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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 on Thursday. 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 The Flying Atheist on January 14, 2014 at 2:42pm

Ian, I guess we can say that you'll be less shifty this year.

Augh....I know that's a really bad pun.  :)

Comment by booklover on January 14, 2014 at 2:33pm

lol about the dog pic and caption Ian!  And 3 extra shifts off per year is okay! :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 14, 2014 at 1:08pm

That's a funny dog meme, Ian.  Very cute!

Comment by Ian Mason on January 14, 2014 at 12:34pm

Was told today that I'm now old enough for "senior days" at work. That means 3 extra shifts off per year. How nice!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 14, 2014 at 12:20pm

Thinking about you, Chris.  Take care of yourself as well.  Make sure to give yourself some "me time" so you don't overwhelm yourself. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 14, 2014 at 12:10pm

That's a lot to take on, Chris. Hope your b-i-l gets recovers. I agree with Mindy - take good care of yourself too. Best wishes and hugs from here :-)

Comment by booklover on January 14, 2014 at 8:53am

That's a lot of stress Chris!  I'm sorry about your brother-in-law!  Hugs {{{}}}} to you!  He is lucky to have you and your partner to do all of that for him.  I hope his cat gets to know you and isn't afraid anymore.  I also hope, of course, that he comes out of his coma okay.  Take good care of yourself also!

Comment by Plinius on January 14, 2014 at 6:51am

I will be very busy for some time. I have one brother-in-law, who suffers from Asperger's and from anxiety disorder. He's got a hemorrhage in the brain, probably from a fall. Sunday night he got an emergency operation and we're still waiting for him to come out of the coma. While waiting, we went to his apartment to take care of the cat. We hadn't been there for years, brother-in-law hates visitors. But the cat had taken on his anxiety disorder and was scared to death of us. The apartment was a shambles, the sort you see in real life TV-programs - everything was out of order, broken, very dirty and there was a lot of garbage. We attacked the mountains of work at once, but there is enough to do for a month at least. And we still have to wait how brother-in-law fares. He could become his old disastrous self, or get another handicap, or he might die. Whatever happens, my partner and I will have to clean up. I'll read here every day, but most of the time I'm in public transport somewhere between the disaster area, hospital and home. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 14, 2014 at 12:59am

I think there can be a substantial difference between ignorance and bigotry.

 a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially :  one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

There's a lot of things I don't know but am willing to try to understand. I probably have opinions that will change if I find new information or a convincing arguement but bigotry comes from a closed mind that enjoys hating.

Yes, we are in this together and it's time some people woke up to that .Xtian and capitalist values? "The ruling ideology of any era is the ideology of the ruling class". Marx.

Comment by booklover on January 13, 2014 at 11:15pm
Thank you for the support Joan. I really needed it. I told my sister essentially the same thing about being "against homosexuality" that you said! Lol. I said it was like being "against" left-handedness. I have to say my sister is truly not homophobic, she just REALLY pisses me off when she says it's a "difference of opinion." I lambasted her with how stupid and wrong that was, and told her I was mad she couldn't understand that. I think she does. She's just surrounded by republicans ( sorry if I offend anyone reading this, but I'm a Democrat and as liberal as you can get), and she sticks up for them.
Anyway, we didn't speak for a day, then she messaged me on FB underneath my rant to her a simple XO. ( kiss & hug.). I will let it go at that. I believe she knows I'm right, and I'm not going to fight with her anymore. I'm all the family she has, besides her husband (I don't want to even talk about him, AAARRRRGGGGHHHH!), and her kids, and our Mom.
I WILL NOT let her get away with saying stupid crap though and she knows it. They won't turn Faux News on anymore when my Mom and I are there. I refuse to keep my mouth shut. She thinks I think everyone should agree with ME. I think people should be decent, not bigots, and help others instead of giving lip- service (like praying.) I think she has told her religious, republican, bigoted ( against people of other colors!), husband to keep quiet when I'm around. GOOD! And I'm glad they live in Green Bay. I think things would go bad quickly if they lived in the same city as my Atheist, Liberal husband, kids, mom, and I do!!!
Sorry for the long post with many typos! I'm on my phone, and it's been a long day!!!
 

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