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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 Joan Denoo on May 3, 2018 at 1:10pm

Tom, I remember the murder of Don Bolles. Was his murder ever found, prosecuted, and sentenced? 

Do you have an idea who the murderer was? 

What was it like for you, running in Arizona politics in such a climate of fear? 

Is it any better today than in Bolles' day?

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 3, 2018 at 12:51pm

Hear, hear! Another legacy of fighting the godless Commies, along with "under God" inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance, and "harmless" "ceremonial deism" in the motto of "In God We Trust".

I do like the American Humanist Association's proposal for a simple, elegant edit for U.S. money:

(Coins and a dollar bill with the slogan 'IN GOOD WE TRUST', from a Facebook header picture from the American Humanist Association)

Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2018 at 11:08am

Damned good piece, Bertold, and one which should be sent to every Congressperson out there.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 3, 2018 at 10:42am

Great article in Patheos by Michael Stone


National Day Of Prayer Insults Reason, Mocks U.S. Constitution


May 2, 2018

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 3, 2018 at 2:50am

Joan, note that Dr. Gordon said she can’t see where fear leads to anger.

She could have more accurately said she has not seen evidence that fear leads to anger.

Her saying fear makes people withdraw and anger makes people attack too simply describes complex processes.

(Damn, when I hit the Add Comment button I lost three related paragraphs. They were about my four years in Arizona politics, where one side used fear to silence critics and finally used murder to silence an investigative reporter.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2018 at 4:10pm

Tom, “Anger… fear… aggression. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.” 

"I can’t see where fear leads to anger. Fear makes people withdraw, anger makes people attack. A  complex cognitive emotion like hate could lead to suffering in that one has to maintain high negative affect to hate which consumes mental and physical energy.”

~ Dr. Nakia Gordon, professor of psychology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her research focuses on how we use emotion to navigate our lives.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 2, 2018 at 2:02pm

Good one,Patricia. It made me smile.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2018 at 12:16pm

Patricia, great story!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 30, 2018 at 11:09pm

Good story, Patricia. Thanks.

Comment by Patricia on April 30, 2018 at 2:55pm

When I first began reading it, I didn't quite know where it was going, but it was a good one.

 

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