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The Anti-Abortion Movement Hates Women?

Jun 2, 2012 6:59:23 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:59:15 AM
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I'll say it again. Those in the pro-choice movement who assert that all opponents of abortion (usually religious) hate women, want to control women or seek some kind of pro-life population surge (heard that one a few weeks ago) are making a wildly incomplete statement. I'm not a Republican, but time and again, I see the "Republicans Don't Care If Women Die From Back Alley Abortions" charges and shake my head. This is not how the anti-abortion movement thinks, and while you'll find extreme e...

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A Word About Christopher Hitchens on his Birthday

Apr 13, 2012 8:03:03 AM
Sep 5, 2012 3:59:44 AM
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On this day in 1949, Christopher Eric Hitchens was born. Hitch was an English author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. He was a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in September 2008. He was a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits and in 2005 was voted the world's fifth top public intellectual in a Prospect/For...

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Nothing Fails Like Prayer

Feb 9, 2012 7:33:11 PM
Sep 20, 2012 5:17:58 AM
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It's curious.All over Facebook, people beg for prayers for their loved ones, often describing horrific and near unthinkable accidents and illnesses with life-and-death outcomes.My mom is in Intensive Care at Hospital X.  Please pray!  I have a spot on my lung and I'm going in for further tests.  Please pray!  My sister miscarried at 12 weeks.  Please pray.  A baby's body is ravaged with cancer.  Please pray. Ask yourself what all of the prayer posts really imply. If God tru...

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Indoctrination

Jan 16, 2012 2:26:14 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:03:30 AM
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I've become a casual student of childhood indoctrination, and I hear stories from those raised to accept the religions of their parents as Truth without question.  I, myself, see my own childhood cloaked certainly in the security and sacrifice of two loving parents, but also growing up to the constant drumbeat of the Christian religion.  We children were taught what to think much more than how to think, and the stories of Jesus, Noah, Moses, Adam and Eve were taught to us on the same factua...

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His Name Was Alex

Dec 7, 2011 4:08:03 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:04:05 AM
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  Alex Nunn.  He loved computers.  He loved cars.  He is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister. I’m often struck by the sterility of newspaper obituaries…the clumsy consolidation of a vibrant, complex and nuanced life into a tiny text box with a single photograph.  This is the deceased.  He was born.  He went to school.  He worked.  He lived.  He died.  Funeral services to follow. I didn’t know Alex Nunn personally.  His name popped up occasionally on The ...

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Dear Mom and Dad (a letter to a religious family)

Nov 29, 2011 4:25:56 PM
Sep 5, 2012 3:52:20 AM
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You’ve failed as a parent.  That’s what you’re thinking, I’m sure.  If only you’d attended church more regularly.  If only you’d prayed more and emphatically taught your child the power of prayer.  If only you’d have opened the bible more instead of leaving it so often on the nightstand.  If only you’d demonstrated God’s love in a meaningful way.  If only you’d been a better mentor…a better example…a better Christian.  If only. Nonsense.  It’s imperativ...

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Atheism On The Rise

Nov 11, 2011 10:26:09 AM
Sep 5, 2012 4:06:27 AM
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I was in a discussion with a theist recently, and she tossed out a zinger.  She informed me that (paraphrasing) "the scientific community is largely rejecting the idea of Evolution and embracing the biblical Creation account."  When I picked my jaw up off of the floor, I reminded her that 93% of the National Academy of Sciences rejects any god.  She, of course, brushed that statistic aside as a biased, false, obviously contaminated sample (no doubt influenced by that crafty devil). My a...

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Adam's First Wife: The Story of Lilith

Oct 30, 2011 6:39:50 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:07:22 AM
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(Editor's note:  In a recent podcast entitled "Woman, Be Silent," the story of Lilith came up, prompting a litany of requests from our users for more information.  TTA guest blogger "Meg" has provided an in-depth look at this fascinating legend in this post.  Many thanks to her for the long hours of research on this one.  -Seth) “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” To the faithful of both Christianity and Judaism,...

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Woman...Be Silent!

Oct 20, 2011 12:46:47 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:08:40 AM
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Anyone else think it’s ironic when Christian women spout instructional and inspirational scriptures on Facebook and elsewhere?  I saw several examples only yesterday, including a ditty from one friend (I’ll call her Julia) which read in bold text, “YOU WERE MADE BY GOD AND FOR GOD, AND UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND THAT, LIFE WILL NEVER MAKE SENSE!" The comments that followed from her religious friends were the same, predictable litany of bumper stickers we’ve come to expect, but I decided to...

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Funny About Facebook

Oct 6, 2011 3:43:35 PM
Sep 5, 2012 4:09:05 AM
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Arguing with theists on Facebook is usually like telling your grandmother how to set the digital clock on her microwave oven.  No matter how carefully you give the directions, she ignores you and blathers on about the good ol’ days of wind-up watches and wood-burning stoves. I try to resist those kinds of Facebook exchanges.  I try to remember that I’m a solitary atheist surrounded by devoutly religious family and friends, remembering that their posts will naturally reflect the allegi...

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