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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 56 minutes ago. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

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

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on February 15, 2016 at 10:48am

Thank you for the kind words.

Løberen

 

Skoven står i sin fineste dragt,

en million grønne gnister

der svæver over et anemonetæppe.

Rådyret lister forbi, og en stålorm

snor sig over stien.

Med taktfast trampen kommer

løberen, som gisper og sveder,

indånder optimisme sammen med ilt

mens alt negativt fordamper.

Ben, lunger og hjerte

finder en fælles rytme

og gør det de er skabt til.

Bevægelse bliver livets mening

for en kort stund

og en følelse af frihed

finder sine vinger.

Havde man luft tilovers

ville man råbe sin glæde

om hvordan krop og sjæl

er i virkelighed en,

om hvor godt det er at leve

lige her og nu.

 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 15, 2016 at 5:47am

February 15th - Happy Half-Price Chocolate Day!

Comment by Plinius on February 15, 2016 at 2:58am

Thanks for the poem, Ian! Would you show us the Danish text, so we can try to understand the rhythm?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 15, 2016 at 12:20am

It's so frustrating to see how the Supreme Court is systematically attempting to take away civil and equal rights that so many people throughout the decades have literally fought and died for.  Worker/union rights.  Voting rights.  Women's rights.  Racial equality.  Minority rights.  It seems as though the positive ruling for the LGBT community on marriage was a fluke that never should have happened. 

Comment by k.h. ky on February 14, 2016 at 11:47pm
Randall, I've been wondering about Steph too.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 14, 2016 at 11:45pm
Scalia was the lowest. As the article Ruth published an excerpt from points out so well.
Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2016 at 11:39pm

Thanks for that evocative, life-affirming poem, Ian!

Randall, I'm with you: while I wish Antonin Scalia's family and friends whatever comfort and peace they can find, my overwhelming reaction is "Scalia is off the bench -- GOOD!!!"

Among the other damage he had done to the U.S., Bush v. Gore stands out: electing George Bush as President by a vote of 5 to 4, leading to Alito and Roberts on the court, leading to Citizens United, the weakening of the Voting Rights Act, Hobby Lobby, and more....

As Daily Kos commenter Albanius wrote:

It is a challenge to pick the worst decision of the Scalia majority on the court, considering eviscerating the Voting Rights Act, rewriting the Second Amendment in the face of its explicit language, and Corporations Unlimited (truth in packaging), among others.

But my vote goes to Bush v. Gore, which not only brought the Iraq War, a multi-trillion dollar tax giveaway to millionaires and billionaires, and the loss of a almost decade while the planet continued to cook, but also the elevation of Roberts and Alito, directly responsible for all the other outrageous decisions.

As Vincent Bugliosi noted in The Nation at the time, Scalia was obligated to recuse himself from Bush V Gore, since his two sons worked for law firms representing Bush.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 14, 2016 at 11:36pm

Ian, your poetry is simply beautiful.  Very descriptive and visual.  My praises to you on your creative abilities.  You have a wonderful talent. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 14, 2016 at 10:36pm

Good one Ian!!  I enjoyed it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 14, 2016 at 10:19pm

Ian, your words evoke strong images and feelings quickly follow. They tickle the place in my brain that is full of memories.  

 

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