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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 Bluegrass Skeptic 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

Preaching On Social Media - via rottingthoughts.wordpress.com

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:

Untitledy

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

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on October 16, 2014 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

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…

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

Religion creates havoc in people's lives

I have often wondered why christians can use such dastardly deeds to achieve their ends. Obvious examples are The Crusades, The Inquisition, the destruction of the native cultures all around the globe, the acceptance of slavery and all its cruelties, the maltreatment of women, Blacks and GLBTQ. The pretense of loving those who are different than they reflects a hate that is palpable. 

I have read the old and new testament from cover to cover. I noted the injustices and cruelty…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2014 at 11:11am — 10 Comments

Religion creates havoc in people's lives

I have often wondered why christians can use such dastardly deeds to achieve their ends. Obvious examples are The Crusades, The Inquisition, the destruction of the native cultures all around the globe, the acceptance of slavery and all its cruelties, the maltreatment of women, Blacks and GLBTQ. The pretense of loving those who are different than they reflects a hate that is palpable. 

I have read the old and new testament from cover to cover. I noted the injustices and cruelty…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 9, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments

Letter to Rabbi Rosin

FELLOW HERETICS: I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO SEND THIS LETTER (OR SOME VARIATION OF IT) TO THE RABBI IN MY MOTHER’S (AND MY FORMER) HOME TOWN. COMMENTS WELCOME.

Oct. 5, 2014

Dear Rabbi Rosin,

Thanks so much for visiting my Mother today. I know you’re really busy with the High Holidays. As in my youth, it’s still the only time everybody shows up, as if God doesn’t notice their non-observance the rest of the year, so you have to make the most of it. I do appreciate the time you…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 5, 2014 at 8:30pm — 17 Comments

Stone Age Church

Added by Raymond Betancourt on October 5, 2014 at 10:18am — 3 Comments

USA citizens are a colonized people. It begins with religion

The citizens of the United States of America have become colonized by factions that do not believe and do not act in ways that take the freedom of people as the fundamental foundation of our nation. Rather, religion and money colonize all aspects of our lives. It buys our government, it buys our political parties, it buys our votes. If we are to change things, it means we must think and act like people who think critically who act politically. Those who are colonized, who resisted the misuse…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2014 at 1:10pm — 8 Comments

Religions Should Accept Findings Of Science:

I'm in discussions with Theists who are in constant denial of Science that goes anywhere near not supporting their Faith.

They claim to understand science and the findings of scientists, accept health warnings and findings in Cosmology and Geology, but only up to where the sciences don't interfere with their faith.

Once there is conflict with faith, they completely deny and deride scientific findings.

Now we know that Genesis and the…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on September 16, 2014 at 10:24pm — 1 Comment

I see good things coming out of Atheist Nexus

Each one of you, Loren, Pat, Bertold, and Daniel, and others on this Atheist Nexus site are such decent men and women, full of experiences from life, and a healthy quality of skepticism. You see the cons of religious dogma and the terrible things people do in the name of their gods. We all know the good that religion has done, however, that does not mitigate the injury that is made possible through dogma. I feel distress when moderate religious remain silent in the face of atrocities done in…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 15, 2014 at 2:26pm — 13 Comments

RR Excerpt #16: Science vs. Religion "Reconciliation Theories"

This is excerpt #16 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download…

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Added by DAN DANA on September 10, 2014 at 10:05am — 2 Comments

RR Excerpt #14: The Collapse of Religion

This is excerpt #14 from The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, a short, FREE e-book available at Smashwords, Goodreads, and Amazon

Readers are invited to post online reviews at the download…

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Added by DAN DANA on September 6, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments

A New Icon for Atheists - Frank Sinatra!

I can remember the voice of Frank Sinatra from back when I was a kid.  My father wasn't quite a fan, but he had more than a couple albums which got played regularly and which I can still recall in my head when I want to.  Certainly, Ol' Blue Eyes was a vocal technician of the first water.  His intonation, treatment of even the simplest phrase, breath control and overall execution place him deservedly in a rarefied atmosphere shared with a scant few other artists, and that by itself is…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 4, 2014 at 7:19am — 12 Comments

Atheist Sunday School: Reading about religion

Now that my Grandmother Fish Kickstarter is over (and successful!), I've restarted my blog, Atheist Sunday School. Yesterday's post was about the books I've read that treat religion as a social rather than metaphysical phenomenon. What do Haidt, de Botton, Wade, Wilson, Greene, Wright and others say about religion, especially any social benefits it may…

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Added by Jonathan Tweet on September 1, 2014 at 11:41am — 8 Comments

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