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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 The Flying Atheist on November 9, 2016 at 3:31pm

Speaker of the House.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 9, 2016 at 3:02pm

Who's next in line after Pence?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 9, 2016 at 1:38pm

There's not much I can add to what has already been expressed here. A Trump presidency is frightening and worrisome on so many levels. I feel numb and despondent at what the future holds.

So much is at stake: civil rights, gay rights, minority rights, equal rights, Social Security, Medicare, education, the environment, foreign policy and world relations, climate change, generations of damage to the Supreme Court, the economy, the Environmental Protection Agency, healthcare. The list goes on.

If something were to happen to Trump, and Mike Pence were to become president, the precarious future of many of the above-listed issues still stand. With Republicans controlling Congress, the Judicial, and Executive branches, the dismantling of any form of civilized society we now have will come swiftly and with devastating results whether it is Trump or Pence at the helm.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2016 at 10:30am

I agree with Chris. There's been a wave of nationalism that started with the break-up of the 'Stalin' block that's been growing ever since. In Denmark the nationalist 'People's Party' is the country's second largest. It's been caught with its hand in the EU till recently but I'm sure it will bounce back as it pounds the xenophobic drum louder.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2016 at 10:02am

Life goes on. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 9, 2016 at 9:21am

Well, here's my two cents' worth, for whoever is interested.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2016 at 9:14am

Ignorant - I don't know, but I do know that the rise of the trumpmovement is not a single thing. Everywhere I see people getting scared of people who don't exactly look the same as themselves, scared of people with knives or junkies, scared of refugees and and scared of people who think differently. Trump in the USA, Wilders in the Netherlands, le Pen in France, Orbán in Hungary and others in almost every country play the same game - scare people and promise them the security of borders, walls, guns and whatever. They're like preachers, feeding on people's insecurities. And people listen to that crap!  

How long have we believed that we could have a good influence and the world could get better? Since the 60s perhaps, but these years we see that it was only a sunny patch...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 9, 2016 at 6:59am

Needless to say, I am stunned, shocked, and scared. Republicans are in total control of our destiny. It's not the end of the world, however. The pendulum will eventually swing back.

What I can't understand is how Trump could win. What does it say about the general population, especially white America? Are we really that ignorant?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2016 at 4:16am

Loren, I will be watching for it. Word simply escape me. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 9, 2016 at 3:37am

"Dread" puts it mildly, Joan.  I'm honestly hesitant to give full expression to what I'm feeling here, for the simple reason that it would be inadequate.

I definitely feel a blog coming on, though...

 

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