Should Atheists Give Invocations?

 

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Another day (week) another outrage from American Atheists and their “allies”. Recently the 3rd Circuit Court of appeals  reversed a District Court decision concerning non-theists  giving invocations at the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Of course american Atheists released a statement, calling the 2-1 decision, “indefensible”. Is it?  Something AA didn’t do in their release is link the decision and cherry-picked  a single sentence from the 34 page decision (including the one dissent) to do nothing but attempt to provoke atheists in some way or other.

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Has Interest in Atheism Declined?

 

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I’ve received a few emails (okay, very few) from readers asking me why I don’t seem to be doing much if any writing concerning atheism. The reason is simple: there’s really not much to write about. I mean, I can replay the same old tropes, in their current form based on what I happen to read about, but there’s really nothing, iin my mind, noteworthy of any commentary. Times have changed where, just a few years ago, there was plenty to write about, or produce a podcast. Today, people, most, seem to have moved on to their lives, as they should.

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Twitter Just Shadow-Banned My Friend. Yes, I’m Angry.

 

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After this recent post, I was perusing my Twitter account and came across something I found to be imponderable. Someone I’ve been following for quite a while now has been suddenly shadow-banned by the platform. For those that may be unaware of what shadow-banning constitutes, it is simply that those that do not follow you will ever see your tweets, and you may not be found by another user when using the search function. That’s essentially silencing a person.  This is a person I actually consider a friend, and not just on Twitter, we’ve actually spoken together. It’s disturbing to me and I wonder if this is not a step in the new rules Twitter is implementing as I wrote about in that post.

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What Atheists Don’t Say

 

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I recently watched ta video (embedded at the end of this) titled, Atheists – Never Say THIS.  I liked it in general, but I do have to say I had a couple of problems with it, in that at least one of the examples presented – in fact the first – I have almost never heard anyone say. Maybe it’s because I’m not on social media all the time, or that I don’t attend Atheist conferences. I’m not sure, but I do know that what he spends a lot of time on at the beginning, is not something I’ve regularly heard any atheist say.

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Why Believe in “God”?

 

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Does belief in any god bring anything to anyone? Certainly it brings a feeling of community, that you belong to something, but does it do anything else? That’s a question I had even as a Christian when I would attend church regularly, pray and read the bible the same. Even though I was very attended to my belief, today, years later, now an atheist, I can’t see why for so long I believed that anything I believed would affect my life. It may have; In fact, I actually think it did, at one point or another. But overall? No. Belief in any god doesn’t do anything for anyone other than the possibility that it makes them feel better about themselves. Not just their successes, but their failures as well.

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