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Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 21 hours ago. 17 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 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

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:36am

I hope this series of photos comes through. The countryside is beautiful. The mines and town is shabby, as one might expect.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:29am
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:27am

If you have Google Earth you can find The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS)

or try this:

https://goo.gl/maps/j3a6Vx6XBT42

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:23am

BLOGS, CHICKENS, A HUMANIST SCHOOL IN UGANDA
http://rutgershumanist.org/tag/uganda/

"Uganda is also home to the notorious Kill the Gays bill and, according to the BBC, the most dangerous places to live if you are gay. It’s a place where magazines can issue death sentences if you are outed as homosexual that are actually carried out. Much of it is the result of a quickly growing fundamentalist Christian presence.

But there is at least one beacon of knowledge and hope in this darkness in the form of a most extraordinary school.

The Kasese Humanist Primary School

The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS) was founded in 2010 by Secular Humanist Bwambale Robert."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2015 at 12:14am

Ian, I will try again to get the site to you. The projects at BiZoHa Campus in Uganda are exciting.

BWAMBALE ROBERT MUSUBAHO

Muhokya, Kasese Province, Uganda.

The Kasese Humanist Primary School (KHPS)

Bwambale Robert's Page

http://atheistnexus.org/profile/BwambaleRobert

"We are situated in Muhokya in the beautiful Rwenzori region of Kasese Province, Uganda.

"Our project was launched in February 2015 to provide a safe and nurturing environment for some of Uganda's most at-risk children, and to provide them with a high-quality science and reason based educational curriculum."

http://bizoha.org/

http://brighterbrains.org/articles/entry/bizoha-orphanage-with-scie...

Comment by Ian Mason on October 29, 2015 at 9:41pm

I'm afraid I get a 'page not found' from your Ugandan link, Joan. I have nothing but admiration for those secularists and atheists active in those parts of the world still in the thrall of superstition.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 29, 2015 at 5:37pm

Interesting piece of history, Joan. It reminds me of a limerick I heard years ago about the consort of King Carol II of Romania:

Have you heard about Magda Lupescu?

She came to Romania's rescue

It's a wonderful thing

To be under a king

Is democracy better I esk you?

I studied for a couple of quarters in Romania back in the 70s.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 5:04pm

Just a wee bit of NW history to brighten up a cold, rainy day:

October 29, 2015 - November 4, 2015

"This week in 1926 Washington rolled out the red carpet for Queen Marie of Romania, who was visiting the state at the invitation of philanthropist Sam Hill. On November 2 the queen arrived in Spokane with her 85-person entourage and was feted with a reception at the Davenport Hotel. The next day she traveled to Goldendale, where she dedicated Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art, which was still under construction. After the dedication the royal party spent the night in Portland, then visited Longview the next morning.  

"When the Queen arrived in Seattle the afternoon of November 4, she was greeted at the King Street Station by thousands of well-wishers, then left in a motorcade for a tour of the city that included a visit to Roosevelt High School and ended with a dinner reception at the New Washington Hotel. On November 6, Queen Marie completed her tour of Washington in Blaine, where she rededicated the Peace Arch, which had been built by Sam Hill a few years earlier. From there she headed east, making another brief stop in Spokane on her way back across the continent and home again to Romania."

Hill's Maryhill Museum of Art looking across the Columbia River into the wheat fields of Oregon.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 2:29pm

Another of our favorite, Betty Bowers: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 12:04pm

New update about my activities in Uganda From Bwambale Robert

Bwambale's "core aims and objectives {are} to ensure Science and Reason prevail on the African soil". Photos of their facilities, students, sponsors, and teacher reveal an active Humanist effort to educate students for healthy living and working.  

 core aims and objectives to ensure Science and Reason prevail on the African soil.

 

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