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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 May 31, 2016 at 11:54am

Sorry for your loss Ian. And try hard to stay apart from the inheritance hunters. I found out that even taking some care of an elderly relative makes you suspect in some peoples' eyes: very sad and quite disgusting.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2016 at 2:27am

Got back from England yesterday. My stepmothers funeral went well. The 'old' vicar from our village came out of retirement for a day and did a very good job: a short service at the cremetorium with a lot of personal things. Everybody was satisfied. The bother started a couple of days later. Where there's a will there's a relative. I'll spare you the details but I'm glad I live the other side of the North sea.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 31, 2016 at 2:22am

Nice job, Daniel.

A rule of thumb I use with religious people is; I don't care what you believe, only what you do. If you cultivate religion for profit, turn a blind eye to the abuse of children and other followers, restrict access to education or in any way hinder reasonable progress or try to force your beliefs on others then you are WRONG. Of course this isn't valid every time and in every situation but it's a viable starting point.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 10:00pm

Ruth and Qiana, you are right, ask believers about their hypocrisies. I think their humanitarian aid should include working to change the political structure that creates poverty and injustice. Starving and homeless people need food, shelter, water, and sanitation. 

Thanks for your insights. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 8:45pm

Daniel, your kitchen gets more attractive every time I see it.  You have done a beautiful job of remodeling your home.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 8:43pm

As to the discussion about LOL Cat Bible, it is a total waste of time! I wondered why so many people were writing such crazy words and upon examination, made no sense. It is worse than psychobabble. I realize I am in a group pf people who love cats and I hope I get by with my heresy. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2016 at 3:39pm

Didn't know about the LOLcat Bible, thanks Loren.

I think we should shame religious politicians, but I'm not sure those are the best questions. I'd rather focus on their blatant hypocrisy, such as so called respect for life of fertilized eggs but not feeding starving actual children.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 2:54pm

Should We Shame Religious Politicians? David Silverman Says Yes

Religions exist to control people and to siphon resources out of a community into the pockets of people who appear to be as greedy as the Pope, Queen, or developer. Furthermore, religions are not accountable for how they spend the money. Religious believe the stories written in their sacred books that only present outrageous stories as if they are true. 

If atheists don't make fun and induce shame, who will? If we want our government and our resources used in such a reckless way we have the means handed to us by the religious. 

"Do you believe there is a god?" 

"Are you convinced god impregnated a maiden?" 

"Can you prove that Jesus died and then rose up again and ascended into heaven?" 

"Do you believe it is loving to abandon mother, father, and family?"

"Does believing these things make them so?"

"With all the gods that exist throughout time and around the world how can you be sure you have the right god?" 

"Is it reasonable to take tithing money to build mega-churches, preach the "success gospel" and not work to end the suffering of the poor?"

These are not hard questions to ask, even as believers insist the holy books come directly from god; which god? We need to ask these and other questions about their beliefs and their financial distribution of money. We need to put a wall between religion and government. Religious dogma cannot be inserted into our Constitution or Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government. I certainly do not want the Bible or Quran used as a model for our laws. I don't want the  ancient scriptures of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and other eastern religions. The laws of the United States of America evolve out of a blending of all people to serve our purposes. 

We do not exist to serve superstitions, nor do we get guidance from 3rd World countries who serve a landowner, or dictator or warlord. 

My preference is to reason with religious people; when beliefs exist that are stronger to them than reason, then some other strategy can be used.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 30, 2016 at 2:31pm

Will there be disgust emoji's for the disgusting parts?

Perhaps the antitheist sites which show those should follow this example.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 30, 2016 at 12:55pm

Any chance that's offset by the LOL Cat Bible?

 

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