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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Friday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

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

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 9:44pm

Matthew 6:5-15, I think.  Scathingly brilliant.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2014 at 9:25pm

I can't remember chapter and verse but there is a Bible quote where Jesus condemns public prayer. I'll try to find it.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 5:32pm

Nick, to me it's one thing when someone always says "grace" in their own home, and quite another when they make a big public to-do of it in a restaurant.  Especially if it's crowded...that's when I stare into space, or the parking lot, or the inside of my head.  Or pray that nobody I know is there, and sees me sitting with the babbler and his wife.

IMO praying out loud in a restaurant is just a wee bit arrogant... show-off-y.  Yanno? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 3:30pm

I think I've mentioned an excellent book titled Dining By Rail; all about the extraordinary service on passenger trains in the USA ....pre-Amtrak.

One thing the author mentions is that a few railroads would have a card on each table with (sometimes) three types (Jewish, Catholic, Protestant) of "blessings" to help the diner  get into the proper mood for the meal.

I get SO embarrassed when I go out to eat with some friends from high school, and the husband (a Baptist minister) delivers a prayer longer than most sermons.  I just look out the window till he's finished.  (He never "blesses" the servers, cooks, farmers, etc., but he does tip.  He's done extraordinarily well in the god biz.))

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

I'll second that, Ian. My favorite pre-meal prayer is "Grab it and growl."

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2014 at 11:13am

Pre-meal prayer? God help anyone who gets between me and my nosh.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2014 at 10:32am

Carl, pre-meal prayers grates on my nerves also.  Same for prayers anytime anywhere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 8:27am

Ah yes, the compulsory pre-meal prayer.  Gag me.  That's one of those little activities that just grates on my nerves.  I sometimes wonder if these people would be able to live with themselves if they happened to skip the prayer.  Has it come to the point of being a compulsive activity disorder?  

Thanks, Randy, about the post cards.  I'm very proud of the extensiveness of my collection.  I have well over 1,200 cards, all Chicago related and ranging from 1898 through the 1940's.....considered the "Golden Age" of postcards. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 14, 2014 at 7:39am

I joined some fellow high school classmates yesterday for a mini-reunion picnic. Had a good time and the food was good. But--I was forced to listen to an inane pre-meal prayer. I hate when that happens. I slipped over to a window and turned my back on the group. I wondered if I was the only atheist in a group of about 30.

Great post cards, Carl!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 2:42am

Joan, I think some hotels and cruise ships occasionally have temporary ice shows, but nothing like the ongoing ones of the past.

Some friends of mine have an artificial skating surface (plastic) that can be set up anywhere, and have performed on Alaska cruises.  It's kind of a Pain In The Foot to skate on because your blades heat up from the friction....and give you a hotfoot.  With real ice, that doesn't happen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_ice

 

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