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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W 16 hours ago. 10 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

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud 19 hours ago. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

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

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2014 at 9:43am

Hunh?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 5, 2014 at 11:17pm

A Catholic co-worker always said he was giving up "tuna melts" (which he hated) for Lent.

I still don't understand the reasoning of giving things up for Jeebus...it would make more sense (to me) to eat more to "help" him, if he were fasting. 

Are they supposed to still observe all this crap in Heaving? Go through the old rituals and stuff... eat human flesh, and drink blond, re-enact the crucifiction?  Even when I was still a believer, the idea of an eternity praising something for a life I never asked for seemed utterly borrrrring!

PS: As many others have pointed out, there's a helluva lot of ritual bloodletting in the buybull.  How barbaric!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 5, 2014 at 9:23pm

It's an old saw, but I like it -  that I gave up giving things up for Lent.  Works for me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 5, 2014 at 9:15pm

Well, here it is 9:00 PM in the evening and I only just found out now that today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Now how did I miss that!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 5, 2014 at 1:37pm

Ruth, Thank Bjo. She's miles and miles smarter/more educated than I am.  (Her family was very close to Robert and Virginia Heinlein when she was a child & teen, and the Heinleins studied everything!  Soaked learning up like thirsty sponges, and never forgot anything.)

I did know that slavery was becoming declasse' in England at that time, so the Greek word for "slave" (doulos  σκλάβος) in the NT was substituted with "servant"(υπάλληλος) throughout. Jeebus had no problems with people owning other people.
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As for the photo...blame Benetton.  I tried to find out WTF they thought they were doing when they used that (Pulitzer-winning) photo as part of an ad that was supposed to promote tolerance, but all I found was PR blah-blah.

Eddie Adams' photo was a turning point in the public's opposition to the Viet Nam War...it was published in LIFE Magazine, and brought home to many complacent couch potatoes that here was nothing "heroic" about the mess.... that our young people were being killed and maimed for no sane reason at all.  The monument wall in DC is one of the most moving things I've ever seen.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 5, 2014 at 11:22am

Napoleon, what's the point of posting that execution photo with sound? It comes across to me as gratuitous violence.

I never knew that King James turned down the first  seven translations because he didn't like what they said. Thanks for the info. sk8eycat.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 4, 2014 at 2:27pm

Just got this from a friend...I have two questions:  Are they SERIOUS?  and Does anyone want to volunteer?

http://www.aftertherapturepetcare.com/

(I also posted this in the Cat Fan group...)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 4, 2014 at 1:24pm

Re: "Crasstians"...I sent it to some of my friends, and got this e-mail from one who has been involved in "Trek" fandom from the very beginning.  Thought y'all would enjoy it.  (I hope!)  she's smart as a whip, and a lot of fun, besides.

It fits any of those people who KNOW they are not only right, but who know what's right for all the rest of us. Since just about everything they do is based in their fundamentalist religion, "crasstians" fits very well.

I've recently had to unfriend several people, sadly including several Star Trek fans, who jumped me for supporting gay equality.

"God will hate you for this" said one, "and you'll go to hell." I said that disparaging others' beliefs was something I generally avoided, but that they deserved this. I told them that since I didn't believe in their god, it wasn't going to harm me if he/she/it/they didn't like me. And since I didn't believe in their god, then their god's hell was not a threat to me.

Also, clinging to the weird but simple-minded belief that the King James bible was "the one" was more stupid than I could accept. There are at least 100+ historical bibles in the world. Also, King James turned down the first 7 translations of "his" bible because they didn't agree with his beliefs.

This stopped the crasstians from bugging me. -- Bjo

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2014 at 8:19pm

Patricia, the more you talk about your town, the more I think:  what a great community and place to live!  Perhaps you can get a job as a promoter at the local tourism office.  You're selling the place quite nicely. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 5:12pm

This is a remarkable story of Rick Hansen. Look at those shoulders! A real muscle man. Where is he now?

He also travelled around the world raising money for spinal cord research. He raised $10 million, according to this site:  

Rick Hansen: Athletic Hero

A man and his wife, Kent and Betty Graybill, here in Spokane, both severe cerebral palsy victims, worked very had to get support for wheelchair access as well.  
One day I saw Kent in his wheelchair and went over to greet him. He had no control over his legs or arms. His foot went up behind his ear as he tried to shake hands with me. I got a big hug and kiss instead. 

We had monthly bible studies in his home. He had a ham radio set up horizontally by his bed. He had better control of his legs and feet than he did his hands, so he turned the knobs with his toes. He had a sign over his bed that read:

"I WAS BORN THIS WAY, WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE!"

 

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