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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

Tags: restore, water, soils, bison, Rhodes

Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2012 at 12:53am

Ruth, I am so glad to get your message and learn you seem to be over the worst of the storm. Did you mean to write "transformers"? That would be my guess. Glad you kept power. Still thinking about you and wishing you safety and comfort. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 30, 2012 at 12:34am

Just checking in. The worst seems to be over, and we didn't lose power. Just a few transients. Many others in our county did. So no flooded basement.

I was out of touch, busy bringing stuff up from the basement, just in case, filling buckets with water, cooking perishables, etc. I am really really happy we kept power.

Thanks for your concern.

Comment by Steph S. on October 29, 2012 at 10:49pm
Booklover - those Lolcats are soooooo funny! Love coming here!
You all are the best!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 7:51pm

sk8eycat, exactly! on all points. I do wish we still had Ingersoll and Carlin!

By all means, take away tax exempt status. 

booklover, love your wise cat that sat!

The Flying Atheist, your statement bears repeating:

"Prayer:  when you care enough to do the very least." 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 29, 2012 at 7:32pm

Flying Atheist:  LOL!  I love it!  My all-time fave is Robert G. Ingersoll's "Hands that help are better far than lips that pray." 

We need Ingersoll and George Carlin NOW! 

HillBilly Graham-Cracker is taking out full-page ads (even in the Wall Street Journal!) telling people, "I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues."

I hope that costs his organization its tax-exempt status.

The buybull does NOT say anything about ...how many wives a man can have, civil unions, or same-sex marriage (it only says that if two men have sex together, they must be executed...nice)...nor does it say anything at all about abortion. 

Hosea 13:16 tells Hebrew soldiers to rip up pregnant women with their swords....and to kill infants and children because their parents worship the wrong god(s).  I would not say that it "speaks clearly" about anything.  It certainly doesn't promote "freedom of religion."  It only promotes one religion.

Arrogant hypocrites.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 3:09pm

Silly! Prayer for rescue caused by faulty reasoning is just plain silly.
"Dear god, let me use up all the easy, cheap oil and make it possible to go for difficult and expensive oil!" "Dear god, do not cause us to suffer because of our foolishness!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 29, 2012 at 3:05pm

Prayer:  when you care enough to do the very least. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 3:00pm

People who pray for storm relief pray the wrong prayer. They should be praying, "What causes these changes in weather?' "Do human have responsibility in their choices for these changes?" "Is there anything I/we can do to bring about positive change?" "Give me the power to think and reason from evidence and not rely on dogma!"

Comment by sk8eycat on October 29, 2012 at 2:51pm

Here's a collection of comments from Massachusetts residents about the robot's bait-and-switch governorship. http://massknowsmitt.com/

In the meantime, I'm busy worrying about friends on the Other Coast, and wondering why The Usual Gang of Idiots still don't get it about climate change.  They're leaving comments on Yahoo Gnus about praying for the people in the storm's path.

NOTHING FAILS LIKE PRAYER!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 12:08pm

Steph & booklover, great photos. Here is a photo and article thanks to Jerry Coyne, physicist:

The never ending battle

 

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