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The Tale of a Billboard for the RNC

It was something over a year ago that I learned that Cleveland was going to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention. The prospect of having a bunch of misogynistic, homophobic, mostly white guys invading The Best Location in the Nation was not a welcome thought, as you might well imagine, and that many of them were scornful of the concept of church/state separation did not help matters. However, I was encouraged by some discussion at a meeting of the Northern Ohio Freethought…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 28, 2016 at 7:05am — 8 Comments

Facebook facing heavy criticism after removing major atheist pages

Facebook facing heavy criticism after removing major atheist pages

Written by: Ayman El Kaissi
In the middle of April, Facebook removed more than six Arabic-speaking atheist pages due to “violations” of Community Standards. This is not the first time that Facebook has censored atheists and freethinkers in the MENA region. In response, the…
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Added by Stephen on June 23, 2016 at 9:34am — 3 Comments

Jo Cox MP dead after shooting attack

This terrible murder of a young member of Parliament just goes to show that gun violence can rear its ugly head anywhere not just America. The killer was heard to shout out Britain first or Put Britain first. Here is the BBCs report of the event.

 

Jo Cox MP dead after shooting attack

1 hour ago

From the section…

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Added by Stephen on June 16, 2016 at 6:39pm — 7 Comments

Reason Rally 2016 – Photo Album

There are lot of people I've met online since I became an atheist, many of them I am glad to call, "friend."  Still, it's something altogether different to MEET these same people in the flesh, or at least be close enough to photograph and hear them speak live.  Being able to do that a few times this past June 4th was as valuable to me as being able to attend the Rally itself, and I am glad to share with you some of those very neat moments here.





Here's Daniel and I.…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 13, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Reason Rally 2016 – My Impressions

Driving 360 miles with a lousy cold isn’t ordinarily my idea of fun, but this was the Reason Rally, and those don’t happen every day. So I added zinc and Hall’s Mentholyptus to my overnight bag and set off a touch after 8 AM Friday. Turns out the drive was pretty easy, and I got in around 2:30. There wasn’t a lot going on at the time, and I wanted to decompress after the drive, so there wasn’t much to do other than collapse! I DO want to note, however, that one thoughtful provision had been…

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Added by Loren Miller on June 13, 2016 at 9:21am — 4 Comments

Has anyone seen an "Illuminati" recently?

You may argue to death that there are movements in this image. That's what good illusions do to our eyes.…

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Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on May 30, 2016 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

DC police warn proselytizing Christians not to hound atheists at Reason Rally

DC police warn proselytizing Christians not to hound atheists at Reason Rally or face arrest

Angry preacher (Shutterstock)

Later this week, an estimated 20,000 “free-thinking” atheists will gather in Washington, D.C. for the Reason Rally. Perhaps predictably, Christian evangelists saw this as a ripe opportunity to try converting them.

But that won’t happen now, because D.C. police won’t let Christians hold their own gathering without a…

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Added by Stephen on May 29, 2016 at 9:11pm — 2 Comments

Why The War on Drugs Is a Huge Failure

The war against drugs has been a terrible disaster for everybody involved. Why? And can we do something differently?

I'm not totally sure but I know the war on drugs has had a terrible effect on society as a whole.

Added by Stephen on May 27, 2016 at 5:35pm — 5 Comments

We are even related to plants, let alone the uncircumcised, brethren!

We are very similar before birth!

I sometimes nearly cry when I see an educated person act childishly or with total stupidity. Why hell don't they see what is crystal clear?

I once asked my colleague teachers at a high school the rationale of teaching scientific facts they don't believe or pretend not to see. The answer was sincere:…

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Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on May 25, 2016 at 3:12am — 9 Comments

Faith Is Not Curious

“Faith is no reason.” That was the winning entry in…

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Added by Loren Miller on May 23, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

J.K.Rowling at 2016 PEN Literary Gala & Free Expression Awards

J.K. Rowling Defends Free Speech—and Donald Trump

“He has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there.”

J.K. Rowling wants to remind you that freedom of expression includes people whose opinions you find most “offensive and bigoted.” Chief among them, for her: presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Added by Stephen on May 22, 2016 at 8:16pm — No Comments

It's human before being LGBT poison, right?

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Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on May 22, 2016 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Does the poor want to be rich? The rich say you don't!

Many of my neighbors and family members are among the poorest of the poor, and I am no really big difference to begin with. But whose fault is it actually? Then what?

In Ten Decisions You Need to Make to Get Rich, Robert Kiyosaki gives an explanation:

“The rich are rich because they are not focused on day-to-day short-term survival, or the expense column as the poor are.…

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Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on May 21, 2016 at 3:13am — No Comments

Busy scoring own goals?

Are you among those who say people are poor because they work less?

As usual, this morning I've been working on a workbook for helping the coachee during and after the session. [I'm a Certified Holistic Life Coach.] I was drawing a business structure to help the small business owner find out the profit-leadership-performance-life alignment, how common workplace problems occur, and what can be done.

The end image resembles a playground with a full one team, from the attackers to…

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Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on May 20, 2016 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Let's provide facts.

Polemic is not my hobby, but when fiction is called fact, I feel chilly.

"Many nations with a Christian heritage or who are increasingly adopting Christianity are prosperous due to the contributions that Christianity brings to science, technology, economics and a nation's work ethic (see: Christianity and science and …

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Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on May 16, 2016 at 10:06am — 2 Comments

I would have killed my wife in God's name!

Not believing what "everybody" thinks is true is a crime in this part of the world, worse than homicide.

You're literally pushing the whole society into earthquakes, storms, and misery! Having had enough of my wife's rebuking me for not going with the stream, I once angrily told her that if I did, I would have killed her back then. These words are terrible to tell a genocide survivor, especially when this survivor is your life partner who lost her father in the genocide.

I was…

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Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on May 14, 2016 at 10:38am — 6 Comments

It takes insanity not to learn from this Sister

100% true and contemporary

It would take insanity not to doubt God and God's crew from this event. I can give you a link to read the source for yourself.…

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Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on May 14, 2016 at 5:03am — 2 Comments

Will this God please stop meddling with my life?

You don't want to hear my case with God, or do you?

When I decided to get married, I requested someone--who willingly accepted. Everybody else, including the invisible god, was there either to witness, undermine, or just enjoy a drink and a cake. I remember having agreed with her on only 2 children, and sharing everything.

Today, a decade after, I'm forced to abide by everybody's fantasies--and especially God's--including having and raising as many children as…

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Added by Alexis Habiyaremye on May 14, 2016 at 4:09am — 9 Comments

It's Time to Lose the Naïveté

Another oldie but goodie here, or at least I think so.  As always, your thoughts are more than welcome.



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In an age characterized by science, technology and growth and development based on rational, objective criteria, religion is clearly anathema and anachronistic. Any analysis of any religion I am aware of boils down to a faith based on a book or books, none of which has any independent corroboration or historical referent. Put bluntly, they…

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Added by Loren Miller on May 10, 2016 at 10:22am — 17 Comments

Easy Rider Redux

Since I'm new to Atheist Universe, I figured I'd offer something of an introduction to where I'm coming from, via some of my writings.  I penned the following some years back, but I stand by it ... and I'd be interested in hearing your comments.



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The scene is a wooded field, somewhere in farm country. Three men sit around a campfire, sharing a joint and talking....

George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good…

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Added by Loren Miller on April 18, 2016 at 11:09am — 6 Comments

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