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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 20 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 9:41pm

Why did Bernie leave the Independent position and move to Democrat?

Why did he say he would support Hillary if she got the nomination?

Why has Bernie taken the stand he has about the Israel/Palestinian conflict?

Why does he vote for funding Israel?

Why does Bernie support, financially, the Zionist state that was founded in ethnic cleansing and on the premise of Jewish privilege and rule? 

Why does Bernie support the mass slaughter of Palestinians when Israilis live according to the Zionist principles that come straight out of the Old Testament? 

The Zionist state was founded in ethic cleansing and on the premise of Jewish privilege and rule -- mass slaughter is inherent to the Zionist project. It always has been -- and always will be.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2015 at 8:51pm

Ian, that's a great motto.  The problem with a lot of people is that they are afraid of progress.  In addition, they keep trying to pass onto others their own ideas of a perfect world based on ideologies that are faulty at the core.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 8:47pm

Yes.  Yes!  YESSSS!!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2015 at 8:43pm

OK, here's my fantasy for the future.  Bernie Sanders wins the presidential election along with Elizabeth Warren as Vice President.  He serves fours years and decides not to run again.  Elizabeth Warren then runs for President and ends up serving two terms.  That's my dream.  (Oh, and during that time Antonin Scalia "meets his maker.")

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2015 at 8:35pm

Doing our best.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 8:33pm

Joan, I think Bernie Sanders has style and compassion enough to run the Oval Office; I just worry about his age, and the fact that he represents such a small state.  He has about a year to make himself known to those who don't follow politics as closely as I do....I've been getting his newsletters and speeches for several years now (since the "Citizens United" fiasco began, at least), and he's a brilliant, tough old bird who doesn't take any BS from anyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:49pm

Felaine, I don't know if it is frost or fire that will get us off this planet, I just know the weather is very erratic and if I want to flourish, I need to be ready for whatever weather comes at me. 

Some of my plants freeze out, some burn up. Well, there are things I can do to protect the plants from both if I am lucky and don't have too much cold or hot. Oh! I didn't mention the wind! 

What is, is! Be realistic about reality and deal with it the best way we can. We can die frustrated, angry, sad, afraid, or face it with full recognition of the challenges and know we gave our very best. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:41pm

Carl, that trip to the Field Museum of Natural History must have been a memorable experience. I only saw photos and felt great sadness for the plight of all those people and creatures. 

I like this fellow, Gutierrez. He is the kind of politician that gets things done. Wish we had a POTUS candidate who possessed his style. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 6:25pm

Luis Gutierrez is a dynamite speaker!  The people in his strangely gerrymandered district must be proud of him.

(And I hadn't heard a genuine Chicago accent since I left Holiday....what memories!  Thank you.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2015 at 5:32pm

Joan, I'm sure Luis Gutierrez has been called worse.  LOL

When I was in high school we took a trip to the Field Museum of Natural History here in Chicago.  It was hosting a traveling exhibit about Pompeii and had quite a few off the plaster casts on display of the people in the positions in which they died.  Poignant figures of people huddled together and others in agonizing positions in the throes of death.  Yes, very haunting images that I still remember today.

 

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