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I am here for the community only. I find many of the discussions here interesting, but haven't really had much time lately to join in. I have been using my real name, and I think it is about time that I stopped doing that. Just the content of my posts and comments should be enough to judge me by, at least in this context.

I am rather left-wing. Voted for Nader, Bernie. At one point in my life, Angela Davis. I used to be anti-theist, but not as much lately. I am getting old. Yet I am learning more, hopefully.


How comfortable are you with the word "Atheist" ?
AtheistReader comments on Aug 30, 2018:
Logically, you may be right. But to paraphrase a quote from Star Trek, "whoever accused of the humanity of being logical?" :) I think historically that the majority of humanity has held religious beliefs of some sort, and continues to do so. So, I am perfectly happy with separating myself from the majority with the label "atheist." One of my favorite theist writer is Reza Aslan, and I enjoy reading his books (and many would say that his books are not exactly "scholarly" and they are probably right, but still very entertaining), and he makes a point that the state of belief as opposed to the state of non-believing has been, and is, the norm. I agree that that has historically been the norm. I would of course argue that it shouldn't be. But the fact is that it is.
Should public nudity be legal?
AtheistReader comments on Aug 30, 2018:
Should a society legislate morality? I think that is a bigger question. If the answer is yes, then the question is what criteria and procedure should the society use in order to define "morality" and how to enforce it to what degree. Then it is a simply a matter of communal agreement. Atheists are not burdened with "religious" mores, but they do have "mores" stemming from other sources. Personally, I think it is legitimate for a society to legislate morality, if morality is defined as "preventing individuals from causing unnecessary harm to others." In that sense, yes, I absolutely think that being nude in public should be legal.


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