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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 Randall Smith on June 18, 2017 at 7:25am

To all you Dads out there,  Happy Fathers Day!

I have 4 children (3 girls, 1 boy, ages 34-44) and 6 grandchildren (no wife). To my knowledge, nothing special is planned to celebrate "my day". That's okay. In two weeks all four kids (and theirs) will be "back home in Indiana". We'll celebrate then!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2017 at 5:00pm

Colonization of Africa, Asia, and S. America resulted in unspeakable atrocities committed by European and US powers. The heart-wrenching stories often tell of such awful ways of domination, and it is hard for me to realize that my ancestors committed some of those crimes against humanity. 

I understand that attitudes of superiority allowed crimes against others, even in this century, i.e. crimes against blacks, Native Americans, and now with the way we treat immigrants. We hold no one accountable and we become part of the offense. If people with moral and ethical bearings stood up, then such insanity would be addressed. 

Being an active participant in the Civil Rights struggle 50 years ago, I thought our efforts would result in better conditions for all races and classes in today's world. The situation is much worse now than it was in the 1960s. The differences are that all those years ago minorities and women struggled to have the rights of access to opportunities for a better life. Today's challenges are that men and women, people of all races and nationalities, as well as believers in superhuman powers and those who lack such beliefs fall farther behind the standards of living of those many years ago. The middle class grows smaller as those living at or below the poverty rate increases. Wealth abandons those who work for a living even as money increases for those who have unearned income.  

How did this happen? How did the working class get shoved out of access to opportunities for growth in wealth? Did a few take away the rights of working people or did working people give away their rights?  

Was our nation rendered weak because of globalization, or did the instrument of our status occur because of the machinations of Russia?  

I know exactly when the decline of the middle class began; it was in the late 1970s when labor started to lose power. The belief systems represented by the Republican Party began to tear down the access to opportunities for the poor and working class, and the beginning of the destruction of the safety net.

We now have to face the challenges presented not only by a dysfunctional Executive but by a dysfunction of the Legislative and Judicial Branches of government. These problems did not start with Trump; they began those long years ago dismantling of representative government. 

How did this happen? Did someone or some group of people plan these events? When did we fail to provide the kinds of education needed for a participatory government? 

Comment by kathy: ky on June 16, 2017 at 3:52pm
I just realized you had answered the question I have just asked :)
Comment by kathy: ky on June 16, 2017 at 3:50pm
Chris, before oil it was gold that forced people from their homes. Before that the railroad. Before that... you know the history.
So doesn't it all boil down to greed?? When something is deemed valuable men go out of their way to aquire as much of the product as they can. Killing an entire ethnic section of the population to achieve their goals doesn't seem to be a consideration.
Is that tribalism or just greed? Can the two ever be separate?
Comment by Ian Mason on June 13, 2017 at 9:30pm

Agreed, Chris. The Arabs can get away with murder (literally) because of the oil. Russia is heading the same way because of natural gas. The contortions our politicians go through to justify all of this would be comic if the state of the world were not so serious.

Comment by Chris on June 13, 2017 at 7:29pm

Daniel W.

Resources seem to be more devicive than tribalism.

If Oil didn't drive the world economy would there be less war?

Looking at the KSA ( Kingdome of Saudia Arabia), or Russia makes me think the West is addicted to Oil.

Technology/science  ie. Wind Power, Solar Power, Wave power and other power generating techniques should ween the world off Oil and prevent climate change.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 9, 2017 at 4:16pm

The people who voted for tRump...

Comment by Chris on June 7, 2017 at 4:58am

Ancestory (and religion) was a basis for the Rwandan Genocide (1994), and the Bosnian/Kosovo war  ~1998's. 

The same thing happened after the Iraq debacle and continues today with the multiple conflicts between the Shia, and Sunni's.

The Middle East is a firestorm.

One doesn't have to go back to WWII and Hitler to see how tribalistic humanity is.

Without the need for oil  and the West's imposted artificial boarders of the Middle East and Africa perhaps the cultures would be able to establish their own boarders without the West's military intervention.

Comment by Chris on June 7, 2017 at 4:37am

I agree with what your are saying Chris (P).

Pre-existing conditions are a big deal for medical insurance here in the States.

I  wonder if DNA testing and new the data collection is may result in medical insurance companies proclaiming subscribers have a 'pre-existing condition' because of DNA results. 

A while back I read an article about a guy who had DNA showing he would be bald. He wasn't bald

It wasn't  long ago where ancestory was used for Progroms

Comment by Ian Mason on June 6, 2017 at 3:38pm

Just for fun.

 

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