What should we do with Republican atheists/non-believers?
tioteo comments on Jan 22, 2018:
Unfortunately, tRUMP has created fear in those Republicans who might oppose him by instilling a "with me or agin me" attitude. Such behavior as you described is part of result of that.
How did we let an unqualified Fundamentalist use our educational system to indocturnate our kids?
tioteo comments on Jan 22, 2018:
We've dealt with her for years in the area where I live. Since we can't teach religion in public schools, she wants to do away with public schools. Unfortunately, she is on a bigger stage now.
Hi all! I'm a musician, pianist (for my own enjoyment these days) and choral singer. I've been ...
tioteo comments on Jan 22, 2018:
That's how it is. In the past, much of the music was definitely religious in nature; we can't get away from it--nor should we. The past is the past. Music is music.
I live in India and I have not met a single friend or family member in India who is an atheist, I ...
tioteo comments on Jan 22, 2018:
I have met numerous Indian atheists over the years. Good luck in your quest to make connections.
Donald trump Iq test
tioteo comments on Jan 20, 2018:
I like this. Thanks for sharing.
Is this the smartest thing Trump has ever said?
tioteo comments on Jan 20, 2018:
It may be the last thing he got correct.
Do you feel it is necessary to be anti religious groups of people to be agnostic or atheist?
tioteo comments on Jan 15, 2018:
So, I just watched the end of the football game between the Saints and the Vikings this evening. ...
tioteo comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Not any more. I guess I have become immune.
What is with the hatred of police officers? Out of the million LEO's in the US a few get bad acts ...
tioteo comments on Jan 14, 2018:
I don't hate police officers. Most of them do their job and help society. A few have overstepped their authority, but they are the exception.
Re: Prayer requests.....
tioteo comments on Jan 14, 2018:
If I respond, which I never do to the blanket posts, I say something like "Sending positive thoughts."
Listen to What I say-Sarah Huckabee Sanders
tioteo comments on Jan 14, 2018:
Every time she opens her mouth the word "idiot" comes to mind.
Well it happened. I just said "From your mouth to god's ears!" in conversation. Do I lose my 30 year...
tioteo comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Some of us have huddled and decided to picket your home. One wanted to run you out of town on a rail after tarring and feathering. Be warned!
It's Time to Start Calling Evangelicals What They Are: The American Taliban
tioteo comments on Jan 13, 2018:
There is too much truth here......unfortunately.
Why are you labeling me?
tioteo comments on Jan 13, 2018:
Labeling occurs on both sides of the fence. When I was much younger, I dated a lot of older women. A few people made remarks. We ignored it. Then they stopped.
I just pulled this from Facebook : And below, in the comments, someone said : "we need ...
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
I hadn't seen this Sagan quote before. Like it! Thanks for sharing it.
God doesn't exist, blah blah, Religion is for stupid people, blah, blah, "you are just cherry ...
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
I didn't proselytize when I was a church member; I don't proselytize now. I am not, however, afraid to express my opinion.
What are we looking for? why is so hard to find and keep someone to love until we die? If we all are...
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Some people like to use other people. We align ourselves with them without realizing that. When we do realize it, it is best to end it. That is one scenario. Two people must share, have common goals, and ultimately love the other more than they love themselves in order to live together until they die. That is hard to do, but it can be done. I have known such couples. Both have put all they were and all they had into their partnership. That is what made it last for 50, 60, 70 years.
Two trees have stood side by side in a forest for many, many years. One is a Beech tree, the other a...
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
All my old jokes have come back to haunt me. Like it!
A little mention for me in the New Scientist this week.... :-)
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Gnever gnew a gnome.
Much thanks to my betters. I am average: height, weight, intelligence, income, and disposition. I...
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Are you satisfied with that?
The Reason Britain Loves Tea - YouTube
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
As a tea snob (only loose leaf, precise steeping times, careful timing of infusions, etc.) myself, this was a bit of the history that I hadn't come across.
I always had doubts about the story of Lot. I mean his wife suddenly dies, he claims in Sodom, when ...
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
More logical than the original, but the original story was bunk anyway.
If this isn't true right about now, I don't know what is.. had to share.. :)
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Glad you shared. My favorite chuckle of the day.
What song would you want played for your funeral?
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony....Yeah, I'm different from most.
I sometimes asked to speak at various organizations. Last week I was asked to speak at a friend’s ...
tioteo comments on Jan 11, 2018:
Like it. I like to tell this with an old priest--Irish, of course because I like to do the brogue--and a new priest.
Intentional or not?
tioteo comments on Jan 10, 2018:
Wasn't he named after the brand of jeans? You know, Rustler? (Yeah, I'm just having a little fun.)
I've been a dedicated atheist for 9 years now. However, I was raised (read: indoctrinated) ...
tioteo comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Hope is one thing; expectation is another. Having lost your son, your hope for him to have an afterlife is rational.
I am a huge reader. I absorb books, too quickly. I’m in need of some new authors. Sci-fi, ...
tioteo comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Have you ever tried "Asimov Science Fiction" magazine? There's a lot of good reading in it, and it's not too expensive.
A man opened a new husband store. As ladies walked in they read the rules; All our husbands a new ...
tioteo comments on Jan 9, 2018:
This was definitely a good laugh.
There have been 700 proposals in Congress in the last 200 years to amend the Electoral College, more...
tioteo comments on Jan 9, 2018:
Yes, it should be. Its inclusion in the Constitution came at a time when the states were more important than the citizens. At least for me, that time has passed. Within recent memory, we have had two presidents elected by the Electoral College who lost the popular vote. The ballot of an individual voter in California or New York should have as much weight as the ballot of a voter in Wyoming.
"Being an atheist means you have to realise that when you die, that really is it. You've got to make...
tioteo comments on Jan 9, 2018:
None of what we do as a race will amount to a blip on the timeline of the universe; therefore, we must be content to know that what we do as individuals will be remembered only by a few for a very short time, but to those few, we should try to leave worthwhile memories.
"We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty ...
tioteo comments on Jan 9, 2018:
First time I've seen this. Right on!
Anyone have a match?
tioteo comments on Jan 9, 2018:
The pic is great!
Do you play a musical instrument?
tioteo comments on Jan 9, 2018:
I am a music lover. I listen mostly to classical, but not to the exclusion of all other genres. I don't play any instruments, but I do write songs (lyrics with the tune in my head) for some bands around who want originals. There are a number of people here who play.
Hello folks! I'm new here. I find I'm a little surprised by how religion-based a lot of the ...
tioteo comments on Jan 9, 2018:
You'll have to be the judge. Lots of things get mentioned, discussed (or cussed). I haven't found people to be unkind yet. Most are encouraging. Many are thought-provoking. Welcome. I hope you enjoy.
Nature and 'spirituality'
tioteo comments on Jan 8, 2018:
I can agree with that. I think the spirituality comes from within, but I think I understand what you're saying.
It’s hard to feel bad for pure disrespectful people, who have little to none respect for other ...
tioteo comments on Jan 8, 2018:
They will never see themselves as anything but right. I spent three summers in D.C. and obnoxious people like this were all too common. They are so enraptured by the correctness of their message that they don't realize that the effect they are having is just the opposite of what they want. Idiots!
Christian women throwing a fit after atheist post a bible scripture on the back of his vehicle. A ...
tioteo comments on Jan 8, 2018:
It's what I'd expect, in fact, what most of here would expect.
I have recently joined this agnostic/atheists group. I just wanted to let all of you know that this ...
tioteo comments on Jan 8, 2018:
Welcome. There is no shortage of banter here. Hopefully, there will be no shortage of ideas.
Hi, I'm here to chat with like-minded people. Everyone in my town is a Jesus Freak. I don't date ...
tioteo comments on Jan 8, 2018:
There are many different points of view within this group of similarly-minded people. Most of us are willing to chat; some of us are even willing to listen. Welcome.
Are you a philosophical kind of thinking or feeling person? Does it make a difference on the way ...
tioteo comments on Jan 8, 2018:
You may quote me on this...or not..."Life is too important to be taken too seriously."
Do you/How do you celebrate the solstices & equinoxes?
tioteo comments on Jan 8, 2018:
I look at the calendar, say, "Well, it's the first day of ____", and take another sip of my tea.
I am guessing the educational level in this group is higher than average. True or not?
tioteo comments on Jan 7, 2018:
I think so. Whether formally educated or not, people on this site seem to have honed their thinking skills.
Church weddings?
tioteo comments on Jan 6, 2018:
Certainly. Attendance is not acceptance. Besides, it's out of respect or to support someone.
Hello, new here. I suppose you guys see this kind of post from new members often. Its the kind of ...
tioteo comments on Jan 5, 2018:
For most of us, much like you, the separation from religion is a gradual process. The departure is made all the more difficult because many, if not most, of our contacts are involved in the religion as well. Often our family, including spouse, does not share our desire to leave and fights or obstructs in any way possible. It's not an easy process. I'm still going through it myself, but each day is easier. Keep in mind that, above all, you must be true to yourself.
Why are so many people still OK with the abhorrent practice of male genital mutilation ...
tioteo comments on Jan 5, 2018:
My own experience is for infant circumcision. I was not circumcised as a baby. In first grade my foreskin was pinched in my zipper as I was closing it. This didn't become a problem until I matured. Then the foreskin would not retract over the head during an erection. This led to problems with my first attempt at copulation, leading to almost emergency circumcision, which led to pain and....well, it wasn't pleasant. I wish I'd had it done much younger.
THE AMERICAN IDENTITY. Risking the wrath of the majority of users on this site, I have a question ...
tioteo comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I am an American of predominantly European lineage, but the cultural lineage now is American.
Are there any creative writers in the group? I like to write short stories, and I struggle to keep ...
tioteo comments on Jan 5, 2018:
Probably, depending on what I'm trying to say.
I recently argued with a woman at a New Year's party about what was more painful, giving birth or ...
tioteo comments on Jan 5, 2018:
I can't say what it's like to deliver a baby. I didn't enjoy being hit in the scrotum. They're not the same and have different outcomes. I'm glad my wife put it all behind her and had our second child. Our kids make our lives more fulfilling.
I want to change my name. Lucas is my last name and it's the name I go by unless I'm around family. ...
tioteo comments on Jan 5, 2018:
If it is that important to you, change it. However, no longer is your name your label. My given name is a derivative of a name meaning "gift of god." My parents had no idea of that when they gave it to me; they liked the sound of it and that it was short. It doesn't bother me, no matter its origin.
Is anyone else on here part of the LGBT community? I've posted before, but I'm Lexie and I'm new ...
tioteo comments on Jan 3, 2018:
Welcome. I am straight. I support your right to be you.
I believe in the power of faith. I’m in sales I see first hand how people who do not have faith ...
tioteo comments on Jan 2, 2018:
You can have faith in anything, but if you don't put in the preparation and hard work, it won't serve you at all. Those things give you confidence, and confidence serves you well. That is not a higher power; that is your power.
Why I'm no longer asked to make cookies for the church bake sale ... ;)
tioteo comments on Jan 2, 2018:
I still remember sitting in church at age 5 listening to this guy telling me I was a sinner. I had ...
tioteo comments on Jan 2, 2018:
I was exposed to similar experiences as a child. It eventually took its toll on me and the church lost out.
Do you believe in Astrology?
tioteo comments on Jan 1, 2018:
It's mythology, nothing more.
Do you taunt the religious?
tioteo comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Not as long as they don't taunt me.
Christianity truly used to give me peace. But as my eyes opened to what religion has done and is ...
tioteo comments on Dec 30, 2017:
"Hey, let's stop excusing evil and do something about it!" Like that.
If you were given the chance, would you want to be famous?
tioteo comments on Dec 28, 2017:
Famous? Maybe not exactly. Recognized for positive accomplishment? Definitely.
GOP's love of Jesus real?
tioteo comments on Dec 28, 2017:
The GOP is opportunistic; there is no person, belief, or opportunity that they won't exploit if they can, authenticity be damned!
Baron de'Holbach "If we go back to the beginning, we shall find that ignorance and fear created ...
tioteo comments on Dec 28, 2017:
An old quote comes to mind: Man created god(s); god(s) did not create man.
Any musicians out there? I'll show you mine if you show me yours ;)
tioteo comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Although I don't consider myself a musician, I have written a number of songs for local bands who want to do originals and not covers. I think some were pretty good, but none have been made into "hits."
Which books in the Christian Bible do you think contain the largest amount of nonsense?
tioteo comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Genesis. Both versions of the creation given were taken from other sources and have been shown to be scientifically inaccurate, yet creationist Christians continue to cling to their infallibility, leading to the great ignorance found today.
Can you be agnostic and still think evil exists? I mean people do heinous things, but I had an ...
tioteo comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Evil is a human concept. It exists because we have standards of behavior which we expect others to follow.
I think one of the most surprising things about being a non-believer of a god is when talking to ...
tioteo comments on Dec 27, 2017:
Many who say they are believers aren't.
Any older experienced atheists around here have any life advice for a young man entering into the ...
tioteo comments on Dec 25, 2017:
Be introspective. Come to know yourself from the inside out, then be true to that self.
Are atheists a growing population?
tioteo comments on Dec 23, 2017:
That depends on our diet.
What are your feelings on Christmas?
tioteo comments on Dec 23, 2017:
I enjoy much about it: the music, the idealism associated with it. I dislike the greed, selfishness, and overdone bling. I suppose the extremes are bound to be in evidence.
I recently posted about losing one of my cat family,and,got very little response. I have noticed ...
tioteo comments on Dec 23, 2017:
Having read most of the other comments on your post, it is obvious many of us did not see the post in a timely manner, if at all. I don't check in every day so....anyway, I am sorry for your loss. Pets are our friends, our family. I wish you well.
If you had to name the current chapter of your life, what would you call it?
tioteo comments on Dec 22, 2017:
The Slope Becomes a Precipice
When a rotten politician is in your pocket, possibilities are endless. Am I Wrong?
tioteo comments on Dec 22, 2017:
When a rotten politician is in your pocket, you'd better change your pants.
I truly believe that I'm god. The reason I know this is because every time I've ever prayed, I found...
tioteo comments on Dec 21, 2017:
Know what you mean. I'm the one who hears and answers.
The Apocrypha. Has anyone read them? They could also have been part of the Bible, easily. In ...
tioteo comments on Dec 19, 2017:
I've read them, but it has been years. You have a valid point on the infallibility issue.
Does happiness really come from within?
tioteo comments on Dec 19, 2017:
We cannot always choose the stimuli around us, but we can train ourselves to choose how to react to it. I guess I'm saying, we can choose to be happy, but it's not always easy.
Even as a child, raise to attend a main line Protestant church, I never bought into the Biblical ...
tioteo comments on Dec 12, 2017:
Interesting you should raise these points, especially mentioning Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard was a science fiction writer who wanted to create a religion that would endure when he was dead, which he did. His stories, though sometimes not bad, were never in a league with the best writers and would not have sustained his memory, but his religion does. It's a similar story with the Mormons, who were roped in by a charlatan and huckster who now lives on, in a sense, in the religion he created. Logic and veracity be damned, huh?
Where are all the good, tolerant, creative, funny, open-minded and available men?
tioteo comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Good luck in your quest.
I have been watching Chance this past weekend, and the protagonist makes this statement at the end ...
tioteo comments on Dec 10, 2017:
"Life is too important to be taken too seriously."
An unofficial question: if had a mascot who or what should it be?
tioteo comments on Dec 10, 2017:
How about a platypus?
At what age do you think children are responsible enough to make the right decision?
tioteo comments on Dec 2, 2017:
This is a progression. Making proper choices comes as a result of their observing you, making mistakes and learning from them, and interacting with the world. It is very important that they receive guidance and acknowledgement when they do make proper decisions. As they grow older, they should make more and better decisions.
At family gatherings I am always the colorful one in a room full of pale skin and tan clothes.
tioteo comments on Dec 2, 2017:
Are you ostracized for it? I hope not.
Three men die on Christmas Eve and are met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates. Saint Peter says, ...
tioteo comments on Dec 2, 2017:
One I hadn't heard. I like it!
“I found a bear by the stream,” says the minister, “and preached God's holy Word. The bear was...
tioteo comments on Nov 30, 2017:
An oldie but a goodie!
Coffee or tea?
tioteo comments on Nov 30, 2017:
Black tea is more of a pick-me-up than green or white tea because it has more caffeine, but a cup of tea generally has much less than a cup of coffee.
Coffee or tea?
tioteo comments on Nov 30, 2017:
I am a tea "snob", according to some people. I drink only infusions from whole leaves, with timed infusion, proper temperature, and filtered water. There are many varieties of black teas, green teas, white teas, and oolong teas. For me, it's black tea in the morning and then green or white tea in the afternoon. Enjoy! Everyone is different.
I was tagged to write a wild dating story. Hate to be a bummer but I haven't been on many At my age...
tioteo comments on Nov 30, 2017:
That was how it was when I was dating. Having been married for 50+ years, I wouldn't know where to start now. It's a good thing my wife and I are in decent health. I must say that when I was dating I expected no "favors" other than the chance to get to know a girl. I hope you have many nice days.
I lay outside one night on my back. The clear night sky was filled with millions of stars and I saw ...
tioteo comments on Nov 28, 2017:
Hook 'em; then reel 'em in. Well played.
Do you think there needs to be a creator to explain the universe ?
tioteo comments on Nov 26, 2017:
Man's nature is to question. The problem with religion is that it purports to explain everything while showing glowing errors in logic; myth is not science. We must continue to examine our place in the universe, even though that place/time might be less than a blip in the totality of the universe; therefore, the answer is no.
Can a 2nd grader be unpatriotic? As as young as I can remember I felt uncomfortable making the ...
tioteo comments on Nov 26, 2017:
I was in elementary school--fourth grade, I think--when "under God" was added. It was back when the communist threat was felt so much. The antidote to that was Christianity, or so the logic went. Separation of church and state was conveniently ignored. It reminds me a great deal of many people's logic nowadays.
Hello from Ireland, who needs a holiday ? ????
tioteo comments on Nov 16, 2017:
I'd love a holiday. I'll be having one in February when I head to the Outer Banks. Some day I'd like to visit your lovely country, but I'm doubtful that will transpire. Where is your home, if you don't mind telling?
Hello everyone. I'm new to this. Hoping to make a few friends.
tioteo comments on Nov 16, 2017:
Hello. May your sojourn here be productive.
Are religious people afraid of science because god lives in the gaps? The more we know about ...
tioteo comments on Nov 16, 2017:
Man is superstitious by nature. The less he understood, the more he tried to explain with myth, and the myths became the heart of religion. As empirical knowledge progressed, the tenets of religion came more into question. People don't like to have their lifelong "truths" shown to be false, so they push back. Sad, but true.
A Christian sink. Amen or Hallelujah?
tioteo comments on Nov 16, 2017:
"It's a miracle!"
Hello everyone, I'm Dave, a former Christian turned agnostic with a father who's a pastor. Thought ...
tioteo comments on Nov 15, 2017:
It is difficult to admit agnosticism when you're the only in your family with this outlook. It's best to be honest with yourself and true to yourself. You have to live with yourself all the time; the same is not true for others.
I’m just having a really quiet weekend. There ain’t nothing wrong with that.
tioteo comments on Nov 11, 2017:
Quiet is underappreciated. I'm glad you see that. Enjoy!
Do you ever think about how cruel evolution is? It pumps us full of hormones and forces us to make ...
tioteo comments on Nov 11, 2017:
I've had a similar thought before. Back when I was young and horny, I was in such a hurry to do everything, feel everything, get everything. Now, I realize that was impossible; life is a journey, not a destination.
What is the non-theist replacement for "I'll pray for you?"
tioteo comments on Nov 10, 2017:
I say something like "I'll be hoping for a good outcome" for you.
We are all part of a greater whole, but we are undeniably individuals. How do you balance the two?
tioteo comments on Nov 10, 2017:
We can't control the whole, only that part which we ourselves comprise, which, when we know how vast the universe is, constitutes not even a blip; therefore, we must not overestimate our importance to the grand scheme or even to the human scheme.
Should this girl's parents be prosecuted?
tioteo comments on Nov 10, 2017:
I've seen too many--and even one is too many--children die from lack of proper medical care denied to them by parents such as this young girl's.
How do you deal with Door-knockers?
tioteo comments on Nov 7, 2017:
My uncle was looking outside his front window a number of years ago. He saw 2 JWs going from door to door, heading his way. It was an older woman and younger girl, maybe 20 or so. They stepped on the porch and he opened the door with "Howdy, gals! Come on in. The old lady's gone and we can have a good time!" They took off as if someone were shooting at them.
General Profanity for Non-Believers
tioteo comments on Nov 6, 2017:
Not really. Reflexes are reflexes, whether verbal or bodily. Personally, I don't like to curse, but it does come out.