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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 22, 2011 at 6:49am

McCarthyism took place during my preschool and early elementary school years, and I vaguely remember being aware of it. I was a precocious child, and I loved to listen to the adults talking.

At this point, I am aware (MUST have learned later) that some innocent people were blacklisted, became unemployable, and basically had their lives and careers wrecked by McCarthyism. I'm not so sure that we're not headed into another horrible place like that -- different enemy, but the Fundies and pals seem to me to be even worse than the McCarthyites. Maybe it's because I understand it as it's happening.

I think we MADE progress during the 60' - 90's, but it seems obvious to me that there is a large movement trying to take it away from us. :-(

Comment by annet on August 22, 2011 at 1:21am

Agreed Natalie. Getting out the vote is going to be critical in 2012.  People who are supporters but annoyed with the current administration or who are complacent need to be talked into voting anyway!

To make myself feel better sometimes I consider the religious fanaticism of McCarthyism of the 50s, maybe we are making progress, glacially slow but still progress. 

Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 21, 2011 at 1:34pm
So, every single one of us needs to figure out what we can do to fight the movements that are aiming to take us back to the Dark Ages. We can't just sit back and let them do it. The Republicans are VERY good at scare literature and lying to get people to vote for them -- and no amount of sincere, non-hysterical fact-giving can counteract people who are preying on emotions. My tactic is to financially support groups that take the Constitution-deniers to court, because I'm not physically up to demonstrating on the street, but each of you, PLEASE find your own way!
Comment by alexa penzner on August 21, 2011 at 1:12pm
the real constitution, abe lincoln, and thomas jefferson among other americans, we ought not to have the gov't we do have - but we've always been teetering between the christian right and normalcy. right now they sure are sinning - i mean winning. (boy, that was a real freudian slip - honest.)
Comment by Ezra David Rose on August 20, 2011 at 7:52pm

It says in the First Amendment that we have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances....

Comment by alexa penzner on August 15, 2011 at 10:36pm

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. 


      Abraham Lincoln 

Comment by Steph S. on August 15, 2011 at 6:08pm
Alexa, that sounds wonderful.  Being in tune with nature is a good thing.
Comment by alexa penzner on August 15, 2011 at 5:58pm
hi tara, lary, chris and anyone else who is sympatico. i am a biology person as well as a spiritual earther. and i love celebrating special days - it gets in tune with, well, the earth. i grew up in the country. we had no religion at the time, and i made up my own - everything had spirits in them, as children will do, and a lot American Indian feeling went into it also. i am glad to hear that others feel the same way. sometimes these posts can be so dry and intellectual. alexa :]

i wanted to put up a beautiful eath pic, but i can't on this wall - argh!
Comment by Tara on August 15, 2011 at 10:10am
Great post, Lary9!

@Alexa - humans are social, celebratory critters. We celebrate achievements, success, new arrivals, etc, and much of that celebration has an underlying theme of thankfulness. Seasons are not something to be believed in, they are a fact. Same goes for Earth. Being thankful and having the need to share the joy in this by celebrating is not an irrational action when we consider what it is to be human and how we are hardwired.

I think you'll find there are many atheists who view nature in the same way(s) that you do. :)
Comment by Lary9 on August 15, 2011 at 6:56am
"I 'Heart' Mother"
Nothing delights and astounds me more than the earthly varieties of life and habitat. And just as these two wonders are inseparable, I try not to compartmentalize myself into 'thinking man' and 'feeling man' since I can't really experience one without the other. Moreover, I was just expressing to my son last night how amazed I am that the work of evolution, in particular 'natural selection', leaves its signature all over 'creation'. It's constantly being revealed in the various structural and functional adaptations to the earth by currently living forms ---and, frequently, vice versa. This concept of Gaia, of a living, morphing geophysical entity that is both genesis engine and home to all living things, is central to my concept of self. I am as much a revelation of Mother Earth's beating heart as I am an American, a socialist or an atheist. All this serves to remind me that no Christian or Muslim or Jew is exempted from being human or acting humanely by believing in God. Likewise, no non-believer is ever banished from the human family for not believing either. We are all joined together at the deepest, prehistoric levels of relatedness and no Texas or Louisiana school boards can make it otherwise by clumsy fiat.
 

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