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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Thursday. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 7:09pm

Oh!  Lilacs!  They won't grow around here...too warm in winter, I think. 

Once I drove a co-worker to a grower to buy lilacs for his birthday present. It was about an hour and a half from here, at a higher elevation.  We filled up the entire back seat of the car; the drive home was incredible...and intoxicating.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 6:58pm

Any amount of hate is incomprehensible to me; I can't even hate the haters.  For one thing it takes way too much energy.  I would much rather just ignore them, but they hurt people...animals, and the environment.

The strange thing is that our mother was born and raised in Oklahoma, and did grow up with a lot of Buybull Belt prejudices, but she was very careful not to hand them down to me or my sister.  I know she sometimes used the "N-word," but never when she thought we could hear her.  I only heard her say it by accident...the walls where we were staying one summer vacation were thin.  If I had ever said it, I would have had a bar of Lifebuoy shoved in my mouth.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 29, 2012 at 2:46pm

That amount of hate is incomprehensible to most, sk8ey, Partricia and all. I would have said, just over a year ago, that here in N. Europe we were free of the worst of that but then came Utøya and Oslo.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 2:28pm

Steph, the FT "Crank Mail" scares the pee-turkey outta me sometimes. These people are not ashamed to use vicious, foul language like that, AND sign with their real names and home towns.  Either that, or they're too stupid to realize that their e-mails can be traced.

Even so, it frightens me that they are so insecure about their faith that they have to bolster it by insulting strangers who don't share their fantasies.

I do wonder if any of them are the types who turn violent...  I worry about that a LOT.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 10:35am
Tony I love the picture that says that you are basically the person you are because of what you are taught by your parents. If you are taught hatred and sexism, etc. you learn that. Parents need to teach their children well. Great post!
Booklover I love the picture of the book that has no facts - the bible.
How's everyone doing today?
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 29, 2012 at 9:28am

Tony, I very much like your piece about pesky little facts.

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 29, 2012 at 5:51am

Hateful indeed. Reminded me of this pic that I have.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 5:28am
Sk8eycat that is appalling!
I read Freethought Today and they are extremely hateful.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 2:35am

I wish! 

If you read the "Crank Mail" section in Freethought Today, you'll see that they're still breeding and passing the hate along to their children.  I wonder if there's a gene for that.  One that could be snipped off chromosomes before meiosis...

Comment by Plinius on August 29, 2012 at 2:28am

You 'd have thought that sort died out by now...

 

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