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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 15 hours ago. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 19, 2014 at 11:31am

I envy your five mile walk, Randall. Thanks, booklover and Flying Atheist. It's a lovely sunny afternoon here.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2014 at 10:07am

Happy weekend to you as well, Ruth.

It got cold here last night.  Our first frost warning. 

Went out for pizza last night with my atheist best friend.  It was nice to get out of the house and spend the evening with him.  Other than the folks here at A|N, he's the only other voice of reason that I can really vent about politics and religion. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 19, 2014 at 8:19am

Taking the dog on a 5+mile walk in a bit. Nice, sunny, but chilly, day. Then going to my grandson's 5th birthday celebration.

Stayed up late (by my standards) to watch the end of the Notre Dame-Florida State football game. It was decided in the last seconds--so exciting, I couldn't get to sleep! I was born and lived 9 years in South Bend, IN., the home of N.D. It's in my blood to root for them (they lost the nailbiter).

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 19, 2014 at 1:54am

Happy weekend, All!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 18, 2014 at 3:48pm
Comment by sk8eycat on October 18, 2014 at 3:41pm

Mindy, where do you find those?  Super!

I wonder what those rapture-belivers think or feel about the fate of their pets in such a situation.  Domestic animals have NO survival skills, and would suffer horribly and die, and since xians have been taught that animals have no souls (no matter what those "Rainbow Bridge" cards say), they would never be reunited in some imaginary afterlife.

One of my friends had the guts to walk out of Sunday school much earlier than I did because her dogs and cats were, and still are, the center of her life.

It all comes back to the fact that those people really don't give a rat's a$$ about anything but themselves.  It's  very self-centered, arrogant way of life.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 18, 2014 at 7:46am

Felaine, I can relate. I was forced to go to church and Sunday School. My mother was choir director and I was her leading bass. (Dad sang tenor). Of course, I was a member and eventual president of the MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship). I pretty much faked piety.

Comment by Plinius on October 18, 2014 at 2:25am

What a happy baby Brooklyn is! What does her name mean to you? All I can find is Brooklyn, New York or, older, Breukelen, the Netherlands. I think I miss something here.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 18, 2014 at 1:10am

Dear Flyer, about that frog cartoon....Gahhhh!  I'm glad I was on the college prep track in HS...I had a choice of sciences instead of just biology,  I didn't want to cut up any animals, even if they were already dead.

I did make one really stupid mistakr when I was in 8th or 9th grade,  I started going to the Baptwit church...mostly because a lot of cute guys went to that one.  I also joined YOUNG LIFE because of the good-looking boys....and became a Jobie because my dad was a Mason, and we had a lot of social events with the DeMolay guys in addition to the boring meetings.

What I was really doing was trying to pray my father out of his vodka bottle.  I didn't know that "Nothing fails like prayer."

I later learned that Young Life was (and still is) a subsidiary of The Family Fellowship, one of the most subversive organizations in the USA.

Sometimes I still feel like I was a damfool, and a pain in the ass to my classmates back then.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 17, 2014 at 11:25pm

 

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