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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 Patricia on October 25, 2017 at 12:35pm

Spud, when reading all this, it just gave me the ''big brother is watching'' feeling.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 25, 2017 at 11:45am

Now that you guys mentioned it, it's probably prudent to opt-out of having pictures of my mail sent to my email, and just go to the USPS site every day to check.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 25, 2017 at 11:03am

Finally - a useful purpose for religion!

Bill O’Reilly Blames God For Sexual Harassment Allegations

Comment by Chris on October 25, 2017 at 1:31am

On postal mail scans to emai?

Does anyone actually do that?

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 24, 2017 at 11:03pm

Spud and Chris, I assume that USPS service of sending you photos of your postal mail is done to the sealed envelopes, so you can tell who sent you letters, packages, bills, etc. That could be convenient if you have a PO Box rather than getting mail delivered to your home.

Still, my reaction isn't "convenient!" but rather "creepy!" and "invasive!" I'd rather not open an avenue for a government department -- or even a big email provider like Gmail -- to routinely record who sends mail to whom.

Chris and Bertold, my hypothesis about the extreme control many religions and cultures claim over people's sexual behavior is that it's a successful control mechanism -- and a retention mechanism to keep people in the group!

Co-opt a powerful natural drive that almost everyone experiences; restrict and regulate it to the point that you're setting people up to fail; make them feel guilty and ashamed for inevitably failing your superhuman standard; offer cleansing and forgiveness (never mind that it's from the same institution that caused the problem in the first place!) until they fall short again; blather, rinse, repeat.

Comment by Chris on October 24, 2017 at 10:20pm

Ha, Ha, Ha, Abriham.

That gets more disgusting the more it's looked into.  Young girls in areas of Africa have their clitoris cut off and labia swen closed (often by their grandmother)  to prevent sexual intercourse.

My cousin is a nurse who used  work in a urology department.  She said a man came into a little hospital.. It was a tiny hospital so he had to ring the doorbel to enter.   The clinicians opened the door and found blood  all over outside the building.

It was found that the patient tore his scrotum and testicals off with his hands.

He must have had sharp fingernails.

She said the eunuch  got tired of his wife telling him he had to mow the lawn, do the dishes, or laundry before she would have sex with him.

She said he was tired of having his penis control his life.  He solved that problem.  She said he tore so much skin that there was no scrotum left so prostesis testicals couldn't be used. 

It seems that a divorce would have been less painfull. 

She has a bunch of horrifying yet amusing antidotes about goofy and gory things people do with their genetailia.

A guy I worked around in the Navy opened stapelers and shot staples into his fore arms.  His fore arms were cesspools of infection. I don't know why he wasn't dismissed for being psychologically unhinged.  

I suppose that people who think it's okay to cut off  a penis' forskin for religious reasons  wouldn't find it that much further to hammer staples into body parts.  

Some Catholics in the Phillipines nail them selves to crosses for religious cerimonies. 

Some Shia's whip and cut themselves. 

Is it based on Original Sin? 

Being a human acording to Abrahamic religion is a sin.

Comment by Chris on October 24, 2017 at 9:38pm

????????????? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on Sunday

I was amazed when USPS started photographing all letters and sending the photo to my email box, so I could know what to expect and be surer everything was getting to me.  It's also very nice that I can go to their site and see when packages are expected. As usual, I now want more.  I'm hoping they start sending pix of all my packages, magazines, and catalogs.

I'm also surprised no one on AN has mentioned it yet.

Why would anyone want personal private postal mail scanned by the government to receive to receive it by email?  Why would someone/anyone  subscribe to such an  invasive subscribction?  I call Bull Shit on that.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 24, 2017 at 9:28pm

God: kill your son 
Abraham: uh…ok 
God: holy shit I'm jk 
Abraham: umm…
God: I'll probably kill mine tho lol
Abraham: wtf?

Comment by Gary S on October 24, 2017 at 8:49pm

I like both of those Spud and Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 24, 2017 at 7:03pm

The PR Department actually lied and did a cover up. The real reason was the EPA determined the extra skin didn't contain enough toxins.


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