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Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 8 hours ago. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Chris G Dec 15. 9 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by sk8eycat Dec 12. 11 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat Nov 26. 41 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

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 24. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2012 at 6:36am

Who are our allies? Could be anyone, and once you start to have some success you get more allies. I won't consider politicians allies: they will use our interest like small change, no matter what they promise.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 29, 2012 at 4:45am

Thank you, Melinda. What you say warms my heart. HUG.

I think that's the same tune, Joan but I miss Jelly Roll Morton's "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, if the women don't get ya, the liquor must".

A change in society will come when those who have power begin to sleep nervously at night.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 29, 2012 at 12:34am

OK, if politicians will not make a helpful contribution, then who are our allies? Environmentalists, wage earners, foreign countries who feel or were in fact exploited, small farmers and home gardeners? Any others? 

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2012 at 12:26am

We're all working at the same project, Joan! But I'm not at all confident that politicians will make a helpful contribution - for me it's business as usual: hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2012 at 7:47pm

Oh dear! I hope I don't lose friends over my net statement, but now is the time to start thinking and acting toward a next election. We know Obama won't be a candidate next time; who should be? 

Someone who respects and honors:

* labor as much a capital?

* the environment? 

*others of different nations, not to be exploited but to be empowerers of flourishing of all?

* water and soil and air? 
Please don't "un-friend" me for my eagerness to build a healthier and wiser and more responsible population of the Earth!

World Population 7,081,949,110 and growing exponentially. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2012 at 6:35pm

Ian, I couldn't get the link but googled and found this one:

"Flee as a bird" & "oh didn't he ramble"

The first bit is "Flee as a bird" a typical New Orleans Dirge; the second part in march tempo is "oh didn't he ramble"

What a way to go!

Comment by Steph S. on November 28, 2012 at 4:20pm

What cute stuff today. Future - love those lazer eyes cats and it does reming me of Village of the Damned Flying Atheist. LOL Ruth - it is too soon. Congrats on your smartphone Melinda. I hope you are enjoying it.

Comment by booklover on November 28, 2012 at 4:02pm

lol Ruth, yep it's too soon to talk about another election!  You certainly don't belong in the adults that don't know technology! I am really impressed with all the things you have been talking about learning and doing!  I just got my first smartphone and I'm slowly learning how to use it! :)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 28, 2012 at 1:37pm

Very funny lazer eyes! ROFL, Joan. That internet generation gap cuts close.

 

Comment by booklover on November 28, 2012 at 9:54am

LOL Future,  never look directly into their eyes! ;)

Steph, love the high-maintenance LOL Cat!

 

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