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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 5 hours ago. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 10, 2012 at 1:20am

I found this going through old files… the analogy is so… dead on.

Comment by Gwaithmir on March 7, 2012 at 5:30pm
Comment by sk8eycat on March 1, 2012 at 4:59pm

The old biddies in the church I went to as a teen-ager loooooved "In the Garden."  The really funny thing is that the song was written by a man.  Maybe he should have titled it, "In the closet."

Comment by sk8eycat on March 1, 2012 at 2:48pm

LOL!  I always think of a lonely middle-aged spinster singing, "And he walks with me, and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own."  Sounds like there's more romantic longing than worshipful praise in that one.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 29, 2012 at 11:42pm

I have thought for years (decades) that saying something like, "Gawd wuz lookin' out fer me today," is the height of arrogance.  Especially when other people, just as religious or just plain good, have been killed or maimed.

If you listen closely to xians, you'll learn that the whole religion is about "Me-Me-Me."  "Jesus Loves Me," "My lord and savior," and on and on.

That was one of the many things that finally turned me off about the whole megillah.  And most other monotheistic religions aren't much better.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 29, 2012 at 1:24am

Profound thought:

Comment by Loren Miller on February 21, 2012 at 7:01am

I just saw this on CNN.com's home page this morning, and I thought I would share it with you ... because A|N IS an international community, and maybe sometimes we need a reminder that our problems are not necessarily unique to us ... or to U.S., if you get my meaning.

Comment by Plinius on February 19, 2012 at 12:44am

http://youtu.be/yn-eejMcmuA

The lies they tell you! Not one word of truth about what he says on the Netherlands.

Comment by Plinius on February 19, 2012 at 12:27am

I don't envy you at all! What about that last line: that life begins at conception? I hate to think of the consequences - even less women´s rights.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 18, 2012 at 11:12pm

Thanks for letting us know, Chris. That's a horrifying precedent.

 

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