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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 16 hours ago. 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 Joan Denoo on June 16, 2015 at 11:09am

Bernie hits all the right notes about economic and social conditions. I don't like his stand on Israel. I will vote for Bernie because of his stand on socialism ... I think he would work to implement a social democracy. He would have little success with the present congress. If someone appears who has those values and does support the rights of both Israel and Palestine to have sovereignty over their lives, then I will reconsider. I do not support a one state solution because I don't think it would ever work. Zionists are just as brutal as Palestinians and I do not see peace coming from that option. 

None of the present candidates for POTUS will get my vote, especially with the Supreme Court judges that might be replaced. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 16, 2015 at 7:44am

Carl, that is sooo funny!! And Golden nods right on the beat!

I'll have to look up Simeon ten Holt. Hope you're doing well.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2015 at 9:21am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 15, 2015 at 8:48am

Chris, I just finished listening to the video of piano music by Simeon ten Holt.  It was great background music while I sipped coffee and read the morning news. 

Ian, I see you have a close election coming up between conservatives and the ruling Social Democrats.  Reuters news.  I didn't realize Greenland (and the Faroe Islands) had representation in your Parliament. 

Yes, Randy, Jeb Bush is crazy boring.  All the other Republican candidates are just plain crazy.  And even more may still throw their hat in the ring.  Still waiting to hear from Jindal and Trump.  LOL

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2015 at 7:28am

I'm already tired of hearing Bernie's tirade, but I suppose he must keep pounding away until everybody gets his message. And is it just me, or is Jeb Bush the most boring person on earth? Yawn. It's going to be a long year and a half.

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2015 at 1:24am

I can't suggest a Dowland song for you Joan, I think they don't match your mood.

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2015 at 1:19am

I thought I'd seen that dog in Naples, Ian! The mosaics were fantastic!

Joan, I grew up with baroque music - Bach in church - like many people, but I discovered so many other styles. When vinyl was sold for the price of old paper, we made a collection of music that was new to us, from everywhere, old and new, and it still delights us. This is one of my favorites: minimal music by Simeon ten Holt.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDCsOL2vBJc

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 10:59pm

http://www.religionnews.com/2015/04/29/5-faith-facts-bernie-sanders...

5 faith facts about Bernie Sanders: Unabashedly irreligious

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 10:37pm

From Ed: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 10:05pm

Felaine, I agree, Sanders is more honest and capable than Mrs. "Let's-Invade-Iraq Clinton".

 Let's-Invade-Iraq Clinton.

 

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