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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 10:35pm

oops, I meant everyone BUT the priest.

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 10:35pm

Derek, ha ha ha that is awesome! Flying Atheist, I totally agree.  Nothing is better than a really good laugh.

Once, when I 'tried' religion (I was raised by Atheists! :), I took my then 3 yr. old daughter to the kid's xmas mass.  She had on her pretty dress, etc.  The priest was talking about trust.  He told her to turn her back to him and fall backwards and trust that he would catch her.  He said "Do you trust me?"  she said "NOPE!" and hopped down from the stage and sat back down.  EVERYONE laughed buy the priest.  SUCH A SMART GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 10:22pm

So far, I've gone through my entire life laughing all along way.  I laugh at work, at home, with family and with friends.  It sure makes life so much better. 

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 10:13pm

A silly voice, you say? I always told my kids that it was the responsibility of parents to embarrass them in public. It builds character. 

Years ago in Disneyland, when my eldest was about 14, we came upon the Sword in the Stone display. I was hauled out of the audience to show that the sword could not be pulled from the stone. Then a little kid comes up and pulls it out. Of course, the fellow dressed up as Merlin trips lock to release it. My son was embarrassed to see me up there, striking a knightly pose. 

Ah, but then the fun began. Merlin proclaimed the little kid could be king, but I would remain a knight. So I said, "Once a king, always a king," which Merlin repeated with his mike so everyone could hear. Then I added, "But once a knight is enough." Merlin started to repeat that, too, but went silent when he realized what he was saying.

The adults all got a good laugh, but my son was mortified!

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 9:47pm

@ The Flying Atheist, lol, he isn't embarrassed @ home, but sometimes I will say something in a silly voice in a store and he'll say "Mom!  You DO remember we're in public, right?" ha ha!  I forget not everyone understands my goofiness, but maybe it's better than a boring Mom? lol.

Comment by booklover on September 8, 2012 at 9:44pm

Awwww, Luna, Dido, Purryface, and Pumpkin are all beautiful!  I have 2 more Dale and Dora, and 2 that have died, but lived long, happy lives: Jo and Tibby.  All are/were rescues!Here is an old one of my daughter with Dora.  She is a dork, so we call her Dorka. LOL

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 8, 2012 at 7:32pm

Sk8eycat, thanks so much for sharing your recipe.  I'm gonna have to make it one of these days soon.  

Everybody, has such beautiful cats.  I wish I could have one.  Years ago I had a roommate that had two.  They were so adorable and much fun.  Great personalities.  Tigger and Shorty.  

Booklover, do you embarrass your teen-age son?  Stop that!!!!!  lol  My parents intentionally liked doing that to me when I was their last child living at home.  It sure brought them some laughs.  lol     

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:57pm

ryan leman, I am so far behind, I wonder if I will ever have time to read them all. However, when I do have time, there are so many fun and funny pictures and stories, I look forward to seeing them all. Winter is coming and that is a good time to be at the computer. This season is a very busy one, getting ready for frost warnings any day now. Earlier than usual, according to weather reports. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:52pm

sk8eycat, I corrected some mistakes. Yes, of course you may use it. 

"I don't understand evolution!"?

Why is it easier to believe that some sky spirit created Earth and all that inhabit it in six days and took the seventh off? Or believe dinosaurs and homo sapiens co-existed? Or believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, +-, whatever? Or believe that man was created to obey "god"; how do you know which god? Or believe that Noah's flood created the Grand Canyon, or that some poor bloke lived inside the belly of a whale, or stones talk, or a man named Jesus is the son of god, born of a virgin, was crucified, died, was resurrected and ascended into heaven? or god punishes all who do not obey him and sends them to eternal damnation in a lake of fire and rewards those sheep who follow him with eternal life with relatives who make no sense, or that one must be "born-again" to satisfy some un-seeable being, or that there is no moral or ethical code without religion. 

You folks just make no sense to me and I am not interested in your people knocking on my door or calling me. I have very low regard for those who manipulate and exploit others using fear as a weapon instead of thinking reasonably. And above all else, keep your damnable beliefs out of science schoolrooms. Your message is just plain child abuse. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:17pm

sk8eycat, I understand your feeling; reading the buybull is the best remedy for religiosity I know of, other than sermons and buybull study. The phrase that got me was being told to "crucify yourself daily in imitation of the crucified christ." If Christ was crucified for my sins, why do I have to do it too? 

 

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