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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 22 minutes ago. 3 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Plinius on April 22, 2017 at 3:13am

Have great holidays, Lauren and Randall!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 21, 2017 at 5:19pm

Ian, I just noticed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is listed as a "coming soon" film here as well.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 21, 2017 at 5:08pm

Ian, coincidentally, one of our great independent movie theaters here will be screening The Crucible which was filmed onstage in 2014 at the Old Vic.  It's gotten rave reviews.  That may be worth a visit to see.    www.musicboxtheatre.com/films/old-vic-theatre-presents-the-crucible

It appears it is also available to stream online through different services.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 21, 2017 at 2:07pm

Lauren and Randall, have a great time at your respective destinations.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 21, 2017 at 2:05pm

A late night last night. Went to see a live streaming of 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' from the Old Vic. Really, really good. Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire in the title roles with David Haig as The Player. Was home just before midnight so it was torture to get up for work at 4.50 this morning but well worth it.

http://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2017/rosencrantz-and-guildenstern/"/> Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - The Old Vic
Half a century after its premiere on The Old Vic stage, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight, returns to The Old Vic in its 50th anniversary celebratory production directed by David Leveaux.
OLDVICTHEATRE.COM

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 21, 2017 at 12:38pm

Randall - have a fabulous trip!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 21, 2017 at 12:20pm

Randy, have a wonderful trip.  I have only heard rave reviews from people who have visited Italy...especially about the food.  Enjoy yourself! 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 21, 2017 at 7:15am

They say you're not supposed to mention leaving your home on social media, but with Loren as my leader, I'll also publicize my trip-- to the Tuscany region of Italy, beginning Sunday. It's with the organization Road Scholars, formerly Elderhostel. Never been there, and I don't know Italian. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 21, 2017 at 1:27am

Enjoy your stay in Sun City, Loren.  Spring is a great time to visit the desert.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2017 at 1:09am

Loren, Sun City sounds like an excellent place to Rest & Recuperate. Enjoy!

 

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