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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 kathy: ky on February 11, 2016 at 12:29am
Is anyone else getting the ads on the right with someone wanting to pray for us?? That is too funny.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2016 at 4:53pm

Ruth, let's think of the option of: 

1. The Histrionic Voice of screaming, yelling calling names, making up outrageous stories, belittleing, using all forms of hysteria in making our claims; or 

2. The Passionate Voice of defining, describing, explaining, illustrating, specifying in a calm, clear, passionate, confident, competent voice, while looking them in the eye, so they know to whom we speak, and speaking loudly enough for all to hear, even the little ones, or; 

3. The Authoritarian Voice with demanding they listen and change. 

If we get as histrionic as they using a histrionic voice, what have we gained? What have we lost? 

What about the passionate voice?

What about the authoritarian voice?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2016 at 4:26pm

Your Crazyhorse article on the Overton Window is correct, but I think far too "rational", in the sense of avoiding passion.

The way ideas are shifted within the Window is via discussion and discourse.  The more something is proposed, talked about, discussed, debated, and presented the more likely it is to be shifted from one end of the spectrum to the other.

It's as if "We on the Left tamp down the fringe within our various movements out of fear that Progressives as a whole will be painted as "loonies." is self-referential for the article's style. The right wing doesn't just use noise and shouting, they employ a vast army of professional propagandists. Tools such as hatred and insanity are wielded like scalpels and jackhammers on the public's grey matter. While we on the left use proposals, talk, discussion and debate to try and present ideas, they use psychic bulldozers to multiply humanity's basest impulses. That makes me angry, but I don't hear anger or outrage in the article. We need to communicate our outrage at being played, at being used, at being warped.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2016 at 4:07pm

Right On! Ian. I had to look up Man Ray. The Salvador Dali panel gave me a laugh.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 10, 2016 at 2:16pm

Comment by Randall Smith on February 10, 2016 at 7:33am

How about ol' Bernie?!!  I guess I'm not the only one that senses something wrong with Hillary. Disingenuous?

How you doing, Carl?

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 9, 2016 at 10:37pm

Randall, hopefully you'll meet someone who's both!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 9, 2016 at 10:12pm

That's great, Kathy!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2016 at 7:44am
I don't know which would surprise me more, meeting a nice woman (to date) or a fellow atheist!
Comment by kathy: ky on February 8, 2016 at 11:51pm
I met a live atheist today. A very nice young man, that I became acquainted with here, on atheist nexus. He also lives in this small area and told me to stop by and say hello if I saw his business vehicle at one of the stores he serves around here.
It was a pleasure to meet him.
 

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