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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 16 hours ago. 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 The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2015 at 1:02pm

Yes, more political parties are needed to represent more views.  I like the idea of coalitions working together, but here in the US, if you think about it, our Republican party is divided into several combative factions who can't seem to work together at all.

1.  fiscally conservative who are conservative on social morality issues (the majority, in my opinion)

2.  fiscally conservative who are more liberal on social morality issues (a small group)

3.  Tea Party (a strange mix of Libertarian and Religious Right)

4.  Libertarian (very anti-government and mostly liberal on social morality issues but extremely against government-regulated equality issues)

5.  Religious Right (a small and continually declining group who were once extremely powerful and influential.  Most have drifted over to the Tea Party) 

The lack of support from the Republican party for President Obama is one thing they can all agree upon.  There is no hiding the fact that this definitely has a root cause in racism. People who can't recognize that fact are indeed part of the problem.   I do wonder, if there was a white male Democratic president at this time, if the Republicans would be more willing to work together amongst themselves and with the Democrats.  I would further surmise that if a white male was elected as President in 2008, the Tea Party never would have formed.  Although they are a small fringe group of the Republican Party, they have been successful in grinding our legislative process to a halt.       

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2015 at 11:58am

Loren, I enjoy The King's Singers a cappella harmony as well. 

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 9:39am

Try it by all means! More parties is at least more interesting - coalitions can work very well. Of course no one is really content, but that is nothing new. Allowing very small parties in the senate is not always pleasant, but it works. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 4, 2015 at 9:23am

We need to change our voting system in the US! The current system of one vote, plurality winner takes all (no way to express preference or support for more than one candidate) creates plenty of wasted votes, and thus plenty of avoidable opportunity for rigging and gerrymandering. (And spoiler effects -- Nader anyone?) I've read that researchers believe that such "first past the post" systems in fact tend to lead to an entrenched duopoly.

Each voter would still cast one ballot, but on that ballot you could -- depending on the particular system -- rank them by 1st/2nd/3rd/etc. choice, or vote yes or no on each candidate separately, or give each one an independent score (like Olympic judges' voting).

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 4, 2015 at 8:11am

Randall - I'm with you in spirit. Sanders is far and away the best candidate out there and I have no doubt he would be a far superior president to anyone in the field. That said, however, because of our pathetic so-called two-party system that's really a one-party system of unscrupulous opportunists, there's no way in hell he'll ever get elected.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2015 at 7:35am

Now, to change gears. After watching Bernie Sanders (on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show), I decided he's the man for me--and my money! I gave a small donation for his campaign. Hey, it worked for candidate Obama!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2015 at 7:31am

Loren, the King Singers rendition brought tears to my eyes. I love the song (and them), and often play it on the piano experimenting with different chords. By the way, I have the Greatest Hits by Billy Joel. What a genious. Thank you, Loren.

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 1:47am

Milky Way!

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2015 at 1:46am

Climate and social ills often make me worry far beyond what I can do about them. Then I skip 4 billion years and think of the collision milke Way - Andromeda.

Wonderful music, Loren! I love harmony!

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 4, 2015 at 12:53am

Loren, that's an amazing arrangement -- and par for the course for the King's Singers! (I actually got to sing that arrangement in a community choir last year.)

Joan, (and Chris and Ian), I'll echo that we are all on this spaceship together. I just discovered Isaac Asimov's 1988 interviews on Bill Moyers' World of Ideas (transcripts: Part I, Part II; videos: Part I, Part II 1/3, 2/3, 3/3). In Part I, he talks about religion, science, and many other things including the global population explosion, and how equality for women worldwide is essential to our survival:

MOYERS: Why did you say that the price of survival is the equality of women?

ASIMOV: Because if women have full ability to enter into all facets of the human condition, if they can enter business, if they can enter religion, science, government, on an equal basis with men, they will be so busy that they won't feel it is necessary to have a great many children. As long as you have women under conditions where they don't feel any sense of value, no self-worth except as mothers, except as baby factories, they'll have a lot of children. Because that's the only way they can prove they're worth something. [...] if you could somehow raise the status of women, I am certain the birth rate would fall drastically through the choice of the women themselves.

 

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