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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 Bertold Brautigan on March 22, 2016 at 7:55am

Too bad about the catalpa tree, Randy. My grandpa had a couple of yooooooge ones on his farm, and they were magnificent.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 22, 2016 at 7:37am

It hurts to do, but I'm having some trees topped and/or removed from my yard this week. A catalpa tree is hollowed out at the base and could fall on the house. And a huge willow tree is out of control with dead limbs falling all the time. Some apple trees are being pruned, which isn't so bad. At least I'll get a little firewood out of them all. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 20, 2016 at 1:16pm

I saw no sample photos on that link, Ian.

We had to put our heat back on, after being off for  ... was it two weeks? I feel bad for the wild birds and flowering trees caught in these fluctuations too, k.h. ky.

I understand Autumn has brought no relief to Australia.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2016 at 1:14pm

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2016 at 10:03am

Thanks, Ian.

Yes, Happy Spring to all. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 20, 2016 at 8:14am

Surely, good will triumph over evil, although I wonder, especially after the Bush/Cheney years. I wonder who Trump would choose for VP--another Sarah Palin? Perish the thought.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 20, 2016 at 6:21am

Do you suppose that Donald Trump understands that, if he is elected president (Please, NO!), he becomes the leader of ALL of the United States, not just those who support him at his rallies, but those who protest against him?  Does he get that dissension is at least as important an element of democracy as agreement is?

The rather obvious answer is no, and I doubt Donnie is even aware of that.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2016 at 5:38am

Happy Vernal Equinox.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2016 at 5:37am

Yesterday I went to an exhibition of the Danish press photos of the year. That was a sad experience. 90% of news photos were pictures of refugees. There were some lighter moments though.http://www.aros.dk/besoeg-aros/udstillinger/2016/aarets-pressefotos/

Comment by kathy: ky on March 19, 2016 at 9:57pm
Ruth-Joan, I've been trying to stay away from the news because it is depressing. But I can never stay away for long. A couple of days is all l ever manage. Maybe we just have spring fever and it's to early to really gear up.
Temps are fluctuating wildly. Last week we were at 80° tonight we'll get down to around 30°. There goes the plums again. The tree is sitting in full bloom :(
 

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