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      Valerie Tarico always gives lucid, interesting accounts of whatever she's writing about, and this essay is no exception. If you're interested in why believers are leaving the church (or mosque, etc.), here's a comprehensive explanation--

      https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/right-wing-evange...

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      A-Z Quotes | Quotes (and Misquotes?) For All Occasions

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          It will almost certainly be useless for me to do so (I've e-mailed the site and been ignored), but I want to publicly complain about a site, https://www.azquotes.com/ . On that site there are 7 quotes attributed to me. I'm honored to get recognition and to be quoted, but I'm irritated to have things written by E. D. (not "Ed") Buckner before I was even born listed as things I've said or written. Some of the "Ed Buckner" quotes are mine, but I don't think any animals--humans included--are immortal nor should be treated as such. I vigorously oppose cruelty to animals but I'm otherwise not much interested in non-human animals. (I've been sought out as a FB friend by animal lovers and never much understood why--until I saw some of the A-Z quotes someone has put in my mouth.)

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          American Atheists In Cincinnati

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              We've returned from a grand American Atheists convention in Cincinnati. There were, I'm sure, problems or disappointments here and there (my back and some viral problem kept me from maximum participation or enjoyment), but I didn't actually hear any complaints from the hundreds of atheists I talked with or overheard. There were historical looks--Frank Zindler issued an impassioned, valedictory plea for the baton to be received by the new generations now in charge and Spike Tyson got a sustained standing ovation when Zindler suggested recognition for him. But most of the energy was forward focused. I didn't hear all the talks and workshops, but the highlights IMNHO were Gayle Jordan, Fraidy Reiss, Hector Garcia, the Alison Gill-led workshop, and, especially, the two keynotes: Jim Obergefell and Nick Fish both exceeded my high expectations.

              Friday night featured a free banquet, a terrifying but exquisitely well delivered talk by Eddie Tabash, and a graceful, witty talk by Pamela Whissel.

              I missed the activities outside the hotel, but being in Carew Tower and the Netherland Plaza Hilton meant plenty of choices for eats, etc., once we finally figured out what floor was which.

              And, thanks to the photography skills of my son Michael Buckner, I learned that I missed spectacular views from the top of the building. His picture of the 1867 Roebling Bridge (predecessor to the Brooklyn Bridge) is posted with his permission:

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              Zachrilege Cast #188 -- Ed And Michael Buckner

              Ed Buckner is the former American Atheist president and reminds me that he’s a former not current board member of the Atlanta Freethought Society. Michael is his son, never got into religion and is a board member of the Atlanta Freethought Society. We talk...
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                  Sean Glazier, Have You ...

                  Sean Glazier , have you had a chance to ponder further the matters we were discussing?

                  (No rush at all--I'm just interested.)

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                  Opinion | A God Problem

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                      Nothing new here. But also nothing theists have in fact ever rebutted or adequately responded to, either. If you have faith in a god or god(s) and don't care whether that makes any sense, no need to read this. But also no reason to expect someone who does care about logic and reason to accept your claims.

                      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/opinion/-philos...

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