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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 4 hours ago. 10 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 16 hours ago. 1 Reply

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Steph S. on April 19, 2013 at 12:02am

Comment by Steph S. on April 18, 2013 at 11:54pm

Sorry to hear about your floods Flying Atheist.

Joan I hope for you to recuperate soon too.

Wow - all sorts of bad things happening lately.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 18, 2013 at 11:08pm

Melinda, sorry to hear about your flooding issue.  What a pain!  I hope it doesn't get any worse.  It rained here yesterday NON-STOP all day.  There's been major flooding in my neighborhood and around Chicago.  My best friend, who lives about 2 miles west of me, woke up this morning with about one inch of water in his basement. 

In my neighborhood, the Chicago River has swollen and caused considerable flooding just 4 to 6 blocks from my building.  I live in a ground floor unit but have been very lucky.  The sewer system must be working well on my street.  People who live closer to the river just a few blocks away from me aren't so lucky.  I've heard emergency vehicle sirens on and off all day today and an occasional helicopter....I'm sure from the news stations.  

These are news photos taken just 4 to 6 blocks from my apartment building.

This is a cemetery four blocks up my street:

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 18, 2013 at 5:50pm

Thanks for the Box-cats Steph.  Gave me some big smiles and chuckles!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 18, 2013 at 1:42pm

Joan, here's wishing you a speedy recuperation back to our normal energetic smart companion.

Comment by Lillie on April 18, 2013 at 1:04pm

I can exactly see my cats with this box.  They are even the same colors and my black male is my pushy one.

Comment by Steph S. on April 18, 2013 at 12:07pm

Comment by Steph S. on April 18, 2013 at 12:06pm

That's cute booklover!

Thanks Ian for the you Tube link.

It's been raining here all day.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 18, 2013 at 10:11am

I think i might have missed something. Have you had an operations, Joan? It sounds like it went well.

Hope you have drier times soon, Melinda.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fpbCLNyPUA

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2013 at 9:48am

sk8eycat, that is an interesting idea! Anything to calm people during the hub-bub of travelling will be useful. 

 

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