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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

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Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

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Comment by booklover on November 10, 2012 at 4:31pm

Thanks for the link Joan!  Yes, the government should include everyone or get out of the game.  On a different note, I still do not understand why churches are not taxed.  I know separation of church and state, but then why do churches have so much to do with government functions such as elections?  Churches should either get out of government or pay taxes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 4:20pm

booklover, I can easily see how memes work to put a suggestion in a mind, so by focusing on negative, our mind thinks of the negative. If that is true, then by focusing on a positive, or silly, or ridiculous meme would that act as a seed of thought? 

For example, if we had memes of NOMs that poked fun or ridiculed those who oppose same sex marriages, i.e. National Organization for Marriage, would that help or hurt? 

"Religions have every right to exclude whom they want to exclude, but it’s the state and federal governments which should either not be in the marriage game at all or allow every citizen to participate.
Read more at http://hypervocal.com/news/2011/anti-gay-national-organization-for-..."

Comment by Patricia on November 10, 2012 at 3:59pm

I agree Sk8eycat, the food is revolting, but I do get a snicker with watching Guy Fieri.

Comment by booklover on November 10, 2012 at 3:51pm

Joan, cat on Mars. lol  Sk8ey, wish you lived by me and I could hire you to cat-sit (and one old Labradork sit;).  See you here when you return!

NOM, seriously?  And right Joan?  WHY would anyone possibly care if any adults want to marry each other?  WHY can't they mind their own business!!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 3:26pm

National Organization for Marriage (NOM) 

What is that all really about? Why do they obsess about such a matter? 

Who cares who marries whom?

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2012 at 2:53pm

Hmmm...I don't know.  I've seen diners all over the US that were made out of old railroad cars, but the wheels and undercarriage and other mechanical stuff had been removed.  That was also a long, long time ago; I don't know if those old diners still exist.  (I do watch "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" when I get a chance, but that's more about the food than the "architecture."  And the food is often revolting. To me.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 2:51pm

Never give up on your dream. via sk8eycat 
Perfect! Now if the rhino had a photo of a healthy heart and lungs, and strong bones and toned muscles, that would be the better image to dream! I don't want to live the rest of my life as something other than I, but I surely do want to be healthy.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2012 at 2:42pm

Never thought of that before, but one of those businesses probably will be the first on mars, and all 4 will be in the top 10, but I don't frequent any of them.

Oops, is that thing that looks like a railroad car a business?

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2012 at 2:37pm

NOM To Blackmail Equality-Supporting Companies By Stoking Middle Ea...

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) plans to expand its campaign to stoke homophobia abroad to undermine pro-equality American companies, according to audio of a conference call obtained by The American Independent. When asked during the call about Starbucks, which had spoken out against anti-gay ballot referenda, NOM President Brian Brown suggested his organization planned to intensify its campaign against Starbucks and other similar companies in countries where homophobia is pervasive:

Their international outreach is where we can have the most effect…So for example, in Qatar, in the Middle East, we’ve begun working to make sure that there’s some price to be paid for this. These are not countries that look kindly on same-sex marriage. And this is where Starbucks wants to expand, as well as India. So we have done some of this; we’ve got to do a lot more.

This strategy is incredibly irresponsible: by associating Starbucks with gay rights in homophobic countries, NOM is singling out Starbucks employees for anti-gay abuse and more generally stoking anger towards LGBT people

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Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2012 at 2:27pm

I like the cat a LOT better than this:

 

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