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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 Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:23pm

Ian, I am grateful to you for breaking me out of Trump/Pence Rat Hole! 

Beautiful photos, the sea, the shore, even Mother Nature have songs to sing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:17pm

Tom, "Trump's sanity is in question. Pence's isn't."

No, Pence's character is in question. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:15pm

Pence:

* Pence positioned himself as a principled ideologue,

* supporter of the Tea Party movement; the movement

* opposes government-sponsored universal healthcare

* is a mixture of libertarian, populist, and conservative activism.

* The American Enterprise Institute, polls in 2013 estimate that slightly over 10 percent of Americans identify as part of the movement.

Pence:

* "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."

* initiated the largest tax cut in Indiana's history, 

* pushed for more funding for education initiatives, 

* continued to increase the state's budget surplus. 

* restrict abortions, including ones that prohibited abortions if the reason for the procedure was the fetus's race, gender, or disability. 

* signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, for the U.S. state of Indiana, which allows individuals and companies to assert that their exercise of religion has been, or is likely to be, substantially burdened as a defense in legal proceedings. 

* encountered fierce resistance from moderate members of his party, the business community, and LGBTQ 

* signed an amendment intended to protect LGBT people.

I can support Pence's push for funding education initiative; a surplus in the budget is always nice. 

I cannot support an individual for public office who claims to be a "principled ideologue of his description, and who opposes government-sponsored universal healthcare, is a libertarian a conservative, and a christian who restricts abortions, or who interferes with an individual's religion. I oppose hiring limits because of race, gender, or religion. 

Let me be more specific, health care is a right of a citizen and not whether he or she has a job or not. Homemakers need protection, as do stay at home dads. Children, the elderly, and the disabled also need health care. UNIVERSAL health care for all citizens.   

The pool of members of health care needs to include those who need medical care and those who are healthy. OH! I can hear it now, the healthy yelping at having to pay for unhealthy people's health care. Access to health care is a right. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2017 at 3:00pm

Mother Nature

Comment by Loren Miller on March 16, 2017 at 2:59pm

To a degree, Pence was the poison pill which may have been meant to insure Trump's position as president.  The obvious problem is that Trump may have outperformed his own "insurance policy" as it comes to that, and his incompetency may require his eventual removal from office.

Whereupon we're stuck with an apparent Dominionist.  And I'm perfectly happy to burn that bridge when I get to it.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2017 at 2:59pm

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2017 at 2:58pm

Just to be cheerful, a few holiday snaps.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 16, 2017 at 2:56pm

The NL election is, in one way a bit of a relief (re Wilders) but bad news in the main. The Social Democrats have collapsed completely so there's no middle alternative and the Red/Green wing aren't large enough to challenge the right wing. That's how I've understood it, anyway. Who'll form a coalition with whom is now the big issue and might take months to work out. It's happened before.

Online bookmakers are laying odds on Trump either going or being pushed within the first year at about evens, 50/50. I think toppling Trump be a good thing as it might unnerve the extreme Right and push them back down their holes.

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 16, 2017 at 2:14pm
Impeachment requires action by elected folk who are terrified of Trump's voters.

Removal via the 25th requires only Pence and the appointed cabinet. Who voted for Pence? Not Trump's voters.
Comment by tom sarbeck on March 16, 2017 at 2:07pm
Joan, ever the pessimist, aren't you?
Trump's sanity is in question. Pence's isn't.
 

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