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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 1:23am

Yeah, I'm a bookaholic, too.  My parents were...one of my fondest early-childhood memories is Dad reading me to sleep every night till I learned to read for myself.

I sometimes tell people who ask me what church I go to that it's the Public Library. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2013 at 12:37am

Absolutely!  I remember the days when publishers were delighted to have books "Banned in Boston." T'was a surefire guarantee that they would be bestsellers everywhere else.

But small-minded people push my "Rant" buttons.  Or as Bree, the writer of "Think Banned Thoughts" blog says, I put on my ranty-pants.

She wrote an excellent blog post a few months ago about the danger of "protecting" children too much.  Every parent of small children should read it.  http://thinkbannedthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/five-words-that...

In fact I recommend her entire blog very highly.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 25, 2013 at 11:05pm

I just got an e-mail about a North Carolina school board banning this book from a high school library because ONE parent wrote to one board member and said it was “filthy.” I didn’t know where else to howl about it. . But really….

Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison, published by Random House in 1952. It addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans early in the twentieth century, including black nationalism, the relationship between black identity and Marxism, and the reformist racial policies of Booker T. Washington, as well as issues of individuality and personal identity.

Invisible Man won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1953. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Invisible Man nineteenth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005
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This is twenty-effing-thirteen, and school board members are still more concerned with kissing voters' rear ends than educating young men and women.

I'm so glad I'm old.

Comment by Steph S. on September 25, 2013 at 3:59pm

Comment by Steph S. on September 25, 2013 at 3:58pm

How's everyone doing today?

The weather is finally getting cooler here and I look forward to the fall. I hope to spend more time outdoors hiking and biking.

I enjoy reading all the posts here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2013 at 2:22am

Napoleon, The Truth About Circumcision, presents a terrible story of the history, procedure, and outcome of circumcision. I had no idea! My adopted son was circumcised when we brought him home at five-days old. My doctor advised me to have my biological son circumcised. It is barbaric, just as female circumcision is. 

Talk about Attitudes, Beliefs, Customs, Traditions and Values being linked! Well, now I know. 

Thanks Napoleon. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2013 at 2:13am

Wal*Mart claims to be a Christian company owned by a Christian family, and these claims simple exist as ludicrous, absurd, preposterous flapping of lips to cover up theft of time and effort of countless employees, innumerable workers in China, and gullible shoppers in the USA. This film tells the story and needs to be understood. Every penny spent at Wal*Mart leaves the community, goes to line the pockets of people who feel entitled to manipulate and exploit anyone and everyone in their path. 

Walmart: The High Cost Of Low Prices FULL MOVIE

The Walton family and trickle-down

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 25, 2013 at 12:38am

Joan, thanks for your input.  I agree with you.  There's absolutely no benefit to this barbaric practice and she really needs to understand that.  My mother has always been one of those persons that doesn't like to talk about "taboo" subjects or to be confronted with complex or controversial social/political topics.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2013 at 11:57pm

Carl, I tend to be much more hard-hearted than most, but I think you need to share the circumcision video with your mother. She needs to be aware of the reality of the practice and if her dedication to circumcision is based on religious teachings, this is too important to allow the tradition to continue. 

This is an example of how Attitudes, Beliefs, Customs, Traditions and Value link. In order to challenge the Value, one uses A.B.C.T. If not challenged when the facts become evident, she could place undue influence on young parents to do what is physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and ethically wrong. 

I don't know any other way to break values. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2013 at 11:36pm

Sk8eycat, I'm with you.  I will not patronize Walmart.  I don't agree with their business model or their treatment of workers.  There are Walmart stores in the Chicago suburbs but very few locations have made inroads into the city proper due to Chicago having such a strong historical and traditional influence of unionized labor.  The folks here have fought tooth and nail from being infiltrated by Walmart, being mostly successful with just a few exceptions.  

I can honestly tell you that I have been inside a Walmart store three times in my entire life.  Two times in other cities while on a layover at work when I needed an item and no other option was available (each time spending less than $10.00) and the third time, not as a customer, but just accompanying an acquaintance with a work-related purchase.

I'm trying to do my part by not encouraging this business.  I'm just one person, but I have been active throughout the years with online petitions that speak out about the myriad of problems associated with Walmart.  I wish I could do more to be more effective.

Napoleon, thanks for posting that video on circumcision.  In recent years I've become quite vocal against this horrible practice.  When I've brought up the subject in conversation while in the presence of my mother, she gets quite disgusted that I would even consider taking such a stance.  I'm thinking I may need to send this video to her, but it might send her into a fit.  She enjoys living in her bubble and doesn't like to talk about such topics. 

 

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