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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Tuesday. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 13, 2012 at 3:57pm

Dear Spud, you don't like "Felaine"?  When I first thought it up, about 12 years ago, I wondered WTF took me so long; I've been a cat fan all my life. 

When I was still skating, I used "La Bruja del Hielo;" I picked that one up when I scared the cojones off a porter on the company train trip to Mexico City.  He thought I really was a witch.  (Had my very long hair down over my face, cackling over a bowl of dry ice and water...we'd been partying for 2 days and nights, and it was more than a little drunk out.)

I've had a lot of crazy nicknames, and have enjoyed them all.

Comment by dr kellie on December 13, 2012 at 2:49pm

Flying atheist, I didn't know you were gay.  How awesome.

 

During my foray into rollerderby, my name was Sharon Needles.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 13, 2012 at 2:45pm

Felaine, I'm still thinking about what to call you.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 13, 2012 at 2:33pm

"Let it be a Xtian! I asked Santa for a Xtian!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 13, 2012 at 1:55pm

When I first joined A/N and was thinking of ideas for a username, my second choice after 'The Flying Atheist' was 'The Flying None' but I thought that sounded too feminine.  When I think back on it, why should I have cared?  I'm gay!  lol  I think it's a great name.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 13, 2012 at 1:48pm

sk8eycat does sound a lot more like skateycat than what I was thinking it meant.  I always thought it meant scaredycat. :)

Comment by sk8eycat on December 13, 2012 at 12:50pm

Idaho Spud:  Skycat?  Hmmmmm.  I think of myself as "skateycat" even though I put my blades away a long, long time ago.  I also call myself "Felaine"...first initial and middle name....because it looks catty....if that's eassier for you to type.

I think Flying Atheist is the skycat.

Comment by Steph S. on December 13, 2012 at 10:42am

See Ruth, you have friends here. Just read the wonderful words Joan left for you.

I hope you are doing well today. Your video will spread on the Internet and educate people about Climate Change.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 13, 2012 at 10:36am

Ruth, I had a devil of a time finding the video, when I did it knocked my socks off. I am so impressed with all the talents you brought together to create it. Your intelligence and good judgment glowed through and I sent it to everyone on my sites, on Facebook, and to all my family and friends. This episode reveals the importance of an audience. By that one person sharing it, and apparently he has a big following, your video struck a nerve. It will continue to do so because your message is not only honest and clear about the impending problems and how serious they are, you gave a ladder of possibilities that will put people into thinking and acting. No hopelessness and helplessness here. 

Comment by Steph S. on December 13, 2012 at 10:15am

Ruth you are very influential - not useless. Congrats on your video.

Hope you feel better Chris.

Love the cute cat picture booklover. How are you doing today? It's very cold here, but nice and sunny.

 

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