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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Joe Meyer on May 27, 2012 at 6:11pm

Something I have always wondered about is marriage in general, wasn't it a religious custom and idea? Being a life long Atheist, and someone who has lived polyamorous once I have never understood the concept, but maybe I am just the odd ball lol.

Comment by Sarah on May 27, 2012 at 1:42pm

Well, I survived the wedding mass (all 85 minutes of it). But not without the staff at the Catholic church messing with me. The reading was supposed to be on the podium for me, so I wouldn't have to bring anything up. They had shown me the notebook on Friday and given me an exact copy of what was in the notebook so I would be able to practice with it and know where the words were on the page so I could look down gracefully. But the reading in the notebook on Saturday evening was TOTALLY different. Different format, different verses. GAH!

Comment by Patricia on May 27, 2012 at 12:35pm

I was married in church for the simple fact I didn't know any different back then....even though everyone knew my religion days were long gone. I didn't know back then either that I was a full on atheist.....just considered myself non-religious & left it at that until I found some reading to show me what I was. After one or two items, I knew where I belonged, & have wished many times I had had this reading material decades ago!!!

Comment by booklover on May 27, 2012 at 9:49am

We were married by a Judge in my mom's friends condo.  I don't think my mother-in-law was too pleased. Tough.  Our wedding, not hers.  On a different note, it is supposed to be in the 90's here in Northern Illinois today and tomorrow.  Yuck! lol.

Comment by Steph S. on May 26, 2012 at 11:06pm

Ruth that is an excellent observation. I agree.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2012 at 10:24pm

Sara, I think most people go through religious marriage ceremonies because they haven't rebelled against customary expectations. Questioning religion takes a lot of gut wrenching self-questioning, unless you were raised atheist. Not everyone has the wherewithal, emotionally, to do that at the age of youth or young adulthood. Some people don't get around to the deep questions until much later in life, many never get there. It's easier to just live up to the expectations pushed upon you.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2012 at 8:17pm

A fake you say? Please post that information in the discussion Surreal I haz it. I wondered about the dark nebula cloud objects in that position.

Comment by sk8eycat on May 26, 2012 at 3:30pm

I dunno which group to hunt up the "Solar Eclipse from Space" image that was posted somewhere in AN yesterday, but...Snopes says it's a fake; a beautiful work of art that started circulating oon the net in 2009:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/space/solareclipse.asp

Drat!

Comment by Steph S. on May 26, 2012 at 2:21pm
Happy Memorial Day weekend! Be safe!
Comment by Sarah on May 26, 2012 at 1:20pm

But, yes, I will rock my reading and revel in my friends' happiness. And I will behave. ;)

 

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