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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Loren Miller on April 7, 2014 at 10:15am

Well, gang, today's the day.  Around 3:30 this afternoon, I'll set out for the Wexner Center at The Ohio State University, there to enjoy a showing of The Unbelievers and hear from the show's two stars, Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins.

More than likely, I'll be reporting back here about what all went down later this week.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 10:06am

Is it not interesting that a 12 year old boy is prepared for the priesthood and 12 year old girls have no such opportunity. 

When god was a woman

This is an old book (1978) and as valid today as when I read it all those years ago. 

My project with Marija Gimbutas and Riane Eisler in Turkey, Greece and Crete and in Ireland and Belgium provides ample evidence of the reality of a time when god was a woman. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2014 at 9:19am

Mindy, thanks for the info on the Jerk.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2014 at 9:14am

G Cat is right.  

The mormon 'priesthood' seemed like no big deal to me.  All male members got it at age 12 and got promoted at regular intervals, just for showing-up at church once in a while.  I was a "High Priest" when I realized it was all Horse Pucky. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 7, 2014 at 5:44am

Shallom and sallaam to all. Hope you are keeping well.

Got back from a holiday in Israel at 5 a.m. Most of me had a great time although it might be a few days before my feet, legs and the skin on my arms and neck forgive me for what I've put them through. A few pics will be posted when I get some energy back. A good holiday is when you're too tired to go back to work but too skint not to

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 7, 2014 at 12:02am

My understanding is that the priesthood in the Mormon church is unlike other religions' clergy; it's conferred on virtually all male LDS church members, and is a necessary condition to obtaining exaltation in their highest level of heaven. (It was denied to black men until a "convenient" divine revelation in 1978.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2014 at 6:32pm

Herald Poll: Women at the LDS Priesthood meeting

April 03, 2014 11:48 am  •  
Should women be allowed to attend the Priesthood session of the LDS General Conference?

"This weekend the LDS General Conference will kick off, bringing with it what has become a conference tradition -- protesters.

"One group, Ordain Women, will line up for tickets and hope that they will be admitted to the Saturday evening Priesthood session -- a meeting reserved by the church for males age 12 and older."

Well, well, I wonder how long it will take them to get equality, at least at being able to attend the General Conference?

Do the women believe the mythology? Are there any who ask questions and express doubt? I can't understand how women can stay in servitude generation after generation ... yet I know the women in my family were to submit to the men in my family, even if the submission was unhealthy. I just don't know they can stay!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 6, 2014 at 3:34pm

I know, Spud.  At some point you would think these people would just stop for a moment and say to themselves, Hey, this is total bullshit.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2014 at 3:33pm

When we played SLC 50+ years ago, I took the (limited) tour of Temple Square, and had a difficult time not LOLing at some of the nonsense the guide was spouting...such as the "miracle" of the seagulls, and the myth about American Indians being one of the "lost" tribes of Israel.  I'm glad that DNA tests finally proved that last one wrong.  The "lost tribes" if Israel were assimilated into other tribes, most likely.

I also tried to read the Book of Moron that was in my hotel room, and it was sillier than the buybull.  (But I stole it anyway, just so I could throw it off the train somewhere between SLC and Peoria (our next stop).

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2014 at 3:20pm

I can't understand why anyone that thinks "God's only true church" is doing anything wrong, are not questioning the whole thing.

 

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