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retired educator who grew up in the southern bible belt, but row totally rejects that biased culture. Profoundly influenced by several years in Berlin, Germany at the height of the Cold War.

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This is chillng! And unfortunately very accurate
wordywalt comments on Aug 6, 2019:
An accurate diagnosis.
CNN asked 50 GOP lawmakers for an interview. Only 1 said yes [cnn.com]
wordywalt comments on Aug 6, 2019:
That shows their lack of character and integrity.
Advertising atheism.
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
No. The only thing I wear on my sleeve is my absolute abhorring of the sociopath Trump.
The Most Dangerous American Idea - The Atlantic
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
The preservation of personal and ethnic privilege is one of the three cornerstones of Republican ideology today. That is one of the major reasons that the idology so destructive.
Is there no end to tRump showing his absolute ignorance of every subject he comments about?
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
No, there is no end. It will continue as long as he is alive.
Trump tries to tie gun control to immigration reform in his latest tweets. He blew his conciliatory...
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
The attempt to link the two is insulting to our intelligence and morality.
My first post on Agnostic.com. I was hoping for something profound or witty. Hope has been ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Welcome. Over time, you will find something very good to express.
What music could you...?
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Max Bruch, Aaron Copland, Simon and Garfunkel, Joan Baez, and Dave Brubeck.
Do you think that the law-abiding citizen's right to acquire firearms should or should not be ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
I am totally against private ownership of any automatic or semi-automatic weapons, whether assault weapon, rifle or pistol. They are weapons whose sole purpose is to kill humans.
Hi! This year has been a decisive year for me since I'm becoming more and more atheist as the days ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Enjoy the trip. It will be enlightening and rewarding for you, and will set you free. Bit, do not hate God. That is a trap. God does not exist and has never existed. Hate the religious dogma and the demagogues who try to force it down your throat.
Breastfeeding mom prompts Ohio cafe customer to call cops, shop owner says [foxnews.com] The ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
The complainer was obviously a prudish evangelical. That is the only answer.
Many examples of Trumps influence on mass shooters. We Can No Longer Ignore Trump’s Role in Mass ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
It is time for us to make an incessant drumbeat of criticism about Trump's constant destructive and destructive words and behavior. We must label the dman for what he is -- a damnable promoter of fear, hatred, racism, violence and corruption.
Thoughts and prayers for MoscowMitch. He done fell and broke his shoulder. :(( [politico.com]
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Too bad he didn't break his damned neck.
New Florida Board of Education Chair: “I won’t support any evolution being taught as fact at all...
wordywalt comments on Aug 5, 2019:
Tuck is an idiot. I thought we were past the time when any educated person would take such an ignorant stance.
Atheist friendly communities or countries
wordywalt comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Almost all of Europe is free of evangelical Christian churches and sects, and do not engage in psoselytizing. I was in Germany for over two and a half years, and I never encountered anyone trying to cram religion down my throat.
Let's make the republicans go the way of the Whigs. No more republicans, for any office, anymore, ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Damned right!! Let's do our job, and discredit both the corrupt Republican politicians, their corrupt tactics, and their moribund and false ideologies.
We need to call out white terrorism in America.
wordywalt comments on Aug 4, 2019:
We need to do more than call it out. We need to shame it, discredit it, and prosecute it whenever possible.
Boxed in: the fragility of men
wordywalt comments on Aug 4, 2019:
I never had a son. If I had, I would have encouraged him to be open, caring, considerate and empathic.
A Database Showed Far-Right Terror on the Rise. Then Trump Defunded It.
wordywalt comments on Aug 4, 2019:
Why? Because they need that threat. They want the American equivalent of the Nazi brown-shirts.
Uh-oh! Florida’s New Board Of Education Chairman Is Anti-Evolution, Christian Extremist ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 4, 2019:
How do these demagogic reactionary nuts rise to positions of power? Such beliefs should be disqualifying.
disturbing is that we appear to be approaching "White Christian Sharia Law"
wordywalt comments on Aug 4, 2019:
The religious right is trying their utmost. We must stop them!
It’s easier to get a gun than a psychiatrist in America
wordywalt comments on Aug 4, 2019:
After two mass shootings in one day, we have to ask Republican politicians: you BEAR GUILT FOR THESE DEATHS in fyour persistent choice of greed and politics over the well-being of our people. Damn you!!!
Its amazing that some days I feel as if revealing my atheist views could impact my relationships ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 3, 2019:
The concept of freedom of religion in our Constitution, if if is to mean anything, must include freedom FROM religion.
What are your honest thoughts on astrology? Nothing will offend me because I already question it. My...
wordywalt comments on Aug 3, 2019:
I think astrology is sheer bunk. But, if she wants to delude herself, that is her choice.
Why should agnostics/atheists hide this about themselves? So many times in here, and in life, I ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 3, 2019:
If asked, I answer that I do not believe in any god or religion. But, I do not wear the fact on my sleeve as some seem to want to do. I never seek to goad or provoke anyone.
[yahoo.com] Trump blames fake news for the poll showing African-Americans think he's racist. ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 2, 2019:
O course he is racist. He was raised and indoctrinated by a racist father and is not intelligent enough to have learned better. .
So very stupid
wordywalt comments on Aug 2, 2019:
Noy just stupid, but also a threat to public health and safety.
Scientists, lawmakers calling for change after report on deadly flooding from hurricanes [wfla.com]...
wordywalt comments on Aug 2, 2019:
We have been allowing the construction of homes and businesses on coastal property for far too many years, That should never have been allowed at all. It was inevitable that there would be flooding and deaths from hurricanes.
I have avoided political comment for a few months. It became,how can I phrase this, oh I'll use a ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 2, 2019:
We Americans will not run from the malignancy on our body politic named Donald Trump. We will cream his ass in 2020 and make sure that he is jailed for his thousands of wrongdoings.
New BLM Appointee Believes Founding Fathers Wanted All Public Lands to Be Sold off - EcoWatch
wordywalt comments on Aug 2, 2019:
He is simply a part of he culture of greed. He knows that what he said is not true.
Trump Orders Navy to Strip Medals From Prosecutors in War Crimes Trial
wordywalt comments on Aug 1, 2019:
I do not believe that such an order is legal.
Wyy did the chicken cross the road ? In Quitman,Georgia it didn't as it is against the law ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 1, 2019:
I was born in Quitman, Georgia. Your will find all sorts of strange laws in the southern bible belt.
MBNBC Report Says Only 7 Democratic Candidates will Quality for the 3rd Debate It is great news. ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 1, 2019:
Fewer candidates will allow more details about candidate's plan to emerge so that we can have more thorough and serious discussions. I hope that there are no more than 8 candidates in the next round, then winnowed down to mo more than 4.
Climate Change: rising sea levels This issue is already being faced in many of the world’s ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 1, 2019:
If those cities so choose, let them take action to prevent the effects. But, we should adopt policies which discourage new construction in such areas.
[yahoo.com] FBI Documents reveal that conspiracy theories are forms of domestic terrorism. This ...
wordywalt comments on Aug 1, 2019:
I do think that those facts should be out in the open It should help to keep some gullible, but well-intentioned people from falling for the malicious hoaxes.
Why Trump Is Mentally Unfit to Be President: Pathology of Narcissism – Rolling Stone
wordywalt comments on Aug 1, 2019:
Tjhere is no doubt that Trump is unfit to be president. He is unfit to assume any legitimate role.
Trump is leading a hate movement, and the world is watching - The Washington Post
wordywalt comments on Jul 31, 2019:
This man is a one-man plague on us all. We must cure ourselves by getting him out of office and into jail.
Stephen Miller wants Border Patrol, not asylum officers, to determine migrant asylum claims ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 31, 2019:
An evil, heartless man.
Joan Baez Goes Viral With 'Nasty Man,' a Protest Song for the Trump Era | Common Dreams News
wordywalt comments on Jul 31, 2019:
Baez has been one of my favorites for 50 years.
Still fighting but just so tired.
wordywalt comments on Jul 30, 2019:
Everything about Trump is nauseating and despicable.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE VISITING ICELAND? I just returned from a ten day Iceland trip with friends. ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 30, 2019:
The only time I was in Iceland was in 1962, flying to Europe through Iceland on Loftlieder Airlines (an Icelandic airline which flew only propeller driven planes). At that time, Iceland was so focused on ethnic purity that they actually discouraged any tourism. We stopped in the capital and were taken to a hotel for a meal -- and we were not allowed outside of the hotel.
Newt Gingrich just gave away the game - The Washington Post
wordywalt comments on Jul 30, 2019:
The strategy is not new. Gingrich has been trying to do this for 30 years.
[alternet.org] Trump's 2016 America First energy speech was edited and pre-approved by Saudia ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 30, 2019:
I call it just one of the thousands of acts of corruption that characterize Trump and his life.
What the hell has happened to this man?[theunitedstatesblues.com]
wordywalt comments on Jul 30, 2019:
He has gone from a noted civil rights lawyer to a real scumbag. How or why is a real question.
Motive and the ability to hurt multiple people in less than a minute. Time after time when there is...
wordywalt comments on Jul 30, 2019:
I agree. It simply would not happen if assault weapons, all semi-automatic weapons and pistols were not available to the public. That is the compelling, pure and simple fact.
A brief history of Trump making 9/11 about himself - The Washington Post
wordywalt comments on Jul 30, 2019:
What a damnable fraud and liar Trump is!
Totally agree with this. And I'll further state <probably to my regret> that a young boy does best ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 29, 2019:
A boy does need a father figure in the home, as well as a mother -- for whatever reason.
[aol.com] Pamela Smart says taking the blame won't ever be enough. Does anyone remember Pamela ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 29, 2019:
I remember her. She was a graduate of my alma mater -- FSU. She got the sentence she deserved.
I would like to suggest that, in the future, whenever any member is about to be banned from the ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 29, 2019:
I agxree.
I understand home ownership is going down, not just because of the cost of housing, but also with ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 29, 2019:
Because my wife and I chose the place where we live, and because we control all decisions about it. We are not at the mercy of a landlord.
One more ditch mitch
wordywalt comments on Jul 29, 2019:
Moscow Mitch is a good moniker for him.
The Rot You Smell is a Racist POTUS
wordywalt comments on Jul 29, 2019:
Well stated.
They are afraid of the war crimes they have committed.
wordywalt comments on Jul 29, 2019:
It would be interesting to find out how they justified that action.
I'll never understand how the american ppl allowed these greedy bastards to go this far. insulin is ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 29, 2019:
The answer is simple. They elected too damned many corrupt Republicans.
How many atheists do you know and consider them to be a "good" friend?
wordywalt comments on Jul 29, 2019:
I have no idea how many atheists I know, as I simply do not talk about religion in normal conversation.
Phooey! This proud tomato plant mom found horn worms on my plants. Looking for them and hand ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
Sevin dust kills them and biodegrades within 2 days.
I'm putting this in the General Forum because I think it goes beyond politics. Politics has become ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
I agree 100 percent. If those supporters do not mean to be bigots and traitors, then it is damned well past time that they wised up and got some moral gonads.
‘World’s Poorest President’ Explains Why We Should Kick Rich People Out Of Politics
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
I agree, if the person has the intelligence, wisdom, and moral courage to do the job damned well for all of our people.
I Gathered Stories of People Transformed by Fox News
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
Fox's propaganda machine plays on the fears and biases of vulnerable people, hurting many, many people.
How do you pronounce ASAP?
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
There is no "Correctr" way of saying it. Both are clearly understood.
[alternet.org] Breaking News from Time and Axios not verified by MSNBC at 2:56 PM. Dan Coats, head ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
Dan Coats is an honorable and patriotic man, and one of the few honest Republicans left. . I sincerely hope that he will publicly state IN PUBLIC what a threat to our nation Trump is.
What more can be said VOTE
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
Damned right!
Jared Kushner's Family Company Faces More Than 170 Baltimore Violations
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
Not surprising. The company has a long history of bad conduct.
So do we atheists, agnostics, own the privilege to examine others negatively, own the privilege to...
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
Bravo!
Is religion the same as government?
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
Only when we allow the mixing of politics and religion to create theocracy.
Michael RUSE: "Dawkins et al. bring us into disrepute" "As a professional philosopher my first ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
I am an atheist. I am not interested in what Dawkins, Harris or anyone pontificating on the topic says. The simple fact is that I do not believe in any god or religion. I do not condemn people who believe in religion, I do not try to proselytize for atheism. I do not want atheism to be treated as dogma, but to be regarded as lacking dogma. Just as I do not want religious people trying to shove their ideology down my throat, I do not believe in strident activism pushing atheism.
Some not so bright atheists (even when they call themselves "brights" - a sad example of collective...
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
The reason for religion is just as you depict. But, the fact that people have needs which cause them to move in that direction does not mean that the choice of any religion is correct, enlightening, or mind-expanding.
Maybe the most common misconception about religion (common among many atheists, that is) is that ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
I think that you give the intent of religion far too much credit that it does not deserve.
Hey, Democrats: Robert Mueller still isn't going to do your job for you
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2019:
Just as the Watergate hearings did Nixon in, we need the House of Representatives to keep hammering the public with the real facts and new evidence until more of them come back to sanity and start either putting real pressure on the Republicans, or throw them out of office.
Why do god believers indoctrinate their children instead of allowing them to decide for themselves ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2019:
Because it was done to them and they believe that it is their obligation to continue the practice.
The truth about evangelical racism
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2019:
If you did not know it. the Southern Baptist Convention was formed in the 1850s as a break-away sect from the main Baptist church, specifically to justify and support slavery. Ever since, it has co-mingled religion, racism, and politics. It had no Black members in its leadership until the late 1960s (at the earliest). It still refuses to condemn racism among either its ministers or congregations.
The good old days.
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2019:
The real cause is a combination of ignorance, "group think", irrationality, group dynamics, and bigotry backed by physical and emotional coercion.
Study finds guns automatically prime aggressive thoughts -- even when wielded by a 'good guy'
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2019:
Of course. I know that to be true. and anyone who says otherwise is a liar. When I was in the Army, firing an M-1, BAR, or machine gun gave a real rush and sense of macho power. That is one of the reasons I will never own a pistol. I might find myself in a situation in which I would be tempted to use it.
U.K. citizens need to be wary of the bullying tactics that the E.U. are prepared to use in their ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2019:
I think that Brexit is one of the dumbest ideas that the British ever had. the EEU has no reason to bully Britian. The problem is that Britian is trying to get a better deal than they have any right to expect.
Read an article on The Guardian and thought I would post this question. Would your 16 old self be...
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2019:
Yes. My 16 year-old self was fat, poor and without images of success or real dreams of my future. Today I weigh only 4 pounds more than I did after basic training in the Army, have a graduate degree, had a strong professional career with significant accomplishments, and am happily married.
Grapefruit, love it, hate it, red/pink/white, raw or baked... never had it? If you like it, what's ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2019:
I peel the grapefruit and remove the skin from each segment, then eat it raw without salt or sugar.
Here's an argument you can use on your religious friends. God is perfect? Yes. Gods creation is...
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2019:
I don't discuss religion with friends and acquaintances who are religious. Religion is irrational. One cannot reason with irrational. It is a frustrating waste of time, energy, and emotion. The only time I speak out about religion is when people try to shove their religion on me, when they try to mix religion and politics, and when they try to use their religion to justify immoral acts and beliefs.
What gives your life meaning? Why keep going? (just curious)
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2019:
At age 82, what gives my life meaning is learning, thinking, pursuing causes of merit and value, my family, my relationship with friends, and simple things like vegetable gardening.
The myth of the ‘Trump economy’ is going down in flames [alternet.org]
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2019:
Everything that Trump touches dies.
Impeachment fizzles against Trump Trump wins again against weak democrats. No matter how deep ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2019:
Your analysis advances Trump's agenda. Give Pelosi more credit. She has more political wisdom than you or I do. Let the process play out, as it should.
It's horrible to wish anyone dead, and I've lived through presidents good and bad. Until now, Reagan...
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2019:
Urinating on Trump's grave would contaminate my piss.
Not my problem, man. (Does this guy understand anything?) [theguardiansofdemocracy.com]
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2019:
What a destructive, amoral fool!
What does it mean when men say they are god-fearing men? I have no clue because isn't god based on a...
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2019:
It generally means that they are evangelicals. Evangelicals tend to be "true believers." I would advise you to stay away from them.
Generally, as perhaps too often said before, I'm a broad church skeptic, and have little interest in...
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2019:
Such reaoning as you depict gives me problems, too.
I know, I hate it too, BUT it does make sense. The case against impeachment. [thinkprogress.org]
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2019:
I would prefer to see Trump in jail, instead of being impeached.
Religions: Mutualists, commensals or parasites?
wordywalt comments on Jul 24, 2019:
All true believers in any religion see themselves as mutualists. But they are all victims to a parasitic dogmatic theology and controlling priestly cult. The more fixed the dogma, the more parasitic the religion and its leaders. When the dogma and the priestly cult do not allow the theology to evolve with changed physical and social circumstances, they threaten the viability of those its dominates. We saw that with Confucianism and are now seeing it with Islam,, fundamentalistic strains of Judeaaism, and with fundamentalistic Christian extremists among the evangelicals. All religions evolve with changed circumstances, or they eventually die.
My heart just aches...
wordywalt comments on Jul 23, 2019:
All too true.
Trump is leading a hate movement, and the world is watching - The Washington Post
wordywalt comments on Jul 23, 2019:
Let's hope that more and more people are catching on to the fact that Trump is a hate monger.
Trump Cancels Appearance At The NAACP Convention Because He Doesn’t Want To Be Asked Questions | ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2019:
Who knew? Everybody with any sense.
Last call finds us all
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2019:
I do not know. I am 82 years old and I can guarantee that I will not.
I have a question for the people that are 100% certain that no gods exist. How are you THAT certain?...
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2019:
As far as I am concerned, there is zero evidence that any god exists. Understanding probabilities, I would say that is 99.9 percent certainty. That is close enough 10.. percent for me to say that any discussion about the existence of any gods is simply moot or irrelevant.
I keep hoping that one of these call-outs will be a tipping point and open the floodgates! It ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2019:
Damned right that is is going to!
Secular Churches Rethink Their Sales Pitch - The Atlantic
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2019:
I am not surprised. When I left religion, I never felt the need for any kind of a church or congregation.
Our collective disdain for Orange Cakes is getting the press in trouble. The influential people are...
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2019:
Who is being fired?
Religion has been credited with creating trust in our prehistoric human societies, eventually ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2019:
All that is required for a good moral code are two sets of beliefs. First is the belief that all human as and our environment should be treated with full dignity and respect, and we can judge morality by adherence to or the failure to adhere to that principle. Second, is the belief that we are always responsible for our choices and actions, as in all cases we could have chosen otherwise. Religion has nothing to do with it.
Did you believe in ghosts ?
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2019:
No.
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says white supremacy could be 'issue that ends this country' -...
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2019:
It is that dangerous.
How do you motivate yourself to exercise?
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2019:
Health has been my motivator. I began walking several miles a day in 1988 after my diabetes got worse, and continued that on a daily basis. After a heart attack and insertion of a pacemaker, I added weight lifting two to three times a week, adding additional weights and repitio9ns over time. At first, that was hard, but I forced myself to do it. After 13 years , it is habit.
Yikes! Trump is even determined to take over the dictionary!
wordywalt comments on Jul 21, 2019:
And, those are just for starters. Try sociopath, fraud, con=man, cheat, traitor.
Stephen Miller is 45's Joseph Goebbels.
wordywalt comments on Jul 21, 2019:
Geobbels was smarter, but Miller is his equal in his deviousness and degree of evil.

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