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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 Steph S. on April 8, 2013 at 10:34pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2013 at 9:49pm

I am not familiar with this play, however I am a great fan of Rowan Atkinson, for example:  Rowan Atkinson Amazing Jesus

I did find:

Quartermaine's Terms, With Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Eleanor Bron, Peter Jeffrey, Clive Francis, Paul Jesson and Tessa Peake-Jones.

Quartermaine's Terms


Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2013 at 9:21pm

Oh! the treasures of spring! 

William Wordsworth:
"The Tables Turned"
Up! up! my friend, and quit your books,
Or surely you'll grow double.
Up! up! my friend, and clear your looks;
Why all this toil and trouble. . . .
Books! 'tis a dull and endless trifle: 5
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There's more of wisdom in it. . . .
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man, 10
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2013 at 4:25pm

Love the leaping cat :-)

An interesting and slightly profitable experience, Melinda. Hope you enjoyed the lunch.

Have had a couple of good evenings out with my daughter. First Rowan Atkinson in the tragi-comedy "Quartermaine's Terms" in London and then Eddie Izzard's one-man show in Århus. Our laughing muscles have had some good exercise.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 8, 2013 at 1:38pm

Melinda at the jury duty after-party:

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 1:19pm

And, you had an interesting experience.

I thought it was quite interesting when I responded for jury duty the first time I was called (when I was young and healthy).  I was both happy and sad that I wasn't chosen.  Happy because I didn't want the responsibility of helping decide someone's fate.  Sad because It would have been very interesting.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 12:18pm

Good deal Melinda.  $10 may have made it worth it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2013 at 9:54am
Melinda, surely you have a very good reason that any jury master would take into account.
Hope you feel well.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 9:27am

Melinda, I like the no-regret cat!

It reminds me of the saying "Take a flying leap."

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 9:22am

Melinda, does IL not let you request no jury duty before it starts?  In Idaho, there is a box you can check and give a reason why you wish to be excused.  I told them that I was 71 and had health problems.  If I remember right, over a certain age was all that was needed to be excused, and I was by return mail.

 

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