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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 Randall Smith on February 23, 2015 at 8:34am

Glad you're feeling better, Carl! Keep up the positive attitude.

Joan, when taught astronomy, I tried to instill that "size" perspective into my students. I could have used those photos.

Comment by Plinius on February 22, 2015 at 11:56pm

I love to be put in my place by the universe - thanks Joan!

Comment by Plinius on February 22, 2015 at 11:49pm

Good news, Carl, but I guess you had some bad days before things got better! I hope better developments come soon.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2015 at 11:17pm

Perhaps that's the negative side of adaptability, Joan. At first there's shock but then a tendency to "get used to" things, internalising the outrage. There should have been a large-scale, popular revolt against the banks a few years ago but most people took the Homer Simpson route: "I know, but what can you do?". In a lot of cases what people did do was start blaming immigrants and others further down the economic ladder.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 22, 2015 at 11:08pm

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Carl. Hope the treatment keeps you on an even keel while the medical team sorts out the other issues.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 22, 2015 at 6:08pm
Joan, I enjoyed the photos. I bookmarked it to show my gdaughters. But the comments that followed from religious nuts were, well,.. nutty. Lol
Comment by kathy: ky on February 22, 2015 at 4:42pm
Good news Carl.. Glad you are feeling better.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:41pm

Why Do Good People Become Silent—or Worse—About 9/11?

Learned helplessness is associated with subsequent depression, anxiety, phobias, shyness, and/or loneliness.

Why Do Good People Become Silent—or Worse—About 9/11? Learned helpl...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:38pm

Animal communicator anna breytenbach documentary film

http://www.4shared.com/video/ekJZ4monba/the_animal_communicator__an...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2015 at 4:35pm

Have you ever been annoyed at those who complain about not mattering? Or that their problem is so huge that they are the only ones who suffer? But the ones that really gets me boiling are the ones who claim superiority over others or even animals.  Well, this series of photos shows how small we are ... and how large we are. Whether we like it or not, we matter and so do a lot of other things matter. 

18 Photos you will question your existence. 

http://www.trueactivist.com/after-viewing-these-18-photos-you-will-...

 

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