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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G yesterday. 22 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 Aug 25. 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

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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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 9:55pm

Ian, I don't have Facebook, but I looked up the #1 song for the day I was born.  It was "Rag Doll" by the Four Seasons.

The week before and the week after I was born the songs were, respectively, "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys and "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles. 

I think it would be fun if everyone here looked up the #1 song for the day they were born and posted it here.

Ian, here's yours.  It was introduced in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 9:41pm

There's one good thing I hope comes as a result of the pope's visit.  The pope has been on a mission lately against income inequality and uncontrolled capitalism. 

Right now between Donald Trump's racist Hispanic comments and the Republican Party's dismissive policies on immigration reform, hopefully the pope will energizes the Hispanic community and get them even more politically involved.  This would mostly benefit a Democratic or progressive presidential candidate.  Right now, Hispanics are countering Donald Trump's remarks by registering voters. 

While the pope is in the US, fourteen of his scheduled eighteen speaking engagements will be delivered in Spanish. 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:42pm
Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:28pm

Carl, I did one of these Facebook things about 'what was the big hit on the day you were born.' Funnily enough, "Que Sera Sera"

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:25pm

Personally, I think the present pontiff is just a liberal-seeming PR man for the same old right-wing Vatican establishment. It says something about the US that he's regarded as a 'goddam leftie'. Interestingly, when the KKK was at its peak in the 20s, they marched in Washington, protesting against Catholic immigration. Even FDR said that "this is a protestant country. Catholics and Jews have to understand that they're here on sufferance."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 6:59pm

RICO - Wikipedia

It's interesting.  RICO laws have been used in a very wide variety of cases and situations.  According to Wikipedia, RICO has been used, unsuccessfully in the past, against the Catholic Church. 

I see it has also been used successfully against the Latin Kings gang in Florida.  It's also been used against gang members here in Chicago in recent years.  There has also been talk of classifying gangs as domestic terrorists, thereby providing (in theory) stiffer prison sentences.  But I digress on a whole other topic....

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 6:24pm
Loren, "Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise."

Now, that is an interesting thought, and one that could hold water ... except for the cops, judges, attorneys, politicians, and active members of RCC who would stand in the way.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 3:57pm

Ian, sorry you are facing such uncertainty with your future plans.  I hope all works out well for you.  You do, however, seem to have a good attitude about the situation.  Que será, será. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 3:42pm

I'm so sick of hearing about the pope.  And now that he's in the US it's going to get even worse.  I just love how the right-wing in this country are complaining that the pope just isn't conservative enough.  How bat-shit crazy do you need to be to think the pope is too liberal?  And some of them are "serious" candidates for the presidential office.  Unbelievable!  Loren, I would love for your scenario to play out.  Too bad it's just a wet dream.  [rant over]

Comment by Loren Miller on September 22, 2015 at 3:31pm

How many of us would pay money to see a uniformed police officer step up to Frankie and say, "You are under arrest for multiple violations of the RICO act.  You have the right to remain silent..."

It'll never actually happen ... but I'd pay to see it happen.

 

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