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Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 24. 21 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Water! Access to fresh water declines as populations grow, temperatures rise, immigration increases!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Bobby May 15. 7 Replies

What are their options? The aquifer that provided a necessary element for successful crops for the past 100 years is predicted to dry up in 20 years. Four generations of farmers in one family may probably not be able to last for the fifth…Continue

Web slang

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Is it me, or can most people on social networking sites not spell? I get acronyms, but actual misspelling, really? I'm not that old, either-not even thirty.Does this make anyone else crazy or is it just me?Continue

Kitbull | Pixar SparkShorts

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Feb 23. 10 Replies

The following showed up this morning in my YouTube daily feed, and I have to say, it just charmed the socks off of me.  This is what animation really can do in the hands of a creative and skilled team.  Really, it's what animation has done for darn…Continue

Tags: Kitbull, Pixar, Disney

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2019 at 2:29am

A robot collected my parking fee Friday at the doctors' building and there was another human replaced by a machine. More robots, fewer humans earning paychecks, getting benefits of health care insurance and retirement plans. Too many workers, not enough jobs, unless one considers taking on the job of maintaining a robot. 

My great-grandchildren look diligently for jobs for their summer vacations to earn and save for their colleges. They all realize that paying for their college educations are beyond the reach of their parents. Thankfully, scholarships are available if they keep their grades up. 

My great-granddaughter graduated from high school today and we had a wonderful celebration of her fine work. She plans to go into nursing on a scholarship that will be a great help. She worked two jobs her senior year and maintained all A's. 

Comment by Plinius on June 8, 2019 at 12:24pm

To me it's more democratic when all parties get their share of power - but perhaps Ruth has an idea I can't guess.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 8, 2019 at 10:52am

You wish only the two major parties had any power???

What do you see wrong with we the people having power? Or did you write too hastily, without first thinking?

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 8, 2019 at 8:16am

Catching up... glad to hear that the nationalists and racists lost in the elections in Denmark.

And Joan, speaking of the freedom to choose abortion, while 3/4 of Americans want to keep Roe v. Wade, I was disturbed to read that there's also a majority who favor restrictions on abortion. (Some think there should be fewer restrictions, some more; some are fine with the status quo.)

As I see it, the "pro-life" pro-forced-birthers' emotional manipulation of talking about "unborn babies" -- which gained prominence when white evangelicals wanted us all to forget that their continued racism abysmally failed the moral tests of the Civil Rights Act era -- made it too easy to forget that (whether or not those potential children are already human persons with a right to life) nothing and no one gets to use or occupy the body of a person who's pregnant -- even for survival -- without her consent.

We don't go around forcibly taking blood, or a liver lobe or a kidney, from people who are a perfect match and who'd be saving lives. Even dead people, who'll never need their organs again, don't have them taken without the family's permission. That's right, pro-forced-birthers respect corpses more than they do living, breathing women.

(Yes, abortion should be available on demand at any point, without apology, and with government funding just like people being helped with other medical procedures. None of these points are original, but they need to be repeated.)

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Comment by Plinius on June 8, 2019 at 4:14am

Same for me, Ruth. You get a lot of interesting labels when you clearly function below average, but I managed to ignore them all and focus on the thing I can do.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 7, 2019 at 5:42pm

I wish the US had a similar political structure, in which only the two major parties have any power. Thanks for the update, Ian. 

My early retirement was based on mental health mostly. My husband, a psychologist, said I needed to retire to keep my sanity. Though physical challenges such a partial sight loss mattered too.

I'm sure most of us on the left have had such fantasies as 007, especially with his nuclear brinksmanship.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 7, 2019 at 2:56pm
Comment by Patricia on June 7, 2019 at 2:55pm

We wish.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 7, 2019 at 2:54pm

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Comment by Ian Mason on June 7, 2019 at 2:36pm

I'm due to take early retirement in December and I'm looking forward to it. It will mean a cut in income but there are so many good things money can't buy. Also, I am beginning to have constant discomfort in my fingers and forearms from working so it's time to stop.

 

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