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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 Idaho Spud on August 27, 2017 at 11:41am

Funny Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 10:32pm

Yes, there will be similar fires here. Fire and wind determine the fates of forested regions. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2017 at 2:53pm

"Origin of Dinosaurs" is a hoot! Joan, if a similar conflagration occurred today, I doubt this president would send soldiers to supplement firefighters. Sooner or later there will be a similar fire.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 2:24pm

On August 10, 1910, small, individual fires grew and joined, creating a terrible forest fire. The forest and soils were dry, perfect kindling for sparks. The wildfire swept through Idaho, Montana, and Washington state. It was named, "The Big Blowup."

On August 20, "hurricane-force winds swept through the region and fanned embers and low flames back to life all across the Northern Rockies. There was no stopping or containing the fire; one could only hope to avoid it. Trains raced to evacuate towns just ahead of the flames."

President William Howard Taft deployed 4,000 soldiers to supplement the civilian firefighting force.

"Aftermath and Legacy

"Official reports after the Big Blowup estimated that 1,736 total fires burned more than 3 million acres of private and federal land and consumed an estimated 7.5 billion board feet of timber. At least 85 people were killed. Several small towns were completely destroyed, and one-third of Wallace was burned. Smoke from the fires reached New England and soot traveled all the way to Greenland."

Nationally, wildfires in 1910 consumed more than 5 million acres. The Lake States region saw its worst fire season ever, with more than a million acres lost.

My grandparents tell stories of train loads of people being brought out the mountains to safe haven and housing. Both pairs of grandparents took in families in Tekoa, WA., as did many of the families of the Palouse area.

~ E. T. ALLEN, Forester of the Northwestern Forestry and Conscnation Association 


Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 1:16pm

Bertold! Yes! We need to pass legislation banning televangelists coming to our doors, leaving leaflets on our cars, and phone calls.Those 

Those sweet, dear, caring, compassionate people who follow the teachings of the bible full of murders, incest, rape, slavery, and misogyny want us to take on their lies and pretend they are facts. 

I watched a televangelist on the internet the other day, it was just awful (not full-of-awe) but dreadful, disgusting, and delusional. I had to cleanse my brain with a strong dose of Hitchens. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 26, 2017 at 12:43pm

Warning - this is satire.

Iceland Bans American Televangelists


  • Reykjavik, Iceland – This island nation situated in the North Atlantic took a monumental leap forward today by passing legislation banning American televangelists. The Icelandic Psychological Defense Act (IPDA) takes effect immediately. No American televangelist may set his or her foot in the small nation of 330,000 souls. No programming by such people may be shown on Icelandic television or played on the radio.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 26, 2017 at 5:50am

That's funny, Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 1:02am

Those darned snakes sure make a lot of mischief. Poor Adam couldn't resist the snake and Eve's temptation. Now, the theory of dinosaurs' origins! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2017 at 10:29pm

Another theory....

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2017 at 9:38pm

Out agian in NYC. Daytime, to the Guggenheim, a treasure trove of modern art. Evening, 'Macbeth' in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The cast had to contend with traffic rumble and helicopters but gave a great performance. Free, too.


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