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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

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

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

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 30, 2015 at 12:47am

Well, I had my first colonoscopy on Tuesday and the results couldn't be better.  I got a clean bill of health.  No polyps found.  And I don't need another colonoscopy for ten years!

But there's even better news.  Now that my colonoscopy has been completed and no irregularities found, I have the green light to proceed with my kidney transplant.  In fact, just today I was given an actual date for the surgery:  November 12.  I couldn't be happier. 

This has been a long wait, and at times it's so unbelievable what I have been through over the past year.  I'm looking forward to getting over this last bump and being able to enjoy 2016 as a much healthier person.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:42am

"BWAMBALE DEVELOPED A VISION in 2009 to create a community based organization under the name Kasese United Humanist Association to perform humanitarian work – to create jobs, battle injustices and improve lives – and to have the honor to serve the community from which he came. This organization attracted international attention among Humanists and atheists and now runs two school campuses, a free thought library, a plantation, botanical gardens, and is the driving force in bringing about the realization of BiZoHa orphanage - the world's first atheist orphanage."

"The children should be brought up in a way
that they think critically, analyze, discover and explore for themselves. They should also be brought up with love, care, compassion and morally upright.
— Bwambale Robert Musubaho, BiZoHa Humanist Orphanage"

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:36am

I hope this series of photos comes through. The countryside is beautiful. The mines and town is shabby, as one might expect.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:29am
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:27am

If you have Google Earth you can find The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS)

or try this:

https://goo.gl/maps/j3a6Vx6XBT42

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:23am

BLOGS, CHICKENS, A HUMANIST SCHOOL IN UGANDA
http://rutgershumanist.org/tag/uganda/

"Uganda is also home to the notorious Kill the Gays bill and, according to the BBC, the most dangerous places to live if you are gay. It’s a place where magazines can issue death sentences if you are outed as homosexual that are actually carried out. Much of it is the result of a quickly growing fundamentalist Christian presence.

But there is at least one beacon of knowledge and hope in this darkness in the form of a most extraordinary school.

The Kasese Humanist Primary School

The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS) was founded in 2010 by Secular Humanist Bwambale Robert."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:14am

Ian, I will try again to get the site to you. The projects at BiZoHa Campus in Uganda are exciting.

BWAMBALE ROBERT MUSUBAHO

Muhokya, Kasese Province, Uganda.

The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS)

Bwambale Robert's Page

http://atheistnexus.org/profile/BwambaleRobert

"We are situated in Muhokya in the beautiful Rwenzori region of Kasese Province, Uganda.

"Our project was launched in February 2015 to provide a safe and nurturing environment for some of Uganda's most at-risk children, and to provide them with a high-quality science and reason based educational curriculum."

http://bizoha.org/

http://brighterbrains.org/articles/entry/bizoha-orphanage-with-scie...

Comment by Ian Mason on October 29, 2015 at 9:41pm

I'm afraid I get a 'page not found' from your Ugandan link, Joan. I have nothing but admiration for those secularists and atheists active in those parts of the world still in the thrall of superstition.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 29, 2015 at 5:37pm

Interesting piece of history, Joan. It reminds me of a limerick I heard years ago about the consort of King Carol II of Romania:

Have you heard about Magda Lupescu?

She came to Romania's rescue

It's a wonderful thing

To be under a king

Is democracy better I esk you?

I studied for a couple of quarters in Romania back in the 70s.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 5:04pm

Just a wee bit of NW history to brighten up a cold, rainy day:

October 29, 2015 - November 4, 2015

"This week in 1926 Washington rolled out the red carpet for Queen Marie of Romania, who was visiting the state at the invitation of philanthropist Sam Hill. On November 2 the queen arrived in Spokane with her 85-person entourage and was feted with a reception at the Davenport Hotel. The next day she traveled to Goldendale, where she dedicated Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art, which was still under construction. After the dedication the royal party spent the night in Portland, then visited Longview the next morning.  

"When the Queen arrived in Seattle the afternoon of November 4, she was greeted at the King Street Station by thousands of well-wishers, then left in a motorcade for a tour of the city that included a visit to Roosevelt High School and ended with a dinner reception at the New Washington Hotel. On November 6, Queen Marie completed her tour of Washington in Blaine, where she rededicated the Peace Arch, which had been built by Sam Hill a few years earlier. From there she headed east, making another brief stop in Spokane on her way back across the continent and home again to Romania."

Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art looking across the Columbia River into the wheat fields of Oregon.

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