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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 Paula T. on October 22, 2012 at 7:05pm

AND guilt people into digging deeper into their pockets...

Comment by Paula T. on October 22, 2012 at 7:04pm

I am so glad to be done with church services...except for the very occasional wedding or funeral.  I won't be going to the service when my boyfriend's 13 year old makes her Confirmation next spring.

All the kneeing, holding hands, bowing of heads, etc.  UGH!  As if any of that makes anyone a better person.  Oh no!  Gawd is gonna strike me down cuz I didn't really bow my head during the consecration of the crackers and vino!  I really believe now that it is all for show.  Like the church papers I found in the ceiling of my basement years ago - they had the parishioners listed WITH THE AMOUNT THEY DONATED!!  Talk about trying to outdo the Jones'!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 22, 2012 at 6:43pm

Chris and Sk8eycat, the constipated protestant men is an interesting and funny observation

I first noticed that when I was still going to church...the men who were the most vocal about Jeebus would always put their heads on their fists and scrunch their faces up when they prayed (you can tell I seldom bowed my head), and I always wondered why.  Were they trying to force the prayer out of the tops of their heads? Or were they showing off (like Tebow)?

I've seen pics of Shrub in that position when he made his cabinet pray with him...

Gross.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 5:51pm

Ian Mason, good for you! All kids really need, aside from basic food, shelter, protection, is to feel loved, cared for, and heard.
When I moved here 38 years ago I decided my three ten-year old children were going to define themselves and not have a definition placed on them. They blossomed, with a few side trips into alcohol land, but have become their own persons and I am so happy I made the choices I did.  I believe children have desire to be part of family and want to be accepted. 
I wish you well with your daughter with a relationship filled with respect and compassion. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2012 at 4:48pm

Green fire Jack-O-Lanterns & other Halloween ideas:

http://chemistry.about.com/od/halloweenchemistry/tp/Cool-Jack-O-Lan...

Comment by Ian Mason on October 22, 2012 at 4:35pm

Joan Denoo, you make me go all misty-eyed. Children recognise love and support and thrive when they get it.

Just been to the theatre with my 24 year old daughter. We're friends these days. I'm afraid that depression and alcohol marred things in her childhood. No grandchildren yet but that may happen at some point.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 22, 2012 at 4:14pm

why do so many protestant men look like they're constipated when they pray? ... They cannot stand the thought that [Jesus] could come while they're having a poo.

They believe in a god who created us humans with a need to pee and poop, yet somehow would have a problem with that!

Then again, I'm hardly the first to point out that if the persons of the Christian trinity really are the same god, then according to the story, Jesus impregnated his own mother.

Comment by booklover on October 22, 2012 at 2:52pm

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sesame Street!  I was born in 1967.  Grover is my Mom's and My favorite! lol.  I still sing the songs and my 20-year old daughter joins in!

Joan, I agree about Motherhood!  It is the most important thing I've ever done in my life, participating in their whole growing-up period.  They've just , almost , become adults, 18 and 20, and it's hard letting go a little at a time... :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 2:16pm

You are each one so great. It really lightens my day to read this site. Thanks again to Ruth for keeping it fun! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2012 at 1:32pm

Booklover, Thanks for the concern and I like the cute kitty in the pumpkin.

Steph, thanks for the concern and “Mah littul box” is funny.  It’s also a puzzlement.  Do you know why they love boxes so much?  My guess is it’s a sense of security, but it’s quite funny if that’s the reason they like such small boxes.

Ruth, “Hairbll koffs up kitteh” is funny.

Patricia, I like the cute black kittens with the blinking eyes, and I love your science vs religion comparison through the years.  A definite keeper.

Sk8eycat, the “lame neighbors” cat is funny and your comment about Cat Fu is hillarious.

Joan, the “Cat Fish Baby” made me smile, and the Incomplete data cat is amusing.  I’ve seen your science vs religion flow chart before, but it’s worth seeing again.

Tony, thanks for the memory.  Good Morning StarShine was popular during my dating years, but I’ve not thought of it since.

Chris and Sk8eycat, the constipated protestant men is an interesting and funny observation.  Please jebus, don’t come while I’m having a poo in the loo.  LOL!

 

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