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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Joan Denoo on April 26, 2017 at 4:45pm

Randy, I loved my Elderhostel experiences. I had enough guidance to get what I wanted and enough freedom to wander on my own. Of course, safety is always a concern, and in today's political climate I would not wander as far and as long as I did when I was in my 60s. 

Have a wonderful trip!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 26, 2017 at 4:09pm

You've definitely had a stretch of good luck, Ian.  I hope it continues past three. 

Daniel Barenboim was conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for years.  I've been to many of his concerts.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 26, 2017 at 1:41pm

Do good things come in threes?
1) Yesterday I got a letter telling me I'm getting a rebate on my heating/hot water bill.
2) I went to a concert, the world-class West-Eastern Divan orchestra with maestro Daniel Barenboim.
3) Turned up at 'work' this morning to be told I was 'surplus to requirements', so no more gritty mouth and black/grey snot for the time being.
How nice!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 26, 2017 at 10:22am

Spot on, Bertold.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 25, 2017 at 6:32pm

Excellent post Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 25, 2017 at 4:54pm

Comment by Plinius on April 25, 2017 at 12:49am

Same for me, Ruth and Carl. Some people often called me a pessimist, but now they understand that I'm a realist. And I try hard to keep that knowledge of a deteriorating world from overflowing and spoiling other parts of my life - no need to disturb a happy cat, a demented aunt and more.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 24, 2017 at 3:06pm

Ruth, you're not alone in your dismal outlook.  There's so much wrong in this world that one can't help but wonder if we are de-evolving and intellectually regressing.  Nationalism with fascist tendencies is on the rise in many countries, the continual Middle East problems, turmoil in Venezuela, North Korean shenanigans, civil wars and unstable countries in Africa, corruption and strong arming in Russia, democratic turmoil in the United States, the constant unwarranted and thoughtless meddling by the U.S. in regions all over the world, China's military buildup in the South China Sea, global wealth inequality, global environmental threats, massive economic uncertainty across the globe, astonishing and despicable human rights abuses rampant in countries rich and poor, a nuclear war constantly looming over us, etc., etc.

There's no doubt our global society is in a fragile and uncertain state.  I admit too, that I've lost sleep over the plethora of problems globally and locally.  I sometimes wonder if this kind of uneasy feeling is what people of the world experienced in the years leading up to and through World War II when it seemed as if all of civilized society was in fear of breaking down. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2017 at 1:58pm

The Matt Mountain and New Yorker pictures gave me a good laugh.

I wish it were so easy for me to let go of my anger over the politics of human destruction, Idaho Spud. Humanity's descent into final madness, having begun with denial of truth itself and science, keeps me up too often. The collective embrace of hate and lies will not end well.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 24, 2017 at 12:39pm

Carl, it's years since I've seen The Crucilbe and would love to see it again. Yes, astroturf would be very appropriate.

I attended the local version of 'March for Science' at the weekend. The leader of Aarhus university spoke, saying that 'it was absurd that this should be necessary but in a world of 'alternative facts' is was.

 

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