To Mask or Not

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To Mask or not to Mask. That ia the question, to paraphrase Shakespeare. There are those that claim to support “science” that say, yes, everyone, out in public, should be wearing masks. I want to ask them if they’ve tried this with their toddlers. Others say, masks do nothing to prevent the transmission of the Wuhan virus. The government, at all levels, until recently, has been back and forth on whether waring a mask will not only save your life (it won’t) to saving lives of others (this is where the argument exists). It’s a conundrum because there is actually no science, currently, that says wearing a mask will prevent a person from contracting the Chinese virus.

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Want to Support Worldwide Atheism? Join IAA

 

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything. I apologize to my readers but as we are all experiencing during this pandemic, we all are dealing with our own issues. It’s not that I haven’t had ideas to blog about, topics that have come to mind. So, now that, in my household, at least some issues have resolved themselves, I thought I should get back to the keyboard.

I’m disappointed. As an  Atheist, I can’t find a single organization that I can believe that their mission is to support atheists. I think about those I’ve belonged to; American Atheists and Freedom From Religion Foundation. But both of those have become more political and, in my opinion, less an Atheist activism organization than people that want to push some version of Social Justice. If you recall, I joined IAA a few months ago. Why? Well, one of the founders, Courtney Heard, I am very familiar with, and her co-founder, Bridget Guadett, is a well known activist in atheist circles. As you may know, I was skeptical of this new organization. Do we really need another “Atheist” organization? Good grief, how many are there already out there? Once, though, Courtney and Bridget defined their mission more completely, I decided I could do nothing else but join and support them.

What’s different? Well, IAA does exactly what they say – we’re helping atheists around the world whether those people are in danger of being arrested in their own countries or just needing support that allows children to receive a secular education. Yes, we raise and donate money to those causes that promote freedom for many who do not have a voice where they live.

IAA  have also partnered with other atheist organizations around the world, in order that we, here in the privileged west, may know and be able to support those in countries whose lives are in peril – and that covers a lot of people, by the way. What do we do with monies donated? Look no further than here. Transparency, is a good thing when you’re donating money to an organization. How many others do you know of that blog about anything like this. None of them do this. What and why am I blogging here about? I would like to see many more atheist abandon the old, elitist, political, SJE, organization’s  and jpin us here at IAA. $25 a year will help atheists around the world . Yes, we’re all in tough times right now but if you can afford a large pizza twice a month, then you can join IAA for a year.

Let’s support an apolitical, atheist-oriented organization. Think about how much good will be accomplished by your small memership. There’s 10 million atheists in the US alone! Can’t we find 2 or 3 thousand here that would want to help not only them selves, but atheists in countries around the world?  Please go here, and join now.

Sometimes, I Receive Comments…

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Yes, sometimes here I receive comments on posts. On occasion, I receive one that I want to respond to within a post. I know I could ignore it or even delete it (if it were abusive) but there are some that I believe need a more exposure than it may normally receive here. All comments are public, so by copying the comment here, is not any kind of ethical violation. Sometimes, I think when I receive one like the one below, it’s from someone just trolling me, not serious at all. I’ll leave it to you though to decide. Whether you are a believer or not, this might bring a smile to your face.

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Academia is Dead

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It doesn’t matter where you work, or the field you work in. It actually has nothing to do with the contributions you’ve made to that field; The number of peer reviewed, published papers, the books you’ve written, Today you’re position as an academician is determined by your value on the scale of Social Justice. In academia, it’s the opposite of get woke, go broke. Not being part of the “Social Justice Movement” (whatever that happens to be, any week of the year) means that everything you have contributed in your field is worthless and is worthy of no more than dismissal by those that are better socially adjusted.

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We’ve Failed to Raise a Responsible Generation

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Do you have children? A child? If they’re older, remember what they were like when they were toddlers? In my day, it was called “the terrible twos” and for older ones, (three or four) the years of tantrums. I actually didn’t experience much of that but I know those parents that did. No matter what they did, whatever punishment they gave, it never seemed to settle the child down enough. I know those that even spanked their kids (I never did that), and still, a day, two, whatever later, the same temperament would exhibit itself. My solution was to pick her up, give her kisses and tickles until the mood passed. Oh, there was punishment when needed! It never included hitting.

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