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F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 5 Replies

WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against…Continue

Tags: Russia, Putin, investigation, FBI, James Comey

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 10 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

exposing abuse | Jehovah’s Witnesses on trial | part 1 (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jan 4. 31 Replies

There really is no other way to say it: prepare to be revolted, disgusted, and made sick to your stomach.  Our good friend, TheraminTrees has had a considerable look at a recent commission executed by the government of Australia, digging into…Continue

Tags: Jehovah's Witnesses, child abuse, TheraminTrees

The Stanford Prison Experiment,

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 22, 2018. 3 Replies

the Zimbardo experiment: The experiment was conducted from August 14 to 20,1971 by a team of researchers led by…Continue

Tags: change, Experiment, Prison, Stanford, Zimbardo

Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe (Eric Whitacre)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Dec 9, 2018. 10 Replies

We've all heard about the Deep Field observations of the Hubble Space Telescope, how, almost on a whim, the device was aimed at what was thought to be an empty, unoccupied section of sky and a long time exposure was taken.  What they discovered was…Continue

Tags: NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Deep Field, Eric Whitacre

Canada Not a Loud Nation

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Dec 2, 2018. 11 Replies

Canada is a proud nation but not a loud nation.British newspaper salutes Canada . . . this is a good read. It is funny how it took someone in England to put it into words......Salute to a brave and modest nation - Kevin Myers , 'The Sunday…Continue

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 10, 2019 at 7:08am

Whoa.  I just did a Google job on "Nashville manifesto" ... and if I were given to do so, I would have "thrown up a little in my mouth" ... but I'm not, so I didn't.  What I DID do was get pissed off at these mouth-breathing idiot-children who think they can either dictate or legislate sexuality to the rest of us.  What needs to happen is that we need to confront these atavistic fools and tell them, plainly and simply:

NO!

Comment by Plinius on January 10, 2019 at 1:02am

No fake news, Bertold? Great!

The noise in the Netherlands about the Nashville manifest seems to have effect; the diehards shut their churchdoors and no longer communicate with the big bad outside world, many other church people try to ameliorate their statements: "I understood it differently and I respect everyone...." Ha!!  The justice ministry is doing an investigation about the Nashville manifest being an offense against the constitution and the rainbow flag flies from many town halls. And I'm looking for my rainbow scarf.

Comment by Patricia on January 8, 2019 at 2:41pm

Hope it gets much publicity.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 8, 2019 at 8:52am

The news we've been waiting for???

This isn't satire.

Link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism established by scientists

Raw Story
A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness.

Comment by Plinius on January 7, 2019 at 9:51am

Thanks Ian, and to my big relief hundreds of people have filed police reports. As a six weeks old lesbian I want to make a lot of noise!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 7, 2019 at 9:35am

Good for you, Chris. Make all the noise you can. Most people are fairly unconcerned about what others do. It's just the hysterical religious and bigoted types that make a fuss. They need drowning out.

Comment by Plinius on January 7, 2019 at 9:20am

Signing petitions and spread them, both of us filed police reports, that feels a lot better!

Comment by Plinius on January 7, 2019 at 7:31am

https://nashvillemanifestvervolging.petities.nl/

Positive action! Here it's still unconstitutional to discriminate against people, petitions are starting and police reports are filed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2019 at 3:43am

Plinius, your experiences with people judging you simply because you do not conform to their notion of "normal" is the tragedy of religion. Their hypocrisy reeks of hate while claiming love is the sin. There must be resistance go that new 

250 Dutch Pastors Just Signed the Anti-LGBTQ “Nashville Statement”
BY HEMANT MEHTA

"According to [Dutch newspaper] Trouw, the 250 male signatories come from, among others, the Restored Reformed Church, the Reformed Congregations and the Christian Reformed Churches and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN).

"One of the opponents of the pamphlet is Willem Smouter, the pastor in Apeldoorn and chairman at the [Christian broadcasting network] EO. He writes on Twitter: “I want to say as clearly as possible: do not believe this! Whatever your identity is, male or female, Jew or heathen, gay or straight, you are welcome in God’s house.”

Willem Smouter, pastor in Apeldoorn and chairman at the [Christian broadcasting network]

A theme for a resistance movement can be: 

"Whatever your identity is, male or female, Jew or heathen, gay or straight, you are welcome in God’s house.”

Well, you know you have our support here, and hopefully, you have the support that is heard and seen in public places and by many people.

I wonder how many other pastors in your area will stand up for LGBTQ and will have that as the theme of their sermons and bible studies. Remind them that the christian worldview is supposed to bring Harmony and order at all levels, from the lowliest insect to the cosmos.

 

Comment by Patricia on January 7, 2019 at 3:06am

Here we go again....I cannot stand people who will not mind their own business.

 

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