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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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 Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 2:28pm

My parents were protestant fundie, but they thought the devil was left-handed too.

When I was about 13 I hurt my left hand, they used it as an excuse to make me write right-handed. Was not a succes; I started to drop things, fall over and walk into walls, and when I switched to left again my handwriting was even more messed up. 

Don't do this to your children!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 1:46pm

Not sure, but I've only ever heard of the Catholics doing it. They see the devil everywhere. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 1:42pm

I always hate hearing those stories about left-handed kids being forced to write with their right hand.  That is just so f*cked up.  I think about all the unnecessary arguments, tears and punishments innocent kids had to endure.  My mother and my brother are both left-handed.  But none of us went to Catholic schools. 

Just curious, do/did other religious freaks besides the Catholics have that policy as well? 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 12:45pm

I never knew of any problems that resulted.

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 12:39pm

I found out later that you can get a lot of motor dysfunction if they force you to use the wrong hand. Did your granny have those?

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 12:37pm

I was adamant that I couldn't write with my right hand. In the end I was allowed to write my way but I got no end of criticism and no help. My writing is just horrible, but if you have a pc who cares?  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 11:43am

My grandmother was left-handed, but when she went to (Catholic) school they made her learn to write with her right hand because left-handedness was the work of the devil.

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 8:40am

I am left-handed, Carl, and I think the "myth" came about because left-handers must always find solutions to work with right-handed tools and systems. But I don't believe we're more intelligent. 

I'm Always Right

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 8:05am

Ian, I hope your situation works out the way you prefer. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 8:04am

Chris, I'm assuming you're left-handed.  Is there any truth to the "myth" that left-handers are more intelligent?

Welcome Hex, glad you found us.  Feel free to chime in anytime and chat.  

 

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