Hiram's Blog (26)

Progressive Muslim Leader Speaks Up on Marriage Equality

“As somebody who’s living in a society that recognizes the separation between church and state, between mosque and state, sinagogue and state, or any other type of religious manifestation, I read a book by a lesbian lawyer from San Francisco arguing for gay marriage and I found her argument was absolutely solid in terms of secular principles. So I think if America is true to its secular principles, it would be very difficult to argue against that.”…

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Added by Hiram on October 11, 2014 at 1:33pm — 11 Comments

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

"Against the Charlatans" Philodemus quote

Men who are charlatans, too, divert many, seizing them after some stress and enchanting them with their subtle kindness.”

— Philodemus, On Frank Criticism, Fragment 60
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Added by Hiram on July 30, 2014 at 3:40pm — 4 Comments

Burqa Back to Babylon, Boo: This is the West

This week, The Humanist posted a poll on whether we support France’s ban on women publicly wearing burqas.

Bill Maher jokingly says that Arab men keep their women in beekeper suits, but this is no joking matter. Women are silenced, made invisible daily in many parts of the world and the incursion of Muslims into Europe is bringing many unwanted traditions, such as honor killings, arranged marriage of…

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Added by Hiram on July 11, 2014 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Tending the Epicurean Garden

My new book Tending the Epicurean Garden is now live on amazon. I am very thrilled that, after the many months of hard work that went into the book, I'm finally able to take others on this adventure with me to discover Epicureanism on its own terms.

There are sources on Epicureanism, but many are indirect and some are hostile. It's important for us in the Epicurean movement that…

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Added by Hiram on June 11, 2014 at 5:12pm — No Comments

The première of #Cosmos featured Giordano #Bruno reading Lucretius' On the Nature of Things! Learn more: http://t.co/ifAAgwPMcT — Society of Epicurus (@SocietyEpicurus) March 10, 2014

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Added by Hiram on March 19, 2014 at 9:56am — 6 Comments

Society of Epicurus on Tumblr

http://societyofepicurus.tumblr.com/

The above link is to the tumblr page; it has many shareable secular humanist memes, links to articles, quotes, etc. that can be easily shared on social media.  Please share them!

Added by Hiram on March 19, 2014 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

Happy 20th!, the newsletter for the Society of Friends of Epicurus, is live

January 2014 saw the inaugural issue of the Society of Friends of Epicurus’ newsletter, titled Happy 20th.  SFE is the first contemporary attempt a Humanist missionary work of this kind and is dedicated to the teaching mission of the Epicurean Gardens.  If you’re interested in Humanism, philosophy, prudence, criticizing consumerism, living a frugal and simple…

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Added by Hiram on February 1, 2014 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

On Why Philosophical Materialism Matters

Originally posted in the Society of Friends of Epicurus page.

Karl Marx’s fascination with the ancient atomists led him to base his dissertation on Democritus and Epicurus: an early symptom of his future career as a materialist philosopher.  However, from their respective vantage points in history, Marx and Epicurus both reacted against…

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Added by Hiram on December 24, 2013 at 6:15pm — No Comments

PLS VOTE :) Do you think police should send out trained clergy to violent crime scenes? (poll)

ugh wiping their butts with the constitution in Alabama ...

http://blog.al.com/montgomery/2013/10/do_you_think_police_should_sen.html

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The Montgomery Police Department is coming under fire from the American Civil Liberties Union and national atheists groups for training ministers to respond to crime scenes.

American Atheists Inc. and the Freedom from Religion…

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Added by Hiram on October 11, 2013 at 7:19pm — 9 Comments

On the Architecture of Pleasure

Originally written for Society of Epicurus, the following piece delves into the relationship between architecture and ideology, experience, identity and worldview.  It also evaluates the Epicurean model of the Garden as a place of human flourishing.  Epicurus' philosophical (hedonistic) schools were known as 'Gardens' and were oases of reason, serenity and pleasure.

Notice, on the other hand and by way of contrast, how Stoicism derives its name from the stoas, the places that face the…

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Added by Hiram on September 29, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

LEADING ATHEIST: POPE FRANCIS “IS THE KIND OF WORLD LEADER WE NEED”

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/pope-smiles-on-godless

I have to say I profoundly disagree with this piece, but it's worth a read.  And he gets it wrong when he claims the pope is not homophobic: he carried out an anti gay campaign in Argentina, which recently was the first country in Latin America to approve gay marriage, but these things are swept under the rug when other more pressing issues come to…

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Added by Hiram on September 18, 2013 at 12:27pm — 2 Comments

Pat Robertson's latest disgusting bigoted lie: Time for a CBN Boycott?

http://leftaction.com/action/tell-cbn-its-time-pat-robertson-go

Pat said gays in San Francisco are using special rings to infect other people with AIDS when they shake hands. This page is calling for a boycott of CBN saying:

Tell CBN:  It's time for Pat Robertson to go.

I don't have a lot of experience with boycotts but for the sake of solidarity, how can we get a list of…

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Added by Hiram on August 28, 2013 at 5:50pm — 6 Comments

Limbaugh: If You Believe In God, You Can't Believe in Climate Change

http://thecontributor.com/media-matters-staff-limbaugh-if-you-believe-god-then-intellectually-you-cannot-believe-manmade

“What about God’s creation called a fetus?” Rush Limbaugh asked on his radio show Monday. “See, in my humble opinion, folks, if you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming.”

“You must…

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Added by Hiram on August 14, 2013 at 8:02am — 8 Comments

Great Greek Humanist Sermon (English Subtitles)

Added by Hiram on July 14, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments

Boycott the Russian Winter Olympics!

In recent years there has been increased hostility against sexual minorities in Russia.  Attempts to celebrate an annual Pride Parade have been treated with the same suspicion that other countries treat terrorism and now a "non-traditional relationships propaganda" bill has passed, which will criminalize any positive references to homosexuality and any expression of gay-friendliness.

A recent push by global human rights organizations for a boycott of the Russian Olympics not…

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Added by Hiram on July 13, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments

Boycott the Russian Winter Olympics! ПОШЕЛ ТЫ РОССИЯ

In recent years there has been increased hostility against sexual minorities in Russia.  Attempts to celebrate an annual Pride Parade have been treated with the same suspicion that other countries treat terrorism and now a "non-traditional relationships propaganda" bill has passed, which will criminalize any positive references to homosexuality and any expression of gay-friendliness.

A recent push by global human rights organizations for a boycott of the Russian Olympics not…

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Added by Hiram on July 13, 2013 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Hate the Belief, Love the Believer

Mirroring a recent blog post.

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One of the Top 10 trending subjects on twitter today is #YiyeAvila, a Puerto Rican televangelist and preacher from the old school who called people to repentance and frequently used fear tactics related to hell and the afterlife to weave a supposedly moralizing message that almost seemed in line with Salafi Islam practiced in Saudi…

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Added by Hiram on July 3, 2013 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

Religion as a Virus and Epicurus’ Remedies

Mirroring a recent blog post.

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Those of us that grew up under the ideological yolk of the God of the Bible had to contend with a Janus that was said to be both a loving Heavenly Father whom Jesus imagined feeding the birds daily … and a wrathful, jealous, mad sociopath who ordered the Jews to commit genocide in order to occupy other peoples’ lands and…

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Added by Hiram on July 3, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

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