John Garvey

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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John Garvey
Posted almost 3 years ago
What prompted you to become an atheist?
... each other in a manner befitting their seared-in beliefs, but without becoming a danger to the remainder of Humanity because of their collective death wishes. As I said, excepting the absolute loonies, I don't care what people believe. Until, that is, those people (or sub-groups thereof) start trying to shove their beliefs down my Atheist throat. Whether the "shoving" is done by trying to convert me up close and personal, or it is done by trying to get laws passed which would remove, or in any way restrict, diminish or limit the rights guaranteed to all of us by the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights. Then I have major problems with those people and their fervent need to force anyone and everyone "into the fold". There are many schools in America that teach Creationism alongside evolution, or that have to stipulate that while they are required to teach Darwinian Evolution it should be viewed as simply another theory which may be wrong. That a single school in the U.S. was just considering teaching creationism would be worrisome. But that so many actually DO so is,to me at least, quite astonishing, shameful, embarrassing, foolhardy, and extremely worrisome for the future of our Country. This reality can be laid at the feet of the Republican Party and other right wing extremist groups (yes, I do love that phrase, but only because its true), which are very successfully continuing their political strategy of divide and conquer, at the feet of the moderate Religious population which should be screaming to Heaven about this absurd anti-science movement, and at the feet of the millions that DO believe Darwin's Theory of Evolution, but that do not vote, for their sloth and indifference which is turning this Country into one of increasing ignorance and intolerance. Sadly, I often wonder what happened to the courage of my fellow Americans. Were we not once a People that brooked no stupidity, that strove to eliminate ignorance? Perhaps these were just fictions like god
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John Garvey
Posted almost 3 years ago
What prompted you to become an atheist?
Hello Folks, I am what some call a "recovering Catholic", but I am an Atheist, and with regard to the separation of church and State, I'm certain I'd be considered a rather Militant Atheist by those that believe in gods. In my earlier years I was being raised in a strict catholic home. When I was very young I believed whole heartedly in the dogma I was taught. This is probably true for 99% of the population regardless of the particular set of beliefs being "taught". Then, as I started attending school (St. Francis Xavier Catholic School), I began the long path that inexorably led to my becoming an Atheist. The mistake the school made, in my case at least, was an improper striking of the balance between relatively objective education and the standard indoctrination of guilt and terror that is still the hallmark of a "solid" catholic schooling and upbringing. In short, I eventually became able to think independently and for myself. I found the logical flaws in Religion to numerous to mention. First in catholicism and eventually all religions. Mind you, this took more than fifteen years to come to fruition, the catholic clergy are experts in the terrorizing of young children, as must be the teachers of ANY enduring religious denomination. Along with the logical flaws were my own observations of members of the catholic clerical hierarchy, my own "strict catholic" parents, and many other family members and friends of the family. And my main observation was this: THEY lived in a "Do-As-I-Say, NOT as-I-DO" universe. Because hypocrisy wasn't taught to me until I was in a Public Middle School, it wasn't until then that I realized what was going on, and my beliefs began to rapidly erode. Now, I have no problem with individuals that have a need to believe in some invisible god, goddess, or almighty platypus, with some obvious exceptions. The fanatical fundamentalists from within America and without, need to be rounded up and brought together to slaughter ...Continued...
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John Garvey
Posted almost 3 years ago
What alternatives are there to the current economic system? Should global capitalism fail, what would be the best model to replace it?
Capitalism can be made to perform quite well provided that it is properly regulated and taxed. Corporate cultures must be made to evolve such that the welfare of employees, customers, and the planet as a whole is seen as essential for the corporation to survive and thrive. Wages, in the U.S. at least, need to be radically adjusted upward to make up for decades of stagnation. Corporate lobbying, a big part of the problem for the U.S., shouldn't be declared illegal, but only with the proviso that ALL lobbying efforts are recorded and made part of the public record. Americans should probably begin the process of forbidding Lawyers from holding elected positions in government where they are tasked with passing laws. It seems to me to be a glaring conflict of interest to have the Lawyers making the laws. There would need to be strengthening of many laws already on the books as well as many new laws and regulations that would, hopefully, serve to prevent another financial catastrophe caused by blatant greed. Another example of new law would be the rapid shift away from private health insurance to the single payer model. This alone would save many billions of dollars in wasted money paid out as insurance premiums. Some laws should be eliminated. The criminalization of cannabis has resulted in an unconscionable loss of life in Mexico and elsewhere, a shameful incarceration rate for non-violent crime, and a phenomenal waste of tax dollars. All this because the Republicans and other right wing extremists operate under the delusion that they are somehow morally superior to everyone else in the population to the point that they have the right to force their way of living upon us. Another requirement for capitalism to succeed is the existence of a large pool of well educated potential employees. We should therefore de-corporatize higher education and provide a college education free to all that seek it. In the K-12 grades classroom sizes need to be cut by 50% to 75%. And more.