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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 March 16, 2014 at 4:32pm

When Daad died in 1985, I made a miatake, and called Forest Lawn...we did eventually have him cremated with no ceremony, as he had wished.  Cost a LOT!  When Mother died in '92, I called the Neptune Society...cost about half of what Forest Lawn charged six years earlier.  So...I decided to buy a contract with them in advance.  My sister has to do nothing but call them, and they will do the rest.  I specified no prayers or songs when they scatter my ashes.  Unless they want to sing "Springtime for Hitler," or "Let Me Entertain You"...or "Gellicle Cats"  or even..."Happy Holidays"...my Alma Mater.  Really...That was ALWAYS played before the overture, and the very last part of the finale...every show.

"Happy Holiday, Happy Holidays,

 May the calendar keep bringing

 Happy Holidays to you!"

Yeah.  I still like it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 4:25pm

Ruth, the photos of the fellow in conflict with his father didn't come through on this site, however, I ran across it in my incoming mail. The poor guy has a demanding father. Sadly, the father has a medical profession ... pretty difficult for a child to live up to those expectations. 
I wonder what the son does for a living and what his films are? Obviously, "shit" was not of any interest to him. 

Funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:59pm

Here is a lovely piece of furniture: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:48pm

Felaine, when my mother and father died, I told the crematorium that they didn't want to be embalmed. There was some kind of a problem with Mom's body, something about they didn't have time or something and requested to embalm her. I told them absolutely not! and so they stuck her in a cooler until they could get to her. 

I have instructed my kids to put my ashes in the compost pile in my beloved garden.
A friend wants her ashes spread in the rose garden at Manito Park (which is illegal, so we devised a plan to take little packets and quietly spread her remains. She looks like she is going to outlive all of us. 

Another friend's ashes went into the Spokane River, with destination unknown. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:09pm

Eathquake activity off shore from Ferndale, Ca this past week. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 2:31pm

Joan, I'd seen that "Religions of the World" thing before, and thought about it a lot.

I like your "recycling" idea better, but with the way the laws are now, we can't even "replenish the Earth" with our bodies when we're finished with them.  As far as I know, only the Muslims bury their dead without embalming them or putting them in coffins.

WE are required by law to embalm empty bodies, and most people waste thousands of dollars on metal caskets, and sometimes they even enclose those in concrete....  Or slide them into marble mausoleums.

I've already paid my full membership in the Neptune society, so my ashes will be scattered off the California coast, but I have no idea if ashes will feed anything in the ocean. I sort of like the idea of being fish food (or B&J's "Phish Food"...or however they spell it)

I told my sister that she could flush what's left of me down the loo, or us it for cat litter, if she felt like it.  I don't care....

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 16, 2014 at 12:50pm

Speaking of shit.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 12:21pm

Felaine, like your reasoning process. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 12:21pm

Napoleon, Naturalism:  turn shit into fertilizer! 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 11:52am

I'd be a Rastafarian, except that "shit" clogs my sinuses.

I'd be a PASTAfarian, except I'm diabetic, and pasta is pure carbohydrate.

Guess I'd best be an atheist, and tell them all to bugger off.

 

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