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concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by dr kellie on August 25, 2011 at 1:43pm
I agree, Natalie. 
Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 25, 2011 at 1:21pm
Rev, don't you think that was a horrifying and painful moment even to those of us who were NOT there? I'll be honest -- I'm not comfortable with a First Church of Atheism, or the FSM, either. I don't want ANY trappings of "churchism". And if I'm a minority in not wanting ANY specific religious symbolism (a cross can NEVER be anything but Christian and alien to me), so what -- don't I still count? I'm sure I'm not alone, but I also think that many people haven't really given thought to it, and are just accepting what the majority has always imposed without complaining. So I'm a rebel, and really think religion of ANY kind, should be kept in the home and in the religious institution, but not in public. Them's my thoughts!
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 1:04pm
hi michael - well said! and welcome to our disembodied discussions :]
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 12:34pm
richard - unfortunately, as i'm sure you know, history is nothing if not spirals within spirals.  in the 60's we really thought we were stopping wars - i was very young then. . .
Comment by Carl Pastor on August 25, 2011 at 12:32pm

yes my last name is pastor. my ancestors were shepards. interestingly, i have recieved offers for discounted bibles and pre-written sermons, in the past. not recently, i think they now have more sophisticated sotfware now.

hello rev. christina i agree totally about patriotism

Comment by Rev. Richard Watkins on August 25, 2011 at 12:26pm
Well, I don't want it to sound like I think I have a better opinion just because I was there...maybe just a better understanding of the significance of the memorial.  If anything, I think the cross serves as good starting point to discuss the relationship between religion and terrorism.  That, to me, is what really needs to be remembered so we can try not to make the same mistakes in the future.
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 12:19pm
hi richard - if you were there, and the memorial is for the people who were, then i have to back off. thanks for elucidating. . .
Comment by Rev. Richard Watkins on August 25, 2011 at 12:11pm
Natalie, I'm an ordained minister of the First Church of Atheism (delightful irony) and I'm very much against religion of any form (think Dawkins), but the 9/11 cross doesn't seem to bother me that much.  Perhaps it's because I was very much a part of the events of 9/11.  I was there to see the second plane crash into the tower and watch people fall to their knees on the street in tears.  I think the cross does bear some historical significance, no matter how small, with the events.  People did use it as a sign of comfort...not just Christians, but New Yorkers.  (The Jewish community isn't really up in arms about it either.  They don't mind sharing it as a symbol in this particular instance.)  While an ordinary cross is a direct symbol of Christ, this cross had a much wider meaning to it.  Again, I personally wouldn't care if it was melted down for scrap.  It's a silly symbol that I don't need to hang on to like a crutch.  The Atheist Movement truly needs to pick its battles carefully as it grows...and this is one battle I don't think is worth fighting.
Comment by Christina Marlowe on August 25, 2011 at 11:41am

"Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious."

 

Oscar Wilde

Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 11:23am
mr. "pastor"  that is funny !!!
 

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