Suggested Links from Atheist Activism Discussion

Thanks again to member Ben Hendry for leading the last monthly meeting discussion topic on Atheist activism. Here is a list of the links he recommended: -American Civil Liberties Union -Freedom From Religion Foundation -Foundation Beyond Belief -American Atheists -Atheist Voter -The Secular Web -The Atheist Scholar -Secular Coalition for America -Recovering From Religion -The …

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About Those Amber Teething Necklaces..

A little blog post I wrote a couple of years back on amber necklaces as a solution for teething relief in babies and toddlers. I wrote this after noticing many babies wearing stylish amber necklaces around town. Investigation enused......   https://thatspacecadetglow.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/a-word-about-amber-teething-necklaces/  

Action Items, Post Election- What You Can Do

As promised, here are some action items  we can take to get active, get more involved and to help us, hopefully, feel a  little less powerless. Please feel free to send me updates or other links, newspapers, organizations, etc. Join or Donate to an Organization:  Freedom From Religion Foundation American Civil Liberties Union Secular Coalition …

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Interview with Bart Erhman RE: the source of the Gospels

I ran across this brief interview with Bart Erhman and I thought it might interest the group. An Interview With Author Bart D. Ehrman Q: What is it that drives your fascination with how Jesus has been "remembered" and "misremembered"? A: When most people today read the Gospels of the New Testament, they nearly always …

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Reflections on the Recent Member Talk Regarding Global Climate Change (GCC)

We owe Sebastian and Jackie a big ‘thank you’ for their presentation last Thursday night. The turnout was impressive and the food was great, as usual. And it was a pleasure to meet the new members to our group: Clint and Susan, Barry and Roz, and Nate who just moved to Durango within the month! …

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Alcohol as a social convention…

Alcohol and social conventions… So many rules in society are unwritten. What we say, how we say it, who we talk to. In this particular case have you noticed how your ideas of normality, that is what is accepted, change when you have a drink in your hand? Not just for you but your view …

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Links For Monthly Meeting- January 2015

Thanks to all who made it out to our monthly meeting last Wednesday. What a lively discussion! Here are some links I thought relevant to the discussions that night: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases Here is a link discussing the Pew Research Center survey titled “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society  I believe the above survey was mentioned during …

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Let’s Be Reasonable

Atheists are reasonable people.  I mean that literally: we try to employ Reason when we make decisions, especially about something as central to our beings as our personal World View.  Reasoned decisions require valid evidence because belief, absent evidence, is just a Wish.  Evidence is the key.  As a rational man, I would be the first to drop to …

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A World Without Gods

So much death in the news these days. My heart aches for those families who lost people they love in this latest round of Boko Haram killings in Baga. Boko Haram’s goal? To establish an Islamic State in Nigeria. I can’t help but wonder how people can believe in an all-powerful and influential God amidst the …

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“When it was over, the crowd shouted, “Allah-hu Akbar! Allah-hu Akbar!”

Why Evolution Is True

LiveWire has an eyewitness account of the flogging in Saudi Arabia of Raif Badawi, a 30-year-old with three children who was arrested for apostasy, insulting Islam, and his real crime—running a discussion website called “Free Saudi Liberals.” While the apostasy charges (which could bring a death sentence) remain in limbo, Badawi was convicted on other charges and fined $267,000, sentenced to 10 years in prison, and ordered to be given 1000 lashes. That’s a harsh punishment, but, as the Guardian reports, “Rights activists say Saudi authorities are using Badawi’s case as a warning to others who think to criticise the kingdom’s powerful religious establishment from which the ruling family partly derives its authority.”

His wife divorced him and his family moved to Canada.

Yesterday Badawi received the first 50 of his lashes. An anonymous witness gave a report:

“When the worshippers saw the police van outside the mosque, they knew someone would…

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