Are you tired of Christmas, the winter celebration hijacked by the cult of the zombie Jezuz? Of course you are but the real
reason for the season, the winter solstice, occurs on Sunday, Dec 21 at 12:04 UTC (7:04am ET).
If you're looking for an alternate way to celebrate the "rebirth of the sun", here (from wikipedia
) is a sampling of other winter customs.
Mummer's Day (Celtic, Cornish)
, or… Continue
Added by Father Nature on December 19, 2008 at 5:44pm —
This is so beatiful I just have to re-post it so I won't loose it eventually.
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C would be Judaism
- it's old and restrictive, but most of the world is familiar with its laws and respects them. The catch is, you can't convert into it - you're either… Continue
Added by G.P.Plascencia on December 19, 2008 at 4:00pm —
I am now one with the Nexus!
If anyone's listening, feel free to visit State of Protest
and let me know what you think, if you have any advice, criticisms, etc.
Added by State of Protest on December 19, 2008 at 3:00pm —
I was never raised religious. My family was "officially" some kind of non-specific Christian though we never attended church and my mother subscribed more to a vague new-age type of spirituality. When I asked "why" questions, I was mostly given the actual, scientific answer.
So I have always held largely the same beliefs. When I was young I was very interested in stories of the supernatural and strange mysteries and perhaps even wished for such things to be real, but I've become much… Continue
Added by MP Lockwood on December 19, 2008 at 12:59pm —
I figured this would probably be the best way to say hello and introduce myself a bit better. After many a bashful months, were I mulled over the idea of joining this site, I finally took the plunge. I had followed the discussions about AN on PZ Myers site and simply waited to hear any other news. Now, curiosity has the better of me and since I really can't stand MySpace and FaceBook, I came here.
K. E. Taylor is the name and I'm a former member of the US Coast Guard, current… Continue
Added by K. E. Taylor on December 19, 2008 at 11:42am —
this popped up as recommended viewing on youtube.
it's title was "if you want to stay an atheist, don't watch this."
oh. how provocative. christian propaganda for other christians.
some joke of a video on youtube will make me "see the light."
i guess i was bored, so i actually clicked the link. from the first 10 seconds i was already cringing. it's like a bad train wreck, you have to keep looking but you know you shouldn't.
it's so sad, not only… Continue
Added by markystar on December 19, 2008 at 11:16am —
I was listening to the American Freethought podcast this morning and I was reminded of where I heard about the guy refered to in my previous post. He is going to be reading his own article on the Secular Nation podcast's next release, if I heard correctly. Someone is going to be reading a response to his article, as well. It might prove to be interesting.
Added by Aaron Grow on December 19, 2008 at 10:44am —
The Bush administration, in its final days, "has issued a federal rule reinforcing protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions and other procedures because of religious or moral objections."
According to critics "the protections are so broad that they limit a patient's right to get care and accurate information. For example, they fear the rule could make it possible for a… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on December 19, 2008 at 9:06am —
Taken from my blog http://godlesspaladin.wordpress.com/
One of the major unfortunate things about living in Lynchburg is that one often get inundated by religious pamphlets. I found this one in wal-mart and decided to look at it more closely. It’s titled “God’s simple plan of Salvation” by Lifegate inc. The pamphlet tells me that “I must first realize that I am a sinner.” Secondly, because I’m a sinner I’m “condemned to die and burn forever in hell.” It sounds a lot like the classic… Continue
Added by Dustin Sanders on December 19, 2008 at 2:39am —
To be non-confrontational or not to be confrontational, that is the question. Most every atheist I speak to is very lax in their atheism. I, however, am the atheist that makes others think there is fundamentalism in atheism. Not only am I open about it when it comes up, I carry a copy of The God Delusion
wherever I go, daring someone to ask about it.
When I moved to where I am now, I was still in the closet. The thing that caused me to 'come out' as I remember, is I found a… Continue
Added by D. E. Hall on December 18, 2008 at 10:45pm —
Heart and head hurt
too young to be feeling this old
too old in my head to be so young and ignored
crying myself a river
wah! wah! wah!
I thought of another line,
but I forgot it because I'm losing my mind
Ah, I've missed writing bad poetry
Here's another, just off the top of my noggin:
Blasted bitches trading gossip
at the elementary school
That one, there, with the green hat.
Gonna go and give her a slap
Added by Your girl Friday on December 18, 2008 at 10:24pm —
To imagine yourself in a different time period is a really really hard thing to do. We are so encompassed in our own culture of thinking, like most people would say, "If I traveled in time in WWII I would've killed Hitler", those people would face a few soldiers or guardsmen, before even getting near Hitler in WWII. You would have to imagine a elaborate plot to do such a thing, but its waay easier to just say it, than imagine it!
Many people don't put in perspective the time of… Continue
Added by Jennifer W on December 18, 2008 at 9:17pm —
Been chatting with an old friend of mine. He's a wiccian. Now, I divide wiccians into three groups. The first group actually believes in the ideas of wicca. The second group uses it as an excuse to party, and as one rocket scientiest said, "I might see my ol'lady get it on with another women..." Third, they use it to explain their not fitting in with the main stream. And I mean "ANY" main stream.
He's still in the Reserves. He found out that the Army is looking for a Wiccian "priest" or… Continue
Added by Rick on December 18, 2008 at 6:30pm —
I can't seem to find this piece written by Greta Christina elsewhere on the site, so hopefully I'm not stepping on already worn ground here. She articulates my feelings on the whole "you sassy atheists with your faded jeans and 80 dollar hair cuts must exist in constant misery what with the lack of a marshmallow dream afterlife forced into your thinker!" drudgery that a lot of us have run into. It may not be in those words exactly (or those words at all, ever, for anyone) but you follow what I… Continue
Added by Conor on December 18, 2008 at 4:45pm —
I was listening to a guy talk about how we, as atheists, shouldn't celebrate Christmas. His big issue was that we are still revering the symbols of Christianity when we put up trees and Santas, exchange gifts, etc. He did acknowledge the pre-Christian roots to these rituals, but, as they have been assimilated into Christianity, we are unwittingly worshipping Christ. At least, that is what I remember was his main thrust.
I would have to disagree… Continue
Added by Aaron Grow on December 18, 2008 at 3:01pm —
An exploratory geothermal drilling operation in Hawaii
has pierced a large, shallow and unexpected active magma chamber. Wait, this is more interesting news than it may seem at first blush.
The top of the chamber is around 2.5 km below the surface of Kilauea lava fields on the big island of Hawaii. That is very shallow... only a little over a mile - about 12 Manhattan city blocks - which isn't much in terms of crust… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 18, 2008 at 2:30pm —
Since it's one week until Christmas I thought I'd send out my season's greetings to you all:
Added by Kate Holden on December 18, 2008 at 12:37pm —
And cold, too. But there are only a few centimeters of snow here, so it's not all that shocking. Still, going from the sunny tropics to Pleistocene Michigan in a day is still a fairly dramatic transition. All my flights went off more or less on schedule, which by itself almost qualifies as evidence of supernatural powers at work.
My wife and I had a great time in the Caribbean. We visited the island of Saint Barthelemy (St. Barth), which despite its reputation is not only a haven for… Continue
Added by Planetologist on December 18, 2008 at 10:49am —
Yesterday I emailed to Brother Richard about 700 words concerning the results from the survey, so you all can expect that soon. On the 1st I'll harvest the final data and begin crunching numbers using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). I'll limit my analysis of the quantitative data to frequencies and some cross tabulations, with some more sophisticated manipulation is the data merits. The meatier part of the data is the qualitative bit where I asked people to describe a… Continue
Added by tom arcaro on December 18, 2008 at 8:32am —
Jesus Christ had seen many problems with Old religion Judaism as a young man of whom seemingly was a free thinker. Of who not only questioned his own religion but those of other surrounding cultures?
Israel was not cut off from the world traders from Asia and from the Roman empire would relate their own cultural beliefs when on their travels to and throw in the middle east. Greek philosophy and the philosophy’s of Asia would of course be a conversational norm in… Continue
Added by Robin Johnson-Perkins - Babel Fish on December 17, 2008 at 8:36pm —