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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 July 30, 2016 at 2:04pm

That is good, Spud! I surely don't want to hurt your feelings.  I wanted to do a reality check with you. Thank you for responding so quickly. 

It is wonderful to have you back online from your home. I enjoy and learn from you, dear friend. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:36pm

I didn't notice any insult Joan.  Things are fine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:30pm

Spud, I should have known you already did all the things you could do to solve the player problem. I didn't mean to insult you when I gave my suggestions. I am happy to learn that you did what you could. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:19pm

Ian, you are so right about Thatcher! We need any more of that ilk. But then, we don't need any more Reagans.

I was thinking of some of our traditional black women who not only had to fight slavery; many had dominating husbands. I suppose that is why the black women I knew and worked with were exceptionally bright and confrontational. They took an effective leadership role in their families and work; they were exceptionally well-trained teachers. 

Native American women often reveal excellent leadership qualities. One woman in Spokane said the Indian men didn't stand up to the challenges and lead their people. They took on leadership roles in the tribe, created an outstanding alcohol and drug treatment center that even white go and are helped. It isn't the "Let go, let god" crowd. The women required personal responsibility. They had a lower recidivism rate than other alcohol treatment programs. 

I just have a hunch there is a woman leader in the pipeline of women who are rising in politics, and she may be black or of either Indian heritage, or Asian culture. 

We need to start training our sons and daughters to assume leadership roles. My son Craig has two young sons. They are going to be effective leaders because of their home and school environment. 

The hosts of last night's dinner and today's cruise are both retired teachers. They trained their kids to be leaders. I met them last night and their families. What an incredible family! 

We have to stop doing what we are doing with our kids and start raising them to be adults. Too many kids learn how to be adult kids. We don't need any more kids. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:08pm

I'm using a tape player very little now because I have most of what I want on disk.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:07pm

Every time my tape player quits, I find another one at a thrift shop.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 1:03pm

Ian, do you have a thrift shop or some place people send their unwanted equipment? Jeeze, I would give it a try, especially with your treasures. I share your sadness. 

I have the same problem, except mine aren't treasures, they are simply the old stuff of no further interest to me, so I am not going to try to find a player. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2016 at 12:56pm

I have done a terrible thing but I had to. After the last remaining video player in Denmark (mine) chewed its last tape, my VHS collection has been put for the rubbish collectors. Sob :( All the things I'd recorded from the telly, gone; from Stephen King to Shakespeare and lots of old classics. Who else remebers the original 'Ladykillers'? Alec Guiness; "It's only a penny on each insurance policy" Danny 'One-rund' Green; " No-one's gonner 'urt Mrs Lopsided", and the rest of the gang. I'm going to comfort myself with tea.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 30, 2016 at 12:56pm

A woman at the helm doesn't mean progress. Margaret Thatcher, anyone?

That said, yes, the principle is a step forward.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2016 at 12:27pm

I meant to say When a smart, charismatic black or Asian woman rises

 

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