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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 sk8eycat on March 5, 2014 at 1:37pm

Ruth, Thank Bjo. She's miles and miles smarter/more educated than I am.  (Her family was very close to Robert and Virginia Heinlein when she was a child & teen, and the Heinleins studied everything!  Soaked learning up like thirsty sponges, and never forgot anything.)

I did know that slavery was becoming declasse' in England at that time, so the Greek word for "slave" (doulos  σκλάβος) in the NT was substituted with "servant"(υπάλληλος) throughout. Jeebus had no problems with people owning other people.
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As for the photo...blame Benetton.  I tried to find out WTF they thought they were doing when they used that (Pulitzer-winning) photo as part of an ad that was supposed to promote tolerance, but all I found was PR blah-blah.

Eddie Adams' photo was a turning point in the public's opposition to the Viet Nam War...it was published in LIFE Magazine, and brought home to many complacent couch potatoes that here was nothing "heroic" about the mess.... that our young people were being killed and maimed for no sane reason at all.  The monument wall in DC is one of the most moving things I've ever seen.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 5, 2014 at 11:22am

Napoleon, what's the point of posting that execution photo with sound? It comes across to me as gratuitous violence.

I never knew that King James turned down the first  seven translations because he didn't like what they said. Thanks for the info. sk8eycat.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 4, 2014 at 2:27pm

Just got this from a friend...I have two questions:  Are they SERIOUS?  and Does anyone want to volunteer?

http://www.aftertherapturepetcare.com/

(I also posted this in the Cat Fan group...)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 4, 2014 at 1:24pm

Re: "Crasstians"...I sent it to some of my friends, and got this e-mail from one who has been involved in "Trek" fandom from the very beginning.  Thought y'all would enjoy it.  (I hope!)  she's smart as a whip, and a lot of fun, besides.

It fits any of those people who KNOW they are not only right, but who know what's right for all the rest of us. Since just about everything they do is based in their fundamentalist religion, "crasstians" fits very well.

I've recently had to unfriend several people, sadly including several Star Trek fans, who jumped me for supporting gay equality.

"God will hate you for this" said one, "and you'll go to hell." I said that disparaging others' beliefs was something I generally avoided, but that they deserved this. I told them that since I didn't believe in their god, it wasn't going to harm me if he/she/it/they didn't like me. And since I didn't believe in their god, then their god's hell was not a threat to me.

Also, clinging to the weird but simple-minded belief that the King James bible was "the one" was more stupid than I could accept. There are at least 100+ historical bibles in the world. Also, King James turned down the first 7 translations of "his" bible because they didn't agree with his beliefs.

This stopped the crasstians from bugging me. -- Bjo

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2014 at 8:19pm

Patricia, the more you talk about your town, the more I think:  what a great community and place to live!  Perhaps you can get a job as a promoter at the local tourism office.  You're selling the place quite nicely. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 5:12pm

This is a remarkable story of Rick Hansen. Look at those shoulders! A real muscle man. Where is he now?

He also travelled around the world raising money for spinal cord research. He raised $10 million, according to this site:  

Rick Hansen: Athletic Hero

A man and his wife, Kent and Betty Graybill, here in Spokane, both severe cerebral palsy victims, worked very had to get support for wheelchair access as well.  
One day I saw Kent in his wheelchair and went over to greet him. He had no control over his legs or arms. His foot went up behind his ear as he tried to shake hands with me. I got a big hug and kiss instead. 

We had monthly bible studies in his home. He had a ham radio set up horizontally by his bed. He had better control of his legs and feet than he did his hands, so he turned the knobs with his toes. He had a sign over his bed that read:

"I WAS BORN THIS WAY, WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2014 at 10:36am

Patricia, you must make a grand entrance anywhere you go. 

I'm assuming your city has been diligent in installing curb "cut-outs" at the corners, so you can travel on the sidewalk and off the streets. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 3, 2014 at 1:11am

Hello all. I hope you're well.

I've had a computer-free weekend and, when not working or sleeping, been enjoying a good book: Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom. The story of a few, very different people trying to do what's right or best in Spain during the aftermath of the civil war and the beginning of WW2. Can only read one chapter at a time as the tension is so great, perhaps because, unlike the usual thrillers, there's no action-hero that must win in the end. All of the characters are credible and can be empathised with.

Happy Monday.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 12:03am

Chris, I think I know what you mean. 

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2014 at 11:34pm

When I pass my childhood home I look at my parent's house and hope that there live happy people now.

 

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