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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 Jan 22. 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 Plinius on February 27, 2013 at 5:27am

Then you're lucky, Sk8eycat, Dido prefers to lie purring loudly on my keyboard, while grabbing at my sweater and I'm not allowed to stop scratching his ears...

Comment by sk8eycat on February 27, 2013 at 12:47am

Damn.  It's difficult trying to type with a cat on my lap.  The previous post is full of typos.  Sorry.

Pumpkin will only sit with me when I'm at the keyboard...

 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 27, 2013 at 12:43am

Got this made up as a poster that was captioned, "GRAMMAR. It's important." IMO it should have been, "PUNCTUATION. It's important." But, I' one of those nerds like the woman who wrote, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, a bestseller that's ONLY about correct punctuation.  It's also hilarious.  anyway...

Comment by sk8eycat on February 27, 2013 at 12:29am

Silver bullets were supposed to be for killing werewolves.  I think.  The wooden stake for a vampire has a whiff of Druidism.  (I used to have a friend who would tell door-to-door undergodders that she was a Druid. Stopped most of them cold.)

Comment by Plinius on February 27, 2013 at 12:14am

No silver bullets, or was that for another beastie?

Comment by Steph S. on February 26, 2013 at 10:24pm

Vampire Hunting Kit - I saw that in a movie about Vampires. They really did used to believe in that stuff.

Thanks sk8eycat.

Hi booklover - so lots of snow there?

Comment by booklover on February 26, 2013 at 7:42pm
Steph, love the cat gif and the Hitchens quote! Glad you have sun! It's snowy and blowy here. We should all get those tee-shirts! :)
Comment by sk8eycat on February 26, 2013 at 6:05pm

A friend just forwarded this to me:

Vampire Hunting Kit.

I did a Google Image Search (because the one Jo sent me was lifted from InYourFaceBook), and there are pages and pages of the things!

Travelers in the 19th century would purchase ‘vampire hunting kits’ in preparation for their travels to Eastern Europe. The kits would contain a wooden stake, Bible, crucifix, pistol with lead bullets, gunpowder, garlic and glass vials that held various concoctions to ward off vampires. Interestingly, these kits predated Bram Stoker’s Dracula and other written accounts of vampires, pointing to the strong oral history component of the undead bloodsucker.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 26, 2013 at 5:47pm

Steph, I love "...that's enough."  My Pumpkin does the exact opposite; if I stop petting him, he tries to snatch my hand, with claws extended, as if to say, "That's NOT enough!"

Gotta send that gif to all my other cat-fan friends.  (I don't know why I can't get any of them to join this group...or even stop by for a visit. 85% of them are atheists.)

Comment by sk8eycat on February 26, 2013 at 5:39pm

To Hitch, wherever you aren't, today people DO have an idea or two about what is going on (cause and effect), and most of them prefer to be in deep denial.

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