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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

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

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

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2012 at 9:43am

Joan, I respond to my religious family the same as you do to yours, with one exception.  I don't find any enjoyment in visiting them or having them visit me because we don't have much in common anymore and it's like walking on eggshells.  

That is, I can't just say anything I want.  I have to make sure it's not something they can connect with religion.  They probably do the same thing.  Also, I get too sad for them when they do mention going to church or I see the religious paintings on their walls.  It deepens my depression.

Tony, that's the most attractive mary I've ever seen:)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 7, 2012 at 9:32am

Hi, All! Sorry I haven't been to AN in days. Didn't look at email or news either. I've been putting all of my energy into a new short video. A huge learning curve for Movie Studio Platinum. Tutorials and help were inadequate, Had two false starts. *sigh* It should be done today. I missed you guys.

Comment by Steph S. on December 7, 2012 at 7:20am

Had to post my LOlcat for the day.

Comment by Steph S. on December 7, 2012 at 7:19am

Joan so glad you aren't having any Facebook problems. That's good to hear. I don't mind you sharing posts on Facebook - so no worries Joan.

Napoleon thanks for the video. I like Joy Division.

Cute LOLcat Booklover. Batman cat is cute.

I am drinking coffee too.

I hope you have a good weekend everyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2012 at 12:42am

Gee, I haven't had the problems you describe on Facebook. If anything comes through I don't want to waste time on, I just Block it and it doesn't return. I certainly would not want unrequested information coming in. Actually, I spend relatively little time on Facebook and a lot more time here.

Most of my family communicate on Facebook, some of us for the first time in years. Most of them have a deep and abiding faith and belief in god, and all that implies. When they send me religious messages, which they used to do frequently, I just send them a piece about my finding no evidence of god or a reason to have faith or belief. If they don't get a gentle hint, I get more confrontational.

Their great fear for me is that I will burn in hell, and my great fear for them is that they will miss out on life. I have noticed those who have faith also have a lot of stress, anxiety, depression and "bad" days. I don't seem to have problems in those areas. 

My great concern for everyone is that we are on a tipping point for so many things; climate change, loss of care for children, elderly, and being involved in constant wars since WWII. I hope to see our culture turn around by recognizing humans are not the top of a pyramid but a part of an interlinking net; that humans have the capacity to damage or destroy life as we know it on Earth. 

We are a part of something so grand, so full of wonder, so magnificent, and we had no part in creating it, even as we have opportunity to enjoy this glorious sphere. 

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2012 at 12:41am

It's the same here Patricia: I hate facebook - but I' ve got a facebook account. I never use it, I just keep it to see things and for one contact. Any mail they send me I throw away within a second.

Comment by Steph S. on December 6, 2012 at 10:02pm

I love that "manger" scene Tony. Very funny.

I've missed you too. I hope you are getting some rest tonight.

Hope everyone is doing OK.

Comment by Steph S. on December 6, 2012 at 9:43pm

Joan you are fine. No problems with you posting anything. I just didn't join because I think it's too much of a privacy invasion.

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 6, 2012 at 9:26pm

Finally getting a weekend off. Ah, beautiful rest. Will be able to catch up. I have missed visiting with you guys.

Joan, no worries as far as I'm concerned. If you find anything I say worth reposting, go for it. I also only have family and a few friends on Facebook, only to keep up. We are rather scattered across the U.S.

Here is a creche I can really get behind! lol! :)

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2012 at 9:08pm

Oh Oh! Maybe I am creating problems for Atheist Nexus members. I have family and friends who keep up to date on Facebook and I often repost to them, giving attribution from whom I get the information. First, is giving your name for attribution causing problems? 

Second, Would you rather I not repost your items on Facebook? 

 

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