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At 5:26am on February 2, 2015, Mike Newdow said…

Joan,

There have now been three Supreme Court cases dealing with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as it pertains to federal laws. A review of the opinions show that RFRA was strongly supported by 8 of 8 justices in Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita (2005), by 9 of 9 justices in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014) and by 9 of 9 justices in Holt v Hobbs (2015). Thus, the time is ripe for Atheists to challenge being essentially forced to bear the message, "In God We Trust" – in violation of their religious beliefs - as the price to pay for simply choosing to carry the nation's currency in their pockets.

 

In fact, in the seven federal circuits where "In God We Trust" has yet to be litigated, challenges are now being organized to do just that. Accordingly, I am searching for individuals and organizations who wish to serve as plaintiffs and who are from those seven circuits (i.e., who are from Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia or Wisconsin). If you or anyone you know would like to participate, please email contact information – including city and state of residence - to NoMoreIGWT@gmail.com as soon as possible.

 

Because the Supreme Court has indicated that it is more concerned about constitutional guarantees when children are involved, those who wish to protect their children from the government’s religious transgressions are especially encouraged to write. Please be assured that we will move for a court orders to keep the names of families with children under seal. (To date, those motions have always been granted, and – as far as I know – the families’ names have always remained undisclosed.)

 

Thank you.

 

- Mike 

 

PS - Please pass this on to any others who you think might have an interest. Thanks, again.

 

At 6:52pm on January 20, 2015, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Joan!  I got a real goodie for you, courtesy of Seth Andrews!  Please have a look ... and a LAUGH!

At 2:18pm on December 17, 2014, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Joan, I'm so looking forward to finding a publisher for THE LOST WORLD. It is written in diary format, chapter by chapter reporting the discoveries of the day and giving away my thinking and consequent excitements. The other books are being prepared more like standard textbooks--as they need to be. All the best to you, Terry. 

At 10:42am on December 17, 2014, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Dear Joan, Thank you. In your message you suggest that Atheist Nexus could be a suitable place to mention the discoveries that I have been reporting on Facebook? Let's see. Here's some background information: I am an archaeologist and simultaneously a strong atheist.  Because of this I have been able to observe, dissect, and analyse the archaeological record deeply and dispassionately which no Christian archeologist has ever been able to do, most of them being religiously biassed. That explains why I have discovered so much about the lost religion of our Neolithic ancestors---my eyes wide open, brain alert, all senses active as I move about the places where the first farmers lived and worshipped. The people were illiterate but they made use of symbols and images---and I have been exploring their world, unlocking secrets . . . and writing papers and books and lecturing. My problem is that I have discovered so much, and started several books---- about 6 on archaeology and 4 on atheism (the latter 4 are finished), and what with the prostate cancer my days seem to be numbered to probably 5 years left. This is why I do little on Atheist Nexus . . . there's so much to do. It will be a tragedy if I don't get all my knowledge published first. So I work and work, maybe 60 hours a week as I always have done . . . and I love it. Ever optimistic though. So as I reflect while I write this, I conclude that I don't want to open up something else, another outlet, that will take time away from the main job. I know you understand that. Affectionately, Terry

At 7:43am on November 24, 2014, David Behrens said…

Learning, for me, is  constant throughout life.  I welcome the opportunity to be taught.

At 11:17pm on November 14, 2014, Lemual Poot said…

You're in good historic company as a radical.  I was following the Talpoit Tomb, boy did the Jews shit at the thought of pissing off the witch burners!  It blows their whole fairy tale out of the water.  I can't understand how people can look around the fact, "Jesus...the organization that bears his name is history's greatest contradiction to his doctrines

LemPoot!"   

At 1:22pm on November 14, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Joan!

Here's a little something in re: the last election which I suspect you should see.

At 8:18am on November 14, 2014, Alison said…
Thanks! I'm still trying to figure the site out. I'm so excited to find it!!
At 4:54am on November 4, 2014, John B Hodges said…

Greetings-  You asked if you could cite "my piece on morality" on Twitter and Facebook; certainly you may. Please note that I have a number of such pieces, admittedly putting across the same idea to different audiences at different lengths. The longest piece is the first one I posted, so it is at the bottom of the last page of my blog. Pieces related to ethics are on all three pages. See http://www.atheistnexus.org/profiles/blog/list?user=2wluhkj14fnrb

At 3:35pm on October 26, 2014, Jasmin Mc said…

Thank you Joan! A lot of what you said are some of the things I've come across in my search of educating myself so when I do find myself in a conversation I will have the proper tools to back up what I'm saying and how I feel. I know that with time and continuing to learn more I will be more confidant and content in my stance. Thanks for your words I really appreciate it.

At 2:26pm on October 22, 2014, eric stone said…

Thanks Joan.  Your comment about our insults helping him out was a very helpful reminder.

At 11:53pm on October 21, 2014, Deidre said…

One of the most inspiring people I know. <3 Have a good one, Joan. Everyone should have a flower cupcake... :)

At 6:43am on October 11, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Based what I hear on the news, diabetes may not have long to live!  I heard a news story somewhere about a researcher using stem cells to create cells which generate insulin and can regulate sugar levels in the blood!

It may be a while, but one day, I'd love to toast you with a Spanish Coffee, such the formula I described, and have you enjoy one as well!  We'll figure it out!

At 9:56pm on October 10, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Okay, Joan ... try this on for size:

Start with a brandy snifter or stemmed glass coffee mug (ideally).  Ingredients:

  • One jigger Kahlua
  • One jigger Cointreau
  • Hot black coffee
  • Whipped cream on top
  • Sprinkle cinnamon over all

Trust me ... it is the best damned dessert coffee you ever had!

At 5:59pm on October 10, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Joan, thinking of that cup of java you offered me in your post, are you a fan of "dessert coffees?"  There is a classic one I enjoy a lot, and if you like them as well, I'll pass on the recipe!

At 12:25pm on October 9, 2014, Randall Smith said…

As always, I enjoyed reading you comment on my blog post regarding "simple = happy". I, too have some pretty outdated clothes and furniture. Unlike you, however, I rearrange my furnished constantly! It's something I inherited from my mother. Hope you're doing well. 

At 1:08am on October 3, 2014, Judy Jones-Krivitskiy said…
Thank you for your welcome. We aren't all crazy here in Texas as the news would lead one to believe.
At 5:01am on September 30, 2014, TheraminTrees said…

Thanks for your welcome Joan. Salutation from across the pond. Only just recently heard of the Atheist Nexus. It seems a nice space.

At 3:04pm on September 27, 2014, John Jubinsky said…

The pictures are of the inner harbor area of Baltimore. I have a lot more that I want to post but I don't have them organized yet. They are of the waterfront communities of Canton and Fell's Point in Baltimore plus more marina pictures. 

At 6:47am on September 21, 2014, John Jubinsky said…

Yes I've been on board it. It is the USS Constellation of 1854 which is a twin to Old Iron Sides. The pictures are of the inner harbor area of Baltimore. I took some new ones and am trying to organize them all. I eventually intend to post about 30 more of waterfront cafes, restaurants and festivals not to mention more marina pictures. The building behind the boat called Chesapeake is a National Aquarium.  

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