Jack

Jack

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5 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - How to Avoid Finding O... · 0 replies · +1 points

I would never invite them in, but there was a time when I used to enjoy that sort of arguing. Thinking quickly on one's feet is one of those skills that always required me a lot of practice to maintain. I think I've lost it along the way. It sounds like your grandfather must have enjoyed practicing it.

1 month ago @ Atheist Revolution - Atheists With a Broad ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thanks! I think you are right about the value of community and activism, as well as the resistance of many atheists to them. To be honest, the community aspect is something I struggle with too. Or at least, I think I would if there was anything like that around here.

How do we persuade others to get involved? Rationally, I think it is clear that we are going to be limited in what we can accomplish on our own. If we are unhappy with the status quo, working with others to change it is going to be required. I suspect that many people know this and that there are other more emotional things that get in their way. What you said about some of it sounding like religion or church is a good example. Some of us had such bad experiences with these things that anything that reminds us of them is to be avoided. I catch myself doing this at times. It isn't even conscious but more of a visceral "yuck" reaction. I have to work at setting it aside.

1 month ago @ Atheist Revolution - Roe v. Wade Was Overtu... · 0 replies · +1 points

Absolutely! The goal has been to return us to the 1950s, and this is a big step in that direction. Unless we can mount an effective opposition, more will come.

1 month ago @ Atheist Revolution - Roe v. Wade Was Overtu... · 0 replies · +1 points

The question of what comes next and how far this court will go are interesting ones. My guess is that we'll see them go as far as they think they can. Public opinion had better start shifting to the left, or we're in real trouble.

1 month ago @ Atheist Revolution - Roe v. Wade Was Overtu... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yes, he's not fit to remain in that position. He clearly knows we have little hope of removing him and has decided to flaunt his ideology.

1 month ago @ Atheist Revolution - How You Can Change the... · 0 replies · +1 points

Definitely not easy to achieve change. It seems like activists are impatient by nature, and sometimes I think we move on too quickly.

1 month ago @ Atheist Revolution - How You Can Change the... · 0 replies · +1 points

This seems to be a copy-and-paste of part of a comment you left on a previous post.

1 month ago @ Atheist Revolution - How You Can Change the... · 0 replies · +1 points

That was an interesting read! It makes sense that trying to match the strength of the public reaction would be effective.

1 month ago @ Atheist Revolution - Have the Jan. 6 Commit... · 0 replies · +1 points

Both of those courses of action seem warranted to me too. I'll be surprised if he's convicted of any crimes, but I'd like to be surprised! I'm still waiting for Dick Cheney to go to prison before he dies, so I hope it can happen quickly for Trump.

1 month ago @ Atheist Revolution - Have the Jan. 6 Commit... · 0 replies · +1 points

From what I can tell, the hearings are primarily about trying to hold Trump accountable and provide a clear public record of what he did. A divided Congress can't accomplish much more than that, so it will be up to the DOJ to decide whether anything comes of it.

Our presidents are not dictators (yet), and there is only so much they can do when facing an effective opposition party. The Democrats still haven't figured out how to be an effective opposition party, but the Republicans haven't had that problem.