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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky on Saturday. 20 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 on Thursday. 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 Aug 21. 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 Joan Denoo on June 18, 2014 at 5:27pm

Ian, it is interesting you chose Sisyphus for the other side to represent daily labor against alcoholism and depression. 

Sisyphus did not win victory over his history, but paid the ultimate price of failing throughout all eternity. 

May I offer a Greek god, Zeus, who was victorious over his father who tried to destroy him. He became king of the gods and lived with his brothers and sisters on Mt Olympus. They did battle with Titans with strength restored by nectar “that which overcomes death” and ambrosia upon which the Olympians feasted perpetually. Zeus’ weapon was a thunderbolt and he was victorious over his adversaries. He became known as the dragon slayer, known to punish those that lie and break oaths. 

Zeus becomes a metaphor of one who overcomes adversaries, using his weapon, a thunderbolt to take on his demons.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 18, 2014 at 4:32pm

I've only got one tattoo, an ankh and my daughter's name, on my left (heart side) arm. For me, it represents living on through children, the only "immortality" we can have. I will have grandchildren's names added if and when they turn up. I'm also considering getting one of Sisyphus on the other side to represent my daily labour against alcoholism and depression. I'm quite happy about having them as they mean something to me, they're not some kind of decoration that I'll regret in the future.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w90iTGBm2o

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 18, 2014 at 3:53pm

And I'm with Carl when it comes to tattoos. I've admired beautiful ones on other people, but for myself I'll pass -- too painful and too permanent.

(Hey... why don't more of the fundamentalist Christian god-botherers denounce tattoos? It violates the very same book of Leviticus they love to quote in other contexts.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2014 at 3:49pm

The year was 1959, Time magazine came out with an article about the African witch doctors that used eyes of newt, tails of lizard, bones of ancestors and slime from the brackish waters and danced around the person infected with some deadly diseases. 

Modern medicine came to the African countries to try to eradicate those awful diseases, and no one would come to them.

So, the western medicine people and the African elders got together and devised a scheme whereby the African medicine man would cast his magic spells over the suffering person and the western medicine man would do a differential  diagnosis, develop a treatment plan and administer modern medicine or techniques. The person who suffered got better, the African dignity was maintained and the modern methods did their job. Over time, the medicine man cast his approval on western medicine and he could bow out. It took years and it worked. 

My husband was in dental school at the U of WA and I wrote many of his papers for him. I had first hand knowledge of modern methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention. I looked at the photos of African medicine man and women, their tattoos, their body piercings, and their magic and just decided I would not insult my body with tattoos or body piercings, nor would I accept, without skepticism, any medical technique.  

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 18, 2014 at 3:42pm

Tardigrades, the half-millimeter-long "water bears", do seem like something straight out of science fiction!

They "can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, pressures about six times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than the lethal dose for a human, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for more than 10 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce."

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2014 at 3:37pm

Well, Mindy, this took a little searching and this is what you might mean 

tardigrade

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 18, 2014 at 1:05pm

I've never been a tattoo or piercing kind of person.  I'm not knocking it for other people, but for myself I can't think of anything that is so important in my life that I want a representation of it permanently enshrined on my skin.  I'm not into wearing rings, necklaces or jewelry either.

Comment by Plinius on June 18, 2014 at 12:54am

That ís a tragedy, to be stuck with a bad tattoo. I wonder how many people hate their tattoos after a few years?

Comment by Ian Mason on June 17, 2014 at 10:39pm

Awlays find a tattooist who can spell.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 17, 2014 at 2:38pm

That's a great story, Chris.  Nice surprises are wonderful.  

 

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