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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 Plinius on June 16, 2016 at 10:44am

That's quite something, Carl! I hope you can get the blood pressure down and keep a good mood!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 16, 2016 at 10:29am

Hi, all.  I came home from the hospital yesterday.  Went in Sunday by ambulance.  MRI shows I had a small stroke.  They kept me for a few days because my blood pressure was sky high.  Have a new drug now to hopefully keep it lower.  I'm actually doing well and feeling fine.  I'm lucky to have no signs of physical impairment.  The whole episode is quite disturbing to say the least, but I carry on!     

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 16, 2016 at 8:18am

Randy, very good news, indeed! Thankfully, the farmer was sensible and compassionate. He was kind. Laura's neighbor shoots dogs that come onto his place. Thankfully, Dominic does not roam. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 16, 2016 at 6:11am

Joan, dog Dot was found by me safely caged up by some farmer. My phone number on her collar was undecipherable, so he went on Facebook and the Humane Society website to put out the word. I didn't think to look there. But all's well that ends well. Dot's doing fine, despite the heat. Thanks for asking.

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2016 at 8:56am

Thanks Randall!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2016 at 6:48am

Randy, I don't see any report from you that your dog returned. Can you give me an update?

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2016 at 6:36am

oops: "so prominently..."

Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2016 at 6:34am

I had to look it up, Chris. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of our flag in 1777 on June 14th. It was officially recognized in 1916, so this year was the 100th anniverary. I never heard or read a thing about it being special or anything. Like I said, the day is ignored. We Americans seem to have a thing about flags. It might stem from the Civil War and the Confederate flag to prominently displayed in the southern states (and even in Indiana). People like me hang out the "stars and stripes" in a show of force--in a way, protesting those that display the hateful, racist (in my opinion) Confederate flag.

Unlike many people who keep their flags out all the time, I hang mine only on special days, like July 4th, Memorial Day, etc.

Comment by Plinius on June 14, 2016 at 1:29pm

What is "Flag Day", Randall? As far as I can see the people of the USA hang their flags everywhere, always. I don't understand why, we never do such things here, apart from some royalty nuts and football hooligans. So please explain!

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 14, 2016 at 11:38am

Happy Flag Day, Randall !!  It's raining in the Pacific northwest, so I don't have to work in the yard.  That's beginning to be a good thing.  LOL

 

 

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