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Spiritual Eugenics Really Are A Thing

My eldest son and I were making the daily commute to school this past week, and we ended up on the discussion of extending human life to hundreds of years. He’d overheard a news article about slowing down the aging process, which got him thinking. Naturally, I’m somewhat against extending human…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on May 15, 2015 at 5:23pm — 6 Comments

Religion Destroys Our Earthly Paradise

Religions, based on Abrahamic faiths, operate in terms of dominion, ownership, hierarchy, exploitation, and manipulation.We see it all around us in the policies and practices of the institutions of our lives. I see it in my family. One grandmother came from a long line of Puritans with a very strong sense of patriarchy. Her husband, my grandfather came from a rigid Roman Catholic background with a strong sense of patriarchy. As I observe my family as a participant observer, I see a lot of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on March 25, 2015 at 6:26pm — 2 Comments

Where Am I Again?

A lot of politicians and congressional members have been making the headlines in some of the worst ways lately. Headline making behavior like writing treasonous sounding letters of hate and rebellion against diplomatic talks directly to Iranian leadership. Making the phrase "climate change" an…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on March 14, 2015 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Creating positive memories

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Added by kenyatta yamel on January 28, 2015 at 7:22am — 2 Comments

Designing the tribute quilt

To me it is very important that the color scheme reflect and celebrate diversity. My nephew is in an interracial relationship, and has an amazing daughter Grace, of whom we expect great things. I would like to have our family members' names embroidered onto the quilt and have enough space for new names to be added. Quilting is celebrated in African-American and many other traditions. My mother learned it from her grandmother and we are hoping that…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on January 27, 2015 at 6:40am — 1 Comment

Mom's walnuts, part deux

Well, my faithful reader no doubt remembers the story I told a few weeks ago about mom's struggle to corner the market on walnuts. Apparently this is a lifelong obsession as a small woman barely 5 feet tall in her old hometown looking for walnuts and walnut trees. When she moved into the big city she was able to continue her habit and even having a truck full of squirrels who had cleared out her pickup bed could not deter her.…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on January 1, 2015 at 7:39am — 2 Comments

Why I will never have black walnuts



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I just finished talking with my older sister Chris, whose childhood picture is just above. It took place just after the Green Bay…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on December 27, 2014 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

Not today, Satan

When I check on the atheist groups on Facebook I regularly read stories of people being harassed by their families of devoutly religious people. Even though Facebook has settings that allow people to block individuals who might insult or post negative comments, somehow these believers seem to break through. These long suffering and I suspect somewhat dense atheists don’t understand you could even have a profile for one set of friends and a profile for a second set.

But the basic…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on December 26, 2014 at 7:10pm — 2 Comments

Treatise on Morality.

Every time I hear, "How can you be moral without god?", I know what the bible tells of god's behaviors and the behaviors of followers of religion. I see those who preach, teach and practice hate. Battered women who try to live under the influence of religion, Christian and Islam, learn the things that will maintain and perpetuate family violence. If you have doubts, just look at the morality of god's acts in the bible and morality of families living according to biblical teachings. I want…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Unwanted Children at the Border and the Evil Legacy of Catholicism

A major immigrant crisis is brewing along the Mexico-US border where thousands of children are crossing without their parents, fleeing what seems like gang warfare. According to some estimates, nearly 70,000 people have died recently in Mexico as a result of drug-related conflict. While we must not diminish the importance of US foreign…

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Added by Hiram on September 27, 2014 at 2:01pm — 6 Comments

Criticism

I know the impact of criticism, I've known it all my life. It begins with my family who expects me to fit in, to think as they do, to do the things that they do, to remain silent because I say things they don't want to hear or read. 

Sometimes the criticism is constructive, offering me a new frame of reference, pointing out a contradiction, exposing my biases and these are all valuable and important in my creative processes. 

There is another kind of criticism that is less…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2014 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Evolution of Morality

Review of Christopher Boehm, Moral Origins:  The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame (Basic Books, 2012)

Humanism asserts that human beings are naturally capable of caring about others and taking action to help others, even those who are not like themselves.   One only has to notice the worldwide response after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines to be convinced of the truth of that assertion.   But despite humanists’ celebration of Charles Darwin…

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Added by Homer Edward Price on April 23, 2014 at 3:54pm — 2 Comments

Amazing documentary 'Private Violence' _Sundance_DemocracyNow...

wow! indeed the byproduct*s of... culture? System? gov!? traditions?



impressive do share:



http://www.privateviolence.com

http://www.democracynow.org./2014/1/22/private_violence_survivors_advocates_confront_victim



From the DN url found this:…

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Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on January 23, 2014 at 5:45am — No Comments

Arguing with Family

A few months ago my cousin - a highly religious girl - posted a status stating that she is extremely disappointed that she won't be enrolling her future unborn son in to boy scouts.



Why? Because they allow gay children in.



Naturally, I debated with her, in which her mother joined in, talking about how homosexual actions are a "sin against god."

I then pointed out many other "sins" against god (i.e: eating pork, or wearing clothing of two separate fabrics, etc.… Continue

Added by SnowyEmerald on November 15, 2013 at 10:54am — 4 Comments

Travel Blog. Changchun China.

Entering via ipad over unstable connection. So brief, and typos.



Assumed China still censored / prevented access to Nexus. But it does not prevent access here.



The flight is long for me. I fatigue easily. But enjoying this trip.



Staying with in-laws. What sweet welcoming people.



Beijing air is acrid smoky thick. At least, wS yesterday.



Changchun is old big industrial city in Northeast. As different from, say, Hongkong as Detroit or… Continue

Added by Daniel W on October 14, 2013 at 5:30am — 29 Comments

Trying to explain my atheism to my grandparents...

I come from a Christian family. My mom is very... very religious. She cried her eyes out when I said that I didn't want to get baptized. My father, I love him. He's very understanding and open-minded about my lack of belief and has been a huge help when it comes to dealing with my mother.

But my grandparents on the other hand, they are very much a picture perfect view of christian country folk. I am made to dress up in ridiculous clothing every Sunday because we are going to…

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Added by Meredith Tarkington on July 15, 2012 at 8:27am — 10 Comments

Noah's Ark or Noah's Farce

First let me say that, when I refer to fossils I mean all species of animal, reptile, bird,

insect and arachnid fossilized remains found.

I have read that, as of 2010, the number of species living today are;

Mammals ..... = 5,490 .......X 2......... = 10,980

Birds............. = 9,998 .......X 2......... = 19,996

Reptiles........ = 9,084 ........X 2......... = 18,168

Insects... = 1,000,000 ........X 2.... = 2,000,000

Arachnids.. = 102,248 .......X…

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Added by Larry Smith on June 28, 2012 at 6:49pm — 2 Comments

In case anyone is interested

It's a blog update from me! Wow! 

Okay, I know no one on here even knows who I am. It's been a very long time since my last post. Therefore, no one is going to jump up and down in joy and rapture (har!) at this little update of mine.

From what I'm able to gather from previous blog posts and comments, when last you heard from me, I was contemplating coming out to my parents about being an atheist and having a hard time dealing with the reactions of my extended…

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Added by Kristi Leitholt on December 10, 2011 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

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