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AOC Flips the Religious Freedom Argument on Its Head (NowThis)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may not be an atheist, but as it comes to the issue of State / Church separation, she has just surprised the daylights out of me (most pleasantly!) with a very powerful statement she has recently made regarding the behavior…Continue

Tags: separation, religious freedom, church, State, AOC

Viruses Don't Watch FoxNews (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 12. 5 Replies

The above is the kind of headline which would likely send the Orange Nightmare into a royal hissy-fit ... but then, in addition to all the line-items outlined in the following video, viruses don't read, either!  Yes, I'm afraid that, once again,…Continue

Tags: virus, corona, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 3. 43 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

#FakeChristians (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 22. 1 Reply

Once again, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers finds it necessary to saddle up and call the soi-disant Christians of the current era on their apparent lack of anything resembling behavior that the carpenter-turned-rabbi would find even remotely…Continue

Tags: Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Short Future Coronavirus World

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 1 Reply

Recent Climate Models predict an equilibrium climate sensitivity as much as 40% higher, which means that we significantly less than a decade to avoid locking in catastrophic climate change.But who has the emotional resources to discuss our…Continue

Tags: existential threats, coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 30. 44 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

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Comment by annet on August 23, 2011 at 7:34pm
Wow Natalie I wondered the same thing! According to this article (which I have not validated) they just started fracking 40 minutes away. http://www.opednews.com/articles/Did-Fracking-Cause-the-Vir-by-Dr-S...
Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 23, 2011 at 4:33pm
I just wonder how much this has to do with "fracking" -- oil recovery by violently fracturing rocks. I don't know if there is any going on near the epicenter in VA, but I have heard of earthquakes in other places affected by it.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 22, 2011 at 3:55pm
Just Google it, Chris - you'll get all sorts of hits.
Comment by Chris Dodds on August 22, 2011 at 3:39pm
Anyone know where on the web I can score a quality Darwin Fish Necklace?
Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 22, 2011 at 6:49am

McCarthyism took place during my preschool and early elementary school years, and I vaguely remember being aware of it. I was a precocious child, and I loved to listen to the adults talking.

At this point, I am aware (MUST have learned later) that some innocent people were blacklisted, became unemployable, and basically had their lives and careers wrecked by McCarthyism. I'm not so sure that we're not headed into another horrible place like that -- different enemy, but the Fundies and pals seem to me to be even worse than the McCarthyites. Maybe it's because I understand it as it's happening.

I think we MADE progress during the 60' - 90's, but it seems obvious to me that there is a large movement trying to take it away from us. :-(

Comment by annet on August 22, 2011 at 1:21am

Agreed Natalie. Getting out the vote is going to be critical in 2012.  People who are supporters but annoyed with the current administration or who are complacent need to be talked into voting anyway!

To make myself feel better sometimes I consider the religious fanaticism of McCarthyism of the 50s, maybe we are making progress, glacially slow but still progress. 

Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 21, 2011 at 1:34pm
So, every single one of us needs to figure out what we can do to fight the movements that are aiming to take us back to the Dark Ages. We can't just sit back and let them do it. The Republicans are VERY good at scare literature and lying to get people to vote for them -- and no amount of sincere, non-hysterical fact-giving can counteract people who are preying on emotions. My tactic is to financially support groups that take the Constitution-deniers to court, because I'm not physically up to demonstrating on the street, but each of you, PLEASE find your own way!
Comment by alexa penzner on August 21, 2011 at 1:12pm
the real constitution, abe lincoln, and thomas jefferson among other americans, we ought not to have the gov't we do have - but we've always been teetering between the christian right and normalcy. right now they sure are sinning - i mean winning. (boy, that was a real freudian slip - honest.)
Comment by Ezra David Rose on August 20, 2011 at 7:52pm

It says in the First Amendment that we have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances....

Comment by alexa penzner on August 15, 2011 at 10:36pm

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. 


      Abraham Lincoln 

 

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