No gods
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3d ago
​Every deity ever worshipped is the product of ancient superstition invented by people who knew little about the universe and our place in it. They didn’t know our Earth revolves around the Sun or that our planet’s day/night cycle is the result of the Earth spinning on its axis. Genesis 1:16 says “God (also known as Yahweh) made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser to govern the night. He also made the stars.” The authors didn’t know that our sun is really just an average size star, one of more than 200 hundred billion stars in our galaxy ..read more
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Much expected
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2M ago
​https://www.ftsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/March-April-2024-FS-Ezine.pdf   While I have many problems with the Christian Bible, there are some portions I agree with. One is Luke 12:48: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” I recognize how fortunate I am to have been born in a country and a family where I had ample opportunities to attain a decent education and standard of living. But I ask myself what we should do about those to whom much is not given, whether born in this or another country. And I’ve noticed that people opposed to helping immigrants also seem less charitably disp ..read more
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My LTE
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3M ago
​My letter published in the February/March 2024 Vol 44 No 2 issue of Free Inquiry. https://secularhumanism.org/2024/01/letters-february-march-2024/      Re: “Why Am I Agnostic?” by Alejandro Borgo (FI, October/November 2023), Borgo mischaracterized atheism. He said, “The fact of being an atheist is a position taken in the conviction that there is a proof that the entity called ‘God’ does not exist.”    Not so.    I used to call myself an agnostic because I could not prove if a god exists, so I took the agnostic position that the existence of a ..read more
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What is wrong with atheists?
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3M ago
https://thehumanist.com/magazine/winter-2024/commentary/herbs-corner-what-is-wrong-with-atheists   When we atheists talk about religion, especially with Christians, we usually give good arguments about why Christian God beliefs can’t be true. We quote various biblical passages that make no sense to us, and explain how science contradicts many portions of the Bible. Our arguments rarely work with biblical literalists, because they don’t accept the science we show them. Most Christians don’t know the Bible very well and don’t care about the passages we quote.  ​  We tend to assume ..read more
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Do we need god in our lives?
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4M ago
https://www.ftsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/January-February-2024-Ezine.pdf    Many claim that the United States of America is a good and moral country because we are a “God-fearing nation.” Can you imagine what kind of morals and values we would have if we weren’t a God-fearing nation? Without religion, the United States would probably have the highest rates of violent crime — murder, rape, and robbery — in the developed world. Without a deep commitment to our faith- based values, we’d probably have an educational system that’s an embarrassment, with our children ranking among the ..read more
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White Christian natiionalists
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10M ago
https://www.ftsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/July_August-2023-Ezine.pdf ​White Christian Nationalists frequently say “they” are coming after your children. But who are “they,” and how are they doing it? “They” are often liberal teachers and media who supposedly are turning students away from Christianity and toward Marxism, or “they” are gays recruiting children to become gay or trans.  “They” also favor illegal immigration, taking away your legal guns, and trying to convince pregnant women to obtain abortions. In addition, “they” are  purportedly talking young people into ..read more
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What It Would Take For Me to Support Israel Again
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10M ago
https://shj.org/what-it-would-take-for-me-to-support-israel-again/ ​ ​My family shed “tears of joy” on May 14, 1948, when the Jewish State of Israel was established as a safe haven for Jews. I was five at the time and didn’t quite understand its significance, but I had been taught that an integral part of Judaism was anti anti-Semitism. A number of Jewish displaced persons (DPs) lived in my neighborhood, some of whom had been in concentration camps. I also had relatives who had died in the Holocaust, and my parents warned me to never trust the Goyim (Gentiles). When I grew up and evo ..read more
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What did he know and when did he know it?
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11M ago
​https://thehumanist.com/commentary/what-did-he-know-and-when-did-he-know-it  During the Watergate investigation, Sen. Howard Baker (R- TN) famously asked the question about President Richard Nixon. The resultant scandal caused Nixon to resign the presidency on August 8, 1974. We can ask the same question of the biblical god about everything. Religious fundamentalists have a fundamental dilemma to resolve. Can God really be omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnibenevolent (all-good)? Biblical literalists usually try to explain away the problem of evil by saying that ..read more
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Shema
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1y ago
  https://shj.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/HJ-Spring-2023-Member-Subscriber.pdf ​ Growing up Jewish, I recognized at an early age that I was different from the goyim (gentiles) without knowing quite why. Our Jewish kinship seemed to come from a mutual fear of anti-Semitism. In Hebrew school, I learned that the “Shema,” which literally means “Hear,” was the major contribution Jews had given the world—the philosophy to live by. I was taught that the statement, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one,” transformed the world from polytheism to monotheism—from worshipping many fals ..read more
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C0mmandments
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1y ago
​https://www.ftsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/May-June-2023-Ezine.pdf   Jesus allegedly said in Mark 12: 29-31: “The first of all commandments is to love thy God, and the second is to love thy neighbor as thyself. No commandments are greater than these.” I think the second of these commandments is an excellent one and should be the foundation of our morality. We need to distinguish between crimes against humanity and crimes against “God.” Murder is a crime against humanity and universally condemned by everyone, regardless of religious belief.  On the other hand, some religious b ..read more
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