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Ode to Yahweh (Non Stamp Collector & 43alley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 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

Seeing Things (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 25. 2 Replies

TheraminTrees doesn't release videos very often these days,  but when he does, they are positive GEMS.  Most recent of his works is the following, wherein he dismantles some of the common rebuttals atheist get from believers when we assert our…Continue

Tags: seeing things, YouTube, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 15. 4 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

You'll NEVER Guess Who Just Showed Up on Mr. Deity!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 14. 11 Replies

I don't believe this one either, but ... well, here it is: And would you believe - Mr. D made me laugh!  RD, that is!Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Mr. Deity

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Comment by sk8eycat on July 21, 2012 at 11:28am

@Flying Guy: I also get embarrassed when dining with someone who insists on praying over their food...even when we're not out in public. I don't do the "submissive slave position" (head down, hands "shackled,")...sometimes, if I think they're showing off, I just go ahead and eat.  Who likes cold soup?  Unless it's gazpacho.

When I was about 6 years old my uncle indulged in a long prayer over a Thanksgiving dinner, and when he finally said "Amen," I piped up with "What about Aunt Janet?" (His wife, who had done all the difficult work...the enormous turkey, mashed potatoes, etc.)  My parents were mortified, but I really didn't understand why he was thanking somebody who wasn't even far as I could tell.

We did go to church when I was a kid, but we weren't fanatic about it; never said prayers at mealtime or bedtime, never had a "funeral," when one of our pets died...none of that stuff.  When I was about 11 I declared a halt to Sunday school because I was going to ballet class every day after school, and all day Saturday.  I just wanted a day off.  And...the original minister at our church, who had been a good friend of Dad's outside of church, got his dream job at a church and community center on Catalina Island (Yesss!), and I didn't like the new Rev.  A humorless Calvinistic type.  Dad stopped going to church then, too.

To everyone, re PUNS: Our whole family has played with words... puns, intentional misspellings, crossword puzzles, Scrabble. I used to get some hilarious postcards from my mother when I was on the road (she wrote wonderful letters, too)...the best one was a photo of Marineland on which she wrote "Witch chewer ear."  Took me a few minutes to get it, then I LOLed so much that everyone in the dressing room had to see what was so funny.  This from a woman who dropped out of school after 8th grade (in 1919) to help support her 7 brothers and sisters...

All things considered, I think I was luckier than most kids.

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 21, 2012 at 11:27am

@ Idaho Spud.

No, I wasn't uncomfortable. It was kinda spontaneous from the people around us. To us, it was just funny.I got a weird sense of humor, though. Now, if they had actually said something to me about not showing respect, not bowing my head, or anything, then I would have said a few choice things. But as it was, was funnier than hell. and we did laugh out loud.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 21, 2012 at 10:32am

@sk8eycat: Puns are the lowest form of humor... if you didn't think of them first!

(Found lurking on a calligraphic button:

"Invertebrate punster
Spinelessly unable to resist a pun
So slug me!")

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 9:50am

I did click on your link to urban dictionary and Mittconception is the first thing listed.  Never heard of that word before, but it's a good one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 9:46am

Thanks Flying A, I do have urban dictionary in my bookmarks, but it's been pushed-off the bookmarks bar because I've so many other things up there.  Even though I abbreviate the bookmarks to 2 or 3 letters, I can only get 27 on the bar.  Just too many things I want instant access to. lol

It seems just as easy to go to google with a word or phrase first because they usually have wiki and urban dictionary near the top of the list, if what I want is in those sites.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2012 at 9:28am

Occasionally when I'm out to dinner with my family (who are moderate christians) my brother-in-law (a Lutheran) will initiate a prayer in a restaurant before eating.  I can't tell you how uncomfortable and mortified I feel sitting there, my head up, staring straight ahead in embarrassment.  My parents never did that in restaurants when I was growing up.  I have to give my parents a lot of credit.  Although we went to church every Sunday and the church community was a big part of our social lives, they never pushed their religion on anyone, they never flaunted it and never threatened me with it (i.e. be good or you won't go to heaven, you'll go to hell if you're bad, god is watching you, etc.)  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2012 at 9:10am

@Idaho  I'm always using Wikipedia.  It's a great, quick reference.  In addition, I find myself sometime having to look up information at as well.  In fact, that's a fun site just to browse around on.  You'll get lots of laughs.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2012 at 8:54am

I love puns.  That's why I like the humor of Fred Allen so much.  He was a very funny man.....very dry humor and lots of puns.  (I'm 48 yrs old but grew up listening to and immersed in "old time radio.")

RE:  gay marriage.  Let's be honest.  For the people who oppose it with the excuse that is "cheapens" their marriage....they really can't give an explanation as to how and why.  It really boils down to one basic fact:  they hate gay people.  And I don't believe them when they say, "Love the sinner.  Hate the sin."  Yeah, right!!  Don't insult my intelligence.       

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 8:32am

Tony, did that peer-pressure make you guys uncomfortable?  It would have made me enough so that I would probably not eat there anymore and would tell the manager why.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 8:27am

sk8eycat, I think you did slander parrots.  Shame on you.  Just cover your body with that shame!  Hehe.  Just Jokin'.

I've never had the opportunity to ask how same-sex marriage would damage "family values", but would like to.

Had to look-up what STFU meant.  When I was on the Life After Mormonism site for a year, I finally became familiar with what most abbreviations used by that group, but now on Atheist Nexus, there's a lot of new ones to learn.  I use Google or Wikipedia at least once a day for that purpose. :)


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