postulate that it manifested me how to gather people by friendship. Not only I have fiddled my time away in discussions but also I spent a lot of time in chatting. Meet newbies sharing their thoughts realized the reality. There are lots of people I had hung out and…


Added by Ezra on October 14, 2014 at 1:30am — 4 Comments

Is love a naturally beautiful sense , or a reflection of our obsessions ?

I guess we are deciding that according to where it fits. If our boyfriend-girlfriend has broke up with us , ta-daa love becomes just an obsession to a man/woman . But if we are fallen in love with s.body or s.thing love becomes the most great thing of life. 

Why we are acting like that ? And what we are really thinking while deciding about ?

Added by Black Jack on October 13, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

God is irrelevant

It is not essential to believe in God or in the historical Jesus or in Christianity. What resonates for me is a deeper meaning than prayers or ritual or litanies can provide. It is an awareness and understanding of who I am, personally, and professionally. It is in being able to think and reason and pay attention to what is real and distinguish that which is superstition or tradition. It is being willing and able to think of others, including other…


Added by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2014 at 12:58pm — 11 Comments

Atheist Alliance of America Convention

Here are my personal observations on the AAA convention last August. More than enough negativity. Not enough community.


Added by Jonathan Tweet on October 13, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

The Particular Problem with Islam

On Sunday morning, 12 October, 2014, I listened to Reza Aslan as he spent three minutes saying next to nothing of consequence regarding the contretemps of a week ago between Sam Harris and Ben Affleck on Real Time with Bill Maher.  Whatever Aslan wanted to accomplish with his vacuous commentary is beyond me, which doesn’t stop me from seeing it and him as being problematic as…


Added by Loren Miller on October 13, 2014 at 9:53am — 17 Comments

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