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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 6:32pm

Arp, I believe you about not reading mainstream news. I have no TV, no papers or magazines delivered. I found that reporters do not get to the meat of issues and have become propaganda pieces to maintain and perpetuate the status quo. 

I do subscribe to many newsletters of interest to me and to some with which I do not agree. I like to keep up on the nonsense being pumped out on the internet, just so I can stay informed. 

This group of fine folks on AN are getting me to lighten up a bit and I read more of the funny stuff. I'm learning!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2014 at 5:12pm

I'm often sad thinking of the children in my siblings families and their children's children.  They all continue to drink the mormon cook-aid in great quantities, wasting a lot of time as well as more than 10% of their gross income.

The worst family is my son-in-law's.  They are almost as bad as the Duggar family.  

They have religious pictures almost covering their walls, the children are restricted from playing with anyone except a very few that are as fundamentalist as they are, they are home-schooled, TV shows and movies are restricted to a very few G-rated ones, and they are taught to be greatly paranoid about sex.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2014 at 4:42pm

Felaine, I've never heard of the Duggar family cult before.  The way those children are raised is very sad.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 7, 2014 at 3:43pm

I read something the other day about the Duggar family cult (Gothardism, or something); it's much worse than I ever imagined.  They might as well put both the girls and the boys in burkas for the rest of their lives....

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nolongerquivering/2012/02/carefully-sc...

I feel profoundly sorry for those children.

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 12:14pm

Ian, it's not weird. It's perfectly sensible if you believe (as Sam Harris says, truly believe) in documents such as Bible, Qur'an etc.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 7, 2014 at 12:04pm

Agreed, Carl. We can hope that religious intitutions become more and more peripheral to real life.

There was a great fuss in Denmark recently when a Muslim examiner wouldn't shake hands with women examinees. What most Danes don't realise is that about one third of male priests in the Danish "Folkekirke" don't agree with the ordination of women and won't shake hands with their female colleagues. Weird, the lot of them.

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 11:42am

"Let the church keep marginalizing their women.  Hopefully this will give women the incentive to just give up on the whole institution all together. "

These are my thoughts too. In fact, I sometimes wonder why on earth are theist women theists? Can't they see the discrimination against them? Its a different thing for oppressed women (such as Muslim women in the Middle East), who have no other option but to be believers.

I'm talking about women who voluntarily follow certain religions. All major religions (Islam, Christianity, Hinduism) are discriminatory against women.

Comment by Plinius on April 7, 2014 at 11:25am

One of the small protestant churches here believes that women should shut up, that women are unfit to be leaders and they want to take away the right to vote from us. I'd think like Carl, it's an incentive to leave the church - but there is a group of women who stay in that church and try to get human rights. Very strange!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 7, 2014 at 10:52am

Arp, I tend to agree with your point of view.  Let the church keep marginalizing their women.  Hopefully this will give women the incentive to just give up on the whole institution all together.  Although I know that can be difficult road to follow, it's time for them to break the cycle of ignorance and submission. 

At some point, the mormon church will start to become much like what is happening in the catholic church;  the internal structure weakens and it has less control over its members, resulting in a loss of adherents.   

My favorite "schadenfreude" moments would be to watch these types of organizations collapse onto themselves from within.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 7, 2014 at 10:36am

Loren, I'm jealous of you!  What more can I say?  I hope you have a great time!

 

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