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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 sk8eycat on April 16, 2014 at 10:09pm

I signed and forwarded the link...I also watched some of Pat Condell's videos. I keep forgetting to check his site to see what's new. 

Ironically, the latest issue of Freethought Today has an article by one of FFRF's staff attorneys about the history of blasphemy laws in the colonies, the states, and the ones that are still on the books in many states.

The first "victimless crime." 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 16, 2014 at 4:48pm

It's an important petition, which I too signed.

Here's a direct link to it at change.org: "Human Rights for Atheists and Agnostics - End Blasphemy Laws"

It petitions Navanethem Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to "Amend Articles 13 (b), 55 (c) & 76 (c) of the 'Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice,' to include freedom from religion." The current language in those articles of the Charter says "without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion."

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2014 at 2:53pm

Patricia, thanks for posting the petition. Signed and Shared.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2014 at 2:19pm

Patricia, thanks for posting that petition.  I gladly signed it.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 16, 2014 at 12:53pm

Spud, even when I was still going to church (in my teens), I never really felt the need to praise an all-powerful, super-intelligent being.  I always thought that the "Holy, holy, holy" songs we sang, and the grovelling prayers that were intoned would make any self-respecting intelligence sick. (We didn't actually kneel...it was a Bapnit church, but I went to plenty of Catholic weddings... so I knew their "drill."  Stand up, sit down, fight-fight-fight!)

But then I don't even like grovelling dogs...the kind that come snuggle up to your feet with big begging eyes after you've scolded them for not using their dog door to pee outside instead of on the furniture.

The ONLY time I've ever had a cat pee on furniture (my bed), he thought I had caused the Sylmar quake, and the very strong aftershocks, and he was punishing me for keeping him in the house while it shook.  He was used to going outside, and he disappeared for 3 days after the initial quake.  I didn't want to let him out after that....but he did get out about 3 months later, and never came back.  I looked for him for about 6 weeks, and then gave up...there were packs of dogs that had gotten loose and gone feral, and.... they were hungry. 

Sheesh!  That was 1970, and it still hurts.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2014 at 10:34am

Correction: My personality is NOT that of a worshiper.....

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2014 at 10:33am

I don't worship anything either, and didn't even when I was a believer.  Momonism didn't stress worship as much as other religions.  Besides that, my personality is that of a worshiper, brown-noser, yes-man, or flatterer.  I'm not even greatly impressed with most things.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2014 at 10:12am

Felaine, thanks for the reference to filksongs.  Looks like some fun songs there.  In the Old Time Religion song, the verse that made me laugh-out-load was:

Shall we sing a verse for Venus,     
Of the Gods she is the meanest,      
Cause she bit me on my...elbow        
And it's good enough for me.      

But, I haven't been able to find My god's better than your god.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2014 at 9:50am

I had another thought about plane safety.  If you fly very seldom like I do, and ride in a car often, then the chance of an accident in a car is probably thousands of time greater than in a plane.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 16, 2014 at 9:47am

Carl, that's an interesting first plane ride video.  I was glad to see they enjoyed it, despite being scared at first.

I couldn't help notice one comment I hear a lot about a plane being more scary than a car.  Something to the effect that if your in a car crash, you're on the ground, but if something goes wrong in a plane, you're in the air.

I've never been afraid to fly, mainly because I know that you're much safer in a plane than a car.   Well, according to Wikipedia, a car is about 3 times safer per journey, but a plane is about 4 times safer per hour, and a whopping 60 times safer per mile.

 

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