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Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 1 hour ago. 20 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on December 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

Helping your children or anyone: two hands working can do more than 1,000 clasped in prayer.

The seasonal broohaha is over for me. Was in England in Nov. and handed out presents and cards. Held "Xmas" yesterday with my daughter as she's moving to Copenhagen on Friday. We had the usual big nosh-up and exchanged presents. She says that I'm one of the most travelled people she knows so she gave me 1) a scratch-map. You scrape the foil off each country you visit and are left with a map of the world and 2) a book called "How to Shit (all over the world) which, despite the silly title, is written by a doctor from the Institute of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine and a good guide to dos and don'ts when travelling. The lists of various diseases and parasites are quite a horror story though.

Has everyone had a pleasant weekend?

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2014 at 2:16pm
Joan, the picture had a parent walking with their child, and it said "Nothing we can do for our children is more important than prayer."
Comment by Patricia on December 14, 2014 at 2:09pm

Yeah well you could have done the praying & then lost them to gawdswill ya know. Nature, heredity, genes, etc. have nothing at all to do with getting illnesses or whatever.......yeah, tell us another one......

We have Walmart which killed our other meager choices here. I will not shop there & there is hardly anything left in our mall except places I don't need.

We have SaveOn Foods, Safeway, & the wholesale club for groceries & I usually use SaveOn as it has the best deals most of the time. Safeway is expensive. The wholesale club is out towards Walmart & only accessible to me by bus.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:09pm

Mindy, I did receive this information from you,

"This is what an old friend put on Facebook.  This is why I don't have many close friends in real life anymore.  I was just astounded. Ugh."

However, I am very curious about what your old friend put on Facebook. 

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2014 at 1:55pm
What's funny Patricia, is that she always says what a good mom I am, and she knows I'm an Atheist. Maybe my not praying for them is the reason one got Type 1 diabetes, and the other has depression! I knew I should have been begging an invisible dude so he didn't give them chronic illness!!! My bad. ;)
I hate Walmart too. I do go to Target, but the parking lot is full all the time there too. We are getting a Meijers built by us. Anyone have one? Is it a good place to shop?
Comment by Patricia on December 14, 2014 at 1:33pm

Ok, so schooling, medical care, food, & shelter don't count, huh? I guess praying over a child's grave is more important than seeing to their good health by doing everything possible to keep them that way. Idiotic statement to say the least!!!

I refuse to get into the mad house crowds & do most of my shopping online in September, October, & November & it gets delivered to my door.

Of course I get groceries, but here in my small city crowds aren't much of an issue anyway. Since Walmart moved here, everybody is there, & I refuse to shop there.

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2014 at 9:13am

She tried to push you, Chris?!!!  I'm glad you stepped on her feet!

It's crazy here too at all the stores.  I refuse to go to the mall.  I still need to get a few things, but I will stop during the week at a popular strip-mall by our house.  I can't wait to be done with all this.  It's nuts!

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2014 at 8:59am

what a stupid tekst, Mindy, I can imagine you avoiding those people! I'm lucky that most religious people here are not so rabid.

Went to Rotterdam just now for a new diary - but I almost had to fight. The shopping frenzy is at boiling point,the shops are loaded with people who all look unhappy and nervous or agressive. One woman tried to push me from my place in a queue, so I stepped on het feet to stop her. She ran away cursing, I thought her very funny!

Comment by booklover on December 14, 2014 at 8:17am

This is what an old friend put on Facebook.  This is why I don't have many close friends in real life anymore.  I was just astounded. Ugh.

Comment by Patricia on December 13, 2014 at 2:44pm

Yes, it was a rather shocking experience for Canada, & now we have on-going threats for sudden, random attacks, any time, anywhere, because we're involved with going after isis.

Complete trust in the human helps a lot too. I would love to meet that horse!

 

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