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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 dr kellie on August 18, 2012 at 3:54pm

I thought about that too, Idaho.  They would suffocate.  Hasn't everyone my age or older (especially in the south) heard about a kid who died after hiding in an old refrigerator?  The old kind with the latch handle.  That story made me give old refrigerators a wide circle when I was little.  What if there was a dead kid inside?  I was a strange child.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 3:21pm

Patricia, you reminded me of the movie Matilda, about a genius girl that was born into an uncaring family, but found friends in books and one caring teacher.  One of my favorite Movies.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 3:08pm

Booklover, I very much like the picture of all the cats in refrigerators.  It made me smile, but it led to a sad thought.  I wonder how many kitties end-up inadvertently frozen.

Comment by Patricia on August 18, 2012 at 2:51pm

Chris Bremen,.....or parents who ignored a kid as long as she wasn't doing something wrong & displeasing them. As an only child, I read everything I could find, in or out of the house. Raised as moron but father was not moron in the religion sense, so I found plenty to read that mother didn't know was hidden in odd places. She of course read only book of moron, pearl of great price & of course the bybull.....IF she bothered reading anything at all. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 18, 2012 at 2:41pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 2:36pm

I liked your story of your Grandfather TFA.  He reminds me of my Father.  The kindest man I've ever known.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 18, 2012 at 9:27am

He sounds like a wonderful man, your grandfather. As you say, someone to emulate.

Comment by booklover on August 18, 2012 at 8:29am

Awesome picture Ian!  I would need a comfy chair, a cup of coffee, and a cat on my lap, and I would stay there forever. :)

@The Flying Atheist, you Grandfather sounds awesome. 

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2012 at 2:24am

Thanks for that heartwarming story about your grandfather, Flying Atheist! Sleep well, all of you! It's morning here, I'm off to do chores.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 18, 2012 at 1:26am

Off to bed everyone.  This morning person has been up WAY too late!  Nite, nite. 

 

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