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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 September 21, 2017 at 12:38pm

Ruth, I like the site you recommended: Media Bias/Fact Check. I "Bookmarked" it. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 21, 2017 at 12:19pm

   This morning, I was showing to my two kids on YouTube one of the great singer, Linda Ronstadt. I've been to her concert once and it was an amazing experience for me. Just thinking about her signatory song , "Blue Bayou" still send goosebumps all over me.

   I eventually checked the web to find any info on how she is doing with her Parkinson disease, which left her unable to sing.

  Here's something I didn't know about her until now:

" I'm your basic atheist that believes in maybe - I'm a spiritual atheist." ( isn't this agnosticism? )

Linda Ronstadt

&

" It's a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I'd rather not know."

Linda Ronstadt

&

" Art is for healing ourselves, and everybody needs their own personal art to heal up their problems."

Linda Ronstadt

  I'd like to think that Linda (throughout her life in the music, singing and arts) have freedom and proof that religious people say it is impossible without God.

  

Comment by Ian Mason on September 19, 2017 at 11:37am

Half an hour on art, philosophy and politics by Michael Kvium.

Danish, with English subtitles.

http://channel.louisiana.dk/video/michael-kvium-circus-europe

Comment by Plinius on September 19, 2017 at 8:08am

O, the west wind isn't what it was before...

Comment by Ian Mason on September 18, 2017 at 10:15pm

I've looked at a couple of those sites. The Wyoming Institute of Technology is fun and well put together.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 18, 2017 at 9:13pm
Thanks for that pointer, Ruth!

Direct link to Media Bias / Fact Check's list of satire sites: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/satire/

(Haven't checked them out yet... looks like a vast universe beyond The Onion! I particularly like the name of The Daily Spoof.)
Comment by Patricia on September 18, 2017 at 8:54pm

Thanks all. I am subscribed, but I just never know how much to believe from the media.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 18, 2017 at 8:12pm

Media Bias/Fact Check has a huge list of satire sites.

I used to get Mother Jones when my eyes were good enough to read magazines. It's tops for reputable investigative reporting. Now I get their emails and read online.

Comment by Patricia on September 18, 2017 at 4:50pm

Certainly shows the extent of the fires!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 18, 2017 at 3:55pm

Yes, Patricia, the smoke you breathed in is now irritating the noses of the French!

 

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