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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan yesterday. 9 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 on Tuesday. 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 Derek Bly on September 1, 2012 at 7:49pm

@sk8eycat, thanks for posting the snopes link. I usually go there to check out anything dubious. I thought this sounds fishy. Nice to know.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 1, 2012 at 7:14pm

Patricia: Eye R Beethoven

Comment by booklover on September 1, 2012 at 5:58pm

Love the bear picture Patricia! ~ Melinda

Comment by sk8eycat on September 1, 2012 at 8:10am

Snopes says it's an urban legend from 2009:

http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/socialism.asp 

But it goes back farther than that...may have originated at a buybull college around 1994. (No surprise there...they ALL confuse socialism with communism.)

 

Comment by Ian Mason on September 1, 2012 at 12:56am

Very well put, Ruth.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 1, 2012 at 12:46am

The original story also confuses communism with socialism. There is a big difference, though many people aren't aware of that. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 1, 2012 at 12:39am

No, Particia, that doesn't sound like genius to me. I've read this story before and have since come to wonder if it's not an urban legend or right wing propaganda. I see it as a humorous vehicle for Ayan Rand like ideology.

How could someone manage to reach the level of professor in a college without having ever failed a student? Professor is a tenured position suggesting many years of teaching.

It's possible that an entire class might have not one student who is actually there to learn, as opposed to merely getting a grade. Such an individual would still study, because he/she enjoyed learning.

The #1 point of the story is to justify not taxing the wealthy. Points #2 and #3  frame government services as giving to the lazy by taking away from the hard working. #4 frames the use of tax money as "failure to multiply wealth" which is clearly not true, inasmuch as provision of safety, infrastructure, public education, water in dry states, etc. is a foundation for wealth. When public employees are paid, they put the money right back into their community's banks and businesses. #5 is a  straw man argument. The government doesn't take all of anybody's income, that's warlords and criminals. No country has half of its citizens dependent on unearned disability or welfare income. While oversimplifying to the point of ridicule, the joke/propaganda piece presents a patina of reasoning. I see it as quite twisted. It promotes divisiveness and a manipulative view of human beings, lacking empathy.

So yes, I can think of reasons to not share it.

Comment by Steph S. on August 31, 2012 at 7:47pm
Hey Melinda have a great Labor Day with your family!
Everyone have a restful Labor Day weekend!
Comment by booklover on August 31, 2012 at 5:02pm

Just sharing that my beautiful daughter is home from college for the long weekend with us, and I am one HAPPY Mommy!!! <3  Have a great Labor Day Weekend my friends!~ Melinda

Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2012 at 12:31pm

Indeed. Those moments graced with a sense of wonder and joy are an important part of what makes life worth living.

 

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