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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Friday. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 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 Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 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

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 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

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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

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Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2017 at 1:43am

Good one, Chris. The absurdity of blind obedience.

Another absurd thing: in the Greek Orthodox church, if a layman puts a foot into the priest's vestry the whole church has to be re-sanctified by the patriarch. If a woman puts her foot there, the church has to be re-sanctified TWICE.

Comment by Chris on June 20, 2017 at 1:30am

Sorry for my sarcasm and inability to post the image.

The image  about Father's Day is  located @ https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lzd6QLQzHqU/WUZ0FfIIEBI/AAAAAAAB...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 19, 2017 at 10:15pm

So many weddings. Thanks for sharing.

I'm so busy trying to make sense of politics and then condense it into letters to legislators, that I've had little time here for just keeping up. Sorry, all. It' been depressing.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 19, 2017 at 12:52pm

Meanwhile, I attended the wedding of one of my wife's sons and his girlfriend this past Saturday.  Between 2009 and now they've had four kids together and about two years ago decided to tie the knot.  I was especially pleased to see the return of the same secular officiant who performed the ceremony not quite a year back with another of my wife's kids.

Another of the benefits of secular ceremonies: BREVITY!  I don't think the whole thing went 15 minutes!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 19, 2017 at 11:57am

The wedding was between my second cousin and his girlfriend.  They are in their late twenties and completely normal and great people.  The bride's father is one of the priests of this church and he participated in marrying them, so I can imagine the insanely intense pressure put upon these two to have such a wedding ceremony.  They have been dating for 8 or 9 years and they are a great couple.  I know that they don't subscribe to the whole "man in charge/woman subservient" bullshit.  For myself, no matter how much I loved someone, I wouldn't be able to bring myself to participate in such a ceremony, even just for show.    

Like I said, it sure was an interesting experience with many raised eyebrows and eye rolls from me.  I was sitting between two of my non-religious cousins, so we were able to share several whispered jokes between us.  One priest chanted the story from the bible about the wedding celebration where the wine runs out and Jesus changes barrels of water to wine.  It was strange to hear the bible chanted throughout the service instead of spoken.  My biggest takeaway from the experience is that despite all the flashy pomp and circumstance, the priestly robes, the metered application of incense at certain locations, two priests seeming needed to kiss the gold plated cover of the bible, etc., is that absolutely none of these ritualistic acts are mentioned in the bible.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 19, 2017 at 6:58am

Carl, I would have had to grit my teeth and fight the urge to walk-out.  That's what I did at my brother's wedding.  Fought the urge and stayed in my seat.  What insanity.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 19, 2017 at 3:00am

Joan, I agree wholeheartedly. John Lydon (Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols fame) has later said of the 70s that it was the decade when 'the working class forgot it was a class,'

An interesting bit of time travel, Carl. It's strange that such things survive but people seem to put up with the absurd as long as it's 'traditional.'

Comment by Plinius on June 19, 2017 at 2:48am

Sounds like a special experience, Carl, but I thought the women who wold put up with a 'head of the family' had died out by now...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2017 at 6:33pm

Carl, what an interesting experience. What kinds of feelings did it evoke in you? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 18, 2017 at 6:26pm

Last weekend I was with my family.  We drove to Indianapolis for a family wedding.  It was a very fun time.  The wedding reception was in an old 1928 vaudeville/movie theater.  Lots of character. Very neat venue.  Fountain Square Theatre  

The wedding, itself, was one for the ages....the Dark Ages!  It was in an Orthodox Church of America.  Basically, it's Russian Orthodox but in English.  I've been to Catholic weddings before, but not like this one.  This was truly old school.  Ninth Century old school.  Hardly anything was spoken, it was all sung or chanted by three priests and a choir.  There wasn't an organ.  Thank goodness the choir was really excellent.  We all sat there in a cloud of incense while everything was repeated three times (because the Trinity, you know.)  And it was firmly stated that the man is the head of the household and the woman is subservient, and the purpose of the union is to prosper with children.  

I have to say it was a very visually stunning church, with all the painted panels of icons and murals, but quite ridiculous and bizarre.  But that was only one hour out of all our time together. 

 

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