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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 Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:30am

Bodily fluids include: 

During WW II, I and 2 or 3 other families sent us to live with our grandparents while the men were off building airfields in foreign lands and the women worked at Kaiser Aluminum. Grandma Whitehead had lots of work to do to feed and care for us. She emphasized cleanliness and insisted we wash our hands before touching food or coming to dinner. She taught us how to sneeze and cough into our elbows. We had a bunch of old rags that we would use to wipe our noses and then throw the rags into the wood burning stove in the kitchen. She boiled our underwear on the stove. During the summertime, sweat ran out of her hair, down her face, down her back and under her arms. 

My uncles, her sons, made fun of her for being so meticulous, as if she were doing something foolish. 

Well, her training prevented a lot of infections and upsets that we could have had, thus saving her time, effort, work and care. I am that strict with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they give me "lip". Oh! I remember so well, those days, long ago, when the winters were harsh and the house was cold and drafty. We had earaches and tonsilitis and measles and mumps and chicken pox and diphtheria, and polio and scarlet fever and flue and colds.

Remedies were such things as mustard plasters, mentholatum, caster oil, enemas, heads under a towel over boiling water, and quarantine. Those were the good old days. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:08am

Mindy, I am concerned about Dale, too. A precious friend of yours in trouble. It is just like all good things that come to an end, enjoy the present moment. Dale may enjoy some extra cuddles, or he may not. Whatever, just stay in the moment. What comes will inevitably come. I'm thinking about you and Dale. I know a lot of people can read the pain in your messages. We're here for you. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 11:08am

Amazing drone and camera footage of the protest in Hong Kong.  I worry for these people.  Political and social protests never end well when China is involved.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 10:59am

Mindy, sorry to be a bother, but I didn't get the message you sent 1 hour ago, the one right after the "One of the bodily fluids" comment. You always have such interesting comments or cartoons and I don't want to miss even one. 
I have the same problem with not getting Ruth's messages from time to time. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 10:56am

The "news" is misnamed. It should be called the "advertisements". I don't read or watch commercial news. The best ones, at least as far as I am concerned, are The Real News, Common DreamsNews, Views, and Tools for Progressives.

Yes, I know, these are all Progressive news sites and I do read the other views to keep up to date. But I want to see the progressive side of issues, not the conservative Republican or the traditional Democratic side. I want a vision of the world that looks at ways to participate in a flourishing economic, political and (and here is where I need that new word) "spiritual" life of our nation. 

The options for a new word include: numinous (Loren's idea), transcendent, free of the material world, (would that be immaterial, or disembodied, or ....?)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 1, 2014 at 10:08am

That's cute, Mindy.  lol

Comment by Randall Smith on October 1, 2014 at 7:50am

Let me get this straight. We now have one confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S. It's only contagious through bodily fluid contact. The public is assured that there's nothing to be concerned about. YET, it's the number one news item of the day in all the media sources! No reason to panic, they say, but we're getting the message "the sky is falling". Little wonder I'm such a "news cynic".

Comment by Plinius on October 1, 2014 at 5:58am

 I hope production of a vaccination soon starts. 

I hope so too, Ian! But I'm afraid the money grabbers will stop all that because of patents, and will drown us in legalese instead of helping people. I expect nothing good - but I still hope.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2014 at 11:04pm

My favourite radio stations: BBC Radio 3, classical plus some jazz and "world music". Radio Mozart, all Mozart all the time. KCSM, jazz, commercial free. Mozart and KCSM ask for voluntary contributions.

It seems that Ebola is more and more likely to spread outside a few areas at some point. I hope production of a vaccination soon starts. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2014 at 9:43pm

If I am correct, there are 5 Atheist Nexus members from Nigeria and one from Senegal. 

Guinea

Sierra Leone 

Liberia 

Nigeria   5 A/N members 

Senegal  1 A/N member 

 

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