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Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2014 at 9:25pm

I can't remember chapter and verse but there is a Bible quote where Jesus condemns public prayer. I'll try to find it.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 5:32pm

Nick, to me it's one thing when someone always says "grace" in their own home, and quite another when they make a big public to-do of it in a restaurant.  Especially if it's crowded...that's when I stare into space, or the parking lot, or the inside of my head.  Or pray that nobody I know is there, and sees me sitting with the babbler and his wife.

IMO praying out loud in a restaurant is just a wee bit arrogant... show-off-y.  Yanno? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 3:30pm

I think I've mentioned an excellent book titled Dining By Rail; all about the extraordinary service on passenger trains in the USA ....pre-Amtrak.

One thing the author mentions is that a few railroads would have a card on each table with (sometimes) three types (Jewish, Catholic, Protestant) of "blessings" to help the diner  get into the proper mood for the meal.

I get SO embarrassed when I go out to eat with some friends from high school, and the husband (a Baptist minister) delivers a prayer longer than most sermons.  I just look out the window till he's finished.  (He never "blesses" the servers, cooks, farmers, etc., but he does tip.  He's done extraordinarily well in the god biz.))

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

I'll second that, Ian. My favorite pre-meal prayer is "Grab it and growl."

Comment by Ian Mason on September 14, 2014 at 11:13am

Pre-meal prayer? God help anyone who gets between me and my nosh.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2014 at 10:32am

Carl, pre-meal prayers grates on my nerves also.  Same for prayers anytime anywhere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 14, 2014 at 8:27am

Ah yes, the compulsory pre-meal prayer.  Gag me.  That's one of those little activities that just grates on my nerves.  I sometimes wonder if these people would be able to live with themselves if they happened to skip the prayer.  Has it come to the point of being a compulsive activity disorder?  

Thanks, Randy, about the post cards.  I'm very proud of the extensiveness of my collection.  I have well over 1,200 cards, all Chicago related and ranging from 1898 through the 1940's.....considered the "Golden Age" of postcards. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 14, 2014 at 7:39am

I joined some fellow high school classmates yesterday for a mini-reunion picnic. Had a good time and the food was good. But--I was forced to listen to an inane pre-meal prayer. I hate when that happens. I slipped over to a window and turned my back on the group. I wondered if I was the only atheist in a group of about 30.

Great post cards, Carl!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2014 at 2:42am

Joan, I think some hotels and cruise ships occasionally have temporary ice shows, but nothing like the ongoing ones of the past.

Some friends of mine have an artificial skating surface (plastic) that can be set up anywhere, and have performed on Alaska cruises.  It's kind of a Pain In The Foot to skate on because your blades heat up from the friction....and give you a hotfoot.  With real ice, that doesn't happen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_ice

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2014 at 12:51am

Carl, these excellent post cards of a time gone by. Are there any fancy restaurants now that have ice skating shows?

 

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