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What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Nov 30. 9 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 30. 35 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2012 at 11:46pm

You're a lovely bunch of people, thanks for all your kind words! (Sniffing softly - am I catching a cold?) Almost 7 AM here, and off to work.

Comment by Steph S. on December 10, 2012 at 9:18pm
Hey Tony I got home just a while ago myself. Just exhausted today. So I'll be back here tomorrow to catch up.
Nice to hear from all of you!
Hope you had a good Monday.
Comment by Tony Carroll on December 10, 2012 at 9:02pm

Hey everyone. Just getting home from work. Boy, did the extremely malodorous fecal matter impact heavily upon the rotating blades of the air circulating machine today. One of the busiest we've ever had. Just trying to catch up now, over 187 messages in my in box. Well, I'll talk with you guys later. Have a good one.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 8:21pm

Sk8eycat, from Wikipedia to answer your question: 

"Plans to launch a complementary Gay Winter Games, slated for February 1986 in Denver, Colorado collapsed, due to a lack of sufficient funding and logistical problems. There have been no subsequent attempts to launch a Gay Winter Games since, although Whistler, British Columbia, Canada hosts an annual gay winter sports festival."

You're right about having a shortage of non-gay male skaters!  lol

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 8:09pm

Are there WINTER Gay Games?  LOL  I think if the "official" Winter Olympics were limited to str8 athletes, they'd have very few male skaters!  O, la!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 7:52pm

Melinda, the Gay Games are held every four years in cities around the world, just like the International World Olympics.  The first games were held in San Francisco in 1982.  It was originally called The Gay Olympics, but a few weeks before the opening ceremony, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of the International Olympic Committee claiming that the word 'Olympic' could not be used.  Since then they've been known as The Gay Games.  They were held here in Chicago in 2006.  I had the great fortune to volunteer and to meet and assist LGBT athletes from all over the world.  When I was in Amsterdam in 1998, several people from my Friday night LGBT bowling league were competing.  It was fun to be halfway around the world and to see fellow league-mates competing. 

Comment by Pat on December 10, 2012 at 7:27pm

I agree sk8eycat. Santa is more credible. I posted this somewhere else. During the Council of Nicea, where Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, one of those that voted on it was Bishop Nicholas of Myra (present day Turkey). Nicholas, who was later morphed into St. Nicholas, then Sinterklaas, and now Santa Clause, voted to make Jesus a god. To me, that seems to be the perfect comment on Christianity. Santa Clause voted for Jesus being god.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 6:01pm

I forgot to say that I had seen an article a few years ago about the Dutchman's smaller version of "Noah's Fictional Ark," and it mentioned that he was building a "full-size" version.  Hah!  Looks like he missed a few pertinent details; the buybull specifies ONE window, and ONE door.

The Hebrew storytellers didn't know Jack Schidt about boat-building OR animal care; if there was no way to keep everything clean, ALL of the "passengers" would have been sick before less than half the "40 days and 40 nights" were over.

So, is the guy now going to go all over the world collecting the specified number of animals?  Will he include saltwater and freshwater fish?  How will he keep them alive?  How about insects?  (Why save things like fleas and mosquitos?  And tse-tse flies?)

The Flood is one of the most childish stories in the entire book, and yet educated adults keep funding expeditions to "find" the ark...that never existed. 

I'd rather believe in Santa Claus.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 5:42pm

I'm not really as irritated by punctuation errors as I am by things such as "your" for "you're," "flare" for "flair," and similar malapropisms. Makes me wonder what's being taught in our schools.

Right now I'm making typos all over the place because my right hand is almost useless.  I do try to proof my posts, but sometimes I just miss things.  (Makes logging in to web sites where I'm already registered a hassle some days.) Having a small orange cat standing on my lap doesn't help either.

I think I'll go to Schwan's and order some comfort food...the cats like to snack on their diced chicken breast, and so do I. Nom, nom, nom!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 5:40pm

Sorry you have to put-up with another Aaaarrgghhh! day Melinda.

 

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