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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 25 minutes ago. 3 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 6 hours ago. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2014 at 10:05am

Perhaps God should pay for the pizza, Randall if they trust in Him to meet their needs? You can tell them that they can have their beliefs but that you don't want them sent through your door. It's your threshold and your life; therefore your rules prevail

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 8:06am

Randy, this is an example of the Pinch Theory, something happens that causes one to feel a pinch, a discomfort, and he or she says, "Oh well" and lets it slide. Another pinch, another "Oh well", another pinch another "Oh well" until one day is the straw that breaks the camels's back and he or she blows up in an all too familiar temper tantrum. 

I respectfully disagree with Carl, I would send a message that because of their basic principles of faith in a superpower, I am boycotting their product. Just a few minutes of time, you expressed your opinion, they know not everyone shares their belief and they lost a customer. 

I do agree with Carl about picking one's battles, but when did blacks stop saying "Oh well"? or women stop saying, "Oh well", and GLBTQ stop saying "Oh well"?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 7:46am

Randall, in all honesty I would just let it slide.  Yes, it is obnoxious to me as well, but it is their prerogative to run their business under those principles.  It is also our prerogative not to purchase their products. 

We need to pick our battles, and I don't think this is one of them.  It would be different if the way they ran their company had a negative impact on their employees, such as with Hobby Lobby.  Just my 2-cents. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 14, 2014 at 7:28am

While walking the dog last evening, I picked up a tossed cardboard "Hunk of Pizza" box (to carry home and deposit accordingly). I noticed a message on the box: "Our Guiding Principles; Place God First in All We Do, Trust God to Meet Our Needs". I was, and still am, quite disgusted and appalled. I'm thinking about emailing them some words of disapproval. Any suggestions on what to tell them (Hunt Brothers Pizza)?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 3:14am

Yes, Patricia, Dave Allen. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 1:20am

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 12:53am

Patricia, thanks for alerting me to the other two videos. I just watched them. Women and children need laws written with their flourishing in mind and law enforcement to make sure that all those violations are prosecuted. 

It seems unlikely the women who say they are happy with the situation and have no complaints have no idea of other options that might exist for them. If they are adults, they may have a right to live in a polygamous marriage if it is legal, but I can't see how it would benefit society. 

There are two problems I see, 

Gender disparity concern, first, is several females sharing one male. Females are treated as baby factories.
Second, is not enough females for males. China's one child rule resulted in the aborting or killing of female babies, leaving a surplus of males. 

"Future challenges for China will be the gender disparity. According to the 2010 census, males account for 51.27% of China's 1.34 billion people, while females made up 48.73% of the total. The sex ratio (the number of males for each female in a population) at birth was 118.06 boys to every 100 girls (54.14%) in 2010, higher than the 116.86 (53.89%) of 2000, but 0.53 points lower than the ratio of 118.59 (54.25%) in 2005.[5] In most western countries the sex ratio at birth is around 105 boys to 100 girls (51.22%). At the moment there are about 9 million more boys than girls in China."

Gender disparity concern

this is about a third of the way into the article. 

Chinese Women by Age Cohorts

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 10:15pm

Patricia, the video came through nicely. I can't even imagine how this case could take so long. What about the safety and health of the girls? Are there any reports on them. Did they have children? What was the age of the youngest mother? He claimed to only hold hands and I find that highly unlikely. One of the girls involved between the two families was 12 years old, if I remember correctly.

Just imagine them taking underage girls and marrying them off. The video revealed happy children and women. I wonder about their physical and mental health?  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:52pm

Bertold, here is my playlist of Phil Zuckerman. Enjoy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:47pm

Carl, I kept watching to see how they were going to lower that big piece of what looked like concrete. I did hear a curse word, can't remember what it was, but it was not a welcome sound coming from one of them. Also, the fellow with the torch touched a hot spot on the tool. He would have to have good reflex control. I would throw up my hands and lose my balance.

I wonder if their wives and children know the risks these two men take to put food on their table and roofs over their heads.  

 

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