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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 Randall Smith on March 13, 2017 at 7:35am

RE questions about the census taker: My letterhead says "U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Admin, U.S. Census Bureau. My address had een selected "in a nationwide process for participation in the Consumer Expenditure Survey". 

The reason I was perplexed about the questions is that I didn't get the explanation letter 'til the afternoon mail on the day the person interviewed me!   What a to-do!

Comment by Plinius on March 13, 2017 at 2:10am

Todo, to-do of course. In Dutch, like in German, we have the habit to stick words together into longer lorger words, and Sometimes I forget to check.

We'll have to wait for the elections on Wednesday. Because of those,  our politicians are on their most macho behaviour and Erdogan screaming abuse doesn't help at all. And I don't think that the support for populist parties is on the wane - this incident will give them more support.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 12, 2017 at 11:17pm

I would have spelt it 'to-do'. It means a commotion or fuss.

The support for populist, nationalist parties might be on the wane in several countries in Europe as they get caught misusing EU funding. That isn't the same as a change in attitudes though.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 12, 2017 at 5:32pm

Plinius, I'll use that name since we have another Chris. 

I fear for what is happening between Turkish and Dutch governments, just as I am afraid for the U.S. 

I wonder if this chaos resembles in any way, The Netherlands before the start of WW II? 

I believed the propaganda about how noble the US has been throughout history, yet a reading of facts makes me understand how profoundly influenced I am because of not reading the actual history of our nation. 

I hope your country has enough memory of the pre-WW II era that they do not go to the right political spectrum.  

 

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 12, 2017 at 2:15pm

Plinius,

What does 'todo' mean? I've already checked on line but the definitions offered are vague.

Comment by Plinius on March 12, 2017 at 5:57am

What a todo! The Turkish and the Dutch government bitching at each other and Geert Wilders - our own little trump clone - adding fuel to the fire. Mind - we'll have elections on Wednesday and I hate to think how that will work out. I fear a shift to the right..

Comment by Chris on March 11, 2017 at 4:42pm

I was a census enumerator one cycle. People aren't chosen at random to receive a knock at the door from census enumerators. Enumerators only show up when a household doesn't fill out the census forms.

Perhaps the person at your door was a poll taker rather than a census taker. The census is taken to determine the number of legislators in the House of Representatives. The Census doesn't ask questions about consumer spending.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 11, 2017 at 10:17am

Randal,

Did you have a choice to answer them or not? Supposed if you  had refused?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 11, 2017 at 9:52am

Randy, who was taking the census?  The federal census is not for another 3 years.

The last federal census I completed on line, but a person came by a while after that and wanted to ask me some of the same questions, even after I told them I had completed it online.  I think I complied because she had identification, but if it happens again, I'll say no.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 11, 2017 at 7:13am

Yesterday, I heard a knock on the door and saw who I first thought was a dreaded J.W. But no, she was a census taker. I'd been forwarned last month about being interegated, chosen randomly.

The questions asked were bizarre. The theme of the census was my spending habits, basically. "Since Dec. 1st have you bought any clothing", for example (I bought socks the day before!). Furniture, car, TV (yes), etc. Did I go on any trips? Where? How much did you spend on lodging, gas, food, entertainment? Property taxes, utility bills, house payment--no page went unturned. I almost felt violated. But, I complied. The interview took about 30 minutes, and I was glad when it was over. Whew!

 

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