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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 Chris Dodds on October 7, 2011 at 11:17pm
Is there a group here for atheist video gamers?
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 7, 2011 at 1:34am
So far they don't appear to have developed a guidance system which can actually deliver a nuclear missile to our shores, but there are a billion of them and they can mobilize quickly.  If they ever decide to attack us, we're going to be in really bad shape.  Getting rid of our manufacturing base was a really bad idea.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 7, 2011 at 1:31am
I'm just concerned they have all our jobs, a bunch of our money, our technology and they aren't real big on food safety or any other kind of safety - until they get caught.  As you have said, the trade balance is all in their favor.  So far they don't appear to have a guidance sys
Comment by alexa penzner on October 7, 2011 at 1:02am
hi steph - as usual we're on the same wavelength - i went to the march here on wall st. it was absolutely incredible - thousands upon thousands of people. the cops were great - when i and others greeted them, they nodded or smiled back and one said his dad had been on a very long strike way back. i joined the "Indigenous People Coalition". it was way cool with the drum beating and we were 'smudged' with sage.  everyone was in such good spirits and talking to each other.  i saw a couple of 'suits' and said, "Hey! suits!" they smiled and give me a thumbs up. there were all kinds of people there from all walks of life, creeds, religions - it was so fantastic. i haven't been to a demonstration like it since the 60's stuff.  (btw, there was one guy there i couldn't believe. he was tall, tanned with a shock of blond hair and a white suit. he was a tent minister out of a movie. i talked to him and thanked him for coming.)  at the end we all congregated at the occupation site and had some refreshments for free.  and Michael Moore was there. i couldn't hear a word he said, but saw his orange cap and heard people cheering. what a day!!! :]  we are the 99%. "the workers, united, will never be defeated!"  "Need not Greed!"
Comment by Julie Carter on October 6, 2011 at 10:49pm
Well, I doubt cosmetics are really our biggest concern, LOL. But I do think about these people living in these horrid tiny rooms.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 6, 2011 at 10:41pm
One of the many reasons to be concerned if they take our place as superpower...  They also don't appear to care about the environment much  either.
Comment by Julie Carter on October 6, 2011 at 10:37pm
I work in Regulatory Affairs (and Quality) for a cosmetics manufacturer, and the only thing I don't like about China is the fact that they make it super, super hard to get American products into their country. They made new advertising and claims rules a few years ago, and they didn't approve ONE new product (from the US, Europe, anywhere) for something like two years. So they make it really hard to sell your products over there, but they send all kinds of contaminated crap over here, in toothpaste, food, pet food, etc. Just irks me. Probably true in other industries, but I don't really know.
Comment by sk8eycat on October 6, 2011 at 10:32pm

AAACKKK! Typo: "SAGAN"

(I wish this wall/page allowed editing.)

Comment by sk8eycat on October 6, 2011 at 10:30pm

@ Atheist Voyager: THANK you!

This brings back such amazing memories, as I was working part-time at KCET when "Cosmos" (original title, "Man and the Cosmos") was in production.  I walked on the "Starhip of the Mind" set....stared with wonder at some of the large paintings  by astronomical artists Adolf Schaller and Rick Sternbach, and some of the props, including the large planets, were stored in the warehouse we used for Auction (the department I worked for).  I met Carl Saga briefly a few times...just walking across the lot.  (He was TALL!)  

I was so excited when the shows finally aired, and Sagan uttered the (then) slightly shocking words for all America to hear that, "Evolution is a fact."
 
One of the major thrills of my life.  I can't believe it was 30 years ago.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 6, 2011 at 9:57pm
I have no real problem with the Chinese.  Hey, my computer is a cheap Chinese knock off.  I had a few problems with the keyboard being wired for Chinese, but once I changed the operating system, that little problem went away.  The Chinese are smart, enterprising and they want our place on top.  If we're not careful, they may just get it.
 

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