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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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We athiests and agnostics need a flag, any thoughts on what it should look like? I have had a ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Any such flag should contain elements that convey intellectual honesty and moral responsibility.
Why do you think theists follow their religion of choice: A) Indoctrination of fear at an early ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2018:
All religious people fear being powerless and ignorant and are drawn toward people and ideologies which offer them the promise of power, belonging, control, and understanding. Read Erich Fromm's ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM.
Random Acts of Kindness
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2018:
If you are a caring, outgoing person, you do random acts of kindness a number of times daily. It is simply part of who you are. You don't tout the fact, and you don't keep tack of those things.
Christian activist: ‘God will curse the children and grandchildren of those who opposed Trump’ ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2018:
What vicious, damnable, cruel demagogic liars!
Relationships and Borderline Personality Disorder - Borderline Personality Disorder
wordywalt comments on Jul 28, 2018:
If you are in a relationship with a person with borderline personality disorder, get out as quickly and as best you can. A person with that condition does not get better, but gets progressively more aggressive, cruel, manipulative, and destructive as time goes on. It is a part of his or her nature. I was married to a woman with that condition for over 30 years, foolishly believing that I could make our marriage work. I cannot tell you how much emotional pain that woman inflicted, just for the sake control. Nothing really mattered to her except herself and what she wanted. It almost drove me to suicide. Get out NOW, no matter what it costs. Staying with the person will cost you MORE!
This made me smile
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2018:
What a great idea!!
It is amazing how many folks on agnostic.com are locked in to some form of belief in ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I do not believe that there is such a thing as a :soul,: We simply cease to exist as a living organism, and our consciousness -- itself an abstraction -- also ceases to exist. There is nothing afterward.,
Does anyone recycle?
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2018:
The city of Tampa has a recyclable pick-up once a week. It takes all forms of pater, metals, glass, and plastic bottles
It does seem so
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2018:
Republican ideology is just a broader version of the old southern red-necks' attitude toward women:" Keep 'em barefoot and pregnant." In other word, keep them under-educated, subservient, and without resources. That way, people unhappy with the situation cannot challenge you.
Do you have religious friends? How do you handle it? Do they know you are heathen? Is it OK with ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2018:
I make it clear that I respect their right to believe as they choose, and demand that they treat me with similar respect. I also make it clear that I simply do not discuss anything religious.
It does seem so
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2018:
A clear statement of Republican policy. It makes it easier to manipulate and use people.
A woman changing her surname 2 her husband's after marriage; is it constitutional, religious, ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 27, 2018:
In thoise cultures in which this occurs, it is simply a cultural norm -- nothing more, nothing less.
Do you think you are selfish or selfless? And why?
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I am a human being. That means that I have tendencies on both sides. I try to limit the selfish, but do not always succeed.
Oh yesssss ... indeed. Sad? You bet. Is it true? Probably. I know the facts presented are sound and ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Trump is almost a reincarnation of Mussolini.
Global Warming Linked to Higher Suicide Rates across North America - A new study suggests. ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Climate change is slowly, but inexorably altering some many aspects of our lives which used to be predictable certainties. That is creating unpredictability and stress in all aspects of our lives. . That fact,alone, will increase suicide rates.
As an agnostic/athiest how do you go about getting married or having a wedding?
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I do think that formalizing a loving relationship you plan to maintain over time is a worthy act.
Is balance worthwhile? For every dark expression there is a counterbalancing light expression. If ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Excuse me, but , to me, what you are saying is nice sounding gibberish. What is the point or aim of your post?
How do you build up your self confidence? I'm a sensitive person, perhaps too sensitive. Growing up ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Don't worry about what someone else may say, and try to do things of such value that they are worth noticing. At the same time listen to feedback you are getting and screen it for ideas you can and should use to improve yourself. The rest is junk not worthy of your attention.
We just put up a new wood fence around our yard. Yesterday oru fence guy, Heath, came by for a final...
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
One of the very many negative things Trump is doing to the American people.
If you choose to leave the United States, what country would you prefer to live in next?
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Canada, then New Zealand.
National Geographic The religiously unaffiliated, called "nones," are growing significantly. ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
My only concern is too many of the "nones" may be opting out of political life as well as religious. They need to exercise their civic responsibilities to prevent the religious and political demagogues from taking over.
How convinced are you?
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
I am 100 % convince that no gids exist. That frees me and leads me to an existential point of view.
Hello I am new so please be gentle. Donald Trump talks like a person that you would talk to in a ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 26, 2018:
Your post is a disconnected collection of poorly written bits and pieces that makes not sense.
Did anyone else go through the stages of Atheism?
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2018:
It appears that your purported stages do not describe what happens with most atheists.
Hey Irish Troll, come at me!!!
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2018:
A true warning by Orwell which we Americans would do damned well to heed!
How do you say you love some one without them thinking you want to marry them?
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Explain to him that you do do feel a deep emotional connection to him and that you do greatly enjoy spending time with him -- but that this does not mean that you are driven to have sex with him. Or, if that is the case, that you have chosen not to act on any sexual thoughts.
Terran/world government
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I find the thought interesting, but likely unworkable, due to human tribal instincts.
Did anyone else go through the stages of Atheism?
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2018:
No, not at all. I felt same and self doubt while being a believer over being a "sinner" just by being normal. I have never hated all religious people, but just detest people who try to impose their religious beliefs on me, and duplicitous demagogic charlatan preachers and leaders.
Broken foot bone. Can't hike. How to cope?
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2018:
If you can get to the gym, try working out with upper body, arm, and shoulder machines.
"... what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what is happening.” - D. Trump There ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Totally Agree. Trump is more devious, more vicious, more corrupt, and simply more evil than any politician EVER on the American political stage.
Next time someone says this, I am goen use this line.
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2018:
Superb!!
You work in healthcare, you are about to be fully responsible for the life of a patient in surgery ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 25, 2018:
I would state, "Sir, am not religious, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that Mr. (or Mrs.) X has the best of outcomes." Then I would step out.
Artificial Intelligence Shows Why Atheism Is Unpopular - The Atlantic
wordywalt comments on Jul 24, 2018:
An astute observation.People formed religion initially out of insecurity When a religion has become dominant in culture, religious leaders and true believers deliberately use cognitive dissonce to try to force conformity to group demands on beliefs. They also try to prevent pluralism from becoming an option. They will also always choose indoctrination over true education.
Do you feel weird when asked to approve someone's comment on a post? I mean, the comment made by ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 24, 2018:
I will nto approve or disapprove of a comment just because I am asked to do so. That choice rest solely on my own judgment.
Are you so confident that you can stay for your opinion even if no one agrees?
wordywalt comments on Jul 24, 2018:
On, yes, if I am sure I am on solid ground.
Is it wrong to like drum and bass???
wordywalt comments on Jul 24, 2018:
In the hand of a master, both instruments have great quality and beauty. If you ever heard Ray Brown play the bass, you will know what I mean.
I think it's so brave of people in the last years of their lives to remain atheistic. I'm not ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 23, 2018:
It is not brave, but the recognition of reality. If nothing follows death, here is nothing to fear.
Is the universe amoral?
wordywalt comments on Jul 23, 2018:
The unverse does not have a conscious mind. Therefore, it has no concept such as morality.
What’s the worst injury you’ve ever gotten from the gym?
wordywalt comments on Jul 23, 2018:
I have had more than a few sore joints (ankle, knee, hip, writs, elbow, shoulder) and a pulled muscle in the groin, but nothing major.
It's like the plague, a pandemic across the globe, right wing nationalism. Perhaps the result of ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2018:
Hans Morgenthau said, some 80 years ago, "The degree of aggressive nationalism and imperialism expressed in a nation's foreign policy is inversely proportional to the country's domestic political and economic stability." Much of the instability is due to the actions of Putin and Trump -- and it is affecting much of the entire world.
Which is more accurate, birds of a feather flock together or opposites attract?
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2018:
Birds of a feather.
Where do Conservatives go fact check, since they say all the fact check websites are owned,or run ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 22, 2018:
They don't fact check.
Five Foundations of Morality in America (Jonathan Haidt) When you decide whether something is ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 21, 2018:
The basis for my moral code -- and decision-making -- is the principle of minimum violation of human dignity and respect, and minim damage of human and environmental well=being. I think that more than covers your questions.
Trump, as stupid as he is, is not (your) American problem. It is the two Party-System that has ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 21, 2018:
Was Sie sagen stimmt nicht. It is not the two party system that is bad. It is the extent to which we have allowed big money and special interest groups to penetrate and manipulate our political process, along with a consequent corrupt and self serving political culture. Today's Republican party has "sold its soul" to evangelical Christianity and to any other source -- foreign or domestic -- which will enable them to hold and abuse their power.
How many of you live in the moment as much as possible?
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
At my age, I live for today, for I have few tomorrows. But, in living in the moment, one must strive not to cram in a multitude of desires, but to learn to take that which comes joyfully and naturally and enjoy it -- as a connoisseur of fine brandy snifts the aroma and savors the bouquet. That I learned almost 60 years ago when spending in a situation in which, if the situation deteriorated, I was told that a had a maximum of 48 hours to live.
Remember...
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Hear! Hear! Hear! ACT! Act, as though your life depends on it!! IT DOES!!
GOP Candidate Normalizes Pedophilia Because The Bible
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
And, this pervert is running for office???
Trump Only Has One Scandal - The Atlantic
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
He is a traitor to everything that I believe the USA stand for.
A Majority of White Evangelicals Don’t Like How America Is Becoming Less White – Friendly ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
That is exactly why evangelicals are working so hard to co-mingle politics and religion, so that they can turn religious dogma and bias into law and control other ethnic and political groups. They have such little confidence in the strength of their religion that they are afraid that Christianity cannot compete in a truly free market of ideas.
Whoopi Goldberg kicks guest off 'The View' - CNN Video
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
All vocal Trump apologists are lying, aggressively irrational, propagandistic people who have long since lost all of their honor and integrity.
Sin or not, if yes, why?
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Why? Because they have become bovine "True believers" who simple repeat what the dogma says.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
At age 81,probably dead.
The United Way is conducting a fundraising for school supplies. What does it say when charity ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
It tells you just how much Republican politicians really care about the well-being, development, and future of our children. "Our children are the message we send to a future we will not see.: Republicans are saying that they really don't give a damn.
Just breaking CNN, Michael Cohen has a recorded tape of PIGUS making arrangements to pay Stormy ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
As I said before, hand on to your hats, folks. The next couple of months are going to make Watergate seem like a Sunday school picnic.
Virtuoso (meme)
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
Damned good!!
SO... The House of Representatives passed a bill that say RELIGIONS THAT ARE GETTING INVOLVED IN ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
A deliberate attempt to cripple our Constitution.
So, passed a bill where the IRS, can not investigate a church that has violated the 1st Amendment of...
wordywalt comments on Jul 20, 2018:
The collusion between evangelicals and Republicans stinks mightily!
Rick Wiles: Rachel Maddow Sent the Signal for Liberals to Decapitate the Trumps – Friendly Atheist...
wordywalt comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Wiles is an evil, lying demagogue.
Trump must not be removed before the mid-term elections: My belief is if this were to happen at ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 19, 2018:
The sooner it can be accomplished, the better.
Who are some famous people you wish would just go away?
wordywalt comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Let me add Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich, Ted Cruz, Justices Aleto and Thomas,
How do you answer the door to a bible thumper trying to convert you? Me sometimes depending on my ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 19, 2018:
I usually say, "I am not interested," and close the door. Once when two young Bible thumpers asked if they could dome in, I just said, NO" and shut the door.
A Russian Spy Used the National Prayer Breakfast to Infiltrate America – Friendly Atheist
wordywalt comments on Jul 19, 2018:
It is amazing how gullible these "Christians" are to spies, liars, cheats, charlatans, and traitors.
Any teachers out there? I have an interview Monday morning with a highschool. No experience in ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Emphasize your role in maximizing student success in learning (and if you get the job, do your damnedest to live up to that goal).
What do you think of parents who home school their children? The question is about parents,not the ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 19, 2018:
I am suspicious of the most of them. Most lack the knowledge and skills to provide a good education. Others want to indoctrinate their children into a single,total system ideology or world view (possibly religious,r political, and a combination.
This was sent to me by a FB friend. Written by Sparrow R. Jones I am unconcerned that we have ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 19, 2018:
An intelligent, thoughtful, moral and patriotic statement. Barvo.
Attending another protest this evening in regards to Russian election interference. It was thrown ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 19, 2018:
Those who do not raise their voices to call for Trump's removal are simply enabling and condoning evil and treason. Msake sure the Republican members of Congress understand that we are watching and that they will be held acc9ountable!!
If you are messaging with someone and they won't give basic information --such as what their ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 18, 2018:
It is useful information, and when someone will not answer the question, there is reason to wonder why he or she will not.
Does aggressive antitheism beget anti-atheism?
wordywalt comments on Jul 18, 2018:
You are absolutely correct!
Given that assimilation and appropriation of external culture traits/features is a means through ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 18, 2018:
Your attempt to make a distinction between the two is moot and irrelevant.
OK I don't like trump, let's get that straight... We all know he's a damned liar, doesn't like ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 18, 2018:
The more that we can expose his corruption and treachery to the light of day, the better!!!
Would you rather have friends or fans?
wordywalt comments on Jul 18, 2018:
I do not want any fans.
I may not go to what is currently recognized as a religious institution (Church, Mosque, Synagogue, ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 18, 2018:
Your question belittles people. I am not an unquestioning "true believer" in any ideology (religious, political, or economic) or institution. Humans do not have an innate need to be the captive of any irrational belief system.
Do you give compliments with honesty?
wordywalt comments on Jul 18, 2018:
I do not give gratuitous compliments. All that I give are earned.
How many places have you lived in your lifetime?
wordywalt comments on Jul 17, 2018:
2 countries, 9 American states, 15 different towns or cities (smallest 250 people and largest 1.1 million people.).
This is a scary thought!
wordywalt comments on Jul 17, 2018:
I would have died 12 years ago without the pacemaker they put in.
Change The Subject
wordywalt comments on Jul 17, 2018:
To such people: You are stuck with the corrupt idiot you elected. Unfortunately, we are, too -- until we act in concert to get rid of him.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
wordywalt comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Stand up to authority because you know you are right and acting morally, even though it could cost you dearly. If you do it once, it gets easier to do, and you make a difference. When I was a high school teacher, I led a movement that got an incompetent principal fired -- and survived. Well over 10 years later, I had started a staff development center serving 12 rural school districts and contrary to my boss, believed that the program should change its focus and he was about to recommend that my program and my job be discontinued. I went to the 12 superintendents and asked them what they would want my program to do and let them and proposed to them a new program of services responsive to their goals. The superintendents were my controlling board. When the time came. They voted 11 to 1 to continue by center, and ,y job and to move it in the directions I proposed. We did some great things later, as a consequence. I could give other examples. Have the courage to stand up.
Per 18 USC 2381, “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 17, 2018:
Hear! Hear!
Even the Republicans are speaking out!
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
Where are Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Trey Gowdy, Rand Paul, Susan Collins, Lisa Merkowsky and other so-called Republican leaders. They must be having some difficulty finding their moral and patriotic gonads.
From Dan Rather: I will not minimize the gravity of what happened today. I don't need to. Terms like...
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
Trump now constitutes a clear and present danger to our country, our people, and our democracy!!
Trump Summit Betrays His Country For Russia In Plain Sight
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
It is time for impeachment!
Even the Republicans are speaking out!
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
Absolutely!!
What kind of philosophical school of thought do you adhere to in your daily lives??
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
Existentialism,
What's something that is popular right now that annoys you?
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
The obsession with portable electronics.
Can any of you experts identify this vine for me? It's a weed that loves to choke my tomato plants....
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
Looks like it could be bindweed -- a noxious weed that wheat farmers fight all the time.
Beall's List of Predatory Journals and Publishers - Publishers
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
It is amazing and appalling how much junk science and fake news have proliferated. They have corrupted our political and popular culture have become.
Dentist? did he say dentist?
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
An accurate interpretation of body language.
Do you think religious or spiritual belief systems should be allowed to interfere with scientific ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
Religious beliefs have always interfered with the exercise and advance of science -- and will continue to do so as long as religion exists. That interference is a force which must always be fought.
Just watched the Putin and his puppet interview...not one word about the indictments...not one word ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 16, 2018:
No, I did not watch. Neither of them is going to tell the truth, anyway. I'll wait until we hear analysis and see actions.
And that is why I don't watch the news any more
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Then avoid Fox, Sinclair, and Breitbart at all costs. It would be great if the regular networks did the kind of investigative journalism of the 1960s and 1970s.
I was a real Republican. I don't recognize my party now, or what it stands for.
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
We have had some true Republican patriots in government (though I did not always agree with some of them) -- Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Dirkson, Dole, Brooke, McCain, Nelson Rockefeller, and others. But, the vast majority of today's Republican politicians have long since sold out to big money and to wrongheaded doctrinaire political and economic ideology. Far too many of them are absorbed in a lust for personal financial gain, personal political power, and partisan control. They have become enemies of our democracy, our country, and our people.
Baptist Pastor: Men Who Let Their Wives Work Are “Destroying” Children’s Minds – Friendly ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Isn't it astounding what crap these fundamentalistic ministers can come up with? What is worse, is that brain-dead true believers actually accept such outrageous pronouncements as gospel.
Bestfriend Loyalty
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
If the confidentiality were given in strict confidence, then it should remain in the strictest confidence.
Kentucky Judge Refuses To Marry Atheists
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
The judge should be removed from office and disbarred.
Inflation hits 6-year high, wiping out wage gains for the average American - Chicago Tribune
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
What else would one expect from the idiot Trump?
What should public spending be spent on, arts or science?
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Both. The choice between is artificial.
Is it possible to be completely and utterly non biased in the realm of subjectivity?? With that ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Of course not. Subjectivity is the polar opposite of objectivity.
The fallout from Trump's war on immigrants is reaching as far as the farming communities in ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
May all Trump supporters suffer such concerns caused DIRECTLY by Trump's rhetoric and actions. You inflicted it on yourselves.
It's no more (and no less) than an identity crisis...
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
You have no reason to feel ashamed. Your work provides a needed service, and you are obviously good at it. If you enjoy it and the human contact it provides, you are a lucky person.You can still seek , by various means, to expand your learning while staying in the work. I have a graduate degree, but I would not judge you if you are a good waitress and a good person. If you were a bad and/or rude waitress, that would be a different story.
I don't know how many are here, but I would like to ask the black people on this web site a serious ...
wordywalt comments on Jul 15, 2018:
This was not his first extremist comment, and I dare say that it will not be his last. Yes, his pattern deserved it.

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