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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 Plinius on February 9, 2017 at 3:34am

My parents are still spinning too - perhaps we could use them as a renewable energy source.

I found this on FB, perhaps it´s useful...

Bernice King posted on her Be A King’s Facebook page 10 steps to deal with Trump and take back our democratic government. She passed on this wise advice:

Don’t use his name; EVER (45 will do)
Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;
Do not argue with those who support him–it doesn’t work;
Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;
Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
No more helpless/hopeless talk;
Support artists and the arts;
Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
Take care of yourselves; and
Resist!

Then, Bernice also offered this wisdom on her Facebook page:

‘Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”

‘When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.’

Comment by kathy: ky on February 8, 2017 at 10:54pm
@ Thomas Murray, I left out Bertrand Russell. He was the first atheist author I ever read. Before I even knew what an atheist was.
Except for my father's explanation that we are " the worst people in the world. An atheist will steal, cheat, kill. There is nothing an atheist won't stoop to".
He is spinning in his grave. Lol
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 8, 2017 at 10:18pm

Chris, I wanted to buy a copy of that Early Warning signs of Fascism poster, but couldn't find any at the National Holocaust Museum website. Fine, I'll print my own. Maybe put in on my front door. Maybe mail copies to my congresscritters.

Comment by Thomas Murray on February 8, 2017 at 1:17pm

k.h. ky, B.B. Chris , and Ian,

Thank you for your list, I wrote them down in my notebook and I bookmarked the U.S. National Holocaust Museum. I remember hearing "The Voyage of the Damned" and I think it became a movie too.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 7, 2017 at 11:23pm

Favourite authors? There's so many. Shakespeare, king of them all. If you measured my shelf content the winner would be Stephen King followed by Terry Pratchett. John Le Carre, Iain M Banks, Will Self...The classics like Dickens, Hardy, Melville, Twain. History from Herodotus to Juliet Barker. I'm omnivorous and insatiable when it comes to reading.

Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 10:23pm

Sorry I didn't provide a link for the St. Louis book. I forgot the title. After looking at

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis I saw the title is:

"Voyage of the Damned, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts.

The wikipedia site said a 1976 movie was made about the story. I didn't see the movie.

Xenophobia seems to be running wild. Fortunately the courts are excercizing their branch of government to reign in a lopsided government. Will Congress capitulate to the Executive Branch?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 9:51pm

Check, on each and every one. (Scott Walker was an early adopter.)

Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 9:50pm

The book "Voyage of the St. Louis" is interesting reading and may have a run as 1984 is.

Comment by Chris on February 7, 2017 at 9:45pm

From the U.S. National Holocaust Museum.Early Warning Signs of Fascism.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 7, 2017 at 9:43pm

I saw that too, There was a comment somewhere recently that it was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual. Ol' George Orwell saw this coming.

 

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