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Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan on Wednesday. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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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

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 Chris G on August 25, 2011 at 6:12pm
Christians are big on symbolism and revel in Manafest Destiny. It's interesting how much the Republican and Democratic parties have changed over the years. Here's a link to the Christian Flag:
Comment by Michael Brodie on August 25, 2011 at 6:04pm

Steve and Alysn:  I agree - - so many Americans have a reverence for the flag (as though it was sacred, like a religious symbol).  Few other nations or cultures are this way.  I think all nations have a national anthem, but only the US has the tradition of placing the hand over the heart.  I think the problem lies in pledging "allegiance to the flag" (1st), "and to the Republic for which it stands (2nd)", and "under god", before all of the good stuff.

Natalie, you are sooo right:  The cross is a symbol that is definitely specific to christianism.  It does not comfort anyone else, and, is actually a symbol of oppression, depredation, and death.

Rev Watkins, I searched and found the First Church of Atheism.  It is nice that anyone can be reverndized for free (nominal charge for the certificate).  Laws regarding who may officiate are state laws, not federal.  Also, use of the word, "faith", in the FAQ ("what we believe") is inappropriate:

Faith is belief without evidence.  The word faith has been co-opted by the religious, so its use in the FCA statement is wrong.

  • “Nothing exists besides natural phenomena. Thought is merely a function of that natural phenomena. Death is complete, and irreversible. We have faith solely in humankind, nature, and the facts of science.”

The idea that one piece of cross-shaped steel, out of thousands of like pieces that were fabricated that way for ease of assembly, has some significance to the believers, tells me how much they are grasping at straws for physical confirmation of their god's existence.  The christians should go to church and leave the building of a monument honoring so many different peoples to secularists.

Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on August 25, 2011 at 3:11pm

Frankly, this bothers me more than the cross:


However, it doesn't make sense that they moved the cross from an appropriate location (a church) at great expense to the "official" memorial site.  Since a large number of those killed were foreign, why not have a display of flags from all the nations of the people killed? I would be more in favor of a memorial for peace having known a number of people killed at the Pentagon that day. Of course, no one asked me.

Comment by Susan Stanko on August 25, 2011 at 2:10pm
By your logic Michael we should have an emblem from EVERY religion.
Comment by Susan Stanko on August 25, 2011 at 2:07pm
I agree Natalie, except for FSM, since it was meant to be a joke.
Comment by Susan Stanko on August 25, 2011 at 1:57pm
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"  Samuel Johnson.
Comment by dr kellie on August 25, 2011 at 1:43pm
I agree, Natalie. 
Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 25, 2011 at 1:21pm
Rev, don't you think that was a horrifying and painful moment even to those of us who were NOT there? I'll be honest -- I'm not comfortable with a First Church of Atheism, or the FSM, either. I don't want ANY trappings of "churchism". And if I'm a minority in not wanting ANY specific religious symbolism (a cross can NEVER be anything but Christian and alien to me), so what -- don't I still count? I'm sure I'm not alone, but I also think that many people haven't really given thought to it, and are just accepting what the majority has always imposed without complaining. So I'm a rebel, and really think religion of ANY kind, should be kept in the home and in the religious institution, but not in public. Them's my thoughts!
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 1:04pm
hi michael - well said! and welcome to our disembodied discussions :]
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 12:34pm
richard - unfortunately, as i'm sure you know, history is nothing if not spirals within spirals.  in the 60's we really thought we were stopping wars - i was very young then. . .

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