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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 kathy: ky on August 14, 2014 at 10:34am
I've gotta agree with Joan and Ian. But you knew l would. I'm sure you're not the only one who objects to their religion being brought out with the food.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2014 at 10:05am

Perhaps God should pay for the pizza, Randall if they trust in Him to meet their needs? You can tell them that they can have their beliefs but that you don't want them sent through your door. It's your threshold and your life; therefore your rules prevail

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 8:06am

Randy, this is an example of the Pinch Theory, something happens that causes one to feel a pinch, a discomfort, and he or she says, "Oh well" and lets it slide. Another pinch, another "Oh well", another pinch another "Oh well" until one day is the straw that breaks the camels's back and he or she blows up in an all too familiar temper tantrum. 

I respectfully disagree with Carl, I would send a message that because of their basic principles of faith in a superpower, I am boycotting their product. Just a few minutes of time, you expressed your opinion, they know not everyone shares their belief and they lost a customer. 

I do agree with Carl about picking one's battles, but when did blacks stop saying "Oh well"? or women stop saying, "Oh well", and GLBTQ stop saying "Oh well"?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 7:46am

Randall, in all honesty I would just let it slide.  Yes, it is obnoxious to me as well, but it is their prerogative to run their business under those principles.  It is also our prerogative not to purchase their products. 

We need to pick our battles, and I don't think this is one of them.  It would be different if the way they ran their company had a negative impact on their employees, such as with Hobby Lobby.  Just my 2-cents. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 14, 2014 at 7:28am

While walking the dog last evening, I picked up a tossed cardboard "Hunk of Pizza" box (to carry home and deposit accordingly). I noticed a message on the box: "Our Guiding Principles; Place God First in All We Do, Trust God to Meet Our Needs". I was, and still am, quite disgusted and appalled. I'm thinking about emailing them some words of disapproval. Any suggestions on what to tell them (Hunt Brothers Pizza)?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 3:14am

Yes, Patricia, Dave Allen. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2014 at 1:20am

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2014 at 12:53am

Patricia, thanks for alerting me to the other two videos. I just watched them. Women and children need laws written with their flourishing in mind and law enforcement to make sure that all those violations are prosecuted. 

It seems unlikely the women who say they are happy with the situation and have no complaints have no idea of other options that might exist for them. If they are adults, they may have a right to live in a polygamous marriage if it is legal, but I can't see how it would benefit society. 

There are two problems I see, 

Gender disparity concern, first, is several females sharing one male. Females are treated as baby factories.
Second, is not enough females for males. China's one child rule resulted in the aborting or killing of female babies, leaving a surplus of males. 

"Future challenges for China will be the gender disparity. According to the 2010 census, males account for 51.27% of China's 1.34 billion people, while females made up 48.73% of the total. The sex ratio (the number of males for each female in a population) at birth was 118.06 boys to every 100 girls (54.14%) in 2010, higher than the 116.86 (53.89%) of 2000, but 0.53 points lower than the ratio of 118.59 (54.25%) in 2005.[5] In most western countries the sex ratio at birth is around 105 boys to 100 girls (51.22%). At the moment there are about 9 million more boys than girls in China."

Gender disparity concern

this is about a third of the way into the article. 

Chinese Women by Age Cohorts

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 10:15pm

Patricia, the video came through nicely. I can't even imagine how this case could take so long. What about the safety and health of the girls? Are there any reports on them. Did they have children? What was the age of the youngest mother? He claimed to only hold hands and I find that highly unlikely. One of the girls involved between the two families was 12 years old, if I remember correctly.

Just imagine them taking underage girls and marrying them off. The video revealed happy children and women. I wonder about their physical and mental health?  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2014 at 9:52pm

Bertold, here is my playlist of Phil Zuckerman. Enjoy!

 

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