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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 15 hours ago. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Chris on December 25, 2016 at 3:27pm

I'm curious why A/N doesn't have blockquote in the editor bar.  Other Ning forums have blockquote.  I attempted to copy and paste an editor bar from another Ning group  to show what I'm referring to but got a 4000 character limit error.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 25, 2016 at 3:11pm

Chris, the closest I can come to "consuminderaar" is "consuming less". I looked up the conjugations and found no "aar".

Slang words in English for simpler living: minimalist 

How to be happy with a minimalist closet 

Comment by Chris on December 25, 2016 at 3:09pm

I thought Ning didn't allow the same name to be used by to be used  by multiple members. I wasn't aware that there were two Chris's on this forum.  The Avatar is digstinguishing.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 25, 2016 at 1:06pm
Carl, that's a perfect explanation !

It should be taught in churches.
Comment by Daniel W on December 25, 2016 at 10:50am

Carl, LOL.  He does have that kind of sleazy look in his eyes, doesn't he? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 25, 2016 at 9:55am

Merry Christmas!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 25, 2016 at 9:47am

Thanks for the "you can call me Ray" and "skeptic on a stick" clips! Good diversions on this Christmas day (spent like any other day).

Comment by kathy: ky on December 24, 2016 at 10:34pm
Everyone hurry and you can catch midnight Xmas mass on pbs. Lol
Comment by kathy: ky on December 24, 2016 at 10:12pm
Thanks Gary.

Daniel I like the more formal version. As I've aged I like my full first name. Maybe because it's what is used most often. Especially in a medical center.
Comment by Daniel W on December 24, 2016 at 8:52pm

GC, I was called the 3-letter shortening of my name until I was about 30.  So many things in life had gone wrong, so when I moved from Indiana to Oregon I deliberately chose the formal name. I believe names have power, not supernatural, but subconscious and relational.  I hated Dan Quayle, Dan Coats, Dan White - who assassinated Moscone and Harvey Milk, and didn't think much of Dan Rather or Dan Akroid.  On the other hand, Daniel Schorr, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Daniel Ellsberg,  have gravitas.  So I embraced what my parents gave me.  I don't mind the Bible character.  The "Dan" on the bible sold his brother into slavery.  "Daniel" was thrown into the Lions den as a punishment for his faithfulness, and survived. 

Well that was too long.

Loren,I love skeptic on a stick!

 

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