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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 6:42pm

Mindy, having the information about finding no cause for the pain at least tells you there are no neoplasms, or infections. Still, it doesn't define what causes his symptoms. You are correct, he is an adult and will make the decision that he figures out.  

As for anxiety or worry, don't forget they are worthless emotions, except to keep you alert to watch for things you need to see. In the meantime, be sure to develop a good relaxation routine. That doesn't happen by buying a book or tape. It happens by practicing, just like practicing a musical instrument. You have to train yourself to be able to play the Frederic Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 Op. 31

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 6:32pm

Arp, I believe you about not reading mainstream news. I have no TV, no papers or magazines delivered. I found that reporters do not get to the meat of issues and have become propaganda pieces to maintain and perpetuate the status quo. 

I do subscribe to many newsletters of interest to me and to some with which I do not agree. I like to keep up on the nonsense being pumped out on the internet, just so I can stay informed. 

This group of fine folks on AN are getting me to lighten up a bit and I read more of the funny stuff. I'm learning!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2014 at 5:12pm

I'm often sad thinking of the children in my siblings families and their children's children.  They all continue to drink the mormon cook-aid in great quantities, wasting a lot of time as well as more than 10% of their gross income.

The worst family is my son-in-law's.  They are almost as bad as the Duggar family.  

They have religious pictures almost covering their walls, the children are restricted from playing with anyone except a very few that are as fundamentalist as they are, they are home-schooled, TV shows and movies are restricted to a very few G-rated ones, and they are taught to be greatly paranoid about sex.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2014 at 4:42pm

Felaine, I've never heard of the Duggar family cult before.  The way those children are raised is very sad.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 7, 2014 at 3:43pm

I read something the other day about the Duggar family cult (Gothardism, or something); it's much worse than I ever imagined.  They might as well put both the girls and the boys in burkas for the rest of their lives....

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nolongerquivering/2012/02/carefully-sc...

I feel profoundly sorry for those children.

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 12:14pm

Ian, it's not weird. It's perfectly sensible if you believe (as Sam Harris says, truly believe) in documents such as Bible, Qur'an etc.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 7, 2014 at 12:04pm

Agreed, Carl. We can hope that religious intitutions become more and more peripheral to real life.

There was a great fuss in Denmark recently when a Muslim examiner wouldn't shake hands with women examinees. What most Danes don't realise is that about one third of male priests in the Danish "Folkekirke" don't agree with the ordination of women and won't shake hands with their female colleagues. Weird, the lot of them.

Comment by Arp on April 7, 2014 at 11:42am

"Let the church keep marginalizing their women.  Hopefully this will give women the incentive to just give up on the whole institution all together. "

These are my thoughts too. In fact, I sometimes wonder why on earth are theist women theists? Can't they see the discrimination against them? Its a different thing for oppressed women (such as Muslim women in the Middle East), who have no other option but to be believers.

I'm talking about women who voluntarily follow certain religions. All major religions (Islam, Christianity, Hinduism) are discriminatory against women.

Comment by Plinius on April 7, 2014 at 11:25am

One of the small protestant churches here believes that women should shut up, that women are unfit to be leaders and they want to take away the right to vote from us. I'd think like Carl, it's an incentive to leave the church - but there is a group of women who stay in that church and try to get human rights. Very strange!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 7, 2014 at 10:52am

Arp, I tend to agree with your point of view.  Let the church keep marginalizing their women.  Hopefully this will give women the incentive to just give up on the whole institution all together.  Although I know that can be difficult road to follow, it's time for them to break the cycle of ignorance and submission. 

At some point, the mormon church will start to become much like what is happening in the catholic church;  the internal structure weakens and it has less control over its members, resulting in a loss of adherents.   

My favorite "schadenfreude" moments would be to watch these types of organizations collapse onto themselves from within.   

 

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