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Forest Fire

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 21. 14 Replies

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 3. 58 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

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Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

I just ran onto this YouTube video, promoting a change.org petition aimed at amending the United Nations charter supporting the abolition of all anti-blasphemy laws. The petition referenced by the video is…Continue

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 27, 2013 at 12:30pm

Thanks for educating me about the Sheelanagig, Joan.

Good luck to your daughter, Mindy. Those cats look as if they fell asleep waiting to be let in.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 27, 2013 at 12:06pm

Mindy, I'm glad your daughter has decided to at least continue her education.  My niece and her boyfriend moved to Chicago from California last year and they are doing the same thing.....working and going to school to finish what they started in California.  There are lots of educational choices here. 

As far as adopting your daughter, hmmmm......maybe I can then get a cat! 

Comment by Steph S. on June 27, 2013 at 9:40am

Hello everyone.

How far does your daughter have to travel to move to Chicago?

Will that be far from you Melinda?

I wish everyone the best.

Comment by booklover on June 27, 2013 at 7:13am

Hi Carl!  I missed you!  Glad you're back!  My daughter has decided to not go back to her University (ISU in Bloomington-Normal).  She is MOVING TO CHICAGO!  Not for 5 months or so.  She is going to work and finish her Senior year part-time!  I wanted you to adopt her! lol ;)  I need more prescription meds!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 27, 2013 at 3:30am

Welcome back, Carl.

Another step forward in the US. Might catch up with the rest of the developed world one day :-D

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 26, 2013 at 11:10pm

What the Supreme Court got right was striking down DOMA Sec. 3, which withheld federal recognition of valid same-sex marriages.

On "Prop. H8", they ruled narrowly, not dealing with marriage itself but merely finding that the proponents of the California marriage ban had no standing in court to appeal the district court decision against it. I was hoping for a broader decision that would bring marriage equality to more (or even all 50) U.S. states; but anything short of upholding Prop. 8 is a positive.

What opponents of equal marriage ignore or deliberately muddy: All this is about civil marriage, where religious ceremonies or recognition are completely optional. A church's beliefs on religious marriage don't affect its tax-exempt status. (Involvement in partisan politics, as with massive Catholic and Mormon campaigning for Prop. 8, is quite another thing!)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 26, 2013 at 9:06pm

Hello, folks.  I've been away for an extensive nine day special training session for work.  Nice to be back.  I've been able to catch up here but I haven't had the opportunity to post. 

A special "shout-out" to Mindy:  thanks for asking about me.  I also miss people on here when they are gone for long periods of time. 

Comment by Plinius on June 26, 2013 at 2:00pm

Good news! Mooi!

Comment by Patricia on June 26, 2013 at 1:42pm

I never thought that churches should be tax exempt after realizing how much money went into their own buildings/homes/cars with plush carpets, big screen tv's, art work, etc. & people are still starving!!! Just like the rest of us.....only what is proven to have been donated to help real needs, should be tax exempt. All places of worship, & the lands they stand on, & any transport purchased for said buildings, should be taxed!!!!

I also can never understand them always wanting people to volunteer their precious time, & also hand over their money to these greedy jerks....notice its never enough, no matter how much of either or both.

Comment by booklover on June 26, 2013 at 12:49pm

I am so happy that the Supreme Court got SOMETHING right! I agree Lillie, I hope those churches lose their tax-exempt status.  They should anyway!

 

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