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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 Ian Mason on April 8, 2013 at 1:34am

Got back from England late last night and now trying to catch up. It's nice to be "home" among friends here.

There's slow progress being made with the two mothers in the U.K. Step-mum is still in hospital and using an oxygen mask, which may be permanent now, but is starting to eat and talk to people again. It looks unlikely that she'll be able to resume life as it was. The future is still uncertain though.

Mum in care-home has some swings in her dementia but it's still obvious to those who know her. She has periods when she falls a lot too. My sister-in-law and I spent some time in the dept. manager's office trying to chase up a lot of neglected things such as hospital appointments and missing dentures and we think we had an effect. It seems to help that I'm there, being 1) male and 2) a qualified carer by profession who knows which buttons to push in a polite way.

I hope to visit again in the near future but I do have to work for a living. The travelling is also enervating, particularly as the easiest way is with the cut-price Ryan Air, a company that really does treat passengers like cattle with money.

The sun is shining from a clear, blue sky here even if the temperature is still around freezing or just above. Very pleasant.

Comment by Plinius on April 8, 2013 at 12:52am

I love the brothel/church story Sk8eycat!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 6:39pm
I am embarrassed I sent you my playlist instead of just the one video of "Iz, What a wonderful world". And it turns out I sent you the wrong video. I intended to send the one showing the community spreading his ashes into the ocean.
Over the Rainbow / What a wonderful World - IZ, Israel Kamakawiwo`Ole (Musikvideo)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5JicO2bKec
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 6:04pm

"we now have a whorehouse owner who staunchly believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that thinks it's all bullshit!"

Priceless!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 7, 2013 at 6:03pm

Thanks for the cute otter LOL, booklover.

Joan, you introduced me to a new kind of eye candy, body painting. Thanks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 6:01pm
A tragedy, turned to a partial victory. A beautiful sight that sends shivers up my spine. Now, what will they do to prevent another such occurrence?
The Great Netherlands Horse Rescue
http://ponymansdaughter.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/the-great-netherla...
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2013 at 4:57pm

Kind of funny Whorehouse vs church story.  Also, a very interesting dilemma for the judge.

If I were the judge, and thought I could get away with it, I would say there is no evidence that god exists or that prayers are answered, so, in spite of my conclusion that religion is a net evil, in this case I'm sadly going to have to rule in favor of the defendant.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 7, 2013 at 3:56pm

MT. VERNON, TEXAS … WHOREHOUSE SUES LOCAL CHURCH OVER LIGHTNING STRIKE!

 
Diamond D's brothel began construction on an expansion of their building to increase their ever-growing business. In response, the local Baptist Church started a campaign to block the business from expanding -- with morning, afternoon, and evening prayer sessions at their church. Work on Diamond D's progressed right up until the week before the grand reopening when lightning struck the whorehouse and burned it to the ground!
After the cat-house was burned to the ground by the lightning strike, the church folks were rather smug in their outlook, bragging about "the power of prayer."
 
But late last week 'Big Jugs' Jill Diamond, the owner/madam, sued the church, the preacher and the entire congregation on the grounds that the church ... "was ultimately responsible for the demise of her building and her business -- either through direct or indirect divine actions or means."
 
In its reply to the court, the church vehemently and voraciously denied any and all responsibility or any connection to the building's demise.
 
The crusty old judge read through the plaintiff's complaint and the defendant's reply, and at the opening hearing he commented, "I don't know how the hell I'm going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork, that we now have a whorehouse owner who staunchly believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that thinks it's all bullshit!"
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 7, 2013 at 3:55pm

I'll be thinking of you on April 16th, Joan. Good luck.

Thanks for introducing me to IZ. One thing that struck me, as the wife of someone with emphysema, was IZ wearing an oxygen cannula. Sharing this with your fans is coming out, for an entertainment celebrity, as bold as declaring oneself atheist or gay.

I try to avoid looking at needles going into my body. I did read that people report less pain when they don't look.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2013 at 1:01pm

“Justice is the only worship.

Love is the only priest.

Ignorance is the only slavery.

Happiness is the only good.

The time to be happy is now,

The place to be happy is here,

The way to be happy is to make others so.

Wisdom is the science of happiness.”

~ Robert G. Ingersoll, As quoted in Familiar Quotations (1937) edited by Christopher Morley, p. 603

 

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