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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 September 12, 2014 at 2:19pm

Carl! That is a wonderful bit of news about restored railroad cars! We travelled between Spokane and my birthplace, Tekoa, WA by railroad; I remember them fondly. Those railroad tracks have all been pulled up now, made into nature and bike trails in some places. 

We didn't have meals, it was only a 50 mile trip, but it was nice to rock along and look at the territory. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 12, 2014 at 10:28am

@sk8eycat - so true. I can understand hating someone because they've done something to you, but I don't understand hating people for who they are. It makes absolutely no sense. I did not put in an order to be born of an alcoholic father and a black sheep mother in 1950 in the beefheart of the Midwest. No one gets to choose who they are; we're all "thrown" into this world.

A big part of the problem is certain manipulative types are masters at deflecting blame and getting the public to attribute all the ills of the world to people unlike themselves. It's a sad state of affairs.

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 10:27am
Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 10:25am

Some people are working hard to spread the hate, but we keep on weeding...

Comment by sk8eycat on September 12, 2014 at 10:18am

Joan, I think that racial nastiness is coming to the surface again...it's never really gone away...because certain bigots a) never expected Obama to be re-elected 2 years ago, and b) DID expect him to fall on his face trying to clean up the Cheney-Bush mess. (And I also suspect they expected him to be assassinated long before now.) 

They are taking their frustrations out on anyone with dark skin... especially the helpless ones.  And they have never, ever figured out that neither skin nor culture have anything to do with intelligence and ability, no matter what their eyes and ears tell them.

It's going to take several more generations to weed out the hatefulness, if it can be done at all.  We won't live to see it happen.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 9:54am

It's seems most everybody loves trains so I thought I'd post this story about new limited train service between Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin on restored Pullman railroad cars.  Very cool. 

Pullman Cars Connect Madison, Chicago by Train for First Time in 40...

https://www.travelpullman.com/Varsity

Comment by Plinius on September 12, 2014 at 9:48am

They call them vari-focals here, and they're easy to get used to. I've had them for some years, and the only fault I find is that the ´window´ for reading is very small, so I use reading glasses too. I got my first pair of glasses when I was three: astigmatism and a ´lazy eye´. With good glasses you don't notice my squint, and I have to use less energy to see well.

I hope you get used to your glasses soon, Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 12, 2014 at 8:33am

Randy, I didn't even know tri-focals existed.  Yes, that has got to be difficult getting used to. 

Good morning, all my friends!  It's a bit chilly here today.  50-degrees/10-celcius with a little bit of rain early this morning.  The beautiful season of Fall is definitely waiting in the wings and ready for the curtain to go up. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 12, 2014 at 8:01am

Carl, you think bifocals are difficult, you should TRI-focals! After 40 years, I'm still not comfortable with them. But, they're helpful in computer monitor and car dashboard reading, etc.

It appears I'm going to have to find out why my computer speakers don't work (the light doesn't even come on). I think it's more than a sound card needed. I'm missing out on all the fun and/or informative videos. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2014 at 1:31am

For a shorter version, and only a teaser, here is 

 

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