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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 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

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 16, 2013 at 2:01pm

Felaine, it delights me to hear about your unexpected good news.  You so deserve it.  Just between you and me.....if I could, I would love to do so many good things for you that you would be blubbering like a newborn baby.  You're very special.  I admire your feisty personality, your book-smarts, the volunteer work that you do, and your talented past of professional skating.  

Chris, have an enjoyable holiday in Naples.  I would love to visit any part of Italy.  I've met so many people who have gone there recently.  It seems to be THE European place to visit at this time.  The food, I'm told, is outstanding.      

Joan, as always, you're kindly thought of.  Thanks for keeping us updated on your ups and down.

 

Comment by Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:23am

Joan I am wishing you the best. My thoughts are with you.

I love Alan Alda too Melinda.

I am off to the gym. Gotta get going.

Comment by Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:21am

This one is funny. Of course i like them all.

Comment by Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:20am

That is good news to hear sk8eycat. I am glad someone did something for you.

Comment by Steph S. on May 16, 2013 at 11:20am

that was funny booklover!! I loved it - that Lolcat made me laugh.

Flying Atheist thanks for the videos.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 16, 2013 at 10:42am

The most despicable thing that Agnes Bojaxhiu ("Mother" Teresa) did was to constantly speak out against abortion and contraception.  When she was asked why she encouraged overpopulation and famine...and people having more children than they could afford to take care of, she would always drag out that old saw that "The lord will provide."

She also seemed to believe that the suffering of the poor was "beautiful," and somehow helped the world, but nobody ever had the cojones to ask her "HOW??!"

She was brain-damaged, IMO.

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2013 at 10:17am

And proud to belong to your team, Joan! But I'm very glad you've got such a wonderful real life team!

Sending you a wallflower from my garden.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:38am

I just drank 32 oz of water and am fasting, preparing for a cat scan this morning. Then no more until next week. I intend to enjoy these days away from treatments and protocols and just enjoy my fabulously beautiful, weedy garden. 

Mindy, I will be thinking of you and your mother and daughter enjoying a lovely time together. 

Thank you, each one, for your encouragement. You help keep that dark cloud from enveloping me. You are part of my team and I appreciate you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:33am

Mindy, a wise man, and I too "I love Alan Alda! :)"

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 16, 2013 at 9:07am

 sk8eycat, Great news about your project to increase energy efficiency in your home. A nice happy cry clears out the old cobwebs as it gives you fresh ways to see the world. It is kind of a wet  emotional ophthorectumy: cuts the nerve between the eyeball and rectum so one doesn't have such a shitty outlook on life. 

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Hitch's book on Mother Teresa. She was brainwashed and couldn't put an end to mindbinding of religion. Perhaps her final days would have been easier for her if she had abandoned her yearning for a reciprocal Christ and turned to her own internal strengths. 

"Jesus has a very special love for you. As for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great that I look and do not see, listen and do not hear.
— Mother Teresa to the Rev. Michael Van Der Peet, September 1979"

Doubt, questioning, examining, exploring are part of what makes us human and leads us from the filth of dying people laying on cots dwithout adequate medical and hygiene care and could have move her to see the role religion plays in creating, maintaining and perpetuating such poverty. She was part of the problem. 

 

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