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Self Deprecation In Christianity: A Facetiously Emotional Sales Ploy

We have all been there and done it. Sitting on a couch, consoling a friend over a terrible mistake that has been made, and used our own personal flaws as a buffer before giving advice on what to do about the mess at hand. This is self deprecation, and while a very useful tool while navigating social situations, there is a fine line between using it as a tool, and using it as a facetious psychological mind fuck.



Usually, self deprecation is a general statement of flaws, like,"Well,…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on November 5, 2014 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

I Hate Politicians

 Today is a day that will live in infamy as the sleaze, scum and general vermin rise from the dregs to temporarily put on their masquerade faces to pretend they are something other than the low life, Sycophants they are.



I despise politicians, especially those of the Congressional ilk. To me, they are…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 4, 2014 at 9:30pm — 16 Comments

Personal Responsibility

When I was seven the tradition was that when my dad got home was that he would spend some time unwinding by sitting in the big chair near the entry. We kids would crawl all over him, rough house a bit, unlace and remove his massive steel toed boots and socks. One day after we'd worn him out thoroughly and my little brothers  had departed to play elsewhere we somehow had a conversation that went very much like this. 

Dad:  I can't force you to do anything. 

Me:  Yes you can. I…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on November 4, 2014 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Not Even An Apology (For Destroying Countless Lives)

Richard Nixon

It’s fitting to have this war criminal, McCarthyite and lying “crook” who abandoned the White House in disgrace, as the figurehead for the modern War on Drugs, the holocaust of the modern age.  Tens of thousands of lives were ruined, psychologically damaged (including mine), and plain murdered to keep the nightmare going.  All perpetrated so many professions could feed off the mayhem like sea gulls circling a countless school of surface-feeding sardines. …

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Added by Richard Goscicki on November 3, 2014 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

More Talking About Talking

More thoughts about last week's topic: men talking over women.

http://jonathan-tweet.blogspot.com/2014/11/more-talk-about-talking.html

Added by Jonathan Tweet on November 2, 2014 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Can Science Tell Us What is True?

Some religious apologists will say that the fact that science "works" does not necessarily mean that it tells us anything true about the world.  It seems to me that it is impossible to ever determine with absolute certainty what is true because what we see is a model of the world created by our brains.  Moreover, the accuracy and precision of our senses even with the aid of instruments is limited.  Absolute certainty is impossible.  But this is not the standard we use to assess our world…

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Added by Wyatt on November 2, 2014 at 2:40pm — 4 Comments

Guy Fawkes day

Guy Fawkws was member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Apparently Guy Fawkes day is still celebrated in England and there are poems or chants about it like, "Remember, Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder treason and…

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Added by Michael Pianko on November 2, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

We need a new Social Contract, by D R (Donnie) Hosie

If there is no heaven or hell after we die, if there is only nothing, the same kind of nothing that existed before we were born, then we return to nothing when we die. Therefore, it seems to me we have to make full use of what little time we have. 

Realizing this is IT, that we have no second chance, no reincarnation,…

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Added by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 9:55pm — 6 Comments

How Jesus became God on Humanist Hour

Have you ever walked across the ice on a frozen lake and begin to see small cracks form under your feet? The cracks become bigger, making a pretty sound ... until you realize that the ice is not going to hold you and you have to change direction, and really fast or tragedy will occur?

That is what it was like for me when I believed in god and Jesus. I taught and was superintendent of Sunday schools, belonged to and held leadership roles in the women's bible study groups and outreach…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2014 at 11:49am — 1 Comment

Divorcing The Church

I am now almost 50 years-old, but around 26 I got a divorce.  I know, not the most shocking statement to start the blog with right?  Well tell that to the Baptist churches I sent my resume to when I was in the early stages of becoming a pastor.  Around the age of 32 I was in seminary and looking to become a “man of the cloth.” 

Being raised Baptist I knew I had to let every church I applied with know that I had been divorced.  Some were nice about it while others treated me as if I…

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Added by Former Pastor on October 31, 2014 at 10:22am — 8 Comments

Mr. Deity and the Humorless Atheist

For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Deity is an ongoing series on YouTube, featuring Brian Dalton as writer, director, and star of the eponymous series.  Mr. Deity is a fast-talking 21st century take on Yahweh, complete with his son, Jesse/Jesus, Larry, the omnipresent holy ghost, and adversary Lucy (fer), doing three to four minute sketches, usually riffing on various shortcomings of the bible and its god.  Frequently highlighted are Mr. Deity’s cluelessness about the…

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Added by Loren Miller on October 31, 2014 at 7:00am — 17 Comments

Samhain, pronounced "saw win" by some

"While it’s been suggested that Jack-o-Lantern is genuinely old, there are no written references to it until 1663 when it’s referred to as “Jack with the Lantern.” Old Jack with the Lantern was one of many fairy tale stories featuring the trickster figure “Jack.” According to his Lantern tale, God wouldn’t accept Jack into heaven, and Satan wouldn’t accept him into hell, but Lucifer was nice enough to throw a burning ember of coal Jack’s way, which Jack then kept in a hollowed out turnip.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

10 hours of street harassment

The video

From the video:  

"100+ instances of verbal street harassment took place within 10 hours, involving people of all backgrounds. This doesn't include the countless winks, whistles, etc."

They absolutely caught loads of bad behavior on…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — 16 Comments

The origin of Halloween

Thought this video relating to the history of Halloween, was both informative, and fun to watch...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm9jeSLGTZU

My favorite time of year -- Halloween. There have been many varying stories behind the origin of Halloween, and this video shares a bit of…

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Added by Deidre on October 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

Christians

Sometimes, I feel like more of a Christian than some of the "Christians" I know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao_PdmERD_U

Added by Visvakarman Svetasvatara-Upanish on October 30, 2014 at 4:06pm — 1 Comment

Police steal photos

From this article in The Atlantic:

After an automobile crash, a young woman suspected of drunk driving was getting checked out for injuries. A California Highway Patrol officer, five-year veteran Sean Harrington, had her cell phone. He found a photo of her in a bikini. So he allegedly sent the image to his own…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 30, 2014 at 1:58pm — 2 Comments

What is your favorite bible verse?

Mine is Isaiah 5:3-4. Lots of beautiful stuff in Isaiah.

"And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.

What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?" 

This is god inviting us to judge him upon his performance. Why, thanks very much god! I adjudge you a terrible filthy…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on October 30, 2014 at 1:33pm — 11 Comments

Baseball: Yawn

I tried, really tried, to watch most of the World Series. After all, it's supposedly the national pasttime, whatever that means. Hot dogs, apple pie, and all that jazz. But, my goodness, it's paint-drying boring. 

For evidence as to how much I cared, in a one run game, last night, I went to bed after 8 innings. Like the last 2 minutes of a football game, I figured it would take at least 45 minutes to finish the game. Besides, my team (K.C., in this case) usually loses (witness Chi…

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Added by Randall Smith on October 30, 2014 at 7:28am — 1 Comment

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