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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 August 25, 2017 at 9:34pm

That sounds like a very stressful situation. I hope it clears up soon. How encouraging, though, that people are so willing to help each other in a crisis, even to the extent op opening their homes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2017 at 3:24pm

Update from Patricia Aug 25, 2017

We're doing ok Joan, thanks. 

When its smoky, we just stay inside with windows shut, & the air conditioner running. Wearing a mask to go out is a must when its bad but I only go out for the necessary food shopping, & keep the trip as short as I can. It has been better the last couple of days, but we take what we get.

We seem relatively safe right now but electrical storms or winds can turn that around in a hurry so we're still packed to go if needed.

We never get much rain here, so we have to rely on the snows to help, but due to the (denied) global warming, we sometimes don't get snow now, or very little.

I wrote a letter to the newspaper to thank everyone in Prince George, the firefighters, the Red Cross, the bus drivers, & volunteers, for being so generous with their time, effort, & help to us through this. I also made a post in Twitter. Many Prince George citizens opened their homes, campers, trailers, etc. to help house so many people, & we intend to do the same should the need arise in the future. 

Fires like these are now not in the distance, but right at our doors, & its only going to get worse. I often think of Laura & Larry when we hear of new starts, even if its not in your area.

Rick has to see his cardiologist in Kelowna next month for his yearly check up, but another new aggressive fire has started near there. No way are we allowed to put this into the backs of our minds yet. I have also still heard nothing about my hip replacement.

P.  (Patricia)

Comment by Plinius on August 25, 2017 at 2:23pm

I think Patricia has lots of trouble. She can't unpack after the evacuation, because the fires can flare up any moment, she has to wear a mask when going out, and the pics she sent show a thick smog. I wonder if climate change will leave a habitable place to live over there... 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 25, 2017 at 2:14pm

A horrific column by Charlie Pierce--

Freedom Means Shooting Bear Cubs While They're Hibernating

  • In this case, the Trump administration is going to bat for the National Rifle Association and sporting groups that have close ties to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump Jr. and Trump himself. "Expanding access to National Parks and public lands for hunting, fishing, and recreation is and remains a top priority of this administration," said Swift. The NRA and hunting and fishing organizations have lobbied Congress for years to pass versions of the "Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act," also known as the SHARE Act. According to the NRA, the legislation is aimed at improving hunting access on public lands while removing regulations promoted by "animal rights extremists."
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2017 at 1:58pm
Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2017 at 11:15am

Or do without nonhuman animals entirely, as in The Most Dangerous Game.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 25, 2017 at 10:59am
Cat, that would be a fun sport :)
Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2017 at 9:28am

I never understood how guys going hunting or fishing called themselves "sportsmen".

(Maybe it'd be more "sporting" if the animals had guns and could shoot back...)

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2017 at 2:31am

How it can be called 'sport' is beyond me. I was very pleased when fox hunting was banned in the UK.

Good move, Chris. I would have loved to see that.

Comment by Chris on August 25, 2017 at 12:40am

I went to a restaurant where a trophy animal head was hanging on the wall and hung my coat on it.   

The look the proprietor gave me was amusing. 

 

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