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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray on Saturday. 5 Replies

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 on Friday. 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 on Friday. 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 May 30, 2016 at 8:45pm

Daniel, your kitchen gets more attractive every time I see it.  You have done a beautiful job of remodeling your home.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 8:43pm

As to the discussion about LOL Cat Bible, it is a total waste of time! I wondered why so many people were writing such crazy words and upon examination, made no sense. It is worse than psychobabble. I realize I am in a group pf people who love cats and I hope I get by with my heresy. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 30, 2016 at 7:52pm

Not wanting to detract from the religion conversation.  Just got to my computer that lets me upload pics, so here are the results of my projects last week. Today I did some adjustments.  These sun tunnels do brighten up the kitchen and dining room.  WIth getting older, more light is important.  These are the rooms where I spend the most time, even on-line.

OK, thanks!  Back to christian emojis.  And more christian emojis

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2016 at 3:39pm

Didn't know about the LOLcat Bible, thanks Loren.

I think we should shame religious politicians, but I'm not sure those are the best questions. I'd rather focus on their blatant hypocrisy, such as so called respect for life of fertilized eggs but not feeding starving actual children.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 2:54pm

Should We Shame Religious Politicians? David Silverman Says Yes

Religions exist to control people and to siphon resources out of a community into the pockets of people who appear to be as greedy as the Pope, Queen, or developer. Furthermore, religions are not accountable for how they spend the money. Religious believe the stories written in their sacred books that only present outrageous stories as if they are true. 

If atheists don't make fun and induce shame, who will? If we want our government and our resources used in such a reckless way we have the means handed to us by the religious. 

"Do you believe there is a god?" 

"Are you convinced god impregnated a maiden?" 

"Can you prove that Jesus died and then rose up again and ascended into heaven?" 

"Do you believe it is loving to abandon mother, father, and family?"

"Does believing these things make them so?"

"With all the gods that exist throughout time and around the world how can you be sure you have the right god?" 

"Is it reasonable to take tithing money to build mega-churches, preach the "success gospel" and not work to end the suffering of the poor?"

These are not hard questions to ask, even as believers insist the holy books come directly from god; which god? We need to ask these and other questions about their beliefs and their financial distribution of money. We need to put a wall between religion and government. Religious dogma cannot be inserted into our Constitution or Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. I certainly do not want the Bible or Quran used as a model for our laws. I don't want the  ancient scriptures of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and other eastern religions. The laws of the United States of America evolve out of a blending of all people to serve our purposes. 

We do not exist to serve superstitions, nor do we get guidance from 3rd World countries who serve a landowner, or dictator or warlord. 

My preference is to reason with religious people; when beliefs exist that are stronger to them than reason, then some other strategy can be used.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2016 at 2:31pm

Will there be disgust emoji's for the disgusting parts?

Perhaps the antitheist sites which show those should follow this example.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2016 at 12:55pm

Any chance that's offset by the LOL Cat Bible?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 30, 2016 at 11:53am

Uh-oh - the opposition's upping its game!

Desperate Christians try luring millennials to faith with ’emoji’ B...
It's a holy book, it's $2.99 and it might just save religion among young people.

"Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millennials" was released Sunday in the iBooks store. It's exactly what it sounds like: an adaptation of the King James Version of the Bible using internet slang and emoji, the adorable emoticons frequently used in text messages and tweets. Translated over the past six months by a person who identifies himself or herself only as the sunglasses-guy emoji, the objective of the emoji Bible is to make the text more appealing to people of various backgrounds and age groups.

"[Emoji are] language-agnostic — they allow you to convey an idea to anyone, regardless of what language they speak,” the creator told the Memo exclusively. “A major goal of this whole process was to take a book that I think is very non-approachable to lay readers and try to make it more approachable by removing a lot of its density."

What they really need to do is remove the density of the Bible's readers.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 29, 2016 at 11:49am

Daniel, I hear you on that 2 hour project actually taking 6 hours. The sun tunnels sound great.

Joan, that's such a cogent Paul LaClair quote. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2016 at 7:48am

Joan, I think the short form of that is:

If you can't show it, you don't know it.
-- AronRa

 

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