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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on August 29, 2012 at 2:46pm

That amount of hate is incomprehensible to most, sk8ey, Partricia and all. I would have said, just over a year ago, that here in N. Europe we were free of the worst of that but then came Utøya and Oslo.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 2:28pm

Steph, the FT "Crank Mail" scares the pee-turkey outta me sometimes. These people are not ashamed to use vicious, foul language like that, AND sign with their real names and home towns.  Either that, or they're too stupid to realize that their e-mails can be traced.

Even so, it frightens me that they are so insecure about their faith that they have to bolster it by insulting strangers who don't share their fantasies.

I do wonder if any of them are the types who turn violent...  I worry about that a LOT.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 10:35am
Tony I love the picture that says that you are basically the person you are because of what you are taught by your parents. If you are taught hatred and sexism, etc. you learn that. Parents need to teach their children well. Great post!
Booklover I love the picture of the book that has no facts - the bible.
How's everyone doing today?
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 29, 2012 at 9:28am

Tony, I very much like your piece about pesky little facts.

Comment by Tony Carroll on August 29, 2012 at 5:51am

Hateful indeed. Reminded me of this pic that I have.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 5:28am
Sk8eycat that is appalling!
I read Freethought Today and they are extremely hateful.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 2:35am

I wish! 

If you read the "Crank Mail" section in Freethought Today, you'll see that they're still breeding and passing the hate along to their children.  I wonder if there's a gene for that.  One that could be snipped off chromosomes before meiosis...

Comment by Plinius on August 29, 2012 at 2:28am

You 'd have thought that sort died out by now...

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 2:22am

Unbelievably appalling!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/republican-cnn-attack-anim...

An attendee at the Republican National Convention was allegedly thrown out of the convention center in Tampa on Tuesday after throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying, "this is how we feed the animals."

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Another walking advertisement for retroactive birth control.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 28, 2012 at 11:55pm

Thanks, Joan, that derivation of "politics" is my favorite pseudoetymology. ("It really bugs me when I can't remember the entomology of a word.")

"Goodness gracious" and "Agnus Dei" reminded me of the Monk's Aria from P.D.Q. Bach's Hansel and Gretel and Ted and Alice:

... Mea culpa kyrie elei-
Sonny Tufts et Allah in Pompeii;
Donna nobis pacem cum what mei;
Agnus and her sister Doris Dei;
Lord, have mercy on my so...lo. ...

 

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