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The Attractiveness of God: A Dream Review

Last night, I had a vivid dream. It was an emotional dream, and I could feel the effects of the dream when I woke up in the morning. My dream was about the attractiveness, the longing even, to believe in God. It is an incredibly emotional response, and something I know to be the result of so many years of indoctrination that my mind and body still react to.

In my dream, I was attending a funeral for someone — I’m not sure who — and my friends and family were surrounding me at the…

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Added by Mike Mitchell on April 23, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Elderly man calls for ambulance, violent cops beat him instead

http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/21/elderly-man-calls-for-ambulance-violent-cops-beat-him-instead/

"An elderly Missouri man dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance to come and help his ailing wife. Instead, the police showed up, threw him to the ground, sat on his head and handcuffed him.

He later received…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on April 23, 2014 at 12:26am — No Comments

Central Access Server: Teamspeak 3 Voice Server check the Freethinkers Channel

Hey folks.

My friends and I have a Teamspeak 3 Voice Server. I'm usually there if you would like to talk rather than type.We have an atheist/secularist channel called Freethinkers and Philosophers.

Typing sucks. Email me an essay if you want to type and I'll type you a reply. But I want to hear your voice.

If you don't have the software here is where to download it. It is simple to use. And I mean its simple enough so that I have no problem and that's…

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Added by Vincent on April 22, 2014 at 6:58am — No Comments

Looking for Community and Activism/Moral Teamwork

Hello everyone. I'm an artist and writer and someone who is interested in community. I've been listening to a lot of Dan Dennett on youtube and find his argument that if secularists want to end the more harmful excesses of religion we have to provide institutions that do the things that religion is good at.

My view of religion is that God created me to not believe in Him, and in my conversations with Him,…

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Added by Vincent on April 21, 2014 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

The Philosophical Imperative: Truth and Reason

I find it amazing that so many people are content in their lives having accepted certain things as true and refusing to re-examine their beliefs out of pride or stubbornness. It has been my experience that, at some point, many people simply stop questioning the things they have come to accept as fact/truth. I would argue that this is where engaging in philosophical discussions becomes most important of all. It either solidifies the truth, rationality, and reason of important matters, or…

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Added by Mike Mitchell on April 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Atheist Child Poem

Twinkle, twinkle little God,
Logic tells us you are a fraud,
Existing in the minds of fools
,Stay out of our public schools.

Added by Sikandar Solzer on April 21, 2014 at 6:38am — 1 Comment

Euphemisms R Us

What do collateral damage, friendly fire, special rendition and disposition matrix have in common? They are euphemisms for distasteful operations done by the military. For instance,…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 21, 2014 at 5:00am — 13 Comments

Bumbling idiots

Don’t Christians ever wonder why the Apostles struggled so long in recognizing Jesus as God?  Hmmm.  In Mark, Matthew, and Luke, they never do.  They keep falling down, saying things like, “Jeez, we’re gonna get caught!” or “How in the world did you do that, man?”

dipshits

Either they were the dumbest people on the planet at the time, or they were really good…

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Added by Emmett Hoops on April 20, 2014 at 9:31pm — 1 Comment

Happy 4/20!

Thousands of years ago — in times we are fond of calling ‘primitive’ (since this renders us ‘modern’ without having to exert ourselves further to earn this qualification) — religion and medicine were united in an undifferentiated enterprise; and both were closely allied with government and politics — all being concerned with maintaining the integrity of the community and of the individuals who were its members. How did ancient societies and their priest-physicians protect people from…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 20, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Hi all you fellow Freethinkers/Secular Types/Atheists/

My name is Vincent and I'm an artist, part time rationalist, and a believer in Dan Dennett's idea that secularists have a responsibility to create communities and institutions that provide the things that religion religion provides. In the face of the real possibility that religion as it exists is, as Sam Harris would say "incompatible with a global civilization," I can imagine few projects and possibilities more urgently in need of exploration than this as the fit between bronze age ideas…

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Added by Vincent on April 20, 2014 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

Happy Zombie Jesus Day!

Have fun at grandma's house. hahahaha. Put twenty dollars in an egg and make a kid's day.

Added by roland707 on April 19, 2014 at 11:39pm — 1 Comment

Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…

On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”

Irving Berlin

“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”

Marquee outside church in Massachusetts

Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 19, 2014 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

Always Consider Beliefs

I used to foolishly believe that I, as an atheist, and my friends, family, or colleagues who were Christians ultimately wanted the same things. I truly believed that, with the exception of “that one thing” (of course referring to the belief in God here), we were basically the same. After all, just because I don’t believe in God doesn’t necessarily mean that we can’t find common ground on just about everything else, right?

The more I have talked and debated with believers of religion…

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Added by Mike Mitchell on April 19, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Quitting Smoking without God

The second step of most 12-step addiction programs is typically "Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity." What if the individual cursed with addiction does not believe in a power greater than ourselves?

I used to be an alcoholic. Back when I was a theist I managed to go through a rather secular program and successfully am no longer addicted to alcohol. I might have a couple beers per month or a bottle of wine a couple…

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Added by Gregory Phillip Dearth on April 19, 2014 at 12:53am — 6 Comments

Another Passover, another celebration of non-deliverance; on not being a jerk

Imagine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.”



David Hume

Psrt I: The Non-Event

Another Passover is upon us. I’ve said just about all I can say about this holiday when Jews celebrate their founding myth, the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 18, 2014 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

A Confrontation of Belief on Prime-Time Television

Anyone here watch Grey’s Anatomy?  It’s rather a scattered potpourri of mostly doctors at a fictitious Seattle hospital, playing out multiple plotlines, medical and interpersonal and too frequently with about as much reality involved as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, but that’s beside the point.  There was one particularly refreshing event which occurred in the most recent episode, broadcast naught but a handful of minutes ago as this was written, between Drs. April Kepner and Jackson…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 18, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Blues and Blacks

Negro specific pamphlets, magazines and registries were common in black communities around the United States during the late 1800s up until the 1950s. One publication, The Negro Travelers’ Green Book was a travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green. It provided Negro motorists and tourists information pointing out safe venues to stay, eat and sightsee during…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 17, 2014 at 12:03pm — 2 Comments

Why You Shouldn’t Announce Your Atheism

Congratulations, new atheist! You now live in a world where you are free. You no longer fear the threat of Hell, eternal damnation, demonic possession, God, or evil spirits. You now realize that the boogeyman is nothing to fear, nor are ghosts. You laugh a little inside when people tell you they will pray for you, since you know the chance of that doing anything is about as likely as being hit by lightning, bitten by a shark, and falling out of an airplane simultaneously. You no longer fear…

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Added by Mike Mitchell on April 17, 2014 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

Are we Dancing Bears?

http://edwardteach100.blogspot.com/2014/04/are-we-dancing-bears.html

If you want to understand a species, observe the behaviors of it's members over time. Bears have specific behaviors that have been exhibited throughout bear history. Bears forage, hibernate, are omnivorous, and so on. While the reactions of one bear in a particular situation may be unpredictable, the…

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Added by Edward Teach on April 16, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

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