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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 Joan Denoo on November 11, 2017 at 3:38pm

I was in China in the early 1980s and there were far fewer cars there than the video shows. Thailand had similar traffic as shown; I was certain somone would be hurt or some metal smashing but I heard none. It seems they learn how to maneuver in that terrible traffic. The place that scard me the most was Turkey; they drove with their horns blarring. They would cut into the tiniest gaps in traffic and I saw no injuries or damages. In Sweden, there was a law that cars could not have dents in them; their traffic was well directed and organized. 

Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2017 at 2:15pm

It's a risk. Here pedestrians have right of way - in case of accident, drivers, scooters, all the rest get the blame, NOT the pedestrian. So I can stop in the middle of the zebrapath and dare them to make a roadkill of me, and they stop immediately! Wonderful!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2017 at 1:56pm

This ciy is getting more insistent that pedestrians have the right of way.  For one thing, all roads around schools have 20 mile per hour speed limits and the university has signs telling drivers to stop fors pedestrins aproaching the crosswalks.

Personally, I don't like it.  I don't feel safe walking in front of cars.  I prefer to hang back until the road is clear before crossing.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 11, 2017 at 1:27pm

Speaking of road kills, my visit to Costa Rica nearly ended in a fatality..my own. I was in San Jose city and was just about to step out to cross a street when a friend grabbed me and yanked my back onto the sidewalk. ... just a few seconds later a car race passed me.

Drivers have the right of way. My friend told me that several  American visitors are killed this way.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 11, 2017 at 1:22pm

Randall,

My wife is Chinese although she was born in South America and grew up in Canada. She went to China back in 1997. I hope someday to visit China too.

Comment by Patricia on November 11, 2017 at 1:02pm

If you enjoyed yourself, Randy, that's good enough.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2017 at 9:39am

Like Joan, I would like to hear all the details of your China trip, Randy.  But, if you don't want to tell, I'll have to do without.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 11, 2017 at 8:30am

Thanks, all. I have mixed feelings about writing about my China trip. Unlike Joan (who wants to hear everything), most people don't really want to hear specifics. For example, to say the people were friendly requires an explanation: "What do you mean 'the people were friendly'?" Did they talk to me, smiled, were helpful, etc.?  Not to mention, there are 1.3 billion (?) Chinese--impossible to generalize. Donald Trump does not represent the average American, for sure. (And, by the way, the Chinese I talked to aren't sure what to think of Trump.)

Anyway, I haven't decided whether or not to write much about my trip.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 10, 2017 at 1:18pm

Welcome back, Randy!  Glad you had a good trip.  At least you're in the comfort of your own home for your cold. Hope it goes away fast.   

Comment by Loren Miller on November 10, 2017 at 9:56am

Idaho, I was in India in 1985.  The traffic consisted of bicycles, motorcycles, cars and pedestrians, all taking their chances.  If there were rules to those roads, they weren't much in evidence!

 

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