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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 7 hours ago. 1 Reply

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 7 hours ago. 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 yesterday. 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 kathy: ky on August 13, 2015 at 11:56pm
My forty something year old niece is left handed. And only an old, fundie, g uncle said anything about breaking her of it.
One of my gdaughters is a lefty and now they sale left handed scissors for the little ones. And parents are strongly encouraged to get them.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 13, 2015 at 11:51pm
I've had Felaine on my mind. I remembered, at some point, that she wore a medic alert, DNA. Which I suppose explains, what seemed, her sudden death.
Thanks Carl for tracking her down.
And thanks Chris for letting us know why Patricia has been mia.
Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 2:28pm

My parents were protestant fundie, but they thought the devil was left-handed too.

When I was about 13 I hurt my left hand, they used it as an excuse to make me write right-handed. Was not a succes; I started to drop things, fall over and walk into walls, and when I switched to left again my handwriting was even more messed up. 

Don't do this to your children!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 1:46pm

Not sure, but I've only ever heard of the Catholics doing it. They see the devil everywhere. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 1:42pm

I always hate hearing those stories about left-handed kids being forced to write with their right hand.  That is just so f*cked up.  I think about all the unnecessary arguments, tears and punishments innocent kids had to endure.  My mother and my brother are both left-handed.  But none of us went to Catholic schools. 

Just curious, do/did other religious freaks besides the Catholics have that policy as well? 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 12:45pm

I never knew of any problems that resulted.

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 12:39pm

I found out later that you can get a lot of motor dysfunction if they force you to use the wrong hand. Did your granny have those?

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 12:37pm

I was adamant that I couldn't write with my right hand. In the end I was allowed to write my way but I got no end of criticism and no help. My writing is just horrible, but if you have a pc who cares?  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 11:43am

My grandmother was left-handed, but when she went to (Catholic) school they made her learn to write with her right hand because left-handedness was the work of the devil.

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 8:40am

I am left-handed, Carl, and I think the "myth" came about because left-handers must always find solutions to work with right-handed tools and systems. But I don't believe we're more intelligent. 

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