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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 48 minutes ago. 10 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 12 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 sk8eycat on August 28, 2014 at 12:30am

Can you post, "Nothing Fails Like Prayer," and get away with it? That is a quote by Anne Nicol Gaylor, co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. 

I made it the log-on password for the MacBook that I still haven't learned to use.  I want to see my JW sister's face when I tell her that's what she has to type to turn the thing on.  LMAO

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2014 at 6:50pm

IMHO, there is no such thing as an "illegitimate" baby or child, it puts a brand on the child and for no good reason. There are some single women who make excellent parents and build strong family ties. There are some dreadful married parents that neglect, spoil, or abuse their children and create dysfunctional families. The child has nothing to do with it. 

The notion of legitimacy has to do with rights of inheritance. Yes! the old money question pops up in the historical records of legitimacy. Older laws punished both the parents and the child/ren, based on "morality" issues. After 1920, it became a way of deciding if a child was entitled to any inheritance. 

Current laws have more to do with who will contribute to the monetary support of a child. 

"The first major breakthrough for children born to unwed parents came when the Legitimacy Act of 1926 was passed. This granted legitimacy to all children who had parents that married at a later date, as long as the parents would have been legally able to marry at the time of the child's conception. This law was to be updated three more times. The final version of it was passed in 1987 and abolished all remaining laws that favored legitimate children over illegitimate ones, except concerning royal hereditary titles or citizenship status."

Lots more information available:

History Legitimacy Overview

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 27, 2014 at 3:19pm

k.h., that is funny! And I'm confident that your father's a human, not an android! (Looks like an autocowreck snuck into your comment.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 3:02pm

That's funny Kathy.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 27, 2014 at 2:41pm
Spud, my fathers occupation, on my birth certificate, is listed as 'hooker'. I kid you not! He worked for the railroad at the time android his job was hooking the railcars together.
Comment by Plinius on August 27, 2014 at 2:33pm

Yes, of course you're right. It's that I don't know what system you use. Here you get a birth certificate with names of parents - if the names are known - perhaps you can see from the names if they were married at the time or not, but what you think of it is your own business. A government calling a child illegitimate meddles in people's lives in an intolerable manner - yes, like a xtian would. To me illegitimate doesn't exist. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 11:50am

smacks of religion

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2014 at 11:47am

Chris, maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like a religious question to me because I can't see why a secular government would care, or why it's any of their business.

I've read that the government does it to preserve stable family groupings.  That sounds like a good reason, but I still think religion is the reason the government is concerned with it.  

I think calling the child illegitimate is a stigma that shouldn't. be put on a child, and back in my day that child was denied inheritance and property rights.  I think there are still some restrictions on those children. 

The word and the unfair restrictions on an innocent child just smacks or religion to me.

Comment by Plinius on August 27, 2014 at 10:30am

legitimate a religious question? I think I don't understand, Spud. I thought legitimate on a birth certificate meant in or out of wedlock.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 27, 2014 at 9:04am

Mindy, remember the movie that I didn't see, but the clips were priceless. It was a scene in a cafe with a man and woman. The woman demonstrates to the man that she can fake an orgasm. An observer tells the waitress she will have what the orgasmic woman had. 

Sounds like a good scenario for your fundy neighbor. 

 

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