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Surreal, I haz it

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

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara on Saturday. 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 Loren Miller on June 27, 2013 at 2:53pm

Carl, to put it succinctly, that is VERY FAR OUT!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 27, 2013 at 2:49pm

Mindy, I just saw this on my news feed and immediately thought of your son.

Type 1 diabetes vaccine hailed as 'significant step'

Who knows what advances in science we will see in the coming years?  I find our progress in all medical fields to be exciting and encouraging for mankind. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 27, 2013 at 12:30pm

Thanks for educating me about the Sheelanagig, Joan.

Good luck to your daughter, Mindy. Those cats look as if they fell asleep waiting to be let in.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 27, 2013 at 12:06pm

Mindy, I'm glad your daughter has decided to at least continue her education.  My niece and her boyfriend moved to Chicago from California last year and they are doing the same thing.....working and going to school to finish what they started in California.  There are lots of educational choices here. 

As far as adopting your daughter, hmmmm......maybe I can then get a cat! 

Comment by Steph S. on June 27, 2013 at 9:40am

Hello everyone.

How far does your daughter have to travel to move to Chicago?

Will that be far from you Melinda?

I wish everyone the best.

Comment by booklover on June 27, 2013 at 7:13am

Hi Carl!  I missed you!  Glad you're back!  My daughter has decided to not go back to her University (ISU in Bloomington-Normal).  She is MOVING TO CHICAGO!  Not for 5 months or so.  She is going to work and finish her Senior year part-time!  I wanted you to adopt her! lol ;)  I need more prescription meds!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 27, 2013 at 3:30am

Welcome back, Carl.

Another step forward in the US. Might catch up with the rest of the developed world one day :-D

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 26, 2013 at 11:10pm

What the Supreme Court got right was striking down DOMA Sec. 3, which withheld federal recognition of valid same-sex marriages.

On "Prop. H8", they ruled narrowly, not dealing with marriage itself but merely finding that the proponents of the California marriage ban had no standing in court to appeal the district court decision against it. I was hoping for a broader decision that would bring marriage equality to more (or even all 50) U.S. states; but anything short of upholding Prop. 8 is a positive.

What opponents of equal marriage ignore or deliberately muddy: All this is about civil marriage, where religious ceremonies or recognition are completely optional. A church's beliefs on religious marriage don't affect its tax-exempt status. (Involvement in partisan politics, as with massive Catholic and Mormon campaigning for Prop. 8, is quite another thing!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 26, 2013 at 9:06pm

Hello, folks.  I've been away for an extensive nine day special training session for work.  Nice to be back.  I've been able to catch up here but I haven't had the opportunity to post. 

A special "shout-out" to Mindy:  thanks for asking about me.  I also miss people on here when they are gone for long periods of time. 

Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2013 at 2:00pm

Good news! Mooi!

 

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