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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on February 5, 2016 at 4:03pm

Positive words, Joan and very true.

Auto da fe = act of faith. If that's faith I want no part of it.

I will translate a cheerful poem soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2016 at 3:48pm

“I maintain that thoughtful Atheism affords greater

possibility for human happiness than any system yet based on,

or possible to be founded on, Theism, and that the lives of true

Atheists must be more virtuous — because more human — than

those of the believers in Deity, the humanity of the devout believer

often finding itself neutralised by a faith with which that humanity

is necessarily in constant collision. The devotee piling the faggots

at the auto da fé of a heretic*, and that heretic his son, might notwithstanding be a good father in every other respect (see Deuteronomy xiii, 6-10). Heresy, in the eyes of the believer, is highest criminality, and outweighs all claims of family or affection.

Atheism, properly understood, is no mere disbelief: is in no

wise a cold, barren negative; it is, on the contrary, a hearty, fruitful

affirmation of all truth, and involves the positive assertion of action

of highest humanity.”

~ Charles Bradlaugh, A Plea for Atheism

https://ia600708.us.archive.org/29/items/APleaForAtheism/bradlaugh_...

burning at the stake (or auto-da-fé)

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2016 at 11:04am

Chris, it doesn't sound like a liberal government to start new coal power plants. It sounds like Luddites refusing to modernize. 

"Liberals believe in government action to achieve equal opportunity and equality for all. It is the duty of the government to alleviate social ills and to protect civil liberties and individual and human rights. Believe the role of the government should be to guarantee that no one is in need. Liberal policies generally emphasize the need for the government to solve problems."

Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2016 at 10:56am

@Plinius @Ian Mason, I just saved your poems and reading them again gave me the shivers, your talents amaze me. Your way with words evokes vivid images. 

Comment by Plinius on February 5, 2016 at 8:05am

And we get lots of fresh air! I'm still angry that the Netherlands are backward with wind and solar power, thanks to our stupid liberal government. They even allowed new coal power plants! I can't wait till this lot gets lost!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2016 at 2:12pm

It's quite breezy here but not as bad as it was a few days ago. It does however explain why Denmark gets 40% of its electricity from wind power.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2016 at 10:43am

I am not able to access education, politics, and religion so am posting here. Bill Black is a fired former bank regulator. I have been reading his stuff for years and he makes sense to me. You will get no surprise in his assessment of Sanders and Clinton. Be ready for a jolt!

By the way, I would not vote for Hillary because she didn't know or didn't choose to reign in Bill on economic reform when she had the pillow-talk position. Maybe she couldn't reign in the old cock, but there are some things she could have done if she disagreed with him. 

Published on Feb 4, 2016

Former financial regulator Bill Black and Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal take on the policies of the two contenders for the Democratic nomination

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 3, 2016 at 11:53pm

Thanks Bert, I was wondering about that aspect.  That pretty much covers it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2016 at 8:57pm

Looks like another windy day over northern Europe. 

Feb. 3, 2016

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 3, 2016 at 8:31pm

Donald, I'm just reading your book. Not only would all the food for the animals on the ark have been problematic, but as Grinning Cat's pointed out earlier, all the poop would have been a bit of a problem as well. Oh, wait, they compacted it and turned it into the original Bible.

 

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