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Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel Wachenheim. Last reply by Plinius 5 hours ago. 1 Reply

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

What Annoys God Most? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 10 Replies

Long story short, it's those near misses, the almost-but-not-quite, close but no cheroot moments, or, would you believe ... Near Death Experiences!  So what's the big deal?  Betty Bowers, America's BEST Christian and self-proclaimed expert on such…Continue

Tags: Near Death Experiences, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

degrading love — part one (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 22. 11 Replies

Love is by many considered among the highest of positive emotions.  Yet when love of the type offered by deities is examined, something seems to go seriously wrong.  The love of Yahweh seems less a gift than a demand, not so much beneficence as a…Continue

Tags: TheraminTrees, god, love

Ning, Error 500s, and Whether to Migrate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 13. 47 Replies

I just got the following notice from Ning yesterday, (31 October, 2016), in the wake of this latest website outage:As some of you may be aware, we experienced a system outage earlier this morning. The cause was due to a specific network…Continue

Tags: downtime, Atheist Nexus, Ning

Introducing Douglas Murray

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 7. 4 Replies

Most of us who have been around atheism for a while know the heavyweights of our ilk.  Names like Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Dillahunty and AronRa get nearly daily mention in posts and discussions on Atheist Nexus.  One name I was…Continue

Tags: Agatan Foundation, Douglas Murray

If There's a God - She's a Woman - The Author T

Started by Joe. Last reply by Chris Nov 3. 4 Replies

I came across this story and thought some here might find it interesting and humorous.It’s titled:If There’s a GodShe’s a WomanFrom the Series:Things You Can Learn from a VaginaIts on the website TheAuthorT.com under the tab, “Free to Read…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

Daniel, I love your idea of Festivus. You have an incredible memory; I forgot that program. Sorry, I could not get my embed to work. So ...

Festivus | Seinfeld | TBS

Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US!

Festivus dinner, 

Festivus unadorned aluminum pole,

"Airing of Grievances" practices, 

"Feats of Strength" practices, 

"Festivus miracles”, the labeling of easily explainable events.

~ Daniel Wachenheim 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Friday

Being a Firebrand Atheist can be a frightening experience, especially for the shy, those who face demonic responses, and if a job or housing can be a cost of standing out. For those people, there are other ways to respond, i.e. give support to those who do perform the firebrand strategy, or develop less stressful methods, or work to toughen up thin-skin. There is no one-way to challenge those who threaten non-believers. Just remember, the work has to be done by someone if we are going to change what we think needs changing.

The Blacks had Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, and many others.

Women had Simone de Beauvoir, Sojourner Truth, Robin Morgan, and the list goes on and on. 

LGBTQ had Barney Frank, Harvey Milk, Tim Cook, Trevor Burgess, and more became known as times changed. 

Community and Union Activists have Aaron Bartley, Jennifer Epps-Addison, George Goehl, Stephen Lerner, Eric Schneiderman, Kamala Harris,  and the list grows as I write. 

These people took on difficult challenges, they identified problems, explored options, made the decisions, took actions, and evaluated outcomes. They took risks, had to endure foul language and false accusations.  

Yes, it is tough being a firebrand, and that often is what is needed to bring about positive change. It is relatively easy to talk about challenges, it is tougher to speak up and take action. 

We need the quiet ones, too, there is room for us all. In fact, we need the philosophical ones and the reconcilers. 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Thursday

Love the Tiki Menorah.  Wonderful kitsch!  

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on Thursday

Good Luck Ian! 

Here's a link to make a Tiki Mug Menorah.  If I had the energy and cleverness, I would like to see it morph into a Tiki Mug Festivus Totem Pole.  Or maybe a Flying Spaghetti Monster version, which seems more difficult to picture.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Thursday

Kathy, I second what Randall said (and others).  I admire your courage.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Thursday

Thanks Joan.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Thursday
I like your style, Kathy. We need to step out of the crowd to make important points.
Comment by Randall Smith on Thursday

Wow, Kathy! I admire your courage to wear that shirt! Please report back.

Good luck, Ian.

Joan, fascinating stuff.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

Spud, all came through and accurately. 

 

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