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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 7 hours ago. 1 Reply

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray 7 hours ago. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2016 at 8:04pm

According to Freedom from Religion Foundation FFRF

~ Poem by Edwin Kagin, “Atheists are Everywhere,” Otherwise known as "There are Atheists in foxholes", Sept. 12, 2005. 

Edwin Kagin,  Freedom From Religion Foundation

1940-2014

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 10, 2016 at 5:28pm

"Atheists in many foxholes served"...

Let's also work towards a society that's free and thriving and where, while we recognize our appetite for aggression, war is not an "acceptable" "last resort", and "soldiers" and "armies" are simply not conceivable as things civilized people do.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 10, 2016 at 4:41pm

Qiana, I like your Dark ages encounter, and Atheists are everywhere.  Saving both.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 10, 2016 at 3:14pm

Qiana, thanks for sharing those perfect edits of the Ark Encounter billboards, from Friendly Atheist!

Joan and K.H., Dan Rather excoriated Trump on Facebook for his "Second Amendment" threat, "a new low and unprecedented": "The rhetoric is the candidate. This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign."

There are also quite a few comments over in "Atheist Reasoning on Gun Control" worth reading.

Reposting from there, Democratic Underground pointed out:

So Apparently The Party Of Lincoln Is Now The Party Of John Wilkes Booth [picture of Donald Trump giving a speech] “If [Hillary Clinton] gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I dunno.” -- Donald Trump, 8/9/16

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2016 at 1:00am

Is it not a crime to threaten or even talk about shooting someone? I perceive it as an assault. 

"Mr. Trump warned at a rally here that it would be “a horrible day” if Mrs. Clinton were elected and got to appoint a tiebreaking Supreme Court justice.

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo. He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”

This surely sounds like a threat of violence to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2016 at 12:47am

I just sent a second message to Pat asking him if he is OK and that we miss his comments. No reply. 

Comment by kathy: ky on August 9, 2016 at 10:02pm
That's today rather.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 9, 2016 at 9:48pm
Lucia Graves has an excellent article about Trump's murder threat in *The Guardian* published yesterday. Wonderfully written she calls out all Republicans who would condone a physical threat against the democratic nominee.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 6, 2016 at 7:00am
Speaking of books, I just finished reading "A Hundred Year Walk" (by ? because I returned the library book yest.). It was about a lady's grandfather who survived the Armenian massacre 100 years ago. I knew very little about any of that horrific period in Turkish history. Very good book, but very upsetting.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 6, 2016 at 2:52am

That's a great video, Joan.  What a beautiful facility for those who need it, both the elderly and the young.

Kathy, I've been thinking recently about Pat (from southern Illinois) as well.  I noticed he hasn't been around for some time. I hope he's OK.

 

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