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The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat on Thursday. 5 Replies

Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 30. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan Sep 2. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

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

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Comment by Plinius on June 18, 2015 at 12:51am

I agree, neither side is innocent, but the side with most power should have the most empathy.

I knew someone here who was in Auschwitz. After the war he traumatized his wife and young children and in general made life miserable for everyone who met him. "Yes, but he was in Auschwitz.", some people said, and they suffered his bad behaviour. I wouldn't.

Compare such a person to e.g. Wladyslaw Szpilman, who had worse experiences but valued a normal life so much that his children hardly knew his story - they only knew him as a kind father.

Suffering must NOTbe an excuse to make other people miserable.

Comment by Pat on June 17, 2015 at 1:01pm

I've learned a valuable lesson from the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the same lesson from the conflict in Northern Ireland, both of which are motivated by an overlay of nationalism buttressed by religious extremism.

Neither side are innocent. Neither side have clean hands in the conflict. Both sides are capable of, and do, carry out atrocities. And, most importantly, neither have a claim to superior morality based upon their nationalism or religion. Each side have equally good and equally evil humans promoting their respective agendas. Victims on one side, when given a certain amount of power, are easily capable of, and often gleefully, bring misery and death upon victims on the other. And, this leads to ingrained mistrust and hatred, which makes a self-fulfilling prophesy of the impossibility of a peaceful settlement all too real.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2015 at 12:40pm

The people running Israel now are second and third generation descendants of the concentration camp survivors.  Their grandparents, as a rule, rarely talked about their experiences except with other survivors.  Too traumatic.

In the mid 1980s I went to a birthday party for a man who had been in the camps as a teenager; he had managed to escape, and took a little girlfriend with him.  When the war was over, and they were old enough, they married and emigrated to the US.

After the dinner, most of the guests stood up, raised their glasses, and said, "Never again!"  When they raised their glasses you could still see the numbers tattooed on their arms.

It was one of the most incredibly moving experiences of my life.

BUT they have always been reluctant to discuss the war with their offspring...or strangers.  And the people who came to the US are, or were, quite different from the ones who emigrated to the Israelis have been fighting for survival all their lives.

I think partitioning that little postage stamp of land was a mistake, just as chopping off parts of India into Pakistan and Bangladesh was.  And the Muslims are hardly innocent.  Their bass-ackward traditional way of life means more to them than learning to get along with their neighbors.

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2015 at 2:01am

They should have learned something from being oppressed themselves - but they forgot about empathy and compassion.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 17, 2015 at 12:48am

I read one of Jimmy Carter's books recently (I'm sorry I've forgotten the title), and the behavior of the Zionists is remarkably akin to the Germans not so long ago.  They believe they are "entitled" to land promised to them by an imaginary superbeing.  Pooooh!

No "promised land."

Comment by Plinius on June 17, 2015 at 12:15am

Don't forget that the Zionists are the oppressors.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 16, 2015 at 4:55pm scores me as siding 98% with Bernie Sanders, vs. 79% with Hillary Clinton, 51% with Chris Christie (on environmental issues), and much lower for other Republicans.

Name-calling that I've seen online that's sometimes quite appropriate: the "Republican't" party.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 16, 2015 at 4:26pm

Ruth, a few years ago I took some sort of political identification assessment test on line.  I don't remember the website or if I saved the results.  But I remember that I scored something like 98% Green Party identification and 94% Democratic Party.  (I think Republican was around 35%.)  In today's environment, it's frustrating that here in the US we don't have any major political party that seriously has environmental issues on the front burner at all times and that creates common-sense policy based on that issue. 

Comment by Gerald Payne on June 16, 2015 at 2:19pm

'Zionists are just as brutal as Palestinians'

Have you any idea what your talking about Joan???????????????.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2015 at 2:16pm

Ian, I am enjoying te Dowland/Sting documentary. The late Tudor period was a bloody time, with children learning a rhyme of Henry VIII wives, "Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived". Quite a history lesson these kids acquired. 

"Divorced, Beheaded, Died: Divorced, Beheaded, Survived"


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