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Celebrating Is Better Than Defending

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I hate to admit this, but I have a trophy folder on my laptop. Not game trophy images. Not racks of deer I've hunted. Not the typical photos of my children standing all posed with academic or sport awards. No, it's a folder full of screenshots. Frozen images in time, with winning moments in…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on March 4, 2015 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Americans Turning Away From Organized Religion in Record Numbers

A bit of good news, for a change, 

Americans Turning Away From Organized Religion in Record Numbers  

Why would anyone turn away from centuries old traditions and beliefs?

1)  Do religious beliefs held by an individual create opportunities for questioning, doubting, exploring, experimenting, inventing or do they offer feelings of discouragement, helplessness, depression,…

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Added by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2015 at 1:17pm — 5 Comments

The result of Home Schooling and Religious Education!

Here is a video showing what religious education and home schooling creates.

Some of you may find this very scary.

Education that emphasises Rational Critical Thinking, should be mandatory for all children.

Regardless of their parent's religion.

Don't you agree?

Added by Dyslexic's DOG on February 20, 2015 at 7:08am — 6 Comments

Suggested Obama speech draft: "The Real Enemy"

My fellow Americans,

Tonight I speak from the heart.  My words are not ghostwritten or focus group tested.  This is what I, as leader of the free world, truly believe.

Let me talk about the real nature of terrorism (the kind that most affects us, since many different terrorist groups wreak havoc around the world).  And let me call the enemy by its real name.

Violent Muslim attacks on Western countries -- and let's face it, they ARE Muslim, and I apologize for my verbal…

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Added by Alan Perlman on February 12, 2015 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Letter to Joan Denoo

Joan, thanks from your encouragement on Pot Stories.  I'm writing a little summery of each piece and I'm really having fun just going over this stuff.  There're 27 separate pieces, each with its own information and lessons to be learned.  And the diversity of history and thought.  All for three bucks. 

True story: I was in a Manhattan Blarney Stone bar drinking fifty-cent beers. It was the mid-'80s.  I got involved in conversation with a reporter for the New York Post, which…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on February 9, 2015 at 1:06pm — 4 Comments

Richard Goscicki and Barbara G. Walker, Pot Stories and Humanist Essays. Kindle Edition.

I am reading and thoroughly enjoying Richard's book, not because it is about pot, but because I was curious about the subtitle, Humanist Essays. His writing style flows nicely with a current of conversation while punctuated with facts that only comes from research. 

The part about pot interested me because of the recent legalization of a substance that once caused some to be placed in jail and some remain there. I do remember when I was in graduate school many of my classmates came to…

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Added by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2015 at 12:50pm — 8 Comments

You Have To Be A Die Hard Cynic To Be Religious

You Have To Be A Die Hard Cynic To Be Religious

Most of my mornings are filled with top 40 hits of pop music as I commute to work, kids in tow. This radio station is a clear favorite for all of us with its variety, and usually I can ignore the music and let the kids enjoy a little be bopping before going to school. Recently though, we discovered that on Sunday mornings there is a half hour of…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on January 21, 2015 at 8:36pm — 3 Comments

A banned documentary about Islam

It seems fair and well researched. Why banned? I don't know.. maybe it hurt someone's feelings..? 

Added by juha the stupid on January 20, 2015 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

A Late Night Catechism

Yesterday at the Mythicist Milwaukee meeting, we were throwing around ideas for activities that might interest people, when one guy, Brian, mentioned an improv play he had seen in Chicago called A Late Night Catechism. Apparently the play was has also been performed around Racine and Milwaukee pokes fun at religion in general and the Catholic church in particular. As Brian explained, it sounded very interesting and something I might want to…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on January 19, 2015 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Frrom how did the Packers blow that game to Mythicist Milwaukee

I just came home from a meeting of Mythicist Milwaukee, an atheist group with a particular flair. The mythicists examine the myth of Jesus in declaring that there is reason to doubt whether such a person ever existed.

There is evidence that many of the stories of early Christianity were borrowed from other religions. In addition the stories in the Bible are so fantastic that they boggle the imagination. Noah and the…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on January 18, 2015 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

The Wrong Meaning of Life

Many church or mosque goers believe religion gives their lives “meaning.”  It’s a delusion, an appealing but false concept.  What meaning could being credulous enough to believe the preposterous give one’s life?  If anything, I think a good and magnanimous god would disdain such behavior.  They’re abandoning reason for self-interest and wishful thinking. 

In biology, the Prime Directive (PD) governs all life down to insects, worms and beyond.  The force that governs all life is…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on January 16, 2015 at 1:30pm — 13 Comments

The Best Larping Around: Religious Services

Let's talk about a past time I thoroughly enjoy now and then.



LARP.



For those unfamiliar, LARP is an acronym for Live Action Role Play. Essentially, a bunch of similarly minded folks get together and collaborate to have fun pretending scenes out of their favorite movies, books, comics, etc. This is strictly pretending, of course, but with rules involved. The basic goal of LARPing (yes, you can make the acronym a verb, how cool!) is to create a desired fantasy environment… Continue

Added by Amanda Ashcraft on January 11, 2015 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

Religion puts society out of balance because of attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values

In this 21st century, society reflects misery and discontentment. The cause may spring from attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values founded on desires and expectations of family, education, and culture. Society may be systemically out of balance.

I experience  many men and women in our dangerous era who appear to adhere to a culture of violence, punishment, retribution, threats of damnation and hate-mongering.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Religion puts society out of balance because of attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values

In this 21st century, society reflects misery and discontentment. The cause may spring from attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values founded on desires and expectations of family, education, and culture. Society may be systemically out of balance.

I experience  many men and women in our dangerous era who appear to adhere to a culture of violence, punishment, retribution, threats of damnation and hate-mongering.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 10:40pm — No Comments

More nuttiness from chabad.org: why Jews obey rules

I have often observed that Judaism is a high-input, low output religion.  There are countless commandments (over 600) and obeying them is a full-time job...yet there is no well-defined promise of punishments or rewards in the after life.

So why do it?  Why bother with dietary laws, 3x/day prayer, a zillion Sabbath regs, and much more?

Occasionally my wife or I will take a walk on the wild side and visit chabad.org,, a nexus for Modern Orthodox Jews and a platform on which they…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Science / Religion Dichotomy – Another View

Christianity insists on dependence on its god and its savior.  Indeed, it demands submission to that supreme being, saying “thy will be done.”  Islam is not only no different, the very word means “submission.”  Both expect the believer to trust in Yahweh or Allah to provide for them and nurture them and bring meaning to their lives.  The price for that nurturance, though, is utter obedience without question.  One of the immediate consequences of such an attitude is vulnerability to…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 18, 2014 at 11:11am — 4 Comments

Psychology Of Junk Food is the same as Psychology Of Religion?

Some may think I'm stating that religion is junk food for the mind.

Well, not quite right.

I'm drawing from comments made by psychologists and neurologists whose work I've been studying.

Essentially it is the confirmation of a quote from Arthur C. Clarke:

"The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion."

Which, when the junk food phenomenon of…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on December 7, 2014 at 6:23am — 4 Comments

Atheism on the Radio

The Hoover Radio Show went fine but only as an icebreaker to more important issues.  It reminded me of early Christian bishops arguing over how many angels can reside on the head of a pin.  I felt like standing up and yelling out, “Look, as you sit here in this luxurious setting, people are getting their heads chopped off, wars are being fought, 15 million people (mostly children) are starving to death and billions have to live in fear of opening their mouth or saying the wrong thing.  Isn’t…

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Added by Richard Goscicki on December 5, 2014 at 8:42am — 2 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

Laff and Happiness

All credit to Al Green for writing a song that could butcher in the name of humor. Two nights ago I strapped on my guitar, wearing it low and to the side like and old-time gun slinger. After setting up my gear, a few minutes passed before the director came in and counted it off.



From there we kicked up a Texas dust storm. Three hours later it was done and all the musicians were ready to call it a night. Until one of the audience members recognized and obviously thought it was a good… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on October 24, 2014 at 12:08pm — 9 Comments

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