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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky on Saturday. 20 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Tony Carroll on July 17, 2012 at 1:28pm

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2012 at 5:17pm

@Pat: Oh, my nerves!  I never thought of THAT!  (I wonder if that sign pic is a PhotoShop creation.  I can't tell anymore.)

@Patricia:  Yuck.  I signed up to be notified when a friend posted anything new to her web site, and it turned out that the "sevice" went through Google.  Now I'm getting Google pop-ups whenever I try to log onto my e-mail, too.  I think I need to get a tech over here to delete all the Google Gunk.  Whoopie.  Another $100 down the drain.

(And the friend who had the web site decided to "leave the building" a couple of weeks ago.  Grrrrrr.)

Comment by El Solo Lobo on July 16, 2012 at 3:26pm

I love Walmart. I just wish there were more of them and they were bigger.

Comment by Pat on July 16, 2012 at 3:18pm

@sk8eycat. While the sign is funny, there will no doubt be some dumb ass who thinks 15 is the number of hands.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2012 at 3:16pm

Ruth, you make good sense. Thanks. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 16, 2012 at 2:48pm

I don't shop at Wal-Mart either sk8eycat, but the new sign made me laugh. :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 16, 2012 at 2:45pm

I agree Ruth.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2012 at 2:39pm

 Why I refuse to shop at a certain big box store:

I suppose I should give them points for having a sense of humor, but I can't.  Lowest common denominator, and all that.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 16, 2012 at 2:36pm

Sorry, Joan. My life is too interesting to waste thinking about the historical figure behind Xian memeplexes. Any historical figure can "ascend" to the role of divine. Elvis Presley could have spawned a religion, Joseph Smith did. That doesn't motivate me to waste my afternoons delving into their histories.

There's NO FASCINATION for me.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2012 at 2:35pm

Note to all my friends: I am having frustrating problems linking to AN via the e-mail notifications of new posts in "my" groups.  ALL other links included in e-mails work fine, EXCEPT the ones to AN groups.  Is there a version of hackiing that blocks atheists?  I'm serious, for a change.

PS: @ Flyiing Atheist - Don't throw out the baby with the bath water!  I think that "Nooooo!" is funny, cute, and absolutely true.  We are all born atheists; andas the song from "South Pacific" said, "We Have To Be Carefully Taught" to be anything else.

@Joan - I am so fortunate that my parents were somewhat "casual christians." I think Dad was actually a closeted atheist, at least he quietly taught me to think for myself. I was the one who plonked myself down in a Baptwit church when I was a teen (because all the "popular" kids went there), and then tormented myself for years because I couldn't manage to force myself to believe what they were teaching, and that the "popular" kids actually got answers to their prayers directly from God/Jesus.  I thought there was something wrong with me

Finally, when I was about 25 I read the entire KJV because I was looking for answers/help.  When I finished, I thought, "Huh?" And read it again, and realized it was 99.99999% fiction.  I couldn't possibly suspend my disbelief long enough to even say the words, "Our Father."  I knew who my father was, and it wasn't some imaginary tyrant made up by ignorant Bronze Age goat-herders, and who behaved the way their tribal chiefs did.  He was the brilliant, honest accountant sitting in the living room, smoking his pipe and watching the news on TV.

As I said, I was bloody fortunate, and I'm sorry your whole family was so completely locked into the bullying kind of fundaMENTALism.  It's all about control, and it's a sickness.  The fact that you were able and smart enough to pull yourself out of it is a major victory.

 

I'll be back when I figure out what's wrong with my computer. And get it fixed.  (I got here today by going to my "Favorites" list...)

Felaine

 

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