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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Susan Stanko on July 17, 2011 at 1:29pm
Yet, they would laugh if a Native American did a rain dance.
Comment by Julie Carter on July 17, 2011 at 1:12am
It IS kind of funny how many of us around here are actually Texans, though! I'm never embarrassed to be from Texas, because I truly love it. But I am ashamed of a lot of our politicians and the amount of religiosity here. So disappointing and infuriating. And because of it, there are a LOT of hypocrites, too. I'm kind of shocked by how many people that I knew in high school or college who are now super, super religious. Kinda disgusts me.
Comment by Marcelo Martínez Cuevas on July 17, 2011 at 12:28am
Just passing by to say hi to everyone...
Comment by tom sarbeck on July 17, 2011 at 12:18am

Dave Silverman, of American Atheists, was on Fox and Friends this morning (Sat) and said the Hair Man was using religion to direct attention away from his own failure to fix problems in Texas.

 

Comment by Lary9 on July 16, 2011 at 11:40pm
Candace and Alyson~ I've been to Texas and explored its variety of habitats. No doubt about it, Texas is a starkly beautiful, yet occasionally plush, place. My attitude isn't shaped by the natural wonder of it, the climate, the sunsets, or the warm, arid days that tamp down anxiety in the cowboy heart. It's about the people...and even then, it's only about the people when they gather in self-suggestive mobs and chant religious spells to invisible, omnipotent authorities and then claim that personal revelation has occurred. My problem is with Texas when it's crazy. Unfortunately, it has more than its share of that. Who knows why.
Comment by Chris on July 16, 2011 at 5:46pm
A funny reply to what church to you belong to is : Pastafarian.
Comment by dr kellie on July 16, 2011 at 4:28pm
I love the Damned Bridge Club! 
Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 16, 2011 at 2:35pm

Kit, I had my first teaching job in western Nebraska, and the question "What church do you go to" is the first question they ask there, too. I was raised in Los Angeles, and California and the West in general are pretty laid-back about religion, and at the time, I still identified as Jewish (I still do, culturally and ethnically), and their usual reaction was "Oh, do you know Dr. Nashelsky? He's Jewish!" That was the only thing they could think of to say.

The biggest issue for me was that the entire community revolved around the church, and since I wasn't a church member, I was basically an outsider, with very little social life. In retrospect, I learned something, but I was never so glad as when I got another job out West, and could get out of there!

Comment by G Smith on July 16, 2011 at 9:02am

I often heard:

1. Oh, I don't really know for sure.

2. I have to pretend to believe to get along here.

3. I say I believe because if my mom heard different, she'd just die.

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 16, 2011 at 8:45am

I do know what you mean, Candace as I currently live in the DFW area.  Sometimes escape from the plains is required to renew and rejuvenate.  I grew up in San Antonio, and spent much of my youth working on a ranch in the hill country.  The beauty of Texas may something for only those of us who live here.  The INstanTEA of Texas is another thing, that needs to be sent far, far away.

 

@ Gary, these days when meeting someone new the first question they will ask is "What church do y'all go to?"  Grammar aside, should the answer be none or one that is considered unacceptable, all conversation ceases and even names are not exchanged.

 

Should the frontman for the "hair club for men" gain in the polls, it will in part be due to his peddling of his convenient use of religion.  This governor has accomplished little and rides on the backs of those who did work for the betterment and progess of this state. 

 

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