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Remember What You’re Voting For…

Vote today.

But keep in mind what you’re voting for.  I’ve said this in previous posts.  But POTUS has very limited power.  On purpose.  POTUS cannot single handedly “fix the economy” or “create jobs.”  Despite all of the Rhetoric.  POTUS’s power is limited to 1) Military command/action, 2) Veto power, and 3) Appointments.  That’s it.

But maybe what you’re looking for is a leader.  That’s really the unspoken power of POTUS.  According to George Friedman in his great book, “The Next Decade,” the “greatest” Presidents have been Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan.  Not because of what they necessarily achieved in office.  But because of how they changed the American conscience.  “Rallied the troops” so to say.

And your individual vote itself may not make a huge difference, sorry to say.  Remember that we do not live in a Democracy.  We live in a Representative Republic.  The Founding Fathers understood that they didn’t want the electorate to have complete control over who is ultimately elected into office.  Which is why we have the Electoral College.

Don’t flinch…I understand your consternation.  But still do your part.  Vote.  But understand what it means and why you are doing it…

Cheers!

TGA

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2012 in Politics

 

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Conferences

To all of my atheist, agnostic, secular, freethinker, humanist friends.  There are a couple of conferences coming up that you may be interested in.

The first is the PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, September 28-30th:

http://atheistpa.org/

This conference will unite a number of organizations in Pennsylvania and proves to be a wonderful time with a ton of great speakers.  It’s inexpensive ($50 for a weekend ticket) and if you live in PA you should definitely think about attending.

The second is NAPCON, the annual convention for the National Atheist Party.  More politically driven, this also promises to be a wonderfully informative conference.  It will be in Boston, October 5-7th.  NAP’s mission statement is “The National Atheist Party (NAP) seeks to politically represent U.S. atheists and all who share the goal of a secular government by gathering the political strength of secularists nationwide while being guided by the values of secular humanism and evidenced-based reasoning.”

If you are so inclined then GO!!!

Cheers!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Atheism, Politics

 

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Doubting god: what new study shows

So…  I usually like John King.  But I think that this story is presented in a completely biased manner.  There’s a new study that shows that in people under thirty doubt in the existence of god is rising.  In 2007, 83% of “millennials”say they never doubted the existence of god.  In 2012, 68% say they never doubted.  Possibly a significant drop since no other generation showed a change of more than 2% in the past five years.  Read more about the study here.

Now look.  I think that there may be other ways to interpret the study.  What exactly do people interpret as “doubt?”  But the drop in five years is quite significant in my opinion.  So what does CNN do?  In the all-too-common media circus where they pit one side against another, they have one interviewee… Stephen Prothero a Religion professor from Boston University.  Fine.  Ok.  But some of the comments he makes I think are kind of…well, ridiculous.

First of all the percentage of Millennials who are atheist is very unlikely to be the 3% which he quotes.  When asked in a different way, “Are you atheist, agnostic, or have no religion,” some studies cite that as many of 20% of Millennials claim to identify as such.

Furthermore, his tone in that sentence, specifically when he says a “secularization problem” is laughable.  When did secular become a bad word.  I find this so much in everyday life.  Religious, especially highly religious people, think secular means “evil, amoral, misguided.”  This is simply not true.  A secular state is one which separates church and state.  That’s it, IMHO.

And then the comments that religion is “changing, becoming more sophisticated, and just growing up.”  How do you get that from increasing doubt??  How is religion becoming more sophisticated exactly?  The whole nun debacle?  Completely mismanaging the priesthood who molest little boys and girls?  Yeah.  The church is growing up.  For sure.

Sorry CNN.  I just think you got this one dead wrong.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Atheism, Politics, Religion, Skepticism

 

Book Banned

Book Banned Awareness: “The Family Book.”

Ok.  Maybe I’m overreacting a little here.  And maybe it’s because I just so happen to be re-reading “Fahrenheit 451” in the wake of Ray Bradbury’s death.  But small things like this lead to big things, like burning books.  And discriminating against people who are different from you.

“The Family Book” by Todd Parr is geared toward preschool to grade 2 kids and talks about how people have different family backgrounds.  Some are big.  Some are small.  Etc.

The Erie Illinois school district just recently banned the book from the elementary school…because of one line.  “Some families have two moms or two dads.”  The Superintendent cites the fact that some parents were concerned that the material is not “age appropriate” and that certain ideas should be discussed at home rather than at school.  Which, in my humble opinion, means that they won’t be discussed at all.  Why else would you not want your child exposed to the fact that there are gay and lesbian people “out there?”  Interestingly, they made no reference to the lines “some families are the same color, others are different colors.”  Probably because the illustration is of a bunch of different colored fish and not an actual white person and an actual black person.

Look.  I’m a parent.  It can be hard ok?  There are difficult topics to address.  (But for god sakes, we start talking about drug awareness in elementary school right?).  And I can get that some people have opinions that differ from mine.  But this kind of shortsightedness and prejudice just keeps getting passed down from parent to child.  What are you afraid of?  That your child will “turn gay” after hearing that some people have two moms or two dads?  Or (worse yet) that you might actually have to TALK to your child about something?  Even if you don’t agree with it?  So that you can teach them WHAT to think instead of HOW to think?

I’m sorry.  I’m just not buying the “age inappropriate” excuse to ban a book from an elementary school.  May as well burn it and go back to the dark ages…  Just my two cents.

The Grilled Atheist

 
 
 
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