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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 Joan Denoo on August 27, 2017 at 7:24pm

Daniel, a great photo of you and those full of beautiful scenes of the ocean and shore. Rest! Recuperate! Renew!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 27, 2017 at 7:19pm

Daniel, gorgeous photos!  Looks like a beautiful day.  I always find beaches relaxing and contemplative.    

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 27, 2017 at 3:11pm

I felt the same, Spud.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2017 at 11:45am

Bertold, too bad it's satire.  I wanted to emigrate to Iceland.

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 

"WHAT PROTECTIVE CO-OPERATION DID"

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

Patheos

  • 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.

 

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