Does it Take a Conscious Effort to be Polite?

 

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When I write about religion, specifically Christianity, I attempt to not be insulting. I know that some believers may take what I write as just that, but it’s never meant that way. Some people are easy to insult I guess. One thing I never do (I have in the past, but it was rare), was to use expletives. I don’t see any necessity to pile on with what is clearly offensive to some. I’m not attempting to de-convert anyone, but I’d like those who are believers to be able to read my essays and note my attempt is to be thoughtful about what I write. Certain language doesn’t promote that at all.

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It’s Atheist Day! (Ho-Hum)

 

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So, today is Atheists Day. I had completely forgotten about it until I read this piece recently.  I recall actually writing about the proposal for a day just for atheists a year ago, and at that time I wasn’t too impressed with the idea back then. The problem is that no one cares. Yes, even most atheists probably don’’t care about a self-proclaimed day. It’s not that there’s going to be any media attention to the day just as there wouldn’t be if I declared today Jim Day. 

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What Defines Being Happy?

 

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We all have them, good days and bad days. Do we let those particular days define us? We shouldn’t. Everyone has a bad day now and again whether it;s work relatd or personal. The same goes for what we would define as a good day. Mainly, I think, we are all in the middle; Meaning we’re not overly happy nor are we sad. We can be happy without those highs and lows.

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Should The Bladensburg Cross Come Down?

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I’ve been meaning to write on the case that was recently heard by the Supreme Court, The American Legion v The American Humanist Association. This case was brought by the AHA through the Federal court system because the cross, in Bladensburg, Maryland, resides on public land and is maintained by public dollars. The circuit court (AKA Appeals Court), ruled against the Legion and the Supreme Court was petitioned to hear the case. In all SCOTUS cases, at least four justices have to agree to hear a case before it’s placed on the calendar so there was definitely some interest in this by the justices.

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Atheists and Social Media

 

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I know I’ve been writing a lot about social media recently, specifically Twitter, and I promise I’ll make a move away from discussing the perils of those platforms but I wanted to add one more post; This is about being an atheist on social media. There are a lot of atheists on the various platforms, in fact, several that I have followed on Twitter are on almost every one that exists. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but I wonder, and have for a long time, what good it does?

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