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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 Joan Denoo on March 8, 2014 at 11:47pm

Carl, great comment and cartoons. You make the point very well. I especially like your statement: 

"I think it's presumptuous and elitist to hi-jack the words "America" or "American" as our own or as an identity.  I refer to my country as the United States and to myself as a U.S. citizen."

The Flying Atheist 

How does one spell, "(risque?)"? Let me take a look ... 

Oh! you spelled it correctly! 

ris·qué

adjective \ri-ˈskā\

: referring to sex in a rude and slightly shocking way.

I am so grateful for spellchecker, when it doesn't replace my word for one of its choosing. And the dictionary that is so easily accessed is my constant friend. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:18pm

Oh, and to those who posted the (risque?) dance video's.  Thanks.  They were all fun. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:17pm

Joan, I see our thinking is on the same page. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:12pm

I'm embarrassed at the over-zealous patriotism that pervades in the U.S.  I never refer to my country as "America."  There's a North America, a Central America and a South America.  I think it's presumptuous and elitist to hi-jack the words "America" or "American" as our own or as an identity.  I refer to my country as the United States and to myself as a U.S. citizen. 

I can understand how we linguistically morphed to the simpler and shorter "America" from the "United States of America," but I still think it's improper.  One of the problems is the fact that the use of the word "America" has been reinforced in our culture in songs we all grew up with and continue to hear over and over:  God Bless America, America the Beautiful, America (My Country 'Tis of Thee.)  And to be fair, I guess I can't leave out Leonard Bernstein's "America" from West Side Story. 

I always do get a chuckle when our patriotism is made fun of. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2014 at 11:10pm

I object t the use of the word "American" when meaning USA. Travelling in Europe, they referred to us as U.S. and that made good sense. We all knew what we were talking about. If we referred to other countries of the Americas, we used their country names, not "America". 

There is an arrogance and a sense of self-importance in using the whole hemisphere as our country. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 9:46pm

"We've got loads of jingo-jingo-jingoism!"

I honestly don't remember this kind of sh*t when I was in high school 57 years ago.  Yeah, we played the "Banner" before every football game, but we played it as fast as we could to get the damn thing over with so the game could get under way.  (I was the bass drummer, so the head majorette...one of my very best friends...and I set the tempo.) I don't recall playing anything before any other sports events.  Certainly not before track meets and swim meets....

Of course, I grew up, and still live in Southern California...we never needed to prove our patriotism to the rest of the country.  Or our faith, if any.  We just wanted to beat the other schools, if we could.  and if we couldn't, that's show biz.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 8:32pm

Patricia, thanks.  I thought so; it's embarrassing to me...so arrogant, ostentatious...whatever.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 6:06pm

I wish our musicians would play "the Star-Mangled Spanner" with that kind of brio instead of like a dirge...and I also wish there was a law against the warblers who add extra notes and drag them out when singing it at a sports event.  GAGS me!

Do other countries play their national anthems at every effing little game?  Little league soccer, or whatever?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 12:11am

Oh, that's WILD!  Almost a "Depends Moment""!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 7, 2014 at 10:43pm

Okayyyy...this is from "Steam Bath" produced by Hollywood Television Theatre, at KCET, my alma mater.  (Or one of them.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESDwlXua9dU

They ran this every night for a week, and I watched each broadcast.  (Wasn't Bill Bixby handsome?)

 

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