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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 9 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

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G on Tuesday. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 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

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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

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Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2014 at 9:14am

G Cat is right.  

The mormon 'priesthood' seemed like no big deal to me.  All male members got it at age 12 and got promoted at regular intervals, just for showing-up at church once in a while.  I was a "High Priest" when I realized it was all Horse Pucky. 

Comment by booklover on April 7, 2014 at 8:38am

Hi Ian!  Welcome back and glad you had a good holiday!  Would love to see your pics!

So, my daughter got back from her friends, and it turns out the guy just has that "I'm a Mormon" on his FB page.  I don't know why. He's still an Atheist.  So it turns out he is just a big jerk! 

Hope you all have a good week~ Mindy

Comment by Ian Mason on April 7, 2014 at 5:44am

Shallom and sallaam to all. Hope you are keeping well.

Got back from a holiday in Israel at 5 a.m. Most of me had a great time although it might be a few days before my feet, legs and the skin on my arms and neck forgive me for what I've put them through. A few pics will be posted when I get some energy back. A good holiday is when you're too tired to go back to work but too skint not to

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 7, 2014 at 12:02am

My understanding is that the priesthood in the Mormon church is unlike other religions' clergy; it's conferred on virtually all male LDS church members, and is a necessary condition to obtaining exaltation in their highest level of heaven. (It was denied to black men until a "convenient" divine revelation in 1978.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2014 at 6:32pm

Herald Poll: Women at the LDS Priesthood meeting

April 03, 2014 11:48 am  •  
Should women be allowed to attend the Priesthood session of the LDS General Conference?

"This weekend the LDS General Conference will kick off, bringing with it what has become a conference tradition -- protesters.

"One group, Ordain Women, will line up for tickets and hope that they will be admitted to the Saturday evening Priesthood session -- a meeting reserved by the church for males age 12 and older."

Well, well, I wonder how long it will take them to get equality, at least at being able to attend the General Conference?

Do the women believe the mythology? Are there any who ask questions and express doubt? I can't understand how women can stay in servitude generation after generation ... yet I know the women in my family were to submit to the men in my family, even if the submission was unhealthy. I just don't know they can stay!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 6, 2014 at 3:34pm

I know, Spud.  At some point you would think these people would just stop for a moment and say to themselves, Hey, this is total bullshit.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2014 at 3:33pm

When we played SLC 50+ years ago, I took the (limited) tour of Temple Square, and had a difficult time not LOLing at some of the nonsense the guide was spouting...such as the "miracle" of the seagulls, and the myth about American Indians being one of the "lost" tribes of Israel.  I'm glad that DNA tests finally proved that last one wrong.  The "lost tribes" if Israel were assimilated into other tribes, most likely.

I also tried to read the Book of Moron that was in my hotel room, and it was sillier than the buybull.  (But I stole it anyway, just so I could throw it off the train somewhere between SLC and Peoria (our next stop).

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2014 at 3:20pm

I can't understand why anyone that thinks "God's only true church" is doing anything wrong, are not questioning the whole thing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2014 at 3:12pm

I agree Felaine and Carl.  It's crazy.  I also don't get those that want the moron church to allow non-temple-worthy people to attend weddings in the temple.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 6, 2014 at 3:07pm

Here's a link to a blog by a guy in SLC...I believe he's an ex-Moron...certainly an atheist:

http://sldailyissue.com/2014/04/05/disruptive-activities-cloud-atmo...

Scroll down for the billboards, they're GREAT!

 

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