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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 Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:35am

Yes Ruth, I thought the nom bird would fall over also.  Almost certainly  photoshopped.  However, I wonder if it's possible that a real bird could get in that position because of their strong grip.  What do you think Steph?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:05am

Funny Melinda. "....not a good decision."

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2013 at 7:02am

Felaine, I like "This is not....".

Comment by Ian Mason on March 31, 2013 at 4:14am

The secular hols are really good. I doubt employers will pay extra for working those days though or give people time off - yet.

Lots of fun cats, etc. Thanks all and good health to you.

Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2013 at 1:59am
Comment by Plinius on March 31, 2013 at 1:32am

Best wishes Ruth, pinched nerve pain is really horrible.

Daylight saving time starts today - means to me that I'll wake up at 5:30 the next month. But the weather is slowly - very slowly turning warmer. I can't delay planting seedlings in my roof garden, I'll risk another patch of night frost killing the new plants.  The beans, peas and some hollyhocks are already outside..

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 31, 2013 at 12:00am

Ruth, glad to hear you're feeling better.  For me to say that you're fondly thought about here can only be a tremendous understatement.  I hope you're enjoying the warmer weather.  Your front garden sounds nice.  No flowering plants here in Chicago, yet.     

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 30, 2013 at 11:44pm

Joan, I’m glad to hear of the optimistic forecast. Good luck. Thanks for the Mangosteen video. As a retired high school science teacher I second your opinion that science teaching in US high schools is spotty.

Cute takeoff on Shakespear, Idaho Spud. But it looks Photoshopped. The bird would fall over standing like that.

Napoleon, That “the Scream” takeoff is kinda creepy.

Steph, I love “wi haz an us” and pigtail chewing cat.

Sk8eycat, great argument, “This is not a difficult concept”. Visula presentation is so much more intuitive than words, words, words.

As for me, I’ve been doing better the last few days, but hardly find time to finish the news. *sigh* I’m due for a third steroid injection for pinched nerve pain management in 4 or 5 days, but this flare-up is already mostly over. My front garden has some nice Hellebores and crocuses. Life is good.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 11:40pm

Joan, thanks for sharing the link to the List of Secular Holidays.  I'm going to start putting those on my calendar and touting them to unsuspecting family members and acquaintances.  :)

Melinda, the liberal christian church I grew up in started a tradition back in the '70s when I was a kid and held a seder meal every year.  Well, the very first year when it was time to partake of the bitter herbs, we all naively chomped off a big piece of horseradish root and as a result the place just went to hell.......LOL.  Everybody was beet-red, coughing, choking, laughing and sweating buckets.  All decorum was lost.  I hated going to those meals (if you can call them meals.)  I couldn't wait to get home to eat some real food.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2013 at 10:29pm

So.....as you may know, I'm a flight attendant.  This past Wednesday a woman getting off the plane said to me, "Have a Happy Easter......or Passover, whichever applies.......well, not 'happy'.......sacred.  Good night!"  That just cracked me up. 

 

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