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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 Idaho Spud on December 31, 2017 at 3:03pm

Well, Joan, now that you mention it, there were a few (non-religious) rituals that I did enjoy before my family started preaching to me.  I can only think of Christmas and Thanksgiving at the moment.  We never celebrated birthdays.  

Perhaps that's one reason I don't care for rituals.  My parents never did do any rituals except a few religious ones.

The rituals I usually think of in mormonism were performed in the temple where only the most worthy mormons went.  We has some crazy rituals, like swearing that you would not reveal what went on in the temple at the peril of your throat being cut and your bowls being cut open, spilling your guts out.  You of course acted out these things with your hands cutting yourself in these places.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2017 at 2:52pm

Thanks Joan.  That's the one, except english is spoken in the movie.  I just love the rendition of Carol of the Bells played by that little group of 12.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2017 at 2:46pm

Rituals, to me, are like mileposts, they provide markers in one's life and invite celebration. Birthdays, commitments, honoring people we miss, either caused by death or absence, 

One side of the family is musical and includes jam sessions, singing, dancing, all through my garden in Spokane. I doubt my time in Newport and Littleton will have such activities; they are not musical. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2017 at 2:43pm

The last 4 days has seen increasing temperatures here.  It was above 40F (4C) yesterday, so I got outside and repaired my shattered rear light cover on my van.  Most of the snow has melted.

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 2:42pm

We seldom get these temps now other than maybe just a few days here & there.

Minus 30*C. or more was the norm years ago through Dec/Jan., but not any more.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2017 at 2:39pm

That's what I call cold, Patricia.  Never gets that cold here, but sometimes got down to -34 C where I used to live, 46 km south of here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2017 at 2:35pm

Spud, the hunt is on; The Mirror has Two Faces + Carol of the Bells. This is what I found: 

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 2:27pm

We've been at -25* C. with -30* C. windchill here so doing anything is out for most people methinks. Supposed to begin warming on Tuesday which usually means more snow.

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2017 at 2:19pm

Thanks, and a happy new year to all of you. It's past nine in the evening here, and we're watching the fireworks and celebrating Luca's first year. Some cat-sitting to do for neighbours out of town, and we'll sleep when the noise calms down, probably at 1 o'clock. No resolutions either and I don't like rituals - I'm glad we can return to the normal routine tomorrow.

Comment by Patricia on December 31, 2017 at 2:14pm

We don't do anything either & Rick is not a late night person anyway. I am, but I just quietly watch music videos, & fiddle on the pc.

As for resolutions.....its nonsense to me.

 

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