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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 16 hours ago. 2 Replies

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 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!

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 10:24am

Joan, it is not a new thing that religions are sexist.

However, I don't really care much about women not given the opportunity to be priest at the age of 12 years since I don't perceive priesthood as something good. I think of priesthood as stupidity.

But, please don't think of me as sexist or something. I'm for equality on all grounds whether it is sex, colour or anything. I want equality. I want justice.

So, in my opinion nobody (boy or girl) should be allowed to be priest at any age. We don't need priests. Religions need to be eradicated as soon as possible.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 7, 2014 at 10:19am

Ian, welcome back.  I think it's wonderful that you have these opportunities to enrich your life by traveling.  I'm also looking forward to your photos.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 7, 2014 at 10:17am

Teach and mold them while they're young.  That's why 12 year old boy are prepared for the priesthood and 12 year old girls are prepared to give birth and be slaves in the kitchen.  

Comment by Loren Miller on April 7, 2014 at 10:15am

Well, gang, today's the day.  Around 3:30 this afternoon, I'll set out for the Wexner Center at The Ohio State University, there to enjoy a showing of The Unbelievers and hear from the show's two stars, Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins.

More than likely, I'll be reporting back here about what all went down later this week.

 

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