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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 sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 7:27pm

Eww.  Typos!  Sorry.

Comment by sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 7:26pm

GOOD news!  (This is not my Hairy Jerry, but the attitude is the same)

funny cat pictures - I climb alla way up here an therez nothing that I want.

The Cat Drinking fountain died Thursday morning, I panicked, and sent an order for a replacement pump at 7AM...got an e-mail that it had been shipped Priority Mail at 8AM.  Jerry was insulted that he had to drink out of a common glass bowl for 2 whole days, but the new pump arrived this morning, and I installed it immediately.

Did Jerry thank me? Of course not. He just gave me A Look, and then slurped down water as if he'e been stranded out in the Mojave Desert for a week.

At least he's contented now.

It's been one hell of a week.  I hope it's all finally over.

Thank you all for letting me come in here and rant.

Felaine

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 5:00pm

Dr. Kellie, I didn't worry about it as a child, but as an adult, I take precautions to make it impossible for a kid to get locked-in.  I sure would hate to see a dead child in one of mine. 

Comment by sk8eycat on August 18, 2012 at 4:47pm

@dr kellie: I saw a news report the other day that at least eight children died in the US during the first week of August ... because they had been left in parked cars in the heat. Children!  The report didin't give their ages, but I think most of them had been strapped securely in those gawdawful "safety" seats.

WTF is the MATTER with people?  We've been passing this poster

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around for years, and you'd think that people would be able to figure out that if leaving a pet in a car is deadly, leaving a baby in a locked car would be so much worse. 

Is there a Stupid Epidemic going around? (Rhetorical question...of course there is!)

Comment by dr kellie on August 18, 2012 at 3:54pm

I thought about that too, Idaho.  They would suffocate.  Hasn't everyone my age or older (especially in the south) heard about a kid who died after hiding in an old refrigerator?  The old kind with the latch handle.  That story made me give old refrigerators a wide circle when I was little.  What if there was a dead kid inside?  I was a strange child.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 3:21pm

Patricia, you reminded me of the movie Matilda, about a genius girl that was born into an uncaring family, but found friends in books and one caring teacher.  One of my favorite Movies.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 3:08pm

Booklover, I very much like the picture of all the cats in refrigerators.  It made me smile, but it led to a sad thought.  I wonder how many kitties end-up inadvertently frozen.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 18, 2012 at 2:41pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2012 at 2:36pm

I liked your story of your Grandfather TFA.  He reminds me of my Father.  The kindest man I've ever known.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 18, 2012 at 9:27am

He sounds like a wonderful man, your grandfather. As you say, someone to emulate.

 

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