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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 Joan Denoo on August 6, 2017 at 12:21pm

Thomas, I like your reference to https://secularstudents.org/.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 11:20am
How did she do it​?? That child has never been one to back down from an arguments or a position she takes. She makes her own decisions. Yet she remains a popular kid who makes perfect grades.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 11:14am
Thomas, thanks for the link. Paige is the child who questioned me endlessly (with great disapproval) about why I am an atheist from the time she learned of it. She went to the local vacation bible school gatherings regularly but her parents never attended church. Her mother is agnostic, her father is a fundamentalist. Her mom's best friend is atheist and her oldest brother.
She hasn't mentioned religion to me in a couple of years. Then she openly refused to join the prayer circle during dance team practice though everyone else did.
That's how I learned, two weeks later, that my girl actually listened during the discussions we had over the years. I made a decision years ago that to normalize atheism we need to openly admit we are atheist. I wish I had started years before then when my daughter was very small.
Comment by Thomas Murray on August 6, 2017 at 10:42am

Kathy,

Your granddaughter IS brave. How does she do that she can self assert their atheism in front of other kids? There is so much peer pressure and on-line bullying. She must be getting a lot of support from you and her family.

You are probably already aware of this website, but just in case :

https://secularstudents.org/

Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 10:12am
Every map I've looked at shows different times for the same areas.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 10:10am
Can.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 10:10am
I can't drive nine miles up there road to a tiny town called Central City. Totality is 100%. Or I can stay home and have over 99% totality. I don't know if the few extra seconds would be worth the crowd.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 8:13am

Daniel, thanks for the congrats and good wishes.

I just stepped outside and had to cough because of the smoke.  Not much in the house, probably because I've got the swamp cooler on and the smoke gets trapped in the filters.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 8:11am

Randy, thanks for the wish that many more H2O drops fall on my bald cranium, and other kind words.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 6, 2017 at 8:03am

"Raindrops keep falling on my head" is another.  And may many more raindrops fall on your head in years to come, Spud! I'm sure I speak for everyone here: we enjoy your contributions to A/N.

Not Missouri, but southern Illinois is my destination for the eclipse. When I taught 7th grade astronomy, one of my test questions was: During what moon phase does a solar eclipse occur? a) new b) full c) crescent d) gibbous   As you might guess, the correct answer was chosen only 25% of the time. Poor teaching!

 

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