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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 53 minutes ago. 18 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

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 11 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 Dec 15. 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

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

Tags: surreal

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Comment by dr kellie on July 18, 2012 at 10:11pm

Sorry about your issues, sk8eycat. 

 

I agree with you on the 17 yo.  I didn't really know who I was until I was in my late 20s.  I was too influenced to have my own mind.  It does take time.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 18, 2012 at 9:53pm

Hi, y'all!  I've been off-line about 24 hours...my sister was surfing around yesterday and did something that let a couple of horses in here.  I just got rid of them...by MYSELF!  I'm so relieved, and got such a kick calling my tech friend and telling him "Never mind!" (Actually we thoroughly discussed the results of my last scan, and he said I'm safe.)

Why to people DO that?  Write viruses, worms, etc...I mean.  To steal information?  Because they like to cause damage?  I don't get it.

Steph: I wuvz dat ORNJ kitteh!  Mai favrit flaver!  An hiz cattitude reminz me ob mai own docter.  Dr. BadJokes.

booklover: The kid is way too young to have it all figured out yet.  He probably thinks he does, but he's got a long way to grow. Do you have any good books you can lend him while he's visiting? Dan Barker's Godless is one that I've worn out because I look things up so often, and it's not written in Academish.  Or do you have the DVD of Julia Sweeney's play "Letting Go of God"?  Doing that takes time...most adults who were raised in a religious family usually say it took them from five to ten years to realize they can't believe in a god.  (If you don't have the DVD, maybe your local library does.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2012 at 7:05pm

 booklover, that is an interesting twist, "Found out he is an Atheist." and ..."he disagreed with me totally when I told him my 92 year-old (when he died) grandfathers fav saying was that religion was the scourge of the Earth."

I wonder what part of atheist he doesn't understand? You all shall be having an interesting visit, I am sure. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 18, 2012 at 5:23pm

Cool booklover!

Comment by booklover on July 18, 2012 at 4:02pm

Just picked-up my son's 17-year old friend from the airport.  Found out he is an Atheist.  We started talking, and he disagreed with me totally when I told him my 92 year-old (when he died) grandfathers fav saying was that religion was the scourge of the Earth.  His mom is Catholic, his Dad is muslim.  Disagreed that if there was a 'god', it was good for people to fall down and get hurt, (physically and mentally), because there is a lesson in that.  I said if I were a 'god', I wouldn't let my children get hurt to teach them a lesson, etc., etc.  I said what about little kids with cancer?  He agreed there was no lesson in that.  He said he's thought all this through long and hard.  Okay, but I'm 45 and he's 17 and my Mom was with us (also an Atheist), and she's 69.  With age comes more wisdom (usually, ha ha),  I don't know, just kinda hit me the wrong way.  Maybe it's because his parents are religious he 'defends' religion in a way? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2012 at 3:38pm

sk8eycat, Perfect quotes! Re-posting!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 18, 2012 at 2:05pm

@ Tony & Steph:Speaking of talking... "Deep within the heart of every evangelist lies the wreck of a car salesman." H.L. Mencken

You can actually buy a T-shirt with that on it...or other Mencken quotes. 

http://www.aspapparel.com/HL-Mencken-Quote-T-shirts.php

I just found this site, and I think I wanna get the entire collection.  But I LOVE the one about the car salesman.  Jerry Falwell never got rid of that part of his personality.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 18, 2012 at 7:42am

I had a good laugh. Thanks, Tony.

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 18, 2012 at 5:08am

Yeah, it was just funny. It made me laugh. Didn't mean anyone here, or any particular person. It just made me laugh, and I wanted to share it with you guys, that's all.

Comment by Steph S. on July 17, 2012 at 11:10pm

And Tony wasn't either. : )

We are all good friends here.

 

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