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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2016 at 12:28am

I've never experienced an earthquake or even tremors.  The thought of them scares the bejesus out of me.  When tornado weather is in the forecast and on the horizon I can prepare.  Not so much with an earthquake.  They can occur at any time of the year, day or night.

On a related topic, scientists predict Los Angeles will slide north of San Francisco approximately 15 million years from now.  That is sure to cause havoc with subways, sewers and underground cable connections.  

Comment by Loren Miller on December 8, 2016 at 10:06pm

Stone ain't all that tough.  Ask anyone who has ever lived through an earthquake.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 8, 2016 at 8:33pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 7:50pm

Try again: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 7:49pm

Daniel, I love your idea of Festivus. You have an incredible memory; I forgot that program. Sorry, I could not get my embed to work. So ...

Festivus | Seinfeld | TBS

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 7:24pm

FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US!

Festivus dinner, 

Festivus unadorned aluminum pole,

"Airing of Grievances" practices, 

"Feats of Strength" practices, 

"Festivus miracles”, the labeling of easily explainable events.

~ Daniel Wachenheim 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 6:17pm

Being a Firebrand Atheist can be a frightening experience, especially for the shy, those who face demonic responses, and if a job or housing can be a cost of standing out. For those people, there are other ways to respond, i.e. give support to those who do perform the firebrand strategy, or develop less stressful methods, or work to toughen up thin-skin. There is no one-way to challenge those who threaten non-believers. Just remember, the work has to be done by someone if we are going to change what we think needs changing.

The Blacks had Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, and many others.

Women had Simone de Beauvoir, Sojourner Truth, Robin Morgan, and the list goes on and on. 

LGBTQ had Barney Frank, Harvey Milk, Tim Cook, Trevor Burgess, and more became known as times changed. 

Community and Union Activists have Aaron Bartley, Jennifer Epps-Addison, George Goehl, Stephen Lerner, Eric Schneiderman, Kamala Harris,  and the list grows as I write. 

These people took on difficult challenges, they identified problems, explored options, made the decisions, took actions, and evaluated outcomes. They took risks, had to endure foul language and false accusations.  

Yes, it is tough being a firebrand, and that often is what is needed to bring about positive change. It is relatively easy to talk about challenges, it is tougher to speak up and take action. 

We need the quiet ones, too, there is room for us all. In fact, we need the philosophical ones and the reconcilers. 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 8, 2016 at 12:54pm

Love the Tiki Menorah.  Wonderful kitsch!  

Comment by Daniel W on December 8, 2016 at 11:47am

Good Luck Ian! 

Here's a link to make a Tiki Mug Menorah.  If I had the energy and cleverness, I would like to see it morph into a Tiki Mug Festivus Totem Pole.  Or maybe a Flying Spaghetti Monster version, which seems more difficult to picture.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 8, 2016 at 10:43am

Kathy, I second what Randall said (and others).  I admire your courage.

 

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