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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 Plinius on October 9, 2012 at 1:30am

I like the text about the unhappy muslims, Sk8eycat! The happy ones are the muslim girls, as far as I can see - they use their freedom to the utmost while still adapting to muslim rule.

When anything went wrong in the USA we used to say "Oh well, that's where we sent the religious nutters and the criminals." but the difference is unimportant now.  

I'm off to work on a beautiful autumn day. Sleep well!

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2012 at 11:45pm

About that time my friends. Sleep well. Pleasant dreams, and remember,

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 8, 2012 at 10:13pm

Thanks, Tony Caroll! Perfect Columbus Day image. I never liked history for the same reasons, sk8eycat. Only as an adult did I discover how much of what I'd been taught in school was spin, hiding real history.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2012 at 9:43pm

Okay, this one made me laugh

Comment by Ian Mason on October 8, 2012 at 9:28pm

Sounds lovely, Joan. Batten down the hatches ready for winter and a good round of cosy. Nature can put on a beautiful show at this time of year.

Very nice kitchen, Patricia. Hope the work you're doing now goes well.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 8, 2012 at 9:11pm

Joan, I read, and read, and read.  I wasn't interested in American history in school because it was taught so badly.  By rote. Memorizing names and dates...blah!

As for Tony's poster, I'm sure some of my mother's ancestors weren't too happy with the pale-faced invaders.  (Including Dad's ancestors from England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.)

"There goes the neighborhood!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2012 at 8:52pm

This day sparkled with bright autumn colors, cool breezes, and falling leaves. All tender plants turn black quickly after a frost and black makes a good contrast to reds, oranges, and burgundies. Mt. Spokane had a snifter of sow, more like a veil than at cap.
Had my roof repaired to withstand winter winds,
outdoor water pipes blown out, almost all the Concord grapes picked,  and fireplace smoke fills the air. Really nice. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2012 at 8:43pm

sk8eycat, It appears you, too, have interest in early colonization of the Americas. History hides some dreadful realities from people and it is only though looking for slave narratives or sometimes through women's letters or journals can one get a feel for the struggle and wit and whimsey of those early immigrants, free or slave. I like your stories and hope you have more. 

Comment by Steph S. on October 8, 2012 at 8:03pm

booklover that is great - no I haven't seen it - thanks I love it.

You always post cute and funny stuff.

Tony -love that poster. I didn't have today off - no holiday for me.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2012 at 7:57pm

 

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