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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Ian Mason on October 10, 2016 at 2:19pm

I haven't watched the debates - too afraid of kicking the TV and breaking it. The thought has occured to me though: what happens if a substantial minority vote "independant"? If no candidate gets a clear majority? Can there be a president who only gets 45% (or whatever)?

I do try to have fun and good experiences. It's panic before closing time. I'll be 60 next birthday. I'm also aware of all the time that's been wasted during all those years as a depressive alcoholic.

Today I've been to an event at the local library, part of Mental Health Day and it's been great seeing so many young people who are coping with their problems and living full lives despite a psychiatric diagnosis. There are still a lot of problems with the health service in that area but the subject is no longer taboo so many more are seeking help at an age when help is more effective. There was even a high-school class that turned up and were invited to ask the panel of three any question at all. So much openness was unheard of when I was a teenager. And there was live music, coffee and cake (Big Smiley Face)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 10, 2016 at 1:56pm

Glad the site is back online.  These outages are frustrating and more frequent these days.  Something needs to be done.

Hi, April.  Welcome to our friendly group and to Atheist Nexus.

Randy, my high school class had a ten-year reunion and it was pretty much a waste of time for me.  We haven't had another reunion since.  At the time I was still in contact with my classmate friends and didn't much care to mingle with the folks a didn't like in high school. 

I agree with others here.  Ian, you're always doing fun, varied and interesting activities. 

Kathy, the dismal state of our political race is beyond words.  When the debate ended last night I actually felt sorry for Hillary Clinton for being subjected to such a maniacal display.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 10, 2016 at 1:50pm

The debate disappointed me too. I'd expected Hilary to wipe the floor with him.

"The language and content of one of Trump’s debates during the Republican primary season was scientifically analyzed and determined to be at the fourth-grade level. One of his public news conferences was determined to be at the third-grade level."

 "If Trump were a person of high intelligence who was only playacting to appeal to voters of low intelligence, he would still be able to communicate at a higher level as well. But Trump has never been able to communicate at a sophisticated level." From Alternet

I didn't expect they'd talk about pussygate up front and then just move on as if case closed, nothing to see here folks.

Also barely any mention of Climate Change.

Comment by Plinius on October 10, 2016 at 1:41pm

A very quiet weekend without you all! And the debate was really appalling, I've seen just enough to be disgusted and wouldn't see more. Once upon a time there were politicians who discussed their plans for the well being of the people in an educated manner and you can fill in the rest for yourself.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 10, 2016 at 1:22pm
We're back! The debate last night was sad. Trump skulking around behind Hillary on stage. Seems he likes stalking and intimidating women too.
Comment by Plinius on October 8, 2016 at 8:26am

Have fun, Randall! I stopped going to reunions after one - in which my former classmates made a spectacle of themselves, showing off husbands, jobs and whatever they had. Rather disgusting I thought, but I shouldn't have gone in the first place. I hope you have a nice meeting!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 8, 2016 at 7:29am

Yes, welcome April!

Last night, I went to the informal "pre-reunion" weinie roast gathering of my Class of '61. Joan, you are so right! Everyone looked so old and decrepit. Not to brag, but they all marveled at how good I looked and "haven't changed". I honestly believe that I'll be the "last man standing" unless I get hit by a car or something. I'll report on tonight's big affair tomorrow.

Comment by Plinius on October 8, 2016 at 3:07am

Hi April!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2016 at 1:02am

Randy, sorry I missed the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall. I will watch for it on the internet. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2016 at 12:57am

Kathy, I looked for the lap dancing reference and could only find tap dancing. Now I get it. 

Ian, you have more fun than anyone I know. It is delightful to read your adventures.

Randy, looking forward to learning about your reunion! Did you notice how old the people are in your reunion as I discovered mine to be. How could they be so white-haired and bent over after 55 years. It gets even worse at the 60th. Strange how the goofy ones are still goofy, the wise ones are still wise, and the charmers still have charm. 

 

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