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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 sk8eycat on May 11, 2014 at 8:55am

I am celebrating the fact that I am NOT a mother, never wanted to be one once I found out I couldn't have kittens, and made sure that I did not become an "accidental mother." 

Now, I want to go to Texas and geld Rick Perry.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 11, 2014 at 8:29am

Sounds like a plan, Mindy! For all mothers, daughters of mothers, and mothers to be, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! 

Comment by Ian Mason on May 11, 2014 at 1:17am

Cobgratulations with your talented granddaughter, k.h.

Comment by Plinius on May 11, 2014 at 1:03am

Congrats k.h.ky!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 11, 2014 at 12:16am

BTW, I should add that I'm doubly impressed.  Math has always been my weakest subject. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 11, 2014 at 12:14am

k.h., allow me to also add my congratulations to your granddaughter.  That's a great achievement, indeed.  Good for her!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 11:33pm

Ruth, I hope your insurance claim has turned out satisfactorily for you. 

I very much like and agree with your statement about "self-righteous old white guys expounding to "progressive feminists" what's moral and what's not in black and white, "I'm OK,You're not OK"  vocabulary."

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 11:27pm

k.h. ky I am so pleased to learn of your g-daughter's achievement in math. Girls are fully capable of achieving in all aspects of education, and when one demonstrates the truth, it opens doors for other girls. I would love to see more debate in all levels of education. Women and men need to learn how to stand up and speak out, even in the face of opposition. There is nothing wrong with taking a stand if it is based on good reasoning. Of course I don't want to listen to nincompoops expound about trivia. There are lots of hard conflicts that need to be aired. 

I hate family gatherings where everyone, men and women, yield to bullying of the dominant person. Strong personalities don't always know how to solve problems or resolve conflicts.   

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 10, 2014 at 11:10pm

Thanks for the otter solace, Joan.

Congrats on your granddaughter's math achievement, k.h.ky.

Thanks for sharing the space station awe, Joan.

Napoleon, I had to stop watching after less than 2 1/2 minutes of

"The curse of progressive feminism". While I have very strong feelings about Islamic misogyny, I also have a strong negative reaction to self-righteous old white guys expounding to "progressive feminists" what's moral and what's not in black and white, "I'm OK,You're not OK"  vocabulary. This self-righteous pompous anger is what old white guys do to put women in their place. He's "putting us in our place" as cursed and racist. To my eyes he's clueless about liberal feminist values toward racism. As a woman on the radical side of left feminism, I don't respect accusations of racism like this. One has to go through a process of consciousness raising to realize the extent to which we're all racist, to face your racist presuppositions, conditioned responses, etc. It's no good to claim you're not racist, or to think as a white person you're qualified to denounce others as racist. To me this shows ignorance of race relations, a very superficial misleading comprehension. (There's a difference between, "You racist!" and "That's a racist behavior or attitude".) Do I hear exceptionalism in "backward moral cesspits like Dubai"? We're so pure, yeah, that we're qualified to put down another country as a moral cesspit. ROFL

To me this old white guy is singing the same misogynist song as other male authority figures, only with pseudo-liberal lyrics. Look at the medium, not the message. Of course he thinks he's qualified to tell feminists how to be feminists. Listen to his voice tones and body language, taking into account his intended audience.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 10:10pm

Space station just getting ready to go into darkness. What a beautiful sight!

Space Station just coming into darkness

 

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