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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 1 Reply

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

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by kathy: ky on October 15, 2015 at 11:36am
Everything Loren said and then some. When Bernie made his now famous remark about the Hillary's emails l wondered how the t pity responded? That two people can disagree and still be decent to each other is an idea the repubs can't grasp. And they would want no part of it if they could.
How much of this shit the repubs spread do they really believe? I'm afraid it's much more than most people would think.
Comment by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2015 at 11:14am

Loren, I missed the Democratic debate -- was in a rehearsal... You might like this cartoon that I shared in Politics, Economics, and Religion:

(Two Republicans, portrayed as anthropomorphized elephants, after watching the Democratic presidential debate) “No racism, sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, insults, personal attacks, or denial of science...” “Boring!”Carl and Pat, I'm a "horrible" American guy... couldn't care less about sports. I grew up in a home where football season was actually meaningful, for one reason and one reason only: on Sunday nights "60 Minutes" would predictably be unpredictably delayed.

Comment by Pat on October 15, 2015 at 10:42am

Carl, you didn't watch the Cubs annihilate the Motling Birds from Missouri?! Worse than tar and feathering, you run the risk of being exiled to Cellular One Field.

Go Cubs Go!

Oh Yeah - Go Bernie Go!!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 15, 2015 at 6:34am

The Democratic debate (what I saw of it [channel surfing!]) was a total breath of fresh air by comparison with the BS session which was the GOP version.  You'd think the Republicans would learn ... but then, aren't they the ones who oppose teaching critical thinking skills?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 15, 2015 at 12:23am

I'm a horrible Chicagoan.  I watched the Democratic debate instead of the Cubs game. Blasphemous!  I'm lucky I haven't been tarred, feathered and run out of town. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2015 at 10:36pm

Ruth, your new profile photo is lovely. You look beautiful. your white hair looks golden in this image and complements your facial structure. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 14, 2015 at 10:16pm

I missed the Democratic debate. Changed my voter registration from Green To Democratic just to vote for Bernie in the primary. For me there's no debate on which candidate to support. Good to hear they took climate change seriously.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 14, 2015 at 8:43am

Happy rails to you Randy.  I'm just a little jealous.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 13, 2015 at 11:12pm

Ian, what a wonderful way to spend the day.  Snuggled up with a fun book.

Ruth, I just finished watching the Democratic presidential debate.  At least the reality of climate change is viewed as a serious matter.  How we will react and to what degree is another issue.  Such a far contrast to the Republicans.

I'm just getting ready to start a new book.  "Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern" by Joshua Zeitz.

http://www.amazon.com/Flapper-Madcap-Celebrity-America-Modern/dp/14...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 13, 2015 at 10:34pm

I've started reading Climate Change, Capitalism, and Corporations, not exactly a curl-up-with book. Enjoy your pun-filled mystery, Ian.

A three-day train ride. Hope it's nice weather and great scenery, Randall, and your family visit is great.

 

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