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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

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 1:22pm
Unsettled weather including snozzle, frizzle, grapple, drizzle, snow, fozzle, and frain. Walks and roads covered with ice and I am snug in my blanket with a nice cup of coffee and home-grown and made Concord grape juice.
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 14, 2013 at 12:25pm

Thanks Steph and Atheist Cat.  That's one of my favorite sayings.

Babyfood cat made me smile.

Comment by Steph S. on January 14, 2013 at 5:48am

Good morning all.

Today it's sleeting and hailing outside this morning.

Stay warm everyone.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2013 at 11:46pm

Good night, sk8eycat.  Stay warm.  It's 15-degrees here in Chicago but I have my flannel sheets on the bed.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 9:54pm

OH!  I love Atheist Cat!  That's so true!

g'nite. (I think.  It's bloody cold out, and our house isn't well-insulated.)

Thanks everyone...

Comment by Steph S. on January 13, 2013 at 8:20pm

Ian and bookkover those are great lols!

Thanks for all the laughs.

Comment by Steph S. on January 13, 2013 at 8:19pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 4:43pm

Well, to get semi-serious for a bit, he IS supposed to have told his disciples to eat his body and drink his blood.  Erkle!

And...his only purpose was to be a human sacrifice to appease his father/self.  I have long thought that the figure in the manger should be a minature realistic, bloody crucufix.  Maybe that would make some people wonder about what they are really celebrating.  (The only other realistic figure in the manger should be a model of the sun.  Almost all of xian mythology was taken from various sun-god religions...12 disciples=12 signs of the Zodiac, etc.)

"Oh, shut up, Felane!  Get down off your hobby-horse."

PS: If anyone wants to see where our legal system and many xian rites and beliefs originated, I highly recommend Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series of novels.  They are fiction as far as the dialog and feelings of the characters are concerned, but she researched the history of the Roman Republic for 13 years (!!!) beforeshe began to write.  They are also very thick books, but once you begin reading, you can't put them down. (The books that come after the assassination of Julius Caesar didn't interest me as much as the first 5...or 6.  I've forgotten.  Heh!)  I re-read them about once a year because I always come across something I missed in earlier readings.

PPS: I hated The Thorn Birds

Who helped kill the Republic?  The hyper-conservatives...people who insisted that things should be done the way they always had been, even though Rome was no longer a small city-state.  I grind my teeth when I read certain parts of the books because I see the parallels to our time and predicaments.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 3:36pm

That's strange; the video played perfectly for me...on this old DELL that keeps hanging when I want to go to another web site, or Paste something in  here myself.

Anyway, I love it!  The spooky-sounding voice and sick drawings.  Heh!

I also love the dog who "Ate Baby Jesus."  Well, that's what communion IS, isn't it?  (I hope it wasn't plastic, or something else that had to be removed surgically.)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2013 at 11:38am

 

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