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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

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

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

Tags: Atheist Pig

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 20, 2015 at 10:48pm

The Jan Laurenz piece reminds me of Vangelis. Perfect for relaxation.

I'll pass on "Martyrer", Ian. Sounds too depressing and plausible.

What happened to Joan? I haven't seen her here for days.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 17, 2015 at 12:52pm

Been to the theatre and seen "Martyrer" (Martyrs) Teenage boy gets God in a big way and causes havoc. Goes around quoting the most hateful parts of the New Testament (and there are many) before graduating to attempted murder. Recruits 2 followers, one male and one female who are actually only with him because they're in love with him. Drives his biology teacher over the edge. Good play but indecisive ending.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 17, 2015 at 12:31am

Nice, Loren.  Very beautiful.  That style of guitar playing is so relaxing. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 16, 2015 at 11:17pm

Thank you, Loren; that's a beautiful combination of strumming and tapping!

Comment by Loren Miller on October 16, 2015 at 6:15pm

Something to start your weekend with: an unusual and unique (I think) guitar, and a beautiful piece played on it, by one Jan Laurenz:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 16, 2015 at 3:05pm

This is about as sports-fan-y as I get, Pat and Grinning Cat.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 16, 2015 at 2:41pm

Actually, thank Frigg it's Friday. A good weekend to you and all here. Carl.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frigg

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 16, 2015 at 12:45pm
TBBIF!

I figure that humans have named and assigned time periods set in motion by the big bang. So...Thank Big Bang It's Friday!

Hope you all have a good weekend.
Comment by k.h. ky on October 15, 2015 at 11:36am
Everything Loren said and then some. When Bernie made his now famous remark about the Hillary's emails l wondered how the t pity responded? That two people can disagree and still be decent to each other is an idea the repubs can't grasp. And they would want no part of it if they could.
How much of this shit the repubs spread do they really believe? I'm afraid it's much more than most people would think.
Comment by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2015 at 11:14am

Loren, I missed the Democratic debate -- was in a rehearsal... You might like this cartoon that I shared in Politics, Economics, and Religion:

(Two Republicans, portrayed as anthropomorphized elephants, after watching the Democratic presidential debate) “No racism, sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, insults, personal attacks, or denial of science...” “Boring!”Carl and Pat, I'm a "horrible" American guy... couldn't care less about sports. I grew up in a home where football season was actually meaningful, for one reason and one reason only: on Sunday nights "60 Minutes" would predictably be unpredictably delayed.

 

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