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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 54 minutes ago. 18 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 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

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 Idaho Spud on December 7, 2012 at 9:43am

Joan, I respond to my religious family the same as you do to yours, with one exception.  I don't find any enjoyment in visiting them or having them visit me because we don't have much in common anymore and it's like walking on eggshells.  

That is, I can't just say anything I want.  I have to make sure it's not something they can connect with religion.  They probably do the same thing.  Also, I get too sad for them when they do mention going to church or I see the religious paintings on their walls.  It deepens my depression.

Tony, that's the most attractive mary I've ever seen:)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 7, 2012 at 9:32am

Hi, All! Sorry I haven't been to AN in days. Didn't look at email or news either. I've been putting all of my energy into a new short video. A huge learning curve for Movie Studio Platinum. Tutorials and help were inadequate, Had two false starts. *sigh* It should be done today. I missed you guys.

Comment by Steph S. on December 7, 2012 at 7:20am

Had to post my LOlcat for the day.

Comment by Steph S. on December 7, 2012 at 7:19am

Joan so glad you aren't having any Facebook problems. That's good to hear. I don't mind you sharing posts on Facebook - so no worries Joan.

Napoleon thanks for the video. I like Joy Division.

Cute LOLcat Booklover. Batman cat is cute.

I am drinking coffee too.

I hope you have a good weekend everyone.

Comment by booklover on December 7, 2012 at 7:09am

Comment by booklover on December 7, 2012 at 7:08am

Good Morning Everyone!  I am sitting in front of our Winter Solstice Tree :) with a cup of coffee. :) 

Joan, I don't mind if you post anything I say, etc. on FB.  I have an FB page too, but just with my daughter, sister, a very few relatives and even fewer friends.  The ones I have left on there know I'm a Liberal and an Atheist, so whoever doesn't like it there is free to unfriend me.  I lost a friend a month or so ago from me posting Atheist things, but, good riddance then!  Sounds cold, but I can't care anymore.

Have a happy Friday all and a great weekend!~ Melinda

Steph, love the Grouch Potato!

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on December 7, 2012 at 2:57am
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2012 at 12:42am

Gee, I haven't had the problems you describe on Facebook. If anything comes through I don't want to waste time on, I just Block it and it doesn't return. I certainly would not want unrequested information coming in. Actually, I spend relatively little time on Facebook and a lot more time here.

Most of my family communicate on Facebook, some of us for the first time in years. Most of them have a deep and abiding faith and belief in god, and all that implies. When they send me religious messages, which they used to do frequently, I just send them a piece about my finding no evidence of god or a reason to have faith or belief. If they don't get a gentle hint, I get more confrontational.

Their great fear for me is that I will burn in hell, and my great fear for them is that they will miss out on life. I have noticed those who have faith also have a lot of stress, anxiety, depression and "bad" days. I don't seem to have problems in those areas. 

My great concern for everyone is that we are on a tipping point for so many things; climate change, loss of care for children, elderly, and being involved in constant wars since WWII. I hope to see our culture turn around by recognizing humans are not the top of a pyramid but a part of an interlinking net; that humans have the capacity to damage or destroy life as we know it on Earth. 

We are a part of something so grand, so full of wonder, so magnificent, and we had no part in creating it, even as we have opportunity to enjoy this glorious sphere. 

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2012 at 12:41am

It's the same here Patricia: I hate facebook - but I' ve got a facebook account. I never use it, I just keep it to see things and for one contact. Any mail they send me I throw away within a second.

Comment by Steph S. on December 6, 2012 at 10:02pm

I love that "manger" scene Tony. Very funny.

I've missed you too. I hope you are getting some rest tonight.

Hope everyone is doing OK.

 

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