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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 Apr 25. 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

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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

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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

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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

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Comment by sk8eycat on April 29, 2015 at 9:21am

I was kind of startled that a Catholic hospital would employ a female chaplain among all the priests I've seen cruising the halls there.  (It's an enormous collection of buildings, with Disney Studios on one side, and the old NBC on the other.)

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 29, 2015 at 6:11am

I enjoy hearing your hospital story again Felaine.  I think you mentioned a thing or two that I haven't heard before.  I like how Dr. Falkenstein responded to the t-shirt over the scarecrow, and what you said to the chaplain.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 29, 2015 at 6:07am

Sane people.  Good one Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2015 at 3:05am

Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2015 at 3:01am

Glad to hear that you're in action again, Carl. Keep it up.

I think there might be more "closet" atheists round and about in the health service than we think  although a lot of the people I work with in elderly care seem to be New Agers of various types. That might be because the profession is not a highly-educated one plus a portion of wishful thinking. "Is this all there is to life, rotting away at the end? There must be something else." You probably know what I mean.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2015 at 11:07pm

I am SO happy to see you again, Carl!  Been thinking about you a lot, especially when an anonymous aircraft flies over the house (we are near a glide path that is rarely used anymore).  Anyroad, I'm glad the dialysis is helping; just hang in there.  PLEASE.

Joan: I think I mentioned (about 10 times) that I wore my "IMAGINE NO RELIGION" T-shirt when I checked into St. Joseph Med Ctr for my laminectomy & fusion in '09.  The admitting clerks actually liked it. 

After the surgery I was not allowed out of bed AT ALL for 3 days, and I kept complaining (with a smile) about the "scarecrow" on the wall, but there is no way those things can be removed.  So when they finally decided it was okay for me to use a walker, etc., the first thing I did was drape my shirt over the silly thing.  When Dr. Falkenstein (my surgeon) saw it he nearly fell down laughing.  Said he's done most of his training in Catholic hospitals, and it was a real pain in the tush for him to see that "dead man on a stick" everywhere he looked.

The chaplain barged in when an LVN was giving me a bed bath; she said she'd be back, and I said, "Don't bother."  She didn't. I wasn't in good enough shape for any theological discussions. 

I dozed a lot, didn't even read much.  I was getting half-doses of non-opiate painkiller every half hour for 5 days.  Worked perfectly.  I am violently allergic to morphine and barbiturates (which nobody uses much anymore, thank whoever!)

So that's MY organ recital for tonight.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2015 at 5:14pm

Ian, I told the admitting nurse that I am an atheist, and she didn't bat an eyelash. I seemed the hospital chaplain arrived in my room very shortly after my admittance. I was vomiting all over everyone at the time and he promptly left. I was happy to see him after I had the tube down my throat, although my nose and throat hurt when I talked. I wanted to try out my Boghossian technique on him. Frankly, I enjoyed the challenge he presented.

A woman volunteer came daily, and I found her far more tedious.

the staff members who were interested in what I had to say offered me a great distraction from my bodily woes.

Boghossian

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2015 at 5:01pm
Good one, Bertold. Just the way I like 'em. The cornier the better!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2015 at 4:57pm
I forgot to mention that my kidney transplant has been delayed six months. The cardiologist wants me to fully recover before undergoing another major surgery. I guess that's for the best. It will give me additional time to build up my strength. My kidney disease has greatly weakened me. Now that I'm on dialysis and have a new heart valve, I'm finally healthy enough and have the energy to exercise.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 28, 2015 at 4:00pm
Bravo!
 

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