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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 Randall Smith on April 26, 2018 at 7:51am

Tom, I couldn't disagree more with the old saying about teachers. And I really take offense to it.

I was a science teacher. I never wanted to do anything else. My mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were teachers. I was born to teach and loved it. 

Yes, I know there are poor teachers, but from my years of association with educators, I'd say 90% were good teachers--certainly dedicated to the profession.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2018 at 1:40am

If you include teachers of economics, I agree with you. I had to unlearn much of what I learned in those courses. It becomes clear to me that citizens and politicians do not know how to develop fiscal policy in a way that benefits those who produce goods and services. The widening gap between rich and poor occurs as a result of the deliberate fiscal policies written by and for the wealthy. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 26, 2018 at 12:46am

Joan, I'm not so sure that fear breeds hate, unless there's something else that's either present or absent.

Around 1980, in a book on hormones I read that:

1) exposure to a danger results in the body's producing epinephrine, which energizes the body for flight, while

2) repeated exposures to that danger results in the body's producing nor-epinehrine, which energizes the body to fight.

It explained well my experience while doing some dangerous politics, but much has been learned in neuroscience since 1980 and that relationship may now be less certain.

Is there a hormone, or a region in the brain, that's associated with responses such as hatred?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 26, 2018 at 12:09am

Regarding the last resorts of those who can't do anything else, while in college I heard the following:

Those who can, do.

Those who can't, teach.

Those who can't teach, teach teachers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2018 at 12:06am

The insanity of the brutal killing and injuring of so many innocent people by another deranged person reflects the instability of society. From where will the next assault come? 

Fear breeds hate. With the chaos and uncertainty of our political systems and the turmoil taking place between different religions, we feel vulnerable. Unstable individuals act out. 

Can we retain a sense of safety, stability, and security with all this clamor? 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 25, 2018 at 10:03pm

Real heroism, Patricia. The officer is also intelligent and perceptive, realising that the suspect was trying to commit 'suicide by cop' and responding in an appropriate way. It's that ability to read situations and not react by rote that's sadly lacking in most police forces around the world. Employment in law enforcement has for many years been a last resort of those who can't do anything else.

Comment by Patricia on April 25, 2018 at 8:17pm

Maybe US police could learn something.....

Officer who arrested van attack suspect rejects hero label, deputy ...
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:14:31 EDT
Toronto police Deputy Chief Peter Yuen says the police officer who apprehended the suspect in Monday's deadly van attack doesn't want to be considered a hero.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2018 at 3:04am

Ian, anemones bloom so faithfully in my Spokane garden. I am transplanting some here. They should thrive here. 

Comment by Ian Mason on April 25, 2018 at 2:26am

They're anemones, Joan, usually regarded as a sure sign that Spring is here. 

Comment by Patricia on April 25, 2018 at 1:57am

Lovely! I think we're all getting to want some colour after a drab winter.

 

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