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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 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 Sep 20. 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

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Comment by Lary9 on August 26, 2011 at 5:22am
I quite agree with Rev. Watkins, both in the spirit and tactics of his observation about this benign issue.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on August 25, 2011 at 11:13pm

Ahh..  and I missed Whataburger living back East.  At least Sonic appears to have remained pure.  Unless there is such a thing as tator tot worshipers who draw tots in grease paint on their windows.

Comment by Chris on August 25, 2011 at 9:38pm
Comment by Julie Carter on August 25, 2011 at 9:27pm
Well, if we're complaining about symbols and words of religion where they shouldn't be....I keep getting mad at myself for being addicted to Whataburger's breakfast combos, because they have a big sign in the window that says "One Nation Under God Indivisible." Sigh...
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 8:32pm
that's the way i thought they were going to put it - on the side - if it's standing straight up - that i don't like at all !!!!  it's not a monument - it's a statement of religion.  i'm amazed they're going to do it that way.  i sure wouldn't want to see the d--m thing that way !!!!
Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 25, 2011 at 8:00pm

I LOVE your idea, sk8eycat (ailurophiles rule!). If it were placed so, it would be just a fragment of the destruction, and not a religiously preferred symbol.

Rev, I sang in the choir of an Episcopal church for 3 years for anthropological and financial reasons. They were wonderful about not making me wear a cross, because I could not do it and stay honest with myself. I also didn't genuflect in front of the cross. And when the priest did the ritual of splashing water on the congregation to re-enact Jesus' baptism, he looked me in the eye, and said, "Duck, Natalie!". :-)  I am not anti-religion, I just don't want it imposed on me in any way, shape or form. I want to be first, a citizen of the world, second, a citizen of the US, and third, a member of my own ethnic group. I welcome the voluntary opportunity to observe and enjoy other people's beliefs and customs, but I want to do that on my own terms, not theirs.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2011 at 7:59pm

Thanks, Rev.  You know it would never happen.  Christians love to obsess over death and torture, and revere the symbols.

 

Was it Lenny Bruce (I loved him!) who said that if Jeebus had been killed in the 20th Century, Christians would all be wearing little electric chairs on gold chains?

Comment by Chris on August 25, 2011 at 7:55pm

Some of the girders I saw (on TV) from the remnants would be the best reminder of how the towers remained, but it doesn't matter anymore. The entire thing has become a myth and religious battle.

 

Comment by Rev. Richard Watkins on August 25, 2011 at 7:42pm
I think that would be an excellent compromise, sk8eycat.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2011 at 7:40pm

Hmmm...two pieces of steel that just happen to cross each other at right angles.  Maybe instead of standing it in a "t" shape, they should put it on its "side," to look like an "X"....then it would have no religious meaning, and just be a reminder of the devastation.

 

Maybe?

 

Of course people would scream....

 

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