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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by Ian Mason on December 17, 2017 at 3:04pm

I've been away for the weekend helping my daughter and her husband move from a flat in Copenhagen out to a house in the suburbs. It will take them some time to turn the house into a home but I'm sure it will be nice when they finish. They didn't expect so much work but there were some surprises when they stripped the old wallpaper: some old wooden panels and an old door for a start. Fortunately his father is a DIY wizard and can help them with a lot.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 17, 2017 at 2:58pm

That does look scary, Randy. Good that you were able to get things under control.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 1:56am

 Randy, these backyard fires get out of control very fast. When the call comes in, Laura, Michelle, Jared, and Jacot head out in their gear. Very many calls come right at dinner time. I think the afternoon wind picks up and that is when people seem to have their trash burns. 

Overheated dryers cause a lot of fires, too. Laura has a rule; no one uses high heat or prolonged dry. Even if the dryer just smokes, the house filles with that acrid smoke that never seems to go away. 

When I was about ten-years-old, we had a fire when the coal bin caught fire from a hot furnace and took out the center of our home. It was during WW II, and there were no building supplies or plumbing. My Dad was away building airfields in Alaska when it happened, and Mom had to be a good problem solver. That was the time when it was widespread for men to be sexually aggressive with women and she had to deal with that. Men seemed to think that because our men were away fighting or working in the war effort, the women needed "comfort" (translate that into sexual intercourse). After the war, we had all the charred wood pulled out and new plumbing. We could still smell that awful smell. 

The sexual harassment wasn't as bad for my generation, although I had two things happen to me. A man exposed himself to my cousin and me; we were about ten years old. Connie knew what that "thing" was and started screaming and running. I didn't know what it was and it was dark outside; I couldn't see, I tried to figure out what he was doing, and I think I scared him with my innocence. He took off. 

The second event was when I was in high school and working at a dry cleaning plant. The owner kept trying to touch me, and I ran through the clothes trying to get away from him. One time, a lot of freshly cleaned clothing fell to the floor; he stumbled over them.

Has a sexual predator confronted any of you men? I don't suppose it would be easy for you to protect yourself if the predator were bigger than you. 

These were frightening events. I hope our young girls and boys never have those experiences. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 1:15am

I have never seen an upright walker before. This looks like an excellent replacement for the walker. My Dad had upper body strength to his last day but his legs gave out on him. 

Comment by Patricia on December 16, 2017 at 12:52am


My scooter is not a chair, & I drive it with my hands to get to town & back for my shopping, as others drive their cars. I am not, & never was ''confined''.

I am completely mobile, just not for any distance. Now with a new hip, I am somewhat better, but of course the other hip is becoming a problem, & will likely need replacing in a year or so. The surgeon is keeping track of it.

I also had the lumbar laminectomy several years ago, but of course the arthritis has returned to it & my walking distance is limited by that too.

I function around the house just fine, & have a housekeeper to do the major cleaning, simply because I can't do the heavy stuff.....nor do I want to anymore.

I do my own cooking, laundry, changing sheets, cleaning bathrooms, light vacuuming, damp mopping floors, with a month off when I had my surgery, & Rick took over. I am now back to doing almost everything I did before, along with walking up & down my street, & stairs.

Comment by Plinius on December 16, 2017 at 12:32am

A big scare, Randall!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2017 at 12:22am

Paricia, my friend in Spokane had M.S. and was totally quadraplegic. We had to feed her, and of course she couldn't take care of herself. She was confined to that chair. Sadly, she died this past summer. 

I made an assumption that you were confined as she was. Obviously, her motorized chair was not a wheelchair, but I thought of it as one. It looked much as yours. 

I am truly sorry I made assumptions about you that were based on her situation. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 15, 2017 at 10:20pm

Scary episode, Randy. Glad you were able to prevent a really bad situation.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 15, 2017 at 2:13pm

Randall, I'm glad you got the fire doused!

Comment by Patricia on December 15, 2017 at 1:47pm

After our wildfire evacuation last summer, that is frightening! It moves so fast, & creates its own wind.


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