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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 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

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 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

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

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Comment by Tony Carroll on July 25, 2012 at 4:27pm

Better than the manifestation in a burnt piece of toast? You decide.


Flowers and prayer cards are pinned to a tree with a scar that residents claim looks like Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Mexican representation of the Virgin Mary, in West New York, New Jersey July 14, 2012. Hundreds of onlookers have gathered daily around makeshift shrines at the base of the tree in the New Jersey town across the Hudson River.

I just don't see it. They're 'barking' up the wrong tree here. If they could just learn to 'branch' out, learn to 'leaf' their myths behind and become 'rooted' in reason, I think their lives would be infinitely better.



Comment by Tony Carroll on July 25, 2012 at 12:56pm

Joan, feel free to re-post anything I might say here at anytime. Permission to use my name also. I don't scare easy from these kind of people, if at all. It is very okay with me. Thank you for asking.

Grinning Cat. I understand they have given upwards of 5 million dollars to various anti-gay groups, including NOM. What dipshits, pardon me. Oh, LOVE the muppet chicken celebration. Thanks for helping me laugh, to lighten up somewhat. Made my day better! Have always loved the muppets, just glad I don't have to give them up. That would have been a real hardship!

Idaho, I don't have a Chick-Fil-A in my town either, but will not be visiting any when we travel to Dallas, as we usually do a couple times a month. If I happen to pass by one and see anyone standing outside picketing, though, I will just have to join them.

Steph, thank you as always. We will continue to point out his lies. The cold light of reason and truth will prevail.


Comment by Idaho Spud on July 25, 2012 at 12:13pm

Too bad I don't have Chick-fil-A in my town so I could boycott it.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 25, 2012 at 12:01pm

Let's remember that Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A are facing criticism not just for one statement against marriage equality, but for a history, now out in the open, of donating millions to anti-LGBT organizations.

Also, Mr. Cathy's statements haven't merely supported a particular, exclusionary kind of marriage, they've framed LGBT people as a threat, "inviting God's judgment on our nation".

There's more at the discussion "Chick-fil-A president slams gay marriage".

On a lighter note: the Muppet chickens celebrate the end of their association (videos, less than 3 min.).

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2012 at 11:26am

Tony, I posted photo and your comment on Facebook and attributed it to Tony. I didn't use your last name, unless it is OK with you. If so I will change my posting, or you can post on Facebook with your name. Hope that is OK.

Comment by Steph S. on July 25, 2012 at 10:32am
Oh yeah Tony! I see what you mean. That Chick-Fil-A sign is all lies. And people will believe them because they are not discerning. Boycott Chick-Fil-A! They lie!
Comment by Tony Carroll on July 25, 2012 at 10:16am

Change of subject, my friends. Sorry, but I'm about to go on a little tear, a tirade. But some things just torque me off, chaps my ass, eats my lunch.

Dan Cathy, high and mighty potentate of Chick-Fil-A, had the following signs posted in his stores, after the Jim Henson group cut ties with Chick-Fil-A. Remember they cut the ties, not Chick-fil-A.

Do the terms liar, hypocrite, perjurer, malingerer, prevaricator, fabricator, equivicator, crock 'o shit, duplicitous dissimalator of a canard come to mind? This swaggering, tin plated, demagogue with delusions of granduer, defender of the faith that says to tell no lie, or bear falsr witness seems to have no difficulty with the concept of the slippery truth, or lack thereof.

Thanks for letting me bloviate, guys.

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2012 at 5:48am

Sk8eycat: I think you're right, being a parent must be hell. People often warned me that I'd be lonely when I was old and nobody visited me. I think of those warnings when I visit a demented childless aunt who lives in an old peoples home: the inmates (is that the right word?) who have got children are always complaining that their children never come and the childless ones are more or less happily interacting with everyone who stands still for a moment. I've never been lonely from the day I left my parents' church and house, I expect I'll manage when I grow older.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 2:47am

Tony, pissing some people off is FUN!  Especially when Moron Mormon missionaries come to the door, and I say or do nothing but laugh in their faces.

I need a banner that says, "I respect your right to believe whatever you choose to believe, but I don't have to respect what you believe."

Of course, that would piss off my JW sister and her friends. Tee-hee.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 25, 2012 at 2:39am

Chris: I'm 72, a couple of months shy of 73, and I have never regretted not having kids; many of my friends and relatives have gone through all kinds of adolescent stuff with their kids, from know-it-allism to drugs...and worse. 

When I was a teen, a lot of the current problems didn't even exist, or we didn't know about them.  Cigarettes and beer were the worst "drugs" I ever encountered at parties, and since I saw both of those at home, they just made me uncomfortable when I saw kids my age indulging.  (And I usually dropped guys after one date if they drank at a party. I was a dreadful little prig.)

Being a parent must be hell these days.


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