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Online VS Offline Freelancers

Freelancing is becoming a good source of earning income where you can earn without investing money. Freelancers are the people who are not employed by anybody or you can say like they are their bosses. These are the people who have some skills and the business and clients give them tasks and pay them in exchange for that…

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Added by Kathleen Judy on February 25, 2021 at 1:27pm — No Comments

They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed ...

JOMO KENYATTA (1892-1978), first prime minister of independent Kenya:

“When the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the Land and the Missionaries had the Bible.
They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed.
When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.”

[From Walker, John Frederick. A Certain Curve of Horn: The Hundred-Year Quest for the Giant Sable Antelope of Angola, 2004. Page 144. This has also been attributed to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.]

Added by Terence Meaden on February 5, 2021 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Bibles in Hotels and Hospitals

Written by Malcolm Hutton: National Secular Society 9 January 2009.



One could take action when a bible is presented in hotel or hospital. First of all, go

prepared with a yellow highlight pen and ask if the bible is yours to keep.

Then

highlight some of the most damaging verses, such as:

Luke 14:26 – hate your mother and father

Matthew 10:34/36 – he came not for peace but with a sword

Psalm 137:9 – it will make you happy to dash your little ones…

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Added by Terence Meaden on February 4, 2021 at 4:34pm — 7 Comments

Respect for the Fallen

The scene is set in the Rotunda of the US Capitol building.  Hardly a few weeks earlier, that had been the site of a riotous attempt at raucous, lawless insurrection.  This moment could not be more different.  The lighting is subdued.  There is little to no conversation from the observers scattered about, their attention focused on the rectangular pedestal, located at the center of the Rotunda.  Said pedestal holds but two items.  The first of these is a flag, folded to a triangle shape in…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 3, 2021 at 9:00am — No Comments

What are the chances there’s a god out there…?

What are the chances there’s a god out there, somewhere in or beyond the Universe and responsible for it and us?

It is fitting to bring Bertrand Russell's concept of a sun-orbiting china teapot into this deliberation—or the Flying Spaghetti Monster—and let’s try judging similarly. Think up something new, whatever you like that is implausible and untestable, much like the teapot or spaghetti monster, and then consider the chances of its actually existing anyway. The answer is…

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Added by Terence Meaden on February 1, 2021 at 10:33am — 1 Comment

Holy Book Blunders

HOLY BOOK BLUNDERS

According to biblical morality and authority the following are fine and natural:

Slavery (Exodus 21:7); 1 Peter 1:18; Ephesians 6: 5-9.

Rape (Deuteronomy 22: 28-29);

Child Abuse (Proverbs 22:15);

Misogyny (1 Timothy 2:12);

Incest (Genesis 19: 32-35);

Prejudice (2 John 1:10).

According to biblical morality and authority the following are evil, wrong, and unnatural:

Eating Pork (Leviticus 11:7);

Eating shellfish (Leviticus…

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Added by Terence Meaden on January 24, 2021 at 7:04pm — 5 Comments

Holy Book Blunders

HOLY BOOK BLUNDERS

According to biblical morality and authority the following are fine and natural:

Slavery (Exodus 21:7); 1 Peter 1:18; Ephesians 6: 5-9.

Rape (Deuteronomy 22: 28-29);

Child Abuse (Proverbs 22:15);

Misogyny (1 Timothy 2:12);

Incest (Genesis 19: 32-35);

Prejudice (2 John 1:10).

According to biblical morality and authority the following are evil, wrong, and unnatural:

Eating Pork (Leviticus 11:7);

Eating shellfish (Leviticus…

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Added by Terence Meaden on January 24, 2021 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Dear President Biden: Regarding Christian Nationalism and January 6, 2021...

I have no doubt but that Joe Biden is one busy new president at the moment, and I tend to suspect that he may never actually READ the following (do they ever?), but considering the events of two weeks ago, Wednesday and our gang's concern regarding just who may have made up that mob, I found myself moved to write.



And so I did:



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President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW…

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Added by Loren Miller on January 23, 2021 at 10:40am — 2 Comments

The Problem With Miracles

You see there is only one constant. One universal. It is the only real truth. Causality. Action, reaction. Cause and effect.”[1]



While the Merovingian was a snotty, self-important dweeb within the Matrix’s scheme of things, I couldn’t be more in agreement with him as to the issue and the necessity of cause and effect.  Cause and effect is and indeed must be the central operator to the coherent function of…

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Added by Loren Miller on January 15, 2021 at 4:40pm — 7 Comments

On Miracles

This blog on miracles is from Chapter 13 of the new atheist book “Q—is for quare, queries and quotes”. 

Anyone may offer additions to this chapter in the course of the next two weeks. terencemeaden01@gmail.com

Miracle, noun: “A marvellous event exceeding the known powers of nature, and therefore supposed to be due to the special intervention of the Deity or some supernatural agency.” Oxford English Dictionary.

Miracle, noun: “An event which could not or…

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Added by Terence Meaden on January 14, 2021 at 3:43pm — 3 Comments

Temper Tantrum

Well, it finally happened.



One way or the other, Donald Trump has been building up his backers and his base to this moment from before the 2016 election.  Trump talked virtually non-stop about elections being rigged, about being cheated out of a popular vote victory, arguments regarding the numbers at his inauguration speech, and every complaint regarding the power he has wanted to exercise, whether legally or not, as Commander in Chief.  That same language continued into the 2020…

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Added by Loren Miller on January 8, 2021 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Saying "No" To God

The 2015 movie Spotlight didn’t win the Best Picture Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences purely on the strength of its production values or the performances of its A-list cast, led by Michael Keaton as Boston Globe Spotlight editor Walter “Robbie” Robinson and Mark Ruffalo as reporter Mike Rezendes. Personally, I believe it also earned that honor by representing in dramatic form their investigation into one of the most egregious stains on human society: the…

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Added by Loren Miller on December 21, 2020 at 9:15am — 2 Comments

Thanksgiving Musings

I sometimes question my sanity. In this case, was I crazy to go to a Thanksgiving gathering where there were 18 adults and 8 children in attendance? I was the only one to wear a mask--no guarantee to avoid Covid 19. I ate with the mask off of course.

The host (my son-in-law's father) is a preacher, so, of course, he had to give a prayer (blessing) with everybody holding hands. I quietly escaped the room feigning a bathroom "emergency". I have no idea what was in the prayer. Now for…

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Added by Randall Smith on November 27, 2020 at 8:22am — No Comments

Donald John Trump – A Cautionary Tale

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

-- H.L. Mencken, On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe



Four years ago, the United States voted a political unknown into its highest office, at least in part on the pretense that perhaps a…

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Added by Loren Miller on November 9, 2020 at 8:00am — 34 Comments

Mini trip

Since my Road Scholar trip to England was cancelled, Plan B called for a "vacation" to visit my sister in Edinburg, Virginia. I just returned.

From Indiana, I drove south of Cincinnati to Big Bone Lick State Park to see where pre-historic mammal fossils have been found. They got trapped in the salt lick mud. There wasn't much to see, but it was interesting.

I drove east to Red River Gorge area in Kentucky and hiked up to to see a natural bridge. Pretty neat. The next day, I…

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Added by Randall Smith on October 13, 2020 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

Oppose the Appointment of Amy Coney Barrett

I just sent the following to Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, by email and physical letter:



26 September, 2020



Senator Rob Portman

448 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510



Senator Portman:



I am writing you to insist that you do not under any circumstances endorse or vote for the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Please understand, as a non-religious American, it is not her…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 26, 2020 at 12:20pm — 12 Comments

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 1933 – 2020

I was doing something at my computer yesterday evening when my wife laid the news on me: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. My reaction wasn’t quite as though I had been punched in the gut, but it wasn’t much better than that. In the best of times, a loss of that nature would be considerable and its impact profound. Considering the current state of both American politics and jurisprudence, this news is potentially cataclysmic.



From the time of her entry into the…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 19, 2020 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

Service – Trump Doesn't Get It

The following is an excerpt from The Atlantic, dated 3 September, 2020:



On Memorial Day 2017, Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery, a short drive from the White House. He was accompanied on this visit by John Kelly, who was then the secretary of homeland security, and who would, a short time later, be named the White House chief of staff. The two men were set to visit Section 60, the 14-acre area of the cemetery that is the burial ground for those killed in America’s most…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 4, 2020 at 11:00am — 25 Comments

The Great Depression II

I remember, well, the stories my parents and grandparents told me about The Great Depression I. One day, in 1929 or 1930, one set of grandparents were evicted from their home, their business was confiscated as were all the cars and trucks necessary to run a smal townl meat market. Households on both sides of my family moved in with relatives, they grew huge vegetable and fruit gardens, as well as raised chickens, beef, and pigs. The rich became richer and the working class became…

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Added by Joan Denoo on September 3, 2020 at 11:01pm — No Comments

“A Debt to the Truth”

This is yet another of my old blogs from Atheist Nexus, reprinted here because I think the topic remains timely and important. I hope you enjoy.



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When the truth offends, we lie and lie until we can no longer remember it is even there, but it is still there. Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, that debt is paid.

-- Comrade Valery Legasov, commenting on the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power…

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Added by Loren Miller on September 1, 2020 at 7:50am — No Comments

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