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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 17 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 Loren Miller on February 27, 2015 at 12:47pm

True to a degree, Spud, though I think Spock found a way to integrate his emotions into his Vulcan heritage.  Worthy of note:

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end.
-- Spock, Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country

Vulcan or human, he was a good man.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 27, 2015 at 12:46pm

Joan, I agree with you and Carl.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 27, 2015 at 12:44pm

I quite enjoyed the logic of Spock, although I think he went too far in trying to suppress all emotion.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2015 at 12:43pm

It puzzles me that the Muslims themselves don't smite them with utter contempt for the outrageous offenses committed by IS. Carl, I am with you, this is a time for aggression - not the kind that will kill innocents and destroy antiquities. I wouldn't be the one to shoot a gun, but I am ready and willing and able to provide backup services for people with gun skills and good eyes. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 27, 2015 at 12:40pm

I find that I am very saddened having heard of the death of Leonard Nimoy, whom many of us know better as Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer of the Starship Enterprise, who taught us more about what it is to be human than we might have first expected of such a character.  Then again, Leonard was such a warm and VERY human being that I doubt we should be much surprised.

He was a good actor and a good man ... and I for one shall miss him.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 27, 2015 at 12:20pm

Chris, I'm heartbroken watching the senseless destruction of human and cultural antiquities.  I'm a peace-loving person, but these people need to be eliminated off the face of this earth.  Their lives contain no intrinsic value, just hate, destruction and annihilation.   

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31647484

Comment by Ian Mason on February 27, 2015 at 11:59am

Nearly forgot. In Copenhagen bicycles rule. Everyone else has to keep a look-out and dodge.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 27, 2015 at 11:57am

A bit late but Happy Birthday Chris.

Just got back from Copenhagen where I've been visiting my daughter and her bloke. The young couple seem to be getting on well; they laugh a lot together, which is a good sign. They've got a nice flat, near the city centre but with an expanse of green to one side too. We did eating and chatting, very relaxed and pleasant. Thursday I took myself off to "Arken" and then to a Kraftwerk concert. A lovely couple of days.

http://uk.arken.dk/

Comment by Randall Smith on February 27, 2015 at 7:41am

I saw that on the news and couldn't watch it. Sickening. It makes me more of a misanthrope than ever.

Comment by Plinius on February 27, 2015 at 12:58am

I get so angry at IS for what they're doing in Nineveh! I know they hate people, and science, and freedom - and now they're destroying the antique monuments. Thanks to religion.

https://www.google.nl/search?q=ninive&biw=1559&bih=753&...

 

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