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But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong [souls] stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!

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Religion in the 2nd Inaugural: Obama and Lincoln

Unlike that bygone era, when churches actually owned slaves, and people actually read sermons in their newspapers, today the old warhorse hobbles on splinted legs.

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Some Thoughts on "The Riddle Of The Gun"

Sam Harris has a blog posting that demands a thoughtful response. I thought I'd try one. Although this piece is thoughtful and well written, I think Sam Harris sounds like a shill for the bone-headed NRA plan to put armed guards in every school. It’s a stupid idea, not just because it over-reacts to what […]

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Quick Comment: Scouts

I was a member of the Boy Scouts back in the 1960s and early 1970s, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 1973. The Scouts taught me how to camp and cook and clean. They taught me hiking, canoeing, first aid, home repairs, lifesaving and personal safety. They taught me to preserve the environment and […]

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Quick Comment: Who Counts?

With all the attention the news media focus on what Republicans call Voter Verification (what with their voter ID laws and other restrictions), and what the rest of us call vote suppression, we who believe in freedom and liberty for all might reflect that our American electile dysfunction resides in too little voting, not too […]

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Quick Comment: Debating Debating

This past Wednesday it looked like President Obama wouldn’t even take his own side in his debate with former Governor Mitt Romney. The subtext from Mr. Obama was “Please let me be President again because I’ll try harder next time.” The subtext from Mr. Romney was “I deserve to be president because I’m a rich […]

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Quick Comment: A Nation Is Not a Business

We’ve heard the refrain before: if the U.S. were run more like a business, we could solve our fiscal problems and we’d all be better off. This November, voters (those who are still allowed to vote) will get to decide. Here’s something to take into the voting booth with you. A business has shareholders, directors […]

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You Didn’t Build That?

By Ronald Bruce Meyer (with a little help) “You didn’t build that” is a quote from President Barack Obama during a 13 July 2012 campaign speech in Roanoke, Virginia. While it was intended to emphasize the role of government in growing American businesses, the sound bite was quickly taken out of context across the conservative […]

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Report from the Republican Convention...

...And My Interview with God [Transcript of a LIVE report from Tampa, FL. John Mill is the radio voice of Ronald Bruce Meyer. This transcript is courtesy of the "American Heathen" Internet radio show which aired on Saturday, 8/25/12 on Shocknet Radio. The interviewer is "American Heathen" creator and host RJ Evans.] RJ: ... We […]

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Quick Comment: No Secular Prayers

Why I Don’t Like the Pledge of Allegiance I’ve spoken before about the soiled history of flag worship in the United States, that is, turning the Pledge of Allegiance into a prayer of devotion to the Christian God. I don’t object only to the insertion of the divisive words “under God,” which turns the Pledge […]

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Week in Freethought History (May 27-June 2)

Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s a reminder that, no matter how isolated and alone we may feel at times, we as freethinkers are neither unique nor alone in the world. Last Sunday, May 27, was the 78th birthday of the science […]

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