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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 18 hours ago. 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 kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 2:39pm
In that case I'll do it Carl. In all my reading I've not seen that.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2017 at 2:34pm

Kathy, Paige is one incredible child!  If I may throw my opinion your way regarding the solar eclipse.  I think it would be worth the extra travel time to see 100% totality, if only to experience the "diamond ring" effect.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 2:00pm
Joan, if there's extra credit to be had she does the work. When she was eight she was recommended for college weekend classes. Just a little thing they do for the brightest ones. I took her to WKU in Bowling Green for four Saturdays. They just did fun stuff. Experiments, word games, math games. She's starting the ninth grade in exellerated​ algebra 2.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2017 at 1:09pm

Kathy, that child sounds like the kind of student every teacher loves in her classroom. They usually want extra projects and the fun begins. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2017 at 12:21pm

Thomas, I like your reference to https://secularstudents.org/.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 11:20am
How did she do it​?? That child has never been one to back down from an arguments or a position she takes. She makes her own decisions. Yet she remains a popular kid who makes perfect grades.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 11:14am
Thomas, thanks for the link. Paige is the child who questioned me endlessly (with great disapproval) about why I am an atheist from the time she learned of it. She went to the local vacation bible school gatherings regularly but her parents never attended church. Her mother is agnostic, her father is a fundamentalist. Her mom's best friend is atheist and her oldest brother.
She hasn't mentioned religion to me in a couple of years. Then she openly refused to join the prayer circle during dance team practice though everyone else did.
That's how I learned, two weeks later, that my girl actually listened during the discussions we had over the years. I made a decision years ago that to normalize atheism we need to openly admit we are atheist. I wish I had started years before then when my daughter was very small.
Comment by Thomas Murray on August 6, 2017 at 10:42am

Kathy,

Your granddaughter IS brave. How does she do that she can self assert their atheism in front of other kids? There is so much peer pressure and on-line bullying. She must be getting a lot of support from you and her family.

You are probably already aware of this website, but just in case :

https://secularstudents.org/

Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 10:12am
Every map I've looked at shows different times for the same areas.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 10:10am
Can.
 

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