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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 kathy: ky on December 24, 2016 at 8:11pm
Carl, I started the tradition of celebrating the winter solstice when my grandkids were very young. It worked out well for us. They opened their gifts on the solstice. So we had plenty of time with them before the Xmas rush of going to visit relatives who lived farther away.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 24, 2016 at 7:56pm

Agreed!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 7:08pm

Love Skeptic on a Stick.  Funny!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 24, 2016 at 6:43pm

It's not too late!  Need an 11th hour gift idea?  Give SKEPTIC ON A STICK!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 1:38pm

Speaking of the holidays, I just read this article yesterday about the celebration of Christmas in the United States.

Most Non-Christians in the U.S. Celebrate Christmas

While the U.S. is growing less Christianthree-quarters of Americans still identify with the religion. Unsurprisingly, 96 percent of Christians celebrate Christmas. More surprisingly: Pew Research polling indicates that 81 percent of non-Christians celebrate the holiday.

That’s about a third of Jews, three-quarters of Hindus and Buddhists, and 87 percent of people who identify as nonreligiousreports Pew senior editor Michael Lipka. Overall, about half of Americans see it as a “religious” holiday, while a third say it’s a “cultural” one.

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Personally, I enjoy what the holidays offer this time of year.  I like the lights, the food, the trees and decorations, and the comradery of coming together to cope with the seasonal darkness.  

Interestingly, like the hardcore christians, I also believe this season is too commercial.  For many people Xmas has become the worship of Capitalism, and I can do without all that crap.  It's so wasteful and unnecessary.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 24, 2016 at 1:10pm

Daniel, what a melancholy story about the name Fido.  I had no idea about the origin for that common dog name.

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 24, 2016 at 12:37pm

And with the coincidence of holidays tonight, happy Christmukkah! :)

(image source, via this "ugly menorah" collection)

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 24, 2016 at 12:35pm

Cute, Spud!

A humanist Daniel might choose to adopt "Dan" as a full name in its own right, meaning simply "judge", no invisible friends.

It's an appropriate day to repost a song about the true meaning of Christmastime, from a Southern Hemisphere and very secular perspective:

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 24, 2016 at 12:24pm

Comment by Randall Smith on December 24, 2016 at 7:30am

That's the one good thing I like about my name--Randy, from wolf. Otherwise, ever since I was 12 years old, when a friend made fun of my name, I've been reluctant to use it formally. So I sign everything Randall (like my A/N name), but usually go by the more common Randy. For some reason, my father called me Randi (eye) all my life.

Who was that old comedian that would say, "You can call me____, you can call me ____", etc.?

 

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