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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 6 hours ago. 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

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 sk8eycat on August 2, 2014 at 11:19pm

The Kindness of Friends

Our A/C started quitting on us just as the weather got really nasty, and before I could do anything about it, our water heated died completely, and had to be replaced.

My sister finally called a neighbor who owns his own Heating & A/C business, and has for years (and we have always done business with him). He came over this morning and fixed things...the filter just needed cleaning (it's removable, he just takes it outside and hoses off the cat hair and dust, and then replaces it...I am not strong enough to remove the metal panel to get at the filter)., Then he gave the compressor a couple of blasts of freon....or whatever the coolant is.  And now it's running nicely, and I am no longer sweating.

When my sister started to write him a check, he just smiled, and said, "No charge."

I am flabbergasted.

I just wish the damn plumber was as understanding...he is not even giving me the advertized "Senior Discount" for the gahdam water heater.  And I had to borrow the money for the down payment on the thing before he would even let his men start work...

Two entirely different businessmen...I just wish I could find a different plumber.  This guy is an asshat, and I have paid him thousands of dollars over the past 10 years....never got the bloody discount.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 2, 2014 at 11:08pm
I like the puzzle.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 2, 2014 at 11:00pm

Your philosophy/religion quote is fantastic, booklover!

Comment by booklover on August 2, 2014 at 8:22pm
Really Carl? Lol ;)
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 2, 2014 at 8:18pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2014 at 3:17pm

@Loren Miller, do you have a good stress management tape in TM that you can recommend. I am not finding secular ones that I like. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 2, 2014 at 2:50pm

Has this one been posted on AN before?  Faith explained:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 2, 2014 at 2:41pm

Joan, I like those waterfall pictures and your message to Richard.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2014 at 10:52am

I just sent this message to Richard: 

I confess to being a Victorian prude,

however, I have seen enough of kissing men, and kissing women, and kissing men and women for a lifetime. I am more interested in how people think and what people think. It is in challenging fallacies that we get closer to dealing with real problems with real solutions. 

There are family and friends I am trying to influence to see non-belief as an option. I can't fight that battle and homophobia at the same time. Let the LGBTQ fight their battle and I will join in support of them. I certainly do not expect them to take on non-belief as a cause. 

Please replace the kissers with Secular meditations, Freethought quotes, or Brights principles. Anything but what is there now. 

Joan Denoo

Comment by booklover on August 2, 2014 at 7:45am

 

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