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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 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 on Tuesday. 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 Grinning Cat on February 14, 2013 at 3:01pm

Here's a better-qualified candidate for Pope: (h/t Aurea Loepp)

"Pope resigns, scientist applies for job"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/brain-flapping/2013/feb/11/pope-r...

... Although I am not a practising member of the Catholic (or any other) Church, I am a qualified and enthusiastic scientist. I believe this makes me an ideal choice for the next pope, for a number of reasons. For example, I have had many jobs where it is compulsory to wear a white coat, and the wearing of long white garments appears to be the main duty of the pope. I also regularly lecture on the subject of neuroscience, so am extensively experienced at speaking in an unfamiliar language to rooms full of people who are struggling to stay awake, so it would be no trouble for me to offer Mass whenever required....

(emphases added)

Comment by Steph S. on February 14, 2013 at 12:23pm

Love all the posts and pictures everyone- Happy Valentines Day!

Comment by John Lynch on February 14, 2013 at 11:00am

Interesting about Valentine's day. I hope it does not ruin your dayhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine's_Day

Comment by Tony Carroll on February 14, 2013 at 5:30am

Happy Valentines to one and all!

Comment by Lillie on February 13, 2013 at 8:55pm

I like Michael Shermer's idea.  Thanks Patricia.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 13, 2013 at 7:54pm

Apropos of nothing.

Comment by John Lynch on February 13, 2013 at 2:28pm

Maybe some time in the future the Catholic church will self destruct but they are experts at distraction. Catholics hold on to religion like all of them. Good old fear. Younger generations may wise up but in the US where science is being stifled has a long way to go. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 13, 2013 at 1:22pm

That is a good message, Melinda; quite a few accepting churches would agree. (People who are against equal marriage tend to think "religious freedom" only goes their way.)

Loren showed us a do-it-yourself church sign site which "will take any text you want, blasphemous or not, and create a believable looking church sign for it!" (It's based on photos of real signs.)

Ethical Culture folks might agree with this thought:

Comment by Steph S. on February 13, 2013 at 5:50am

That's really cool Ruth!

Good morning everyone!

Comment by Ian Mason on February 12, 2013 at 3:14pm

A fine collage Ruth :)

 

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