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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Steph S. on April 9, 2013 at 12:09pm

Well I was excused from jury duty - I am glad because it was a Capitol Murder Trial seeking the Death penalty.

I just approached the bench and explained to the judge that I was enrolled and paid for summer classes.

Anyway, everything is back to normal.

Comment by Steph S. on April 9, 2013 at 12:08pm

Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2013 at 12:03pm

Summer holiday (part 1) now booked. One week on Crete, the first week of June so the weather is not too hot. Part 2 will, I hope, be Greenland in August to run a ½-marathon but the date for the run hasn't been confirmed yet. I've been there before and taken part in the run spent a week in the capital, Nuuk. This time I'd like to see more of the country.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 9, 2013 at 11:33am

lol Chris.

But, the nit-picker in me wants to say that I hear smell is the most important part of taste, so there you go.

Comment by Plinius on April 9, 2013 at 11:24am

I'd eat it too, but how does he know what cat poop tastes like?

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 9, 2013 at 11:01am

I'd eat it, no worries.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 9, 2013 at 10:55am

Here's a funny "slice of life" story.  I don't think I would have had the guts to follow through with the same actions as this writer. 

I Ate My Sandwich Out Of The Garbage And I Feel Fine

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2013 at 4:26am
Yes, I realize Anita was pregnant at the end, and was disappointed that she continued to be in denial about her husband. I hoped she would kick him out. Melanie's last scenes, with her morbid look, smoking and drinking after her grand flirtation with religion also surprised me; she could have come out on the other side with strength and self confidence in her own wisdom. The story of going from lonely to lonelier, pessimistic even as there were laughs, probably tells of the human condition more than my happy ending wishes.
Comment by Ian Mason on April 9, 2013 at 4:13am

Such good videos, Joan. The one about Ryan Air is only slightly exagerated. They have been trying to find a legal loophole that will enable them to have pay-toilets on board.

At the end of the play Anita was pregnant for the second time and Melanie had switched from God to booze but a lot was left open. The one review I read before seeing the play, in the Times Literary Supp, said that the casting was inspired, the acting superb but that the original play was in need of a good editor who could tighten it up a bit. Does that help?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 9, 2013 at 2:42am
 

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