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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 Ian Mason on September 17, 2017 at 12:43pm

A couple in England have withdrawn their child from school because a trans pupil has been allowed a choice of toilets. I don't know if cakes are an issue.

Comment by Plinius on September 16, 2017 at 1:28am

Great!

Comment by Patricia on September 16, 2017 at 12:56am

Oh isn't religion just grand?!

Comment by Plinius on September 16, 2017 at 12:49am

Thanks for the links, Carl, they look very useful!

The wedding cake issues are not widespread here at all - but luckily we don't live in a bible belt. Luca and I don't attract negative attention - but a very tall transwoman we know gets male agression.

The first lines in our constitution says that in this country everyone is free and equal and not to be discriminated against, whatever the reason. And because of that, wedding cake hate messages among other things are forbidden.

In other parts of Europe it's the same as with you: more religion, more discrimination. The Poles are ignoring the facts of life in their churches and the Russians are terrified of our western vices...  

Comment by Patricia on September 15, 2017 at 2:39pm

I just have trouble figuring out the drama aspect or the sensationalism about the news now.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2017 at 2:36pm

I have used a few references as a general guide to decipher the credibility of news sources.  You can have both left and right-leaning media outlets that have high standards without going to the extreme in either direction.  In my opinion, these guides are pretty much on point.

Media Bias/Fact Check

Please Stop Sharing Links to These Sites

The News  (I have looked and searched for the creator and the original source for this chart but cannot find any info.  I agree with the contents, though.) 

Comment by Patricia on September 15, 2017 at 2:04pm

Good one Chris.

Thanks Bertold.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 15, 2017 at 2:02pm

That's a great post, Chris.  Just curious.  Are countries in Europe dealing with the same type of fanatic religious wedding cake issues as the US?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 15, 2017 at 12:35pm

Mother Jones is for the most part good, solid journalism, from my point of view anyway.

Comment by Plinius on September 15, 2017 at 6:17am

 

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