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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 Hex5 on August 12, 2015 at 4:56pm
I dont mean to be direspectful but i thought a bit of humor might ease your pain. I came up with this whimsical bit to a creationist who was trying to discreadit darwin to no avail....Ye and god said unto noah take unto the ark two of each animal according to its kind. The wolf and the bear the lion and the zebra and tyranosaurs rex and all the dinosaurs according to there kind. And noah said unto god holy shit i dont think they are going to fit, but god commanded it anyway and when the floods came the boat under great weight sank, and everyone died
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2015 at 3:16pm

It's hard to imagine our group without sk8eycat/Felaine. Think I'm still in denial.

Welcome to Hang With Friends, Hex5. Sorry you came just when we're grieving the loss of a beloved member. Thanks for sharing your deconversion story.

Sorry to hear about your job problem, Ian. Are you able to retire, or will you have to job hunt?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2015 at 3:16pm

It's hard to imagine our group without sk8eycat/Felaine. Think I'm still in denial.

Welcome to Hang With Friends, Hex5. Sorry you came just when we're grieving the loss of a beloved member. Thanks for sharing your deconversion story.

Sorry to hear about your job problem, Ian. Are you able to retire, or will you have to job hunt?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 2:30pm

Richard, I realize we have an uphill battle to be able to fully function as a citizen and atheist; however, I feel so strongly that I, and I hope others, want to work toward universal health care. Felaine lived under a failed system and she is only the tip of the iceberg. 

Atheism reframes life and values in such a way that each individual has a right and obligation to think critically.

Living under the boot of capitalism, that needs religion to thrive, results in a failed religion and failed capitalism. We can do better. 

"It was the church more than any other agency, writes historian Randall Collins, that put in place what Weber called the preconditions of capitalism: the rule of law and a bureaucracy for resolving disputes rationally; a specialized and mobile labor force; the institutional permanence that allows for transgenerational investment and sustained intellectual and physical efforts, together with the accumulation of long-term capital; and a zest for discovery, enterprise, wealth creation, and new undertakings."

How Christianity Created Capitalism

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 1:53pm

Carl, I feel so grateful to you for keeping in touch with Felaine and then her sister. It is strange how a person we meet over the internet can become so much a part of one's life. I f elt a real affection for her, as I know so many other Atheist Nexus members felt. 

Thank you, dear friend, for your loving care. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 1:37pm

Ian, I am disgusted with USA's social programs failing and sad to learn Europe is turning more toward private enterprise to conduct their business. We should have learned from Europe about how to care for our people. Money won over people. 

Well, the outcome is clear to me, if we continue with this privatization trend of NeoCons and NeoLibs, we will surely end life as we know it. Sharks and cockroaches will live homo sapiens and so many other flora and fauna. 

Given that reality, what is one to do today? What I plan to do is grow a garden, teach my great-grandchildren how to grow their own food, and find ways to b happy. I also intend to teach them stress management techniques because they will need all the mental and emotional skills possible. 

Ian, what a great friend we had in Felaine. I do miss her and know she wanted to leave, even as I attempted to encourage her. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 12, 2015 at 1:13pm

Welcome, Hex5,  to a great community. We're a bit sad at the moment as we've lost a dear friend. Things are usually a bit brighter with experiences and opinions going back and forth.

Joan, as an outsider, it seems absurd that the U.S. doesn't have a proper health service. That said, Europe is going your way with private treatment being a growth industry. NeoCon and NeoLib policies are the order of the day, even with the traditional Social Democrat/Socialist parties.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 12:33pm

Felaine, I am so sorry you died after all the pain you endured. My hope is that you found some comfort and relief in your last hours. You challenged me in the most delightful way and always sharpened my thinking. Your scathing insights, your stinging humor, your sharp wit delighted me even as it challenged me. 

I love you, dear friend, and miss you.

I make a commitment in your name to fight harder for universal health care. I will think of you as I compose every letter and make every appeal.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2015 at 10:19am

"A broken system that throws away our most experienced and knowledgeable citizens." Thanks for that view Pat.

Comment by Pat on August 12, 2015 at 9:57am

Carl, both a fitting tribute to Elaine, and a telling commentary on a broken system that throws away our most experienced and knowledgeable citizens. 

 

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