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Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

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Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 18, 2011 at 10:26am
About the 50% tax rate -- I live on a modest fixed income, but who knows if the trade-off would leave me with the same standard of living. I actually don't mind paying taxes if they are being used for worthwhile things, and not subsidizing the wealthy. I also resent those wealthy who are unwilling to pick up their share of the burden, but rather trying to harm the most vulnerable members of our society. They can darn well afford more taxes, and it really bugs me when a conservative yaps on and on about how we need budget cuts, but never a word about raising revenues. The "no new taxes" pledge is one of the most damaging and ugly ideas the Republicans have come up with lately, but there are lots of others. OK, flame-retardant suit on!
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 18, 2011 at 6:51am
Denmark really shouldn't advertise too much.  From all I have heard, life there is the exact opposite of the US and many other places. Taxes at about 50%, a government that respects the social contract between the people and their needs, unions, fair vacation time, maternal leave.  Sounds like most Americans need to buy a copy of Rosetta Stone for Denmark.
Comment by Ian Mason on July 18, 2011 at 5:39am
Hej Gary. The spelling's right, the weather's the same and so are the women. :-)
Comment by G Smith on July 18, 2011 at 2:36am
Hello from USA, Ian.  I lived on the island of Fyn in a town called Glamsbjerg (maybe spelling wrong).  I remember the rain and the beautiful girls.  If you see Ulla Skytte, now about 53 years old, tell her that she was my first love!
Comment by Ian Mason on July 18, 2011 at 1:55am
There's more than enough rain here in Denmark. Pity it isn't an exportable product, although I'd send it to East Africa if it was.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 17, 2011 at 8:35pm
Seems like most of my comments have disappeared.  I hear no rain for most of Texas till October - now that is bad news.  I vote for a rain dance, and any one who gets rain send some our way.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 17, 2011 at 2:02pm
But a rain dance would at least be colorful and interesting to watch! LOL!!
Comment by Susan Stanko on July 17, 2011 at 1:29pm
Yet, they would laugh if a Native American did a rain dance.
Comment by Julie Carter on July 17, 2011 at 1:12am
It IS kind of funny how many of us around here are actually Texans, though! I'm never embarrassed to be from Texas, because I truly love it. But I am ashamed of a lot of our politicians and the amount of religiosity here. So disappointing and infuriating. And because of it, there are a LOT of hypocrites, too. I'm kind of shocked by how many people that I knew in high school or college who are now super, super religious. Kinda disgusts me.
Comment by Marcelo Martínez Cuevas on July 17, 2011 at 12:28am
Just passing by to say hi to everyone...
 

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