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Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randall Smith May 27. 9 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on April 6, 2015 at 1:29am

Good poem, Ian! I like it very much!

Comment by Deidre on April 5, 2015 at 1:40pm

Ian, I like your poem too...and Randall, that's interesting that your family is rather religious and you are not. Mine is too actually. My mom and dad are both religious, my dad more so. Easter can be what we wish it to be. It can be seen as a rebirth for all of humanity, not a mere religious holiday for some. 

Comment by Deidre on April 5, 2015 at 1:38pm

Hi Joan, Ian and Plinius :) Yes, Joan it is me. lol 

Ian, it still shows as Fly Girl? Hmmm...maybe because I created a new account FlyGirl for a time, and wanted to go back to using my original name. I never 'created' another new account under 'Deidre.' Hmmm...But, deidre is my real name so...anywho. lol Hope everyone here is having a nice weekend. I had agreed to go to church with my dad today for Easter, but I opted out. I no longer believe those things, but why do I feel guilty? Ugh. Time heals all things I suppose. Hugs for your, friends. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 5, 2015 at 1:24pm

I very much like that poem Ian.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 5, 2015 at 1:08pm

Nice poem, Ian. The "more dangerous dead than alive" line is creepy, and true! The Catholics have a saying they teach youngsters: "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church." (I guess that is when the seed of the church isn't being shared with underaged boys.)

Comment by Ian Mason on April 5, 2015 at 12:41pm

I don't know if I've posted this before. My poem about Easter.

A Letter Home

 

Dearest Augusta

I hope you are well.

I am not. I have been forced

to take crucifixion duty again.

Our commander hates me

even more than your father,

who also calls me weak

but I won't expose healthy

girl babies to become

food for rats.

 

This is a bad time to be

here, a religious festival.

The thieving priests,

as corrupt as ours

mint their coins, slaughter

and burn the best beasts

as always.

Blood always flows

when the Holy rule.

 

When I served on the Rhine

I heard of Gods

who favoured warriors,

granted them eternal

feasting and fighting.

Everyone else was to freeze

in the underworld.

Here there's only one

for all occasions

but he loves punishing

all of mankind, so

even one God is one

too many.

 

Holy rebels come and go,

become martyrs, more dangerous

dead than alive. They preach

Heaven in heaven

heaven on earth and

hell out of spite.

 

The moans of the dying

hanging on the crosses

tortures me beyond bearing.

Sometimes I end their sufferings

with my spear. The women

carry the corpses away

to wash and bury.

 

I wish every emperor

would join the Gods,

every priest

ascend to the clouds,

every prophet

cry alone in the wilderness

and give us mortals

our world back

to enjoy in peace.

 

Give your parents

my politest greetings,

the children, kisses.

To you I send

my love and devotion.

 

Your husband

Longinus

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2015 at 7:55am

Easter (shmeaster) day. Big whoop, eh? My sister plays the organ (and directs the choir) for a local Methodist church. They broadcast it on the radio, so I'm listening to her play as I write this. Both my sisters (twins) are fairly religious, as was my mother (to some extent, my father). How I deviated is a mystery to them. Not to me.

Comment by Plinius on April 5, 2015 at 1:32am

Hi Deirdre!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 4, 2015 at 10:46pm

Hi Deidre. Nice to see you again. As "Fly Girl" are you 'related' to Carl. our Flying Atheist?

Comment by Ian Mason on April 4, 2015 at 10:43pm

Yes, Joan, it was. I thought so because the rhyme inside included the words "king's daughter." As I guessed right, she gave me an Easter treat, a packet of chocolate-covered almonds.

Well done, Chris. I'm like that too so I understand the struggle.

 

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