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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 20 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2014 at 11:47pm

Carl, great comment and cartoons. You make the point very well. I especially like your statement: 

"I think it's presumptuous and elitist to hi-jack the words "America" or "American" as our own or as an identity.  I refer to my country as the United States and to myself as a U.S. citizen."

The Flying Atheist 

How does one spell, "(risque?)"? Let me take a look ... 

Oh! you spelled it correctly! 

ris·qué

adjective \ri-ˈskā\

: referring to sex in a rude and slightly shocking way.

I am so grateful for spellchecker, when it doesn't replace my word for one of its choosing. And the dictionary that is so easily accessed is my constant friend. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:18pm

Oh, and to those who posted the (risque?) dance video's.  Thanks.  They were all fun. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:17pm

Joan, I see our thinking is on the same page. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:12pm

I'm embarrassed at the over-zealous patriotism that pervades in the U.S.  I never refer to my country as "America."  There's a North America, a Central America and a South America.  I think it's presumptuous and elitist to hi-jack the words "America" or "American" as our own or as an identity.  I refer to my country as the United States and to myself as a U.S. citizen. 

I can understand how we linguistically morphed to the simpler and shorter "America" from the "United States of America," but I still think it's improper.  One of the problems is the fact that the use of the word "America" has been reinforced in our culture in songs we all grew up with and continue to hear over and over:  God Bless America, America the Beautiful, America (My Country 'Tis of Thee.)  And to be fair, I guess I can't leave out Leonard Bernstein's "America" from West Side Story. 

I always do get a chuckle when our patriotism is made fun of. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2014 at 11:10pm

I object t the use of the word "American" when meaning USA. Travelling in Europe, they referred to us as U.S. and that made good sense. We all knew what we were talking about. If we referred to other countries of the Americas, we used their country names, not "America". 

There is an arrogance and a sense of self-importance in using the whole hemisphere as our country. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 9:46pm

"We've got loads of jingo-jingo-jingoism!"

I honestly don't remember this kind of sh*t when I was in high school 57 years ago.  Yeah, we played the "Banner" before every football game, but we played it as fast as we could to get the damn thing over with so the game could get under way.  (I was the bass drummer, so the head majorette...one of my very best friends...and I set the tempo.) I don't recall playing anything before any other sports events.  Certainly not before track meets and swim meets....

Of course, I grew up, and still live in Southern California...we never needed to prove our patriotism to the rest of the country.  Or our faith, if any.  We just wanted to beat the other schools, if we could.  and if we couldn't, that's show biz.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 8:32pm

Patricia, thanks.  I thought so; it's embarrassing to me...so arrogant, ostentatious...whatever.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 6:06pm

I wish our musicians would play "the Star-Mangled Spanner" with that kind of brio instead of like a dirge...and I also wish there was a law against the warblers who add extra notes and drag them out when singing it at a sports event.  GAGS me!

Do other countries play their national anthems at every effing little game?  Little league soccer, or whatever?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 12:11am

Oh, that's WILD!  Almost a "Depends Moment""!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 7, 2014 at 10:43pm

Okayyyy...this is from "Steam Bath" produced by Hollywood Television Theatre, at KCET, my alma mater.  (Or one of them.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESDwlXua9dU

They ran this every night for a week, and I watched each broadcast.  (Wasn't Bill Bixby handsome?)

 

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