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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on October 8, 2012 at 7:50pm

Joan, it wasn't just the puritans, although they were the worst. Almost every colony wanted to have an official religion, only each one was different. At one point Maryland was mostly Catholic, or more tolerant of Catholics than the other colonies were.  

And then we had the conquistadores and Franciscan order in the Southwest...  We still have the missions as Historical Landmarks. What they rarely say is that the missions were built by indigenous people who were treated like slaves.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2012 at 7:39pm

sk8eycat, I like your comparison of the Muslims who migrate and the Pilgrims who migrated. You are accurate on the terrible history of Puritanism. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 8, 2012 at 5:25pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 8, 2012 at 3:28pm

I very much like the Unhappy Muslims post.

Comment by Chris Dodds on October 8, 2012 at 3:12pm

Two things:

1. If I ever needed more evidence of the overcommercialization of Christmas, I was at SA today and they're already selling hte Reese's peanut butter cups shaped like Christmas Trees.

2. Why is the server for this site so slow?

Comment by sk8eycat on October 8, 2012 at 2:16pm

A "friend" sent this today:

Unhappy Muslims -

I have to admit, this is brilliant...never heard it put this way...so succinct and to the point...plain and simple!!!

THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT HAPPY!

They're not happy in Gaza ..
They're not happy in Egypt ..
They're not happy in Libya ..
They're not happy in Morocco ..
They're not happy in Iran ..
They're not happy in Iraq ..
They're not happy in Yemen ..
They're not happy in Afghanistan ..
They're not happy in Pakistan ..
They're not happy in Syria ..
They're not happy in Lebanon ..

SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY?

They're happy in Australia .
They're happy in Canada .
They're happy in England ..
They're happy in France ..
They're happy in Italy ..
They're happy in Germany ..
They're happy in Sweden ..
They're happy in the USA ..
They're happy in Norway ..
They're happy in Holland .
They're happy in Denmark .

Basically, they're happy in every country that is not Muslim and unhappy in every country that is!

AND WHO DO THEY BLAME?

Not Islam.
Not their leadership.
Not themselves.

THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!

AND THEN; They want to change those countries to be like....
THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!

Excuse me, but I can't help wondering...

How damn dumb can you get?
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I wrote back to him that this was exactly how the Puritans and other Protestant groups behaved when they 1) emigrated from England to Holland, and then when the Dutch got fed up with them, 2) came across the Atlantic to North America.  (Forgot to mention the Catholic Crutch's behavior in Mexico and South america.)
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2012 at 1:59pm

Patricia, I just looked through your photo album and you have a lovely family of cats sharing your home. I look forward to seeing the before and after of your remodel. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 8, 2012 at 10:08am

Just been to a major Edvard Munch exhibition. He actually got (sort of) happy after he got dried out from the booze and spent 8 months at a nerve sanitorium. This is from before though, and more typical of what he's known for.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2012 at 7:40am

Good morning all. Where did you night dreams take you? To places of beauty, I hope. What a transition back to wakefulness. Here is a little song I like to listen to upon waking, Mr. Bill Withers.

'Lovely Day'

http://youtu.be/sYi7uEvEEmk

Enjoy, have a wonderful day. Keep a song in your heart, and a dance in your step as you go forward. Peace.

 

Comment by Steph S. on October 8, 2012 at 6:27am

Good morning everyone!

 

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