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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Chris on December 1, 2017 at 1:25pm

t's interesting how the U.S.A was going to be great again by draining the swamp in WA DC. as requested by the voters and electoral college to be replaced with a cesspool

Comment by Chris on December 1, 2017 at 1:02pm

Committe to Protect Journalists.

has an interactive link showing  1262 Journalists Killed since 1992/Motive Confirmed

Go  figure?

A T-shirt calling for violence against journalists was for sale at until RTDA sent a letter requesting its removal. 

The "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required." shirt made news at a rally for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump in November of last year. 

The Radio Television Digital News Association reported Thursday that, along with Voice of the First Amendment Task Force, it sent a letter to the national retailer and the shirt was removed five hours later.

RTDNA's letter included that almost three dozen journalists have been assaulted in the U.S. this year and that close to 50 around the world have been killed for their work. 

"It is our belief that at the least, T-shirts or any other items bearing such words simply inflame the passions of those who either don’t like, or don’t understand, the news media. At worst, they openly encourage violence targeting journalists. We believe they are particularly inflammatory within the context of today’s vitriolic political and ideological environment."

RTDNA recognized Wal-Mart's First Amendment right to sell the shirts, the letter continued, "and the right of consumers to purchase and wear them. However, just because Walmart has the right to sell the shirts, that doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do."

Comment by Loren Miller on December 1, 2017 at 6:40am

That "Rope - Tree - Journalist" t-shirt is one of the more despicable things I've seen in too long.  People who support such opinions either have no knowledge of history or simply don't care.  Indeed, had the last word in that phrase been the N-word, I doubt anyone of his ilk would much care.

Comment by Chris on December 1, 2017 at 5:38am

To shift -thinking about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

A place I worked was mostly secular.  There were religious people, including a former Catholic Priest, and an Evangelical Pastor).    They didn't prosletize. 

The culture (in the U.S.A.) expects people to honor what might be called cultural christian values, such as worshiping Jesus during xtmas and easter.

I always thought xmas in the U.S. was about conspictuious consumerisiom and the worship of capitalism.

What is it with Abrahamic 'religions' that demand subscribers to prolesteize?

They won't go to hell, unless they bring someone with them?

As a side note: the name Rosencrantz reminded me of Rossicrutian.

A guy I worked when I said I don't celebrate, or honor  Xtmas  would tell me he was a Rossicrutian. 

I finally looked  Rossicrutian  up about five years ago. More power to him.

Rossicrutian  is an interesting philosophy.

Comment by Chris on December 1, 2017 at 4:47am

Thanks Ian,

I don't know much, or anything about William Shakesphere's tradegy Hamlet.  If I had to take a test of the play, or writing I'd fail. Does that mean I don't know the tradegy of power and family failings?

I dislike reading text written in Old English (probably because of my bias against the King James Bible).

I should become more learned.

Comment by Plinius on December 1, 2017 at 3:07am

A beautiful one, Ian, and very true!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 1, 2017 at 1:46am

Quite right, Joan. I'm reminded of a quote I heard somewhere: 'Principles are like stars. We may never quite reach them but, like the mariners of old, we use them to steer by.'

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2017 at 8:57pm

Ian, if I ever am tempted to get a tatoo, it will be one similar to your "Per ardua ad caelum"! I donn't know the Latin for, "if I aim for the stars and miss, I will land in the universe; if I am for the barn door and miss, I will land in a pile of shit."

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 30, 2017 at 5:15pm

A note on Christian values....

A Trump supporter laughing....

The shirt, " Rope.Tree.Journalist. Some assembly required" was sold at Walmart, but the store eventually then removed them off the shelf.

Comment by Chris on November 27, 2017 at 9:30pm

What Pai will do with the internet is just part of the monopolistic plans he has for cable, broadcast TV, radio, and news print.

He's a disease  that will infect democracy.

Only opiions - not facts.  In Trump land there are no facts.


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