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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 Plinius on March 21, 2015 at 1:48am

You're too kind, Joan! In one of the pics from Spokane I saw such a beautiful park with many flowers.

Comment by Plinius on March 21, 2015 at 1:45am

Best wishes for you and husband with the new knee, Ruth!

Katy, I missed most of my family's stories because of broken contacts. But I heard all the stories from my in-laws and after that I began to ask others for their stories - in the end we're all family and all part of the same history, so every story is important. Tell us your stories!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 20, 2015 at 11:16pm

Thanks for the Happy Spring wish, Joan. My snowdrops got buried under 6 inches of snow today. <sigh> Birds which sang for a week fell silent. I worried about them going hungry.

Interesting story about your family's division as a result of a one letter change, k.h. ky.

My husband will go in for a knee replacement April 23rd. I'll likely be too busy to visit here often during his 6 week recovery. We learned details at a 2 hour class yesterday. We're lucky to be 30 minutes drive from world class joint specialists.

Happy Spring to all you Northern Hemisphere folk, and Happy Autumn to you in the Southern Hemisphere.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 10:36pm

I'm sorry if I misled anyone. The tulip bed is from Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands and I chose it to honor Chris. 

Comment by kathy: ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:41pm
It's a dreary, cloudy, first day of spring. Dog has to go to vet to see if we can determine exactly what's going on with her ears. It's been a year of this. Now she hides under the sofa if she sees a bottle of ear wash or drops.
Comment by kathy: ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:36pm
@Chris, I wish I had listened more to family lineage. And the history my gparents lived through. I only learned last year that the spelling of my family name was changed by one letter to please my,then future, gmother. So people l thought we're of no relation are often cousins, uncles, etc.
Comment by kathy: ky on March 20, 2015 at 12:30pm
My auto correct can makessome grammatical errors that are often funny. Sometimes senseless.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 11:19am

Randy, I am so glad you like me enough to want me to speak like an intelligent, educated woman. Of course, I meant geography. I of all people should have known better because my minor in college was geology. Thank you, my dear and steadfast friend, I admire your staunch support. 

Ian, I had asked several times before on different sites and on this one, that I want correction, especially since I don't get the who and whom difference. Oh, I know! Everyone with any intelligence can figure it out, but I just don't get it. I do the "...

"...substituting he/him or they/them to see which makes sense. He or they would mean you should use who, and him or them would indicate that whom is the correct choice."

"Hint to remember: both him and them end in m, like whom, so that would therefore be the logical choice". 

Ruth recently posted a piece on poor grammar, and I agree! If we, as people who do not believe in a superhuman power speak with power, confidence, competence and correct spelling and grammar, we might influence those who have a modicum of intelligence about our claims. The deliberately unwilling become unable to think. 

Fear and hope are powerful underpinnings for believing in superstitions. We see it also in Daniel's piece about superstitions in medicine. 

Thanks, Ian, for your loving care. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2015 at 8:25am

Comment by Ian Mason on March 20, 2015 at 8:23am

Sorry if I gave the wrong impression, Chris. I don't have the same problem as you. It's just that I'm reaching that age when things in my body creak and crackle. Fair wear and tear in general.

 

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