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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2014 at 12:35am

Ian, Yes, you have talked about Randolph before, but not this story, if I remember correctly. In any event, there is a lot of bunk remaining in your culture that needs de-bunking. 

I like the way you put it, "A 'stop, look, listen, breathe, enjoy' day is something we don't value enough."

Comment by Ian Mason on May 2, 2014 at 11:41pm

Lots of really good posts that make me smile. Thank you very much.

Joan, I might have mentioned this before but here goes: Randolph Churchill (Winny's son) once read the Bible for a bet. His reaction: "Isn't God a shit?!" Even as a child I wondered about that Egypt story. Why did God harden Pharao's heart? Wouldn't it have been easier to soften it and avoid all the deaths? While there might be some semi-pleasant platitudes scattered through That Damn Book there's f-all common sense most of the time, only generous amounts of malice.

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your Day of Reason, doing the things that give you pleasure and giving yourself the time to soak up the everyday beauty of your surroundings.A " stop, look, listen, breathe, enjoy" day is something we don't value enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2014 at 10:12pm

Seeing pain and suffering is not an invitation to turn away, but to reach out and offer a hand of kindness.

~Joan Denoo

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2014 at 10:10pm

Now, on to the celebration of living with reason as a guiding force, an energy that resides within us, for our benefit, and for the health of civil society and public affirmation of a national day of reason. 

The National Day of Reason, a secular celebration for 

Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Freethinkers, Humanists, Rationalists, Secular Humanists, Skeptics, Spiritual Humanis. 

Celebrated on the first Thursday in May of every year.

Activities include food drives, blood donations, call for an end to prayer invocations at government and public meetings, public schools meetings and graduations. 

I spent National Day of Reason in my garden clearing tiny little spots at a time, doing more sitting that clearing, listening to birds and watching them tend their nests. The squirrel has figured out how to eat from the birdfeeder and the good news, the feeder is still hanging from a blue spruce limb. He watched me secure it so he couldn't just lift the feeder off the hanger. He couldn't throw it to the ground to eat at his pleasure. He sat in the mugho pine and scolded me for stopping his theft from the birds. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 2, 2014 at 9:33pm

Ian mason, I love that quote from Arundhati Roy so much, I’m adding it to my pictures.

As for being judgmental, I think it’s critical to distinguish person from behavior. That’s jargon for respecting the person even though you judge a given behavior as wrong or harmful. You can put someone up and put down a bad behavior at the same time, since human beings aren’t perfect – none of us.

Sk8eycat, I love the cat version of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

Great rant, Joan. I get into moods like that fairly often myself, usually over sexism and Climate Destabilization.

LOL, you infected me with a meme.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2014 at 8:55pm

sk8eycat, I know you will create great lyrics to "Maria" from "West Side Story". Right now, I am sick of sheep who follow leaders with their heads in an ancient doctrine, who tell them how to think and act and feel. I am disgusted with those minions following sycophants who whimper when someone questions an obvious fallacy in their thinking.  

The thing that outrages me most is when some fawners to dogma accuse me or a non-believer of threatening them, when all we do is question their beliefs. Especially if they make assumptions about morals or principles of non-believers. 

Where do Palin's morals originate? Could it be that supernatural being who resides in some place unknown and unknowable, who killed or had killed by his direct orders. The list goes on and on and on. 

Exodus 11 (New International Version)

The Plague on the Firstborn

Loving? Compassionate? Caring? Kind? Merciful? Humane? Benevolent? 

Yes! Just like the Crusaders plundered the wealth, slaughtered the men and boys and raped the women!

Yes, Just like the Inquisition after 1252 Pope Innocent IV issued a papal bull entitled Ad exstirpanda, which authorized the use of torture by inquisitors. 

Yes, Just like Puritans in Massachusetts in the 1600s, created a religious police state where doctrinal deviation could lead to flogging, pillorying, hanging, cutting off ears, or boring through the tongue with a hot iron. Preaching Quaker beliefs was a capital offense. Those who defied this law and were hanged. In the 1690s fear of witches seized the colony. Twenty alleged witches were killed and 150 others imprisoned.

 

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 8:47pm

Here's one I found while looking for something else... I think it's supposed to signify a helping hand, but it might also be Ceiling Cat sparking "Adam" into opening  a can of gushy fud.

Photo: Hi there!!!!! :) :) :) Serenity Acre is looking for Foster Families, to take care of our wonderful cats! or kitties! young or old! :) Could you reach out and help?? Have the time?? :) :) We need Foster People!! If you've considered having a cat, or would love to help out! ...or perhaps it's not in the budget, You could become a Foster!!<br /

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 6:28pm

Oh, Mindy, that's GRRRRREAT!  But I'm ashamed to say that think it's slightly MORE than 50% of Americans who believe we were created standing upright on two feet (even though our bodies tell us differently), with crania toolarge to fit through the pelvic canal easily...etc & so forth.

"Denial, there's to many folks in denial!"

(Too the tune of "Maria" from "West Side Story."  I'll have to think up more lyrics now that it's stuck in whatever I use for a mind. Gah!)

Comment by sk8eycat on May 2, 2014 at 3:05am

Joan, the really awful thing is that the fear-teaching is inflicted on the very young; they rarely have the information or instinct to counter it.  Child abuse, IMO.

Ian, thank you for that post.  It's amazing/ironic that I have been fantasizing about 'sploding WalMart stores en masse lately. They are more obscene than porn shops.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 7:49pm

"'Cramming for finals', old people who get religion and/or crave forgiveness towards the end."

Excellent name for the sudden conversions when near death. Fear reigns. What kind of life is that? Having the fear of damnation after death even as some willingly chose exploitation throughout their lifetimes. Or tried hard to live to the principles taught by preachers, teachers and priests who hung onto sheep and goat herder stories as a reasonable and rational way to live, never really sure they did all the right things. Fear! That seems immoral to me. 

 

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