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Richard Dawkins and The Rage Brigade

Jul 30, 2015 5:33:52 PM
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Watching the latest dust-up over Richard Dawkins's tweet about the need for a feminist uprising in Islam. I simply cannot understand the inclination by many in the freethought movement to torpedo it from within. Under a banner of indignant, frothing-at-the-mouth and almost incessant protest over every damn thing, these people apparently stand perched and eager to pounce on any and every opportunity to cry foul and latch onto the (very trendy) tarring and feathering of anyone standing cl...

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The Strange Sermon of Pastor Dewey Smith Jr.

Jul 24, 2015 10:24:40 AM
Jul 24, 2015 10:25:10 AM
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This VIDEO CLIP of a recent church service was shared with me, and I found it interesting.  It featured Pastor Dewey Smith Jr. of Georgia's "The House of Hope." In my religious past, I shot videos for, literally, hundreds of churches, and one could easily see similarities, trends, tendencies and traditions from venue to venue, denomination to denomination, region to region, culture to culture. Many churches (and this is certainly true with black churches) have a huge performance aspect. Lo...

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My Family Thinks I'm Going To Hell

Apr 25, 2015 10:01:34 AM
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On Tuesday, we have a radio podcast called "My Family Thinks I'm Going To Hell," populated with the personal stories and perspectives of those who've encountered this attitude firsthand.  SHOW LINK:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2015/04/28/my-family-thinks-im-going-to-hell In a nutshell, I have a message to the fear pimps who are promoting this heinous idea. Parents. Siblings. Children. Friends. Associates. Total strangers... STOP attempting to frighten others into allegi...

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Call it Feminism...Call it Whatever.

Apr 22, 2015 12:17:56 PM
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Feminism: advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men. By the definition of the word, I'm a feminist. Call it egalitarian. Call it humanism. Call it "Ralph." I don't really care how it's labeled. I'm so often messaged by indignant guys with helpful "corrections" about the issue of women's rights. "The pay gap." "Women get favor in regard to child custody." "Women are perpetual victims." "Women don't get drafted!" "You're religious on this issue." O...

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He Lived in a Glass House

Apr 2, 2015 1:48:02 PM
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"Hour of Power" preacher Robert Schuller has died at the age of 88. I grew up watching Schuller on television (we were forced to watch Sunday services on TV if we didn't attend a local service...ugh). His grand, theatrical gestures and "power of positive thinking" messages (which, curiously, didn't involve much scripture) were part of the potpourri of religious messages blaring through my Sunday morning television, and they were definitely a "style over substance" experience. I don't celebrat...

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The Jesus Quiz

Feb 28, 2015 7:43:45 AM
Mar 26, 2015 6:19:32 PM
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Social media often has these simple quizzes (many little more than click bait), but when I saw the quiz on Jesus, I couldn't resist.  If you MUST know what I'm talking about, the quiz is HERE.  :) Much more entertaining was the comments section, and when I saw the inevitable prosyltizing and hell threats, I couldn't help but post this response.   ____ I love the Bible. There's no other book which has supplied this level of unintentional comedy and intentional horror to so many. Think abou...

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What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

Feb 18, 2015 7:30:18 AM
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It's Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent (the 40-day period before Easter). It's a time of strict fasting and abstinence, named after the Old English word for spring. 40 days is a "thing" in Christian scripture. Moses stayed on the mountain for 40 days. Jesus prayed in the wilderness for 40 days. Etc.On Ash Wednesday (and all Fridays during Lent), Catholics and Christians are encouraged to imitate Christ as he prayed and fasted for those long weeks. Those ages 18-60 are en...

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Obama, ISIS, and the Religions of Peace

Feb 6, 2015 12:25:09 PM
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President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday and defended peaceful Islam.  The Huffington Post has the article and video clip HERE. It's still sad that an elected official helms a National Prayer Breakfast (essentially wrapped around the Christian deity), but fine. Let's address Obama's assertion that, like Islam, Christianity has its own record of "terrible deeds" done in its name.   On this, he's absolutely correct. And while the Fox News crowd is freaking out about......

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10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry

Jan 20, 2015 2:38:00 PM
Jan 20, 2015 2:38:27 PM
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A few weeks ago, Pastor Stephen Kim of New York City posted a blog with guidelines for men who are seeking a suitable wife.  At the time of this posting, Kim's blog was still available via this LINK, and it was a companion piece to a previous article targeted to women. The opportunity was too good to pass up, so I produced a short response video (link coming) which addressed this pastor's (and the Bible's) percpective on females, and Dr. Darrel Ray refuted the pastor's nonsense in a January ...

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Merry Christmas (from an atheist)

Dec 22, 2014 11:13:06 AM
Dec 22, 2014 11:13:17 AM
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  I'm amused at the yearly "Keep Christ in Christmas" protests all over social media (and especially on Fox News). Here's the thing. A TON of non-Christians love the Christmas holiday. They call it Christmas (which is the holiday's proper name). They don't care how you personally celebrate it, as long as you're not claiming that it's a day exclusive to your particular faith or ramming it down our throats. Non-Christians enjoy Christmas trees, Christmas music, gifts, decorations, hot cider, t...

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