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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan on Wednesday. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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

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Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2012 at 12:25pm

Jessica: "Atheist" was not a "dirty" word until the 1950s when the USA was overwhelmed with McCarthyism and paranoid fear of the Soviet Union.  The loud-mouthed conservatives equated a lack of religious faith with communism (even though the earliest xians lived in communes and shared everything...monks and nuns still do) and the "godless communist" shibboleth stuck.

I like to mess with doorbell-ringers, too, but it's kinds difficult to do that when my sister is home because she's one of them.  A JW, I mean.  We have a silent truce...we don't discuss religion.  Ever.

The people at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (and other non-believers like Richard Dawkins) have been trying to take the stigma off the word for years, but I have a feeling that people won't let go of the "devil-worshipping, godless commies" idea unthil those of us who were raised during the Cold War are long gone.

Buy a "This is What an Atheist Looks Like" T-shirt, and wear it proudly!  (I haven't bought one yet because when I look at my 72-year-old face in a mirror, I shudder.)

Comment by Jessica on April 25, 2012 at 11:10am

I was just visited by bible pushers at my door.  I told them "no thank you I am an Atheist, have a nice day."  If I wasn't sick I would have messed with them a bit but I have a fever and a headache so I wanted it to end quickly.  My mom is here since I am sick to help me with my son and she overheard me. "You shouldn't have told them that, you should have just told them you were unaffiliated."  I said "why? I am an Atheist it is the truth."  her "now they will keep bugging you" me "well, then I will keep telling them the same thing."  When I said it the xtian lady said "Oh really!"  Like it was blasphemous.  Atheist should not be treated as a "bad" word. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 22, 2012 at 5:04pm

Dear Flying A...(Did you know that was the brand name of a major oil company when I was a kid?  Srsly.)  If you want to read more about what great company we are in, read The Good Atheist by Dan Barker. The first part of the book is a rebuttal to Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Life, (another silly screed about "gawd's plan" for each of us...Eye.  Emm.  Sewww.  Shurrrre!). 

The major part of Dan's book is a list of famous atheists and agnostics with short bios of each one.  You'll be surprised at some of them, and delighted with all of them.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 22, 2012 at 1:18pm

@ sk8eycat   Thanks for the bit of history about Yip Harburg.  You prompted me to read his Wikipedia page.  A very interesting person, indeed.  We atheists sure are in great company. 

Comment by sk8eycat on April 22, 2012 at 12:56pm

PS: Happy Urth Day to ALL!

 

And check out the Google logo for today...wait for it to move...

Comment by sk8eycat on April 22, 2012 at 12:52pm

O, wow!  How purrfect!

Did you know that all the lyrics and a great deal of the dialog for "The Wizard..." was written by Yip Harburg, a lifelong atheist?  (He wrote that classic scene where Toto exposes the god-like wizard as a fraud. Among other things.)

Comment by Steph S. on April 22, 2012 at 12:00am

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Comment by ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ on April 11, 2012 at 4:22pm
Hi Mrs Anthony-Gardner. Sorry that only after one year I am honouring your invitation. Your group seems very interesting. I will browse it a little bit. :-)
Comment by Debbie Deal on April 11, 2012 at 10:35am

Love the video!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 11, 2012 at 1:51am

Ruth, I hear Mom say my name. 

I took care of her off and on for the last 9 years of her life (she made it to 87, despite metastatic cancer, and various other ailments after she was cancer-free), and I also still simetimes wake up thinking I have to go in her room to check on her before I'm completely awake.

Another weird thing...in the fall of 1957 I was 17, and on my first tour with HOI, and about half the show had come down with the first wave of Asian Flu.  I did NOT write home about that.  By my 18th birthday, I was pretty sick, but I decided to splurge and call home, anyway (from Macon, GA. Remember how much long distance calls cost back then?).  The first thing mother said when she picked up the phone was NOT "Happy Birthday!"  She said, "What's WRONG?"

Spooky. 

 

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