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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 Jan 22. 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 The Flying Atheist on February 18, 2013 at 10:10am

Good Day and Happy Monday to you all.  I've been working like a dog (sorry, not like a cat) and finally have a nice stretch of days off.  

Melinda, have a GREAT trip to The Keys.  There are some wonderful sunsets there.  I know you'll have a very nice and relaxing time with your family.  You all sound like so much fun when you get together.  (How's that for good English?)  

Nice to see you back Felaine.  You're missed tremendously when you're away on your little jaunts.  What a time to be away!  So much happening in the news.  BTW, this past weekend I was just in your neck of the woods.  The hotel I was staying at by LAX was hosting a Doctor Who convention.  Major geeks, nerds and costumes all over the hotel.  What fun!  I'm not a Doctor Who fan, but I somehow felt that I fit in with that crowd.  LOL

Joan, thanks for the posting the NASA photo.  I'm continually amazed at how beautiful and awe-inspiring the depths of space can be.  It's such a paradox.....so beautiful, yet so hostile.

I wish all of you a great day.  And to all our European and international friends.....a great evening.  

     

Comment by booklover on February 18, 2013 at 8:19am

Hi Felaine!  Happy you are back here!  We will all be driving (renting 2 cars) from Miami to Key West.   I will be on the lookout for those deer!  Can't wait to visit Hemmingway's House and see all those cats with the extra toes that are the decensdants (sp?) of his cats.  Steph, I am going to try and take some good bird pics for your group!!

Good stuff on here everyone!  I hope you all have a good week!~Melinda

Comment by sk8eycat on February 18, 2013 at 2:23am

I really missed you all...there was so much going on in the gnus, and I needed many kindred "spirits" to discuss it all with!  ("with whom to discuss it all"?)

Anybody else planning to watch "Hubris" on MSNBC Monday evening?  It's on at 9PM ET, 6PM PST....Check their web site for your time zone.

Ian!  I absodamnlutely LOVE ragtime!  Actually, I love watching a good pianist's hands playing any style music....very secksy!  (I just sent that link to a friend, who is an amazing pianist, as a belated Valentine.) Heh!

Fangkew.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 18, 2013 at 1:07am

Welcome back, Felaine. Glad you had a good time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2IHWPhRnXc

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 18, 2013 at 12:47am

Speaking of cats on keyboards, yes, it's a trend, which I'll gladly add to. Here's an intent mewsician...

Good night, everyone!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 17, 2013 at 11:57pm

Steph, cat on keyboard looks as I feel. Cat for pope; he could not do any worse. 

Grinning Cat, cat on a keyboard; am I seeing a trend here? Ah Ha! I was right, there is a trend of cats on keyboards. 

Tony Carroll, "Truth" sign is what we need right now! and a lion with courage. Oh! How we need courageous leaders. 

sk8eycat, welcome back; looking forward to some good conversations. 

Well, dear friends, that's all for today. Nice to end the day with your fun and funny contributions. 

Dust Sculptures in the Rosette Nebula - http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070606.html

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 17, 2013 at 11:22pm

Thanks for your update sk8eycat. Cute LOLcats everyone. I'm bushed tonight so just a quick "Good night, All."

Comment by Steph S. on February 17, 2013 at 10:24pm

Comment by Steph S. on February 17, 2013 at 10:23pm

Tony I agree -cool posters.

Grinning Cat - love the lolcat.

Nice to have you back Felaine - I missed you. Yes, there has been lots of news on lately about shootings.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 17, 2013 at 10:02pm

O HAI!  I'm back from spending almost a week with Debonair Duncan (and I forgot to take my camera again!)  Looks like I have a lot to catch up on.

How is every buddy?  I'm a little tired (and blind); I spent way too much time glued to MSNBC.  It all started Tuesday afternoon when the rogue ex-cop and his arsenal staged a shoot-out with various law enforcement orgs in Southern California...he killed 4 people before he shot his own self inside a burning rustic cabin.  This isn't very nice, I hate to say this, but I'm glad he's dead.  Saved the survivors a lot of pain, and the taxpayers a LOT of money. 

Then there was the rousing SOTU speech that had me cheering, and what's-his-name's awkward drink of water, and the same old same old "just say filibuster" from the GOPhers.  Only they're saying it's not a filibuster (so what is it, then?)

About Rat-Boy in Rome...another "I hate to say this," but from some photos I've seen recently, it looks like the dirty old man is a major cat fan...unless the pics were all PhotoShopped. 

That does NOT excuse his involvement in covering up the centuries-old "custom" of child abuse within the Crutch, but IMO even teaching small children that some supernatural being killed his own son out of "love" is also child abuse. (I wasn't heavily indoctrinated as a child, but I wonder how many children who are fear that their own parents might sacrifice them to that same invisible being.)

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Melinda, are you driving to Key West?  (I hope you're not taking a Carnival cruise! Those floating giant apartment buildings scare me!) Keep an eye, and a camera, on the lookout for Key Deer.  They are amazing, dainty little things; worth the entire trip.

Have a wonderful time!

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I have a little more to say, but not tonight.  I have to get reacquainted with Pumpkin and Hairy Jerry; I came home smelling like a strange (to them) cat, and they've been ignoring me.  As usual.

 

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