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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2014 at 12:49am

The good but quite limited god Harold Kushner posits in When Bad Things Happen to Good People, who's just as outraged as we are over tragedies and injustice, makes much more sense than the traditional version. (Then again, people here would agree that any god is imaginary and unnecessary.)

Kushner, a rabbi who had a traditional view of God, was moved to rethink his beliefs when his son died of progeria, literally dying of old age in his teens. He absolutely rejects "mysterious plans" bullshit as profoundly immoral.

(The "moral supporter" sort of god Kushner came to believe in reminds me somewhat of the idea of "avatars" I read about somewhere else: characters -- like Lady Liberty, Santa Claus, or the Geico gecko -- who exist only in our cultural consciousness, but who, unlike those examples, speak and advocate for the well-being of all of humanity, and know they're fictional.)

When Bad Things Happen to Good People might be worth recommending to all those Facebook theists!

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2014 at 12:46am

Felaine, I too love that password, and how your sister will have to use it! (Just make sure she doesn't figure out how to change it! Or... does MacOS have a feature similar to that of Windows, where it can create a special "password reset disk" using a flash drive, that'll let you log in without the possibly changed password?)

Comment by Plinius on August 28, 2014 at 12:36am

I love that password! And your intention!

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


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