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Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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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.

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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

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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 Steph S. on October 29, 2012 at 10:49pm
Booklover - those Lolcats are soooooo funny! Love coming here!
You all are the best!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 7:51pm

sk8eycat, exactly! on all points. I do wish we still had Ingersoll and Carlin!

By all means, take away tax exempt status. 

booklover, love your wise cat that sat!

The Flying Atheist, your statement bears repeating:

"Prayer:  when you care enough to do the very least." 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 29, 2012 at 7:32pm

Flying Atheist:  LOL!  I love it!  My all-time fave is Robert G. Ingersoll's "Hands that help are better far than lips that pray." 

We need Ingersoll and George Carlin NOW! 

HillBilly Graham-Cracker is taking out full-page ads (even in the Wall Street Journal!) telling people, "I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues."

I hope that costs his organization its tax-exempt status.

The buybull does NOT say anything about ...how many wives a man can have, civil unions, or same-sex marriage (it only says that if two men have sex together, they must be executed...nice)...nor does it say anything at all about abortion. 

Hosea 13:16 tells Hebrew soldiers to rip up pregnant women with their swords....and to kill infants and children because their parents worship the wrong god(s).  I would not say that it "speaks clearly" about anything.  It certainly doesn't promote "freedom of religion."  It only promotes one religion.

Arrogant hypocrites.

Comment by booklover on October 29, 2012 at 7:11pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 3:09pm

Silly! Prayer for rescue caused by faulty reasoning is just plain silly.
"Dear god, let me use up all the easy, cheap oil and make it possible to go for difficult and expensive oil!" "Dear god, do not cause us to suffer because of our foolishness!"

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 29, 2012 at 3:05pm

Prayer:  when you care enough to do the very least. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2012 at 3:00pm

People who pray for storm relief pray the wrong prayer. They should be praying, "What causes these changes in weather?' "Do human have responsibility in their choices for these changes?" "Is there anything I/we can do to bring about positive change?" "Give me the power to think and reason from evidence and not rely on dogma!"

Comment by booklover on October 29, 2012 at 2:55pm

Agreed sk8eycat!  Can't believe idiots thinking begging an invisible friend for a favor is actually doing something helpful!!!!!!!!

Comment by sk8eycat on October 29, 2012 at 2:51pm

Here's a collection of comments from Massachusetts residents about the robot's bait-and-switch governorship. http://massknowsmitt.com/

In the meantime, I'm busy worrying about friends on the Other Coast, and wondering why The Usual Gang of Idiots still don't get it about climate change.  They're leaving comments on Yahoo Gnus about praying for the people in the storm's path.

NOTHING FAILS LIKE PRAYER!

Comment by booklover on October 29, 2012 at 2:28pm

 

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