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Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

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Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2013 at 1:40am

Loren, another conversation stopper: "If you really believe that a supernatural being made the entire universe (including this little mudball) in six days, and rested on the seventh day, what did she/he/it do on the eighth day?"  *;) winking

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2013 at 1:30am

And thank you Carl, for your kindness!

Happy Solstice to all of you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHK2lxS5Ivw

Comment by sk8eycat on December 21, 2013 at 1:28am

Many, many years ago I heard somebody say on a PBS news/talk show that he didn't agree with somebody else's belief in mythical miracles, but he had to respect the other person for having beliefs at all. And I found myself wanting to yell, "WHY?!?"

Later I thought out my own "motto:"

"I have to respect your constitutional right to believe whatever silly thing makes you feel special, but I do NOT have to respect what you believe. And I don't."  (Can't)

Before my sister became involved with the JeHoover's Witlesses, they used to come to the door and joyfully shout, "Millions now living will never die!"  I would either say, "That's obscene (or absurd)," or I would just laugh at them, and quietly shut the door before they could stop gasping in horror.  (They dropped that particular sales pitch decades ago; I guess it didn't drag in enough suckers.)

Doorbell ringers of all stripes are as offensive to me as telemarketers and spammers...it's a wonder that they actually ever contact anybody stupid enough to buy whatever they are selling. 

I occasionally scan my spam folder, and there seem to be a lot of Christian dating web sites looking for customers.  How weird. If there are so many True Believers in this country, you'd think they wouldn't have any trouble bumping into each other. Literally.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 21, 2013 at 1:23am

TO ALL MY FRIENDS HERE......

A HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE TO YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE WARMTH OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP.

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2013 at 1:11am

http://archive.aec.at/#43428

The fantastic flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2013 at 12:14am

You make good points Loren. Perhaps I am naive to think that believers will read and care about the issues I share with family and friends. I get a larger response, almost all positive from Twitter than I do from Facebook. 

You have always graciously agreed when I request to share your writings with Facebook and Twitter. Have you had any negative response from either site? 

I don't often get responses, but I do get requests to be a friend, and when I read their home page I select those who seem to have healthy correspondence going on there. I don't respond to the ones who appear to be wanting to pick a fight or get into the tent of non-believers. 

I could be wrong and welcome any feedback. I definitely value your judgement. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 20, 2013 at 9:56pm

Mindy, my apologies ... but I will have NOTHING to do with Facebook, and for the same reason that I don't engage theists on other boards in discussion or debate.  I did that for four years on The Experience Project and it was largely wasted time, made worse by an administration that clearly favored the theists over the atheists while thinking they were being egalitarian.  I'll grant you that there may be onlookers who may benefit, but if they can't be bothered to identify themselves or at least express some appreciation for my effort, frankly, it is not worth it to me.

When the Jehovah's Witlesses come to my door, they get their asses handed to them, but then, they came to MY door, decided to argue their bullshit on MY turf, and deserve everything they have coming to them.  That doesn't mean that I perforce go out looking for confrontation.  I don't.

I don't start fights.  I finish them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2013 at 9:33pm

According to the Farmer's Almanac, the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, the time when the Earth spends two days in the same relationship to the Sun is  ..... drum roll please ....

December Winter Solstice is on Saturday,

December 21, 2013 at 17:11 UTC

December 21, 2013 at 9:11 AM Pacific Standard Time 

Please correct me if I am wrong. 

Days will start to get longer and longer and longer and longer .............

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2013 at 7:55pm

Loren, you say it so clearly! I would only add:

"Do you really believe in a supernatural god? 

"Can there actually be a virgin birth? 

"Surely you can't believe in a spirit world? 

"Don't you think the devil is a construct of a fear filled person?

"Do you put your trust in a story that came out of a desert people 2,000 years ago? 

"Do you actually believe the Earth is 6,000 years old? 

"Will Stone age people's solutions solve today's problems? 

"Do you actually believe in miracles? 

"Where is the evidence? 

"Have you ever read the scriptures? 

"When are you going to give up childish things and think as an adult? 

"I respect you too much to listen to this nonsense!

I want to force a person to think. I really don't care if they have an answer for me because I won't be around to hear it. I certainly don't want them around me or on my internet strings. Thankfully, it is easy to block nonsense. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2013 at 7:43pm

Mindy, yes, this is a good place to come and explode in disgust and whatever the feeling. 

I also think it is quite appropriate to state, directly to the one that ticks you off, that you don't like it. Point out exactly what you don't like, You don't need to say why, that is pointless to get into that because he/she will just come back with some sort of denial or defense.  

Just a very simple script: 

"When you  ... say, do, or share an offensive piece ... or whatever. 

"I feel  ... disgust, revulsion, insulted, nauseated ... or whatever. 

"I want you to ... stop, quit, apologize, discontinue, ... or whatever. 

"If you don't ... stop, I will block your site ... or whatever. 

Just remember, 7,200,803,677 other human beings inhabit the Earth and you don't have to put up with any one!!!!! 

 

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