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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 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

Tags: poem

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

Tags: life, joy, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Sean Faircloth

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 Joan Denoo on December 11, 2012 at 12:40am

Ian, I am very sorry to learn of your mother's condition and know this is a hard time for you. Thankfully, you have worked with old people and know her mind is deteriorating and your job is to remain stable and compassionate with her. Do you have a good support system? Take really good care of yourself so that you can provide the support she will need. 

Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2012 at 11:46pm

You're a lovely bunch of people, thanks for all your kind words! (Sniffing softly - am I catching a cold?) Almost 7 AM here, and off to work.

Comment by Steph S. on December 10, 2012 at 9:18pm
Hey Tony I got home just a while ago myself. Just exhausted today. So I'll be back here tomorrow to catch up.
Nice to hear from all of you!
Hope you had a good Monday.
Comment by Tony Carroll on December 10, 2012 at 9:02pm

Hey everyone. Just getting home from work. Boy, did the extremely malodorous fecal matter impact heavily upon the rotating blades of the air circulating machine today. One of the busiest we've ever had. Just trying to catch up now, over 187 messages in my in box. Well, I'll talk with you guys later. Have a good one.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 8:21pm

Sk8eycat, from Wikipedia to answer your question: 

"Plans to launch a complementary Gay Winter Games, slated for February 1986 in Denver, Colorado collapsed, due to a lack of sufficient funding and logistical problems. There have been no subsequent attempts to launch a Gay Winter Games since, although Whistler, British Columbia, Canada hosts an annual gay winter sports festival."

You're right about having a shortage of non-gay male skaters!  lol

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 8:09pm

Are there WINTER Gay Games?  LOL  I think if the "official" Winter Olympics were limited to str8 athletes, they'd have very few male skaters!  O, la!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2012 at 7:52pm

Melinda, the Gay Games are held every four years in cities around the world, just like the International World Olympics.  The first games were held in San Francisco in 1982.  It was originally called The Gay Olympics, but a few weeks before the opening ceremony, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of the International Olympic Committee claiming that the word 'Olympic' could not be used.  Since then they've been known as The Gay Games.  They were held here in Chicago in 2006.  I had the great fortune to volunteer and to meet and assist LGBT athletes from all over the world.  When I was in Amsterdam in 1998, several people from my Friday night LGBT bowling league were competing.  It was fun to be halfway around the world and to see fellow league-mates competing. 

Comment by Pat on December 10, 2012 at 7:27pm

I agree sk8eycat. Santa is more credible. I posted this somewhere else. During the Council of Nicea, where Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire, one of those that voted on it was Bishop Nicholas of Myra (present day Turkey). Nicholas, who was later morphed into St. Nicholas, then Sinterklaas, and now Santa Clause, voted to make Jesus a god. To me, that seems to be the perfect comment on Christianity. Santa Clause voted for Jesus being god.

Comment by Patricia on December 10, 2012 at 7:03pm

And at least Santa is fun, Sk8ey!!!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 10, 2012 at 6:01pm

I forgot to say that I had seen an article a few years ago about the Dutchman's smaller version of "Noah's Fictional Ark," and it mentioned that he was building a "full-size" version.  Hah!  Looks like he missed a few pertinent details; the buybull specifies ONE window, and ONE door.

The Hebrew storytellers didn't know Jack Schidt about boat-building OR animal care; if there was no way to keep everything clean, ALL of the "passengers" would have been sick before less than half the "40 days and 40 nights" were over.

So, is the guy now going to go all over the world collecting the specified number of animals?  Will he include saltwater and freshwater fish?  How will he keep them alive?  How about insects?  (Why save things like fleas and mosquitos?  And tse-tse flies?)

The Flood is one of the most childish stories in the entire book, and yet educated adults keep funding expeditions to "find" the ark...that never existed. 

I'd rather believe in Santa Claus.

 

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