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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover Apr 14. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Joseph Corder on November 25, 2013 at 4:46pm

Thanks guys!!  I will say nothing unless she wonders why.  I was more afraid of what to say than saying nothing at all!  She will no doubt wonder if I am avoiding her request.  If this happens I will tell her what I think and why.  I hope that she understands and doesn't try to push the issue unless she want to see Mr. Ugly rear his defiant head!!

Comment by Patricia on November 25, 2013 at 4:31pm

When my granddaughter wanted us to donate money for a church trip, I told her that ''we are atheists who do not support religion in any form!'' Churches are already rolling in the money so they can damn well pay for the kids to do trips, & being a granddaughter makes no difference. I am sick & tired of people making demands in the name of religion, & we are expected to bow down......it's time even the kids know not everyone will fall for a them. Bad enough my daughter got brainwashed when she got married.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 25, 2013 at 4:26pm

Joe, stating that you don't believe in anything supernatural is hardly what I would call an inflammatory statement.  Question: would you former girlfriend follow and join an atheists' group?  Is sauce for the goose a horse of a different color?

Have her try that shoe on the other foot - see how it feels to her.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 4:23pm

Joseph, I'm more hardcore than you and would tell her that I'm sorry, but I'm certain religion does a lot more harm than good, so I can't support her.  That's basically what I've told my family.

Comment by Joseph Corder on November 25, 2013 at 4:10pm

Hey guys,  I have a problem.  I have been talking to an old girlfriend from 33 yrs. ago.  She is nice but she is a jesus freak but doesn't talk to me about it (she knows how I feel)  She runs a youth group and the other day she asked me to like and follow them.  It is helping kids but with a jesus component.  She has a list of things that she thinks are wrong with the kids today.  One is that the average kid in her area spends about 1 hour a week (this is to long for me!).  I find myself not wanting to do what she asked me to do because of the religious component!  I hate not supporting her youth group, but I can't do it with the religious slant!!  I surprised myself that I am that hardcore and its scary!  What would you guys do?  I have found a way to feel comfortable if asked about religion.  I just tell them that I DO NOT BELIEVE IN ANYTHING SUPERNATURAL.  Is this bitching out?  I don't want to hurt any feelings, so I ignore her invitations to follow her group.  I Need Help and this is the only place that I feel comfortable!!  What would you do?

Comment by booklover on November 25, 2013 at 3:39pm
Joan, I love that "Sorry I called you stupid, I thought you already knew" lol! I did put that on Facebook a while ago, no one " liked " it! I think the difference between you and I on Facebook is that I don't have a story to tell because I was raised without religion. So it's just me calling people stupid, although it's just more like me pointing out how ridiculous religion is, then they get mad. I also don't like people anymore. LOL. My daughter says to just post here on AN where the people I REALLY like are, and who accept me and my opinions. And my blood-pressure never goes up on here! Quite the opposite!
Your son-in-law sounds like an awesome person!!
I am also in the give me my books, animals, etc. group. I want coffee too though! :)
We are having breakfast-for-dinner tonight. I can't wait until my family comes home so I can find out what my son decided about his job, and if my daughter got the job!
Comment by Patricia on November 25, 2013 at 2:43pm

Joan, another of mine is..." I don't follow orders," but of course a medic's orders is a different kettle of fish.

I find Google is getting a little invasive so I got rid of the G+ as well, Idaho.

I am also checking out the macbooks for my next computer as windows is starting to drive me nuts.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 2:25pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 2:03pm

Spud, I like Facebook because new information constantly arrives on my major interests, politics, economics and religion. I simply block anyone or thing in which I am not interested.

I want my story out there because I want people to understand family violence. Not being seen, and people having so many myths about it, I want rich/poor, educated/uneducated, dominant/submissives to know the harm that comes from socialized behaviors, and I want victims to know they don't have to be victims.

It seems even some brutes read my stuff and some get violent with me and others ask me questions. My skin is so tough, most bad stuff just bounces off and makes me more determined to tell my story!  

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 1:54pm

I think I will close my G+ page.  I never use it.

 

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