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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 Joan Denoo on February 11, 2016 at 1:02pm

Ian, I like your "God will make a way" poster. I responded to when posted on Facebooks because I do not believe God knows the way because he doesn't exist, or something in that order. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2016 at 12:59pm

For those interest in gardening, especially "Allium Family Perennial Vegetables", check Daniel's Blog Growing Greener in the Pacific Northwest

Allium Family Perennial Vegetables

Comment by Randall Smith on February 11, 2016 at 7:41am

Oh, Carl. I would hate having weak legs, especially since I walk between 5 and 10 miles a day. Hopefully, they'll find out what's wrong.

Enjoy your humor, Ian.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2016 at 1:16am

Good one, Ian.  Yes, it's all about the money!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 11, 2016 at 1:12am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2016 at 1:12am

Kathy, I have AdBlocker installed, so no annoying ads for me.  That and the addition of Pop-Up Blocker makes my internet experience much more enjoyable.    

Ian, I like that cartoon.  That's the kind of "odd" humor I enjoy.

Randy, about one or two weeks ago I made a financial contribution to Bernie Sanders.  It's the first time EVER in my life I have financially supported a candidate in a presidential campaign.  I so want him to win, yet he is up against the moss-less rolling stone force that is Hillary Clinton.  I felt I needed to do my part.

I saw a neurologist the other day to look into the issue of my very weak legs and buckling knees.  I had a slew of blood tests done and also have two upcoming tests.  One is a standard MRI and the other is a EMG (Electromyography.)  Wikipedia: EMG  

The EMG sounds like Dr. Frankenstein's version of acupuncture.  A needle/probe inserted into the muscle followed by a small electrical shock.

 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 11, 2016 at 12:29am
Is anyone else getting the ads on the right with someone wanting to pray for us?? That is too funny.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2016 at 4:53pm

Ruth, let's think of the option of: 

1. The Histrionic Voice of screaming, yelling calling names, making up outrageous stories, belittleing, using all forms of hysteria in making our claims; or 

2. The Passionate Voice of defining, describing, explaining, illustrating, specifying in a calm, clear, passionate, confident, competent voice, while looking them in the eye, so they know to whom we speak, and speaking loudly enough for all to hear, even the little ones, or; 

3. The Authoritarian Voice with demanding they listen and change. 

If we get as histrionic as they using a histrionic voice, what have we gained? What have we lost? 

What about the passionate voice?

What about the authoritarian voice?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2016 at 4:26pm

Your Crazyhorse article on the Overton Window is correct, but I think far too "rational", in the sense of avoiding passion.

The way ideas are shifted within the Window is via discussion and discourse.  The more something is proposed, talked about, discussed, debated, and presented the more likely it is to be shifted from one end of the spectrum to the other.

It's as if "We on the Left tamp down the fringe within our various movements out of fear that Progressives as a whole will be painted as "loonies." is self-referential for the article's style. The right wing doesn't just use noise and shouting, they employ a vast army of professional propagandists. Tools such as hatred and insanity are wielded like scalpels and jackhammers on the public's grey matter. While we on the left use proposals, talk, discussion and debate to try and present ideas, they use psychic bulldozers to multiply humanity's basest impulses. That makes me angry, but I don't hear anger or outrage in the article. We need to communicate our outrage at being played, at being used, at being warped.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2016 at 4:07pm

Right On! Ian. I had to look up Man Ray. The Salvador Dali panel gave me a laugh.

 

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