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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 12 hours ago. 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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

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Comment by Lillie on August 14, 2013 at 4:33pm

Booklover, I could have taken a picture very similar to the cat/squirrel one of my cat looking like that at a mouse in my house.  I had to catch the mouse.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2013 at 11:16am

Interesting (if not horribly surprising) news: former Congressman Barney Frank has come out again ... as an atheist!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 13, 2013 at 11:28pm

My sister made this LOL

Mister Blacwell is so cute when he is angry.

Mr. Blackwell is cute when he is angry.

Remember Mr. Blackwell?  I loved his snarky comments.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 13, 2013 at 8:15pm

Ian, so that's how cats get the energy for those 3am spurts of activity!

On a more serious note: (seen in multiple places on the web) Even though it's unfair to equate all Christians with science deniers, this picture does point out an all-too-common double standard.

Christians when the topic is science: 'Evolution? The Big Bang? Global Warming? Being born gay? They are all just theories! I need tons more proof than that!' Christians when the topic is Christianity: 'Proof? You don't need proof! That's why it's called faith! No evidence required!'

Comment by Ian Mason on August 13, 2013 at 3:02pm

Have we seen this one before?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2013 at 2:09pm

Booklover, are you referring to your bookshelf?  :) 

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 13, 2013 at 12:14am

"...my 22 pound Ragdoll Trissa comes up and tickles my leg with her whiskers..."

That's one big bear of a cat!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2013 at 11:47pm

Thanks for the LOLcat booklover, and the Jerry tummy rub story, Patricia.

When I'm at the computer my 22 pound Ragdoll Trissa comes up and tickles my leg with her whiskers, asking for me to lean down and pet her on the floor.

Is that your cat, Flying Atheist?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 12, 2013 at 10:48pm

Felaine, your commitment and compassion for the well-being of other living creatures is so inspiring.  I can't say enough how much I respect you for your benevolent actions. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 12, 2013 at 10:17pm

Oh, Melinda!  I absotively wanna kiss that grey love-cat!  My Pumpkin has always jumped into my lap when I'm at the keyboard, and I have to reach around his chest and butt to type with both hands because he just stands there.  Won't lie down, or even sit, he just purrs like a motorboat and "makes biscuits" on my thighs.

Since Jerry has been gone, he has started coming in my bedroom with me, but since he spent the first 12 years of his life (He was 14 this New Years Eve, or Day) in the Cat Hotel, he hasn't ever learned to bond with any particular human., so he doesn't know how to settle down and go to sleep with me. Yet.

He will lie beside me and let me pet his tummy forever, but as soon as I stop, he jumps up and looks for something else to do.

He's known about tummy rubs since he was a baby...his umbilical didn't close, and he peed out of his belly-button till he was big enough for a (VERY talented) vet to close it up and connect his plumbing, and neuter him. So we had to wash his tummy many times a day (and night), and apply a little ointment to keep his skin from getting burned. 

I don't know if he remembers that, but he loves to have his tummy rubbed...and the fur is SO soft there....

 

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