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Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 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 Randall Smith on July 27, 2018 at 7:08am

What a pleasure it is to have my oldest daughter and her two teenagers "back home again in Indiana" after spending 18 years in Honduras. Her younger sister (5 yrs.) is happy, too. Valerie already has an optometrist job, although she's apprehensive about all the new equipment now used. It was very primitive in Tegucigalpa.

Her kids went to the high school to get their class schedules. Believe it or not, despite being fluent, they HAVE to take Spanish as required by the state (the only foreign language offered at their small school). That should be interesting! At least it's second year Spanish. They couldn't take third year--again, rules forbid it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 26, 2018 at 2:16am

Carl, I am so sorry to learn of your father's death, even as I am overjoyed to learn you are alive. What a joy your father must have been, to you, your family, and a wider community. 

Life must have been very precious to him because a serious health problem awakens an appreciation for each healthy day even as it prepares one to not live "too long!"

Comment by Plinius on July 25, 2018 at 10:46am

My condolences, Carl, it's not easy to lose such a kind parent!

do write how you are - when your computer runs.

The borrowed laptop couldn't stand this heatwave, but perhaps my pc will arrive next week.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 25, 2018 at 8:00am

My condolences on your loss, Carl. It's good that the family was together at the end and you were able to share love and laughter.

It's good to hear from you again. How are you?

Comment by Randall Smith on July 25, 2018 at 6:56am

It's a relief to hear from you, Carl, but saddened to read of your father's death. You should be proud of him. Please accept my condolences.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2018 at 10:55pm

Good to hear from you, Carl, and sorry to hear of your loss of your father. Those extra 34 years were an excellent roll of the dice. You were lucky to have a family so united in wanting what was best for him.

Comment by Patricia on July 24, 2018 at 9:16pm

Glad to see you Carl, even with your sad news. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 24, 2018 at 8:43pm
Hi, everyone. Checking in and thanking you for the well-wishes and birthday greetings.  I warmly appreciate it.  I'm hoping to regularly be back here soon when I finally have my computer running again.  
In the meantime I want to let you know that my father died on July 11.  He was 83.  He went very quietly and peacefully in his sleep in hospice. 
My whole family, my mother and father, two sisters, my brother and I, had all agreed to transfer him to hospice the week prior after being hospitalized for a heart attack the week before that.  He had congestive heart failure and was basically rendered immobile.  He had a totally blocked artery from a collapsed stent that was inserted just eight months ago. The least bit of movement or activity left him gasping for air.  As a result, he was too weak to endure any further corrective medical treatment.  It was painful putting him into hospice because he was 100% mentally alert, but he didn't want to remain bedridden on oxygen and I.V.'s, unable to move for the remainder of his life.  At least it was an informed decision by us all.
As some background, he had a heart attack and triple bypass surgery 34 years ago when he was only 49, so his death now was not totally unexpected.  In fact we feel lucky to have gotten an extra 34 years of life from him. Throughout the last three decades he had countless angioplasties and stents, plus a myriad of other procedures and surgeries for other issues. He endured many inconveniences and hospitalizations quietly and without complaint, always able to return to reasonably good heath and activity. 
Ironically, just last month he participated in a fundraising walk-a-thon on a treadmill without issue.  Unfortunately this last heart attack ended up being too much for him.  The poor guy was just too worn out for major heart surgery.    
So much of my family and relatives were able to visit him the last several days from coast to coast around the country, which was extremely moving and meaningful for him. He was also able to Facetime with grandchildren and great-grandchildren who weren't able to be there in person.  Amongst the tears we were able to do much laughing with him during that time, as my Dad always enjoyed good humor and fun.
His body was cremated and we held a memorial service for him this past Monday the 16th.  The large number of people who attended was a testament to how well liked and respected he was.  Afterward we spread his ashes in a beautiful, secluded peace garden at the church my parents attended.
We'll miss having him around. 
Cheers to all of you.
Mom and Dad
Comment by Patricia on July 22, 2018 at 12:20am

Not too much trouble for a few years now, Plinius, but I have arthritis in my neck which is beginning to be a problem.

Comment by Plinius on July 22, 2018 at 12:11am

A whiplash is a nasty extra, Patricia, I hope it doesn't trouble you much these days.

The Netherlands are baking too, Ian. The parts above sea level are bone dry, with dying trees, people are trying to save the fish from drying brooks, etc. Here below sea level the trees get enough water, but I see many trees and plants that have clearly given up flowering for this year, dropping the buds.

Good luck with your hedges, Ian!

 

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