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Morality and the MPAA

Jan 14, 2014 11:14:09 AM
Jan 15, 2014 8:50:17 AM
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I saw an eye-opening documentary on Netflix recently called "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," which (finally!) asked the question: Who are those anonymous and unaccountable censors at the Motion Picture Association of America? Well, according to the findings of a tenacious private investigator, they're largely religious, and the MPAA appeals board includes 2 members of the clergy. {Sigh.} So essentially, we have a dozen unaccountable mystery men/women potentially basing a film's rating and releas...

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Bill Nye and the Creationist Guy

Jan 10, 2014 7:53:58 AM
Jan 10, 2014 8:01:26 AM
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In the matter of the upcoming debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye, my friend AronRa has absolutely nailed it in his short clip on the subject, stating:____"...debating Bill Nye lends him {Ken Ham} credibility, no matter what happens."Whoever wins or loses in public debates is decided by audience response, and Ham has the home field advantage. As long as he has control of censorship and editing, it doesn't matter how well “the science guy” does against him. The faithful flock will still c...

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Hate Can Make You Do Nice Things?

Jan 1, 2014 1:06:21 PM
Jan 1, 2014 3:51:15 PM
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I'm in conflict over this one. Doug Stanhope did something amazing by spearheading a campaign which raised over $126,000 to benefit Rebecca Vitsmun in the wake of her "I'm actually an atheist" interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. His proactive effort is one of the main reasons Rebecca and her family have a new home and a bright new chapter. For this, Stanhope has my admiration. What grates on me is the acidic attitude (which may be part of his shtick, but still). In a recent video on his chan...

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If It Walks Like A Duck...

Dec 22, 2013 9:54:34 AM
Dec 22, 2013 9:59:43 AM
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Recognize these folks? You're looking at the Duck Dynasty family in 2001. ("Today" did a feature on this awhile back.) Now, while everyone's wailing about the controversy in regard to Phil Robertson's recent comments in GQ Magazine, it might behoove the adoring DD fans to look beyond this controversy to ask themselves whether they've bought hook, line and sinker into this "real life" Beverly Hillbillies story. Sure, the show has its charms. Sy makes me laugh out loud on occasion. And congrats...

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Put the Cronus Back in Christmas!

Dec 17, 2013 2:52:23 PM
Dec 17, 2013 2:59:03 PM
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This is a familiar sight every December.To those protesting so adamantly that we should keep the Christ in Christmas: Do you also keep the Moon in Monday (Moon's Day)? Thor in Thursday? On Halloween, do you don your Druid priest robe and summon the ghosts of the dead? Oh. Those are ancient myths, rituals and customs that no longer apply to the current acknowledgment and/or celebrations of those days?  Fine. Welcome to Christmas. If you're going to keep the original meaning of the holiday, yo...

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The Deadly Miracle

Dec 4, 2013 5:19:33 PM
Dec 4, 2013 5:21:10 PM
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The headline has gained world attention:  Nigerian Man Survives 3 Days at Bottom of Atlantic Of course, the story ends in rescue and praises to God, which makes sense only if you've left your reasoning powers at the bottom of the Atlantic.  Let's recap. 1) A tugboat in Nigeria sinks. 2) 11 crew members drown. 3) The ship's cook finds an air pocket in the sunken vessel. 4) Rescue divers find and retrieve him 3 days later. 5) The survivor says his rescue is divine deliverance. To assert that ...

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Why "Noah" Doesn't Hold Water

Nov 14, 2013 12:20:52 PM
Dec 6, 2013 8:05:28 PM
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  I've been dreading this, on several levels.  The problem isn't the stellar cast, the talented director, the elaborate visuals or the Resurrection-Of-The-70s-Disaster-Film premise. The problem is that, if the movie holds closely enough to the scriptural account (and that remains to be seen), we'll quite likely see the film propped up by the likes of Ken Ham, Ray Comfort, a hundred megapastors and thousands of evangelical churches.  This happens every decade or so. When "The Prince of Egyp...

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Should We Respect Religion?

Nov 10, 2013 6:16:42 AM
Oct 24, 2014 8:40:00 AM
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Does religion deserve ridicule?  Do our irreverent memes and sacrilegious satires do more harm than good?  Are we being clever, or are we too clever for our own benefit?  Some recent satirical posts have drawn the ire of some TTA page members:  the Jesus "lag" meme, The Story of Suzie video, etc.  A few have left the page in protest. I'll address it again, and of course, you're welcome to chime in.  :) It's a difficult thing, having such a love for people (religious and otherwise) and h...

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Change

Nov 8, 2013 9:57:28 AM
Nov 8, 2013 9:58:28 AM
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Change. It's funny. I look at my life today, and I'm awestruck at how drastically different it is from the imaginings of my youth. I thought I'd be married forever. I'm divorced and about to start a 2nd chapter with Natalie. I never wanted kids. I now have a 16-year-old soon-to-be stepdaughter who has stolen my heart. I once was a Christian broadcaster. I now host one of the most listened to atheist radio shows in the world. I used to give my devoutly-religious parents great pride. I now give...

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Happy Halloween. Have Fun In Hell.

Oct 28, 2013 6:20:22 AM
Oct 28, 2013 9:41:18 AM
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It's Halloween night on the porch of a religious home, and a group of children is about to receive The Good News Of Jesus Christ on tiny booklets tossed into their sacks of treats.CHILD:  "Trick or Treat!" RELIGIOUS HOMEOWNER:  "Hi kids!  Here's a single piece of candy and whole PAGES of pathetic religious propaganda.  (By the way...nice devil costume.  That'll come in handy if you wind up in Hell.  G'nite!")Yes, it's once again the Season of Fear.  Not the frivolous, fun spooks and sc...

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