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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 Idaho Spud on April 25, 2013 at 5:20am

Napoleon, thanks for the dig pix from me also.  And, the evolution of god is excellent.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 25, 2013 at 5:02am

Napoleon, thanks for posting the dog pix. I've heard of non-human doing things like this but have never seen pix like these. My wife and I owned and trained two German Shepherds and they showed us they had more capabilities than I'd ever expected.

Thanks too for the evolution of god pic. Though there is no widely-accepted icon for power, the dollar sign represents part of the motivation well.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 25, 2013 at 4:07am

Joan Denoo, what I was thinking in terms of sport is that when people who otherwise would be in conflict learn to work together to an end, differences take second place. When a team is selected of the basis of ability not background a change in atittude is the result. Personally I think that sport is THE place for competition. In other fields cooperation should be the dominant factor but there should be room in human life for competing. By the way, there was a joke going around in Britain after the Olympics: a red-head, a mixed-race and a Somalian refugee walked into a pub. Everyone wanted to buy them drinks. It was a rather pointed tribute to the athletes who competed in British colours and a criticism of the usual stereotype, racist "jokes".

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 2:52am

Ian Mason, you led me on a most interesting search for West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. I made up a playlist, and am working on another on this exceptional group. This is exactly what I meant when I described my desire. There is an old saying that change won't occur until the last coffin of the last generation is covered with dirt. Well, here is a new generation coming on, and I hope we can find a way to convince them warring is not the answer to anything and here is one alternative. West-Eastern Divan Orchestra certainly makes a start. Here is the first playlist:

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

http://www.west-eastern-divan.org/videos/ 

Conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim (who made headlines performing Wagner in Israel) and the late Palestinian-American intellectual Edward Said, co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as “a human laboratory" to reveal to the whole world how to participate with each other.

 

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of musicians between the ages of 15 and 36, established in 1999, is made up of young musicians from countries engaged in war. The orchestra includes musicians from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran and Spain.

 

The word “Divan” comes from a collection of Persian, Arabic, and a suite of poems about the Middle East by Goethe. It also is the name for a couch. It refers to the privy council of the Ottoman Empire,

 

Barenboim and Said brought young Middle Eastern artists together who might not, outside of their music-making, feel comfortable sitting together.

 

The work can be seen as a symbol for stimulating exchange and mixture between Orient and Occident. The word "west-eastern" does not only refer to German-Middle-eastern, but also Latin-Persian and Christian-Muslim. It mirrors the attempt to bring together Orient and Occident.

 

Ending of “Knowledge is the Beginning”

http://www.mvly.com/articles/2008/08/the-ramallah-concert-knowledge...

 

 

 

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 11:14pm

Ruth, your cats here fit my mom's description well: sovereign kingdoms with tails.

She occasionally called them self-emptying mouse traps.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2013 at 11:06pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 24, 2013 at 11:04pm

Hi, all. I'm a new fan of shironeko cat.

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 6:28pm

Heh.. maybe I am still a bit of a literalist, need to break that...

Personally I love coffee, but only if it's good quality stuff... or has a ton of milk and chocolate in it :3

Comment by Megan S. M. on April 24, 2013 at 6:22pm

Joan, do you want a long or a short answer?

The short: The questions came from within me as a young teen about the contradictions/illogicality of the teaching of the LDS church.

I'd be happy to elaborate, but it would be kinda long and idk if the comment wall is the best place to put it.

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 24, 2013 at 5:48pm

Okay, Grinning Cat isn't a literalist!!!

About coffee's taste. When I went into the Navy the old salts (Navy lifers) told me that if I don't drink coffee I couldn't go on coffee breaks. To make coffee, they threw several handfuls of coffee grounds into about ten gallons of water and put the business end of a steam hose into the pail until the concoction boiled. New and naive, I learned to drink coffee but only with four spoonfuls of sugar.

 

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