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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee yesterday. 3 Replies

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Randall Smith on August 6, 2015 at 7:39am

Received my second "Bernie" t-shirt yesterday. The first one was a "small" (because I am), but it was way too tight. So I ordered a "medium", which fits better, but is still snug. If I was a big guy, would "large" be large enough?

Rachel Maddow says Sanders will be speaking at Liberty Univ., Sept 14. It's a conservative school and attendance will be required. Should be interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2015 at 4:50pm

Carl, those thunder storms sound like the kind that can dent cars, break windows, and destroy crops. 

Our temperature now, at 2:38 is 81 degrees and it feels like a real cold spell after our over 100 degree days. We have dry lightning that sets things on fire. From the Eastern part of the state to the Western part, we have uncontrolled fires and some that have been tamed. 

The experiments we conduct at Newport will either supply our families with vegetables, or the whole place may burn down. Whatever happens, we have done all the prep-work to make our homes and out-buildings protected from fire. Pend Oreille County District Fire Dept has educated the public on how to plant for fire prevention; my adult family members volunteer. 

At my great-granddaughter's first birthday party, the family was called out on a fire. It turned out to be brush and a lone pine tree; It was quickly extinguished. 

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2015 at 9:56am

Thanks for all the kind words! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 5, 2015 at 9:22am

Chris, knowing how to relax is one of my greatest achievements.  I really excel in that endeavor.

Randy, I couldn't agree with you more about the last two days of weather.  Absolutely perfect here as well.  This past Sunday we had two fierce storms move through this area.  Both very different in character.  Sunday afternoon was a downpour of rain with extremely damaging winds and hail.  Later that night, an incredible lightening storm came through.  But Monday and today are indeed Goldilocks days.

The Best Videos from Yesterday's Lightning and Hail Storm   

Comment by Randall Smith on August 5, 2015 at 7:24am

With all the reports of fires, floods, tornados, etc., we're having the most delightful stretch of weather I've seen in many moons. "Goldilocks" weather, I'd say. Like my good health, I'm trying to appreciate it as much as I can.  Hope your weather is as good.

I'm reminded of my old church days when the preacher would gives thanks to god for "this nice day" -- or even "this nice rain". Oh, how I would cringe and yell back, in my mind.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 5, 2015 at 6:52am

Chris, sometimes the best vacation is a NOTHING vacation: no plans, no grand schemes, no place to go and nothing to do; just hang out wherever you are and RELAX!!!

You can't beat that with a stick, most times!

Comment by Ian Mason on August 5, 2015 at 5:23am

There are times, Chris, when that's just what's needed. You've had a hectic year up until now and have taken responsibilty for others a lot of the time so a good rest is well-deserved. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2015 at 1:34am

Very good news from you, Chris. I am happy to learn of your rest and renewal and readiness for new possibilities. 

Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2015 at 1:07am

It's so quiet in here, have you taken the week off? Partner and I are enjoying a three week holiday together, and we were so tired that we did absolutely nothing, apart from leaving the house to get some food. A very cheap holiday, but it works!  ´Back to work´ changes from a threat to a possibility, and it's a good thing or I wouldn't know how to attack the new school year...

Comment by Randall Smith on August 2, 2015 at 7:35am

A new A/N member, "Milton", passed on a tip about a new book for kids about evolution to be published this fall. I checked it out and bought one for my grandkids. They (I) need something to counter their prosyliltizing grandmother (my ex). See you you think.


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