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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 August 30, 2017 at 5:15pm

Patricia It is nice to have you back again. There are a few new people since you left, but Plinius and I have been keeping the group up to date on your adventures. We knew that they would be interested in your story. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 30, 2017 at 5:09pm

Patricia, that's totally scary. I missed what was happening to you. Sorry.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 4:16pm

Another gem by Philip Appleman from his book of poems, Karma, Dharma, Pudding & Pie:

ET TU, GALILEO?

 

“The Eagle has landed.”

                              --first man on the moon, 1969

“Maybe Darwin was right, after all.”

                              --Pope John Paul II, 1996

 

Here in these devout Italian digs,

Hung with bleeding hearts and dying Jesus,

TV shows astronauts with little picks

Chipping chunks of greenish lunar cheeses.

 

The Vatican’s abruptly overrun

With cardinals and bishops in collision—

The Pontiff pleads for prayer, but everyone

Is watching heresy on television.

 

Oh, Galileo, your retaliation

Is palpable as papal persecution:

Apollo shines your sunny vindication

On Copernicus, the pill, and evolution.

 

By satellite, TV now tells the popes:

Look what comes of knocking telescopes.

Comment by Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 4:07pm

It was, & is, pretty grim. We were evacuated for 18 days.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2017 at 4:04pm

That looks nasty, Patricia. I'm very glad your safe and with us again.

Carl, your suggestion of Chicago is hereby noted. I know there's some good art there plus the blues in the music world. Could I combine that with a literary 'pilgrimage' to New England?

Comment by Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 3:38pm

Comment by Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 3:36pm

This is what life has been like for us for the last few months....

http://globalnews.ca/video/3617222/title-stunning-view-of-williams-lake-fire-from-soda-creek-road/

Comment by Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 2:56pm

OKOKOKOKOKOK.......my BUTT is back here.......& I followed it!!!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2017 at 2:43pm

Ian, I'm happy to hear you had a good vacation and a positive experience while in the US.  Next time you'll have to make it a little further west to Chicago.  Lots of good food, museums, and sights to see.  In the meantime, enjoy your rest while you regain your energy.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 2:35pm

I just started an excellent book by Naomi Klein.

 

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