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The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Jan 31. 15 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2012 at 1:05am

Lilacs! Lovely. Lots of them round here, which is a joy.

Morning Cheerfulness? I'm full of it. I work nights so I can gloat over the day-shift trying to prise their eyes open at 7 a.m. while I'm ready to go home and go to bed. (After my daily visit here, of course).

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2012 at 11:34pm

What an amazing video, Patricia. It certainly looks like self awareness to me. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 10:43pm

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 10:37pm

Steph, I ignore the haters to their faces, but I think we should keep an eye on them...just because some day we're going to have to undo the damage they've done.  Prevention would be better.

I don't find the Crime Blotter quite so frightening because those people have been caught and punished.  I do find it appalling that many states don't give severe enough sentences to child rapists (IMO "child abuse" is too mild a euphemism for the lifelong pain they cause.  If I made the laws, pedophiles would be locked up for life.  I've never heard of a single one who was "cured.")

I do get a giggle out of church employees, especially the occasional nun, who embezzle large amounts of money from organizations that run the oldest scam in the world.  I hope they had fun with the loot before they were caught.  Either that, or used it to feed, clothe, and/or house the truly needy.  The Cr*p-Lick Crutch has more than enough already.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:07pm

Right sk8eycat when you read the hate mail from the xtians in the "Freethought Today" newsletter you see their hatred! It is just sick!

I also am appalled by the "Crime Blotter" section that lists all the priests and ministers who are charged and convicted of crimes.

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:05pm

Wow Patricia! I love your flowers! Beautiful! You must have a really lovely garden. I also love the cute dog (who is not a morning person) and the unicorn picture. Very cool! I'm trying to get caught up here.

sk8eycat I love that you said this:

"Any amount of hate is incomprehensible to me; I can't even hate the haters.  For one thing it takes way too much energy.  I would much rather just ignore them, but they hurt people...animals, and the environment." Just ignore the haters! Good advise!

Comment by Steph S. on August 29, 2012 at 9:03pm

Thank you Patricia for the great elephant painting video and for also adding that video to my Wildlife group - many thanks!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 29, 2012 at 7:36pm

Patricia, BEAUTIFUL lilacs.  One of the great flowers of summer.  And yes....the scent of lilacs wafting through the air on a sunny summer day is incredibly pleasing.  

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 7:09pm

Oh!  Lilacs!  They won't grow around here...too warm in winter, I think. 

Once I drove a co-worker to a grower to buy lilacs for his birthday present. It was about an hour and a half from here, at a higher elevation.  We filled up the entire back seat of the car; the drive home was incredible...and intoxicating.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 29, 2012 at 6:58pm

Any amount of hate is incomprehensible to me; I can't even hate the haters.  For one thing it takes way too much energy.  I would much rather just ignore them, but they hurt people...animals, and the environment.

The strange thing is that our mother was born and raised in Oklahoma, and did grow up with a lot of Buybull Belt prejudices, but she was very careful not to hand them down to me or my sister.  I know she sometimes used the "N-word," but never when she thought we could hear her.  I only heard her say it by accident...the walls where we were staying one summer vacation were thin.  If I had ever said it, I would have had a bar of Lifebuoy shoved in my mouth.

 

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