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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 9. 19 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Jan 5. 7 Replies

Ian, for some reason, my comment would not "send" on Hang with Friends; perhaps it will here!Ian, a beautiful New Years blessing. It goes in my file. I especially like the thought of surprising myself. Laura made a special trip to my Spokane home to…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jan 1. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 31, 2016. 27 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud Dec 14, 2016. 27 Replies

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 Dec 7, 2016. 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

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Comment by k.h. ky on December 24, 2016 at 10:12pm
Thanks Gary.

Daniel I like the more formal version. As I've aged I like my full first name. Maybe because it's what is used most often. Especially in a medical center.
Comment by Daniel W on December 24, 2016 at 8:52pm

GC, I was called the 3-letter shortening of my name until I was about 30.  So many things in life had gone wrong, so when I moved from Indiana to Oregon I deliberately chose the formal name. I believe names have power, not supernatural, but subconscious and relational.  I hated Dan Quayle, Dan Coats, Dan White - who assassinated Moscone and Harvey Milk, and didn't think much of Dan Rather or Dan Akroid.  On the other hand, Daniel Schorr, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Daniel Ellsberg,  have gravitas.  So I embraced what my parents gave me.  I don't mind the Bible character.  The "Dan" on the bible sold his brother into slavery.  "Daniel" was thrown into the Lions den as a punishment for his faithfulness, and survived. 

Well that was too long.

Loren,I love skeptic on a stick!

Comment by Gary S on December 24, 2016 at 8:47pm

I liked that. May Krampus continue to give Saturnalia eve gifts.

Comment by k.h. ky on December 24, 2016 at 8:11pm
Carl, I started the tradition of celebrating the winter solstice when my grandkids were very young. It worked out well for us. They opened their gifts on the solstice. So we had plenty of time with them before the Xmas rush of going to visit relatives who lived farther away.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 24, 2016 at 7:56pm

Agreed!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 7:08pm

Love Skeptic on a Stick.  Funny!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2016 at 6:43pm

It's not too late!  Need an 11th hour gift idea?  Give SKEPTIC ON A STICK!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 1:38pm

Speaking of the holidays, I just read this article yesterday about the celebration of Christmas in the United States.

Most Non-Christians in the U.S. Celebrate Christmas

While the U.S. is growing less Christianthree-quarters of Americans still identify with the religion. Unsurprisingly, 96 percent of Christians celebrate Christmas. More surprisingly: Pew Research polling indicates that 81 percent of non-Christians celebrate the holiday.

That’s about a third of Jews, three-quarters of Hindus and Buddhists, and 87 percent of people who identify as nonreligiousreports Pew senior editor Michael Lipka. Overall, about half of Americans see it as a “religious” holiday, while a third say it’s a “cultural” one.

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Personally, I enjoy what the holidays offer this time of year.  I like the lights, the food, the trees and decorations, and the comradery of coming together to cope with the seasonal darkness.  

Interestingly, like the hardcore christians, I also believe this season is too commercial.  For many people Xmas has become the worship of Capitalism, and I can do without all that crap.  It's so wasteful and unnecessary.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 1:10pm

Daniel, what a melancholy story about the name Fido.  I had no idea about the origin for that common dog name.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 24, 2016 at 12:37pm

And with the coincidence of holidays tonight, happy Christmukkah! :)

(image source, via this "ugly menorah" collection)

 

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