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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 Deidre on April 5, 2015 at 1:38pm

Hi Joan, Ian and Plinius :) Yes, Joan it is me. lol 

Ian, it still shows as Fly Girl? Hmmm...maybe because I created a new account FlyGirl for a time, and wanted to go back to using my original name. I never 'created' another new account under 'Deidre.' Hmmm...But, deidre is my real name so...anywho. lol Hope everyone here is having a nice weekend. I had agreed to go to church with my dad today for Easter, but I opted out. I no longer believe those things, but why do I feel guilty? Ugh. Time heals all things I suppose. Hugs for your, friends. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 5, 2015 at 1:24pm

I very much like that poem Ian.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 5, 2015 at 1:08pm

Nice poem, Ian. The "more dangerous dead than alive" line is creepy, and true! The Catholics have a saying they teach youngsters: "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." (I guess that is when the seed of the church isn't being shared with underaged boys.)

Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2015 at 12:41pm

I don't know if I've posted this before. My poem about Easter.

A Letter Home

 

Dearest Augusta

I hope you are well.

I am not. I have been forced

to take crucifixion duty again.

Our commander hates me

even more than your father,

who also calls me weak

but I won't expose healthy

girl babies to become

food for rats.

 

This is a bad time to be

here, a religious festival.

The thieving priests,

as corrupt as ours

mint their coins, slaughter

and burn the best beasts

as always.

Blood always flows

when the Holy rule.

 

When I served on the Rhine

I heard of Gods

who favoured warriors,

granted them eternal

feasting and fighting.

Everyone else was to freeze

in the underworld.

Here there's only one

for all occasions

but he loves punishing

all of mankind, so

even one God is one

too many.

 

Holy rebels come and go,

become martyrs, more dangerous

dead than alive. They preach

Heaven in heaven

heaven on earth and

hell out of spite.

 

The moans of the dying

hanging on the crosses

tortures me beyond bearing.

Sometimes I end their sufferings

with my spear. The women

carry the corpses away

to wash and bury.

 

I wish every emperor

would join the Gods,

every priest

ascend to the clouds,

every prophet

cry alone in the wilderness

and give us mortals

our world back

to enjoy in peace.

 

Give your parents

my politest greetings,

the children, kisses.

To you I send

my love and devotion.

 

Your husband

Longinus

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2015 at 7:55am

Easter (shmeaster) day. Big whoop, eh? My sister plays the organ (and directs the choir) for a local Methodist church. They broadcast it on the radio, so I'm listening to her play as I write this. Both my sisters (twins) are fairly religious, as was my mother (to some extent, my father). How I deviated is a mystery to them. Not to me.

Comment by Plinius on April 5, 2015 at 1:32am

Hi Deirdre!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 4, 2015 at 10:46pm

Hi Deidre. Nice to see you again. As "Fly Girl" are you 'related' to Carl. our Flying Atheist?

Comment by Ian Mason on April 4, 2015 at 10:43pm

Yes, Joan, it was. I thought so because the rhyme inside included the words "king's daughter." As I guessed right, she gave me an Easter treat, a packet of chocolate-covered almonds.

Well done, Chris. I'm like that too so I understand the struggle.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2015 at 4:28pm

Hi! Ian! Your Danish tradition of "gækkebrev" sounds fun. I'm eager to learn if it was your daughter. 

Chris, glad you finished your aunt's paperwork. Good grief, it is all I can do to do my own stuff. A hat-tip to you for all our fine skills. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2015 at 4:24pm

Hi Deidre, I wondered if you are our friend from some mnths ago. I hope you are well and things go as you desire. 

 

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