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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 2:31am

Yes, billions of music styles to choose from, don't need the religious stuff. I played soft, quiet classical music during the solstice.

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2017 at 1:02am

There's so much magnificent music without religious connotations! Take your pick from classical and modern music from around the world, from folk songs, anything. The one thing for people who grew up with reli music is that you have to get used to something new.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2017 at 12:30am

So many splendid melodies come from composers who believe in God, Jesus, and the myths of the ancients. 

This piece certainly gets the blood moving, and if we did not know it was a religious composition performed by religious people, it would be a blockbuster. From whence comes the magnificent music of the non-believer? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 11:59pm

Question: does anyone know of first-class musicians, gathered in a common purpose of celebrating life and Earth and of being alive, healthy and at peace?

 

Comment by Patricia on December 30, 2017 at 2:35pm

We, & the neighours have snow blowers for the majority of the clearing Joan. Shoveling is mostly for the ''fine tuning''.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 2:31pm

Chris, The ancient myths, pre-Jewish, Christian, Muslim, interest me, as well. The echo of their stories remind me Homo sapiens had imaginations that informed them in the only ways they could know. They also evoke feelings of gratitude that I live in an Age of Enlightenment evolving into science. If only behavioral science were as enlightened as physical science. 

Loren, first-class musicians, gathered in a common purpose of celebrating life and Earth and of being alive, healthy and at peace, give me goosebumps. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 2:20pm

Ian, your news of Denmark running on 100% wind power over Xmas is good indeed, even with the qualifiers. I loved your Elf-help Group!

Chris, I agree, enjoy the fine meal prepared by excellent church members. Some of the best cooks in the world come out of religious communities, maybe not the fanciest, but the best tasting. 

Loren, thanks for the lead to Seth Andrews' piece; I know it will be worth the time to see it. 

Randy! Maybe the TV media gets the message that not all watchers are religious; I would like it if media also realized that not all watchers are sports fans. Oh well, I gave my TV set away years ago and don't miss it a bit. 

Patricia, the snow shoveling looks like a job I gladly give to others. 

Plinius, Help! a meter = about 40 inches!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 2:03pm

Chris, your story of putting faith above reasoning tells a tragic story too often told. Your compassion shows through, even at that age. Your compassion for those caught in wildfires this summer repeats your acts of care and commitment to health and safety. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2017 at 1:57pm

At Littleton, CO, we had green lawns with patches of left-over snow in the shady parts. 

Patricia, I like the Spaghetti Monster!

Chris, Key & Peele made me laugh!

Ernest, I agree, being "conscious and awake and sober what a wonderful world this would be!"

Ian, I share your sentiment, " Peace on the high street, if not the world."

Comment by Patricia on December 30, 2017 at 12:57pm

I'd never heard of them Loren.

 

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