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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 sk8eycat on March 5, 2014 at 11:17pm

A Catholic co-worker always said he was giving up "tuna melts" (which he hated) for Lent.

I still don't understand the reasoning of giving things up for Jeebus...it would make more sense (to me) to eat more to "help" him, if he were fasting. 

Are they supposed to still observe all this crap in Heaving? Go through the old rituals and stuff... eat human flesh, and drink blond, re-enact the crucifiction?  Even when I was still a believer, the idea of an eternity praising something for a life I never asked for seemed utterly borrrrring!

PS: As many others have pointed out, there's a helluva lot of ritual bloodletting in the buybull.  How barbaric!

Comment by Loren Miller on March 5, 2014 at 9:23pm

It's an old saw, but I like it -  that I gave up giving things up for Lent.  Works for me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 5, 2014 at 9:15pm

Well, here it is 9:00 PM in the evening and I only just found out now that today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Now how did I miss that!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 5, 2014 at 1:37pm

Ruth, Thank Bjo. She's miles and miles smarter/more educated than I am.  (Her family was very close to Robert and Virginia Heinlein when she was a child & teen, and the Heinleins studied everything!  Soaked learning up like thirsty sponges, and never forgot anything.)

I did know that slavery was becoming declasse' in England at that time, so the Greek word for "slave" (doulos  σκλάβος) in the NT was substituted with "servant"(υπάλληλος) throughout. Jeebus had no problems with people owning other people.
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As for the photo...blame Benetton.  I tried to find out WTF they thought they were doing when they used that (Pulitzer-winning) photo as part of an ad that was supposed to promote tolerance, but all I found was PR blah-blah.

Eddie Adams' photo was a turning point in the public's opposition to the Viet Nam War...it was published in LIFE Magazine, and brought home to many complacent couch potatoes that here was nothing "heroic" about the mess.... that our young people were being killed and maimed for no sane reason at all.  The monument wall in DC is one of the most moving things I've ever seen.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 5, 2014 at 11:22am

Napoleon, what's the point of posting that execution photo with sound? It comes across to me as gratuitous violence.

I never knew that King James turned down the first  seven translations because he didn't like what they said. Thanks for the info. sk8eycat.

Comment by booklover on March 5, 2014 at 8:54am

Wow, the after the rapture pet site!  I don't know whether to laugh, or to be even more afraid of the idiots out there.

Got 2 or 3 more inches of snow last night.  Yay.  Not!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 4, 2014 at 2:27pm

Just got this from a friend...I have two questions:  Are they SERIOUS?  and Does anyone want to volunteer?

http://www.aftertherapturepetcare.com/

(I also posted this in the Cat Fan group...)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 4, 2014 at 1:24pm

Re: "Crasstians"...I sent it to some of my friends, and got this e-mail from one who has been involved in "Trek" fandom from the very beginning.  Thought y'all would enjoy it.  (I hope!)  she's smart as a whip, and a lot of fun, besides.

It fits any of those people who KNOW they are not only right, but who know what's right for all the rest of us. Since just about everything they do is based in their fundamentalist religion, "crasstians" fits very well.

I've recently had to unfriend several people, sadly including several Star Trek fans, who jumped me for supporting gay equality.

"God will hate you for this" said one, "and you'll go to hell." I said that disparaging others' beliefs was something I generally avoided, but that they deserved this. I told them that since I didn't believe in their god, it wasn't going to harm me if he/she/it/they didn't like me. And since I didn't believe in their god, then their god's hell was not a threat to me.

Also, clinging to the weird but simple-minded belief that the King James bible was "the one" was more stupid than I could accept. There are at least 100+ historical bibles in the world. Also, King James turned down the first 7 translations of "his" bible because they didn't agree with his beliefs.

This stopped the crasstians from bugging me. -- Bjo

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2014 at 8:19pm

Patricia, the more you talk about your town, the more I think:  what a great community and place to live!  Perhaps you can get a job as a promoter at the local tourism office.  You're selling the place quite nicely. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2014 at 5:12pm

This is a remarkable story of Rick Hansen. Look at those shoulders! A real muscle man. Where is he now?

He also travelled around the world raising money for spinal cord research. He raised $10 million, according to this site:  

Rick Hansen: Athletic Hero

A man and his wife, Kent and Betty Graybill, here in Spokane, both severe cerebral palsy victims, worked very had to get support for wheelchair access as well.  
One day I saw Kent in his wheelchair and went over to greet him. He had no control over his legs or arms. His foot went up behind his ear as he tried to shake hands with me. I got a big hug and kiss instead. 

We had monthly bible studies in his home. He had a ham radio set up horizontally by his bed. He had better control of his legs and feet than he did his hands, so he turned the knobs with his toes. He had a sign over his bed that read:

"I WAS BORN THIS WAY, WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE!"

 

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