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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 The Flying Atheist on April 23, 2013 at 7:09pm

Melinda, If I were your daughter I would definitely appeal that crazy internship decision.  Her adviser is expecting her to take a vow of poverty?!  She's in college trying to make ends meet, dammit!!  That adviser should instead be thrilled that your daughter was able to procure an internship (whether paid or not) with a company that wasn't even interested in taking on an intern UNTIL they met her.  That says a lot about your daughter and her talents.  The adviser should also see this as a positive reflection upon the college and their students.  Perhaps a personal conversation can take place between the boss at the newspaper office and the adviser at the college to discuss your daughter's performance.  The fact that the position was paid should be irrelevant.  If the adviser doesn't give in, perhaps you can snidely ask him/her to please make a monetary donation to your daughter's college fund.  Just my 2 cents.  Good luck to her.   

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 23, 2013 at 4:30pm

Ian, that is the BEST picture ever! lolz

Tom, I suppose we have to 'see' irony to get it ;)

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 23, 2013 at 4:22pm

Patricia, thanks for the G. Graffin quote about non-believing countries.

Loren, what a great saying about empathy & religion, and “If god were a car” is excellent.

Melinda, I love the “Before you jump” cat.  Made me laugh.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 23, 2013 at 11:54am

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 23, 2013 at 2:03am

Ian, no thank you. I like where I am.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 23, 2013 at 1:54am

Tom, that bosom is obviously the bosom of Our Lady of the Bountiful Breasts. Return to her embrace and the Mother Church!

Comment by sk8eycat on April 23, 2013 at 1:51am

Ian, I know that illogic is a "given" when it comes to believers.  What alarms me is that The Family is so secretive, and they have so much access and influence with our lawmakers...even members of the Supreme Court.  They focus on what they call "the elite." That's just NOT right.  (I wish our elected officials had enough brains and guts to tell them to just bugger off.)

Women cannot be full members, ever; they are sort of an auxiliary, like women are in most churches...cook, serve, clean...and pray when they aren't working.  Maybe they pray while they are working.

Sick. Sick. Sick.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 23, 2013 at 12:36am

This is too much of a most delicious irony for me to ignore.

First, most of us know Catholicism has a problem with sex, and especially with women.

Second, a post by Joan told us Terrence Meaden's words of a visit to about Stonehenge: "I just happened to be there at the right time of day because only when the light is right can you see it properly. During the summer months it is only obvious for about a hour each day around 1400."

Third, get that each day around 1400 hours. That's 2:00 pm.

Fourth, in San Francisco on a sunny February day at 2:00 pm, this survivor of twelve years in Catholic schools is near the foot of Starr King Drive, a few feet away from the Unitarian Church, looking up the hill at the huge Catholic St. Mary's Cathedral, and if you've ever seen the building you know its top is not the usual steeple.

Fifth, on the street before me is a shadow of the Cathedral. It looks exactly like the profile of the chest of an exceptionally well-endowed woman.

Thirty years earlier in English classes in Catholic schools I hear of irony. At last I understand it.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 22, 2013 at 10:44pm

I think the face looks like "grumpy cat". Perhaps it stowed away on the Tardis and became a deity to my ancestors.

Can't expect logic and consistency from Believers, Felaine.

Lilie and Joan: I too experience technology and machinery as malign. As far as computers go, what can we expect from devices assembled by people working 15 hours a day on a shitty assembly-line in China? The problem might be with the mouse, Joan especially if it's a lap-top.

Melinda, that is unjust treatment of your daughter. Is there no way of appealing that decision? "Doesn't count because it's paid" is ridiculous. 

Comment by Lillie on April 22, 2013 at 4:59pm

These computers are mean.  I think they are out to get us.

 

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