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Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 6. 20 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

Seth Andrews' New Book, "Sacred Cows" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Feb 6. 7 Replies

For the last few podcasts, Seth Andrews has been alluding to a new literary effort he's been working on.  Well, the cat is out of the bag ... or perhaps I should say, the cow is out of the barn!  Seth's new opus is entitled: Sacred Cows: a…Continue

Tags: book, Sacred Cows, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 7:51pm

sk8eycat, exactly! on all points. I do wish we still had Ingersoll and Carlin!

By all means, take away tax exempt status. 

booklover, love your wise cat that sat!

The Flying Atheist, your statement bears repeating:

"Prayer:  when you care enough to do the very least." 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 29, 2012 at 7:32pm

Flying Atheist:  LOL!  I love it!  My all-time fave is Robert G. Ingersoll's "Hands that help are better far than lips that pray." 

We need Ingersoll and George Carlin NOW! 

HillBilly Graham-Cracker is taking out full-page ads (even in the Wall Street Journal!) telling people, "I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues."

I hope that costs his organization its tax-exempt status.

The buybull does NOT say anything about ...how many wives a man can have, civil unions, or same-sex marriage (it only says that if two men have sex together, they must be executed...nice)...nor does it say anything at all about abortion. 

Hosea 13:16 tells Hebrew soldiers to rip up pregnant women with their swords....and to kill infants and children because their parents worship the wrong god(s).  I would not say that it "speaks clearly" about anything.  It certainly doesn't promote "freedom of religion."  It only promotes one religion.

Arrogant hypocrites.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 3:09pm

Silly! Prayer for rescue caused by faulty reasoning is just plain silly.
"Dear god, let me use up all the easy, cheap oil and make it possible to go for difficult and expensive oil!" "Dear god, do not cause us to suffer because of our foolishness!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 29, 2012 at 3:05pm

Prayer:  when you care enough to do the very least. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 3:00pm

People who pray for storm relief pray the wrong prayer. They should be praying, "What causes these changes in weather?' "Do human have responsibility in their choices for these changes?" "Is there anything I/we can do to bring about positive change?" "Give me the power to think and reason from evidence and not rely on dogma!"

Comment by sk8eycat on October 29, 2012 at 2:51pm

Here's a collection of comments from Massachusetts residents about the robot's bait-and-switch governorship. http://massknowsmitt.com/

In the meantime, I'm busy worrying about friends on the Other Coast, and wondering why The Usual Gang of Idiots still don't get it about climate change.  They're leaving comments on Yahoo Gnus about praying for the people in the storm's path.

NOTHING FAILS LIKE PRAYER!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 12:08pm

Steph & booklover, great photos. Here is a photo and article thanks to Jerry Coyne, physicist:

The never ending battle

Comment by Steph S. on October 29, 2012 at 12:06pm
Ruth said she will might not have power due to the storm - but she is doing OK. So not to worry if we don't hear from her in a few days.
Ruth is doing such a wonderful job educating us about climate change - I agree Joan!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 11:55am

Ruth has done a Herculean job of keeping us informed of climate change. For those who do not believe in human caused climate change, she has brought us good science and evidence of what happens and why. 
I just came on line; has anyone heard from Ruth this morning or is she out of touch? 

Comment by Steph S. on October 29, 2012 at 6:21am

 

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