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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 2 hours ago. 9 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 7 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 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

Tags: surreal

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

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2012 at 1:06am

I like that lion, Ian! Reminds me of

Sunt Leones

By Stevie Smith

The lions who ate the Christians on the sands of the arena
By indulging native appetites played what has now been seen a   
Not entirely negligible part
In consolidating at the very start
The position of the Early Christian Church.
Initiatory rites are always bloody
And the lions, it appears
From contemporary art, made a study
Of dyeing Coliseum sands a ruddy
Liturgically sacrificial hue
And if the Christians felt a little blue—
Well people being eaten often do.
Theirs was the death, and theirs the crown undying,
A state of things which must be satisfying.
My point which up to this has been obscured
is that it was the lions who procured
By chewing up blood gristle flesh and bone
The martyrdoms on which the Church has grown.
I only write this poem because I thought it rather looked   
As if the part the lions played was being overlooked.
By lions’ jaws great benefits and blessings were begotten   
And so our debt to Lionhood must never be forgotten.

Stevie Smith, “Sunt Leones” from New Selected Poems. Copyright © 1972

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 13, 2012 at 10:31pm

I also had the nickname 'juice man' in high school because I hated drinking milk (still do) and for lunch I always washed down my food with a couple of these cheap, flavored juice drinks.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 13, 2012 at 5:41pm

Spud, I think my personal preference is Felaine..."feline" wth an "a" in the middle.  There are times when I think I'd really like to be a cat, even though their lives are so much shorter than our are.

Flying None (tee-hee!), a discussion/conversation about nicknames would be fun!  I've told you most of mine already; I don't think I want to talk about the one my best friend in elementary school gave me.  For some reason we went through a "baby-talk" phase in 2nd or 3rd grade, and I ended up stuck with that damned name through high school!  (People wrote it in my yearbooks!  Gah!)

I also get a giggle out of all three of  my initials: FEH.  Spelled "feh," it's a Yiddishism for "ugh!"  or "ick!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 13, 2012 at 4:38pm

Ice witch, I don't dislike any of your names.  I'm just trying to find one that I can remember and remember how to spell. lol.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 13, 2012 at 4:08pm

Ian: Lion 1 - xian 0.  Too bad there weren't more lions.

There is a certain type of person who needs to feel persecuted, whether they really are, or not.  If they're not being persecuted, they'll invent their own....and broadcast it.

When FFRF reminds people that putting any religious symbols and/or praying to their imaginary friend on publicly-owned property is unconstitutional, they immediately start wailing that we are trying to outlaw their particular fantasies altogether.  I think they enjoy it; it makes them feel important.

They scare me... willful ignorance scares me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 13, 2012 at 4:07pm

I think this would be a fun topic to discuss......what nicknames have you had during the course of your lifetime?  My best friend from high school still calls me 'Mag' which is short for Maggot.  Ahhhh...only the best of friends could get away with that.  My two sisters endearingly call me 'The Creep.' 

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!"

 

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