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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan on Wednesday. 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 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

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 Steph S. on December 9, 2011 at 10:12pm
Leveni - that's adorable!
Comment by Julie Carter on December 9, 2011 at 8:05pm

I'm not sure where to post this, but Michael Shermer just posted this list on Facebook, and I just had to share it! (If it's already been shared somewhere, I apologize. I've been busy.)

Top 50 Atheists

(P.S. Damn that kitty is cute! Scottish fold, I think? Love it!)

Comment by leveni on December 9, 2011 at 4:31am

Comment by leveni on December 9, 2011 at 3:52am

Hi Steven, I though I should move our discussion to another area, I think I am interrupting the friendship that Ruth is trying to encourage here. Sorry Ruth.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/forum/topics/christian-atrocities-and-t...

Comment by leveni on December 8, 2011 at 8:02pm

@ Steven,

If we use this logic of yours then you are also a murderer. In Afghanistan. Here is a link about what you did in Afghanistan. http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2011/11/24/afghanistan-6-children-1...

Why did you do this? Why did you kill these children? Does it make you big and tough to do such a thing? 

If you tell me you are not an American then my accusations are baseless. But if you are an American then you are a murderer, according to your own logic. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 8, 2011 at 5:43pm

Good point, Sk8eycat, churches are part of the 1% indeed.

Comment by Steph S. on December 8, 2011 at 5:28pm

Thanks sk8eycat for the FFRF link to the article -- it was truly disgusting. They like to pray in public to show others how "good" they are. All for show!

Comment by Lary9 on December 8, 2011 at 2:24pm

I wasn't speaking for you nor putting words in your mouth. I was just sharing my own thoughts. Like I said..."Don't get me wrong, anyone who feels the sting of umbrage frequently offered up by obnoxious Christian[s], is justified in mounting a good humanistic self-defense." 

Comment by Lary9 on December 8, 2011 at 1:24pm

I'd join you all with Christian bashing but sometimes I'm just not in the mood for it. It becomes tiresome after awhile. Don't get me wrong, anyone who feels the sting of umbrage frequently offered up by obnoxious Christian, is justified in mounting a good humanistic self-defense. I like this sentiment which features prominently in many of my own interactions with Christian Soldiers on the attack (so to speak):
 

"No Christian is exempted from being human by believing in God. Conversely, no non-believer is ever banished from the human family for not believing either."
---L. E. Alba
It works for me. 

Comment by sk8eycat on December 8, 2011 at 12:58pm

"...all those tax-free churches that seem to be on nearly every street corner in every city all across America is not enough..."

That is one subject that really, really burns me up!  "Tax free."  WHY? What it comes down to is that all taxpayers are subsidizing religion, whether they want to or not.  They not only pay no income taxes, property taxes (sometimes no FICA or other payroll taxes), but they can go into any store, but the most expensive mdse, whip out their exemption ID, and pay no sales tax.  Nor do they have to file an annual Form 990 with the IRS as all other non-profit orgs. are required to do.

Churches are part of the privileged 1%, and have been for who knows how long.

Does anybody know why? I sure don't.

 

 

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