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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 16 hours ago. 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 Idaho Spud on February 13, 2017 at 11:13am

Glad you're doing well Carl.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2017 at 7:46am

Carl, I know you usually keep your health issues to yourself which is admirable. But with all your past problems, we like to have occasional updates. Sounds like you're doing great! I forget, do you drive a vehicle?

The desk looks really neat, something to treasure. Good luck with your projects.

Comment by Plinius on February 13, 2017 at 2:56am

Good to hear, Carl! It´s a beautiful desk, and I wish you good luck with clearing the extra stuff! It´s the same here, and I try to smuggle out things my pack rat husband would have kept...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 13, 2017 at 12:47am

Hi, Randy, thanks for asking.  I'm doing quite well.  Just getting over a mild cold, though.  It wasn't anything major but I did lose my voice for two days.

I've been preoccupied lately with all my worldly possessions.  My apartment right now looks like a storage locker.  I'm trying to scale down, so I'm gathering up piles of items and clothing in my living room that will be given to charity or possibly sold.  

But further complicating the matter is the fact that I've also recently accumulated boxes of personal items and furniture from my parents house, as they are moving this spring into a retirement community.  Currently my living room is unusable so I've mostly been living out of my kitchen and bedroom.  I want to move this year as well so this giant mess is necessary in helping me to scale back and consolidate.  

I gave away my piano (which I haven't played in years) to my appreciative niece.  Glad I did that.  Now I have room for all the new stuff I just obtained!  lol

I did acquire a nice desk that I love which was originally my grandparent's, so it has sentimental value as well.  

Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2017 at 7:38am

Happy birthdays to Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, born on this Feb 12, 1809. I have yet to read it, but I'm eager to discover The Book That Changed America, How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation (by Randall Fuller). I'm sure there's more of a connection between the two men besides sharing a birthday.

Hope you all have a good day and week.

Carl, how are you doing?

Comment by Chris on February 10, 2017 at 1:49pm
Comment by Ian Mason on February 10, 2017 at 1:31pm

That's really funny, GC.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 10, 2017 at 10:35am

Plinius, thanks for passing along Bernice King's advice on dealing with the 45* regime. (Given the questionable election, and borrowing sports records notation, he'll always be the asterisk president.) It's especially sensible to assign his actions to "the Republicans", to let them become very worried about reelection.

The image of parents spinning in their graves reminded me of this prescient Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon. Maybe the ever-increasing Republican outrages are actually an American energy-independence plan! :)

Washington D.C., early twentieth century (two men in suits) “I will not let your bill pass! Why... the Founding Fathers would be spinning in their graves!” “Precisely.” “Hm?” “Come with me.” (crypt with circles on wall, labeled “Adams”, “Madison”, “Hamilton”, “Jefferson”, “Washington”, “Fra[nklin]”) “Americans believe their power comes from coal and oil, but they ran out decades ago.” “So... every time a right is violated or an illegal war is started or an unfair tax is levied...” “The country survives for another year.” “So... about that bill...” (newspaper headline: “NICARAGUA INVADED!” another article: “Energy Prices In Sharp Decline”)(click, then click again, to enlarge to full size)

Comment by Chris on February 10, 2017 at 2:36am

The Fascism poster is available here

You could probably put that on your front door with the blood of an animal...

http://www.thinknot.net/easter.htm

Comment by Thomas Murray on February 9, 2017 at 2:42pm

k.h. ky,

The first time I knowingly met an atheist, Jack, was when I was 25 years old. His father was black listed during the McCarthy years. His family suffered ostracization for years. Jack is a very nice guy, concerned for his fellow men and women, and went out of his way to help those in need. My mother and some of my other friends told or warned me to stay away from Jack (which I refused to do so). 

The more that Christians warned me about "other" people or life, the more I ignore their warnings and proceed to open my mind,  learn, and to meet the interesting people of all languages.

 

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