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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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2015 at 6:50am

Perhaps her sister won't miss her very much and go on with her life. But I wonder if she is able to take care of herself and the cats - I've seen horrible neglect of self and cat with Asperger brother-in-law. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2015 at 6:13am

I imagine Felaine's cats miss her.  Probably searching the house for her.

Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2015 at 12:50am

Felaine died of poverty. She mentioned a few times that she had the choice between food and medicine. As far as I know she had diabetes, which can lead to gangrene if you don't treat it. 

I hope her Asperger sister and her cats can manage!

Comment by Hex5 on August 14, 2015 at 12:26am
You are right old superstitions do die hard really hard. Especially when they are indoctrinated into a chileds mind
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2015 at 12:07am

Old superstitions die hard, especially something as basic as left and right handedness. There are those who want to control others, and those who perceive others as fine, just the way they are. Oh! to live in a perfect world of eschewing control and valuing diversity. 

Comment by k.h. ky on August 13, 2015 at 11:56pm
My forty something year old niece is left handed. And only an old, fundie, g uncle said anything about breaking her of it.
One of my gdaughters is a lefty and now they sale left handed scissors for the little ones. And parents are strongly encouraged to get them.
Comment by k.h. ky on August 13, 2015 at 11:51pm
I've had Felaine on my mind. I remembered, at some point, that she wore a medic alert, DNA. Which I suppose explains, what seemed, her sudden death.
Thanks Carl for tracking her down.
And thanks Chris for letting us know why Patricia has been mia.
Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 2:28pm

My parents were protestant fundie, but they thought the devil was left-handed too.

When I was about 13 I hurt my left hand, they used it as an excuse to make me write right-handed. Was not a succes; I started to drop things, fall over and walk into walls, and when I switched to left again my handwriting was even more messed up. 

Don't do this to your children!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 13, 2015 at 1:46pm

Not sure, but I've only ever heard of the Catholics doing it. They see the devil everywhere. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 1:42pm

I always hate hearing those stories about left-handed kids being forced to write with their right hand.  That is just so f*cked up.  I think about all the unnecessary arguments, tears and punishments innocent kids had to endure.  My mother and my brother are both left-handed.  But none of us went to Catholic schools. 

Just curious, do/did other religious freaks besides the Catholics have that policy as well? 

 

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