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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 Plinius on March 2, 2015 at 10:26am

And an hour ago my favourite neighbour dropped in with a stack of books. He's trying to get a little space in his bookcases, so he brought me the surplus he thought I'd like. Lovely, and a kind face was just what I needed! My bookcases are in danger of exploding....

Comment by Loren Miller on March 2, 2015 at 6:20am

[smile] I picked up Variable Star several years ago.  It reminded me of Heinlein's juveniles, though with some touches which set it apart from them.  I hear you in re: "comfort books," especially since I always enjoy rereading RAH.  His works are so content-full that there's always something to catch my interest.

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2015 at 6:12am

Thanks Ian! What are your comfort books? For me - Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Rowling or Heinlein - I'm hiding in Variable Star today.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 2, 2015 at 5:49am

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Isabell

Isabell who?

Isabell essential on a bike?

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2015 at 3:26am

Tell me some stupid innocent joke please. I feel so overwhelmed by bad news that I can't take more - Nineveh, killings by the US police, atheists killed, tortured or disappeared. I think I won't read the news for some time and take refuge in comfort books. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 1, 2015 at 12:31pm

Lady Gaga was just in Chicago this morning taking the icy "Polar Plunge" into frozen Lake Michigan.  It's a yearly event to raise money for the Special Olympics. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-actor-vince-v...

Last year Jimmy Fallon took the plunge after a dare from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 1, 2015 at 8:02am

I wish I could join you, Ian! I remember several concerts held in Tivoli Gardens back in 1967. Love Tony and am beginning to appreciate Lady Gaga. (I was touring Europe on bike that summer.)

Comment by Ian Mason on March 1, 2015 at 3:32am

WaaHoo! I've just bought a ticket to see Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Copenhagen, July. Looking forward to it already.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2015 at 2:53pm

Ian, sounds like a wonderful trip and visit with your daughter and her bloke. Laughter makes life so much healthier. Glad you were able to share it with with. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2015 at 1:32pm

I repost your quote Loren and thanks. 

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end.
-- Spock, Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country

 

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