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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 August 24, 2014 at 10:20am

Randy, sorry to hear about the disastrous weather conditions that hit your family.  I heard that central Illinois and Indiana got hit especially bad.  I like your new avatar.  Looks like you're sitting in front of one of those old pull-lever voting booths that had royal blue curtains.  lol 

Joan, your zucchini meal sounds absolutely delicious.  Yumm.

Mindy, I know there are ice bucket videos floating around everywhere on the internet.  I just haven't watched any yet.  I did read a news article about very conservative christians that are asking there members NOT to participate in the challenge because the ALS foundation supports stem-cell research.  Can you F'n believe that?!  Those people are stupid beyond belief and for their own good.   

I just checked to see how long I've been on A|N.  I joined in January of 2011.  Only 3-1/2 years ago.  Seems I've been here much longer than that.  Everyone here feels like old friends to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:38am

Chris, do you have a forecast for the coming winter? If I remember correctly, your part of the Earth has long, cold winters that create extraordinary tulips and other crops. 

Spud, thanks for that fun and the funny hug! I feel it! I won't go for the free hugs, either. I looking forward to your watermelon reports. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:34am

Randy, isn't it fun to see the world through the eyes of a child! And with the old tractors the cars and especially the ice cream. Life does not get any sweeter. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:30am

Carl, I cooked bacon on my grill skillet and then put sliced zucchini on the grill after pouring off the excess grease. I cooked them slowly until they had nice grill marks on both sides and the skin was tender. I toasted some garlic bread after the zucchini, and made a zucchini sandwich out of one of the slices and just ate the others by themselves. Lightly salted, nicely browned, with a sprinkling of pine nuts , they make a very tasty vegetable. 

Your  tuxedo T-shirt has real class. 

I agree, summer is moving far too fast. We had a few days in the high 90s but that was in July. Usually August is our miserable month for a long stretch of near 100 degrees. We only had one day over 100 degrees so far. The summer isn't over yet and so I am prepared for some surprises. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:21am

Randy, your news of your family's crop being washed away or drowned is terrible. Farming families can't take that kind of hit, economically and I imagine it hits their spirits as well. 

Our storms have been bad this summer, but not nearly as bad as your area. Our forecasts for winter will be hard on native plants. We are not used to warm, wet winters. Normal is a long winter with cold weather throughout the entire season. The last couple of years we have warm spells that often causes plants to break dormancy, and then they freeze with the next cold snap. Last year was terrible for that. Lilacs and tulips don't like those growing conditions, nor do the fruit trees and shrubs. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2014 at 7:57am

But I would pass-up this offer of a hug:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2014 at 7:56am

Love these cute huggers:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2014 at 7:51am

Sorry about your kids farm Randy.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 24, 2014 at 7:32am

We received 5.5" of rain the other morning--on top of an inch the day before. My poor kids lost a major portion of their organic farm vegetables, either by drowning or completely washed away. Devastating.

I took my grandson to the annual "Summers End Festival" in my small town (Rossville) of 1700. Parade (mostly old tractors), car show and booths, and famous Lions Club ice cream. We had fun. And no rain. Fireworks lit up the sky as a closer to the day.

I enjoyed reading the comments from you all the past 24 hours. And I'm a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 3:41am

Ian, back in the 70's I had a tuxedo T-shirt.  Now THAT was classy!

Tuxedo T-shirt

 

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