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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 2 hours ago. 12 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

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

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

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by leveni on December 8, 2011 at 8:02pm

@ Steven,

If we use this logic of yours then you are also a murderer. In Afghanistan. Here is a link about what you did in Afghanistan. http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2011/11/24/afghanistan-6-children-1...

Why did you do this? Why did you kill these children? Does it make you big and tough to do such a thing? 

If you tell me you are not an American then my accusations are baseless. But if you are an American then you are a murderer, according to your own logic. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 8, 2011 at 5:43pm

Good point, Sk8eycat, churches are part of the 1% indeed.

Comment by Steph S. on December 8, 2011 at 5:28pm

Thanks sk8eycat for the FFRF link to the article -- it was truly disgusting. They like to pray in public to show others how "good" they are. All for show!

Comment by Lary9 on December 8, 2011 at 2:24pm

I wasn't speaking for you nor putting words in your mouth. I was just sharing my own thoughts. Like I said..."Don't get me wrong, anyone who feels the sting of umbrage frequently offered up by obnoxious Christian[s], is justified in mounting a good humanistic self-defense." 

Comment by Lary9 on December 8, 2011 at 1:24pm

I'd join you all with Christian bashing but sometimes I'm just not in the mood for it. It becomes tiresome after awhile. Don't get me wrong, anyone who feels the sting of umbrage frequently offered up by obnoxious Christian, is justified in mounting a good humanistic self-defense. I like this sentiment which features prominently in many of my own interactions with Christian Soldiers on the attack (so to speak):
 

"No Christian is exempted from being human by believing in God. Conversely, no non-believer is ever banished from the human family for not believing either."
---L. E. Alba
It works for me. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 8, 2011 at 12:58pm

"...all those tax-free churches that seem to be on nearly every street corner in every city all across America is not enough..."

That is one subject that really, really burns me up!  "Tax free."  WHY? What it comes down to is that all taxpayers are subsidizing religion, whether they want to or not.  They not only pay no income taxes, property taxes (sometimes no FICA or other payroll taxes), but they can go into any store, but the most expensive mdse, whip out their exemption ID, and pay no sales tax.  Nor do they have to file an annual Form 990 with the IRS as all other non-profit orgs. are required to do.

Churches are part of the privileged 1%, and have been for who knows how long.

Does anybody know why? I sure don't.

 

Comment by Pat on December 8, 2011 at 12:36pm

Holy pine cones, Batman!  Now they're praying to a tree!! Maybe they're waiting for it to catch fire, so it will talk back to them.  

Comment by sk8eycat on December 8, 2011 at 12:22pm

More disgusting displays of Pious Posturing in Public :

http://ffrf.org/news/blog/wisconsin-christmas-tree-prayer/

I guess praying in church isn't good enough anymore.

Comment by Steph S. on December 7, 2011 at 6:19pm

Love the squirrel picture Ruth!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 5, 2011 at 12:30pm

Just passing on a comment from VeganApess.

Ooooooo!!!!!!

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