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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 booklover on May 14, 2014 at 7:34am

Comment by booklover on May 14, 2014 at 7:33am

Joan, that trip you took sounds awesome.  So neat that you interacted with the people who lived there!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2014 at 11:43am

Ian, I loved Istanbul! I spent a few days there just wandering the streets of old Istanbul and experiencing the sounds, tastes and sights of Islam. It was an odd experience, to say the least. I was a woman, alone, in a male dominated society and in my wanderings I would see children playing marbles in the side streets, I would join them in their games and the children welcomed me tentatively at first, and then we were laughing, especially when my marbles went in some chaotic fashion. The mothers looked out of the windows two or three stories up. Eventually, a mother or mothers invited me in for Turkish coffee and chats. We couldn't communicate with words so we used sign language ... well not the official signs, but pointing to pictures, or fabrics, or whatever we could think of that didn't require verbal language. 

At one point I ran across a necropolis, a cemetery, and a woman who spoke English was sitting on a bench. We had a long conversation, and she was willing to answer any question I asked. The temperature was well into the 100 degree F range. She was dressed neck to feet in a black gaberdine coat, had a scarf on her head covering all but her eyes, and wore gloves. She had on black stockings. At first I asked simple question, you know, the small talk kind. Then I asked how she could wear the black clothing that revealed only her eyes. ... "I am used to it!" I asked if she was married, how many children, you know, the usual stuff about which we would wonder. 

Being a trained ethnologist, I was able to see things that others do not notice. My training helped me to observe, without judgment, so that I could compare and contrast different cultures. 

Ian, have a wonderful trip, I know you will enjoy the experience and be sure to taste the local food. It is delicious. I even ate bread a woman was cooking outside a caravansary, the old trade route service station for goat herders and camels, turned into a service station for automobiles. I went to a goat herders camp and a little boy gave me a metal cup of goat's milk his mother squeezed as I watched. 

I know, these are not wise things to do, but they make the experience so rich, and I survived. 

I love your, "Denoo-ded of hair". I will borrow it. I can hear my family and friends laughing now. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 13, 2014 at 9:14am

Yes, my favorite episodes of Bewitched were the ones with Gladys in them.

Comment by booklover on May 13, 2014 at 9:06am

Carl that picture of Gladys Kravitz (sp?) is great!!! lol.

Have a great trip Ian, and be safe!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 13, 2014 at 1:24am

There was no such excitement where I grew up in the pleasant surroundings of Epping Forest although there was one quiet evening when we heard gunfire and the next day there was police everywhere. It seems that, after the  demise of the Kray family various London criminal gangs were having a war of succesion and had chosen our local area for a peace conference that went wrong.

Here and now it's 8 a.m. and I'm about to finish my packing for Istanbul, where the weather forcast is for showers/thundery showers and sunny  intervals. In the hope of good weather I had a drastic haircut yesterday, one of those where my head is Denoo-ded of hair. Must therefore take a hat or two. I'm not taking a PC but there'll be photos galore when I return. Have a great week, everyone. I'll be thinking of you.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 12, 2014 at 10:52pm

There used to be a family on the street behind ourd that we called "The Swear Bears;" they only seemed to know one word...the father and the two boys.  When they would get into one of their rages, the grandmother would run out on the front lawn and just scream...no words.  And, Yes, the black & white cars were there a lot.

When the boys were in their late teens they were both arrested for breaking and entering an apartment a few blocks away, and stealing electronic "toys."  When their house was searched, the back rooms and the garage were full of stolen stuff....

And the house next door was sold without warning the buyers about the family, so there was a lawsuit about that, and the buyers got their money back and moved elsewhere. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 12, 2014 at 10:23pm

I could write a book about the overabundance of nut-case people who lived on my block when I was a kid.  There's just way too much to explain here but, in a nutshell, for one family that lived three houses down, having the police show up at their place was a regular occurrence.  Loud, bombastic arguments, breaking dishes, slamming doors and yelling inside and outside where the norm for them.  The Chicago police paddy-wagon seemed to routinely drive home the head of the household from the bar he patronized.  Many a time I watched as two policemen tried to unload their unstable human cargo as the wife, two sheets to the wind herself, argued with the cops that she didn't want him.   

In my neighborhood, the typical city lot was 30 feet x 120 feet, so basically there was just 60 feet of buffer zone between our homes.  Our house and the two houses in between were at the front of our lots, whereas their house sat on the back of their lot.  With my bedroom being at the back of our house, my bedroom windows were the perfect vantage point to see and hear all the activity.  I learned at a very young age that at night you need to turn off the lights in the room if you're going to spy out the window and not be seen,

Comment by booklover on May 12, 2014 at 7:03pm
Lol Joseph! Funny. :)
Comment by k.h. ky on May 12, 2014 at 6:38pm
Hi Arp
 

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