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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 Loren Miller on December 30, 2017 at 7:45am

My wife has wanted to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a while, so I got us floor seats for a Xmas present and we went yesterday.  Their production values are first-rate, the light show impressively state-of-the-art, and sound was excellent if occasionally past the pain threshold.  Delivery was utterly professional.

BUT ... their attempt to tell an evocative Christmas story of a runaway who didn't know how to return home resorted to ham-handed schmaltz and sotto-voce proselytism, Christian leanings both in that half of the show and afterward were unmistakable, and in places, the match between the sonic and visual content was next to non-existent.  On top of this, when players on stage blatantly exhort the crowd for a reaction rather than earning that reaction with their musicianship, I have to wonder, in addition to being reminded of our current "chief executive" (if you can call him that with a straight face).

It was an interesting experiment, but neither I nor my wife will be repeating it.  Enow spake.

Comment by Chris on December 30, 2017 at 2:49am

Randall Smith on Tuesday

It pleases me to see more secular (i.e., sports) stuff on the telly shown on Xmas day than anything religious. From what I could tell, there was nothing associated with Christmas on TV, not even any old "cartoons" like Charlie Brown or Frosty the Snowman. No Mormon Tabernacle Choir, either. All the regular Monday shows were on with the addition of 2-3 football and 3-4 basketball games. This is a good sign for secularism.

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Some of the sporting events seem nationalistic, or tribalistic.

I agree Rahdall, though I'd like to see, or hear on the tele, or radio about the history of  winter festivals that includes prechristian folklore and how some of the myths came to being in todays culture.

I forgot now, but wasn't the image of Santa Clause as currently depected a Coke-a-Cola advertizement campain?

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 11:25pm

This is a lot for one day, but we need months of winter snow to make a difference, & likely it still wouldn't be enough. Ideally it should snow some every day, with breaks in between for it to settle, before the next lot.

Comment by Plinius on December 28, 2017 at 11:21pm

Is that much snow, Patricia? Not enough I think. The news here told about snowpacks of more than a metre high.

Comment by Patricia on December 28, 2017 at 5:43pm

Dec. 28/17

Comment by Chris on December 27, 2017 at 6:18am

Funny cartoon Ian.

Comment by Patricia on December 27, 2017 at 12:39am

Cute.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 27, 2017 at 12:23am

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Comment by Randall Smith on December 26, 2017 at 7:18am

It pleases me to see more secular (i.e., sports) stuff on the telly shown on Xmas day than anything religious. From what I could tell, there was nothing associated with Christmas on TV, not even any old "cartoons" like Charlie Brown or Frosty the Snowman. No Mormon Tabernacle Choir, either. All the regular Monday shows were on with the addition of 2-3 football and 3-4 basketball games. This is a good sign for secularism.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 26, 2017 at 7:06am

I haven't taken well to coercion in recent years.  Anyone telling me I "have" to go to church might discover that they HAVE to go to the Emergency Room.  'Nuff said.

As for Christian Science, Seth Andrews did a more than a little disturbing expose on them and other cult-like Christian practices some time ago.  Worth your time, if on an empty stomach!

 

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