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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 Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 10:57am

Lovely, warm, sunny weather arrives giving the forest reminders that spring just sprung. My seedlings in the greenhouse planted to go into my raised beds in the meadow look robust. The wise gardener in this far northern climate knows there will be another spring freeze, at least that is the typical pattern.

Laura and I drove into Spokane yesterday, 50 miles south of Newport, and the trees, shrubs, and bulbs blaze with color. We visited my home, and because I grow only perennials and the soil is fertile, the spring flowers put on their yearly show. The neglected garden doesn't matter because a day or two of work clears out all the overgrowth. We can get it beautifully groomed in just a few hours.

I no longer have the strength or stamina to do that kind of labor. However, I have two fine men who helped me over the past 20 years, one of them helped me plant the original design; he has a green thumb! He loves my design as much as I do. The other is a skilled gardener, prunes the tall shrubs and trees that I can't reach, and he does an almost as beautiful job as Cary did.

Cary grew into a first-rate gardener; he would have made a comfortable life using those skills had he lived. He didn't particularly like gardening, but he did needed tasks. As I walked through the garden paths, I saw trees and shrubs he planted and maintained. I had a quiet moment of tears and grief in a quiet corner under the Blue Spruce. Beautiful memories of him inspired me to have faith in the ability of humans to recover from addictions and create honorable lives.

I returned to my northern forest home with a feeling of contentment. My great grandchildren learn skills that suit their temperament; we honor their inherent nature even as we all work very hard doing the necessary chores.

I hope your day fills with wonder. 

Comment by Plinius on May 4, 2017 at 12:02am

That sounds very useful, Spud! 

Comment by Chris on May 3, 2017 at 9:06pm

Thanks for the post about the labor movement Joan.

Many younger people may not know how difficult the struggle for an 8 hour work day, overtime, and the abollishment of child labor was.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2017 at 4:42pm

Today I received a free energy saving package from my electric company.  In it was a 5 minute shower timer, a digital thermometer  for checking water and refrigerator temperature, an LED night light, and 9 LED light bulbs rated for 22.8 years.

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.

 

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