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Comment by Joseph Corder on July 17, 2013 at 7:11pm

The farting preacher is a scream!!  Was it my imagination that the only time he said excuse me was when he cleared his throat?!!

Comment by booklover on July 17, 2013 at 4:41pm

Thanks Carl.  That's my hairy husband on the right, lol.  She is begging for a piece of the steak he's eating.  Of course he gave her a bite. Or 2. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 2:27pm

I taught adult and highschool kids Sunday school and always prepared by doing background reading, reading what others had to say, and even read the old and new testament. I got to know the bible pretty well. Some problems often came up after hearing a sermon or lesson led by the Dr. of religion at our local Presbyterian college/now university. I had a pretty regular meeting with the pastor or teacher because things didn't fit my understanding of what the bible said. On one event, we were all at church camp and Dr. of religion gave a lesson that was just outrageous. We sat on a log by a lake and discussed my objections. Things just started going down hill from there. One day I left in the middle of a sermon and never went back. 
My adult and highschool students didn't know what the old and new testament said. They knew what they heard in sermons and lessons. As years go by, I often question people who bring up religion and they don't know what it says either. Here is a Pew study about bible literacy:

When I ask non-believers why they left religion a large number of them state they read the bible. The best treatment! 

The "Success Gospel" seems to be the big draw for mega-churches. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 1:39pm

Although religious, god-believing people are the majority in our population, I often times who the other non-believers are when I'm in public with other people in small or large groups.  I know I can't be the only one.  Religious people are often easily identified because they wear necklaces with crosses and they also speak openly in casual conversations about attending church.  I agree that we, as atheists, need to speak our mind openly in public without shame or fear of who may hear.

I've actually met two other atheists at work because they happened to see books that I was reading and it started a conversation.  The two books were:  The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer and The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.  I don't "evangelize" my atheism but I certainly speak up when appropriate.   

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 12:02pm

Joseph, The more people who doubt if god exists or ifthey wonder if god answers prayers, and who hear someone say what you did, perhaps they will begin to think. For those who are offended, they need to experience being challenged about their beliefs, even if it is only an overheard conversation. They may take offense and become defensive, and that is their right; I don't see that as a bad thing. I perceive that as a wedge in their confidence. Those who hang on for dear life to a delusion have the responsibility to deal with their discomfort. 

There is power in knowing evidence as opposed to superstition. Keep your words public, even if it risks conflicts. Non-believers don't knock on peoples' doors, or limit others' flourishing. Religion is and always has been a source of over-confidence and surety, even when confronted with evidence to the contrary. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2013 at 11:25am

Little Lula is adorable. 

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2013 at 10:21am

got away with what you said? Did your father expect the tar and feathers treatment?

Comment by Joseph Corder on July 17, 2013 at 9:45am

The other day, me, my wife and our parents went out to eat at a new restaurant. The conversation turned to politics and religion. My mother said that I shouldn't hate Christians. I said that I had no problem with Christians BUT their silly notions of a god and jesus, I detest!! I didn't realize that I had been a little too loud and everyone in the restaurant stopped eating and looked at me!! Quick to recover, I said, Why am I getting so upset when god and jesus do not exist!!! Everyone went back to eating AND no one contradicted what I said!!!!! When we were back on the road, my father turned to me and said, "I can't believe you got away with what you said, Impressive"!!!

Comment by booklover on July 17, 2013 at 9:10am

This is a picture of my Lula.  She is eleven. :)

Comment by booklover on July 17, 2013 at 9:08am

I like that he is disgraced publicly too! :)  Gross though! lol

 

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