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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

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2017 at 4:21pm

The Caucasas, where the red, white, and green colors represented their ancient beliefs, came from this mushroom. 

"Amanita muscaria is a basidiomycete mushroom, one of many in the genus Amanita. It is also a muscimol mushroom. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine and birch plantations, and is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous and coniferous trees.

"Arguably the most iconic toadstool species, the fly agaric is a large white-gilled, white-spotted, usually red mushroom, and is one of the most recognisable and widely encountered in popular culture.

"Although classified as poisonous, reports of human deaths resulting from its ingestion are extremely rare. After parboiling—which weakens its toxicity and breaks down the mushroom's psychoactive substances—it is eaten in parts of Europe, Asia, and North America. Amanita muscaria is noted for its hallucinogenic properties, with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol. The mushroom was used as an intoxicant and entheogen by the peoples of Siberia, and has a religious significance in these cultures. There has been much speculation on possible traditional use of this mushroom as an intoxicant in other places such as the Middle East, Eurasia, North America, and Scandinavia."

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2017 at 4:13pm

The colors of Yule that represent Santa Claus and the Winter Solstice Holiday are from the ancient religious traditions of the Caucasus Mountain Region. 

This bit of information will drive the white, southerner, evangelicals nuts. The ancient people of Old Europe came from this group of black Africans. Many of the traditions from these African, black skinned people melded into Old Europe and diluted into "white Aryans". 

Comment by Patricia on December 18, 2017 at 2:44pm

There ya go!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 18, 2017 at 2:43pm

Excellent Patricia.  I'll have to sent that to my mormon family.

Comment by Patricia on December 18, 2017 at 2:20pm

Comment by Ian Mason on December 18, 2017 at 1:37pm

I'm reading a book I was given as a present, The Irish Empire: the story of King Niall of the nine hostages. It would never survive the internet as it's never been edited or proof read. Examples:

'fare' for 'fair'

'thrown' for 'throne'

'decade' for 'decayed'.

The writer is an amateur historian with a background in mechanical engineering technology and might not be used to writing on a larger scale. If so, fine as long as the history is good but he's been badly served by his publisher who seems to have trusted spelling check instead of a proper editor.

Comment by Chris on December 18, 2017 at 4:54am

Oh, my gosh as a child I saw someone naked  or walking  around after a bath .

Go back a few years and sleep  in a bed with your parents and  numourous kids in a  one bedreoom house.

.. I dislike this time of year because it brings out the worse of people and goofy religious ideas unrelated to reality.

Comment by Chris on December 18, 2017 at 3:53am

On wall paper.

Skip trowling seens to look better and in a way proves the dwelling is sound.

The blow on  knocked down texture looks terrible and cheap..

Comment by Patricia on December 17, 2017 at 6:49pm

At that age, I didn't know we were supposed to be screaming scared etc. The guy walking past with his coat open & his schlong flapping out his fly as he walked was hilarious.

The other girl reacted the same, although we only knew each other by name & were not friends. The next day at school we burst out laughing again as soon as we saw each other.

It never entered our minds to report it either, as  we just thought the guy was weird.

I don't recall hearing the adults freak out over things like this, so we didn't either.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 17, 2017 at 6:41pm

That upright walker seems like a good idea.  Glad I don't need one, but if I do, I'll look into it.

Patricia, I hope your laughter made that guy feel foolish.

 

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