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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

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

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G yesterday. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

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Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 11:43pm

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 11:42pm

I am about to post a conversation from a few months ago. I will start with the first post and work my way up. Hope you all enjoy it! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2012 at 11:05pm

Thanks. I reworded it for me from someone. I wish I had kept track of where I found it. I would reword on sentence:

"I am also a face and a target of religious hatred as a woman and as an ATHEIST." ...

I am not a victim, nor are any of us, IMHO. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 10:51pm
Joan that was a beautiful personal statement.
Wonderful!
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2012 at 10:38pm

@ Sylvia, this is a manifesto I wrote for myself. You may get some ideas for yourself. This helped me clarify my position and face the hate mail I get on a regular basis. I also get a lot of affirmative responses as well. 

"I am one face among many before me. I am a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, a best friend, an activist, I am 76 years old and I have participated in civil rights movements, marched, picketed, lobbied, debated, and worked for women's health and rights. 
I am also a face and a victim of religious hatred as a woman and as an ATHEIST. 
I will not concede to the Christian majority's opinion about what I should think or do as a body, a female, a human on this pale blue dot of a planet.
Religion lost the power to make me feel guilty when I was abandoned by the superstitions of religion. 
I am good without god, and I do believe in something. I believe in humanity."

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 7:11pm

I will see you all tomorrow! I'm out! 

Comment by Sylvia on July 30, 2012 at 6:50pm

sk8eycat and Paula, Thanks for the reply. I agree!!! I am looking at the video now!!! It's funny! 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 30, 2012 at 6:30pm

"...not everyone has been called to believe..."???!  So it's already been set up, who will go to Heaving and who will go to Hail (where all the fun people supposedly go).  What's the point of proselytizing, then?

MONEY! 

God has already decided to send you/me to hell. "But he LOVES you! And he needs MONEY!" Check out George Carlin's number about religion on You Tube, and post the link on your FB page.

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If anyone says to me that their imaginary fiend (yes, I spelled it correctly!) is real, just toss two words at them: "Evidence, please."  There isn't any.  The buybull is not evidence. 

The same thing goes for Jesus...The Roman era in the Middle East has been thoroughly covered by scholars and historians who lived in Jerusalem and Galilee in those times, and there is NOT ONE single comment about a miracle-working, rabble rousing, self-appointed rabbi...overturning money-changers tables,  a trial in front of Pilate, anything. Or a crucifiction (again, my deliberate spelling).

"Faith" is a cop-out.

That last post is just Pascal's Wager all over again.  Old.

If you get tired of dealing with these crazies, DUMP them!  I know they "mean well," but George Bernard Shaw said that was the worst thing you can say about a person.

PS: I tried FB 3 years ago and unsubscribed after a week.  I couldn't handle it...all the crashing bores from my past seemed to crawl out of the innertubes to pester me, and the people I really like were already in touch via e-mail.  More personal, and private.

Comment by Paula T. on July 30, 2012 at 6:24pm
Request sent, Sylvia, thanks! :) I can't wait to see the religious-type posts in the future.

You know, when people say there is a difference between religion and a relationship with christ, I never get a coherent explanation. It's all circular BS, a always. And how do you have a 'personal' relationship with a being that has never been seen? ugh!
Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 6:20pm

I don't have FB - or I would friend you guys.

 

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