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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 20 hours ago. 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 Idaho Spud on July 21, 2012 at 11:46am

"Witch chewer ear."  Haha.  Got it! and it only took me a few seconds. Usually takes a few minutes, or a few hours, or a few days.

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 21, 2012 at 11:43am

re: Marriage/Gay Marriage/Civil Partner, etc.

These DOMA and NOM fools have never read their history. Up until the 15th century, marriage was almost exclusively performed for the 'landed', and the others, the vast majority, just lived toghther. This was in 'christian' Europe,of course. Other cultures around the world did it different. Their names were recorded in the parish rolls, but living together was the norm.

In the early church, before the schism that drove eastern orthodox apart from the roman church, there was a little rite where two people, of any sex, could enter into a partnership. This was suppose to be similar to a business partnership, blessed by the church, but you know those crazy people.

Also in France, legal, civil partnerships, codified by the state existed uo until the late middle ages.

It is we who have already redifined marriage from our (as in the west) earlier history.

As I've said before, ain't history a bitch!

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 there...as 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 www.urbandictionary.com 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.       

 

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