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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 Randall Smith on May 13, 2018 at 7:22am

Ian, your food plate looks very "Italian". A glass of water, not wine??

Rome doesn't sound very appealing to visit. Perhaps I'll scratch it from my bucket list. It was near the bottom anyway.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 12, 2018 at 10:56pm

Home again, replete with history, art and good food.

Joan, the Roman Empire and its Caesars were very violent and oppressive. Even the famous philosopher/emperor Marcus Aurelius saw nothing wrong with slavery and waging war on 'barbarians'. Caracalla was probably one of the worse examples and the edict concerning citizenship was probably because of a need for more men eligible for military service.

Modern Rome seems also to be in decline. Last week a bus exploded and burnt out due to a short circuit, the tenth such incident this year! No-one hurt, thankfully. Also, due to climate change and increased rain, sink-holes appear in some areas at the rate of two per week. The city and its infrastructure is basically run down and no-one seems to be able to reform or remove the sluggish and corrupt bureaucracy.

Finally, me and a pollo alla romana, which is something they can do really well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2018 at 10:05am

Interesting photos, Ian.  I like the parks better than the statues.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2018 at 11:37pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 11:35pm

Ian, thank you for the stimulation to visit these ancient haunts and a person of that era. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 11:30pm

This is an interesting article about Roman emperor Caracalla, with all the action and bloodthirsty action of a gladiator that he sought to resemble. It is well worth the time and effort to read.  

The article states his first action was in Gaul which I recognize from my high school Latin as the former Latin name for France. 

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.

All Gaul is divided into three parts

Meaning Belgians, Celts, & Gauls

Caracalla

“born April 4, 188 CE, Lugdunum [Lyon], Gaul;

died April 8, 217, near Carrhae, Mesopotamia); Age 29. 

Roman emperor, ruling jointly with his father, Septimius Severus, from 198 to 211 and then alone from 211 until his assassination in 217. 

Caracalla was assassinated at the beginning of a 2nd campaign against the Parthians

Mother: Julia

Wife: Fulvia Plautilla; exiled her to an island; killed her. 

Father-in-Law: had him executed.

Brother: Geta; he killed him.

Friends of Geta, he killed them.

Expeditions against German tribes 212/213, he massacred them. 

Alexandria, he massacred. 

1st campaign against Parthians, he massacred

 

He was known as:

Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus,(until 196 CE)

Septimius Bassianus, (196–198 CE)

Caracallus, 

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Caesar

Principal achievements: 

*colossal baths in Rome,

*his edict of 212, giving Roman citizenship to all free inhabitants of the empire.”

“Caracalla, whose reign contributed to the decay of the empire, has often been regarded as one of the most bloodthirsty tyrants in Roman history.”

Caracalla, ROMAN EMPEROR

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Caracalla

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 11, 2018 at 6:27pm

"This grave

contains all that was Mortal

of a

Young English Poet

Who

on his Death Bed,

in the Bitterness of his Heart

at the Malicious Power of his Enemies

Desired

these Words to be engraven on his Tomb Stone:

'Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water'"

24 February 1821.

[sic—Keats actually died on February 23.]

“Thy name was writ in water—it shall stand,”

“And tears like mine will keep thy memory green.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2018 at 3:15pm

The Baths of Caracalla - the size of a village. It took 8,000 slaves to keep the place running!

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2018 at 3:10pm

Last day in Rome, with Shelley and Keats.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 11, 2018 at 11:13am

Thanks for sharing your photos, Ian. Enjoyable to see.

 

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