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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 Randall Smith on November 20, 2016 at 7:54am

While I don't suffer from clinical depression, local and worldly news does depress me. Therefore, I've made a decision to avoid the news and remain ignorant of all the negativity going on "out there". I know it's wrong, but for my own sanity, my head is in the sand.

Kathy, I admire your boldness (wearing the FFRF shirt)! And I thought I was being bold wearing a Bernie t-shirt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 11:59pm

Ruth, I wrote my comment about depression about the same moment as you wrote yours. I hear you and know of which you write. How to shuffle off the coil of depression with all the chaos enveloping us, I too, wonder about those others before us who faced sudden change in their lives caused by events beyond their control to change. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 11:04pm

Ah! depression! A useless emotion; it gets in the way of joy and adventure! It takes over and impedes thinking and laughing and crying and all other emotions that are so much friendlier. It covers one with a black cloud that blocks out the sun and moon and stars. It distorts even the most routine of pleasures, i.e. the first sip of coffee in the morning, the greeting across the fence with a lovely neighbor, the sound of a loved one who calls to see if I am OK. 

Finally, shed of the fog, I can imagine a preferred future, one that does not exist, but never will if we don't remember the possibility of a better life for us all. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 19, 2016 at 11:01pm

k.h. ky, I'm also struggling to deal with the news, both political and (related) climate change. Mild depression. <sigh> I spend more time reading news on these topics, and articles/interviews from people I respect. Trying to see my way forward. I try to think about how many people who lived through frightening changes in the past. Lots of people right now live in great insecurity. Other people seem to have coped, so surely you and I will also find a way.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 10:54pm

Oh, we can have great fun, poking a finger in the eye of some pompous principal who cannot live up to his proclaimed principles. I'm glad you talked to him, Kathy, and that he saw your FFRF shirt. 

Comment by kathy: ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:37pm
Depresses me is a more apt description.
Comment by kathy: ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:34pm
And I still can't tolerate the news. The insanity of the situation still frightens me.
Comment by kathy: ky on November 19, 2016 at 10:31pm
I finally found one thing that entertained me this week. My daughter got me a FFRF T-shirt. AND, I wore it to the elementary school family fun night with my youngest granddaughter. This is the same school that has a club called athletes christian something? Which is illegal. The principal is always talking about how 'blessed' we are. Found out he was doubly 'blessed' last year because he was caught having an affair with one of the young teachers. Lol. These are the good Christan values they brag about so much :)
I made it a point to speak to him. Yes, he noticed my shirt but didn't comment ;(
Comment by Plinius on November 19, 2016 at 10:49am

Joan, don't worry, I know it when you talk to me, thát is important! People call me so many different names, and that is not even behind my back!

Daniel takes the kitchen troubles in his stride - he couldn't have done that when he worked, I think. So congrats, Daniel, retirement works well for you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 2:13am

Chris, I am sorry, I misspelled your name again. I try to double check to make sure I spell it correctly and missed that one. 

 

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