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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Here we go again

"Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-TN) has introduced legislation in the House promoting the “importance of religion.”

Here’s the purpose of House Resolution 789: Reaffirming the importance of religion in the lives of United States citizens and their freedom to exercise those beliefs peacefully.

As if that was really a problem in our country…"

Tennessee Congressman Introduces Legislation to ‘Reaffirm the Importance of Religion’

Monday, September 24, 2012


Our A&P friend Meghan couldn't make it to the meetup reunion the other day, but she does send along her regards and a couple of laughs:. Types of extremists, & more atheist cartoons.

Good luck bringing up baby, Meghan! Let us know how "parenting beyond belief" is going.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Alain de Botton on a School of Life for Atheists | On Being

"Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created “The School of Life,” a secular community in London. He explains why wisdom and ritual shouldn’t be reserved just for believers..."

Alain de Botton on a School of Life for Atheists | On Being

Friday, September 7, 2012

Meetup Sep 13

Alumni of last Spring's Atheism & Philosophy ("A&P") course at MTSU, and interested others, are invited to join Phil Oliver & Dean Hall at Boulevard Bar & Grill near campus beginning at 4:15 pm next Thursday, September 13 for an informal reunion (or what some might call "fellowship"). Y'all come!

You can RSVP here or via Murfreesboro Freethinkers, or just show up.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Another good question from Dale McGowan

"My feeling about death is pretty straightforward: I’m opposed to it. I’ve pretty much mastered it intellectually, but emotionally I’m still not a fan. Natural selection will keep me at least somewhat skittish until I get there, at which point I’ll relax completely. Engaging the insights of my fellow bits of temporarily animated carbon has helped put it in perspective for me, even bringing out the beauty and poetry of it.


Q: What ideas or ways of thinking about death have been interesting, thought-provoking, intriguing, helpful, and/or comforting to you?

Note that comfort is just one element here. As I wrote in Raising Freethinkers, “The most significant and profound thing about our existence is that it ends, rivaled only by the fact that it begins.” So tell me the best things you’ve thought about that profound fact, ya mortals."

The Meming of Life Parenting Beyond Belief on secular parenting and other natural wonders