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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 Ian Mason on February 15, 2016 at 10:48am

Thank you for the kind words.

Løberen

 

Skoven står i sin fineste dragt,

en million grønne gnister

der svæver over et anemonetæppe.

Rådyret lister forbi, og en stålorm

snor sig over stien.

Med taktfast trampen kommer

løberen, som gisper og sveder,

indånder optimisme sammen med ilt

mens alt negativt fordamper.

Ben, lunger og hjerte

finder en fælles rytme

og gør det de er skabt til.

Bevægelse bliver livets mening

for en kort stund

og en følelse af frihed

finder sine vinger.

Havde man luft tilovers

ville man råbe sin glæde

om hvordan krop og sjæl

er i virkelighed en,

om hvor godt det er at leve

lige her og nu.

 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 15, 2016 at 5:47am

February 15th - Happy Half-Price Chocolate Day!

Comment by Plinius on February 15, 2016 at 2:58am

Thanks for the poem, Ian! Would you show us the Danish text, so we can try to understand the rhythm?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 15, 2016 at 12:20am

It's so frustrating to see how the Supreme Court is systematically attempting to take away civil and equal rights that so many people throughout the decades have literally fought and died for.  Worker/union rights.  Voting rights.  Women's rights.  Racial equality.  Minority rights.  It seems as though the positive ruling for the LGBT community on marriage was a fluke that never should have happened. 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 14, 2016 at 11:47pm
Randall, I've been wondering about Steph too.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 14, 2016 at 11:45pm
Scalia was the lowest. As the article Ruth published an excerpt from points out so well.
Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2016 at 11:39pm

Thanks for that evocative, life-affirming poem, Ian!

Randall, I'm with you: while I wish Antonin Scalia's family and friends whatever comfort and peace they can find, my overwhelming reaction is "Scalia is off the bench -- GOOD!!!"

Among the other damage he had done to the U.S., Bush v. Gore stands out: electing George Bush as President by a vote of 5 to 4, leading to Alito and Roberts on the court, leading to Citizens United, the weakening of the Voting Rights Act, Hobby Lobby, and more....

As Daily Kos commenter Albanius wrote:

It is a challenge to pick the worst decision of the Scalia majority on the court, considering eviscerating the Voting Rights Act, rewriting the Second Amendment in the face of its explicit language, and Corporations Unlimited (truth in packaging), among others.

But my vote goes to Bush v. Gore, which not only brought the Iraq War, a multi-trillion dollar tax giveaway to millionaires and billionaires, and the loss of a almost decade while the planet continued to cook, but also the elevation of Roberts and Alito, directly responsible for all the other outrageous decisions.

As Vincent Bugliosi noted in The Nation at the time, Scalia was obligated to recuse himself from Bush V Gore, since his two sons worked for law firms representing Bush.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 14, 2016 at 11:36pm

Ian, your poetry is simply beautiful.  Very descriptive and visual.  My praises to you on your creative abilities.  You have a wonderful talent. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 14, 2016 at 10:36pm

Good one Ian!!  I enjoyed it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2016 at 10:19pm

Ian, your words evoke strong images and feelings quickly follow. They tickle the place in my brain that is full of memories.  

 

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