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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 BenGee on February 15, 2017 at 12:38am

Bertold

I quite agree with you on every point of your comment without exception.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 15, 2017 at 12:35am

Joan - you made this comment in another thread that's thankfully closed.

  • Do we want more math, physics, astronomy and electrical engineering and conflict or more care, compassion, commitment, humanities, and peace? 
  • Oh! by the way, some girls excel at math, physics, astronomy, and electrical engineering and some boys excel at care, compassion, commitment, and humanities. 

You're a national treasure.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 15, 2017 at 12:22am

Glad to hear that you're still ticking along, Joan. The dinner sounds tasty. As you like fish, try trout poached in cider.

I've faked Zip codes before to sign petitions but I doubt I'd get away with ringing a congress man/woman.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2017 at 10:41pm

Joan, I'm glad you're OK!

Ruth, I appreciate your letters in Writing to Congress; they help me make timely, coherent phone calls to our senators and my congressman.

Carl, Democrats who have good positions still appreciate knowing that a certain number of constituents approve of them, and are likely to want to see them reelected. You can also push them for leadership on crucial issues.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 14, 2017 at 10:17pm

I'm very lucky that my two Senators and my House Representative are Democrats.  I usually don't need to contact them about issues because they're already on board with my thinking.  Of course, Barack Obama was my Senator for four years before he became President.  I will, however, write or call my Representatives if their positions are unknown to me.

Daniel, it is my plan to incorporate my laptop into my new desk.  However, I have a desk now that I really like, but with my new desk I could hide away the "clutter."

Joan, I'm so glad to hear your replacement pacemaker procedure went well.  You have a new heart for Valentine's Day! 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 14, 2017 at 7:40pm
Chris, I like the tips you posted and I'm going to start using them. For the fourth week there is no answer at the senators offices :)

I'll ky trying until I can at least get the machine.
McConnell sucks.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 7:04pm

Thanks for sharing, Joan. It sounds like a trial, and I'm glad you're OK.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2017 at 6:00pm

I had my pacemaker battery replaced yesterday and am a little tender. I had to fast and then all I can remember is a lot of pushing and pulling and when I woke up, that big pacemaker was gone and a new one, much smaller, was in place. The procedure took less than an hour, but the prep, pre-meds, and sterilization of the location, then the anesthetic/sleep, and the post-op of making sure everything worked and we were out by dinnertime. 

We celebrated by going out to dinner; I had a big salad with a lovely piece of lemon-grilled-salmon on top.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 4:01pm

My head's spinning. Just got today's political letters in the mail. Finally had time to brush my teeth and clean the litter box. <groan> It takes me hours to compose unique timely letters. Where are you guys and your brains in Writing to Congress? Aren't those of you who live in the US resisting the ChristoNazi takeover? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2017 at 2:27pm

Joan, in the last few days, I've read several of your posts that sound like your present living conditions are degraded by religious BS.  How many of your family you now live with are religious?

 

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