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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 1:04pm
hi michael - well said! and welcome to our disembodied discussions :]
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 12:34pm
richard - unfortunately, as i'm sure you know, history is nothing if not spirals within spirals.  in the 60's we really thought we were stopping wars - i was very young then. . .
Comment by Carl Pastor on August 25, 2011 at 12:32pm

yes my last name is pastor. my ancestors were shepards. interestingly, i have recieved offers for discounted bibles and pre-written sermons, in the past. not recently, i think they now have more sophisticated sotfware now.

hello rev. christina i agree totally about patriotism

Comment by Rev. Richard Watkins on August 25, 2011 at 12:26pm
Well, I don't want it to sound like I think I have a better opinion just because I was there...maybe just a better understanding of the significance of the memorial.  If anything, I think the cross serves as good starting point to discuss the relationship between religion and terrorism.  That, to me, is what really needs to be remembered so we can try not to make the same mistakes in the future.
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 12:19pm
hi richard - if you were there, and the memorial is for the people who were, then i have to back off. thanks for elucidating. . .
Comment by Rev. Richard Watkins on August 25, 2011 at 12:11pm
Natalie, I'm an ordained minister of the First Church of Atheism (delightful irony) and I'm very much against religion of any form (think Dawkins), but the 9/11 cross doesn't seem to bother me that much.  Perhaps it's because I was very much a part of the events of 9/11.  I was there to see the second plane crash into the tower and watch people fall to their knees on the street in tears.  I think the cross does bear some historical significance, no matter how small, with the events.  People did use it as a sign of comfort...not just Christians, but New Yorkers.  (The Jewish community isn't really up in arms about it either.  They don't mind sharing it as a symbol in this particular instance.)  While an ordinary cross is a direct symbol of Christ, this cross had a much wider meaning to it.  Again, I personally wouldn't care if it was melted down for scrap.  It's a silly symbol that I don't need to hang on to like a crutch.  The Atheist Movement truly needs to pick its battles carefully as it grows...and this is one battle I don't think is worth fighting.
Comment by Christina Marlowe on August 25, 2011 at 11:41am

"Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious."

 

Oscar Wilde

Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 11:23am
mr. "pastor"  that is funny !!!
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 11:22am

Natalie - 'amen' to that notion!!!!

no cross !!!!!!!!!  for all of us who are not christian !

Comment by Carl Pastor on August 25, 2011 at 11:14am
yes rev wat are you doing here?
 

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