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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 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 Joan Denoo on September 18, 2017 at 2:32pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2017 at 4:04am

Bertold, I agree, Mother Jones provides excellent investigative journalism. It is biased to the left and reports on the hard stuff, i.e. it's investigation of private prisons resulted in a change of policy with the Justice Dept to not send prisoners to private prisons, a truly outstanding bit of reporting.  

Comment by Patricia on September 17, 2017 at 4:23pm

There'd be a lot less problem if people would mind their own business, & stop making everything such a big issue, I'm sure.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 17, 2017 at 3:32pm
Comment by Ian Mason on September 17, 2017 at 12:43pm

A couple in England have withdrawn their child from school because a trans pupil has been allowed a choice of toilets. I don't know if cakes are an issue.

Comment by Plinius on September 16, 2017 at 1:28am

Great!

Comment by Patricia on September 16, 2017 at 12:56am

Oh isn't religion just grand?!

Comment by Plinius on September 16, 2017 at 12:49am

Thanks for the links, Carl, they look very useful!

The wedding cake issues are not widespread here at all - but luckily we don't live in a bible belt. Luca and I don't attract negative attention - but a very tall transwoman we know gets male agression.

The first lines in our constitution says that in this country everyone is free and equal and not to be discriminated against, whatever the reason. And because of that, wedding cake hate messages among other things are forbidden.

In other parts of Europe it's the same as with you: more religion, more discrimination. The Poles are ignoring the facts of life in their churches and the Russians are terrified of our western vices...  

Comment by Patricia on September 15, 2017 at 2:39pm

I just have trouble figuring out the drama aspect or the sensationalism about the news now.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2017 at 2:36pm

I have used a few references as a general guide to decipher the credibility of news sources.  You can have both left and right-leaning media outlets that have high standards without going to the extreme in either direction.  In my opinion, these guides are pretty much on point.

Media Bias/Fact Check

Please Stop Sharing Links to These Sites

The News  (I have looked and searched for the creator and the original source for this chart but cannot find any info.  I agree with the contents, though.) 

 

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