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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:37pm
Carl l hope your sister is doing well. Give her a big hug from me when you see her.
Comment by kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:35pm
Joan l enjoyed your typing. Reminds me of 'cat speak'.
Comment by kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:33pm
Randall is it possible your arthritis 'healed' because your thumb was allowed to rest and recover during the trip? I wonder how your sister would feel about that.
Comment by kathy: ky on April 27, 2015 at 9:27pm
Bertold, speaking of comebacks when I was younger l would say outrageous things if I thought it was funny. Once, when an xray tech told me l needed to be undressed for the film, l looked right at him and dead panned 'You first'. Luckily he laughed about it.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 27, 2015 at 8:59pm

Carl - so good to have you back among us! Isn't it ironic how people making all the inane religious comments sincerely think they're helping. My favorite comeback (which I have to confess I've never had the nerve to use) when someone says "I'll pray for you" is Hitchens' - "I'll think for you." I attended a memorial service for an uncle in Minnesota last week and had to endure my share of "better place" remarks, but I'm sure I wasn't nearly as inundated as you were going through your procedures. Best of luck in your healing!

Comment by Pat on April 27, 2015 at 5:45pm

Been behind on posting here at A|N. Have some major trials coming up soon, and have been busier than the one legged man in the proverbial contest.

Carl, Welcome back. Glad to see your heart surgery went well hope you continue to improve.

Joan, sorry to hear about your recent broken arm and illness. But, like Carl, glad to see you back.

I guess it just proves the old adage. "Getting old ain't for sissies."

Comment by Ian Mason on April 27, 2015 at 3:19pm

The Socratic method, Joan. Help people to explore what they really believe and what they really know. Here in Denmark religion is not introduced unless a patient asks for a minister of religion. Very sensible.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 2:19pm

carl, i know the feeling! I got a lot of that.

Loggers and sawmill people live in the area. many fundamentalists work at the Newport hospital. When I heard,"I'll prey for you" I responded with questions.

"From where do you get your confidece?

"What assure you it is worthy of believing?

"Why is that a valid reference?"

"Why do you not ask the tough questions?"

"How do you know that is a fact?"

Where, what, why, how, when. all present the possibity of throwing a seed into the air and may land on fertile soil.

Any question a good interviewer would ask to get them thinking works. Don't answer the question yourself.

If they ask a question, see if you can reframe it into a question for them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 12:49pm

I used Grammarly to make corrections:

Spud, good for you! Anti-depressants do a valuable job for chemical depression when cognitive therapy doesn't work. Religious type therapy can help some people,but I have never seen it. Many of my students tried to make religion work, and I taught them mindfulness, meditation, cognitive techniques and as far as I know, they were relieved.

Learning life-skills develops a tool kit for facing life's challenges - no prayers, no mumbo jumbo, no whining, no letting go-letting god.

There is one other correction needed:
"Some people can be helped."
Grammarly finds passive voices, and I want to write in the active voice. So, I rewrote into the actve voice

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2015 at 12:23pm

Spud, good for you! anti depressant do a valuable job for chemical depression when cognatve therapy doesnt work. S porple can be helped with religeous tyapy, but i have never seen it.

I typed this with me rght hand using the hunt and peck method.

 

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