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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

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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

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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

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 sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 10:01pm

For all I knew, the stories we were taught in Sunday school could have been written by Hans Christian Andersen or the Brothers Grimm. 

We started going to church when we moved to Burbank when I was in kindergarten. Dad wanted to establish himself quickly because he was planning to open his own accounting practice, and joining the local church was one way to do that.  It happened to be a very relaxed place, more into having community social events than telling us we were going to burn in hell.  Dad and the minister hit it off immediately, and the Rev. made him Treasurer...Rev. had been doing the books himself, and was overwhelmed.  Actually, we didn't call him "Reverend" anything... he was Mister to everybody.  (Well, he was "Art" or "Arthur" to the grownups.)

I think I was in 4th or 5th grade when I rebelled and refused to go to church any more.  I was having dance classes almost every day after school and all day on Saturdays, and I said I wanted a Day Off. 

I don't know if I ever really believed in god or Jesus, I just wasn't interested. I tried to believe when I was in high school...tried very hard, but I just couldn't.  I'd listen to my classmates when they got up and "witnessed" during services (this was at a totally different church...Bapnit), and wondered why none of that stuff ever happened to me.  I was so naive that it never occurred to me that they might be lying.

(re-posting to correct some typos.  I have an orange purr-monster between me and the keyboard.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2013 at 5:18pm
sk8eycat, "In the beginning....we lied."
Yes, I think that correctly names the situation. One lie leads to another and pretty soon everything gets so chaotic, no one can separate the fabrication from fact ... unless, of course, one throws out the entire belief system and goes with direct observation and critical thinking, with experimentation and doubts.
Comment by Steph S. on September 26, 2013 at 4:08pm

How is everyone?

I'm reading all the posts here. I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 3:08pm

If Eve was cloned from Adam's rib (there are 2 versions of her creation in Genesis, but the "mental" people only read the 2nd one), then she/he was having sex with him/herself.

My question later was, where did Cain's wife come from...he supposedly killed his brother and went to another town...HOW was that town populated?

"In the beginning....we lied."

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 2:35pm

FundaMENTAList xians truly believe that "there are many things that kids are not meant to know."  Particularly science.  That's why they want financial help from the gov't to send their kids to private schools that turn out idiots just like them.

Once youngsters learn that the earth was not created in 6 days, they start asking questions, and won't settle for evasive answers.

Most of the atheists I know were raised in much more religiously restrictive homes than I was.  As a comparison, on xmas morning they had to wait for their fathers to finish reading the buybull before they could open their presents.  My sister and I had to wait for Dad to set up the camera and take at least one roll of photos of the tree, the fireplace, us, etc. before we could rip into everything.

I've always felt embarrassed when people prayed before meals, especially in restaurants. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 26, 2013 at 3:21am

Nothing wrong with your ego Napoleon :-D

My favourite street in the whole world: Charing Cross Road, London. It's where most of the good bookshops are. There's a good selection of second-hand especially. I always go hunting there whenever I'm in England.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 1:23am

Yeah, I'm a bookaholic, too.  My parents were...one of my fondest early-childhood memories is Dad reading me to sleep every night till I learned to read for myself.

I sometimes tell people who ask me what church I go to that it's the Public Library. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 12:37am

Absolutely!  I remember the days when publishers were delighted to have books "Banned in Boston." T'was a surefire guarantee that they would be bestsellers everywhere else.

But small-minded people push my "Rant" buttons.  Or as Bree, the writer of "Think Banned Thoughts" blog says, I put on my ranty-pants.

She wrote an excellent blog post a few months ago about the danger of "protecting" children too much.  Every parent of small children should read it.  http://thinkbannedthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/five-words-that...

In fact I recommend her entire blog very highly.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 25, 2013 at 11:05pm

I just got an e-mail about a North Carolina school board banning this book from a high school library because ONE parent wrote to one board member and said it was “filthy.” I didn’t know where else to howl about it. . But really….

Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison, published by Random House in 1952. It addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans early in the twentieth century, including black nationalism, the relationship between black identity and Marxism, and the reformist racial policies of Booker T. Washington, as well as issues of individuality and personal identity.

Invisible Man won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1953. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Invisible Man nineteenth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005
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This is twenty-effing-thirteen, and school board members are still more concerned with kissing voters' rear ends than educating young men and women.

I'm so glad I'm old.

Comment by Steph S. on September 25, 2013 at 3:59pm

 

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