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The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 22 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Fan.tasia – A Disney Mashup by Lindsey McCutcheon

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 8 Replies

Any of you remember that Hollywood musical dance number mashup that Nerd Fest UK created put together some months back?  Well, someone by the name of Lindsey McCutcheon has…Continue

Tags: Lindsey McCutcheon, animation, Disney

The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Jul 20. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2014 at 9:25pm

I can't remember chapter and verse but there is a Bible quote where Jesus condemns public prayer. I'll try to find it.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 5:32pm

Nick, to me it's one thing when someone always says "grace" in their own home, and quite another when they make a big public to-do of it in a restaurant.  Especially if it's crowded...that's when I stare into space, or the parking lot, or the inside of my head.  Or pray that nobody I know is there, and sees me sitting with the babbler and his wife.

IMO praying out loud in a restaurant is just a wee bit arrogant... show-off-y.  Yanno? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 3:30pm

I think I've mentioned an excellent book titled Dining By Rail; all about the extraordinary service on passenger trains in the USA ....pre-Amtrak.

One thing the author mentions is that a few railroads would have a card on each table with (sometimes) three types (Jewish, Catholic, Protestant) of "blessings" to help the diner  get into the proper mood for the meal.

I get SO embarrassed when I go out to eat with some friends from high school, and the husband (a Baptist minister) delivers a prayer longer than most sermons.  I just look out the window till he's finished.  (He never "blesses" the servers, cooks, farmers, etc., but he does tip.  He's done extraordinarily well in the god biz.))

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

I'll second that, Ian. My favorite pre-meal prayer is "Grab it and growl."

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2014 at 11:13am

Pre-meal prayer? God help anyone who gets between me and my nosh.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2014 at 10:32am

Carl, pre-meal prayers grates on my nerves also.  Same for prayers anytime anywhere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 8:27am

Ah yes, the compulsory pre-meal prayer.  Gag me.  That's one of those little activities that just grates on my nerves.  I sometimes wonder if these people would be able to live with themselves if they happened to skip the prayer.  Has it come to the point of being a compulsive activity disorder?  

Thanks, Randy, about the post cards.  I'm very proud of the extensiveness of my collection.  I have well over 1,200 cards, all Chicago related and ranging from 1898 through the 1940's.....considered the "Golden Age" of postcards. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 14, 2014 at 7:39am

I joined some fellow high school classmates yesterday for a mini-reunion picnic. Had a good time and the food was good. But--I was forced to listen to an inane pre-meal prayer. I hate when that happens. I slipped over to a window and turned my back on the group. I wondered if I was the only atheist in a group of about 30.

Great post cards, Carl!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 2:42am

Joan, I think some hotels and cruise ships occasionally have temporary ice shows, but nothing like the ongoing ones of the past.

Some friends of mine have an artificial skating surface (plastic) that can be set up anywhere, and have performed on Alaska cruises.  It's kind of a Pain In The Foot to skate on because your blades heat up from the friction....and give you a hotfoot.  With real ice, that doesn't happen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_ice

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 12:51am

Carl, these excellent post cards of a time gone by. Are there any fancy restaurants now that have ice skating shows?

 

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