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I am a gay atheist and an anti theist. I have been active in the movement for separation between church and state, LGBT rights, and the promotion of atheism for most of my life. I worked with Madalyn Murray O'Hair and her family, who founded American Atheists. I have made many TV and radio appearances in the past, appearing on Phil Donahue twice.

I am a retired special ed teacher and have volunteered for animal rescue for many years.

I have a home and property where I garden and keep many types of animals. I enjoy cooking, entertaining, discussion, street fairs, movies, trivia, and dark humor. My sister and good friends are a big part of my life, and I have recently found a great guy and planning a life together.

I am originally from NY, but have been in Florida (Manatee County) for 26 yrs.

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Do you make the distinction between being skeptical vs. cynical?
daddy4pugs comments on Sep 2, 2018:
I have been much too trusting of people in the past, concerning "friendships" and relationships. I want to think that people are better than they really are. I want to think that more people are logical, when the truth is that most are not. I want to hope that more people will choose freedom over fascism, but I'm continuously disappointed. I desperately want people to choose empathy and concern for each other, the planet, other forms of life, but then the reality sets in, that we are only a few. My hope is that throughout history, it has only been a few that have made a difference.
Inlaws are Trump supporters.
daddy4pugs comments on Jun 18, 2018:
If someone does not realize that we are suffering under a Nazi invasion, then they are stupid, a Nazi themselves, or both. I know his family history, his statements, and his actions. I'm not just calling names when I say that Trump is mentally ill. You don't have to be a professional to see it, but I worked with children and young adults who suffered from mental illness and emotional disturbances. Many of us are suffering from some form of depression, as we see others suffer, and our country cater to dictators while alienating our allies, under his occupation, through a stolen election. I have removed all those from FB and my life who would support this maniac.
MEMORIES FOR FATHER'S DAY (I was very fortunate that my mom became an atheist and that Dad became ...
daddy4pugs comments on Jun 18, 2018:
Thanks everyone for the nice comments. Both my parents were very good people. I was very fortunate.
On this Father's Day, let's contemplate the many fatherly attributes of "our father in Heaven," ...
daddy4pugs comments on Jun 17, 2018:
Jealous of other gods.
Top 10 Reasons Jesus Christ Never Existed | Top 10 Lists | ListLand.com
daddy4pugs comments on Feb 3, 2018:
The Jesus character cured the leper, but not leprosy. He cured the blind man, but not blindness. He fed the multitudes and yet billions of living creatures, human and non-human die of starvation. He raised his friend from the dead, but every living creature dies. He cursed an innocent fig tree, sent demons into a herd of innocent pigs (why were pigs in a Jewish country), and he suffered less than three days of an inconvenience, since he is not dead, according to the story. He stole 12 men from their families, advised the poor to be complacent and to give unto Caesar, and his story differs from gospel to gospel. This is a god who fathered himself, sacrificed himself to himself, in order to appease his blood lust, and yet those who cannot see any evidence are condemned to eternal suffering, despite the virtue of their lives. There is no biological, historical, anthropological, nor archaeological evidence of his existence. He knew nothing about refrigeration, antibiotics, or where the sun went at night. This is a man who knew nothing of running water or hygiene, even preaching against hand washing, and he and his mother shit in the street. This is the king of kings.
Religious Right Assholes! [patheos.com]
daddy4pugs comments on Feb 3, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E48QqcTOXeY Missisippi Republicans
I get this all the time. Where do you find your morality if you don’t believe in god?
daddy4pugs comments on Feb 3, 2018:
https://youtu.be/N5dQDpmUP58 Dawkins on atheism and morality
I saw this on a humor site. Your thoughts? "GOD DOES EXIST! Look in the mirror and you'll see ...
daddy4pugs comments on Jan 7, 2018:
I like god's mustache and beard. Oh wait?
As an atheist, I think Homosexuality should not come into mainstream. What's your take ?
daddy4pugs comments on Jan 7, 2018:
Where I stick it or where I get stuck is none of anybody's business. That does not preclude me from enjoying all of life's benefits, as well as the rights guaranteed me as a citizen of the US.
What could motivate someone to proudly, publically broadcast their desire to murder people and to ...
daddy4pugs comments on Dec 31, 2017:
Studies show that the most homophobic people are fighting their own self hatred, their own homosexual feelings. I don't doubt that he either sucks dick or badly wants to do suck dick. This is the crime of religion, perpetuating internalized self hatred.
What could motivate someone to proudly, publically broadcast their desire to murder people and to ...
daddy4pugs comments on Dec 31, 2017:
This is so typical Mike. If one of us said that we wanted to kill a Christian, that would be hate speech. But say it in the name of religion, and it is their religious right.
"I'd rather leave this world today thinking God exists and finding out that he doesn't, than not ...
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 29, 2017:
I apologize for a comment I made and have deleted it. I mistakenly thought that this was from a religionist, rather than from someone asking a question about religionists. Atheist pages on FB have been infiltrated by religionists and they are no longer a safe place for skeptics to share ideas and ask questions.
In hopes of getting to know someone better have you ever "suspended disbelief" or "faked belief"?
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 19, 2017:
I had someone fake not being a believer and secretly praying for me. He was a guest pastor at a gay Pentecostal church, if you can believe such a thing.
As an atheist, I think Homosexuality should not come into mainstream. What's your take ?
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 19, 2017:
First, a personal anecdotal experience always proves nothing. If you want my personal experience, 99 % of the men I meet have wives or girlfriends. Secondly, who cares if it is genetic or not. We are not sure as to the biological causes. Even if it was just my choice, so what! i can choose to do whatever I want in life, and that includes sex. Third, your claim of psychological and the numerous attempts from religious groups and psychologists and psychiatrists from past history, to "convert" gay people, has lead to numerous suicides and life long trauma. Fourth, claims such as yours lead to violence against LGBT people. Bigots will use the idea that LGBT people can change, to hurt and kill us. I'll never forget in NY years ago, gay people were shot in a bar. As they carried one man out and was putting him in the ambulance, before he died, his last words were, "Oh no, now my family will find out." And lastly, I have not only worked with many species of animals most of my life, but scientific research has shown that homosexuality exists in many thousands of species, even insects. Scientific studies also show that many of those who are homophobic, or who make wild claims such as yours, are closet cases, which most of us have always known anyway. My life is not up for debate and is not dependent on your approval. You can only kick a dog so many times before it either dies, or turns on you. And for anyone stupid enough to vote that homosexuality should not be in the mainstream, we are everywhere. We are your doctor, your teacher, your neighbor, and your old unmarried auntie who has that "special" friend, providing each other with "companionship."
Anyone else sick of Christian violence always seeming to get a pass by American culture that just ...
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 15, 2017:
Look at the current case with Roy Moore. The majority of Alabama is supporting a molester because they are anti abortion and anti LGBT, wanting to achieve their goals of discrimination and christianizing the US at any cost, even at the loss of rights and the execution of those who would fight for those rights. The idea of excusing certain acts because they are based on religion is not a new concept. When religious belief is opposed to the law of the land, there are a few remedies. For the religionist, continue to practice your beliefs in your home and your place of worship, allowing your god to deal with my eternal torture. Secondly, do not have an abortion, pray in silence, and do not marry someone of the same sex. Third, in the US you can openly believe in human sacrifice, but you CANNOT practice it. The problem with my points is that the nature of Christianity and Islam is to spread their murderous filth around the world, without regard to liberties or even to life.
Some important food for thought on tone in discourse about our non-religiousness. It touches on the...
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 15, 2017:
Atheist often go through many stages in their lives. I love to inform and educate, but I also enjoy ridiculing religion and religious concepts, but I'm careful about my audience. If I am speaking with a thoughtful believe who is sincerely interested in an open discussion, of course I will attempt to answer their questions and to present myself as an educated and informed person. BUT, I am on a lot of atheist pages on FB and most of the comments from religionists, both Christians and Muslims, who have infiltrated those pages, are about condemning atheists to hell and saying that we are both evil and idiots for not seeing the world as evidence for their god. The other issue is that atheists and LGBT people are imprisoned and/or executed in 13 countries. The US discriminates against atheists and LGBT people. Therefore, in addition to the mental illness of religion, its barbaric treatment of those who differ from it is open to ridicule and in no way deserves my respect. Yes, individual people deserve my respect, despite the fact that they support a murderous philosophy and have sanitized it, but the system itself deserves everything I can throw at it. Also, I have been in discussions and debates with religionists, who accuse me of not treating them well. Groups of people around me will confirm that it was not the case. That perception often comes from the fact that they are not winning the debate and their magical thinking is being challenged. For an example, a religionist wants to tell you all about Jesus, as if you have never heard of the Jesus character, but the moment you say that Jesus is fictitious, they claim that you are being disrespectful to them. I will discuss the issues with anyone, but the moment you make it apparent that you support a system that advocates the loss of my rights and.or the loss of my life, then I will respond in a way that is not going to be pleasant. Yes, I'm intelligent and informed, but I am also angry and I have a right to be angry. Also, I am not familiar with Reddit and my comments are generalized for a variety of forums.
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not ...
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 12, 2017:
And besides, according to the fable, god created Satan knowing that he would bring horrific suffering and death to god's beloved creation. Why would Satan punish people for not following god? Don't you think that we would be provided with eternal orgies of food, sex, and whatever makes you happy?
It's amazing how much control the fear of death holds over us. Whenever I broach the topic ...
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 11, 2017:
a dog, a head of lettuce, and a human experience the same thing after death, nothing. Reality doesn't always have to be pleasant. It is just reality. Link 1: https://youtu.be/pR7e0fmfXGw What we should think about death Link2: https://www.facebook.com/ScientificAtheists/videos/1489393901119605/ What happens after death? Link 3: http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/09/scientist-explains-why-life-after-death-is-impossible-7065838/ Life after death impossible
New here and seeking some guidance. How does one mend a broken heart?
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 10, 2017:
It feels as if it will never get better, but it does. People are recommending getting a new love and that certainly helps, but you never want to get into a relationship just to get over the last one. It takes time, even when if you realize that it would never work with that person, because we want to dwell on the fantasy of what could have been. betpaq is correct because losing a love is like a death. It leaves a hole that we learn to step around, instead of falling into.
Without religion, what is sin?
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 7, 2017:
Ethics and morality have been studied for ever and many of the people who have an interest in these areas are non theists. It is because we are human centered and want the best life for ourselves and others. Sin is nonsense of course. This is an excellent answer to ethics without a god concept. https://youtu.be/N5dQDpmUP58
my mother keeps inviting me to church and despite having said no multiple times, she wont respect my...
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 7, 2017:
It's annoying, but given her forgetfulness, just laugh it off. I'm an anti-theist, so if a friend continuously asked me I would be pissed and I would tell them so. If it were my mom, yes I would get angry also, but if you want a relationship with her, just blow it off. One of the reasons that it is angering is that there is a lack of respect. The attitude is that you are going to burn and that she has to save you. We sometimes have to swallow hard when dealing with family. My parents became atheists because of me and I was fortunate. I did not hold back with other relatives because I did not care enough, not to piss them off. Most learned to respect me.
What is your favorite holiday?
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 7, 2017:
I would say that the Winter Solstice is my favorite, which is Xmas. It is actually a celebration that the days will be getting longer and I am all for longer and warmer days. Growing up, it was all about family, sharing gifts, and delicious food. After the death of my parents, my sister and I have had to reinvent the holiday. Much of what I knew has changed. I don't bother decorating anymore and I do not have celebrations at my house, as I once was doing. If I were not single and my partner wanted to entertain for the holidays, I certainly would do it. We meet with friends and enjoy the time together.
Hi atheists. Are you happy with your life now?
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 7, 2017:
First the "negative" of being an atheist is that there are only a select number of people to whom I can fully relate and it is difficult to go through everyday life sometimes with so many irrational people. It also limits the number of people who I would consider for romance. It is like being the only sane person in a mental hospital. The positive is the wonderful friendships that I have made with other atheists. The freedom of irrational guilt and illogical thinking. The freedom to look at the world as it is and as I would like it to be. If I was the only atheist in the world, it would be lonely, but I would not choose to live in any other way. I hope you get some comfort from posting here with fellow atheists.
Have you had a 'near death' (or 'like death') experience?
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 7, 2017:
I have never had a "near death" experience, but I have had a few surgeries. I thought about the possibility of not surviving, although I was confident that I would. It never occurred to me to imagine a god or an afterlife. I help my mom's hand as she took her last breath and I was more convinced than ever that it was nothing more than a biological process and final. Devastated yes, delusional no.
So I'm watching the news this morning regarding the Texas church massacre and the fella that killed ...
daddy4pugs comments on Nov 7, 2017:
Yes, thank you serial killer for murdering the people next door and leaving us alone. Hmmm, could they be a bit irrational, selfish, and lacking empathy for others?
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