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Re: [bostonatheists] Something to share about Religion as a sick ideology - Hi Ken- You make a good point regarding the motives people can have in committing violence. Growing up in the "Middle East" (North Africa) makes me relate to a lot of your points.  The Theta_Xi May 26, 2017 9:52 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Cults! - Raja May 24, 2017 2:01 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Cults! - Dear Raja: Great recommendations. You don't happen to have a link to any reviews of that Dalit book, do you? All best, Z Zachary B. May 24, 2017 1:33 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Cults! - Raja May 24, 2017 1:31 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Something to share about Religion as a sick ideology - Hi Z. kenneth a. t. May 24, 2017 11:56 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Cults! - Curses! Paul G. B. May 24, 2017 10:04 AM
Another interesting article: "Arguments why God (very probably) exists" - This article summarizes a good number of the most commonly encountered "academic" reasons for belief in a higher power:  https://theconversation.co Zachary B. May 23, 2017 9:47 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Cults! - I'm working on a novel about the development and exploits of a destructive cult leader. I've read nearly 50 books on the topic so far. I want the narriative to be so true to life that readers effectively get a vaccine maki Jim H. May 23, 2017 9:23 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Cults! -           who knows why folks are drawn to certain people; 1 candidate blasted all the others; masses voted him into the oval office;         re " Lorraine L. May 23, 2017 7:52 PM
Cults! - A great little read:  http://lifehacker.com/how-to-i­dentify-a-dangerous-cult-and-r­esist-the-urge-t-1795342855 One secti Zachary B. May 23, 2017 7:20 PM
Something to share about Religion as a sick ideology - Hey Y'all In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester, make no mistake, Religion and the idea of a God, heaven, flying angels and 72 virgins is the motive behind it. Anyone thinking to kill themselves along wit Theta_Xi May 23, 2017 2:24 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Atheists in foxholes - Did you notice that the author of that column is himself the head of a guild of Catholic magicians? On Thu, May 11, 2017 at 5:38 PM, Dwight < Zachary B. May 12, 2017 9:47 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Atheists in foxholes - did some research re atheists, non-religious; my favorite clip so far is from:  http://www.jmarkgilbert. com/atheists.html Lorraine L. May 11, 2017 10:22 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Atheists in foxholes - Jesus rising from the dead, that is magical.  Lmmao. Live better.   Help often.  Wonder more.  On May 11,[masked]:19 PM, &qu Dwight May 11, 2017 5:38 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Atheists in foxholes - Doesn't, for example, the atheist government of China run a whole bunch of hospitals? On Thu, May 11, 2017 at 11:12 AM, Theta_Xi < Lev May 11, 2017 4:29 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Atheists in foxholes - They only posted the second half of my comment, they didn't like the first part where I was quoting a sentence from the article where the author was making "Fun" of Atheists when he said they believe the world "Magically& Theta_Xi May 11, 2017 4:19 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Atheists in foxholes - Alright, I can't stand the comment back stating that Catholics run x number of churches and ignoring the fact that Doctors and science are the ones who actually save lives and not stupid prayer. The money they make to run these hospital Theta_Xi May 11, 2017 11:10 AM
Atheists in foxholes - Dear BAers: A really unfortunate op-ed was published in the National Catholic Register yesterday:  http://www.ncregister.com/blog­/astag Zachary B. May 11, 2017 10:13 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Very much enjoyed myself. - That would be this event,  https://www.meetup.com/bostona­theists/events/239631518/ . All best, Z Zachary B. May 11, 2017 9:36 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Very much enjoyed myself. - O&S (old and slow). This is the first time I have heard of this gathering. Maybe it's on another thread? Which one? Richard J. May 10, 2017 9:53 PM
Very much enjoyed myself. - I want to thank everyone who made it to Solis Wed night for drinks and bites. It gave me a chance to put faces to names I've seen on the threads and to make what I hope are new friends in the process. Thanks again! Sent from my iPhone Jim B. May 10, 2017 9:30 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Amen Brother: The Millionaire's Boy's Club and the Billionaire Boy's club are driven by the insanity of their ambition and the one thing we know for sure is that they ca Zozzo May 5, 2017 7:02 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - I second this, Bob J On May 4, 2017 at 10:32 PM "Paul G. Brown" <[address removed]> wrote: Robert J. May 5, 2017 12:51 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - I'm with you, Bob J On May 4, 2017 at 9:54 PM Theta_Xi <[address removed]> wrote: Robert J. May 5, 2017 12:50 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Best thing I have learned this week!  TFIF y'all On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 11:32 AM, Dan < Theta_Xi May 5, 2017 12:05 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - You could go with TFIF - Thank Frige It's Friday.  It's as pointless as thanking any other mythological character, but at least you would be thanking the mythological character the day is named after. Dan Dan May 5, 2017 11:32 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Joel- Thank you for the comment about the Bonobos being a better example, I agree and LOVE IT! I do have a whole a lot to write about why I don't like to compare Communism with being an Atheis Theta_Xi May 5, 2017 10:45 AM
RE: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - David A M. May 5, 2017 10:33 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Pardon my undermining the seriousness of the conversation, but your comment, Jim, made me think of a product we could sell under the BA brand. A blanket generalization? Like, a throw blanket, but with generalizations written all over it as Zachary B. May 5, 2017 10:14 AM
Fwd: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Jim B. May 5, 2017 10:12 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - A tangent but I wanted to note something: >  We know chimpanzees who share 98% of our DNA, have moral societies. Joel May 5, 2017 9:51 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Human beliefs and belief systems are complex and nuanced not given to blanket generalizations. If people's religious beliefs are determined by how Jim B. May 5, 2017 9:18 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Like I said we got trapped in an infinite loop.  I couldn't agree more, as someone who came out of the darkness of the teachings of the Religion of Islam, I sure hope they don't become a majority and everyone has Theta_Xi May 5, 2017 9:10 AM
RE: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - David A M. May 5, 2017 7:12 AM
RE: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Fair enough. But i think we got caught in an infinite loop, so let me throw a while clause in there [Sorry, I am a programmer] While people and families should have the freedom to teach their kids w Theta_Xi May 5, 2017 6:57 AM
RE: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - David A M. May 5, 2017 6:42 AM
RE: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Also, the punch line here, to guarantee our freedom to anything, we are told and shown is based on an oath taken on the book that opposes that freedom. Why is this normal??  People need to wake up, Theta_Xi May 5, 2017 5:19 AM
RE: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - I see your point, but I am not calling for the removal of religion from society by force. I am calling for its removal by education, awareness and rational thinking. Let's face it, most people b Theta_Xi May 5, 2017 5:14 AM
RE: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - David A M. May 5, 2017 1:21 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Let us be comforted Paul G. B. May 4, 2017 10:32 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - Pretenders* is a word I very much like in this context, pretenders of supernaturalism. I plan on coming out, I just have to find a sitter for my dog. I will do my best. Theta_Xi May 4, 2017 10:07 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Religious Freedom - If you're saying we shouldn't allow our societies to be run by supernaturalists, or pretenders at supernaturalism, I can say that I know what you mean. Were you planning on coming out for pub night? I think we cou Zachary B. May 4, 2017 9:57 PM
Religious Freedom - Hello Seculars - As you may know, today the president signed an executive order to allow religious institutions to steer the political direction for everyone living in this country. Theta_Xi May 4, 2017 9:54 PM
Latest Research on the Shroud of Turin - Dear fellow atheist, I had a recent discussion with a friend who is a believer and I was stunned to hear that this piece of relic had been resurrected. I thought this issue was put to rest in the 90’s, when it was discovered via carbon dating that i Rolin N. Apr 24, 2017 10:41 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - I am gonna be at the intersection of Joy and Beacon at 1:30 PM Go science! On Apr 21,[masked]:51 PM, "Danielle C" < Theta_Xi Apr 22, 2017 11:59 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - How about at the "stairway to nowhere" at Downtown crossing. That should (hopefully) be far enough from the common that we can meetup and see each other but close enough that those with ambulatory issues won't h Sarah Apr 21, 2017 9:50 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - I'm going and meeting up with another group, Indivisible Somerville, but feel free to piggyback as a BA group too! IS has no shortage of humanist/atheists.  Here's the event-within-and-event invite:  Danielle C Apr 21, 2017 1:50 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - Me too, I plan on going and it would be cool to meet up somewhere if can agree on a spot!  Zyad On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 12:20 PM, Raja < Theta_Xi Apr 21, 2017 1:10 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - Preview not available Raja Apr 21, 2017 12:20 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - Good thinkin'. Mike, Sarah, suggestions for a rally point? The fountain near the info hut on the Common? On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 11:05 AM, Sarah < Zachary B. Apr 12, 2017 11:22 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - It might be better to meet downtown as not everyone lives off the red line and meeting downtown would make it easier for everyone to Meetup. Also n Sarah Apr 12, 2017 11:05 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - Thanks for sharing the link. To be clear, we're talking about having a rally/meet-up point specifically for Boston Atheists, so that they can find each other AT the rally. That said, I imagine there's a good numbe Zachary B. Apr 12, 2017 9:26 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - Preview not available Theta_Xi Apr 12, 2017 9:21 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - You're the man, Mike. Where do you want people to meet? How about meeting somewhere -- like Starbucks in Kenmore -- at 12, and then marching down Comm Ave (posters held high) to the main rally? And if you'd be comfortable sharing yo Zachary B. Apr 12, 2017 9:01 AM
Any group presence planned for 4/22 March for Science? - Looks like the Boston rally is on the Common, 1pm to 4pm: Cap'n M. Apr 11, 2017 10:01 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Charitable ideas. - Ken, you might be interested to know that I've got an informal committee of people involved in preliminary fundraising and planning for a community center along the lines of the sort you describe. The planning name for this project, at Zachary B. Apr 6, 2017 6:49 PM
Charitable ideas. - Hello atheist community. kenneth a. t. Apr 6, 2017 6:44 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Suggestions for a May charitable event? - Agreed. Hand in Hand for Syria is one I've given to before. They are one of the few organizations able to get aid directly to people effected by the war there.  McCoy Apr 6, 2017 4:49 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Suggestions for a May charitable event? - In light of recent events I think that the people of Syria could really use some help. Maybe UNICEF or Doctors Without Borders? Or an organization that helps Syrian Refugees? Sarah Smith Sarah Apr 6, 2017 3:23 PM
In Praise of a Creator of the Universe - Don L. Apr 5, 2017 9:03 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Suggestions for a May charitable event? - I vote for Warren's idea - ex-muslims Richard J. Apr 4, 2017 10:16 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Suggestions for a May charitable event? - I suggest donating to Ex-Muslims of North America. It's kind of an unconventional choice for a charity fundraiser but I've been follo Warren H. Apr 4, 2017 8:32 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Suggestions for a May charitable event? - I'm trying to help a young man in Uganda who needs to get a laptop to complete his college work as a community organizer. I usually avoid such requests because I cannot verify their legitimacy, but in this case, I happen to know so Jim H. Apr 4, 2017 3:18 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Suggestions for a May charitable event? - No offense taken, Bill.  On Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 1:34 PM William J Sweeney < [address removed] > wrote: McCoy Apr 4, 2017 1:59 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Suggestions for a May charitable event? - William J S. Apr 4, 2017 1:34 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Suggestions for a May charitable event? - William J S. Apr 4, 2017 1:17 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Suggestions for a May charitable event? - GiveDirectly is my preferred charity. They literally give money to needy families (mostly in East Africa) with no strings attached or restrictions. The only thing they ask is that the families tell them what they did with it. Much economic McCoy Apr 4, 2017 12:26 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Suggestions for a May charitable event? - Hello, This email is fortuitous (not prophetic), as I am going to Vietnam to do medical volunteer work. The organization is non religious and is very open with their funding ( Jamie Apr 4, 2017 11:04 AM
Suggestions for a May charitable event? - Dear BAers: More than one person has suggested that we do a charity night at Flatbread Baking Company in Davis Square, in May or June. Let's see if we can make that happen. What charity would you suggest we raise mone Zachary B. Apr 4, 2017 10:24 AM
Housing (need/offer) in Jamaica Plain - Hey there fellow atheists. I have had some relationship trouble this year which has lead to me either needing someone to move into the 2 bedroom I'm currently in, or me and my two 2 cats need to find another place to sublet for t Josiah Apr 2, 2017 2:54 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Fwd: [ssomit-announce] TODAY@7PM: Course 0 -- Science, Religion, and Astronomy - Can we get a little plan time on these topics? Tough for same day schedule adjustments. On Feb 27,[masked]:25 AM, "Zachary Bos" < James Feb 27, 2017 11:30 AM
Fwd: [ssomit-announce] TODAY@7PM: Course 0 -- Science, Religion, and Astronomy - ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: < [address removed] > Date: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at Zachary B. Feb 27, 2017 11:24 AM
Re: [bostonatheists] Time for a quick survey? - Color me surprised that the brain trust running Trump's website isn't bigly into using language clearly. On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:18 PM, Kathryn VanderWyk & Zachary B. Feb 21, 2017 8:33 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Time for a quick survey? - I had to read this one a few times before I could figure out what "Yes" and "No" answers actually correspond to: Kathryn V. Feb 21, 2017 7:17 PM
Time for a quick survey? - President 45 has asked Americans to respond to this survey. I find myself having to check the box for "Other, please specify" quite often as I fill in my responses, since I need to explain that the questions are improperly formed. Zachary B. Feb 21, 2017 9:23 AM
Now Blogging about Justifications for Religious Beliefs - I'd like to invite all members to visit, criticize, comment and promote or pan https://www.facebook.com Jim H. Feb 7, 2017 8:10 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - Barbara. I do not think you said anything that could be construed as worthy of attack. I doubt that James Megonigal was aiming his comments at you. But his outburst highlights why such criticism ne Jim H. Feb 3, 2017 11:25 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - Barbara Feb 3, 2017 9:12 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - Hello, I have learned several things about Atheists, their perspectives, and Atheist's arguments: You talk A LOT, use large words in your arguments, and assume acquiesce of readers logic. You speak a James Feb 3, 2017 8:51 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - Larry Excellent, but many people are not satisfied with that, as I am not. It comes from within, but where and how from within? Nature? Nurture? Barbara Feb 3, 2017 8:31 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - Dan said, "I'm strongly opposed to silencing anyone, but having some ground rules about our own little slice of the world allows us to have deeper and more fruitful discussions.  Of Jim H. Feb 3, 2017 7:30 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - Jim said: "I am opposed to censorship. While I strongly disagree with many positions Richard Spencer holds, I would welcome his posts here precisely because that would give many of us the opportunity to hold his claims and the debunkin Dan Feb 3, 2017 6:15 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - Barbara When I am asked that question about where morality comes from, I answer this way: "If I were to somehow convince you in the next 15 minutes that there are no gods, would you go out and kill/rape/steal? Would your value system be any differen Larry H. Feb 3, 2017 6:12 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - Kenneth, I think perhaps that many people are " closet atheists " and have a hard time " coming out " to all of their life groups: wor Barbara Feb 3, 2017 5:56 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - Danielle. kenneth a. t. Feb 3, 2017 4:16 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - It's not my place to set the rules of the group, but I hope that it is acceptable for me to contribute my reaction to Paul G. Brown's thoughts. I am opposed to censorship. While I strongly disagree with many positions Richard Jim H. Feb 3, 2017 3:24 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Fwd: [New post] Toronto Intergroup yields to agnostics in AA - 1. Alcoholic Anonymous 2. Greater Toronto Area 3. Alcoholics Anonymous Wo Jim B. Feb 2, 2017 11:24 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - What an excellent q Paul G. B. Feb 2, 2017 9:45 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Fwd: [New post] Toronto Intergroup yields to agnostics in AA - What are these? AA Richard J. Feb 2, 2017 9:03 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - I quit the Philadelphia Atheist meetup because they had a registered child molester running meetups. That was my limit. Just sayin' James Megonigal James Feb 2, 2017 8:12 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - Jim H. Feb 2, 2017 7:23 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] inquiry about Boston Atheists - I don't think there was a meeting for recently joined members, else I missed it. I was looking forward to it as well! Either way, maybe we could have another one?  I think the need for community and connection, for a Danielle C Feb 2, 2017 3:26 PM
Fwd: [New post] Toronto Intergroup yields to agnostics in AA - Toronto AA blacklisted atheist and agnostic groups from being officially listed about five years ago. Jim B. Feb 2, 2017 2:38 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Boston Atheists at tomorrow's Muslim Ban protest - I'll be there. I hope you all realize that we will be next to be targeted after the Muslims.  If you haven't seen the full inauguration, go watch it.  The message is loud and clear: there Dan Jan 28, 2017 6:02 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Boston Atheists at tomorrow's Muslim Ban protest - Thanks Zach, Email sent to ICE! Greg Soutiea Greg Jan 28, 2017 5:00 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Boston Atheists at tomorrow's Muslim Ban protest - I'll be there ✊ On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 4:22 PM Zachary Bos < [address removed] > wrote: Danielle C Jan 28, 2017 4:54 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Boston Atheists at tomorrow's Muslim Ban protest - Thanks for the info, I will try to make it and will text you. Scott On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 3:44 PM Zachary Bos < Scott T Jan 28, 2017 4:19 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] Boston Atheists at tomorrow's Muslim Ban protest - Josiah, in a thread on Facebook about tomorrow's rally, made this suggestion: Zachary B. Jan 28, 2017 4:19 PM
Boston Atheists at tomorrow's Muslim Ban protest - Dear BAers: So, Trump has decided that Muslims from seven Middle Eastern countries are barred from entering the US. However, Christians from the same countries are permitted. As far as I'm concerned, that&# Zachary B. Jan 28, 2017 3:37 PM
Re: [bostonatheists] The Indivisible Guide - The first public meeting of Indivisible Somerville is this week! https://www.facebook.com/group­s/195367644262845/ Danielle C Jan 28, 2017 1:28 AM

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