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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 May 1, 2017 at 5:08pm

A chill just ran down my spine as I read the State Dept.'s report on labor struggles. If the U.S. State Dept. wrote such a report, what will reports reveal under the influence of tRump and his State Dept.?

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2017 at 5:05pm

"the day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today."

~ Spies shouted, as he was hung for participation in the Haymarket RiotThe efforts by workers for better working conditions in the 1880s provides a rich history of labor's struggle.

"The life of a 19th-century American industrial worker was far from easy. Even in good times wages were low, hours long and working conditions hazardous. Little of the wealth which the growth of the nation had generated went to its workers. The situation was worse for women and children, who made up a high percentage of the work force in some industries and often received but a fraction of the wages a man could earn. Periodic economic crises swept the nation, further eroding industrial wages and producing high levels of unemployment."

The Struggles of Labor, US Dept of State

Comment by Chris on May 1, 2017 at 7:55am

Joan,

American workers can't compete with countries that don't have  Occupational Safety and Health  (OSHA), or environmental laws.

Trump apparently thinks he's going to create jobs by eliminating safety regulations.

Eventually American workers will be paid the same as those in third world countries.

Comment by Chris on May 1, 2017 at 7:36am

I agree with your thoughts on Prison reform Joan.

For Profit Prisons want harsh prison terms to fill their beds.

What's seen on the crime scene TV shows doesn't represent the reality that the FBI and other crime lable are sometimes corrupt.

How a lab chemist went from ‘superwoman’ to disgraced saboteur of m...

A prisoner challenging this on appeal was denied a new trial because  (according to the piece of shit judge)  there is no evidence she messed with your drug tests.

Previous  Wrongdoing Found at FBI Crime Lab

Comment by Chris on May 1, 2017 at 7:18am

Message replies from AtheistNexus are from "Jaqueline Sarah Homan."

How do I contact Brother Richard to get this fixed?

Does anyone else receive messages/emails from AtheistNexus with another name?

Comment by Loren Miller on May 1, 2017 at 6:30am

Doing some field work today, so I won't be as active around here as I usually am. Might see you in the evening, though.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 1, 2017 at 5:37am

Ian, thanks for posting that interesting video.  I've not heard that song before.  The Haymarket Riot which occurred in Chicago in 1886 and is commemorated on May 1 is one of the major defining events of the labor movement.  At that time they were fighting for an eight hour work day.

There seems to prevail the opinion in some quarters that this meeting has been called for the purpose of inaugurating a riot, hence these warlike preparations on the part of so-called 'law and order.' However, let me tell you at the beginning that this meeting has not been called for any such purpose. The object of this meeting is to explain the general situation of the eight-hour movement and to throw light upon various incidents in connection with it. -- August Spies

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2017 at 1:49am

Just read your blog, Chris. I'm glad that things have gone so well and that you're enjoying the new situation.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 1, 2017 at 1:43am
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2017 at 1:12am

Plinius, I admire your journey. The Netherlands, famed for tolerance, might offer comfort in the face of stress. Even with that history, I hope you have good professional to walk this path with you. It seems you have powerfully wise friends supporting you. I wish you well. 

 

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