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Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia on Friday. 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 Steph S. on July 16, 2012 at 8:34am
I agree Joan. Once you renounce religion you are no longer a sheep. No more brutes and thugs for me. I see through their lies now. I'm glad you are free Joan. Free from a life of submission.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2012 at 8:27am

I began to doubt the words preached from the pulpit and taught from the lectern because of what I saw, heard and felt as a result of their lies. I watched my grandmothers struggle with their roles as women trying to follow liars of their generation and being utterly abandoned by men who told them deliberate lies in order to appease them, to oppress them, to dominate them. I listened to the lying fool who told my mother to submit and obey. I believed the idiot who told me to crucify myself daily in imitation of the crucified christ, to yield, submit, turn the other cheek, obey, rejoice in my crucifixion and that of all women I was most blessed.
Were these men ignorant, stupid, lazy, foolish, insane, or were they betrayed by others who exploited them?
Were these women sheep, ready for the slaughter, willing participants in the comedy of false beliefs?
In my opinion, religion failed me, my mother, both of my grandmothers, and made brutes and thugs out of my husband, father, and grandfathers.
My splendid heresy occurred when I renounced submission to religion and claimed my ability to think and reason and question and examine and experiment and refuse to be a sheep preparing myself for the slaughter.

Comment by Steph S. on July 15, 2012 at 2:23pm

Hey Flying Atheist - it looks like no matter what state we live in there are ignorant people in charge. No state is immune.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 15, 2012 at 1:27pm

Two consecutive governors in prison.  One Republican, one Democrat.  Funny thing:  I voted for George Ryan, the republican, because he was pro-abortion, pro-gay, anti-gun and very liberal on social issues.  The Democratic nominee, Glenn Poshard, was anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-gay marriage, and pro-NRA and guns.  He wasn't very popular in liberal Chicago. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 15, 2012 at 12:21pm

I was going to post this in the Atheist Humor group, but I guess I didn't find it to be funny.....

I certainly don't hate my parents, I love them very much, but recently I have really resented the fact that I was baptized and circumcised.  (My little rant for the day.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 15, 2012 at 12:14pm

@Steph S.   I'm not in Texas but I felt like I was here in Illinois on Friday when I read the following news story:  Illinois State Officials Say It's Time to Pray for Rain  Ugggghhhh!!  I guess I was naive and wasn't expecting that from our Democratic governor in our Blue state.    

Comment by Steph S. on July 14, 2012 at 10:55pm
Any Texans here? Please join me in the Texas Heathens Group and we can discuss the upcoming Texas Freethought Convention 2012 in Austin, TX. I just put up the discussion today! Many prominent Texas Atheists will be there!
Comment by El Solo Lobo on July 14, 2012 at 4:46pm

nanoo, nanoo

Comment by sk8eycat on July 13, 2012 at 11:49pm

*sigh* I never had a nickname when I was in school.  What can you do with "Elaine"?  I've been called by my middle name since the day I was born.

I picked up "La Bruja del Hielo" when I was in Holiday...I scared the mierda out of the porter in our car on the way to Mexico City...he thought I was a witch, but that's too damn long.

Then, about 10 years ago, when I was working part time at the Cat Hotel, the manager saw my legal name (my first name starts with "F") on my paycheck or something, and yelled, "Felaine!  Meeee-yowwww!"  I yelled back at her, "Claw-diaaaaa!"  (Claudia Shell played Victoria in "Cats" on Broadway for nine solid years....eeeek!) 

That's the kind of thing that happens when you hang around with cats all your life.  The only time I didn't have at least one was when I was on the road.

Comment by Destiny Tripp on July 13, 2012 at 11:08pm
http://m.facebook.com/#!http://video.xx.fbcdn.net/cfs-prn1/v/609645/704/445441352157266_456...
my video, friend requests coming. Bad internet conection on this site. Can barely type.
 

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