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A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia 13 hours ago. 1 Reply

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 1:43am

Kathy, there is something wonderful about getting to be an elder of the community. We can think and act according to our own lights and not be bothered if others don't like us for doing so. I love your spunk. 

When the school principal confronts you, know you have a cloud of witnesses sitting on your shoulders supporting you and your questioning his religious bullshit in a public school during assemblies. I will be with you and so will a lot of others of us. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 1:33am

Loren, it is a catchy tune. Lyrics were hard for me to hear, so: 


Well, my time went too quickly 
I went lickety-splitly out to my old fifty-five 
As I pulled away slowly, feelin' so holy, 
God knows I was feelin' alive 
And now the sun's comin' up 
I'm ridin' with Lady Luck 
Freeway cars and trucks 

Stars beginning to fade, and I lead the parade 
Just a wishin' I'd stayed a little longer 
Lord, don't you know the feelin's gettin' stronger 

Six in the morning, gave me no warnin' 
I had to be on my way 
Now the cars are all passin' me, 
Trucks are all flashin' me 
I'm headed home from your place 

And now the sun's comin' up 
I'm ridin' with Lady Luck 
Freeway cars and trucks 

Stars beginning to fade, and I lead the parade 
Just a wishin' I'd stayed a little longer 
Lord, don't you know, the feelin's gettin' stronger 

Well, my time went to quickly 
I went lickety-splitly out to my old fifty-five 
As I pulled away slowly, feelin' so holy, 
God knows I was feelin' alive 
And now the sun's comin' up, yes it is 
I'm ridin' with Lady Luck 
Freeway cars and trucks 
Freeway cars and trucks, 
Ridin' with Lady Luck 
Freeway cars and trucks, 
Ridin' with Lady Luck 
Freeway cars and trucks 
Ridin' with Lady Luck...

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 1:22am

Ian, thinking of you and your interview! Lots of positive energy going your way. I hope all works out to your benefit. 

Comment by kathy: ky on December 8, 2016 at 12:17am
I'm old. It doesn't take much to excite me. Lol
Comment by kathy: ky on December 8, 2016 at 12:15am
Godless Heathen is my new (offensive) shirt. To be worn to the annual school Xmas assembly. I get a perverse pleasure in offending all the 'good christians' with their shirts from their churches on.
I fully expect to be questioned by the, oh so religious, principal :)
Which will open the door for me to question his religious bullshit in a public school during assemblies.
I'm so excited....!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 7, 2016 at 11:36pm

Daniel, I read King Leopold's Ghost based on your recommendation a few years ago.  It was fascinating for its history and tragic as a story.  It pains me that we still today have to fight against the same attitudes of oppression and disdain toward others.      

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2016 at 11:28pm

Thanks for the links, Joan. I'm aware of what happened in Congo, and the Netherlands have their own shameful colonial history: the genocide in the Banda Islands, the slave trade, the Dutch murderous reaction on Indonesia's bid for freedom and much more.

They like to say that there's no racism here, but it's not true. You can see it every time a white person's unauthorized feelings of superiority are ruffled, every time a coloured person has an opinion whites don't like. White reactions are really shocking then. Most white people are not aware of their white privileges, because those are so invisible and comfortable that you'd never notice their existence...

Comment by kathy: ky on December 7, 2016 at 8:16pm
Thanks for posting that Daniel. I was checking on that a few days ago but it was a few minutes free trial. I found all kinds of stuff in that short amount of time.
Comment by Daniel W on December 7, 2016 at 6:27pm

Joan, for fun I checked the database for your surname, people who arrived in NY between 1820 and 1957.  There were 13 people with the name Denoo.  Most were Flemish or Belgian.  Interestingly, one was on the  Lusitania.  This might be better on this discussion group. Ancestry.com has a one month trial membership and a lot can be learned in one month.

Comment by Daniel W on December 7, 2016 at 6:15pm

Joan, try this!

To search on something that you think was posted some time ago in nexus, but not sure what or by whom, you can go to google, and use the following.  To search on King Leopold's ghost, you can type "atheistnexus:Leopold".  That will get you there better than any way I know.   

Im sure its not accessible to Congolese Denoos, but if there is a connection through your paternal line, a blood test on Ancestry.com would probably show it.  I was shocked to find that my blood test there identified relatives via my paternal line, my mother's mother's paternal line, and my mother's paternal line, all separate connections.  There are living descendents of the great great great grandparents who I had no idea existed, and I have connected with one. The lineage is well documented, so Im sure the DNA test is correct.

 

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