Enough already - take down the Brother Richard article from the banner

simple request - there are lots of good posts by members here.  i liked the Brother Richard piece, although i'd prefer just to call you Richard.  but it's time to take that months old post on Michael Sams down from the head of the page.  so please, whoever runs this site, ditch that.  i'm all for LGBT rights, but that's not the most important thing happening in the secular world right now.  they are winning their battle.  we're still terribly behind in ours.  maybe put a well written Hobby Lobby article, or something from the Satanists who are carrying us on their backs in it's place.  perhaps adding an atheist article per day on top of the page would help drive discussion.  i'm just spitballing here but i think there are ways we could improve the user experience here at A/N.  it seems like the admin is asleep at the wheel.    

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Daniel, I like your distinction. Why does a kiss, any kiss, bother me? Very good question. Whether a kiss of affection or of sexual foreplay, the photo bothers me. And, again you are correct, I have no reaction to the woman being lifted by two male strippers, I didn't even notice that photo and the hypocrisy it represents. I also have no reaction to the objectification of a woman in the book adv. 

I like your calling this to my attention, I need to look at my reaction. OH! that opens up a sore spot; old wounds not healed. 

That said, I will be glad when the topic returns to celebrations of being an atheist.

I'm upset by anyone kissing openly in public. Some say oh, that's so nice because they are in love. I say it's all a show. They are putting on a show for me. I hate to see a man/woman couple in a store and they kiss and have their hands up each others ass. What the hell is that about? I think people like this are very insecure.

Agreed.  And I don't like to see it when my grandchildren are watching as well.  What public displays of affection will be the norm when they're older?  I'm all for LGBT rights too, it's not that I object to at all, plus it does seem that it's mostly straight young couples with something to prove who put on these displays. 

Darrel Ray's book cover is just what I would expect to see on a book titled "Sex & God."  In the same vein, seeing a photo of two men kissing is just what I would expect to see accompanying an article with a gay theme.  Neither one is a big deal to me.  I guess each of us draws a line between the threshold of what is a cute and appropriate public display of affection and what is improper and just plain gratuitous.  Of course that line will be marked in different places for each person.  One couple's sentiment of love is another couple's vulgar display of pornography.  But that is an entire subject unto itself.   

Back to the topic at hand......

I agree, the main page should be less static.  I really like the suggestions promoting displays of different atheist quotations.  The idea of having it changed daily I think is a bit too much work.  I propose having a different quote weekly with a photo of the person and a link (perhaps to Wikipedia) about that person.  That would be quite nice and educational as well.  

I initially liked the suggestions to have links posted to relevant and timely news stories, but when thinking it through further, isn't that what is already being done in the list of forum topics and in our groups?  This is our community, and I like the idea that we are already discussing the topics which are important to us.  The most talked about topics stay near the top of the list and generate a lot of coverage and response. 

I browse through several atheist sites and enjoy some of them, but continue to prefer Atheist Nexus because of all the different topics available to us. I also like Hang with Friends, because it is kind of a stream of consciousness site, whatever is on our minds. One atheist site has very strict rules about atheist topics only. I am more than an atheist, I am a citizen of my nation and the world, I value understanding current events and educating myself on economics, education, politics, religion, science and how they impact or are impacted by atheism. They are a little bit like different facets of me, such as a cut diamond, turning on the wheel with sparkles coming from different sources of light. 

Yes, Mindy, we are friends. 

I like your cut diamond analogy, Joan.  Beautifully stated.  **Group hug.**

Oh! That sounds so good Carl. A group hug it is!

I'm still a Winnie the Pooh fan. I have a set of stepping stones in my garden with characters from his story. 

Joan, I'm also still a Winnie the Pooh fan.  I especially like Eeyore because we're a little alike.

"Hitherto, all the Poetry in the Forest has been written by Pooh, a Bear with a Pleasing Manner but a Positively Startling Lack of Brain. The Poem which I am now about to read to you was written by Eeyore, or Myself, in a Quiet Moment. If somebody will take Roo's bull's eye away from him, and wake up Owl, we shall all be able to enjoy it. I call it - POEM."

Jeez, seems like there's a lot of people here that are offended at the act of kissing in public period. I'm not that way at all. My gf and I kiss all the time, everywhere. I wrote earlier that I agree that the picture needs to change, but only because it's so damn monotonous to see it every time I get on the site. It wasn't disturbing to me at all, when it was first put up.

Honestly, I wish more people would publicly show their affection by kissing. I'm in my forties, and I can honestly say that I have only seen my mom and dad kiss one time in my life, and it wasn't in public. I think that's sad, and it probably explains why I am so unreserved about doing it myself. I think it's nice to see random evidence of love - we sure see enough random evidence of the opposite.

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