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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 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 on Tuesday. 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

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Comment by Steph S. on March 3, 2013 at 9:28pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2013 at 9:05pm

Melinda, prayer in general is talking to oneself, but your picture takes that idea to a new level!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 3, 2013 at 8:43pm

Interesting, Patricia, thanks. This tourist gets an experience for no work, which naturalists have to spend months to get. apparently this particular group of gorillas has learned to trust the tourist camp and its inhabitants.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 3, 2013 at 1:26pm

Joan, I have not thought things through as well as you have, but I do find it difficult to remain silent when I disagree with someone...I want them to understand my point of view on whatever subject we're discussing.  It would be nice if I could get them to agree with me, but I just want them to understand how and why I arrived at a particular conclusion.

I get tired of hearing the old saws like"Someone in the church must have hurt you badly," or, "You are angry at god...blah-blah-blah." How can I possibly be angry at something that doesn't exist?  I do get angry with people who insist that a Bronze Age book of myths and legends is the perfect guide to life, and want to change our country's laws to coincide with the cruelties in that book.

And as much as I love "Hair," I lose patience with people who believe that the position of the planets and constellations (as seen from Earth) at the time of one's birth have anything to do with reality.

And sometimes, I just like to rant.  I'm snorting and growling right now over some "junk science" that's been in the news lately ... blaming feral cats for the decline of the bird population in the US.  NObody has actually gone out and counted the number of kills by cats and compared them to climate change, habitat destruction, and other predators.

And there I go again.  Sorry.  = 8 0

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2013 at 11:12am

For me, it depends. Is my goal to maintain the friendship or speak my truth. If a response is interest in knowing more, I can engage in a discussion that incudes listening and asserting; if it is aggression, I can aggress; if the other changes the subject, I can change the subject as well. 

Now I have choices to make because there are always consequences to an option chosen. If I want to save a relationship, the issue remains in the background and will come up again. If I remain silent, that implies agreement and my point of view remains unsaid ... do I have to remain silent in order to have the friendship? If so, my obligation to speak is more important than the individual. My goal is not convert another human being to my way of thinking. I have absolutely no interest in what a person thinks unless it impacts my life; I am interested in how they think through their issues. 

In my 77 years of living, I have not found it beneficial to me or to my values to remain silent. When I think, reason, compare and contrast evidence and draw conclusion, I develop a value. If that value has validity, I stand on that foundation and speak.

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 3, 2013 at 11:10am

Tim Conway was always my favorite.  Sometime he got people laughing uncontrollably. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 3, 2013 at 11:08am

No idea where he's going, but he's makin' good time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2013 at 10:12am

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2013 at 11:58pm

For Steph:
Always Share Your Hobbies With Your Friends!

Comment by Steph S. on March 2, 2013 at 10:09pm

Doing good here booklover. Pretty chilly outside. I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Love the lolcats sk8eycat and Spud.

 

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