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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Soren Sagan 8 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 on Friday. 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 1, 2014 at 1:57pm

This used to be one of my favorite songs.  I now don't like the one reference to prayer, but other than that, it still gets to me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2014 at 1:42pm

Ian, an appropriate song to bring to mind. In 1915, mothers and fathers lamented sending sons to war, just as they do today. 

"Verse 1

Ten million soldiers to the war have gone, Who may never return again. Ten million mother's hearts must break For the ones who died in vain. Head bowed down in sorrow In her lonely years, I heard a mother murmur thru' her tears:

"Verse 2

I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier, I brought him up to be my pride and joy. Who dares to place a musket on his shoulder, To shoot some other mother's darling boy? Let nations arbitrate their future troubles, It's time to lay the sword and gun away. There'd be no war today, If mothers all would say, "I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier."

"Verse 3

What victory can cheer a mother's heart, When she looks at her blighted home? What victory can bring her back All she cared to call her own? Let each mother answer In the years to be, Remember that my boy belongs to me!"

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Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2014 at 1:25pm

I'm trying to listen to that tomorrow, Ian - today my pc rattles like a coffeegrinder that is almost dying. Perhaps it will be silent for some time tomorrow.

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2014 at 1:18pm

And I'm really glad that I don't have to be owner, boss or whatever. I hate to follow orders and I hate to give orders; possibly that's the reason I'm a cat person.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2014 at 9:24am

With the anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 on the way, I thought this might be appropriate. From 1915:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fhjT93Xa3U

Comment by booklover on July 1, 2014 at 8:30am

That's true Chris! We are lucky cats allow us to live with them! :)

Comment by Plinius on July 1, 2014 at 7:52am

Hahaha! I'm NOT unfriended, because I'm not a cat owner. According to Luna & Dido I just happen to live in the same apartment...

Comment by booklover on July 1, 2014 at 7:36am

Comment by booklover on June 30, 2014 at 11:20am
So, our religious majority Supreme Court has made another unconstitutional asinine ruling. I'll bet Hobby Lobby pays for men to get the little blue pill!
Comment by booklover on June 29, 2014 at 9:33am

Me too Randy!

 

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