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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 26, 2017 at 1:16pm

Bertold! Yes! We need to pass legislation banning televangelists coming to our doors, leaving leaflets on our cars, and phone calls.Those 

Those sweet, dear, caring, compassionate people who follow the teachings of the bible full of murders, incest, rape, slavery, and misogyny want us to take on their lies and pretend they are facts. 

I watched a televangelist on the internet the other day, it was just awful (not full-of-awe) but dreadful, disgusting, and delusional. I had to cleanse my brain with a strong dose of Hitchens. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 26, 2017 at 12:43pm

Warning - this is satire.

Iceland Bans American Televangelists

Patheos

  • Reykjavik, Iceland – This island nation situated in the North Atlantic took a monumental leap forward today by passing legislation banning American televangelists. The Icelandic Psychological Defense Act (IPDA) takes effect immediately. No American televangelist may set his or her foot in the small nation of 330,000 souls. No programming by such people may be shown on Icelandic television or played on the radio.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 26, 2017 at 5:50am

That's funny, Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 1:02am

Those darned snakes sure make a lot of mischief. Poor Adam couldn't resist the snake and Eve's temptation. Now, the theory of dinosaurs' origins! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2017 at 10:29pm

Another theory....

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2017 at 9:38pm

Out agian in NYC. Daytime, to the Guggenheim, a treasure trove of modern art. Evening, 'Macbeth' in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The cast had to contend with traffic rumble and helicopters but gave a great performance. Free, too.

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/macbeth-30

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2017 at 9:34pm

That sounds like a very stressful situation. I hope it clears up soon. How encouraging, though, that people are so willing to help each other in a crisis, even to the extent op opening their homes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2017 at 3:24pm

Update from Patricia Aug 25, 2017

We're doing ok Joan, thanks. 

When its smoky, we just stay inside with windows shut, & the air conditioner running. Wearing a mask to go out is a must when its bad but I only go out for the necessary food shopping, & keep the trip as short as I can. It has been better the last couple of days, but we take what we get.

We seem relatively safe right now but electrical storms or winds can turn that around in a hurry so we're still packed to go if needed.

We never get much rain here, so we have to rely on the snows to help, but due to the (denied) global warming, we sometimes don't get snow now, or very little.

I wrote a letter to the newspaper to thank everyone in Prince George, the firefighters, the Red Cross, the bus drivers, & volunteers, for being so generous with their time, effort, & help to us through this. I also made a post in Twitter. Many Prince George citizens opened their homes, campers, trailers, etc. to help house so many people, & we intend to do the same should the need arise in the future. 

Fires like these are now not in the distance, but right at our doors, & its only going to get worse. I often think of Laura & Larry when we hear of new starts, even if its not in your area.

Rick has to see his cardiologist in Kelowna next month for his yearly check up, but another new aggressive fire has started near there. No way are we allowed to put this into the backs of our minds yet. I have also still heard nothing about my hip replacement.

P.  (Patricia)

Comment by Plinius on August 25, 2017 at 2:23pm

I think Patricia has lots of trouble. She can't unpack after the evacuation, because the fires can flare up any moment, she has to wear a mask when going out, and the pics she sent show a thick smog. I wonder if climate change will leave a habitable place to live over there... 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 25, 2017 at 2:14pm

A horrific column by Charlie Pierce--

Freedom Means Shooting Bear Cubs While They're Hibernating

  • In this case, the Trump administration is going to bat for the National Rifle Association and sporting groups that have close ties to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump Jr. and Trump himself. "Expanding access to National Parks and public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreation is and remains a top priority of this administration," said Swift. The NRA and hunting and fishing organizations have lobbied Congress for years to pass versions of the "Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act," also known as the SHARE Act. According to the NRA, the legislation is aimed at improving hunting access on public lands while removing regulations promoted by "animal rights extremists."
 

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