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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2016 at 3:39pm

Didn't know about the LOLcat Bible, thanks Loren.

I think we should shame religious politicians, but I'm not sure those are the best questions. I'd rather focus on their blatant hypocrisy, such as so called respect for life of fertilized eggs but not feeding starving actual children.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 2:54pm

Should We Shame Religious Politicians? David Silverman Says Yes

Religions exist to control people and to siphon resources out of a community into the pockets of people who appear to be as greedy as the Pope, Queen, or developer. Furthermore, religions are not accountable for how they spend the money. Religious believe the stories written in their sacred books that only present outrageous stories as if they are true. 

If atheists don't make fun and induce shame, who will? If we want our government and our resources used in such a reckless way we have the means handed to us by the religious. 

"Do you believe there is a god?" 

"Are you convinced god impregnated a maiden?" 

"Can you prove that Jesus died and then rose up again and ascended into heaven?" 

"Do you believe it is loving to abandon mother, father, and family?"

"Does believing these things make them so?"

"With all the gods that exist throughout time and around the world how can you be sure you have the right god?" 

"Is it reasonable to take tithing money to build mega-churches, preach the "success gospel" and not work to end the suffering of the poor?"

These are not hard questions to ask, even as believers insist the holy books come directly from god; which god? We need to ask these and other questions about their beliefs and their financial distribution of money. We need to put a wall between religion and government. Religious dogma cannot be inserted into our Constitution or Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. I certainly do not want the Bible or Quran used as a model for our laws. I don't want the  ancient scriptures of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and other eastern religions. The laws of the United States of America evolve out of a blending of all people to serve our purposes. 

We do not exist to serve superstitions, nor do we get guidance from 3rd World countries who serve a landowner, or dictator or warlord. 

My preference is to reason with religious people; when beliefs exist that are stronger to them than reason, then some other strategy can be used.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2016 at 2:31pm

Will there be disgust emoji's for the disgusting parts?

Perhaps the antitheist sites which show those should follow this example.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2016 at 12:55pm

Any chance that's offset by the LOL Cat Bible?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 30, 2016 at 11:53am

Uh-oh - the opposition's upping its game!

Desperate Christians try luring millennials to faith with ’emoji’ B...
It's a holy book, it's $2.99 and it might just save religion among young people.

"Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millennials" was released Sunday in the iBooks store. It's exactly what it sounds like: an adaptation of the King James Version of the Bible using internet slang and emoji, the adorable emoticons frequently used in text messages and tweets. Translated over the past six months by a person who identifies himself or herself only as the sunglasses-guy emoji, the objective of the emoji Bible is to make the text more appealing to people of various backgrounds and age groups.

"[Emoji are] language-agnostic — they allow you to convey an idea to anyone, regardless of what language they speak,” the creator told the Memo exclusively. “A major goal of this whole process was to take a book that I think is very non-approachable to lay readers and try to make it more approachable by removing a lot of its density."

What they really need to do is remove the density of the Bible's readers.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 29, 2016 at 11:49am

Daniel, I hear you on that 2 hour project actually taking 6 hours. The sun tunnels sound great.

Joan, that's such a cogent Paul LaClair quote. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 29, 2016 at 7:48am

Joan, I think the short form of that is:

If you can't show it, you don't know it.
-- AronRa

Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2016 at 6:50am

So, Carl, how have you been lately? Or did I miss an update when I was in Greece? Every time you comment, I'm happy to know you're still active and hopefully energetic.

Out of curiosity, I opened up a bluebird box yesterday to see if it was in use, and there were 5 blue eggs sitting in there! Hurray!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2016 at 3:20am

This was just posted on Facebook by Paul LaClair:

"To engage ethically with others, the first requirement is epistemic integrity, and that means commitment to evidence and reason as the justifications for belief, before expecting others to take that belief seriously. Truth claims are respectable to the extent that they can be confirmed intersubjectively and objectively. The faith maneuver is a self-referential abrogation of that ethical obligation, a solipsistic trump card to circumvent discussion and accountability. It's a blank check to abandon discourse and replace it with arbitrary and peremptory assertions. 'I believe it because I believe it, and that's all I have to offer' is a big fat finger in the face of your fellow man."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 28, 2016 at 11:08pm

Daniel, if you're happily pleased with the result of your sun tunnels then they have paid for themselves already.  Sometimes certain things are "just worth it" for their everyday pleasure. 

 

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