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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by Chris on May 5, 2017 at 8:18pm

Portland Oregon, U.S.A.

Expose yourself to art.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 5, 2017 at 4:41pm

The passing of a truly great actor

Richard Pasco obituary

Classical actor with a prolific repertoire, authoritative stage presence and unforgettable voice
Here's one of the most compelling bits of acting I've seen anywhere:
Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2017 at 4:16pm

Joan, I'll use any excuse to consume margaritas and Enchiladas Mole Poblano, for sure!  I may not do it TODAY, though, because every Mexican restaurant on the planet is likely going bonkers BECAUSE of Cinco de Mayo!

And so it goes...

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 5, 2017 at 3:19pm

"According to CNN, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico. In fact, unless you reside in the city of Pueblá, Cinco de Mayo is just another normal day in Mexico. That's because, according to the Library of Congress, Pueblá is the town where the Mexican army was victorious over the French on May 5, 1862 — i.e. Cinco de Mayo. This day, however, has taken on a whole new, completely unrelated meaning to many in the United States."

Should You Celebrate Cinco De Mayo? Consider This Before Joining The Festivities


https://www.romper.com/p/should-you-celebrate-cinco-de-mayo-conside...
Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 5, 2017 at 1:05pm

Chris, yes, Alexander Calder has several pieces of artwork on display in Chicago.  Interesting that you should bring up his name at this time.  Coincidentally, two of his most prominent and iconic pieces have been making news headlines here just recently.  

The Universe, on display in the lobby of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) since 1974, was dismantled last month and put into storage in preparation for a lobby renovation.  Renovation plans do not include installation.  There is also a legal dispute over who owns the art.

Calder sculpture no longer in Willis Tower 

The other threatened piece is Flamingo.  Also on display since 1974, it has become a cherished icon in Chicago.  It sits in a wide, open plaza bordered on three sides by three Mies van der Rohe designed buildings.  The beautiful bright red color and curves of Flamingo are a stark contrast to the dark, rigid steel and glass buildings by van der Rohe.  The melding of the Calder sculpture and the Mies van der Rohe buildings have created a much loved and beautiful public plaza.  

Right now there is talk of renovating the plaza, and so the future of this sculpture has been questioned.  There are conflicting stories about what is planned for this plaza.  And again, there is a dispute as to who owns the artwork.  The plaza and the Mies van der Rohe buildings are owned by the federal government.  They house federal courts and offices and a post office.  The sculpture was commissioned by the federal government as a public work of art.  Over the years it became an important visual icon of Chicago. 

Preservationists Sound Alarm Over ‘Flamingo’ Sculpture

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 5, 2017 at 8:24am

Comment by Loren Miller on May 5, 2017 at 5:28am

Cinco de Mayo!!! Libertad!!!

Comment by Chris on May 5, 2017 at 2:57am

What are you raising in your green house Joan?

Comment by Chris on May 4, 2017 at 7:08pm

I dislike hearing that President Trump wants to decrease funding for the arts, humanities and PBS.

Comment by Chris on May 4, 2017 at 7:00pm

I read that Alexander Coulder has some great mobile artwork in Chicago.

 

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