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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 Loren Miller on December 1, 2017 at 6:40am

That "Rope - Tree - Journalist" t-shirt is one of the more despicable things I've seen in too long.  People who support such opinions either have no knowledge of history or simply don't care.  Indeed, had the last word in that phrase been the N-word, I doubt anyone of his ilk would much care.

Comment by Chris on December 1, 2017 at 5:38am

To shift -thinking about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

A place I worked was mostly secular.  There were religious people, including a former Catholic Priest, and an Evangelical Pastor).    They didn't prosletize. 

The culture (in the U.S.A.) expects people to honor what might be called cultural christian values, such as worshiping Jesus during xtmas and easter.

I always thought xmas in the U.S. was about conspictuious consumerisiom and the worship of capitalism.

What is it with Abrahamic 'religions' that demand subscribers to prolesteize?

They won't go to hell, unless they bring someone with them?

As a side note: the name Rosencrantz reminded me of Rossicrutian.

A guy I worked when I said I don't celebrate, or honor  Xtmas  would tell me he was a Rossicrutian. 

I finally looked  Rossicrutian  up about five years ago. More power to him.

Rossicrutian  is an interesting philosophy.

Comment by Chris on December 1, 2017 at 4:47am

Thanks Ian,

I don't know much, or anything about William Shakesphere's tradegy Hamlet.  If I had to take a test of the play, or writing I'd fail. Does that mean I don't know the tradegy of power and family failings?

I dislike reading text written in Old English (probably because of my bias against the King James Bible).

I should become more learned.

Comment by Plinius on December 1, 2017 at 3:07am

A beautiful one, Ian, and very true!

Comment by Ian Mason on December 1, 2017 at 1:46am

Quite right, Joan. I'm reminded of a quote I heard somewhere: 'Principles are like stars. We may never quite reach them but, like the mariners of old, we use them to steer by.'

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2017 at 8:57pm

Ian, if I ever am tempted to get a tatoo, it will be one similar to your "Per ardua ad caelum"! I donn't know the Latin for, "if I aim for the stars and miss, I will land in the universe; if I am for the barn door and miss, I will land in a pile of shit."

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 30, 2017 at 5:15pm

A note on Christian values....

A Trump supporter laughing....

The shirt, " Rope.Tree.Journalist. Some assembly required" was sold at Walmart, but the store eventually then removed them off the shelf.

Comment by Chris on November 27, 2017 at 9:30pm

What Pai will do with the internet is just part of the monopolistic plans he has for cable, broadcast TV, radio, and news print.

He's a disease  that will infect democracy.

Only opiions - not facts.  In Trump land there are no facts.

Comment by Chris on November 27, 2017 at 9:19pm

Electronic Freedom Foundation.

The FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order was a huge victory for Internet users. Thanks to the millions of us who spoke up for a free and open Internet, we won essential net neutrality protections.

Now those protections could disappear, as

Monopolost FCC Chairman Aijit Pai

is considering reversing the Open Internet Order and giving major telecommunications companies an unprecedented level of control over how we use the Internet.Please tell your members of Congress to oppose efforts to roll back net neutrality protections.

The FCC’s public comment period has ended, but it’s not too late to speak out for net neutrality.

So what do I do now?

Please urge your members of Congress to oppose efforts to roll back net neutrality protections?

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I wrote a harsh message. I've never been known for tact.
The Monopolist Chairman Aijit Pai objective to provide high speed lanes for his internet kickback pals has never been what internet was about.

It should have always been a public service such as a library or telephone.

After Pai gets the goo wiped off his lover lip, and has an enema he'll make a ton of money in the private industry.  

He certianly isn't working for the public.
Comment by Patricia on November 27, 2017 at 1:39pm

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