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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 Joan Denoo on April 29, 2015 at 9:59am

@Ruth Anthony Gardner, spring arrives when Kwanzan cherries bloom.

 Kwanzan cherry

Comment by sk8eycat on April 29, 2015 at 9:21am

I was kind of startled that a Catholic hospital would employ a female chaplain among all the priests I've seen cruising the halls there.  (It's an enormous collection of buildings, with Disney Studios on one side, and the old NBC on the other.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 29, 2015 at 6:11am

I enjoy hearing your hospital story again Felaine.  I think you mentioned a thing or two that I haven't heard before.  I like how Dr. Falkenstein responded to the t-shirt over the scarecrow, and what you said to the chaplain.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 29, 2015 at 6:07am

Sane people.  Good one Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2015 at 3:05am

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2015 at 3:01am

Glad to hear that you're in action again, Carl. Keep it up.

I think there might be more "closet" atheists round and about in the health service than we think  although a lot of the people I work with in elderly care seem to be New Agers of various types. That might be because the profession is not a highly-educated one plus a portion of wishful thinking. "Is this all there is to life, rotting away at the end? There must be something else." You probably know what I mean.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2015 at 11:07pm

I am SO happy to see you again, Carl!  Been thinking about you a lot, especially when an anonymous aircraft flies over the house (we are near a glide path that is rarely used anymore).  Anyroad, I'm glad the dialysis is helping; just hang in there.  PLEASE.

Joan: I think I mentioned (about 10 times) that I wore my "IMAGINE NO RELIGION" T-shirt when I checked into St. Joseph Med Ctr for my laminectomy & fusion in '09.  The admitting clerks actually liked it. 

After the surgery I was not allowed out of bed AT ALL for 3 days, and I kept complaining (with a smile) about the "scarecrow" on the wall, but there is no way those things can be removed.  So when they finally decided it was okay for me to use a walker, etc., the first thing I did was drape my shirt over the silly thing.  When Dr. Falkenstein (my surgeon) saw it he nearly fell down laughing.  Said he's done most of his training in Catholic hospitals, and it was a real pain in the tush for him to see that "dead man on a stick" everywhere he looked.

The chaplain barged in when an LVN was giving me a bed bath; she said she'd be back, and I said, "Don't bother."  She didn't. I wasn't in good enough shape for any theological discussions. 

I dozed a lot, didn't even read much.  I was getting half-doses of non-opiate painkiller every half hour for 5 days.  Worked perfectly.  I am violently allergic to morphine and barbiturates (which nobody uses much anymore, thank whoever!)

So that's MY organ recital for tonight.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2015 at 5:14pm

Ian, I told the admitting nurse that I am an atheist, and she didn't bat an eyelash. I seemed the hospital chaplain arrived in my room very shortly after my admittance. I was vomiting all over everyone at the time and he promptly left. I was happy to see him after I had the tube down my throat, although my nose and throat hurt when I talked. I wanted to try out my Boghossian technique on him. Frankly, I enjoyed the challenge he presented.

A woman volunteer came daily, and I found her far more tedious.

the staff members who were interested in what I had to say offered me a great distraction from my bodily woes.

Boghossian

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2015 at 5:01pm
Good one, Bertold. Just the way I like 'em. The cornier the better!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2015 at 4:57pm
I forgot to mention that my kidney transplant has been delayed six months. The cardiologist wants me to fully recover before undergoing another major surgery. I guess that's for the best. It will give me additional time to build up my strength. My kidney disease has greatly weakened me. Now that I'm on dialysis and have a new heart valve, I'm finally healthy enough and have the energy to exercise.
 

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