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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 Randall Smith on August 23, 2017 at 6:57am

I'll add my two bits worth of eclipse news.

I, too, saw totality, but not without enormous headaches dealing with traffic. I couldn't cross the Ohio River south of Evansville because it was at a standstill. I backtracked over the Wabash into Illinois. State parks were jammed. I had to park on the side of the road to observe the eclipse. But it was worth it! Amazing sight. And few clouds, luckily. As Carl mentioned, driving out and back into Indiana, it took at least twice as long. I was exhausted from driving. I stayed at a motel overnight.

By the way, I did two major hikes in state parks (IL and IN), 5 miles each, and saw only one other hiker total! What, nobody walks any more?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2017 at 6:36am

Here in Pocatello, the garbage and recycling pick-up people were given the day off because of the expected traffic.  They were several hours later than normal the next day, probably because there still being a lot of traffic.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2017 at 10:28pm

Kathy, your story of traffic gridlock is totally understandable.  The stories are coming in about the nightmare traffic back to Chicago.  The normal six hour drive from southern Illinois was taking people 13, 14, plus hours.  They drove all night long into Tuesday morning.  Unbelievable!

http://cltv.com/2017/08/22/illinois-drivers-returning-from-eclipse-...       

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 22, 2017 at 7:20pm

Theoterrorism. I was just reading about how the KKK is explicitly Protestant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2017 at 5:35pm

Ian, a very fine cartoon! One that sparks my imagination!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 22, 2017 at 3:23pm

I always love a new word. Especially this one.

The Challenge of Theoterrorism


Theoterrorism is the type of terrorism that legitimizes violence by referring to “God.”

Church and State

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 22, 2017 at 3:22pm

Love that cartoon, Ian.  

Comment by Ian Mason on August 22, 2017 at 3:19pm

Comment by kathy: ky on August 22, 2017 at 11:33am
I've got to mention the traffic. When I tried to get out of my driveway yesterday there were cars coming in both directions. Our driveway let's out on a strip of hwy where I can see almost a mile in one direction and a quarter of a mile in the other. Usually I see one or two vehicles. Yesterday there were fifteen vehicles coming from each direction. The closer I got to town the worse the traffic became. I asked a state trooper if there had been an accident that closed the WK pkwy but it was just people returning home from various locations in Ky after seeing the eclipse. What is usually a twenty minute round trip with light traffic turned into a two hours​of gridlock. I'm thrilled I got to see the eclipse. And I'm equally thrilled that it's not a daily occurrence.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 22, 2017 at 8:59am

I'd love to know what's so profound about being able to lie extemporaneously, and perhaps with a bit of flair?  That eclipse yesterday was infinitely more profound and it was REAL!

 

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