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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 Ian Mason on March 30, 2016 at 10:06pm
Comment by Ian Mason on March 30, 2016 at 10:04pm

Nothing wild in the Danish weather either. One night with strong wind and rain and that's it.

I'm very sorry to hear that, Carl. You've been through enough already. I'm sure that we all hope, along with you, that the research will proceed fast enough to be of benefit.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 30, 2016 at 7:47pm

I've mentioned that I've been having a problem with weak legs and buckling knees.  I've seen a neurologist and was advised to have a muscle biopsy.  I recently had that procedure and a muscle sample was sent to a pathologist for testing.  I now have the results and unfortunately I don't have good news.  I have been diagnosed with a very rare muscle disease called Inclusion Body Myositis.  This is a condition where the immune system attacks the muscles and breaks them down over time. 

As of now there is no cure and no clear understanding why it happens.  It appears to be a genetic disorder but is not hereditary.  It's a disease that progresses very slowly and does not shorten normal life span.  Right now the biggest risk to me is breaking bones or getting injured from the increased chances of falling.  In addition to the weak legs and arms, balance problems are present, which I also experience.  At some point later on, a wheelchair may be necessary.  For some persons late into the progression, the disease can affect throat muscles causing trouble eating, swallowing and breathing. 

The only thing recommended right now is light resistance weight training to maintain strength.  However, a rigorous workout is not recommended as that would only speed up the muscle degeneration.

Apparently there are some promising stem cell research trials being done right now.  In addition, a new drug has been recently developed that has been presented to the FDA to be approved for testing.  For now there is no treatment available but perhaps some good news is on the horizon.  I can only hope.

So that's my latest news. 

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 12:55pm

Calm over here, some gusts of wind and rain but nothing out of the ordinary. Tomorrow perhaps stormy weather.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2016 at 12:45pm

Our North European friends have heavy winds today. I am interested in how winds felt to the individuals.

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 9:19am

Here we had 'god zij met ons' on the rim of coins, but the Euros show no gods, only markings for the blind. Much better!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2016 at 7:15am

I often take a black marker to cross out "In God We Trust" on dollar bills. I'd like to do it to Indiana license plates, too, but I'm afraid I'll get caught. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 26, 2016 at 3:14pm

Quite right, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 26, 2016 at 1:10pm

From Atheists Against Pseudoscientific Nonsense:

The reason why scientists and intellectuals don’t respect religion is because religion disrespects human intelligence, that is why we ridicule it. Religion is currently in its death throes and should be allowed to fade away so we as humanity can move on to bigger and better things.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 26, 2016 at 12:48pm

For any fans of Walker, Texas Ranger:

Another lover of dumbocracy and freedumb! You gotta love the implication that besides being godless rabble, atheists are unpatriotic as well.

 

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