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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 — 4 Comments

school cover-up as thousands of pupils 'disappeared'

Illegal Jewish schools: Department of Education knew about council faith school cover-up as thousands of pupils 'disappeared'

Exclusive: An investigation by The Independent reveals thousands of children in London have been moved to illegal Jewish faith schools and the evidence destroyed

A London council’s education authority destroyed evidence of children being educated in illegal faith schools at the…

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Added by Stephen on April 3, 2016 at 9:52am — 3 Comments

German footballers 'black up' in protest at racist attack

German footballers 'black up' in protest at racist attack

The digitally altered team photo

Wearing 'blackface' often provokes outrage as it has historically been used to belittle black people

A German football club has responded to what it says was a racist attack on two of its players by digitally altering its team photo to make the players appear black.

Deinster SV, a…

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Added by Stephen on March 31, 2016 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Ronnie Corbett, best known for The Two Ronnies, dies aged 85

I know some of you from the USA might not have heard of Ronnie Corbett but he was a huge star in the UK and I suspect in Canada and Australia. He will be sorely missed even by the more modern comics who thought of him as one of them.

Fellow comedians John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett in the class sketch, which was first broadcast on The Frost Report in 1966

Early days on the Frost report and That was the week that was.

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Added by Stephen on March 31, 2016 at 9:08am — 1 Comment

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Gender equality bills in Pakistan and Nigeria face religious backlash

Legislation to protect women and promote gender equality in Pakistan and Nigeria have generated a huge religious backlash – with Muslim and Christian senators saying the Nigerian law was an attack on religion.

The Nigerian Senate rejected a bill aimed at eliminating "all forms of discrimination" against women. The Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill would have given widows the…

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Added by Stephen on March 20, 2016 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Atheism on Trial in Russia's Stavropol

Atheism on Trial in Russia's Stavropol

In a courtroom in Stavropol, Viktor Krasnov, a physician's assistant, is accused of the same crime as Giordano Bruno, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Salman Rushdie — atheism. Krasnov probably isn't thrilled to be in such illustrious company, just as no one else is thrilled by this felony case. Hopping into a time machine is a great fantasy, but not when it takes you to the dungeons of the Inquisition.

Krasnov…

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Added by Stephen on March 19, 2016 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Watch the moment Tory minister squirms while justifying cutting disability benefits to help the rich

Watch the moment Tory minister squirms while justifying cutting disability benefits to help the rich

Plans to cut the disability benefit PIP were just a "suggestion", a Conservative Cabinet minister has said.

Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, appeared uncomfortable when asked about the cut on the BBC' Question Time programme.

The cuts would see 370,000 disabled people lose an average of £3,500 a year, reduce payments for disabled people who require…

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Added by Stephen on March 19, 2016 at 6:36pm — 12 Comments

Funeral Plans

Funeral Plans

I know this is a somewhat sombre subject, especially for some of our more younger members. But has anyone made plans for their own funeral, and what type of service do they envisage having for themselves especially for us Atheist.

I myself have made plans for the British Humanist Society to officiate at my…

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Added by Stephen on March 12, 2016 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

The Glaring Evidence That Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

The Glaring Evidence That Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

A debate at Yale highlighted the disconnect between those who would downplay the problem, and the growing mass of evidence that they’re wrong.

At a recent Intelligence Squared debate, an audience filled an auditorium at Yale University to weigh the timely proposition,…

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Added by Stephen on March 11, 2016 at 5:15am — No Comments

Mysterious Chimpanzee Behavior May Be Evidence of "Sacred" Rituals

Mysterious Chimpanzee Behavior May Be Evidence of "Sacred" Rituals

Videos from Africa capture repeated activities unconnected to food or status

I trampled clumsily through the dense undergrowth, attempting in vain to go a full five minutes without getting snarled in the thorns that threatened my every move. It was my first field mission in the savannahs of…

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Added by Stephen on March 11, 2016 at 4:57am — 2 Comments

Top Pakistani religious body rules women's protection law 'un-Islamic'

World | Thu Mar 3, 2016 9:10am EST

Top Pakistani religious body rules women's protection law 'un-Islamic'

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Added by Stephen on March 11, 2016 at 4:44am — 3 Comments

PRESIDENTS NEED BIG PENISES 05SaturdayMar 2016 Posted by frankomeara This  will present a problem for Hillary if she wins in November, but it already presents a problem for me concerning the American…

PRESIDENTS NEED BIG PENISES

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Added by Stephen on March 6, 2016 at 12:16pm — 1 Comment

Johnny Depp goes to Washington for atheist gathering Kimberly WinstonJohnny Depp will bring a touch of Hollywood glamour to a planned gathering of atheists and other secularists at Washington’s Linco…

Johnny Depp goes to Washington for atheist gathering

Kimberly WinstonCast member Johnny Depp arrives for the British premiere of the film "Black Mass" in London, Britain on October 11, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett Johnny Depp will bring a touch of Hollywood glamour to a planned gathering of atheists and other secularists at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial.…

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Added by Stephen on March 2, 2016 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment

THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN ISLAMIST TERRORISM

THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN ISLAMIST TERRORISM

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Added by Stephen on February 23, 2016 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Meet the United Church minister who came out as an atheist Rev. Gretta Vosper, a longtime Scarborough minister, is leading the United Church of Canada to test the limits of its famously progressive v…

Meet the United Church minister who came out as an atheist

Rev. Gretta Vosper, a longtime Scarborough minister, is leading the United Church of Canada to test the limits of its famously progressive views.

Gretta Vosper holds a Sunday service at West Hill United Church in Scarborough. The United Church's regional body announced in May that it planned to review her fitness to be a minister.

Gretta Vosper holds a Sunday service at West Hill United Church in Scarborough. The United Church's regional body announced in May that it planned to review her fitness to be a minister.…

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Added by Stephen on February 21, 2016 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Jeb Boasts He Helped 80,000 Kids Go To Christian Schools So They Could Be Told 'Jesus Loves You'

Jeb Boasts He Helped 80,000 Kids Go To Christian Schools So They Could Be Told 'Jesus Loves You'

Watch as Jeb Bush says he took on "powerful interests" so Florida school children could transfer…

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Added by Stephen on February 20, 2016 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

Harper Lee: US author of To Kill a Mockingbird dies aged 89

Harper Lee: US author of To Kill a Mockingbird dies

Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89.

The news was first confirmed by the mayor's office in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

The novelist was born Nelle Harper Lee on 28 April 1926.

In 1960, she published Mockingbird, a huge critical and commercial success which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and told the tale of a…

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Added by Stephen on February 19, 2016 at 1:47pm — 4 Comments

Is it a Theory? Is it a Law? No, it’s a fact.

by Richard Dawkins

I once tried to persuade an American atheist conference that the slogan,  “In God We Trust”, on banknotes was a cosmetic trivium. We should stop bellyaching  about it and concentrate our fire on more substantive issues such as the tax free status of churches. I was kicked around the room by the admirable Edwin Kagin, unfortunately now dead. It really matters, he said, not only because it’s unconstitutional but because many Americans, ignorant of history (the phrase…

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Added by Stephen on February 17, 2016 at 8:48pm — 1 Comment

Letter from Richard- Feb 17th

Letter from Richard- Feb 17th

Between visits by Physios and Occupational Therapists (good for the limbs, fingers and associated brain areas), I have been listening to Bach (soothing and good for the blood pressure), and to the audio reading of…

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Added by Stephen on February 17, 2016 at 3:26pm — 3 Comments

Antonin Scalia dead: Why the Supreme Court Justice's death will rock the US Election

Antonin Scalia dead: Why the Supreme Court Justice's death will rock the US Election

The conservative Supreme Court judge's death will spark arguments between Democrats and Republicans that could rage on until polling day

Justice Antonin Scalia - one of the most controversial figures in US politics - died last night during a hunting trip in Texas.

He was one of the most senior judges in America -…

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Added by Stephen on February 14, 2016 at 12:25pm — 3 Comments

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