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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith May 27. 9 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on April 5, 2012 at 12:51pm

Steph, "secularizing Easter"?  It's another pagan holiday that the Christians hijacked for their zombie-god.

Easter=Oestre=Astarte=Ishtar. And so on. 

If xians object to fertility celebrations, then I suggest they have themselves spayed/neutered, and STFU about what the rest of us want to do. 

I hafta laugh at the Seventh Day Adventist "health food" nits who buy fertilized chicken eggs...for cooking.  Or do they eat them raw? Has anyone ever told them they are eating embryos? 

I refuse to buy free-range brown eggs because they can't be candled...who knows what's inside those shells?  Gack!

(A late friend of mine called me a racist when she saw me buying all white eggs once.  She was part African, part Seminole, and part Irish...copper-colored skin with blue eyes. So I 'splained to her about candling...then I asked her if chocolate eggs were brown enough for her, and she laughed.)

Comment by Chris Dodds on April 5, 2012 at 12:36pm

@ Steph S. Nothing secularizes easter like the devil's nuts

Comment by Pat on April 5, 2012 at 12:25pm

Steph. That is hilarious!  Lucifer's Testicles!  Is the Easter Basket his scrotum? When you bite off the chocolate bunny's ear, is that the rest of the package?  This is too damned funny!

Comment by Steph S. on April 5, 2012 at 11:49am

My sister has 3 small children and she is a fundamentalist Xtian and doesn't like the secularizing of Easter. She probably has that book .. the one pictured below.

Comment by Steph S. on April 5, 2012 at 11:17am

Xtians don't like the secularizing of Easter. I have come across their forums discussing why easter eggs and the easter bunny are bad for their children.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on April 1, 2012 at 1:47pm

Sorry to leave that teaser and just seem to run off. I am working on the RBB blog, and trying to make it as information dense as my Reason Rally blog. I'm also catching up (while memories are fresh) on all the networking contacts I made yesterday (including a US Navy Commander!!!). 

As well, I'm updating and researching my John Kieffer blog and preparing another blog addressing the overall problem (it's huge) in Polk County Florida.

Please stay tuned and address comments/questions on my blog pages, which are more appropriate for anything "activism" than this group, …which is more a general topics space. I really don't want to hijack Ruth's comments section. That said, thanks to all for your concerns and interests in my own efforts in the more activist facets of atheist community building.

Comment by Jason Fleming on April 1, 2012 at 10:22am

Richard, please keep us posted on John and his daughter's condition. Even if they are perfectly alright, now is not the time to lose a vehicle. I hear he has a ton of legal fees from the Florida incident.

Comment by Jason Fleming on April 1, 2012 at 10:18am

sk8eycat, I've seen many unfortunate attempts where they have tried, but when you try to make comedy that is harmless, takes no risk and can in no way be offensive to anyone, the result is bland and rather lame. That's when you hear the polite chuckles from the pew.

Comment by Steph S. on April 1, 2012 at 2:31am
Cool deal Richard! Can't wait to see your report and pictures!
Comment by sk8eycat on April 1, 2012 at 1:19am

@Richard: How was the music???!  Was it all rock, or did Dan Barker play some cool jazz?

Any comedy?

One thing I've noticed for decades is that most xians and muslims don't dig humor of any kind...whether it's aimed at them or not. I wonder if it's indoctrinated or genetic.

 

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