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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 21. 81 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Mar 29. 3 Replies

The FLDS Cult Is Unraveling"the internet is a lifeline for people trapped in the most restrictive and stifling forms of…Continue

Tags: Warren Jeff, internet, FLDS

Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 24. 1 Reply

Ages ago (five or six years, I guess it is) when I first started recognizing my own atheism, one of the first atheist YouTubers I ran onto was Non Stamp Collector.  His handiwork wasn't up to Disney's standards, nor even Hanna-Barbera, but his wit…Continue

Tags: Yahweh, YouTube, 43alley, Non Stamp Collector

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 15. 3 Replies

Oregon Field Guide - Lamprey Decline"Populations of Eel-like lamprey have suddenly plummeted since the year 2000 in the Columbia Basin, surprising…Continue

Richard Dawkins, Growing Up in the Universe

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 14. 2 Replies

Here is an oldie, the young Richard Dawkins teaching kids about the universe. I especially like the one demonstrating how the eye evolved. This should answer those who believe it was impossible to evolve an eye. Continue

Tags: universe, teaching, Dawkins, Richard

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Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 12:19pm
hi richard - if you were there, and the memorial is for the people who were, then i have to back off. thanks for elucidating. . .
Comment by Rev. Richard Watkins on August 25, 2011 at 12:11pm
Natalie, I'm an ordained minister of the First Church of Atheism (delightful irony) and I'm very much against religion of any form (think Dawkins), but the 9/11 cross doesn't seem to bother me that much.  Perhaps it's because I was very much a part of the events of 9/11.  I was there to see the second plane crash into the tower and watch people fall to their knees on the street in tears.  I think the cross does bear some historical significance, no matter how small, with the events.  People did use it as a sign of comfort...not just Christians, but New Yorkers.  (The Jewish community isn't really up in arms about it either.  They don't mind sharing it as a symbol in this particular instance.)  While an ordinary cross is a direct symbol of Christ, this cross had a much wider meaning to it.  Again, I personally wouldn't care if it was melted down for scrap.  It's a silly symbol that I don't need to hang on to like a crutch.  The Atheist Movement truly needs to pick its battles carefully as it grows...and this is one battle I don't think is worth fighting.
Comment by Christina Marlowe on August 25, 2011 at 11:41am

"Patriotism is a virtue of the vicious."

 

Oscar Wilde

Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 11:23am
mr. "pastor"  that is funny !!!
Comment by alexa penzner on August 25, 2011 at 11:22am

Natalie - 'amen' to that notion!!!!

no cross !!!!!!!!!  for all of us who are not christian !

Comment by Carl Pastor on August 25, 2011 at 11:14am
yes rev wat are you doing here?
Comment by Natalie A Sera on August 25, 2011 at 10:48am
Rev. Watkins, (of what are you a Rev. and what are you doing here?) I DON'T see that silly, ordinary thing that happened by coincidence to be something that "everyone" looked to to help them, as non-confrontational. As soon as you take 2 sticks of wood and make a cross out of them and put your symbolism on them, they become a painful reminder to me of all the gory and horrible killings and persecutions of my people and ancestors in all of Europe. And there are lots of Jews, religious and not (you can be a Jewish atheist, because we are an ethnic group, not just a religion), in NYC who definitely do NOT look at any kind of cross as a symbol of comfort. And there were also Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and non-believers killed in the disaster, not to speak of their surviving relatives, for whom the cross gives NO comfort, but is, rather, an intrusion into their grieving process. And it does NOT have any real value -- it's just another piece of rubble. They could just as easily have picked a different piece of rubble with no loss. So I have EVERY problem with it being included in the memorial. Not to mention the violation of the first amendment!
Comment by Rev. Richard Watkins on August 25, 2011 at 5:39am
I think symbolism is silly, especially the cross (really?  a torture device?), but I don't see a problem with the cross at the memorial.  Ridiculous symbolism, yes...but it's so non-confrontational.  It's something "everyone" in NYC looked to to help them through the disaster.  It was a part of the recovery process and of historical value, so I don't have any problem with it being in the memorial.
Comment by sk8eycat on August 25, 2011 at 2:17am
@Chris Dodds   I don't know about anybody else, but I was being sarcastic.  I didn't think it was necessary to draw a picture, or whatever.
Comment by Carl Pastor on August 24, 2011 at 11:42pm
oh yes and dont forget w bushes comment that we atheist are not americans.  so we won't get no "A"
 

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