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Homosexuals!

I wrote this piece as a freelance reporter for a black magazine six years ago. It was in response to homophobia in the black community and the reaction of the black church. Although this article was aimed at a particular audience, I believe what I found can be applied to any group or ethnicity. I wrote this article…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — 61 Comments

Popularizing gluten-free diets

Last spring I went to get a haircut.  I'm sort of pals with the woman (her name is Awura) who cuts my hair, and this time she was enthusing about how she'd gone (sort of) gluten free, and how amazingly much better she felt. 

I ran down a long list of symptoms of celiac disease, and she said she'd had all of them. 

Also, she has Graves, an autoimmune thyroid disease.  Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease - it's an immune reaction to dietary gluten that triggers an autoimmune…

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Added by Luara on November 17, 2014 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Lewd, Licentious & Lecherous Confessions

Peering too closely at one's self can be harmful to the framed and mounted picture you have in your mind. Taking stock of my inventory of foibles, I found one in particular that bothered me more than I believed it should. Evidently, I am a licentious and lecherous old man formerly addicted to strip clubs. There, I've…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — 29 Comments

Agreeing How to Disagree

What if atheists could be the world's best disagreers? Daniel Dennett has some good advice. Also, why the traditional debate format is outdated. 

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/11/agreeing-how-to-disagree.html

Added by Jonathan Tweet on November 16, 2014 at 1:11pm — 2 Comments

State sanctioned murder in the name of religious freedom.

So the Ontario justice system has just sanctioned the murder of a child, explicitly to protect the families religious beliefs and their faith in alternative medicine.  This child's cancer has a 100% fatality rate when not treated with chemo.  The ruling specified that it was not based on what was best for the child, but rather to protect freedom of belief.  People don't seem to be particularly disturbed by this and I just cannot understand why.  Canadians like myself are living in a country…

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Added by jacques lauperr on November 15, 2014 at 1:09pm — 31 Comments

Devoted To Destruction

From my Google blogger Atheism Blog.

A Christian I was debating on Google+ in one of his replies to a post I added on How the universe could have become as it is without a Creator, said that the earth was devoted to destruction, and so I wrote a blog post on my atheism blog on the "devoted to destruction" idea in the Old Testament.

In the Old Testament of the King James Bible the…
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Added by Anthony Jordan on November 14, 2014 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

Let Me Drive the Hearse

Notheist—(ˈno,-thē-ˌizt)—A person that believes gods are not relevant. As opposed to an atheist that believes there are no gods, the notheist believes that whether god or gods exist or not is of no importance. To notheists, gods are irrelevant to living and unworthy to…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 13, 2014 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

Essay- "The Other People" by Oberon Zell

(This is an article by a man named Oberon Zell, founder (if I recall Correctly) of the Church of All Worlds. I think it deserves wider distribution. -JBH)

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"We Are the Other People" by Oberon Zell

"Ding-dong!" goes the doorbell. Is it Avon calling? Or perhaps Ed McMahon with my three million dollars? No, it's Yahweh's Witlesses again, just wanting to have a nice little chat about the Bible... Boy, did they ever come to the…

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Added by John B Hodges on November 12, 2014 at 9:39am — 2 Comments

Sita Sings the Blues

https://theautarkist.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/sita-sings-the-blues/

I was caught by surprise recently when I bumped into a secularist, perhaps a bit blasphemous, animated film titled Sita Sings the Blues. It is a re-telling of the story of Sita from a critical and non-devotional perspective. The film is based on the Hindu…

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Added by Hiram on November 11, 2014 at 9:13am — No Comments

Again about love

I noticed that i love motorcycles more than people. They don't judge each others according to believes , nations , skin color. You can  know what to do if it fails. And you can love it forever. İt carries your soul , ives freedom and always makes you feel better. If you fall in love with a motorcycle , you can easily go and talk to it.You can tell your feeling. And if you have some money , even you can take it for yourself !

Added by Black Jack on November 10, 2014 at 9:29am — 8 Comments

Suffering Versus Faith

An ex-minister's story of losing her faith, and the failure of theodicy in a world where people matter. 

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/11/suffering-versus-faith.html

Added by Jonathan Tweet on November 9, 2014 at 5:18pm — 11 Comments

Much Is Asked

Watching television last week, a commercial caught my eye and made me think. Normally, commercials are unable to crack my consciousness, but this one did. It went so deep as to infuriate me.

As a veteran of the Vietnam War era the treatment of former soldiers always was a concern.

Suddenly, this…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2014 at 1:50pm — 22 Comments

Interstellar

Right off the top, Interstellar is no small statement, either in time or what it attempts to say.  It runs a full 169 minutes, not quite three hours, and while it might have been able to give its testimony in an edited form, I seriously doubt it would be the same film or have the same impact.



On the surface, it is what you’ve seen in the previews and trailers.  Our Earth is exhausted, fatally damaged by human mistakes and natural disaster.  A physicist played by Michael…

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Added by Loren Miller on November 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

A Non-Believer is more Proactive

Sreeni: Prof. Kumar, Why should any intellectual adopt atheism & secular humanism as his philosophy? What is the real benefit from these beliefs or should I say non-beliefs?

Me: Every human being apart from working for a livelihood and bringing up his children, would like to be physically healthy and happy and for this he should have the correct philosophy.

Sreeni: How can our philosophy help us in acquiring good health &…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on November 8, 2014 at 2:04am — 3 Comments

Secular Sexuality

My A/N friends, As you may know, I now have a podcast on my favorite topic - Sex. 

Episode #8 of Secular Sexuality just went up. It explores compersion, the opposite of jealousy. Earlier episodes included an interview with a former Catholic, now atheist dealing with his religious sexual programming and another interview of three polyamory atheists.  It can be found at any of these links. …

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Added by Darrel Ray on November 7, 2014 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

morality

First post, just joined. Talked to a "christian" today on the radio where I live in meridian id. His name was Matt Slick. Fitting name as he is very slick in tripping u up if u r ot careful. After reviewing the conversation my conclusion is still the same. Matts interpretation of God and his character is consistent with the bible, thus I still don't believe a single word of it. The Christian view is simple, god said it, god is good, god is right therefore I do what is said to do. Sounds… Continue

Added by Mark ciccarello on November 7, 2014 at 9:02am — 3 Comments

Do Atheists Talk About Anything Other Than God?

I started to dismiss this query immediately, but quick reflection prompted me to answer the question. However, the question took me aback not that I hadn't considered it, but because it was one of the few times, I've run into someone who in effect asked me if I was human.



Something that is unclear in the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 6, 2014 at 8:30am — 113 Comments

Self Deprecation In Christianity: A Facetiously Emotional Sales Ploy

We have all been there and done it. Sitting on a couch, consoling a friend over a terrible mistake that has been made, and used our own personal flaws as a buffer before giving advice on what to do about the mess at hand. This is self deprecation, and while a very useful tool while navigating social situations, there is a fine line between using it as a tool, and using it as a facetious psychological mind fuck.



Usually, self deprecation is a general statement of flaws, like,"Well,…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on November 5, 2014 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

I Hate Politicians

 Today is a day that will live in infamy as the sleaze, scum and general vermin rise from the dregs to temporarily put on their masquerade faces to pretend they are something other than the low life, Sycophants they are.



I despise politicians, especially those of the Congressional ilk. To me, they are…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 4, 2014 at 9:30pm — 16 Comments

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