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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 20 Replies

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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 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

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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 The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2013 at 8:03pm

Joan, [stepping back on my soapbox] I've spoken to people from countries who have universal health care and I don't need any further convincing that universal health care is the best system.  When we (the U.S) were having our health care debate four years ago, I was extremely excited with the possibility of finally making major positive changes to our broken and wasteful health care system.  We also had the added luxury of being able to study the various systems from other countries (U.K., Germany, Canada, Japan, Sweden, etc.) that were already in place and to see which aspects worked best.  With that information, I was hoping the U.S. would develop a hybrid of the best of the best.  Well......we all know how that turned out.  Such a disappointment that we missed a golden opportunity.  Who would of thought at the beginning that we'd be hearing cries of 'death panels,' 'rationed care' and 'socialism?'

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2013 at 7:32pm

Joan, I think you just invented a new salad dressing.  Franch:  a combination of French and Ranch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 7:09pm

oops, that should be France. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 7:08pm
It just makes sense for everyone to pay into a fund and it covers everything. Sure we would pay a lot over the years, but we pay a lot for health care whether we pay into a fund or not. Include percentages of wage earners, small businesses, stocks, bonds, corporate gains, every cent earned whether through investments or labor pays in and everyone has access to basic health care. I am not interested in having face lifts or fat removal or cosmetic surgery being covered, unless for health reasons, but everything humans are subject to is covered.
Talk to some people from Canada, or Franch, or Sweden.
Any of you from other countries want to chime in here?
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 6:59pm

TFA, please stay on your soapbox. Obviously we aren't getting adequate care, whether privately or through our employer. The evidence is all in and there is no doubt about it, our medical care system is broken. And no one knows that better than the wonderful doctors on my team. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2013 at 6:48pm

PS: I have to take Hairy Jerry to the vet tomorrow, and I'm scared.   He has a large growth/lump on his jaw, he's old, frail, and I don't think I'm going to like what I'm going to hear. ("Nature Advocate" would probably be delighted.  I am so sorry I posted that article in Ailurophiles!  That one person's response was the most vicious, mean-spirited thing I've read since the buybull.)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2013 at 6:43pm

Ruth...1) the dog was "mooning" the camera  2) "Moondoggie" was the name of the character played by James Darren in the first "Gidget" movie. (1959)

(Or I could say that Moondoggie was the nickname of the boy Francie/Gidget falls for in the original novel.  I read the book before I saw the movie; I was 2,000 miles from home and terribly homesick for the ocean...loved them both!)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 20, 2013 at 12:45pm

Sorry to hear about your stepmother, Ian. That’s a lot of life stress in a short time.

A pit bull like Siamese, I don’t think I could get along with Buddy, Joseph.  Thanks for sharing the Buddy fell from tree story. It sounds as if he had no lasting harm.

LOL, great quote sk8eycat, and the rubics cube is a perfect touch to the classic prayer image. I did not get the Moondoggie pun. But I’m not that good at puns.

Steph, your Starwars LOLcats were a hoot.

I regret nothing cat was great  too, booklover. Great way to start my day.

Or to anyone in the Southern Hemisphere, Happy Fall!

Comment by Steph S. on March 20, 2013 at 10:19am

I am glad you enjoyed that Spud : )

I thought that was so cute.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2013 at 10:18am

Steph, thanks for the cute princess leia!

 

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