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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 1:39pm

This "security guard" has earned his quotation marks!

(Cropped from the original that's all around the web. Many more similarly funny pictures at "50 Funny Ironic Pictures". And of course, Cheezburger on any random day.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 31, 2014 at 1:26pm

I loved the hard rock cellos!

On another note: this is
from "44 examples of extreme irony": an opener labeled "STOP STRUGGLING with those stubborn plastic packages!", itself packaged in one of those annoying packages you need to destroy to open.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2014 at 3:19pm

Joan, I also agree that a lot of TV is nerve shattering.

I think they make most shows for a young audience.  They must think young people like disorienting fast action, with lots of gratuitous noises and flashing images.  Something I question.

In any case, I hate a lot of it.  The educational programming is starting to do the same thing.  I often watch educational shows that I very much want to learn from, but have to stop because of the annoying or frightening noises they add, and the jumping and flashing images that feel like they are going to induce a mental malfunction in me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2014 at 3:10pm

Joan, I agree about Napoleon.

Napoleon, I like most of your comments, but can't abide your "chaotic, disorienting, cacophonous, nerve rattling" audio/video presentations.  

A lot of them are also gross and repulsive to me.  I hop on past them quick like a bunny.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 30, 2014 at 10:08am

Heh!  I have always been rather scornful of what the Disney company did to ice shows in North America.  They didn't advertise the principal skater's names, for one thing.  It was always, "Starring: Snow White," or "Cinderella," or something. That meant that the champion skaters didn't want to tour with them...I mean, who would want to be anonymous after all the work and sweat and pain it takes to get to Nationals and the Olympics?  (I wonder what they were paying their principal skaters.  Union minimum?  That's what Holiday paid first-year line skaters, but we were all so daffy about skating, and so young, we would probably have done it for free.)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 30, 2014 at 9:07am

Mindy, thanks for thinking of me...that was a weird quake; it was relatively close, but didn't even rattle the windows here.

Here's something that almost matches the mental picture I had when I first heard that Disney, Inc. had bought Ice Follies AND Holiday....

Bizarro- Disney on Ice (too funny)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 8:06pm

Napoleon, I have already told you I could not watch more than a few seconds of your film. It was chaotic, disorienting, cacophonous, nerve rattling, I felt as though I were going mad ... kind of like when I watch commercial TV or listen to Republicans politicking. 

No thank you! I need and appreciate anything that clears my mind, that gives me a calm, quiet place when and where I can think things through. Where I can pay attention to my senses, thus using my whole mind and body to think and feel my knowing, 

You posted somewhere that Atheist Nexus was responding well to your postings. Well, I see no evidence of it. As for myself, your sparks of wisdom amaze me, and the chaos of audio and video you present, I quickly delete or turn off, or have no interest in seeing them. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 7:39pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 7:28pm

Patricia, how good of you to remember that group. Of course! We Are Atheism. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 29, 2014 at 6:50pm

I think an atheist disaster relief charity  was started by Richard Dawkins' Foundation after the earthquake in Haiti a few years ago, but it wasn't Atheists Giving Aid. 

The reasoning is that people don't see us as charitable donors, and they don't know that organizations like Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders are entirely secular.

 

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