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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 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 on Friday. 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2017 at 6:36am

Here in Pocatello, the garbage and recycling pick-up people were given the day off because of the expected traffic.  They were several hours later than normal the next day, probably because there still being a lot of traffic.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2017 at 10:28pm

Kathy, your story of traffic gridlock is totally understandable.  The stories are coming in about the nightmare traffic back to Chicago.  The normal six hour drive from southern Illinois was taking people 13, 14, plus hours.  They drove all night long into Tuesday morning.  Unbelievable!

http://cltv.com/2017/08/22/illinois-drivers-returning-from-eclipse-...       

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 22, 2017 at 7:20pm

Theoterrorism. I was just reading about how the KKK is explicitly Protestant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2017 at 5:35pm

Ian, a very fine cartoon! One that sparks my imagination!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 22, 2017 at 3:23pm

I always love a new word. Especially this one.

The Challenge of Theoterrorism


Theoterrorism is the type of terrorism that legitimizes violence by referring to “God.”

Church and State

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2017 at 3:22pm

Love that cartoon, Ian.  

Comment by Ian Mason on August 22, 2017 at 3:19pm

Comment by kathy: ky on August 22, 2017 at 11:33am
I've got to mention the traffic. When I tried to get out of my driveway yesterday there were cars coming in both directions. Our driveway let's out on a strip of hwy where I can see almost a mile in one direction and a quarter of a mile in the other. Usually I see one or two vehicles. Yesterday there were fifteen vehicles coming from each direction. The closer I got to town the worse the traffic became. I asked a state trooper if there had been an accident that closed the WK pkwy but it was just people returning home from various locations in Ky after seeing the eclipse. What is usually a twenty minute round trip with light traffic turned into a two hours​of gridlock. I'm thrilled I got to see the eclipse. And I'm equally thrilled that it's not a daily occurrence.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 22, 2017 at 8:59am

I'd love to know what's so profound about being able to lie extemporaneously, and perhaps with a bit of flair?  That eclipse yesterday was infinitely more profound and it was REAL!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 22, 2017 at 8:42am

Great article in aeon--

Why bullshit is no laughing matter

  • . . . Across four studies and with more than 800 participants, we found that people consistently rate blatant bullshit such as this as at least somewhat profound. More importantly, this tendency – which we referred to as bullshit receptivity – was more common among people who performed worse on a variety of cognitive ability- and thinking-style tests, and who held religious and paranormal beliefs. Put differently, more logical, analytical and skeptical people were less likely to rate bullshit as profound, just as you might expect.

 

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