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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 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 Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 11:09pm

Ian, thank you for that information. It just seems so odd to me that peopl from that area must be at least cousins. I like your statement: 

"Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2015 at 10:55pm

Chris, thanks for the solidarity. There have been a few famous non-drivers, John Entwistle for one who(!) like me, also collected tea pots.

During my trip to Israel last Spring I went to the Israel Museum and found out the following: the Hebrews were, in the "Mosaic" period, an east.Canaanite tribe living as herders in what is now Jordan. They took advantage of a power vacuum when the Hittite empire collapsed and invaded what is now Israel. The Philistines were the notorious "sea people", a bunch of pirates who ravaged the eastern Med. before settling in Gaza. They brought with them knowledge of iron working and were dominant in their little area for some years. All of this happened about 3,500 years ago, according to current archeological/historical thinking. Genetic research in most parts of the world indicates that the DNA of populations doesn't change much over millenia. It's just the dominant ruling elite that changes. The sooner people realise that, the better. Then perhaps the danger of nationalism will wither away.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 6:05pm

OK it was a joke, it seems odd to me that a senator would make a joke like that with so many around him that do not get his humor. 
The Ken Ham joke, I got. You and I were not at the place that Moses was, nor was Ken Ham at the place where Adam was. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2015 at 5:48pm

Some of my molecules or atoms may have been there, but "Moses" was in fantasyland.  (I forgot about that part,)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 4, 2015 at 3:41pm

Yes, it was a joke, as was my quote from Ken Ham (who honestly uses that question in an attempt to dispute evolution.) 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 3:23pm

Patricia, as usual, I do not see the joke ... it isn't funny. I don't know if it is me, not having a funny bone or the one telling the story has a warped funny bone. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 4, 2015 at 3:20pm

“As a matter of fact I think this is one where I think I can illustrate the point,”... “I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy as long as they post a sign that says we don’t require our employees to wash their hands after leaving the restroom. The market will take care of that. It’s one example.”

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)

"(Is requiring a sign not a regulation?)"

~ author unknown

Well, my answer to Senator Tillis is that with regard to "employees washing their hands" as a policy, is a health issue, not a free-market issue. I far prefer an "employees wash you hands sign" than an "employees do not have to wash their hands." There are some things the market cannot control. If there is a violation with either sign, if there is an outbreak of contagious disease traced to that place of business, who would be responsible and accountable to pursue the unhealthy conditions. ? 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 4, 2015 at 2:59pm

Quoting Ken Ham, "Were you there?"

Comment by sk8eycat on February 4, 2015 at 2:53pm

But-but-but...the Palestinians WERE there....only they were called either Philistines or Canaanites...depending on who was speaking, and when.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 4, 2015 at 2:30pm

An interesting bit of rhetoric from that Israeli, Patricia.

I'm taking Mindy's "die" too. A very astute comment.

That sounds tasty, Joan. I might try that.

 

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