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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 Plinius on August 15, 2014 at 2:27pm

Sk8eycat, can't you make a hedge of nettles, hogweed or other plants that keep people at a distance? Or find things that keep the dogs away? I'd hate such passers-by!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 2:12pm

Wow, Patricia.  That photo is very disturbing.  And you just know those adults think they are doing that poor little girl a favor by giving her a demonstration of the plight of Jesus. 

When I was in high school I attended Lutheran summer band camp.  One day during the church time we were all given large 5-inch nails just to press the tip against the palms of our hands.  Believe it or not, I still have that nail in my toolbox.  It's been too large for any project I've ever done.   

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 12:37pm

It's amazing what desperate people will do in public.  Twenty years ago I lived in a neighborhood that was pretty "sketchy."  Right out on the sidewalk in broad afternoon daylight were prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, and yes, condoms laying around in the grass, etc.  I know exactly what you're talking about, Felaine.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:21pm

Carl, I don't have much desire to go white water rafting either.  Almost drowning in the ocean when a couple of things went wrong while scuba-diving was enough for me.  I would still go scuba-diving if I had the chance, but would be much smarter, and take more precautions.

I went rafting down a river in California once, but it was quite calm water.  Very nice for enjoying the scenery.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 12:15pm

Wow Felaine, you have worse slobs and theives than I do!

Comment by sk8eycat on August 15, 2014 at 12:06pm

Idaho: We don't do much gardening anymore, but our house in on a corner in a suburban neighborhood, and we often look out the windows and see people walking by helping themselves to oranges and avocados from our trees.  AND half of them are walking nasty little dogs that poop on our lawn, and leave it there.  The man we pay to mow the lawn (mostly crabgrass) gets very upset about these slobs, and so do we.

PS: Our side street is very dark at night, and people park there to smoke pot and have sex.  We also find used "roaches" and condoms tossed in the parkway in the morning....   Gah!

At least they've stopped tossing junk over the back fence into the pool....

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:31am

Bertold, yes, I'm in total agreement with you about cigarette butts being trash as well. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2014 at 10:30am

Throwing cigarette butts out of the car is bad, but what frosts my tush the worst is throwing them in my garden.  I garden my front yard, and areas between the sidewalk and road, so I get some in my gardens every day.  It's like they don't even think.  Just toss them anywhere.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 15, 2014 at 10:27am

Thanks, Spud.  I listened to his wedding podcast yesterday, as a matter of fact.  I've been a huge fan and regular listener of his since he first emerged on the atheist scene. 

I'm typically not a thrill-seeker either but to be honest, I wouldn't mind jumping out of a plane (with a parachute, of course.)  I would do that before I go white water rafting.  For some reason, dying in the water seems worse to me than going 'splat' on the ground.  lol

Comment by k.h. ky on August 15, 2014 at 10:22am
I recycle everything l possibly can. The hatchback of my little car is always full of plastic and papers. Recycle bins are few and far between in the country.
I've always composted too. If I could find a place to put vegetable scraps that's where they went.
Another thing I don't understand people not doing and a huge issue between me and my daughter. If I'm at her house and see a pile of newspaper's l throw them in my hatch and take them out with mine.
 

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