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Al is a retired author, writer and journalist. His books include "Free Thoughts - A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist" and "A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World - The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth." Al began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. He also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast from 1995 to 1998, and his work won a North Carolina Journalism award in 1998. Al is the former Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc., and served on the Board of Directors for "The Clergy Project." He is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. Currently, he writes part time for The God Discussion, co-hosts the Internet radio programs, "The God Discussion Show" and "Reap Sow Radio." Al lives in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City, GA.

The Cargo Cults: Religion based on old-world representations of modern technology

The Cargo Cults: Religion based on old-world representations of modern technology

Imagine a religion based completely on the legend of a man who came dressed in a Western style coat, making all sorts of promises? Imagine this religion to be worshiped with idols crafted to represent air-dropped military supplies? Imagine that ...

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Ray Comfort's outrageous comments to CBN – Just like David vs. Goliath, he'll take down Richard Dawkins

Ray Comfort's outrageous comments to CBN – Just like David vs. Goliath, he'll take down Richard Dawkins

Last week, The God Discussion featured a story about anti-evolutionist and anti-science Ray Comfort's upcoming movie, 'Evolution vs. God.' The film is being rabidly promoted by a who's-who of the Christian fundamental literalists, including Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis ...

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Say 'No' to home school child abuse

Say 'No' to home school child abuse

Child abuse? Is homeschooling really child abuse? Abuse comes in many forms, not just the obvious that results in bruises, broken bones or the sexual denigration of children. There is also mental abuse and neglect. The mental abuse that some ...

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Indiana: Where an LGBT couple can be jailed for submitting a marriage license application

Indiana: Where an LGBT couple can be jailed for submitting a marriage license application

While there are many states that have provisions for same sex unions, there are still 39 states where same sex marriage is illegal. For the most part, if a same sex couple attempts to procure a marriage license in these ...

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Texas abortion bill advances; activist hauled off by cops during her speech

Texas abortion bill advances; activist hauled off by cops during her speech

Last night, the Texas house approved their extremely restrictive abortion bill on provision. This is the third attempt the House has made to pass the bill, the first one failing due to a marathon filibuster by what turned out to ...

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The Hopi Prophecy: A look into Native American spirituality

The Hopi Prophecy: A look into Native American spirituality

The Hopi are a Native American people of just under 10,000 who live on their own lands, and an additional 7,000 who live elsewhere in the world. Their population in the United States consists of twelve villages in three separate ...

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Thousands attend demonstration on Texas abortion bill SB1

Thousands attend demonstration on Texas abortion bill SB1

The battle over reproductive rights in Texas is still raging. This past Monday night drew dueling demonstrations at the capitol over SB1, a strict bill that would severely limit abortions in the state of Texas. The bill’s author, State Senator ...

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Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham not amused by reports of Creation Museum decline

Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham not amused by reports of Creation Museum decline

The God Discussion featured a story last week addressing attendance issues at Ken Ham's 'Creation Museum' in Kentucky. In particular, the falling off of attendance and the museum's subsequent attempt to gain more attendees. The first year the museum opened they ...

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What religious fundamentalists have in common

What religious fundamentalists have in common

For those who are not familiar with John Fugelsang, he is an actor and comedian. He has appeared in several television programs and movies, including co-hosting America's Funniest Home Videos as well as appearing in CSI and Coyote Ugly. He has also performed at ...

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Independence Day is not a religious holiday and the United States not a Christian nation.

Independence Day is not a religious holiday and the United States not a Christian nation.

“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on theChristian religion…” – The Treaty of Tripoli The Treaty of Tripoli was submitted to the Senate by  President John Adams, receiving ratification unanimously from the U.S. Senate on June 7, ...

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Turns out atheists are just like everyone else

Turns out atheists are just like everyone else

The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, just completed a research project on unbelievers. As one of the first of its kind that exhaustively breaks down the different types of people that make up the non-believing demographic, the results are, in a ...

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North Carolina attempts a 'sneak attack' with 'back-door' abortion law

North Carolina attempts a 'sneak attack' with 'back-door' abortion law

With the slew of abortion-related legislation being floated, voted and passed all over the country, it should come as no surprise that another southern state has entered the fray against the right for a woman to choose. What should come ...

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Did cancer treatment leave two men HIV-free?

Did cancer treatment leave two men HIV-free?

The quest to cure the HIV virus has been taking a precedence for a generation now, and some of the most promising advances have come from the research on other diseases. In a story filed by NBC News, two men ...

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