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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 1 hour ago. 20 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 on Thursday. 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 on Monday. 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

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 28, 2016 at 1:31am

Kathy, I missed Obama's speech as well, but it was by choice.  I was too busy getting important chores completed that I'd put off long enough.  Luckily we live in the internet age and we can watch it at our leisure.  But I totally feel your frustration. 

Comment by k.h. ky on July 27, 2016 at 10:12pm
The satellite went out the moment President Obama started to speak : (
And he was the only one I wanted to hear from. Dammit !
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2016 at 5:31am

The pattern repeats the powers that be don't seem to realize that workers get mean when they see others so rich and having flat wages since the 1970s. Then a majority vote for a dictator. It keeps happening throughout history and the voting public, a majority of them, vote from emotion, not reason. Capitalism is designed to create great wealth, not for owners of labor but owners of capital. Depressions always follow the pattern, usually in 60 or 70 years. This time, it was almost 80 years from 1939 to 2007 when this recession began. Kondratieff had it figured out.

It 's hard to stay calm when climate change debate rages, wealth gap increases each year. Add to that desperate need to get off fossil fuels, all these and Trump blowing his horn and riling already anxious people, and he promises war, It becomes even more important that we stay calm and think our way through these challenges. 

a nazi leader grows out of chaos

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 25, 2016 at 12:49am

The really scary thing is that as a culture we definitely fall into the category of "those who don't learn from history."

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2016 at 12:12am

Of course, Joan, but you'll find that there are many more who have seen the same pattern. Watch the old footage by Leni Riefenstahl and you'll see it even without subtitles. Trump is busy selecting scapegoats and promising which groups he's going to put in their place, so you can just wait until he comes to put you in your place. Don't wave the warning signs away - Hitler was democratically chosen...

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 24, 2016 at 1:35pm

Plinius, may I quote you about the reference to the Reb. convention and Hitler. I can use "anonymous from the Netherlands" if you think that shields you, or whatever way you want to be attributed.

You can interpret Hitler, I suppose so that you hear the inflections and see his gestures as you understand what he says. We need to know that!

Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2016 at 1:14pm

I saw as much of the republican convention as I wanted, enough to feel sick. It seemed to me a copy of Hitler's nazi party conventions in the 30s: speeches that touch the emotions and not the reason, bullying of party members who want to stop and think, demanding blind support of all, or else...

I'm so happy that I'm not American - but you are stuck with the trouble.

  

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 8:37am

Randall, I do, or don't do about the same as you.  I had no desire to listen to the Republican convention, and didn't.  I also watch very little TV.  I can't stomach most of what people say or do anymore as well.  I keep myself informed mostly by reading what you atheists have to say, and to a lesser extent going to the articles you refer me to.  That reduces my stress, depression, and makes life is much more pleasant for me as well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 8:30am

Joan, I know you are just offering the idea of salad. 

I'm glad you're still able to work in your garden to some degree. 

When I was accessing the net at the library, I didn't have enough time to read everything, and so didn't know for sure you had moved back to your place, or why.  Since getting an Internet Service Provider again, I've been catching-up with a lot of posts, and I'm glad to see that you didn't have trouble with your family.

I don't think I'll ever read all the posts I missed.  I have about 1700 emails waiting to be read.  I'll just delete most of the older ones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 8:11am

At least, Kuwait has low humidity, so evaporation from the body should keep them cool enough, as long as they drink enough.

 

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