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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 Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:42pm
Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:28pm

Carl, I did one of these Facebook things about 'what was the big hit on the day you were born.' Funnily enough, "Que Sera Sera"

Comment by Ian Mason on September 22, 2015 at 8:25pm

Personally, I think the present pontiff is just a liberal-seeming PR man for the same old right-wing Vatican establishment. It says something about the US that he's regarded as a 'goddam leftie'. Interestingly, when the KKK was at its peak in the 20s, they marched in Washington, protesting against Catholic immigration. Even FDR said that "this is a protestant country. Catholics and Jews have to understand that they're here on sufferance."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 6:59pm

RICO - Wikipedia

It's interesting.  RICO laws have been used in a very wide variety of cases and situations.  According to Wikipedia, RICO has been used, unsuccessfully in the past, against the Catholic Church. 

I see it has also been used successfully against the Latin Kings gang in Florida.  It's also been used against gang members here in Chicago in recent years.  There has also been talk of classifying gangs as domestic terrorists, thereby providing (in theory) stiffer prison sentences.  But I digress on a whole other topic....

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2015 at 6:24pm
Loren, "Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States. It allows prosecution and civil penalties for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise."

Now, that is an interesting thought, and one that could hold water ... except for the cops, judges, attorneys, politicians, and active members of RCC who would stand in the way.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 3:57pm

Ian, sorry you are facing such uncertainty with your future plans.  I hope all works out well for you.  You do, however, seem to have a good attitude about the situation.  Que será, será. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2015 at 3:42pm

I'm so sick of hearing about the pope.  And now that he's in the US it's going to get even worse.  I just love how the right-wing in this country are complaining that the pope just isn't conservative enough.  How bat-shit crazy do you need to be to think the pope is too liberal?  And some of them are "serious" candidates for the presidential office.  Unbelievable!  Loren, I would love for your scenario to play out.  Too bad it's just a wet dream.  [rant over]

Comment by Loren Miller on September 22, 2015 at 3:31pm

How many of us would pay money to see a uniformed police officer step up to Frankie and say, "You are under arrest for multiple violations of the RICO act.  You have the right to remain silent..."

It'll never actually happen ... but I'd pay to see it happen.

Comment by Pat on September 22, 2015 at 3:23pm

Emma, I hear your frustration. "The leader of the greatest organized criminal conspiracy for child rape and torture on the planet earth just came to our country. Hurray!!!! Let's roll out the red carpet!" While they're at it, why don't they give him the keys to the orphanage rather than the key to the city.

Comment by Emma Lennon on September 22, 2015 at 3:09pm

The Pope has just arrived in DC, and it's on every channel, including ABC This is making me mad, because the Pope is preempting Ellen! (Her talk show airs on my local ABC affiliate, and I watch her every day.)

 

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