My son just sent a letter to a prosepective University. With a good idea that the school wasn't right for him based solely on it's emphasis of Christianity, he decided to air it out. Here is a snippet of the letter....
A couple of haters grabbed the blogspot address that corresponds with this site address. It's recently come to my attention that Google has suspended the account. I'm not sure of the reason, just that it is no longer available to use.
This address used to be owned by Christian haters. http://rationalresponders.blogspot.com/ They used the site to tell misleading and usually dishonest interpretations of RRS. Often they came up high in google because of name similarity. Google took action. Nice of them.
People get away with telling lies about people online because most people aren't going to go through the costs or effort of taking it to court. We had built up tons of evidence to take that case to court and in the end I can only assume that submitting that info to google played a role in the name being taken away from the world.
If anyone ever sees it become available, I'll offer you a reward to let me know about it. I'll take you out to dinner when you come by Philadelphia.
Our site goes down from time to time but we usually resolve it within an hour. This time it was 12 hours. Sorry for any inconvenience, frustration, sadness, or depression that you dealt with as a result. It lasted so long this time because was our amazing volunteer server admin was away from the computer.
It gives me a chance to be frank with you. I hate doing fundraisers, as I want to believe that this site can be sustained on ad/amazon/subscriber revenue. Many a months, it can. RRS costs a few hundred dollars per month to operate and right now, we're not quite making that back. Actually one of our awesome board members recently sent us our largest single donation of the year and it got us to about even.
Another reason I haven't made a public request for donations in over 2 years is that I feel I let you down on the last public appeal for money to buy a server. I assure you we got a new server to upgrade our sites to the next era of web utilization. I am sorry I can't enjoy it's spoils with you quite yet. I don't want to throw anyone under the bus, but for the most part it's delay was beyond my control. I could have avoided it if I had 10-15k to spend on professional help. I don't work off a budget that large, we're dealing in hundreds here.
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Eminem and Rihanna have a hit here. Great new song, deep meaning. Rihanna has monsters, one of them being the fact she had another relationship with Chris Brown after being physically abused by him. Eminem has monsters... for example pain from not getting to live "as a regular civilian" or because of his OCD "conking me in the head." In fact he's willing to admit "I am nuts for real."
Being friends with the monster is being able to cope with our weaknesses. We all have at least one... somewhere. Do you manage to navigate life by being friends with the monster? Maybe you let the monster get the best of you. As we mature we learn to live with these flaws better.
I can only speak for my 36 years of experience, but I think I'm friends with the monster, it wasn't always that way.
[Hook - Rihanna:]
I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed
Get along with the voices inside of my head
You're trying to save me, stop holding your breath
And you think I'm crazy, yeah, you think I'm crazy
Do you have a little time for a little easy online atheist
We have re-opened posting on the Atheism United wiki, it was closed due to uncontrollable spam. Over the years many people have asked me to put a link to their website on this site or one of the other sites I manage. My solution was to help all atheist sites by making the longest list of atheist sites ever created. I can always use your help, even if just to be a watchful eye attacking spammers. Please link to the list on your own blogs and sites. Why?
Quite a few #Republicans should be out of a job because of their negligence. I want to fight back. But I refuse to accept this idea from the DNC that a donation will do the job. Democrats don't need my money to do their job. They will get their paychecks tomorrow even when others will not. The democrats must learn how to respond to the dishonest tactics of Republicans better. When the Republicans say "the american people want this" someone needs to be there to say "actually polls show the american people don't want this."
You don't need my money to fight something that the Republicans promised to their base. The Republicans promised gleefully they would shut the government down as a tactic. They are getting what they want... the destruction of America so they can get their own sick twisted ideological goals based on a misinterpretation of a bronze age book and whoever is willing to give them the most money.
Here is how they asked for money: http://my.democrats.org/GOP-Shutdown
On a scale of 1-10 how mad are you at the Republican party for holding us hostage, risking our credit rating, and trying to restrict us from affordable health care? I am a 10. It makes me sick that they are treating our fiscal health and literal health like a game. Oh how ironic, I'm sick... I don't have health insurance!
Let the Republicans know you will not be voting for them in the future. Here are some of their twitter feeds.
I played golf today with my favorite Christian golfing partner. I said something like "and if you think I'm a non-conformist with my atheism..." and he cut me off and said "I don't think you're non-conforming, I see you like most other people. Almost everyone is atheist now." The numbers don't necessarily back his claim, but his perception is that most people are atheist. This certainly wouldn't have been the case in our discussions 10 years ago.
We came to a point of agreement that the majority of Americans don't practice religion actively. Maybe we're products of the sights and relationships we have in our liberal Philadelphia area. I suppose our perception might be different if we lived in the bible belt. Thankfully, we don't.
It feels damn good to know I played a role in getting us this far. Hopefully you have done enough to feel the same way.