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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 20 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

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 Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 2:52am

Ian Mason, you led me on a most interesting search for West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. I made up a playlist, and am working on another on this exceptional group. This is exactly what I meant when I described my desire. There is an old saying that change won't occur until the last coffin of the last generation is covered with dirt. Well, here is a new generation coming on, and I hope we can find a way to convince them warring is not the answer to anything and here is one alternative. West-Eastern Divan Orchestra certainly makes a start. Here is the first playlist:

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

http://www.west-eastern-divan.org/videos/ 

Conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim (who made headlines performing Wagner in Israel) and the late Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said, co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as “a human laboratory" to reveal to the whole world how to participate with each other.

 

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of musicians between the ages of 15 and 36, established in 1999, is made up of young musicians from countries engaged in war. The orchestra includes musicians from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Spain.

 

The word “Divan” comes from a collection of Persian, Arabic, and a suite of poems about the Middle East by Goethe. It also is the name for a couch. It refers to the privy council of the Ottoman Empire,

 

Barenboim and Said brought young Middle Eastern artists together who might not, outside of their music-making, feel comfortable sitting together.

 

The work can be seen as a symbol for stimulating exchange and mixture between Orient and Occident. The word "west-eastern" does not only refer to German-Middle-eastern, but also Latin-Persian and Christian-Muslim. It mirrors the attempt to bring together Orient and Occident.

 

Ending of “Knowledge is the Beginning”

http://www.mvly.com/articles/2008/08/the-ramallah-concert-knowledge...

 

 

 

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 11:14pm

Ruth, your cats here fit my mom's description well: sovereign kingdoms with tails.

She occasionally called them self-emptying mouse traps.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2013 at 11:06pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2013 at 11:04pm

Hi, all. I'm a new fan of shironeko cat.

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 6:28pm

Heh.. maybe I am still a bit of a literalist, need to break that...

Personally I love coffee, but only if it's good quality stuff... or has a ton of milk and chocolate in it :3

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 6:22pm

Joan, do you want a long or a short answer?

The short: The questions came from within me as a young teen about the contradictions/illogicality of the teaching of the LDS church.

I'd be happy to elaborate, but it would be kinda long and idk if the comment wall is the best place to put it.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 5:48pm

Okay, Grinning Cat isn't a literalist!!!

About coffee's taste. When I went into the Navy the old salts (Navy lifers) told me that if I don't drink coffee I couldn't go on coffee breaks. To make coffee, they threw several handfuls of coffee grounds into about ten gallons of water and put the business end of a steam hose into the pail until the concoction boiled. New and naive, I learned to drink coffee but only with four spoonfuls of sugar.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 5:31pm

Free coffee for a dollar, and the explanations below?

We have a few literalists here. (Former biblical literalists????)

"Free Coffee for a Dollar" metaphorically criticizes the people in government who are giving libraries less taxpayer money--making those who use services pay.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 24, 2013 at 4:23pm

Felaine, I never drank coffee when I was mormon, but like you, I thought it smelled good.  I still like the smell, but the taste is disgustingly bitter.

Also, I never was impressed by the Seagull "miracle", even as a believer.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 24, 2013 at 4:08pm

I'm a little late getting into this discussion..."stuff" is still distracting me.

When I was in high school, some of the girls I hung out with were Mormons, and they talked a lot about not being allowed to drink coffee (most of us didn't like it anyway), tea, Coke, Pepsi, none of those "brown" drinks.  BUT what most people didn't know back then was that almost all soft drinks have caffeine in them.  Even today,, when all ingredients have to be listed, the only bubbly drinks I know of that aren't caffeinated are 7-UP and Canada Dry ginger ale....AND Champagne.  Hee-hee-heee!

I don't know if hot chocolate was on the forbidden list.  That was a lonnnng time ago.

I've never been interested in Mormonism, but I never did learn to like coffee.  It smells good when it's brewing, but it tastes like dirt to me.

When we played the Utah state Fair in Salt Lake, a bunch of us took the tour of Temple Square, and I had a difficult time not laughing out loud when the guide told us about the "miracle" of the seagulls. Even right out of high school, I knew that the Lake was a remnant of a prehistorical inland sea, and there had always been seagulls in the area.

 

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