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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 sk8eycat on August 4, 2013 at 6:11pm

Universal Single-Payer healthcare obviously benefits everybody. What I don't understand is why so many people in this country just don't effing GET it!  What are they afraid of?  Because the hateful comments I see online are full of fear; the words "communism" and "socialism" are tossed around by people who don't know what they really mean. They just think they are insulting dirty words...like "bullshit"....and "atheism," I guess.  Heh!

(See? I'm getting my sense of humor back.  You all are helping...immensely.)

As for Hairy Jerry...he was one of the few cats I've had who really liked to sleep in my arms...up until a few weeks ago.  Then last week he went downhill so fast that I had trouble getting the money together AND a ride.  (I sold my car and let my drivers' license lapse last year because 1) I'm afraid of 80% of the drivers on the road around here, and 2) I have neuropathy in my feet, and sometimes couldn't feel whether I was stepping on the brake or the gas.  Too dangerous!)

Warm hugs to everybody here!  It's so good to have a group of friends who really understand...About 30 years ago I was in this same emotional place, only I was working in a large ad office, and some jackass said something like, "Why are you carrying on like that?  He was only a cat."  I started to go after him with my Exact-o Knife....and decided he wasn't worth making a mess over.  But I still clench my jaw whenever I think of remarks like that.

Love Cats in Moonlight

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 4, 2013 at 2:19pm

Simon & Garfunkel.  My favorite group.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 4, 2013 at 2:18pm

Feeling for you Felaine.  I tear-up every time I read something about Hairy Jerry.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 4, 2013 at 12:54pm

Ian, I agree 100% with your post about universal health care.

Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2013 at 10:07am

Soon memories of him will make you smile.

And you're right, Mindy! I've got about ten cats playing games in my memory, talking to me or just sleeping, somewhere  where I can almost see them - I miss them, but the memories are wonderful.

Comment by booklover on August 4, 2013 at 9:40am

Felaine, I'm so sorry.  Hairy Jerry had the best person loving him and you can take comfort in that.  He's no longer sick, and he knew how much you loved him.  I truly do understand.  I've taken 2 of my cats so far to the vet to be euthanized, and it was time for both.  I stayed and watched, and they never knew a thing.  It was very peaceful.  It still hurts though.  Hairy Jerry will live in your memories of him for the rest of your life.  Soon memories of him will make you smile.  Hugs to you, Mindy

Comment by Ian Mason on August 4, 2013 at 5:02am

Comment by Ian Mason on August 4, 2013 at 4:48am

Condolences, Felaine. I'm sure he had a happy life.

Proof reading: "our husband"? Joined the Mormons, Joan?

One more night of work and then I'm off to England for a week. Half my time there will be in care homes though, but as a visitor, not a worker.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 4, 2013 at 4:27am

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments, and the great music!

I can't sleep, even though it's been a long day.  I've been reading (re-reading, really) stuff from my Robert Ingersoll books.  I wish he were here today to shake up the fundies. (I think he would have been appalled at television...)

Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2013 at 12:56am

I can't say it better than Carl, Sk8eycat, and I'm glad Pumpkin is still around.

 

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