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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 Ian Mason on January 14, 2014 at 12:10pm

That's a lot to take on, Chris. Hope your b-i-l gets recovers. I agree with Mindy - take good care of yourself too. Best wishes and hugs from here :-)

Comment by Plinius on January 14, 2014 at 6:51am

I will be very busy for some time. I have one brother-in-law, who suffers from Asperger's and from anxiety disorder. He's got a hemorrhage in the brain, probably from a fall. Sunday night he got an emergency operation and we're still waiting for him to come out of the coma. While waiting, we went to his apartment to take care of the cat. We hadn't been there for years, brother-in-law hates visitors. But the cat had taken on his anxiety disorder and was scared to death of us. The apartment was a shambles, the sort you see in real life TV-programs - everything was out of order, broken, very dirty and there was a lot of garbage. We attacked the mountains of work at once, but there is enough to do for a month at least. And we still have to wait how brother-in-law fares. He could become his old disastrous self, or get another handicap, or he might die. Whatever happens, my partner and I will have to clean up. I'll read here every day, but most of the time I'm in public transport somewhere between the disaster area, hospital and home. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 14, 2014 at 12:59am

I think there can be a substantial difference between ignorance and bigotry.

 a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially :  one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

There's a lot of things I don't know but am willing to try to understand. I probably have opinions that will change if I find new information or a convincing arguement but bigotry comes from a closed mind that enjoys hating.

Yes, we are in this together and it's time some people woke up to that .Xtian and capitalist values? "The ruling ideology of any era is the ideology of the ruling class". Marx.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 10:08pm

Napoleon, it was 1930. Not so very long ago. And lynching continued.

'THE LAST LYNCHING' In the Bad Old Days, Not So Very Long Ago

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 10:03pm

Carl, thank you for including the lyrics to "Hanging Tree". The words wrench one to the core, and cannot be denied.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 10:00pm

Mindy, I agree with you when you said, "I called her friend a bigot, and I think she's dumb."

Now, what are your alternatives? remain silent? state your thinking? pretend it doesn't matter? act as if you respect their points of view?

What is it that you want to happen? Do you want to stay in communication? or do you want to state your position and let nature take its course? or force the issue, stating your right to your thinking and your rationale? or do you want to change to their position? or do you want them to change to your position?

Once you have these questions answered, you know exactly what to do, and you will be able take action that prevents you from being a victim.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 9:53pm

Mindy "against homosexuality" is like being against blue eyes. They both are aspects of the same thing ... evolutionary forces that exist in our gene pools. Just throw the dice, and a change occurs in our genetic makeup. To be "against homosexuality" reflects lack of education. When people speak from ignorance, they commit a ignorance fallacy.

According to The Free Dictionary, lack of education is defined as: ig·no·rant  (gnr-nt) adj.

1. Lacking education or knowledge.
2. Showing or arising from a lack of education or knowledge:
an ignorant mistake.
3. Unaware or uninformed.
a :  destitute of knowlede or education;    
also :  lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified <parents ignorant of modern mathematics>
b :  resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence em>ignorant errors>
— ig·no·rant·ly adverb
— ig·no·rant·ness noun
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 9:40pm

Joan, you and I just posted the same thing at the same time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 9:38pm

Yes, Napoleon, lynching was still happening here in the southern U.S. into the 1920's and even later.  So, yes, those are "modern" people in that photograph.   

That particular photograph was taken on August 7, 1930 in the state of Indiana.  As stated in this Wikipedia article, that photograph was the inspiration for the song "Strange Fruit" referenced below. 

Most lynchings occurred during the period of 1890 through the 1920's.  This Wikipedia article, Lynching in the United States, has a detailed history.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 9:36pm

Napoleon, the photo of this lynching is real. 

"Lawrence Beitler  (1885 - 1960, 74 years[1]) was a studio photographer who on August 7, 1930, took a photograph of the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, which has become an iconic representation of the history of the period. In 1982, 64-years later, James Cameron published A Time of Terror.[2]"

The Emotional Psychology of Lynching

It is a part of USA history that cannot be denied. Nor can the role of religious hatred. They come from the same ball of string.  

 

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